These are real-life photos so don’t say we didn’t warn you. The back-stories that go with it are even more interesting. You’ll never guess these things could actually happen in real-life. They’re like things that could only happen in movies and that’s even scarier.
But if you’re brave enough to face your fears, then go ahead and check our list of Creepy Photos That Will Give You Nightmares. Just a tip, though, better check these photos during daytime or your nightmares might give you a heart attack. Also, don’t forget to look behind you, you’ll never know who’s watching.
1. Killer Clown
Clowns are usually comic performers who usually use slapstick or mime comedy style to entertain their audience. They are usually seen in circus or kids’ birthday parties. Way to go to destroy childhood memories by twisting clowns’ playful nature to that of evil and dark humor. But there are some people who are irrationally scared of clowns. That’s a different story.
The clown photo above is an actual person named John Wayne Gacy, Jr. He is also known as Pogo the Clown. But underneath the colorful costume, he is a serial killer and rapist who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Cook County, Illinois.
He would disguise himself as Pogo the Clown and trap his victims to this address by force or deception. A clown at day and killer at night. I guess I’ll have a hard time trusting clowns from now on.
2. Cannibal Killer
If you cross paths with this guy on the streets at night, what would you do? He definitely doesn’t look friendly and this is an exemption to the saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover.’
This guys name is Joe Metheny and is nicknamed the Cannibal Killer. Back in 1976, he admitted to murdering at least 8 people. In a police confession, he said, “My murder rampage started out as revenge but ended up as a passion for the taste of blood and the overwhelming sense of power one gets for taking the life of another.”
After chopping his victims bodies’ he froze them and added the human meat to his open-pit beef stand. He said, “I cut the meat up and put it in some Tupperware bowls then put it in a freezer. I opened up a little open-pit beef stand. I had real roast beef and pork sandwiches. They were very good. The human body taste was very similar to pork. If you mix it together no one can tell the difference.” Creepy and disgusting.
3. Alcatraz Ghost
Alcatraz Island and Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary have been named as one of the most haunted places in America and the most haunted prison in the country.
The Native Americans have claimed to encounter evil spirits on the island long before the prison was built. And famous writer Mark Twain documented the eerie atmosphere of the island after visiting it as “being as cold as winter, even in the summer months.” Even prisoners, rangers, and visitors have reported a wide range of suspected paranormal activity on Alcatraz.
Just like this British couple who had an encounter while visiting the island. Sheila Walsh took a photo of a visitation block window where there was a figure of a woman, dressed in what looked to be the 1930s or 40s clothing and hairstyle. The woman can be seen staring directly through the window at the camera from inside the inmates’ visitation waiting room. On the left is what the window is supposed to look like. Be careful of the photos you take, you’ll never know who could appear in them.
Believe it or not, this is an actual photo of a dead boy. Yes, post-mortem photography was a thing back in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, during the Victorian era. It was a normal part of the American and European culture.
The photographers were hired by grieving families and the postmortem photographs not only helped in the grieving process but often represented the only visual remembrance of the deceased and the photograph was considered one of the family’s most precious possessions.
Just imagine how challenging it was since there was no photoshop back then and the Department of Health would definitely freak out. Good thing the practice became obsolete.
5. Last Photo
How would you feel knowing that you’re living your last moment and breathing your last breath? Scared as hell, right? That could be how this girl probably felt.
This is the last known photo of 14-year-old Regina Kay Walters before she was murdered. The photo was taken by her murderer, Robert Ben Rhoades, a serial killer, and rapist. He even cut her hair, made her wear a black dress and heels before killing her. Sick.
Robert Ben Rhoades was a truck driver who had a torture chamber in the back of the 18-wheeler truck that he drives. The photo was taken in an abandoned Illinois barn. He is believed to have tortured, raped, and killed more than 50 women.
6. Demon Face
Edward Mordrake was an interesting English nobleman not because he was an heir to a great aristocracy but because he was said to be cursed with a terrible deformity, a second face on the back of his head. The second face could not see nor eat nor speak out loud but was said to “smile while Mordrake was happy” and “sneer while Mordrake was weeping”.
According to stories, this “devil twin” possessed a kind of hateful intelligence. He repeatedly begged doctors to have his “demon face” removed, claiming that it never slept and whispered things that “one would only speak about in hell” at night, but no doctor would attempt it.
At the age of 23, he committed suicide leaving behind instructions that the demon face should be destroyed before his burial, “lest it continues its dreadful whisperings in my grave.” Fact or fiction? You be the judge.
7. The Green Man
Believe it or not, this is an actual photo of a person. This man’s name is Raymond Robinson. He wasn’t born that way, but his disfigurement was caused by a severe childhood electrical accident. Since his disfigurement was so terrifying he could only afford to go out for walks at night so people won’t be scared. When other people began to see him walking in the woods near the tunnel, they dubbed him as “The Green Man” or “Charlie No-Face.”
