We love old, creepy photos. And there is nothing more creepy than old photos of unsolved mysteries, or the final photos taken of people before their mysterious disappearance. For some reason, snow makes the experience of the photos more visceral; one gets the feeling that the quiet, muzzled landscape, muted by layers of frozen precipitation, heard and saw things we can’t imagine, human terror at its most raw.
Final Photo from Antarctica
This photographic negative was discovered in an expedition base at Cape Evans, Antarctica. It is one of 22 images documenting the final moments of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott’s failed 1912 quest to the South Pole. When their ship, the Aurora, blew out to sea, the company of 10 men were forced to take refuge in the hut, where three of the men died before rescue.
Scott finally completed his mission to the South Pole in January 1912 to find that his rival, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, had outpaced him and reached the spot a month earlier.
Dyatlov Pass Incident
In 1959, one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century took place at the Dyatlov Pass in Russia. Nine ski hikers set out into the mountains–all nine died. The focus of numerous books, movies, and articles, the Dyatlov Pass Incident still has not been fully explained. Investigators at the scene determined the following chilling facts:
~The hikers’ tent was ripped open from the inside; several members of the group fled barefoot and barely dressed into the snow in the middle of the night.
~The corpses showed no sign of a struggle, but sustained skull fractures, broken ribs, and a torn out tongue.
~The victims’ clothes contained high levels of radiation.
While an avalanche is still the go-to explanation, it should be noted that orange spheres were sighted in the area, which, combined with the radiation, could be evidence of Soviet military tests or UFO activity. Below are two before and after pictures.
The 2013 found footage horror movie Devil’s Pass is based on the haunting events from 1959.
The Devil’s Footprints
In February of 1855, South Devon, England experienced a night of heavy snowfall. When the townspeople awoke the next day they found mysterious footprints left by what looked like cloven hooves. The footprints covered a distance of over forty miles and were found on high walls and rooftops; they seemed to continue unabated by rivers, haystacks, and houses.
On October 1, 1931, the Baychimo, a 1,322 ton steam ship, became stuck in the ocean ice near Alaska. The crew, led by Captain John Cornwell, eventually fled the ship and built shelter on the ice. They woke up the next day to find the ship gone. Sightings of it persisted for days, months and even years afterward, but the Baychimo has never been found.