29 Shocking Photos Of Modern History’s Most Infamous Assassinations

Published November 15, 2017
Updated April 30, 2021

Rare photos that place you in the middle of assassinations you've read about but perhaps never seen.

Inejiro Asanuma Assassination Sword
Lincoln Assassination Theater Box
King Assassination Balcony
Martin Luther King Blood
29 Shocking Photos Of Modern History’s Most Infamous Assassinations
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Few moments sear themselves into the course of history quite like an assassination.

More than a half-century after the fact, for example, most any American knows exactly what you mean when you simply refer to 11/22/63. Likewise, most Americans can readily summon the image of fingers pointing at an unseen assassin in the distance as the body of Martin Luther King Jr. lies on the balcony floor below.

And while so many of us know that iconic image well, far fewer of us have seen the photos that reveal what some other of modern history's most pivotal assassinations looked like just before, during, and after they unfolded.

For rarely-seen views of the tragic killings of everyone from Mahatma Gandhi to Robert Kennedy to Rasputin, take a look at the photos above.

Next, discover more about the John F. Kennedy assassination as well as the assassination of Inejiro Asanuma. Then, have a look at some of the most stunning photos taken just before and just after pivotal historical moments took place.

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society of history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.