Monk performs ceremony on man who died
Woman and child fall from broken fire escape
The heat had forced them into the furthest corner of the fire escape. A firefighter was on a ladder nearby and asked for Bryant to hand him the child. When she attempted to do this, the fire escape gave way. Bryant broke Jone's fall, saving the child, but she died later that night from her injuries. This picture prompted officials in Boston and other cities around the country to rewrite its fire escape safety laws.
The journalist who took the photo wrote, "I was shooting pictures as they were falling - then I turned away. It dawned on me what was happening and I didn't want to see them hit the ground. I can still remember turning around and shaking."
The face of a Kamikaze
Terra Nova Expedition
They succeeded in reaching the pole on January 17, 1912, but had been preceded by a Norwegian team 34 days earlier. The journey back was brutal and unrelenting causing the team's physical conditions to deteriorate (many had frostbite and other wounds).
Some of their bodies, journals and photographs were discovered eight months later in October 1912 by a search party.
Scott's last journal entry was dated March 29, 1912, it read:
"Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity but I do not think I can write more. R. Scott. Last entry. For God's sake look after our people."
The murder of James Bulger
Thompson and Venables were charged for the murders and held in custody until June 2001, when they were released on parole with new identities.
Man captures his own assassination and solves his own murder
Regina Walters, serial killer victim
Five months before her body would be discovered, Rhoades' 15-year murder spree came to an end when a trooper felt Rhoades had parked dangerously on the shoulder of Interstate 40 about 50 miles north of Phoenix. The trooper discovered another girl chained to the door with welts on her body, cuts on her mouth, and a horse bridle secured around her neck. For his crimes, Rhoades was sentenced to life without parole.
Held captive for 25 years
The girl disappeared and her mother and brother publicly mourned her loss. In 1901 it was discovered that they had her locked in an upstairs room with the windows boarded for the pervious 25 years, never once seeing sunlight. When discovered, Blanche was emaciated and covered in food and feces. She was severely malnourished and weighed just 55 pounds.
Following the discovery of her daughter, Madame Blanche was arrested but suffered a heart attack and died within a month. Her brother, who was also arrested, was found guilty for his part and sentenced to 15 months in prison. However, he won an appeal and walked free to the horror of all in the courtroom.
Volcanologist dies in the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens
The volcano erupted laterally, sending swift pyroclastic flows down its flanks at near supersonic speeds. Before being struck by a series of flows that, at their fastest, would have taken less than a minute to reach his position, Johnston managed to radio his co-workers with the message: "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!" Seconds later, the signal from the radio went silent.
Jerry Martin was an amateur radio operator located farther north of Johnston's position. He reported seeing the eruption envelop Johnston's post and declared solemnly, "Gentlemen, the uh... camper and the car sitting over to the south of me is covered. It's gonna get me, too. I can't get out of here ..." before his radio went silent as well.
Man finds out his younger brother was killed
The article I sourced below describes the moment the brother arrived at the school after the stabbing:
A bereaved young man who arrived about an hour and a half after the stabbing cried out and collapsed to the ground in grief, slapping the asphalt with his palms as tears streamed down his face.
"That's my little baby brother," he wailed, before being escorted away through police lines. "He has a father, he has a mother. I helped raise him."
"I can't tell you how I'm feeling," he told an officer. "I hope I wake up."
The vulture and the little girl
Kevin Carter, the South African photojournalist who took this photo, committed suicide a little over a year after it was taken. He had been heavily criticized over the photograph. After he took it, he chased the bird away, but he often expressed regret for not doing anything more to help the child.
Two people embrace in their final moments
Taslima Akhter, the Bangladeshi photographer who took this photo, tried to find out more about these two but was unable to learn more clues about them.
Aktar says of the photo, "I felt like I knew them — they felt very close to me. I looked at who they were in their last moments as they stood together and tried to save each other — to save their beloved lives.
Every time I look back to this photo, I feel uncomfortable — it haunts me. It’s as if they are saying to me, we are not a number — not only cheap labor and cheap lives. We are human beings like you. Our life is precious like yours, and our dreams are precious too."
The remains of the astronaut Vladimir Komarov
Though he could have backed out, Komarov decided to stay on the mission, because if he didn't Gargarin would have to go and would die instead. Gagarin showed up to the launch in full gear and tried to convince the crew to let him pilot the craft instead, but the crew (including Komarov) refused to let him, and Komarov flew the ship.
This photo is of Komarov's open casket funeral, where his charred remains can be seen on display. Komarov demanded it personally before his flight to send a message to the government officials who had caused his death. His final “revenge” was forcing his superiors to look at what they had done.
Mother and son's final selfie
Three hours after this picture was taken, their plane was shot down by a missile and crashed near the Ukrane-Russia border. Slok and his mother were among the 298 people killed.
Slok played as a goalkeeper for his local football team in Maassluis, Netherlands. During a memorial service for the boy, a spokesman for the team said, "Sadly they never got the chance to fulfill that dream. But his story and his last picture tell you how dreams of many people with wonderful lives ahead of them have been wrecked.”
The self-immolating monk
In May of that year, Buddhists had gathered in the imperial city of Hue to demonstrate many issues, among them, the right to fly the Buddhist flag alongside the national flag. The government aggressively broke up the gathering and nine Buddhists died in the violence that ensued. Buddhists were outraged by the violent actions of the government and their refusal to take responsibility for those who had died at the demonstration.
To protest against the Diem regime, two elderly monks committed ritual suicide by immolating themselves in a busy intersection in Saigon, Vietnam on June 11, 1963. Thich Quang Duc is the 73-year-old monk pictured.
The face of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
Today, Indira lives in a cement house given to her by the government. The photo won the Reuters photographer an award and was published all over the world, but it didn't make Indira any better off. She remains poor and is in failing health.
Love is eternal
The two are both males and could be relatives or lovers. The town they were in had been burned by a military attack. They likely hid from soldiers but asphyxiated quickly because of the fire. In their final moments, they turned to kiss each other before dying.
Sanchez's legs were bent in a kneeling position and trapped under concrete. Her deceased aunt also had her arms wrapped tightly around the girl's legs.
The workers and volunteers realized there was no way to rescue the girl without severing her legs. They lacked the equipment to be able to save her from the effects of amputation, so the doctors decided that it would be more humane to let her die.
Sanchez lasted three days before succoming to the likely effects of exposure. The entire world followed her televised plight and was outraged that the government didn't do more to save her and other victims of the mudslide.
The Jonestown Massacre
A congressman from California heard the reports of the poor conditions and went for a visit. At the visit, some members slipped him a note asking if they could leave with him. He told everyone there that anyone was welcome to go back to the States with him. The problem: members aren't allowed to leave without Jone's permission, which he wouldn't give.
The congressman and four others were killed on the tarmac of the airport. In a delusional panic, Jones declared that the United States would retaliate and come kill them and shoot their babies. So he ordered everyone to commit non-optional "revolutionary suicide." Adults and children drunk grape Flavor-Aid laced with cyanide and Valium. In total, 912 people died from drinking the poison, over 276 of whom were children.
The soldier with shell shock
The stare is a disassociation from trauma, and can be seen in cases of post traumatic stress disorder, though not always. An eerie thought about the photo, people didn't smile for pictures during this time.