What happens after we say cheese? For the subjects of the following photographs they probably didn’t predict the answer to be a morbid plot twist. We have all seen post-tragedy photos of terrible accidents, but there is something particularly ominous and haunting about pre-tragedy photos: smiling families, groups embarking on explorations and daring stunt attempts, not in the least expecting to be caught in a natural disaster or a horrific plane crash. Some of these pictures appear so unassuming and cheerful that it makes what followed all the more horror story-like.

The only thing that's more morbid than these creepy photos was the trend of picturing your dead relatives, as though they were alive, during the Victorian era in England. After this, you might get a clue of what's in store with this scary pictures list.

William Shakespeare famously said “Men at some times are masters of their fate,” but as you will see in the following photos this is not always the case. Scroll down below with caution to see the Bored Panda round-up of some of the most creepy historical photos taken before a tragedy.

#1

Photographer Robert Landsberg Captured The Wall Of Ash That Would Kill Him When Mt. St. Helen's Erupted. He Managed To Protect The Film With His Body

Photographer Robert Landsberg Captured The Wall Of Ash That Would Kill Him When Mt. St. Helen's Erupted. He Managed To Protect The Film With His Body

Robert Landsburg Report

Alusair Alustriel
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2 years ago

That feeling of absolute helplessness.

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#2

The Crew Of Space Shuttle Challenger On Their Way To Board. Challenger Broke Apart 73 Seconds Into Its Flight, Killing All Seven Crew Members

The Crew Of Space Shuttle Challenger On Their Way To Board. Challenger Broke Apart 73 Seconds Into Its Flight, Killing All Seven Crew Members

NASA Report

Savant
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2 years ago

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#3

Mayinga N’Seka, A Nurse, Is Depicted Here During An Ebola Outbreak In 1976. Her Dedication Meant That She Eventually Contracted The Disease Herself And Passed Away Not Long After

Mayinga N’Seka, A Nurse, Is Depicted Here During An Ebola Outbreak In 1976. Her Dedication Meant That She Eventually Contracted The Disease Herself And Passed Away Not Long After

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report

Kaisu Rei
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2 years ago

She's a hero!

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#4

The Omagh Bombing. The Red Car In This Photograph Contained A Bomb That Killed 29 People And Injured Some 220 Others. The Man And Child Both Survived, The Photographer Didn't

The Omagh Bombing. The Red Car In This Photograph Contained A Bomb That Killed 29 People And Injured Some 220 Others. The Man And Child Both Survived, The Photographer Didn't

Unknown Report

Anne Bleakley
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2 years ago

Giant space Tiger - I'm from Northern Ireland- lived through the troubles and the situation is extremely complex. Best not to make political comments on a situation you don't understand. We are just grateful that those days have passed and we can go about our lives without worrying about being blown up or shot.

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#5

14-Year-Old Keith Sapsford Hid In The Wheel Of A Flight Leaving Sydney Towards Japan. John Gilspin, An Amateur Photographer, Was Testing His New Camera Lens And Unwittingly Caught Keith Sapsford's 200ft Plunge To Death

14-Year-Old Keith Sapsford Hid In The Wheel Of A Flight Leaving Sydney Towards Japan. John Gilspin, An Amateur Photographer, Was Testing His New Camera Lens And Unwittingly Caught Keith Sapsford's 200ft Plunge To Death

Capt_Blackadder Report

Hope Floats
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2 years ago

This is heartbreaking. . Can you imagine how terrified this 14 year old was on realizing his fate?

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#6

William "Dave" Sanders Guiding More Than 100 Students Out Of The Cafeteria During Columbine High School Massacre, He Was Later Shot Twice In The Chest And Didn't Survive

William "Dave" Sanders Guiding More Than 100 Students Out Of The Cafeteria During Columbine High School Massacre, He Was Later Shot Twice In The Chest And Didn't Survive

Columbine High School Report

Erwin Sanz
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2 years ago

Hero

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#7

Last Image Of Uruguayan Flight 571, Before It Crashed In The Andes On 13-10-1972. 27 Out Of 45 People Survived The Initial Crash. Survivors Were Eventually Forced To Cannibalize The Dead To Stay Alive. 16 People Were Rescued 72 Days Later

Last Image Of Uruguayan Flight 571, Before It Crashed In The Andes On 13-10-1972. 27 Out Of 45 People Survived The Initial Crash. Survivors Were Eventually Forced To Cannibalize The Dead To Stay Alive. 16 People Were Rescued 72 Days Later

Mr_Funnybone Report

Frida Ohlson
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2 years ago

Thats absolutley awful....

