Eerie Last Known Photos That Reveal A Darker Side Of History

Rare Collection | October 2, 2019

Written by Jacob Shelton

These look like normal pictures, but what happened after they were taken is shocking.  Many photos from history show a glimpse into a world that we’re not ready to see...but for some reason we can’t tear our eyes away from them. This set of disturbingly beautiful photographs will give you goosebumps and make you want to show everyone you know. Beware, some of these photos are truly chilling, others will hit you in the gut, and others are so poignant that they’ll instill a new sense of wonder within you.

These rarely seen photos of moments before things went wrong might fill you with dread, others will astonish, but each of these fascinating moments provide insight into our past, no matter how dark it can be. 

For mature audiences only.  Viewer discretion advised.

John Lennon with his killer, Mark David Chapman

source: beatles daily

It’s chilling that the final photo of John Lennon while he was alive shows the Beatle with the man who pulled the trigger and ended his life, Mark David Chapman. This photo and few others like it were taken on December 8, 1980 outside of the Dakota, the apartment building where Lennon and Yoko Ono lived at the time. They were leaving for the Record Plant so they could mix a new song. Snapped at around 5:00 PM, the photo shows Lennon signing autographs and just being an all around good guy. When he returned home at around 10:45 PM he was once again by Chapman, then his life was over. Who knows what kind of music we could have, and what kind of life he would have lived, if Chapman hadn’t pulled that trigger.

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Jacob Shelton


Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.