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Ghostly figures

Ghostly figures
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The ghostly figures shown in this mural in the Karl-Lehr-Strasse tunnel in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, depict the 21 young people who died in a stampede in 2010 at Loveparade, a German dance music festival. Five hundred others were injured in the devastating tragedy.

Church spire struck by lightning

Church spire struck by lightning
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An ordinary church spire, and an ordinary act of nature. Yet the image of the damage a bolt of lightning caused to a stone church spire in Denny, Scotland, looks extraordinarily eerie.

Go beyond eerie with these 10 true ghost stories from the most haunted places in the world.

Creating a model of a murder victim

Creating a model of a murder victim
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Between 1972 and 1978, John Wayne Gacy, Jr murdered at least 33 men in Illinois, USA. In 1980, forensic artists were recruited to reconstruct the facial features of nine unidentified victims so that photos could be released by the media in an attempt to identify them. Gacy was known as the “Killer Clown.”

Creepy clown

Creepy clown
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Clowns are simply creepy. This 1928 image of Lon Chaney as a super-creepy clown (a still from the silent film, Laugh, Clown, Laugh), may be the reason people were initially afraid of clowns.

If you find this photo creepy, you’ll be happy to discover that science has proved why clowns are creepy.

The remains of a fire

The remains of a fire
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As a result of a wildfire in Mati, Greece in 2018, more than 80 people were either killed by the flames or drowned while trying to flee into the nearby sea. Local fisherman and private boat owners were able to save many, but the sight of a burnt soccer ball is a haunting reminder of the devastation left behind.

A legacy of torture

A legacy of torture
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Pictured at the Olvidados Palace in Granada, Spain, these gallows were used to torture prisoners during the Spanish Inquisition.

Now read chilling stories of people who have been reincarnated.

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Tsunami ghost ship

Tsunami ghost ship
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Ghost ships are haunting by nature, particularly when no one can really say what happened to the crew. But this ghost ship is haunting for a different reason. It was inadvertently launched into the sea as a result of a tsunami off the coast of Japan in 2011 (along with about 5 million tonnes of debris). Because it was a threat to maritime traffic and a potential threat to the environment, the US Coast Guard sunk the ghost ship in 2012. Pictured here is the plume of smoke that remains.

Discover chilling ghost ship mysteries that can’t be explained.

Remains of a pirate shipwreck

Remains of a pirate shipwreck
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Lots of creepy things can be found at the bottom of the ocean. This is one of them: a bell once belonging to the Whydah Gally was discovered in the murky waters of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA in 1984. The passenger, cargo and slave ship was launched from London in 1716 and is believed to have been captured by pirates the following year. It was caught in a storm and wrecked off the coast of Cape Cod. The wreck was discovered under 15 metres of sand.

Blood moon

Blood moon
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Who needs UFO sightings to find the night sky spooky? Snapped during a total lunar eclipse, which turns the moon a shade of red, this creepy photo shows the phenomenon known as a ‘blood moon’.

Baltray shipwreck

Baltray shipwreck
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It’s hard to believe a photo taken in broad daylight could be so creepy, but the Baltray shipwreck manages to send a shiver down the spine. The Irish Trader ran aground off the coast of Ireland in a massive storm back in 1974, and its skeletal remains serve as a warning to ships to this day.

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