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#8

Dave Hally Took One Last Photo Of His Wife And 4-Year-Old Daughter Before Takeoff For Their Dream Vacation Aboard Mh17, Shortly Before It Was Shot Down Over Ukraine By Russia-Led Forces, Killing Everybody On Board

Dave Hally Took One Last Photo Of His Wife And 4-Year-Old Daughter Before Takeoff For Their Dream Vacation Aboard Mh17, Shortly Before It Was Shot Down Over Ukraine By Russia-Led Forces, Killing Everybody On Board

Dave Hally Report

Stephanie Chapman
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2 years ago

I remember this happening because it was a huge atrocity and because there were a lot of people on board heading to a conference on AIDS. So doctors, researchers, and a lot of people who were working towards a cure.

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#9

A Dash Cam Captures The Moments Before Transasia’s Flight 235 Crashed In The Keelung River In Taiwan. The Plane Carried 58 People - Only 15 Survived

A Dash Cam Captures The Moments Before Transasia’s Flight 235 Crashed In The Keelung River In Taiwan. The Plane Carried 58 People - Only 15 Survived

CNN Report

Erwin Sanz
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2 years ago

Looks like a scene in a movie

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#10

Gilles Leclerc And Marianne Labanane Took A Selfie At The Bataclan Theatre As They Waited To See The Eagles Of Death Metal Perform. Moments Later, 4 Gunmen Stormed In And Started Shooting. Gilles Was Killed In The Attack, But Marianne Survived

Gilles Leclerc And Marianne Labanane Took A Selfie At The Bataclan Theatre As They Waited To See The Eagles Of Death Metal Perform. Moments Later, 4 Gunmen Stormed In And Started Shooting. Gilles Was Killed In The Attack, But Marianne Survived

Mon frère Gilles Leclerc Report

Joannie Goulet
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2 years ago

I've heard about them. The man protected his girlfriend by throwing her to the ground out of harms way when the gunman started shooting. She survived thanks to his quick reflexes and selflessness. A true hero.

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#11

Robert Overcracker, A Professional Stunt Man, Drove A Jet Ski Over Niagara Falls To Raise Awareness For The Homeless Back In 1995. This Photo Was Snapped Just As His Parachute Failed To Deploy, Sending Him Down To His Death

Robert Overcracker, A Professional Stunt Man, Drove A Jet Ski Over Niagara Falls To Raise Awareness For The Homeless Back In 1995. This Photo Was Snapped Just As His Parachute Failed To Deploy, Sending Him Down To His Death

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logical fallacy
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2 years ago

Which is why you need a reserve parachute. And a reserve reserve parachute. And a reserve reserve reserve parachure.

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#12

Last Moments Of Harambe, Gorilla Killed After A Child Fell Into His Enclosure At The Cincinnati Zoo In 2016

Last Moments Of Harambe, Gorilla Killed After A Child Fell Into His Enclosure At The Cincinnati Zoo In 2016

TomoNews US Report

A Little Light Arson
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2 years ago

The fault is of the parents, not keeping an eye on their child. Harambe may have been dangerous, but so is letting your child wander around at that age. They should have been supervising.

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#13

West Milford Took This Photo While On A Hike In New Jersey, Moments Before The Bear Attacked And Killed Him

West Milford Took This Photo While On A Hike In New Jersey, Moments Before The Bear Attacked And Killed Him

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

Horrifying...

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#14

Nicholas Mevoli After His Last 'Free Dive'. He Was Attempting To Dive 236ft Deep. He Completed The Dive, Surfaced, Gave The Ok Sign, Tried To Speak, And Then Passed Out. He Never Regained Consciousness And Died That Same Day From Pulmonary Edema

Nicholas Mevoli After His Last 'Free Dive'. He Was Attempting To Dive 236ft Deep. He Completed The Dive, Surfaced, Gave The Ok Sign, Tried To Speak, And Then Passed Out. He Never Regained Consciousness And Died That Same Day From Pulmonary Edema

Lia Hyun-Joo Barrett Report

SBW71
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2 years ago

His look is like he just realized what's about to happen. Sad.

