Mind-Boggling Facts About Unsolved Mysteries

October 31, 2023 | Shannon Quinn

Mind-Boggling Facts About Unsolved Mysteries

The world can be a dark place. Sometimes, events are so odd that no one can figure out exactly what happened. Missing people, murders, secret societies, and even potential paranormal events have confused people for years.

Here are some of the facts we do know about these unsolved mysteries.

1. Elisa Lam

On January 31, 2013, 21-year old Canadian Elisa Lam was on vacation at the Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles. Security cameras captured her on the elevator. In the video, she looked scared of someone--or something. She left the elevator, acting very strange...and disappeared. Weeks later, her body was found in the water tower on the top of the hotel. The Los Angeles Law Enforcement department asserted her demise was due to "accidental drowning", but online detectives suspect there might be more to the story. 


2. Cicada 3301

A strange image appeared on the website 4Chan in 2012. The anonymous poster claimed that they were from a secret group called Cicada 3301, and they are looking for intelligent people to join their organization. There was a secret message hidden in an image. This clue lead to dozens of other puzzles, which eventually showed that the group exists all over the world. No one is sure who or what CiWSBTWSBTcada 3301 actually is, but new puzzles appear in January of every year.

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3. The Mary Celeste

In 1867, a beautiful ship named the Mary Celeste left the coast of New York. The captain was a man named Benjamin Briggs, and he brought his family and crew to transport 1,700 barrels of liquid substance to Italy. They never made it to their destination. The boat was found floating safely in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Azores Islands, on December 5, 1872. This did not look like a pirate attack, because nothing was stolen, and all of the paper documents were still on board. The only thing missing was the people.

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4. James McGrogan

In 2014, a doctor named James McGrogan went on a winter hiking trip using split snowboards on the snowy trails of Vail, Colorado. He brought his fully charged cell phone, a GPS, and survival gear--not to mention two friends to hike with. James was athletic, so he got farther ahead on the trail. His friends could not find him. Despite the fact that there was snow on the ground, no one could find any sign of James’ tracks. A week later, James’ body was found... but he would have had to climb several mountains and many miles to get there. When the rescue team found his body, they discovered that his phone still worked and he should have been able to call for help.

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5. The Taos Hum

In a small town of Taos, New Mexico, there is no such thing as silence for some people. When townspeople quiet down, many citizens report they can hear a humming noise, similar to a diesel engine. In 1997, Congress decided to investigate the hum, and yet they could not come up with a rational explanation. The sound is undetectable by audio equipement.

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6. The Zodiac Killer

A person known as "The Zodiac" was responsible for the demise of at least 5 individuals in California during the 1960's.

All the victims were shot, and the authorities would not have pieced the puzzle together, if he had not phoned them, confessing to his wrongdoings. He explained that he enjoyed “hunting” people. He has still never been caught.

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7. Dennis Martin

The Martin Family was having a picnic at the Smoky Mountains National Park. Dennis Martin, who was only 6 years old, ran into the woods during a game and never came back. A search party of thousands of people looked for him for a week. No trace of him has ever been found.

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8. The Frost Family Poltergeist

In 1921, the Frost family bought some coal for their fire in Hornsey, England. Shockingly, the coal began to explode, and fly across the room. Other objects like knives began flying through the air. They contacted law enforcement authorities, who carried out an investigation, and suggested that there might have been some interference with the coal, pointing out the potential addition of explosive components. However, further investigation confirmed it was just normal coal. The family began to think that it was a ghost, so they called in a priest, who also witnessed the strange occurrences. The events were so terrifying that the five-year-old daughter was genuinely petrified, and their son had a nervous breakdown.

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9. Skinwalker Ranch

The Sherman Ranch, AKA “Skinwalker Ranch” in Ballard, Utah is apparently a hotspot for paranormal activity. The ranch owners maintained that their cattle were under threat from invincible wolves, their bulls were crammed into storage containers, and a newborn calf was mysteriously mutilated within minutes. A wealthy millionaire named Robert Bigelow decided to buy the ranch to study it with his organization called the National Institute of Discovery Science. The events of Skinwalker Ranch are unexplained, but many people blame it on aliens or other paranormal activity.

