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10 Seemingly Normal Images with Disturbing Backstories

6. It looks like just an ordinary photo of a father happy to see his daughter graduate. However, the guy on the left is Dennis Rader, a.k.a, the “BTK Killer,” who killed ten people over a period of about 25 years while being a beloved member of his community. He was a security system technician, a Cub Scout leader, a church president, a city worker, a happily married father of two… and a sadistic serial killer.

Dennis Rader
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Dennis Rader had all the earmarks of being only a “regular” fellow in all aspects of his public-confronting life. Born in 1945, Dennis spent his adolescence in the Wichita, Kansas region, and after a short spell in the U.S. Air Force, he ultimately wedded a lady named Paula in 1971.

The couple lived respectively around there, a suburb of Wichita, and had two kids, a boy and a girl (the same in the picture above). 

As far as Rawson (his daughter) can recall, she has known her father as a family man who may be unfriendly at times but loved her. The 60-year-old father was known to her as the president of the church, Boy Scout troop leader, and an Air Force veteran. 

Rader’s killing binge began with the Otero family when, in the January of 1974, he murdered Joseph and Julie Otero and two of their five children. He then went on killing 21-year-old Katheryn Bright the same year. His next two victims, Shirly Vian and Nancy Fox, were killed in 1977.

 Rawson was conceived the next year, to which she recalls: “I am a crime victim from before I was born.” 

His eighth victim, Marine Hedge, who was also his neighbor living just six doors down, was murdered in 1985. The following year, he murdered his ninth victim, Vicki Wegerle. After a break of five years, Radar murder his alleged final victim, Dolores Davis, in January of 1991.

On June 27, 2005, the day that his court trial was planned to start, Dennis pled guilty to every one of the ten charges of murders recorded against him. He described every one of the killings in detail during his admission, yet he showed little feeling and no regret.

Furthermore, he offered no apologies. Ultimately, Dennis was condemned to ten successive life sentences for his wrongdoings. This incorporated a “hard 40,” or 40 years without the chance of parole. (source)

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7. The Apollo 1 crew expressed concern about the construction of the command module on August 19, 1966. The picture here has all the three astronauts, jokingly at the time, praying to God for their safe journey to space. The spacecraft would later catch fire, and all three astronauts would be killed. 

Apollo 1 crew
Image credit: NASA/Wikimedia

By the year 1967, President John F. Kennedy’s objective of “landing a man on the moon and returning him securely to Earth” before the decade’s over seemed, by all accounts, to be in question.

A three-month delay in the conveyance of recently a planned spacecraft had pushed back the Apollo program’s initially monitored mission to February 1967, and continued testing disappointments tormented the most perplexing rockets at any point designed. 

The three men set to take off on Apollo I, Roger Chaffee and veterans Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Ed White, had issues with the new craft.

They voiced their concerns about the combustible nylon and Velcro in the command module with Joseph Shea, Chief of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office, before giving him a gag form of their team representation. Their heads were bowed, and their hands were caught in the petition.

Regardless of the inconceivable peril in space travel, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had dispatched 16 monitored space trips in its Mercury and Gemini programs without a solitary setback.

For the duration of the evening, minor glitches and correspondence issues between the space apparatus and Mission Control in Houston created rehashed setbacks. Hours slowly crept by, and an early evening haziness settled around the platform as the takeoff was put on hold with ten minutes left as problems kept on plaguing the spacecraft. 

“Hello! We have a fire in the cockpit!” shouted one of them. Astonished, they watched on their screens as smoke filled the small space. “We have an awful fire! We’re catching fire!” came another shouting transmission from the cockpit. 

The astronauts had practically no opportunity to unstrap themselves from their seats, not to mention get away from the now-roaring fire. Burning at more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the blast burnt through the space travelers’ space suits and oxygen tubes.

The group probably passed out and died from suffocation from breathing in poisonous gases. The efforts to extract the men from the burned container couldn’t start until six hours after the fire, and it required an hour and a half to remove their bodies, which were intertwined with the nylon of the contents inside. (source)

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8. The tragically powerful story behind the lone German who refused to give Hitler the Nazi salute as a gesture of rebellion against the Nazis who denied recognizing his love affair with a Jewish woman. 

August Landmesser
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Celebrated by the Nazi Party during the 1930s, Hitler’s notorious “Sieg heil!” (signifying “hail triumph”) salute was obligatory for all German residents to show loyalty to the Führer, his staff, and his country. 

August Landmesser, the solitary German declining to raise his right arm amid Hitler’s entourage at a 1936 meeting, had been a steadfast Nazi. After two years, Landmesser fell frantically infatuated with Irma Eckler, a Jewish lady, and proposed union with her in 1935. 

Learning of his commitment to a Jewish lady, Landmesser was ousted from the Nazi Party. Landmesser and Eckler chose to file a marriage application in Hamburg. However, the application was denied due to the recently sanctioned Nuremberg Laws. 

The couple had their first girl child, Ingrid, in October of 1935. And afterward, on June 13, 1936, Landmesser gave the infamous crossed arm position during Hitler’s gathering at the launching of a German Navy vessel. In 1937, tired, Landmesser endeavored to escape Nazi-Germany to Denmark with his family. At the line, he was confined and accused of “shaming the race” or “racial notoriety” under the Nuremberg Laws.

After a year, Landmesser was vindicated of his crimes and was cautioned about continuing a relationship with Eckler. Declining to desert the mother of his child, Landmesser disregarded Nazi wishes and was captured again in 1938 and condemned to almost three years in a camp. He could never see the lady he adored or his child ever again. (source)

9. The little box that this man is holding is the nuclear core of the primary bomb, “Fat Man,” that destroyed Nagasaki.

Harold Agnew
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Harold Agnew saw the development of the nuclear bomb beginning to end. As an individual from Enrico Fermi’s research group at the University of Chicago in 1942, Agnew saw the primary supported atomic chain response, Chicago Pile-1.

He worked in the Experimental Physics Division at Los Alamos from 1943 to 1945. While the Trinity test was being led, Agnew was on his approach to Tinian Island in the Pacific as a feature of Project Alberta, the gathering responsible for the last bomb assembly. He additionally recorded the blast with a film camera. 

The plutonium center (the crate) in the Fat Man weighed 6.2 kg or around 14 lb, and the pit is 9 cm (4 inches) across. Furthermore, just around one-fifth of it, somewhat more than 1 kg (2 pounds), goes through a splitting response. What’s more, just a gram (1/30th of an ounce) of that gets changed over into hazardous energy equivalent to 21,000 tons of TNT. (source)

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10. A picture of Chris Benoit with wife and son. Over three days between June 22 and 24, 2007, Chris Benoit, a 40-year-old Canadian professional wrestler employed by World Wrestling Entertainment and living in Fayetteville, Georgia, killed his wife Nancy Benoit and their seven-year-old son, Daniel, before hanging himself.

Chris Benoit
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Chris Benoit, a professional wrestler at the WWE, killed his wife and seven-year-old child in their home in Fayetteville, Georgia, a week before ending his own life by hanging himself with a link from a weight machine in his home exercise center.

On its website, the wrestling association said it called the specialists after accepting a few “inquisitive” instant messages from Mr. Benoit early Sunday morning. 

Examiners looking through the house discovered Nancy E. Benoit, 43, in an upstairs family room with her hands and feet bound and her head in a pool of blood, said Scott Ballard, the Fayette County lead prosecutor. Nobody can speculate the real reasons for this gruesome murder of his family followed by his own suicide. (source)

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