From cherry blossom orchards to windswept hills: The serene landscapes where the bodies of murder victims were disposed
Rolling hills sprinkled with wild flowers, moss-covered river banks and warm cherry blossom orchards - they are the landscapes of serene beauty.
Yet, when the hidden realities of the spaces become clear, they suddenly lose their beauty: these are the spots where the disposed bodies of murder victims were discovered.
The series of eerie images is the creation of photographer Stephen Chalmers, who started the project after he found out one of his favourite hiking spots had once harboured dead bodies.
‘We had this fantastic time… and everything was super happy,’ Chalmers told NPR.
Yet the memories soured when a friend told him serial killer Ted Bundy had disposed of his victims along the hiking trail - a place law enforcement refer to as a ‘dump site’.
‘And just that little kernel of information really changed how I felt about what was otherwise a really fantastic date,’ he said.
‘I was struck by how my experience of this place was so changed by knowing the history of the location.’