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10. Ricky McCormick

In 1999, Ricky McCormick, who was 41 years old at the time, was discovered lifeless in the middle of a field in Missouri. Inside of his pockets were two pieces of paper with strange writing that may actually be a secret code. The letters were in Ricky’s crude handwriting, but his family was confused because Ricky could not read. No one has found the killer, or figured out what his messages meant.

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11. Margaret Foos

In the 1960’s, a young woman named Margaret Foos began showing a skill called “blind reading,” where she could touch books and read them without ever opening them. She claimed that this was due to her psychic powers. Scientists began to study her, blindfolding her and asking her to touch random books. Her case was also studied by the FBI, who could not find any proof that she was tricking them.

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12. The Max Headroom Hijack

During the 1980’s, there was a popular artificial intelligence (AI) character was named Max Headroom. In 1987, a hacker dressed in a Max Headroom mask interrupted the cable station and appeared on the screen. He began screaming and saying strange, confusing things. No one knows who hacked the airwaves, or why they did it.

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13. Jonbenet Ramsey

In 1996, six-year-old beauty pageant princess Jonbenet Ramsey tragically lost her life in her Boulder, Colorado home. Even to this day, no one knows who actually was responsible for her demise. There are a total of 8 possible suspects, including her parents and brother.

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14. The Green Children Of Woolpit

According to historic records from the 12th Century, two children- a brother and sister with green skin appeared in a village called Woolpit in Suffolk, England. They wore strange clothes, and spoke a language that no one could understand. They only ate beans and refused to eat anything else for several months. The boy fell ill and succumbed to his sickness. Once the girl grew up, her skin stopped being green, and she learned to speak English. She explained that they came from a place with other green-skinned people called St. Martin’s Land, which was an underground place where the sky was always twilight. There was a river, and a “luminous land” shining across the water. The siblings said they climbed into a mysterious cave, and on the other side, there was blinding sunlight, and they were somehow in England. Modern-day historians believe that these children were actually Flemish immigrants, while others believe they may have been aliens from another planet, or beings from another dimension.

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15. Maurice Dametz

At 80 years old, Maurice Dametz had difficulty walking. He drove into the woods of Colorado with a younger friend who helped him hunt for topaz gemstones. Maurice’s friend left him alone for only 15 minutes, and walked a mere 150 yards away. When he came back, the old man was gone. No one has been able to find him since.

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16. The Atlas Vampire

A female worker in the adult industry was discovered lifeless in Stockholm in 1932. Her body had been drained of blood, and there was evidence that her killer was drinking it. The murderer was never found, and became known as “The Atlas Vampire”.

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17. Genghis Khan’s Tomb

Just before his end, the formidable ruler, Genghis Khan, directed his warriors to ensure his burial site would remain undiscovered. It is said that anyone who aided in the construction of his tomb met their end and a river was redirected to course over the burial site. Over 10,000 volunteers tried to look through digital maps to try to find his burial site in Mongolia. Researchers still cannot seem to find where this ancient leader was buried.

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18. The Voynich Manuscript

A beautiful book was discovered from the 1400’s. It has illustrations of plants that do not exist, and it is written in an unknown language. Some people believe that the Voynich Manuscript is in code, but no one has been able to figure it out. Theories surrounding the book point to witchcraft, but no one really knows who wrote it, or why.

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19. The Count Of St. Germain

Throughout the 1700’s, a man who is only known as the Count of St. Germain was traveling throughout Europe. He was spotted many places, and yet he always seemed to appear to be the same age. No one knew where he came from, but he could speak multiple languages, and was talented in just about everything. He was also an alchemist--one of the people who was studying the secret to immortality. On paper, his life came to an end in 1785. However, there are records of him being alive afterwards--still looking just as young as he was years before. Some believe he actually figured out how to live forever.

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20. The Black Dahlia

In 1947, Elizabeth Short’s body was found in a parking lot in Los Angeles. She had been cut into two pieces, and her face was mutilated. This inspired the look given to The Joker in the 2008 Batman movie The Dark Knight. The murderer was never found.

