Pictures With Scary Backstory!

It is said a ‘Picture is worth a thousand words’. Pictures have lot to say. Sometimes even more that we can think about. Here is list of some pictures with a scary story behind them:

#1. Falling Angel Evelyn McHale – The Most Beautiful Suicide:


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Evelyn Francis McHale visited her fiance in Easton Pennsylvania on 30th April 1947 to celebrate his birthday. She boarded a train back to New York City on 1st May where she lived. Something went through Evelyn’s mind on the 66 minute train ride home. Because after she arrived in New York she went straight to the Governor Clinton Hotel and wrote a suicide note. Around 10:30 a.m. she bought a ticket to the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. She jumped from there and landed on roof of United Nation’s limousine parked on the street below.

This photograph was taken by Robert C. Wiles and was published as a full-page image in the 12 May, 1947 issue of Life Magazine. It ran with the caption: At the bottom of the Empire State Building the body of Evelyn McHale reposes calmly in grotesque bier, her falling body punched into the top of a car“.


#2. Omayra Sanchez:




On November 13 1985, a volcano “Nevado del Ruiz” erupted. That volcanic eruption causes death of about 23,000 people and 13 villages were destroyed. This photograph is of Omarya Sanchez, a 13 yr old girl lived in Armero, one of those 13 villages. When rescue team arrived they found that her legs were trapped under her house roof. When they were trying to help her, they found that her leg was trapped under the door made of bricks and her aunt’s body was lying under her feet. It was impossible to save her without amputating her legs. Throughout the process she remained positive. She sang songs to the volunteer, asked for food, drank soda and gave interview. Sometimes she got scared and cried and on third night she began hallucinating.

Since the surgical equipments were not available to save her from effects of amputation, doctors agreed that it would be more humane to let her die. She died on November 16th likely from gangrene or hypothermia.

#3. The Burning Monk :

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In 1963, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thích Quang Duc set himself on fire on busy road in Saigon. He did so to protest against South Vietnamese Diem pro-catholic policies and discriminatory Buddhist law. This self immolation was done particularly in response to banning of the Buddhist flag.

His last words were documented in a letter:

Before closing my eyes and moving towards the vision of the Buddha, I respectfully plead to President Ngo Dinh Diem to take a mind of compassion towards the people of the nation and implement religious equality to maintain the strength of the homeland eternally. I call the venerables, reverends, members of the sangha and the lay Buddhists to organize in solidarity to make sacrifices to protect Buddhism.