Top 10 Creepiest Things Caught On Security Cameras

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Top 10 Creepiest Things Caught On Security Cameras

VOICE OVER: Peter DeGiglio WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp
If you were planning on sleeping tonight, think again. For this list, we'll be looking at freaky and unsettling images that have been caught on security cameras, whether public or private. Our countdown includes Clowns, Missy Bevers's Killer, Elisa Lam, and more!
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Top 10 Creepiest Things Caught on Security Cameras


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 creepiest things caught on security cameras.

For this list, we’ll be looking at freaky and unsettling images that have been caught on security cameras, whether public or private.

Have you ever seen anything spooky on your security camera? Let us know in the comments below!

#10: Clowns

Clowns are most closely associated with birthday parties or the circus, but in recent years, people have been sullying the profession through creepy acts like, well, this. In Jacksonville, Florida, various clowns were caught on security cameras terrorizing private homes. In one video, a clown simply stands near the porch and stares into the camera. In the other, more popular video, a clown goes onto a porch, rips apart a pumpkin while staring directly into the camera, and then leaves, with the pumpkin pulp an eerie reminder of its presence. It’s said that these clowns were friends of the home owners and were simply pranking them before Halloween. But still, that’s not something you want to wake up to.

#9: Face In the Doorbell

Receiving doorbell notifications at 4:00 in the morning is never a good sign. Reddit user FatNDepressed received numerous doorbell notifications on their cell phone, spanning from before midnight to after 4am. They initially ignored it, believing it to be nothing more than stray dogs, or passing pedestrians on the sidewalk. But when they finally checked, they were met with one of the most terrifying sights on the internet - that of a person staring directly into their doorbell camera, a slight smile on their face and their hands casually placed behind their back. It’s like something out of “The Purge”, and it really gets the imagination going. Fortunately, the owner of the house confirmed that they were not harmed - just incredibly spooked.

#8: Cruise Ship

While modern cruise ships make for luxurious travel, the open sea is a fickle and dangerous thing. And unfortunately, everyone on this cruise learned that fact in the scariest way possible. The ship was on the open ocean near New Zealand when it encountered a violent storm that sent enormous waves pounding against the hull. On one of the ship’s security cameras, people, tables, and chairs can be seen careening around the room as the ship lists in the storm. It makes for unnerving viewing, appearing like a scene out of “Titanic”. The storm left 42 people injured, and customers were offered a 25% discount on their next cruise as compensation.

#7: Barnsley Antiques Centre

Located in South Yorkshire, England, Barnsley Antiques Centre is a very popular shop—and for more reasons than one. It’s caught the attention of paranormal enthusiasts, owing to its supposedly relentless supernatural activity. Back in 2016, a Bambi rocking horse was caught on camera rocking by itself and flying off the shelf. The previous year, a heavy lamp was caught being pushed off a table by an unseen force. But that’s not all. A glass cabinet shattered for no apparent reason, pictures have fallen off shelves, and a book once tumbled off the aforementioned glass cabinet, startling an unsuspecting employee. The store uploads its creepy CCTV footage on its eponymous YouTube channel, and it has helped make the shop both a sensation and a popular tourist destination.


#6: Missy Bevers’s Killer

On the morning of April 18, 2016, Dallas area fitness instructor Missy Bevers was killed by an unidentified person while preparing a class in a local church. The crime tragically remains unsolved, and that’s made all the more aggravating owing to the clear video evidence of the killer. Various security cameras captured a suspicious vehicle driving in the area shortly before Bevers’s murder. But even creepier is the killer themselves. The suspect can be seen clad in police riot gear and casually roaming the empty halls of the church, opening various doors and wielding what appears to be a hammer.


#5: Don’t Take Donuts From Strangers

In October of 2017, mother Rechelle Haigh experienced one of the scariest things that a parent can encounter. As captured in a video she later shared, a white van approached her three children, who were playing outside on a trampoline. Haigh reportedly heard the driver asking the kids if they wanted some donuts. She initially thought it was a friendly neighbor and wasn’t too alarmed. However, her eldest daughter, who can be seen running from the stranger on the CCTV footage, came bursting into the house and informed her mother of the situation. Haigh confronted the man from afar, who reiterated the donut story before driving away. The incident was reported to the police, and Haigh uploaded the creepy footage to Facebook.


#4: The Store Standoff

As captured on surveillance video, on June 17, 2013, a wanted felon named Sammie Wallace strolled into an Oklahoma City store and snatched a two year old girl out of her mother’s cart. He then held the young girl at knifepoint and gave her mother a cell phone, demanding that she call a specific police officer. He proceeded to hold the girl hostage for half an hour, and witnesses claim that he was rambling about the Illuminati. He spoke with a hostage negotiator with the child on his lap, the knife held to her stomach. When he brought the knife up to her throat, however, he was immediately shot. The little girl was unharmed.

#3: The Eriksson Twins

Swedish twin sisters Ursula and Sabina Eriksson were traveling the UK when their odd behavior got them kicked off a bus. They soon made their way onto the median strip of a busy freeway, where they were captured on CCTV. The twins proceeded to run into oncoming traffic and were repeatedly struck by speeding cars. Ursula was seriously injured in the ordeal, and Sabina attacked an officer after regaining consciousness. She was taken into custody but attacked a man after being released from court, leading to five years’ imprisonment. No drugs or alcohol were reported in the original bizarre incident, and it was eventually chalked up to a rare phenomenon known as shared psychosis—in which two people share a psychotic episode.


#2: Watching You Sleep

There are few things scarier than an intruder breaking into your house and watching you sleep. Unfortunately, Chicago couple Jack Mackercher and Jordan Buranskas know that from firsthand experience. The suspect entered their home through an unlocked door and stood at the top of the stairs, silently watching over the couple who had fallen asleep on the couch. Luckily, the couple were not hurt, though Jordan’s purse was stolen. Curious about the missing purse, Jordan and Jack consulted the home’s security camera hoping to get answers. And that’s when they saw the lurker standing at the top of the stairs. This is like something out of an urban legend, and it is every bit as terrifying.


Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Shadow Person
A Creepy Shadow Quickly Darts In and Out of Frame

Interrupted Dinner
An Evening Meal Is Interrupted by a Driveway Ghost

Pushed By Shadow
A Young Boy Is Pushed From Behind by a Shadow

#1: Elisa Lam

Lam was a college student staying at Los Angeles’s infamous Cecil Hotel when she went missing. CCTV elevator footage showed Lam acting in an unsettling manner shortly before her death. She can be seen hiding inside the elevator, peeking around the corner, continuously entering and exiting the elevator, and speaking to someone in the hallway. Two weeks after she was reported missing, Lam’s body was found in one of the hotel’s water tanks. The leading theory is that Lam stopped taking her medication, leading to a psychotic episode. She then likely accessed the roof via a fire escape and climbed into one of the open tanks. Her death was one of the most shocking and captivating news stories of the 2010s.
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