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NSFW: Vintage Scene of Crime Photos

Sydney, Australia’s Justice & Police Museum has an amazing collection of vintage photos, some of which we’ve featured in our mugshot posts. I love their collection because it’s an un-sanitized look at the past, and a free glimpse into scenes that are now tightly controlled by authorities. Today I’ve put together a more gorey gallery for your enjoyment – scene of crime photos where the main subject is a corpse. Whether by natural causes or murder, these were the first photos taken when police were called to the scene. This was the first official, visual documentation of each person’s death, a moment of the utmost importance. The soul has departed, but the shell remains, and the people left behind are left looking for reasons. Check out this morbid collection below…

 

Photos via Historic Houses Trust

 

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. C224

    July 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    John

  2. Jenna Raindog

    June 23, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Nah, it’s cool. Don’t sweat it, weirdo. *winkwink*

  3. Mikiel Stovall

    June 23, 2015 at 11:37 am

    And dead people are looking at you too, Mathew.

  4. Chuck Martin

    June 23, 2015 at 9:58 am

    It’s normal actually. I read an article once about morbid curiosity. Basically, it boils down to our survival instinct compelling us to learn what we can about the deceased so we don’t end up like them.

  5. Misty Barbieto

    June 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Rusty Cornell

  6. Melanie Mofield

    June 23, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Love it! I need to show you my murder photography book next time you come by, Robyn Mofield!

  7. Robyn Mofield

    June 23, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Melanie Mofield

  8. Somber Von Plaag

    June 23, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Not at all. If it were dead animal bodies, that would be offensive.

  9. Dominik August Sikorski

    June 23, 2015 at 6:45 am

    nah, it starts to get weird when you kill people to watch at dead bodies

  10. Christine Casano

    June 23, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Love these

  11. Ernest Martinez

    June 23, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Manny Flores

  12. Tiffany Ashes

    June 23, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Aaron Ashes

  13. Bart Van Den Vonder

    June 23, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Yes.

  14. Андрей Стоянович

    June 23, 2015 at 3:37 am

    That’s why you are in cvlt nation.

  15. Danielle Cavanagh

    June 23, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Keiran Mckay

  16. Lee Blaireau

    June 23, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I guess I am weird too then because I like looking at vintage true crime photos as well. I do not mind looking at a body if it’s human, but it really upsets me if it is of dead animals or small children.

  17. Lee Blaireau

    June 23, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I guess I am weird too then because I like looking at vintage true crime photos as well. I do not mind looking at a body if it’s human, but it really upsets me if it is of dead animals or small children. Distressing then.

  18. Patrick Boehmcke

    June 23, 2015 at 12:02 am

    some oddly artistic shots for police department photos. reminds me of weegee

  19. Ed Haunted Correia

    June 23, 2015 at 12:02 am

    It’s the way we definitly going

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