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#15

This Unsuspecting Family Snapped The Last Moments Of Ayano Tokumasu’s Life. The 20-Year-Old Student In Red Threw Herself Over The Railings Outside The Niagara Falls To Her Death

This Unsuspecting Family Snapped The Last Moments Of Ayano Tokumasu’s Life. The 20-Year-Old Student In Red Threw Herself Over The Railings Outside The Niagara Falls To Her Death

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

This is really sad.

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#16

Archduke Ferdinand And His Wife Sophie 1h Before They Would Be Shot And Killed By Serb Nationalist Gavrilo Princip - This Event Was The Trigger For The Wwi

Archduke Ferdinand And His Wife Sophie 1h Before They Would Be Shot And Killed By Serb Nationalist Gavrilo Princip - This Event Was The Trigger For The Wwi

Bettmann Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

it's incredible how he was actually killed. An assassin had tried to throw a bomb under their passing car, but it missed and exploded the car behind, the assassin then took his cyanide pill, but it was faulty and just caused him to throw up (a lot) so he panicked and threw himself in the river, but it had been a long hot summer, so the river was shallow... Ferdinand then was rushed away but later wanted to go and see the survivors or the earlier bomb, it was when he was on his way there that he was shot.

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#17

In 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 Tragically Crashed Into A Small Private Cessna 172 Plane And Fell From The Sky. This Picture Captures The Plane Just Before It Hit The Ground

In 1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 Tragically Crashed Into A Small Private Cessna 172 Plane And Fell From The Sky. This Picture Captures The Plane Just Before It Hit The Ground

Hans Wendt Report

Don Flynn
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2 years ago

I saw that happen... it was PE class and we were playing soccer on the upper field at Junipero Serra High School in San Diego. We watched the PSA jet go across the sky on fire until it hit the ground

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#18

This Photograph Was Recovered From Japan Airlines Flight 123 After It Crashed. In Total 520 Passengers And Crew Were Killed, Only 4 Survived

This Photograph Was Recovered From Japan Airlines Flight 123 After It Crashed. In Total 520 Passengers And Crew Were Killed, Only 4 Survived

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

I am honestly curious how 4 people managed to survive. That is incredible luck.

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#19

Christopher McCandless'es (The Man From "Into The Wild") Final Self Portrait - His Decomposed Body Was Found By Moose Hunters In 1992. He Lived In An Abandoned Bus For Over 100 Days. His Cause Of Death Was Officially Ruled As Starvation, But The Exact Cause Is Still Debated

Christopher McCandless'es (The Man From "Into The Wild") Final Self Portrait - His Decomposed Body Was Found By Moose Hunters In 1992. He Lived In An Abandoned Bus For Over 100 Days. His Cause Of Death Was Officially Ruled As Starvation, But The Exact Cause Is Still Debated

Chris McCandless Report

Susan Forbes
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2 years ago

And now people who are "inspired" by the book have to be rescued from their own lack of preparation. They obviously didn't think about what happened IRL

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#20

This Photo Shows Parkour Enthusiast Pavel Kashin Performing The Trick That Would Lead To His Death. He’s Pictured Attempting To Back-Flip To The Wall, But He Would Soon Lose His Balance And Fall To Ground Below

This Photo Shows Parkour Enthusiast Pavel Kashin Performing The Trick That Would Lead To His Death. He’s Pictured Attempting To Back-Flip To The Wall, But He Would Soon Lose His Balance And Fall To Ground Below

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Piet Zwanenburg
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2 years ago

More stupid then tragic

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#21

James Dean Is Seen Here Getting Gas For His Porsche 550 Spyder Not Long Before He Crashed It And Died. Legend Has It That The Car Is Cursed, As It Was Involved In Several More Accidental Deaths Before Disappearing In The ’60s

James Dean Is Seen Here Getting Gas For His Porsche 550 Spyder Not Long Before He Crashed It And Died. Legend Has It That The Car Is Cursed, As It Was Involved In Several More Accidental Deaths Before Disappearing In The ’60s

Corbis Report

Fester Sixonesixonethree
Community Member
2 years ago

The car was totaled when he crashed - there's no way it was "involved" in later accidents.

