Top Ten Most Horrific Things/Moments to Be Broadcasted on Live TV

These are some of the most shockingly horrific moments to be broadcasted on live TV. A lot of these events have mentally scarred the people who were watching.

The Top Ten

1 9/11 Terror Attacks 9/11 Terror Attacks

On September 11, 2001 Muslim extremist used four commercial airliners to commit an attack on America. A total of 19 members from the terrorists group al-Qaeda hijacked and crashed two of the four planes into the World Trade Center (one to each tower), one into the Pentagon, and one ended up crashing in a field in Pennsylvania due to the passengers fighting back. The World Trade Center towers ended up collapsing due to the fires melting the steel support framing of the buildings. WTC 7 also collapsed. The Pentagon was struck on the west facing side of it's building causing a partial collapse. A total of 2,996 people were killed and over 6,000 injured. It was the worst terror attack to ever occur on American soil. The whole event was tragic but seeing the people jump from the buildings to avoid burning to death was one of the worst things I've ever seen. - THC13

I remember seeing it all over the news in UK at the time it was happening. Really awful thing to witness. I can't imagine how terrified everyone involved at the time must have felt. The thing is, the image of the attack on the Twin Towers is still sometimes shown, refreshing the memories for the poor victims' families. Awful. Really really awful. - Britgirl

One of, if not THE most horrific event in US history. - CloudInvasion

9/11 was, and is a landscape that changed america, and hit hard like no other attack in U.S history. - htoutlaws2012

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2 Man Sets His Dog on Fire and Blows His Head Off with a Shotgun

Not to many people are familiar with this one but me and some of my buddies watch this live as it happened. On April 30, 1998 a man, along with his dog, stopped his pickup truck in the middle of the top level of a freeway transition ramp. Police closed the freeway ramp and attempted to communicate with the man as he sat in his truck. By this time multiple local news helicopters were on scene broadcasting live. After awhile of nothing eventful, the man emerged from his truck. He went to the bed of his pickup truck and grabbed a homemade banner/sheet and laid it out on the freeway ramp for the helicopters to see. It read, " HMO's Are In It For The Money. Live Free, Love Safe or Die! " (turns out the dude had AIDS and cancer). After he lays out the banner, he looks at the helicopters and sticks his butt out at them and slaps it (I get the impression he was saying "kiss my ass"). Also while he was getting the banner from the bed of his truck, news crews in the ...more - THC13

Uhh... someone had to have been fired just for broadcasting this - SpectralOwl

What the hell? - TwilightKitsune

3 Christine Chubbuck Suicide

On July 15, 1974, newscaster Christine Chubbuck committed suicide during her news segment on live T.V.. She is the first person to have committed suicide during a live television broadcast. She was covering a news story about a shooting at a local restaurant when the previously recorded clip for the story jammed. Chubbuck shrugged it off and said to the viewers, "In keeping up with channel 40"s policy in bringing you the latest in blood and guts in living color, you are gonna see another attempted suicide." She then reaches under the desk and pulls out a revolver (from her purse? ) and points it behind her right ear and pulls the trigger. She fell violently forward with her head slamming face first into the desk. The station then quickly went dark then they started running public service announcements. Christine died 14 hours later at the hospital. After the shooting the news director found the script Christine wrote out to read for the newscast. The script included her ...more - THC13

It was very disturbing to watch. I found it online. - AliciaMae

4 3/11 Japanese Tsunami

The worst natural disaster ever to be broadcasted on live T.V. occurred in Japan on March 11, 2011. It was caused by a 9.0 earthquake (the most powerful ever recorded in Japan) off shore. The tsunami wave got up to 133 ft in one area (Miyako). From the quake and tsunami combined 15,896 people were killed, 6,156 injured, 2,537 are still missing. Over 1 million buildings collapsed or were damaged. The tsunami/earthquake also caused the Fukushima disaster (level 7 meltdown) that is still out of control to this day. - THC13

