Here are a few of the creepiest photos that have become so popular throughout history.

1. Amityville Horror House

The Amityville House.

During the Amityville Horror House investigation, a series of photographs were taken along the stairwell area. One of the IR photographs shows a little boy resembling John Matthew – the youngest DeFeo son – peering around.

2. Cabinet of Curiosities (the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography)

Cabinet of Curiosities

Frederik Ruysch, a botany and anatomy professor owned the majority of the anatomical artefacts. He collected unique items of embryology and anatomy. In 1717, Peter the Great bought many of its member agents. Frederik Ruysch, who collected these for more than 50 years, has decided to sell it only to the Russian Tsar. Frederik Ruysch thought that the Tsar knew how to value and appreciate its rarity and could preserve his exception collection for future generations to come.

3. Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace.

In 1851, London, the Crystal Palace conducted an exhibition. A new, intriguing device was introduced to its visitors and guests, the stereoscope. At present, those views are an ideal source of photo documentation for 50 years during the 1800s.

4. A wax interpretation of Edward Mordrake

Wax interpretation of Edward Mordake

Edward Mordrake was a 19th century heir to aristocracy. He was born with an extra face on the back of his head. It couldn’t speak nor eat, but it could cry or laugh.

5. Gas Mask Parade

Gas mask parade

The “Gas Mask Parade”, Tokyo, taken by Masao Horino around 1936-1939.

6. Isla de las Muñecas or Island of the Dolls

The island was originally owned by Don Julian Santana Barrera. The legend goes that Barrera found a girl who drowned mysteriously whom he couldn’t save. Shortly afterward, Barrera witnessed a floating doll close to the canals, which probably belong to the dead girl. He took the doll and hanged it on a tree, as a means of respect and support of the girl’s spirit.

Barrera claimed he was haunted by the girl’s spirit and began hanging more dolls on trying to please the spirit. Then he realized that the dolls themselves were controlled by spirits of many dead girls, and kept on collecting dolls and hung them all over the entire island. It was as though Barrera was entirely driven by an invisible force that changed him forever.

After years and years of collecting and hanging dolls, Barrera was found dead. He drowned in the same area where the girl did. A lot of people in the area believe that Barrera joined the spirits of the island.

7. Photograph, Gabriel Moulin

Photograph by Gabriel Moulin

Photograph by Gabriel Moulin, 1915. An elite Bohemian Club member participated in a Cremation of Care ceremony in 1915 to purge himself of worldly concerns. This private organization of influential men still meets yearly north of San Francisco and utilizes this symbolic ceremony to start its summer retreat.

8. Rhinoplasty

Rinoplasty 1880

This 1880 photo shows a guy who lost his nose due to an injury and was replaced by a finger. The surgery was done by Dr. E. Hart and photographed by OG Mason.

9. Ruth Brown Snyder

Ruth Synder Murder

Ruth Brown Snyder, along with her lover, was guilty of murder. She was first woman executed in Sing Sing Prison since 1899. Her time on the electric chair was only moments before her lover. The execution was caught on film. In the photograph shown, you can see the electricity running all through her body.

10. Snowman at summit 1902

Snowman at Summit 1902

The photo shows the dark silhouettes of three men and a child standing in a landscape filled with snow in front of a massive snowman sculpture.

11. The Mummies of Venzone

Mummies of Venzone

For many, many years, a mysterious secret surrounded the cathedral of Venzone, Udine, Italy. Bodies in the tombs, instead of decomposing naturally, were perfectly preserved and were still very recognizable many years later, leading to the people to retrieve and commune often with their deceased loved ones. At present, scientist finally traced this mystery to Hypha tombicina, parasitic fungus that quickly dehydrates the dead bodies before they can even decompose first.

12. The Taiyo Department Store

Taiyo Department Store

On November 29, 1973, a fire at the Taiyo Department Store (Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan) killed 103 people.

13. Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith

James Cameron and Thomas Shipp

Two African-American men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, were hanged in Marion, Indiana. The boys had been arrested, charged with robbery, the murder of a white factory worker, and the rape of his white girlfriend.