He became an instant urban legend and parents would tell their kids about him in the hopes of scaring them from going out at night. Most people were shocked to discover he was a real person who was very much liked and respected by family and neighbors. He was actually a lonely man who just wanted someone to talk to.
8. The Loveland Frogman
The Loveland Frogman story has been going around for a long time now. It started way back in the 70’s and told of a legendary creature inhabiting the Little Miami River. Two different police officers spotted the Frogman on two different nights in March of 1972 which was the first and last reported sighting.
It wasn’t until recently while a couple was playing Pokemon Go nearby when they spotted the creature and immediately snapped a photo of it. Then that night of fun quickly turned into a chilling tale of horror.
“We saw a huge frog near the water,” the witness wrote in an email. “Not in the game, this was an actual giant frog. Then the thing stood up and walked on its hind legs. I realize this sounds crazy, but I swear on my grandmother’s grave this is the truth,” he wrote. “The frog stood about 4 feet tall.”
9. Monsters Inside Me
This photo is every person’s nightmare. Who wouldn’t freak out when you see there’s a worm coming out of you. It doesn’t just send chills down your spine but it makes your skin crawl of disgust. But this thing can actually happen.
The condition is called filariasis. It is a parasitic disease caused by an infection with roundworms. These are spread by blood-feeding black flies and mosquitoes. They are extremely known to cause what’s commonly called as “River Blindness.”
These parasites can also travel through the lymphatic system and can cause elephantiasis. A condition where the legs grow extremely large because of the parasite’s infestation.
10. The Aging Doll
Dolls are every little girls’ dream toy. They some in different shapes, sizes, and appearance. But this specific doll is terrifyingly different from the others. We all know that dolls are made of plastic or other non-decomposing materials so they’re not supposed to “age”.
A family bought their little girl an ordinary doll (or so they thought) and played with it until she grew old for it. As usual, unused things are stored in the attic until it collected dust. Then the family decided to throw out some old things when they stumbled on the doll.
They weren’t able to immediately recognize the thing because it looked like a different creature but the clothes remained the same. The doll aged just like a human being with all the wrinkles and folds in the right places. It’s eyes even looks like it’s asking for help. It looked like some paranormal activity was happening. The terrified family gave the doll away and never saw it again.
11. Blanche Monnier
Believe it or not, the woman in this photo is an actual person. Her name is Blanche Monnier, often known in France as la Séquestrée de Poitiers, who lived in Poitiers, France.
She was kept captive by her mother for 25 years without daylight in a padlocked, shuttered room where she was forced to live half starved among pests, rats, human excrement, and filth.
Before she was locked up as a captive she set her heart on marrying a lawyer who was not to her mother’s liking. Her disapproving mother locked her in a tiny room, where she was imprisoned.
Her pitiful condition was discovered on May 23, 1901, after the Paris Attorney General received an anonymous letter saying that a woman was being held captive in a home located on “21 rue de la Visitation” street in a wealthy neighborhood of Poitiers, France where the Monnier’s lived.
12. Mr. Curly Don’t Eat My Brain
Leeches are tiny blood sucking creatures from your nightmares. They’re like a mindless vampire that will suck on any living thing with blood. Just ask Daniela Liverani.
She’s just a typical, healthy teenage girl who was enjoying her life when all of a sudden she started getting nosebleeds. She brushed it off and linked it to her previous motorcycle accident. She thought that the accident caused a blood clot to form but it wasn’t until the “clot” started to crawl! It turned out that the clot was a three-inch leech.
She believed it crawled up her nose when she was traveling back in South East Asia a month ago. She was probably having too much fun to notice it crawl inside her nose and named it Mr. Curly.
Just looking at the photo is enough to make your stomach turn. It looks like there were berries stuck under his skin. It doesn’t even look like a person’s skin.
The creatures responsible for this nightmare are called botflies. They are from the family of flies and their larvae are internal parasites of mammals. Some species grow in the host’s flesh and others within the gut. The human botfly is the only species of bot fly known to parasitize humans routinely.
These creatures lay their eggs underneath your skin and use your body as a source of nourishment and their temporary home until they are fully mature to push their way out. Botflies aren’t picky eaters. But you will be after seeing this.
14. King Of Plastic Surgery
Walter Yeo was an English sailor during World War I, who is believed to have been one of the first people to benefit from an advanced plastic surgery technique during its time.
Walter was wounded during the Battle of Jutland, on May 1916, while manning the guns aboard the battleship HMS Warspite. He obtained extreme facial injuries, including the loss of upper and lower eyelids. His face looked like it was decaying due to the severity of the injuries.
He was treated by Sir Harold Gillies, the first man to transfer skin from undamaged areas on the body. Walter Yeo is thought to have been one of the first patients to be treated with this newly developed technique; a form of skin transplantation called a ‘tubed pedicle’ flap.