The most depressing is JonBenet Ramsey. The deeper you get into it, the more confusing it gets. The most popular theory at the minute is that she was sexually assaulted and killed by her 9 year old brother (far from fact, by the way) which just goes to show how crazy this mystery is.
Parents on vacation left their young kids at their rental to go out to have dinner with friends. Every so often, the adults would take turns checking in on the kids. On one check in, Madeleine was missing. They never found her, but there have been reports all over the world of people seeing her.
Caso das Mscaras de Chumbo or The Lead Masks Case.
On the afternoon of August 20, 1966, a young man was flying a kite on the Morro do Vintm (Vintm Hill) inNiteri,Rio de Janeiro,Brazil, when he came upon the bodies of two deceased males and reported them to the authorities. The Morro do Vintm had difficult terrain, and the police were unable to reach the bodies until the next day. When a small team of police and firefighters arrived on scene, they noted the bodies’ odd conditions: The two males were lying next to each other, slightly covered by grass. Each wore a formal suit, a lead eye mask, and a waterproof coat. There were no signs of trauma and no evidence of a struggle in the surrounding area. Next to the bodies, police found an empty water bottle and a packet containing two wet towels. A small notebook was also identified, in which were written the cryptic instructions“16:30 estar no local determinado. 18:30 ingerir cpsulas, aps efeito proteger metais aguardar sinal mascara”(’16:30 be at the specified location. 18:30 ingest capsules, after the effect protect metals await signal mask’) – copied from Wikipedia
During their last day alive the two men bought a bottle of water from the bar and kept the recipt so they could return it later. So they expected to survive whatever they were about to do. Most plausible theory I’ve heard is that the men were hippy spiritualist who believed the could communicate to aliens or spirits using psychedelics and they must have died of a drug overdose. But what psychedelics cause drug overdoses with no signs of a struggle, and what’s with the masks and rain coats? Just weirdness.
The one that still holds my thoughts to this day is the disappearance of Kyron Horman. 7 year old Kyron allegedly went missing from his school one morning after his step mother went in to see his science fair project and was last seen by her walking down the hall to his first class. He never made it. The trail runs pretty cold after that, the step mother was suspected after it was found that she had made phone calls to a random island off the coast that day, but nothing ever proved itself of valuable evidence.
Eventually it was revealed that the stepmother had asked the family landscaper to kill her husband months before kyrons disappearance. The landscaper was asked to wear a wire when speaking to her about it but nothing came up. The father and stepmother divorced and he has a restraining order on her.
The Valentich disappearance. In the 1970’s a man flying a light plane flying over water from Melbourne Australia to Tasmania claimed to air traffic that he was being followed. About 20 minutes into the conversation he claims it wasn’t an aircraft that the only sound is a metallic sound. Him and the aircraft is still missing and if you type ufo with valentich appearance is a pic of a ufo taken around the same time in a melbourne beach
I know the Zodiac still technically isn’t solved, but I’ll always believe it was Arthur Leigh Allen.
If I recall there wasn’t any physical evidence linking him to the crimes but the amount of circumstantial evidence was overwhelming. He was at all the places the Zodiac was all around the same dates, he owned the same types of boots, same types of weapons, already had a history of violence. Told a story that literally was word for word what the zodiac killer put in a manifesto (something about shooting children off of a bus)
He owned the same type of typewriter that was used to type the letters.
Even a suvivor of the Zodiac identified Allen out of lineup (he was 8/10 sure that Allen was the man who shot them)
Edit: Like I stated, I know there is absolute no DNA evidence & his handwriting didn’t match. I also am well aware of how unreliable eyewitness accounts can be.
However, Robert Greysmith also recieved breathing phone calls randomly, that stopped completely after Allen had died. I also believe he may have had help, which would have explained the handwriting (and the creepy ass basement scene from the film)
Still one of the most fascinating incidents in American history.
The Antikythera mechanism. I don’t know much about it, other than it dates back to around 200BC and it’s apparently a primitive computer. It is the only example of its kind, with nothing remotely similar being made until over a thousand years later.
