This urban legend, hm, I'm not sure if it's even a legend, or a creepypasta, or if it's even urban at all considering it supposedly happened in some woods
I've also seen it under various titles, such as "Four teens in the woods", Four missing teens" and The Photograph.
A lot of people say it's a creepypasta, others that it's actually true; but, even if it is fake, I'll use this chance to share it and point out some true things about wells inside abandonded houses.
"Four teens in the woods" aka "Four missing teens" and aka "The Photograph"
In the US, during the summer of 1950, four teenagers decided to go hiking into the woods. They eventually reached a sort of shack or stable, deep into the woods. They open the door and find an empty room, empty, save for a huge well or pond in the middle of the room.
At some point, three of them decided to enter the well, to refresh themselves. The fourth of them decided to stay outside, taking pictures. They were never heard from again.
In 1982, a person who was jogging through the woods finds an old kodak camera. The man takes the camera. He takes it to the police and they develop the film. Most of the material was ruined, but this is what the last picture showed:
It would be interesting if a photo analysis expert examined this pic to see if it was manipulated or something. It looks as if three of them are inside the water and their faces are nightmarishly distorted.
As to conjectures, having cabins or structures in the middle of the woods isn't unusual for certain practitioners of different occult methods, but the well inside makes me think the original owners were up to no good.
A well or pond inside a house, with a room completely dedicated to it, unless used to have a water reserve, is usually used to contact demons related to water. It's a tunnel that connects both worlds, to a certain degree. And even if it was mundane in nature, I wouldn't have a well room inside the house, as a vortex could be accidentally opened.
There are quite a few horror stories and paranormal cases related to wells or ponds inside structures, if one bothers to look for them.
What do you guys think of this story? Without further physical and psychical investigation, I'm inclined to believe it's fake because the photo is too perfect (it almost seems as if they are posing for the shot). Also, no witnesses and no specific location of where it happened? Pretty fishy, because it seems as if the woods and stable's location were to be common knowledge.
However, the bad quality of the photo could mean that it's not the complete picture, or that the angle is strange, it would seem as if the fourth teen was inside the water as well.
True or fake, it does hold some elements of true occultism when it comes to the well inside a structure.
I think I'll have a hard time getting to sleep tonight What about the teens parents? Did they report their teens missing to link the 4 missing teens to them? Maybe the people around that area may know that it's haunted.
Yes, there are many questions unanswered, and because the story supposedly happened in the 1950's, it would be quite a feat to find out the truth behind all of it; if this story were to be true.
But, now that you mention it, I think that anyone trying to seriously find out more, could start by looking for notorious haunted stables or shacks in the middle of the woods, which I'm guessing there are a lot; still, it's a good a starting point as any, then you could follow up to any of those places related to abandoned cameras, disappearances, etc.