Among the Missing: People Never Seen Again
Human beings are social animals. That means that we like to stick with the people we consider friends and family, and generally, people know where their nearest and dearest are. That means that when someone goes missing, there’s usually something nasty going on. It’s bad enough when the culprit might be murder or accident, but it gets even weirder and more creepy when there’s nothing there to explain the issue at all.
Check out these disappearances and be gratetful that for the most part, you know where your loved ones are.
The Sodder Children
In 1945, the Sodder family of West Virginia were enjoying a quiet evening. Little did they know that a fire set that night would destroy their home and any semblance of peace they would enjoy. Fires are a normal hazard, but what about the fact that the house’s telephone lines were cut, preventing them from calling the firehouse? What about the fact that the lines to the Sodder’s truck were cut, preventing the panicked father from getting to his children on the top floor. The Sodder’s five children were trapped, but no investigation turned up any signs of their remains. Stories of the five children being sighted abounded throughout the United States, but except for a single photo that the Sodder mother received years later of a man she believes to be her adult son, no traces have been found.
In 1971, a man hijacked a flight between Portland Oregon and Seattle, Washington. He collected 200,000 dollars total in ransom money before leaping with a parachute into the forests of the Pacific Northwest. From there, he was never heard from again. No one has found his remains, and he has never been caught. As of this time, he still remains one of the greatest mysteries of air travel, and the only unsolved air hijacking in the country.
The Hippies of Stonehenge
Stonehenge in the United Kingdom has a repotation for spooky energy, but if you hang around long enough, you’ll hear the story of the hippies of 1971. These new agers headed out to the landmark to perform some kind of ritual, much to the bemusement of locals. They stayed between the stones when a storm blew up, and when lightning struck, they screamed. Locals ran up to help, only to find nothing but tents and camping equipment. The hippies were never seen again.
Some disappearances are spooky simply because of who disappeared. Kiss, a Hungarian man, was fighting in World War I when authorities discovered the corpses of no less than 24 women in his home. They tracked him down to a hospital in Serbia only to realize that he had escaped after leaving a dying man in his bed. They next tracked him down to the French Foreign Legion, but as they were closing in, he gave them the slip again. After reports of Kiss working as a janitor in New York surfaced, Kiss disappeared yet again, never to be heard from after that.
Lighthouse Keepers of Flannan Isles
Most people don’t think about lighthouse keepers, but when they do, they imagine it as a rather lonely profession. While it is true that lighthouses don’t get a lot of company, people do notice when they don’t work. After a particularly nasty storm, officials came to check the Flannan Isles lighthouse because it had never come on. All three of the very experienced lighthouse keepers were missing, and they would never be seen again. It was thought that they died from being struck by the storm and swept to sea, but jackets and uneaten food on the table suggested that they had never left the house. To this day, it remains a mystery.
By all rights, Dorothy Arnold had the world on a string. This 25 year old American heiress was well-known and popular, and no one could find a single sign of her after she disappeared in 1910. She went out to buy a book and some chocolates, and after a brief but unhurried chat with a friend, she crossed through Central Park, heading home. She never got there, and the mystery remains unsolved to this day.