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21. The Men In Black

Many people who study UFO’s claim that they were approached and questioned by “men in black”, and that encounters have been documented throughout history. While this may seem far-fetched, security camera footage actually captured The Men in Black in Maryland in 2008. They had identical faces, as if they were twins- including the fact that they didn’t have eyebrows. Hotel staff described them as having abnormally huge blue eyes, and that they never blinked. They also wore identical suits and trench coats with old fedora hats. The men were asking for Shane Sovar, the hotel manager who had recently reported seeing a UFO. Thankfully, Shane wasn’t working that day, and the two men questioned the staff and left.

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22. Jack The Ripper

In Victorian England, dozens of prostitutes were losing their lives under mysterious circumstances. A man wrote a letter to the local newspaper in London, admitting that he was the killer. He earned the moniker "Jack the Ripper," yet law enforcement could never locate him.

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23. The Babushka Woman

When President John F. Kennedy met his untimely demise, many people began to scatter from the scene, except for one woman, who was wearing a scarf around her head. She was filming the entire time. Since this was during the period of intense geopolitical tension with the Soviet Union, the woman was given the nickname “Babushka Woman,” since the scarf was similar to what Russian grandmothers would wear. The FBI searched for this woman because they wanted to question her and get the footage from her camera. One woman came forward to say she was the Babushka Woman, but she could not keep her story straight. Authorities believe she lied for the attention. The true Babushka Woman has yet to be found.

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24. Hae Min Lee

It was 1999 in Baltimore, Maryland, and a teenage girl named Hae Mi Lee tragically lost her life.Her demise was attributed to her boyfriend, Adnan Syed, and he was incarcerated. However, there is substantial evidence indicating that he is not responsible for the wrongful act. The events surrounding Hae's demise are so complex, that they inspired a podcast called Serial, which guides the audience through all the facts of the case. Fans of the podcast have come up with multiple theories on who the murderer actually is, but the mystery is still unsolved.

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25. The Yogurt Shop Murders

Two employees named Jennifer and Eliza were working at an Austin, Texas yogurt shop in 1991, when Jennifer's sister Sarah and her friend Amy stopped by. It was supposed to be a fun night, but everything went wrong. The shop burst into flames and firefighters rushed to the scene. When the fire was out, they found the bodies of the four girls tied up inside of the building.Authorities have never been able to prove who committed this offense.

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26. The NJ Phantom Marksman

In the 1920’s, cars and homes were being shot at. No one could see where the shots were coming from, but they heard crazy laughter somewhere in the distance. The strangest part about this was that no one could find any bullets. The "phantom marksman" roamed all over South Jersey and Philadelphia, and after years of instilling fear among people, he vanished as swiftly as he appeared.

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27. The Dyatlov Pass

It was 1959, and 9 people in their 20’s decided to go on a skiing trip through the Ural Mountains in Russia. They never returned. It took three months for the rescue team to find all of their bodies. All of them appear to have met their end at different times, due to different causes.  In their diary, one of them had written, “From now on, we know that snowmen exist". One of the men in particular rushed out of his tent without any snow gear, but was holding his camera, urgently trying to photograph something. He succumbed to a head injury. The damage found on the other bodies was so bad, it was said that their bodies looked like they were in a car crash. They were eliminated by some force that a human would not be powerful enough to execute. To top off an already strange story, their clothing had high levels of radiation.

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28. Travis Walton

A man named Travis Walton was a logger in Arizona in 1975. Travis was at work cutting logs in the woods with chainsaws with 6 other men in his crew. Each one of them insists they saw a UFO, and Travis abruptly vanished. The men reached out to the authorities to list him as a missing individual. Five days later, Travis reappeared on his own. He claims that he was abducted by aliens who attempted to study him, but that he managed to escape.

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29. Jeanette DePalma

In 1972, a dog walked into Springfield, New Jersey holding the arm of a lifeless girl in its mouth. It belonged to teenager Jeanette DePalma, whose body was found on the top of a mountain. Rumor has it that she was sacrificed for some kind of cult.

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30. Isidor Fink

In 1929, a man named Isidor Fink returned home to his New York apartment. Moments later, screaming was heard coming from inside. However, the doors were locked from the inside, and the windows were nailed shut. After removing the boards from the windows, law enforcement authorities actually had to enlist a small child's help to unlock the front door, as the window was too small for an adult. When the law enforcement officers entered, they discovered that Isidor had perished, bearing three puncture wounds in his chest. They could not locate a firearm. Nothing was stolen. There were no fingerprints, and there should not have been a way for a murderer to escape the apartment.