5 R. Budd Dwyer Suicide

The Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives committed suicide at a press conference he called for on January 22, 1987. Many believed he called the press conference to announce his resignation due to his conviction in 1986 for accepting bribes. He was scheduled to be sentenced the next day, January 23, 1987. He was facing 55 years in prison and fines over $300,000. At the press conference gave a statement in which he claimed his innocence (later investigation revealed he WAS guilty) and ended his statement with, "Please leave immediately if you have a weak stomach or mind since I don't want to cause physical or mental distress. I love you. Thank you for making my life so happy. Goodbye to you all on the count of three. Please make sure the sacrifice of my life is not in vein." He then pulls a 357 revolver out of a manila envelope. He pointed the pistol in the air and asked, "Please, please leave the room if this will, if this will effect you." As some approached ...more - THC13

6 1972 Olympic Massacre

Also known as the Munich Massacre. At the 1972 Olympics' in Munich, Germany Palestinian terrorists known as Black September (also aided by German Neo Nazis) took Israeli Olympians hostage. The terrorists group snuck into an apartment complex that was housing Olympic athletes with the help of some Canadians (some say American). Either way the people who help the terrorists sneak in didn't know about their plot. The terrorists ended up getting into the Israeli's rooms while they were asleep. The Israelis fought back.(*pretty badass*) One even knocked out one of the terrorists before he was shot to death. During the times the Israeli were fighting back some managed to escape. The terrorists ended up with nine hostages. The terrorists had a few demands. The main one being the release of 234 Palestinians jailed in Israel. By this time international news channels surrounded the apartments and was filming live. During the live broadcast, the terrorists can be seen going to the balconies with ...more - THC13

7 1992 Los Angeles Riots

On April 29, 1992 the city of Los Angles and it's surrounding area erupted in a 6 day riot. a lot of the chaos was captured by news helicopters and broadcasted live over those six days. A total of 63 deaths, 2,383 injured and around 13,000 arrest were a result of the riot. For a more detailed description and information on the L.A. Riots see my list titled "Ten Worst Tragedies or Catastrophes to Occur in California" if interested. - THC13

8 Lee Harvey Oswald Assassination

On November 24, 1963 suspected Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was shot in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters by Jack Ruby while being escorted to an armored vehicle to be transported to the city jail. - THC13

9 Manila Hostage Crisis Manila Hostage Crisis

On August 23, 2010 a former Philippine National Police officer named Rolando Mendoza hijacked a bus carrying 25 people, 20 of them were tourist from Hong Kong. The disgruntled former officer claims he was wrongly and unjustly fired from his job and used the hostages as a bargaining tool to demand a fair hearing to defend himself. Negotiations (which were televised) fell apart after police told Mendoza they arrested his brother. News of his brothers arrest infuriated Mendoza prompting him to immediately open fire on the police. What followed was a 90 minute televised shoot out which ended with Mendoza and eight of the hostages being killed. Many more were injured. - THC13

10 High Speed Pursuit Suspect Commits Suicide

Here in Southern California we have a televised high speed, sometimes slow speed, car chases about twice a week. I hate seeing these idiots crash into innocent people. There's so many instances of this out here I'll use the latest one. On June 13, 2018 police were in pursuit of a stolen U-Haul pickup truck. About an hour in the driver pulls off the freeway, gets out of the truck and shoots himself in the head on live T.V.. I'll be real here, I'd rather it end like that then him crashing into and killing or injuring an innocent person. - THC13

The Contenders

11 Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

Because of a little mishap in the space shuttle, the entire vehicle disintegrating into pieces, killing all seven astronauts on board. What's even worse is that one of the crew members was a teacher from New Hampshire, which means that all the kids in that school had to see their teacher getting brutally killed live. - Not_A_Weeaboo

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2. 3/11 Japanese Tsunami
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2. Christine Chubbuck Suicide
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