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#22

One Of The Last Known Photos Of Titanic Afloat. It Sank On 15 April 1912 After Colliding With An Iceberg. There Were An Estimated 2,224 Passengers And Crew Aboard - More Than 1,500 Didn't Survive

One Of The Last Known Photos Of Titanic Afloat. It Sank On 15 April 1912 After Colliding With An Iceberg. There Were An Estimated 2,224 Passengers And Crew Aboard - More Than 1,500 Didn't Survive

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BusLady
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2 years ago

The last survivor, Millvina Dean, died in 2009, at the age of 97. She was 2 months old at the time of the tragedy.

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#23

The Concorde Crash - Moments After Takeoff One Of The Plane’s Engines Caught On Fire, Causing The Plane To Crash Into A Nearby Hotel, This Killed 113 People

The Concorde Crash - Moments After Takeoff One Of The Plane’s Engines Caught On Fire, Causing The Plane To Crash Into A Nearby Hotel, This Killed 113 People

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GiantSpaceTiger
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2 years ago

It killed Concorde, too. Not just that one - all the planes were mothballed soon after. Now if you want to fly supersonic you need to be Military :(

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#24

Diana Princess Of Wales (Head Turned Away In Backseat), Her Bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, Left, And Driver Henri Paul Shortly On The Night Of August 31, 1997 Before The Fatal Crash

Diana Princess Of Wales (Head Turned Away In Backseat), Her Bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, Left, And Driver Henri Paul Shortly On The Night Of August 31, 1997 Before The Fatal Crash

Associated Press Report

Max L.
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2 years ago

Who took the photo contributed to the crash and their death (not sure her bodyguard survived)

Erwin Sanz
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2 years ago

Papparazi is the killer actually

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JillVille
Community Member
2 years ago

I hate this photo because you can tell the driver is being blinded by a flash. How people thought and still think it's OK to harass people like this is beyond my imagination.

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
2 years ago

The driver looks like he had a few drinks. The paparazzi are the #1 cause of her death. #2 is her driver who should not have been drinking.

Frankenfrog
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2 years ago

Why are people downvoting this when it's true? Hos autopsy showed the man was driving under the influence

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Lidee Moril
Community Member
2 years ago

Paparazzi are the worst kind of human beings. As well as the people who pay them and their followers

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Such a shame that she never saw her sons grow up. I still get upset thinking about her death.

cookie
Community Member
2 years ago

i saw a meme 2anday.jpg 2anday.jpg is this what they meant by car crash?

Katinka Min
Community Member
2 years ago

Kjorn is right. We can't condemn Paparazzi - while leafing through gossip magazines the next day.

Michael Vickery
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, the Papparazi forced him to drive a hundred miles an hour through a tunnel, and forced her to not wear her seatbelt. It was a perfect crime.

Chris Miilu
Community Member
2 years ago

The driver was drunk; she did not know that.

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Blacksheep
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, before those fucking paparazzis killed her for a picture. They should have all been thrown in jail for 30 years these fuckers.

Will Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Being drunk while driving may have had something to do with it.

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ChickyChicky
Community Member
2 years ago

One of the biggest reasons I have no aspirations to be a princess. Have at it Megan Markle! Good luck!

Sarah Laurent
Community Member
2 years ago

So... there really were paparazzi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KF
Community Member
2 years ago

She should have worn her seatbelt

no_name
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't know about your country, but I clearly remember in 1996 there were lots of cars without seatbelts in backseat in my country, so....

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Ian Hodson
Community Member
2 years ago

Strange in this day and age, how the bodyguard has never been interviewed or written his memoirs or taken tabloid cash to spill the beans!

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
2 years ago

I hate this. She did SO much good while alive.

