By: Chelsey Dagner
In today’s age one can document just about anything through social media. Whether an individual has a special day planned or is simply bored and in need of solidarity, chances are they recorded said events in some manner or other.
But sometimes these seemingly, insignificant posts become vastly important—even a bit creepy—depending on the events that occur afterward. For most posters, these Facebook posts were typical recordings of their day. But after an individual dies their social media activity becomes a little more studied… and sometimes the last things they post become downright disturbing. Here are some of those disturbing photos and statuses that were posted to Facebook from users who died shortly afterward.
1. Cor Pan
On July 17, 2014 a young man named Cor Pan stood in an Amsterdam airport waiting to board Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. On March 8 of that year, an airplane from Malaysia Airlines, Flight 370, disappeared over the Indian Ocean less than an hour after takeoff.
Knowing this information, Cor Pan took a photo of Flight MH17 as he stood in line to enter the terminal. Pan joked in the caption of the photograph stating that if anyone found the airplane from MH370, that that was what it looked like.
Four hours into the flight, MH17 was shot down from the sky as it crossed near the Ukraine/Russia border. Investigations afterward proved that a missile had been launched by pro-Russian separatists to take the plane down.
2. Alexis Piala Bacalla
On December 31 2014, a Filipino man named Alexis took a photo of a large boat he was on and stated that he was about to go sailing. The vessel, named the Bulk Jupiter, was a cargo ship traveling off the coast of Vung Tau, Vietnam.
The following morning, Alexis updated his status and mentioned that he was sea sick due to the “dizzying rolling waves.” A few hours later came another update—one that was much more ominous. It was only one line: “the storm is coming to us.”
That night, on January 1, 2014, the crew of the Bulk Jupiter sent out a distress signal but both the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center and the Japanese Coast Guard could not make further contact with the vessel. It sunk that night, and the nineteen member crew all drowned, save for the cook who refuses to speak about the horrible incident.
3. Michael MacNeill
Sometime in December of 2013, a New York citizen named Michael MacNeill posted a photo to Facebook showing several propane tanks and red plastic gas cans in the trunk of his car. Accompanying the photo was the caption, “If you’re gonna go out with a bang, might as well do it right with 25 gallons of gas and 40 lbs of propane.”
Several of MacNeill’s friends reached out to him after this rather morbid post, but he laughingly reassured them that he was merely stocking up on fuel reserves for the winter. Many people promptly forgot all about the post.
However, a few months later someone dialed 911 from MacNeill’s house to report a “domestic dispute.” Moments after this phone call was made, a huge explosion occurred in the garage of MacNeill’s home, and the flames could be seen from several miles away.
MacNeill’s body was found in the garage. It took several tests to confirm his identity.
4. L’Wren Scott
Laura Bambrough, better known as L’Wren Scott, was an American stylist and fashion designer. On March 17, 2014 L’Wren was battling a severe bout of depression. She texted her assistant and asked her to “come by” her Chelsea apartment in Manhattan.
When L’Wren’s assistant arrived she was shocked to find that the designer had hung herself by way of a homemade black silk rope in the apartment. While there was no note, police officials quickly ruled L’Wren’s death as a suicide.
Hours after her body had been discovered, a previously scheduled post appeared on L’Wren’s Facebook. The post was of a picture of a tree at night. In the tree were several brightly colored dresses hung by hangers. Family and friends were shocked to realize that L’Wren had scheduled this image to appear shortly after her planned death.
5. Courtney Ann Sanford
On April 24, 2014 a young woman named Courtney Ann Sanford was driving around in her car near High Point, North Carolina. As a particular song came on, Courtney proceeded to open Facebook on her phone and update her status, stating “the happy song makes me happy!”
Less than a minute after this post was made, the police received a 911 call reporting a horrible car accident. Courtney had been too distracted looking at Facebook and taking pictures of herself to notice that she hadn’t obeyed the traffic light. She collided head on with a truck and was killed within seconds.
About the Author: Chelsey Dagner is a full time horror writer and aspiring librarian. When she isn’t writing articles for Blumhouse and The Lineup, she can typically be found watching creepy movies, playing Elder Scrolls, or taking leisurely strolls with her cats. Check out her horror blog at www.macabreadore.com. Chelsey Dagner is a full time horror writer and aspiring librarian. When she isn’t writing articles for Blumhouse and The Lineup, she can typically be found watching creepy movies, playing Elder Scrolls, or taking leisurely strolls with her cats. Check out her horror blog at www.macabreadore.com