Barry Delaney and his best friend Kevin Elliott made a pact; that Delaney would wear a dress – the brighter, the better – if Elliott was killed in a action. Private Elliott died Aug 2009 the victim of a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan. Delaney kept his word at the funeral
Reality of divorce. Found in 7 year old school bag
Man saying goodbye to his dog before she was put to sleep
19 year old Madison Holleran’s final Instagram post – uploaded just an hour before she took her own life
Iranian man gives the peace sign before execution
Hanged in public in November 2014, 36-year-old Nader Haghighat Naseri had one message to those observing the execution in Mashhad, Iran: peace and victory.
Naseri was a member of an armed group which engaged in several episodes of armed robbery, and was convicted of Moharebeh, or waging war against God.
Average age for getting “into the life” is 12
A 5 year old’s last drawing before dying of cancer
One Last Ride
My grandpa suffered from alzheimers in his later years. It never really affected me since it seemed lke the funny kind of Alzheimer’s. A lot of "oh grandpa moments!" like when he can’t remember how to tie his shoes or how to use the microwave.
After a while though it started getting worse. He couldn’t recognize my voice over the phone for example. But there was one moment that made me realize how far gone my grandfather was.
He picked up a framed picture of him and my grandmother who had passed away four years prior. He stared at it blankly and I lightheartedly asked "You like that picture, eh, grandpa?"
He paused before replying "Who are these people?
I froze my grandfather couldn’t remember what his wife of fifty-four years looked like. He couldn’t remember what HE looked like.
I said "Grandpa, that’s you and grandma. Don’t you remember?
Again, he paused and then he began to cry and said choking on his tears "No, no I don’t remember! I can’t remember! Why can’t l remember?"
"It’s the Alzheimer’s, Grandpa. You’re losing your memories a-"
"Alzheimer’s I don’t care, I lived a life, I worked hard, I existed! I should know it, shouldn’t I?"
There was a long pause before he muttered "I’m scared."
"I don’t want to die."
We cried for hours.
The boy on the left is 5 and survived a terrorist attack that killed his whole family. This is the moment he sees his best friend after the attack in the hospital
Survivor of a Hutu Death Camp in Rwanda (Rwanda Genoicde)
A Hutu man at a Red Cross hospital, his face mutilated by the Hutu ‘Interahamwe’ militia, who suspected him of sympathizing with the Tutsi rebels. The animosity between the Hutu and Tutsi population groups in Rwanda had been simmering for decades. In April, the death of Hutu president Habyarimana in a plane crash near the capital of Kigali sparked murderous attacks on the Tutsi minority and Hutu moderates. The situation deteriorated further when the mainly Tutsi rebels of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) started pushing south from their stronghold in northern Rwanda. A mass exodus of people trying to escape excessive violence was underway by July.
Wedding bands that were removed from holocaust victims before they were executed
54 years ago, the KKK detonated at least 15 sticks of dynamite under the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama, killing four children and injuring 22 people
Frank Embree shortly before his lynching, Fayette, Missouri, 1899. He was accused of raping a 14-year-old white girl and only confessed after being whipped over 100 times
Frank Embree, in Fayette, Missouri was accused of assaulting a white girl named Miss Willie Dougherty. A mob of over a thousand people captured him, and he was taken to the scene of the crime, where he was asked to make a statement. His persistent refusal to admit his involvement angered the mob, and he was stripped of his clothing, and half-a-dozen men whipped him over and over using buggy whips. Each lash opened the skin, and the blood trickled down.
He never winced. He gazed abstractedly into the faces of the crowd, and never uttered a word. Twice he fell, either from exhaustion, or in the hope of ending his agony by breaking his neck. He was given 103 fearful lashes, and then allowed to sit down. Again he was questioned, but he still maintained his innocence.
He was made to stand up again, and he was whipped once more. Embree’s sense of feeling had returned, and he screamed for mercy.
Promising to tell all, he told the crowd that if they would not torture him any more, and would not burn him, but instead would either shoot or hang him, he would make a confession. Embree then acknowledged that he had assaulted Miss Dougherty. Without further delay, he was hanged and his lifeless, battered and bleeding body was left on display for hours
An Iraqi man comforts his 4-year-old son
An Iraqi man comforts his 4-year-old son at a holding center for prisoners of war, in the base camp of the US Army 101st Airborne Division near An Najaf. The boy had become terrified when, according to orders, his father was hooded and handcuffed. A US soldier later severed the plastic handcuffs so that the man could comfort his child. Hoods were placed over detainees’ heads because they were quicker to apply than blindfolds. The military said the bags were used to disorient prisoners and protect their identities. It is not known what happened to the man or the boy.
A letter from father to son