The green children of woolpit: Horrible Histories did a sketch about them. Apparently they were Belgium orphans (their bizarre language) who had been exposed to copper (can’t remember how) causing the green tint to their skin. Also they had been scavenging in the forest hence their diet. Something along those lines. Tried to find a video but nothing came up. I highly recommend searching it out.
The Colonial Parkway Killer on the parkway between Jamestown and Yorktown Virginia. The guy has never been caught. Killed 8 people and their bodies are missing to this day. Happened in the 80s but its a pretty big thing in the area. The parkway has a lot of pull offs where high school kids and college students hang out with friends or S/Os.
27. He never came back
Harold Holt, the prime minster of Australia just disappeared while swimming at the beach in 1967.
On December 26th, 1900 a supply ship arrived at the Eliean Mor lighthouse to find that no one was at the dock waiting for them. The islands only inhabitants were the lighthouse keepers James Ducat, Thomas Marshall, and William McArthur. Captain James Harvey was in charge of the supply ship and had brought along Joseph Moore, a replacement lighthouse keeper. After attempts at getting the lighthouse keepers using the ships horn and a flare, Joseph decided to go up to the lighthouse to check things out. When he reached the lighthouse, he immediately knew something was wrong because the door was unlocked and two of the three coats were missing in the entrance hall. As he reached the kitchen, he noticed a half eaten meal and an overturned chair as if someone had left in a hurry. After searching the lighthouse top to bottom Joseph hadn’t found signs of the lighthouse keepers. A further investigation was made and found mysterious entries in the lighthouse log:
December 12th Thomas Marshall noted of severe winds ‘the likes of which I have never seen before in twenty years.’ He also noted that James Ducat, the Principal Keeper, had been very quiet and that William McArthur had been crying. The strange thing is that on the mainland McArthur had been known as a tough guy and was a seasoned mariner.
December 13th noted that the storm was still raging on and that the three men had been praying. It’s strange because all three of the men were seasoned mariners and situated about 150ft (45.72 meters) above sea level. They should’ve known they’d be safe, so why would they be praying for the storm to pass over.
The final log entry on December 15th read, ‘Storm ended, sea calm, God is over all’.
Stranger is that there were no reported storms in the area on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of December. In fact, the weather in that area had been reported as calm. The most accepted theory is that the men were swept into the sea and drowned. However, questions arose about why the bodies had never washed up on shore as well as some others.
The disappearance of Agatha Christie.
One of the great, if not the greatest, mystery writers of all time, and one day, for no reason, she vanished without a trace.
And then she was found ten days later, suffering from amnesia, but registered at a hotel under the name of her husband’s mistress.
No explanation has ever been offered by Agatha.
Personal favourite is the Permian Extinction, because until recently there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence as to what could cause a die-off of species so massive it takes well into the next geological era – we’re talking on a scale of millions of years – to fully recover from it. Paleontologists call it the Great Dying and if you know anything about those guys, there not usually ones for hyperbole.
In 2001, they found a woman’s body in a little wooded area in the parking of l’hpital Royal Victoria in Montreal. They called her Madame Victoria and have never found anything about who she was. They did facial reconstruction, a popular TV show made a sort of documentary about everything they knew to try and find her, but still nothing. How does someone go die in a parking in the middle of a city and not a single person knows who she is? I think it’s awesome
Keddie cabin murders. a family was killed. There is an online site that has a forum with people’s theories. It is also on Reddit I think under true crime.
The Vanishing Triangle During the late 90’s, 8 young women in Ireland disappeared without a trace. No bodies were ever found, no substantial evidence to link anyone to the disappearances, no clues as to what happened to the women and all within an (admittedly very broad) area the media started calling the ‘Vanishing Triangle’.
One of the women disappeared in broad daylight and another just outside her parents house. While the cases aren’t officially linked, the popular theory is that there was a serial killer/kidnapper. A man named Larry Murphy, who was arrested in 2000 for rape and attempted murder, is a popular suspect, but he’s always denied it and there’s no real evidence to link him to the other cases.
At this point I’m gonna get buried, but I’m surprised not to find anyone mentionLa Manhca Negra.
It’s so creepy, no one knows what it actually is .
