The Lost Ritual of Photographing the Dead
Despite the current ubiquity of cameras, we rarely pause in our flurry of social media sharing to document one of the most significant events in all our lives: death.
Skull & Bones
One of my favorites from my visit to Sedlec Ossuary, found in Prague. I like how the skulls point their gazes lower and lower, as if it punctuate the descent into death, a presence which is quite apparent in the bone covered church.
The Skulls in This Wall Are All from People Consumed by Vultures
Though the European bone houses are some of the most famous in the world, there are similar charnels in Asia. Located in Biru County in the Nagchu Prefacture...
Rube Burrow, 1890
A photo of Reuben Houston Burrow, a well-known train robber in the U.S. South and Southwest. Like Butch Cassidy and his gang, he was hunted by the Pinkerton Detective Agency. He was captured in 1890 and shot while trying to escape. His body was viewed by thousands while on his way to be buried.
“Mirrors With Memories”: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?
In the 19th and early 20th century, postmortem photography was as normal as prom photos.
Top 20 Great US Civil War Photographs - Listverse
If you ever saw Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” documentary, you might recall it mentioned during the final episode how many photos, daguerreotypes and tintypes were destroyed after the war. Some were used as glass for greenhouses. Among those that survive, though, are some pretty startling ones. (At least for nerdy historians like me.) This
Bob Crane | True Crime Zone
Bob Crane was a famous actor and star of Hogan's Heroes who was murdered. He was found bludgeoned to death in his apartment. Over 40 years later Bob Crane's murder remains unsolved. Click to read more true crime cases and true crime stories
Charles Whitman | Photos
Charles Joseph Whitman shot and killed 14 people from the observation deck of The University of Texas at Austin on August 1, 1966, after murdering his wife and mother, and before being shot by Austin police.
O.J. Simpson Murder Trial — Shocking Crime Scene Photos
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES! Bloody crime scene photos show how detectives decided O.J. Simpson murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman!