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25 Creepy Photos That Will Give You the Chills

If a picture is, indeed, worth 1,000 words, then here are at least 25,000 of the most creepy and chilling words you'll ever experience.

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A quiet country home?

What looks like a lovely country home in upstate New York is actually one of 42 buildings that made up the Trudeau Sanitorium for people with tuberculosis (before the advent of current antibiotic treatment). Located in the Adirondack Mountains, this was America's first such sanitorium. If you look carefully at the photo taken in 1948, you can see a white-clad nurse ascending the front steps to care for her patients.

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Creating a model of a murder victim

Between 1972 and 1978, John Wayne Gacy, Jr. murdered at least 33 men in Cook County, Illinois. 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."

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Creepy clown

This 1928 image of Lon Chaney as a super-creepy clown (a still from the silent film, Laugh, Clown, Laugh), may be another reason people are afraid of clowns. If you find these photos creepy, you'll be super creeped out by these chilling stories that'll make you believe in ghosts.

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Ghostly figures

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 stampeded in 2010 at Loveparade, a German dance music festival. Five hundred others were injured in the devastating tragedy. If these creepy photos aren't creepy enough for you, don't miss these 10 true ghost stories that haunt people all over the world.

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Death's relentless pursuit

Death is one of life's realities, and yet the notion of death remains mysterious, if not terrifying. One reason may be the way that burial grounds tend to become crowded, a constant reminder that death is always in pursuit. Such is the case with this eastern portion of North London's Highgate Cemetery, resting place to close to 200,000 people since 1839, where the gravestones appear to be collapsing in on themselves. Find out the oldest cemetery in every state.

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The sleeping dead

Another haunting image from London's Highgate Cemetery is of this statue of a sleeping angel. The reposing was erected, no doubt, with the intention of bringing solace to mourners, yet it so vividly conjures the image of death that it may haunt you in your dreams.

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Church spire struck by lightning

An ordinary church spire. An ordinary act of nature. Yet the image of the damage a bolt of lightning caused to a stone church spire in Denny, Scotland, feels more spooky than ordinary.

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San Francisco Earthquake

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 was another "natural" event that wrought devastating destruction to the lives and plans of the unsuspecting humans in its path. These Victorian homes on Howard Street near 17th Avenue were among the 28,000 homes destroyed in the disaster. It's estimated that approximately 3,000 lives were lost in total.

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The remains of a fire

As a result of a wildfire in Mati, Greece this year, more than 86 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 more, but the sight of a burnt soccer ball is a haunting reminder of the devastation left behind.

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A lonely crime scene

Between 1947 and 1949, a divorcee by the name of Martha Beck and her boyfriend, Raymond Fernandez, went on a killing spree, murdering as many as 20 women whom they'd met via newspaper personal ads. After the so-called "Lonely Hearts Killers" were apprehended for the murder of Delphine Downing and her two-year-old daughter, Rainell, the investigation took police to this basement in Queens, New York, where the body of another of the victims, Janet Fay, was unearthed from beneath the floor. These are the haunted house mysteries no one can explain.

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