Also The Assassination of Juvnal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira doesn’t usually come up on these lists of unsolved mysteries but there has never been enough evidence to point to any one group in particular. The assassination kicked off the Rwandan genocide. The main suspects are Hutu extremists, who went on to carry out the genocide, and Paul Kagame, who became the president of Rwanda after the assassination. There’s also evidence that members of the French military working with the Rwandan Presidential Guard were involved.
And, because I haven’t seen it mentioned yet, how the stone spheres of Costa Rica were made.
UVB-76 (The Buzzer) A radio station that produces , which broadcasts a buzzing noise at the same rate, however it is sometimes interrupted with Russian voices saying crap like “Command 135 initiated” it is just weird because anyone can listen to it, and it is very purposeful, but we don’t know what the hell its for.
The Taman Shud case. A man with no identification found dead on a beach in Australia killed by an unknown poison with a piece of paper in his pocket reading taman shud meaning ended or finished in persian. They found the book the piece was torn from and it has a secret code which no one can decipher.
I haven’t seen this mentioned yet, but Ricky McCormick.
A man who reportedly could barely write his own name was found dead, with notes in his pocket resembling a code. Cryptologists have been trying to decipher the code for several years. The fbi eventually released the notes to the public asking for assistance, in the hopes someone might recognize the code or be able to crack it.
Some have speculated that it’s about drugs, some that it’s his medication list, and many presume it’s nothing more than gibberish.
It still raises the question, who killed Ricky? What do the notes contain, if anything at all? Why do people tend to die with mysterious ciphers in their pockets?
I’ve often thought about this case and looked over the notes several times. There are repeating letters such as TFRNE, WLD, and PRSE that lead me to believe that there really is a message in them.
Can’t believe nobody has mentioned Starlite yet. Essentially, it was a material invented that couple withstand incredible amounts of heat, but the inventor never let the manufacturing process known to anyone besides his family and NASA hasn’t been able to reproduce it.
Tiles placed in metropolitan areas generally with the message
“Toynbee Idea, In Movie ‘2001, Resurrect Dead, On Planet Jupiter”
There has been documentaries about it and skepticism around how they are placed, but no conclusion to the story or who makes them.
I’m surprised nobody has said this:
Long story short: whole crew of a ship disappears with all their belongings left on board (even the booze). Courts offered 4 explanations but none were ever proven…
Sometime during the late 90s/early 00s a body of a European man was found in my hometown. He was found in a small drain wearing scuba diving gear and had no identification with him. I remember the newspaper had his body on the front page.
He looked like he had melted and they suspect he was there for a few weeks. Still really eerie because I remember the photo. The drain wasn’t even large enough to drown in and it was unlikely that he had somehow made come from the sea because the drains all have those grills on them and they move outwards towards the sea.
YOGTZE is well known case about a dead man in Germany. The english wiki page is missing conspiracy theories but it gives a good start for additional research. The YOGTZE case was several times topic of the German show “Aktenzeichen XY – ungelst” which is a pretty big real crime show.
Hinterkaifeck murders case always intrigued me. In 1922 whole family was murdered overnight on remote farm in Germany. The chances that it will get ever solved are none 🙁
How the hell monkeys got to South America. The current hypothesis is that they rode on a raft made of dead plants across the Atlantic Ocean and then managed to establish a successful population.
LA got suddenly and completely shut down, and military came in and started firing into the sky. Theories include anything from rogue weather balloons to UFOs.
Basically people go missing in national parks all the time with weird similarities. Children go missing 15 feet from groups. Then months later only a bone or two is found in areas that have already been searched.
Deorr Kunz Jr.- 2 Years
Missing 7/10/15- Lemhi County, ID
Deorr was camping with his mom, dad, grandparents and a family friend. His parents went for a short walk thinking that their son was being watched by the grandparents. When they returned, the boy was gone. According to statements made by the Lemhi County sheriff, the family members have been cleared of any criminal involvement. There was a massive search for the boy without finding any evidence of him in the area. Weather did hinder search efforts as it was raining in the days immediately after the disappearance.
