13 Unsolved Mysteries that Haunt Us Still To This Day
History books and documentaries like us to believe that the past is a place that is set in stone and that we know everything there is to know about the time that came before. The truth, however, is that the past is typically an unknown country, a place where we may never know all the answers. Check out some of these spine-tingling mysteries that may never get an explanation.
The Black Dahlia Murder
In 1947, the body of a beautiful young starlet was discovered in an open field in broad daylight- sawn in half. The murder was a media circus, and now, more than fifty years past the discovery, Elizabeth Short’s murder is a cold case that haunts Los Angeles. Was her murderer a random psychopath, a police chief with connections, a jealous lover? The world may never know.
Salish Sea Human Foot Discoveries
In 2007, feet began washing up on the western coast of Washington state and British Columbia. These feet have been tentatively identified as belonging to one woman, five men and three other people of unknown gender. No one knows where these feet came from, or how they were removed from the people who owned them.
The Disappearance of an Australian Prime Minister
Harold Holt was the Australian Prime Minister known for his controversial role in increasing Australia’s involvement in the Vietnamese-American War, and at the height of this conflict, Holt disappeared. A strong experienced swimmer with almost legendary endurance, he went swimming and was never seen again. Whether foul play was involved is a question to this day.
Nuremberg Sky Battle
On April 14, 1561, the dawn sky above the German city of Nuremberg was filled with spheres, cylinders, triangles and other strange shapes, moving wildly overhead. Mass hysteria, or was this the first sign of a UFO visitation?
Death of Grigori Rasputin
The heretical monk who ministered to the family of the last Russian Tzar was universally despised by the nobility, and a plot was hatched to kill him. The mad monk, as he was known, showed up to dine, and then survived poison, stabbing, shooting and bludgeoning all within the span of a single night before the terrified nobles finally drowned him. Some say that he survived, and no ones knew of his whereabouts thereafter.
The Mary Celeste
The seas abound with tales of ghost ships, but none so eerie as that of the Marie Celeste. This ship was discovered derelict 400 miles off course, and when curious investigators ventured on it, all of the crew and all of the papers were gone- but otherwise, the ship was completely undamaged. What happened to the crew, and what caused them to abandom a perfectly good ship?
The World Collapse During the Bronze Age
Between 1206 and 1150 BC, several major civilizations just collapsed in on themselves. Technological advances were lost, and humanity would spend centuries trying to make up for lost time. The explanations for this regression range from smallpox to alien interference to some sort of global madness, but we may never know for sure.
A numbers station is an unrecognized, unregistered shortwave radio signal that sends out mysterious messages to the world, accessible to anyone with the right equipment. These messages are often strings of numbers, and the popular belief is that these stations are remnants of a Cold War spy mechanism. Some numbers stations have been operating without having their sources located for more than fifty years.
The town of Tunguska in Siberia was utterly leveled over the course of one day in a blast that is comparable at least to the power of a nuclear bomb. The only problem with the bomb theory is that the explosion occurred in 1908. Did a meteor coincidentally hit the town, or did Nikola Tesla really develop a death ray?
Between 1917 and 1926, a disease struck a few thousand people throughout northern England and Scotland. People who fell prey to the condition slept for longer and longer periods until they eventually fell into comas. Some even died from sleeping so long. Eventually, some people awoke, but other people simply slept on, being roused from time to time, for years until their death.
The Astronomy of the Dogon People
The Dogon people of Mali were known for their advanced astronomy. Records state that they knew about the star Sirius’s companion stars, Sirius B and Sirius C, and they knew that Sirius B is heavy and very dense. This knowledge was reported in the 1940s but was considered ancient knowledge by the Dogon people. The technology to even discover these stars was not available until the 1990s. The Dogon people’s stories state that this knowledge was imparted to them by the people who came from Sirius.
Nukes During the Ming Dynasty
During the 1600s, a mysterious explosion struck Beijing, the Northern capital of China. 20,000 people were killed, and of those, many were stripped naked by the blast. The power of the explosion was supposedly equal to that of Hiroshima, and a mysterious mushroom cloud was reported in the records of the day. To this day, it is unknown what struck the capital city.
The Disappearance of Heinrich Mueller
The last head of the Gestapo, the Nazi party’s secret police, disappeared without a trace after the fall of the Third Reich. The day after Hitler’s death, he was heard to say “We know the Russian methods exactly. I haven’t the faintest intention of being taken prisoner by the Russians.” After that, he was never seen again. The theories state that he committed suicide, ran to live a quiet life somewhere in the world, went underground to secret Nazi labs that remain undiscovered, or in fact was taken by the Russians and subjected to what he most feared.