Pictures Taken Before Tragedy Hit [photos]


(True Activist) Photographs are attempts to freeze time; to hold on to memories that we never want to forget. But not all memories are happy, there are tragic ones, too.

These images portray different moments in history when tragedy unexpectedly came and stole the party.

Lennon’s Death


The lead singer of The Beatles, John Lennon, signed autographs outside his apartment in New York City. As he did this, Mark Chapman, the man standing next to him in the picture, got ready to shoot and kill him just a minute after this photo was taken.

Tragedy in France


Pictured here is the metal band Eagles of Death with their frontman, Jesse Hughes. This image was taken on the night of November 13, 2015, moments before ISIS jihadists burst into the Bataclan music venue, yelling, ‘Where’s the singer? Where are the Yanks?’ The group was able to flee the stage before the terrorists proceeded to kill 90 members of the crowd with Kalashnikov assault rifles and explosives. It has been determined that Jesse Hughes, an outspoken supporter of anti-Islamist movements, was the main target of the deadly attack.

President John F. Kennedy’s Murder


This is the last photo of President John F. Kennedy and his wife, First Lady Jacqueline. On November 22, 1963, minutes after this image was captured, Harvey Lee Oswald shot and killed J. F. Kennedy from a school book depository.

James Dean’s Last Picture


This photograph of Hollywood star James Dean was captured hours before his death. He died in a car accident driving the car on the photo in 1955.

Robin Williams’ Death


On August 11, 2014, a couple of days after this picture was taken, actor Robin Williams was found dead at his home in Paradise Cay, California. He hung himself with a belt. The comedian was suffering from several mental issues after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Teenager’s Inexplicable Suicide


In 1970, a 14- year-old Australian boy by the name of Keith Sapsford, hid in the wheel-well of an airplane. The plane was bound for Australia.  He fell to an estimated 200-feet and died after hitting the ground. The unfortunate event was unintentionally captured in this image by an amateur photographer testing his camera.

Fatal Stunt For A Good Cause


On October 2, 1995, Robert Overacker executed a stunt to raise awareness for the homeless. He planned to go on jet ski over the Canadian side of the fall, deploy the parachute & land safely. The California stunt school graduate, fell to his death at age 39 when his rocket-propelled Parachute failed to open. After going over the edge of the falls, Overacker let go of his jet ski. Strapped to his back was a specially designed parachute with thrusters. These thrusters were supposed to deploy before the chute in order to ensure that he was far enough away from the falling jet ski but there was a malfunction. The parachute did not open, causing Overacker to fall to his death. Overacker’s body was pulled from 180-feet below the water of Niagara Falls an hour after this picture was taken.

Self Sabotage


In this picture, 20-year-old Army Cadet Stephen Hilder, smiles for the camera and gives a thumbs-up before jumping off the plane. The skydiver intentionally obstructed his parachute and his reserve parachute so it wouldn’t open after falling from the plane which caused his death.

Last Stunt


Ten seconds after this photo was taken, Russian daredevil Andrey Retrovsky had performed his very last stunt as he accidentally fell from the roof of a nine-storey building in the city of Vologda.

Televised Suicide


Budd Dwyer, the Treasurer of Pennsylvania during that time, called a news conference on January 22, 1987. Everyone was shocked when Dwyer pulled out a 357 Magnum revolver, and shot himself. Hence, his suicide was televised. This photo was taken at the moment he took the gun out.

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  1. The John Lennon pic has incorrect info. The pic with his murderer was taken several hours before he was shot. The pic was taken when Mr. Lennon was on the way to the studio. He was murdered upon his return.


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