Photos of Chilling Mysteries From Centuries Past

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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.

antarctic final photo

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.

devil's footprints

Ghost Ship

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.

ghost ship

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  • J.Griffin

    That was all mixed up about the Aurora.

    The picture looked more like the Endurance.

    The Aurora was Shackleton’s supply vessel-
    There were not ten men stranded-
    There were 6.

    3 died laying out supplies for Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition…
    who never came,
    after being stranded then shipwrecked after the Endurance eventually sank.

    At any rate,
    Scott never used the Aurora although Mawson did.

    As for Dyatlov,
    the avalanche explanation is unlikely since the ground there was nearly flat.

    There is no logical explanation for Dyatlov.

    • Mere

      I actually heard a pretty good yet far too simple explanation for Dyatlov that made me think. The guy said that hypothermia causes people to think they are actually hot. Which could have caused them to shed they’re clothes. It also makes one delerious and that’s why they fled. The tongue being gone is that soft tissue decomposes first. This does not explain the head injuries however. It made me wonder though.

      • J.Griffin

        ALL of them…

        the tongue does not decompose that quickly…
        especially when it’s THAT cold.

        Only one tongue?

        Eyes go first anyway-
        they are mostly water.

        As for the clothing,
        that is called
        “paradoxical undressing”,

        The thing is,
        it is HIGHLY unlikely that it affected a tent full of experienced,prepared skiers SIMULTANEOUSLY.

        Enough for them to cut their way out of a tent and run away?

        Some of the survivors then used some of the clothing from those who died first-
        they knew they needed more clothing but they were not willing to go back and get it.

        It wasn’t just “head wounds”-
        there were major internal chest wounds with no external injuries.

        Even pulse wave weaponry today injures the outside as well as the inside.

        Ultra-sound and microwaves cause other traces and damages.

        Dyatlov doesn’t have any nice,simple answers…
        except for those who are ready to serve or gobble them up.

        “People prefer to believe what they prefer to be true”.
        -Sir Francis Bacon

        “People also prefer to NOT believe what they prefer to NOT be true”.

        • Irina Opris

          I agree with what you’re saying. They said the internal wounds look like they were hit by something massive, like a car, but only with internal damage, which is so very weird.

          Have you heard the infrasound theory? they say it might explain first what scared them and made them run out and also perhaps affecting their minds. Still doesnt explain the rest tho…

          • J.Griffin

            It’s like David Paulides said about his Missing 411 material-

            No one explanation covers every detail.

            It was very probable that the Russians knew more
            or were in fact responsible,
            but we are unlikely to get much more clarity regarding that.

            I don’t think they were responsible,though.

            If they were,
            I believe that they would have arranged for an avalanche and a much cleaner excuse.

            It was far too sloppy and confusing to be a cover-up.

            They had plenty of time-
            nothing was found for weeks.

            It was more like whoever arranged the scene was in a hurry to get out of there,too!

            But there were ski poles and gear present that did not belong to the group….

            the military seemed as confused and mystified
            as everybody else!

            It was the Mansi
            “Mountain of Death-
            I would say that if anyone knew more,
            they would be the ones
            to talk to.

            Of course,
            that is easier said than done.

            Anyway you cut it,
            it’s a little late and you have two cultures of silence to contend with.

          • Irina Opris

            Well said. I didnt know about the ski poles and gear not belonging to the group being found though.

            So do you think the victims were especially targeted for something. Or simply guinea pigs tested on?

          • J.Griffin

            I think that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

            If it had been a group of Mansi,
            nobody today would remember…
            except the Mansi.

            I believe that many “lesser” people groups have had incidents like this that they do not share with outsiders.

            (I use that word because that is how they are treated,
            regardless of what political niceties people like to claim)

            I have spent a lot of time with the Navajo Tribe,
            “The Dîne”
            (“The People”)as they say.

            They have MANY stories and legends,
            in recent times as well as ancient,
            that they very seldom share with

            David Paulides reports on done from around the world that are quite fascinating.

            Have you listened to any if his interviews on Youtube?

            He is one of the most popular speakers on Coast to Coast,
            as well.

          • Irina Opris

            I have not listened to any of his interviews, I might check that out.

            So, basically, from beginning to end, going through the chain of events, what do you personally think happened?

          • J.Griffin

            They all died.

            Everything else is sheer speculation.