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Haunting Historical Photos And The Stories Behind Them

Weird History | October 17, 2019

Written by Jacob Shelton

Prepare yourself for a chilling look into history that will fill you with fear and stick in the dark parts of your mind for days. These haunting photos feature unexplainable phenomena, disturbing final photos, and vintage medical practices that will make you thankful that you live in the modern era.

Be courageous as you learn the backstories behind some of history’s darkest moments, and discover the truth behind mysterious photos that have haunted viewers for decades. Diving into these photos isn’t for the weak of heart, so leave the lights on or maybe scroll with a friend. You’ve been warned, now onward. 

The "Beast of Jersey," Edward Paisnel wore a rubber mask and wig during a decade long crime spree terrorizing women and children

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It’s rare that real life creates a monster that can rival something from a horror film but from 1960 to 1971 Edward Paisnel stalked the Island of Jersey, in the British Channel off the coast of Normandy in a black woman’s wig, while wearing a disfigured rubber mask, attacking innocent women and children.

According to witnesses at his trial, Paisnel worked by day as a carpenter and helped his wife run an orphanage, but at night he prayed at an alter to Satan before dressing in his hideous garb and carrying out a vicious series of assaults. He was caught after running through a police barricade in a stolen car...the "Beast" mask and outfit were found in the trunk of the car before being convicted of 13 counts of disgusting crimes and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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Jacob Shelton

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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.