11 Disturbing Photos With Even More Horrifying Backstories

1. Just Seconds Before A Bomb Went Off

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The above photo was taken on August 15th, 1998 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. The subjects in the photo are a Spanish father and son who were on vacation with a group. The red car directly behind and to the right of them contained a car bomb that went off shortly after the photo was taken. The father and son lived however the photographer, another Spaniard traveling with the group, died. He was only of the 29 killed by the bomb. 220 more were injured. The bombing was carried out by a group that had splintered off from the Irish Republican Army and that called itself the Real IRA.

2. A Kidnapping

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This CCTV still shows two-year-old James Patrick Bulger being led away from his mother at a shopping center in England. The boy leading him away is one of the two 10-year-old boys, Robert Thompson or Jon Venables, who kidnapped Bulger and later tortured and killed him. It was later discovered that Thompson and Venables were at the shopping center that day for the express purpose of kidnapping and murdering a small child and the duo became the youngest people in the history of England to be convicted of murder.

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At the trial it was established that at this location, one of the boys threw blue Humbrol modelling paint, which they had shoplifted earlier, into Bulger’s left eye. They kicked and stomped on him, and threw bricks and stones at him. Batteries were placed in Bulger’s mouth. Police believed some batteries may have been inserted into his anus, although none were found there. Finally, a 22-pound (10.0 kg) iron bar, described in court as a railway fishplate, was dropped on him. Bulger suffered ten skull fractures as a result of the iron bar striking his head. Dr. Alan Williams, the case’s pathologist, stated that Bulger suffered so many injuries—42 in total—that none could be isolated as the fatal blow.

The two young killers then placed the toddler’s body on a pair of train tracks believing that his death would then be blamed on being hit by a train.

Venables was released in 2010 but rearrested after being charged with child pornography possession.

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