I was contacted by a retired USFS employee who lived in the area and kept me updated on the events. They stated that the local newspaper had almost nothing about this event, which the area population thought was strange. The FBI came into the investigation two weeks after Deorr vanished. If you have been reading my Missing 411 books, the arrival of the FBI seems to coincide with profile points Ive identified in my books. There has been nothing new on this event in over a month.
The area that Deorr vanished is very, very remote with a rough dirt road. As is stated in this article, its almost ridiculous to believe that a human perpetrator drove this single lane road into this region and took Deorr. He hasnt been found.
Sukhjeet Saggu- 20 years
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, BC, Canada
Sukhjeet was with a group of friends walking a large well-known trail from their vehicle at the parking lot to Lindeman Lake. He stated he wanted to run ahead and meet them at the lake. When the friends arrived at the lake, he was not there. The Chilliwack Search and Rescue group was notified along with RCMP.
Just days after the hiker vanished, a helicopter search found his body in a boulder field far off course from the lake trail. Doug Fraser was the SAR supervisor on this event. A June 7, 2015 article from CBC news had this from Doug, It was very, very strange and difficult to explain why he ended up where he did, said Fraser. Adding that the boulder field is quite a bit of elevation above the lake and a fair distance from the trail.
An autopsy showed that Sukhjeet died of blunt head trauma. It was the belief of some that he fell and hit his head. How did he end up in a boulder field? Where did he fall from? This incident matches other cases involving a boulder field.
Morgan Heimer-22 years
Missing 6/2/15- Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Morgan was an English major at the University of Wyoming and had a summer job as a tour guide for white water trips on the Colorado River. He was an outstanding swimmer and competent guide. Morgans group of boats pulled the group to the side of the river at a regular stop where they take guests up a side creek. Guests take a short walk to a pool where they jump off boulders into the water. The group was walking back to the boats along the small creek, Morgan was wearing his life preserver and was last in line when he disappeared. There was an extensive search by the National Park Service, nothing was found of Morgan or his equipment.
An employee that worked at the same guide company that Morgan worked contacted me. He explained that the other guides on this trip are completely baffled. The area he disappeared had a small creek with cliff walls on both sides. He stated that it didnt seem possible that Morgan could disappear as he did.
TL:DR: In 2001 a man in his 20’s or possibly 30’s, checked into a motel in Amanda Park, Washington, and later committed suicide by hanging in the closet. Investigators trying to locate his family soon realize he was probably using an alias, as ‘Lyle Stevick’ is the name of a suicidal character in Joyce Carol Oates’ novel . The address he gave at check-in was that of a Best Western in Ohio—staff members there didn’t recognize him. It’s been more than 14 years since his death and he still hasn’t been identified. It’s suspected he might be Canadian, however, as a worker described him having a Canadian accent.
Here’s some pictures apparently taken shortly after his body was found. Fair warning; they’re not gory (apart from some neck bruises) but you’re looking into the open eyes of a corpse. IE, NSFW/NSFL:
This one’s kind of unusual, actually—aren’t hanging victims supposed to have purple, protruding tongues and bloodshot eyes?
The way he was hanging; apparently he opted for ‘kneeling on the floor’…
Maybe not the “best” but nonetheless interesting and open to interpretation- Kaz II, an Australian ‘ghost yacht’ was found drifting in the Great Barrier Reef which was found completely empty and with no sign of distress.Washing was hung up to dry and no distress call took place.. weird..
The Deorr Kunz case where a two year old boy was camping with his family in idaho and apparently went missing when everyone turned their backs on July 10, 2015. The family has been focus as suspects but no body has ever been found.
Another interesting one is the Anita Knutson murder. A 18 year old college student in North Dakota was found dead in her bed after her father asked the manager to let him into the apartment room. The bloody knife was found in the apartment and still no justice was ever found for Anita. She was stabbed multiple times. This brought on a deep depression for the brother who later committed suicide. That murderer took two of that family’s kids that day not just one.
The Great Filter. Something is making civilizations rare in the universe. It could be that life is rare or that some step towards civilization is rare. But it is also possible that civilizations manage to repeatedly screw up before they reach the stars. That means we need to take all sorts of existential risks like nuclear war, resource depletion, pollution, pandemics, etc. much more seriously than we do and should be putting in a lot more resources across the board to investigate them.