Amy Miller
Community Member
5 months ago

I’ve always been curious about what she was looking at

Amy Miller
Community Member
5 months ago

I’ve always been curious what she was looking at

Teri Cross
Community Member
6 months ago

The bodyguard survived but doesn't remember anything from the crash

Colin Ashby
Community Member
2 years ago

Driver doesn’t look pissed

vernon myburgh
Community Member
2 years ago

There are factors to be take in consideration : 1. The bodyguard should not have allowed the driver to drive 2. Lady D should have been in safetybelted 3. We can speculate on the speed but a driver of that magnitude should have been able to have defensive driving capabilities and he did not 4. Being under the influence is another thing but fleeing from the paparazzi is another, and the driver knew he had a big responsibility 5. If the driver was imdr the influence being intoxicated which means he should have known his indiscretion can cost lives

vernon myburgh
Community Member
2 years ago

Interesting comments. The bodyguard is responsible for her safety. Why did he allow her to without a safety belt. Why if the driver was under the influence allowed him to drive. If he was the responsible party, he should have made sure, even if there were paparazzi, that these things were attended to. If the driver was unable or intoxicated or incapacitated he should have taken the initiative to get another driver. As simple as that. Drivers in that capacity are taught in defensive driving and the only reason for an accident can be presumed as incapable of good defensive driving and poor decision making. Sad that a beautiful heart has to die in the hands of indiscretion and pure inconsistencies. I do not hate them but I am sadden that rulers, darkness and principalities won over goodness and all the world was concerned about was the blame is on the paparazzi. There were factors in placed and those the responsible didn't do their jobs.

Angela Williams
Community Member
2 years ago

the bodyguard did survive because he was the only one wearing a seat belt

ispeak catanese
Community Member
2 years ago

Do people still suppose the red-headed bodyguard is Harry's father? Wasn't that part of the gossip re: Diana?

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
2 years ago

No, James Hewitt is the one they like to say is his father. He was never employed by Diana.

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GiantSpaceTiger
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2 years ago

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If your Uber driver had a manic facial expression like that, would you get in the car?

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#25

George Mallory And Sandy Irvine Just Before They Began Their Ascent Of Mt. Everest In 1924, It's Still Debated If They Reached The Top, Either Way, They Never Made It Back

George Mallory And Sandy Irvine Just Before They Began Their Ascent Of Mt. Everest In 1924, It's Still Debated If They Reached The Top, Either Way, They Never Made It Back

AP Report

GiantSpaceTiger
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2 years ago

Even with that jetpack?!

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#26

Paul Walker Climbing Into The Car That Eventually Crashed, Taking His And The Driver’s Lives Back In 2013

Paul Walker Climbing Into The Car That Eventually Crashed, Taking His And The Driver’s Lives Back In 2013

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Herb Eaversmells
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2 years ago

Ricardo miller posthumously awarded Paul Walker his bjj black belt. Already a brown belt at the time of his passing, his coach thought nothing would,stop him from receiving his,black belt. This was a real honorable gesture by his,coaches part and a real cool thing to do

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#27

The Band Great White Playing At Rhode Island’s Station Nightclub, Just Before Their Pyrotechnics Caused A Fire That Killed More Than 100 People. In This Eerie Photo See You Can See The Destructive Fireworks On Display

The Band Great White Playing At Rhode Island’s Station Nightclub, Just Before Their Pyrotechnics Caused A Fire That Killed More Than 100 People. In This Eerie Photo See You Can See The Destructive Fireworks On Display

WPRI Report

Max L.
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2 years ago

The new ispired an episode of Law and Order.

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#28

R. Budd Dwyer Was The Treasurer Of Pennsylvania Between 1981-1987, Before Being Accused Of Bribery And Withholding Taxes. He Shot Himself On His Televised Trial, Watched By Millions

R. Budd Dwyer Was The Treasurer Of Pennsylvania Between 1981-1987, Before Being Accused Of Bribery And Withholding Taxes. He Shot Himself On His Televised Trial, Watched By Millions

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Amina Hays
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2 years ago

What makes it even worse is, he ended up being found not guilty.

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#29

Joseph Avery Crashed His Boat In The Niagara River. 2 Other Men Died Immediately, But Avery Managed To Cling To A Rock For 18h, Waiting For A Rescue Boat. Unfortunately, The Boat Capsized Almost Immediately After Avery Managed To Climb In, Dooming Him

Joseph Avery Crashed His Boat In The Niagara River. 2 Other Men Died Immediately, But Avery Managed To Cling To A Rock For 18h, Waiting For A Rescue Boat. Unfortunately, The Boat Capsized Almost Immediately After Avery Managed To Climb In, Dooming Him

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Savant
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2 years ago

:(

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