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50 Photos Taken Right Before Tragedy

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When tragedy strikes there will inevitably be photographs. But what about the moments right before a horrific event occurs? There have been a handful of times when a photograph perfectly captured the seconds right before tragedy or death. In many ways, these moments are even more impactful because they show someone unaware of what is about to happen to them.  Morbid curiosity is part of our nature–and the final few photos will leave a haunting, bone-chilling, final impression.

A tragedy 10 minutes in the making

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This is one of the creepiest photos you will see once the scene is explained. John Lennon was signing autographs for a group of fans outside of his New York City home just 10 minutes before he was gunned down. The man in the background is Mark David Chapman, the guy who would murder Lennon in cold blood just minutes later.

A comedy legend days before his death

Comedy legend Robin Williams tragically took his own life in 2014. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease Williams hung himself in his private home. Before his death, Williams was known for always allowing fans to snap a photo. Williams took this picture with a young employee at a Dairy Queen just days before he took his own life.