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31. The Panchen Lama

In Tibetan Buddhism, there is a belief that the leaders of the religion are reincarnated. In 1995, the Dalai Lama discovered a 5-year old boy named Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who he claimed was the reincarnation of Choekyi Gyaltsen, the previous Panchen Lama. He was destined to become the new leader once the Dalai Lama dies. Only three days after the announcement of the new Panchen Lama, Chinese authorities kidnapped the little boy. They chose their own Panchen Lama- a boy named Gyaltsen Norbu, who is the son of Chinese government officials. The government claims that they are still holding Gedhun captive in China, and that he is safe. However, no one knows his whereabouts, and it's possible that he may no longer be among the living.

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32. The Kecksburg Incident

The sleepy town of Kecksburg, Pennsylvania was shaken up one night in 1965. People in the town noticed a ball of fire falling from the sky. It landed in the woods, and witnesses described it as being a huge “acorn shaped” UFO. Once the report was made, NASA arrived and removed the object. They never explained to the public what the object actually was. In 2002, a journalist filed information on the Kecksburg Incident through the Freedom of Information Act, and eventually had to take NASA to court to release the documents. When she won the case, NASA handed over documents, but it was clear that pages were missing. To this day, there is still no answer about what the object actually was.

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33. The Colonial Parkway Murderer

In the 1980's, couples throughout the area of Lover's Lane near the Colonial Parkway in Virginia were tragically being yanked from their cars and losing their lives. At least 8 people perished under similar conditions, suggesting the presence of an unfamiliar and elusive murderer.

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34. Alexander Grant

In 2011, a 19-year old college student named Alexander Grant was at a party. He disappeared into a back room. When the party was dispersed by law enforcement, Alex's friends could not locate him. Security camera footage spotted Alex at a local train station. Later, cameras found him breaking into the basement of a building in town. He was missing pieces of clothing, even though it was winter. He seemed to be scared, trying to run from something. After hiding for about thirty minutes, he leaves the building and begins to run. The next day, his body was found frozen under a sheet of ice in the river. Initially, the authorities asserted that he was merely intoxicated, and it was an accident. However, after uncovering more peculiar details about the case, law enforcement officials have reopened the investigation as an unsolved mystery.

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35. The Forrest Fenn Treasure

An elderly man named Forrest Fenn claims to have hidden a $2 million treasure in New Mexico. He wrote clues on how to find it in a poem. So far, two people have lost their lives in the pursuit of the treasure. Fenn refuses to take any responsibility for these deaths, saying that the treasure is actually simple to find, and that no one should die from their search.

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36. Seed Showers

In 1979, a man named Ronald Moody noticed that seeds were falling from the sky. The seeds were covered in a jelly-type substance. There were no trees or birds up above that would explain the phenomenon. Soon enough, his neighbors began bringing up similar reports. There were so many seeds, that Ronald was able to fill up 8 buckets. He decided to plant the seeds in his garden. The next year, they grew into corn, beans, cress, and mustard.

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37. The Tunguska Blast

Siberia, Russia, is so cold, that it is one of the least populated places in the world. In 1908, there was an explosion so powerful, that trees were bent over flat for 800 square miles. Thankfully, no one was harmed, except for some unfortunate reindeer. It shook the ground so much, it was felt all the way in England, and the sky lit up all over the world. NASA says that this blast was caused by a meteoroid. However, there was no hole in the ground where it should have fallen, and and no evidence of a meteor was ever found. Many people have theories that something else may have been going on.

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38. The Connecticut Jabber

In 1928, an individual was attacking women, targeting their chest and buttock areas, in public places all over Bridgeport, Connecticut. A total of 26 women reported being subjected to harm, but since it occurred in crowded places, no one ever noticed the person responsible.

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39. Angelique Cottin

In 1845, a fourteen year old French girl named Angelique Cottin began to show signs that she had super powers. She could make objects move by holding out her hand towards them. When people came near her, they would get electric shocks. Scientists studied her, explaining that she had a special ability that they had never seen before. Her parents wanted to make money from their daughter’s powers, so they began to put her on exhibit in front of an audience. A few months later, Angelique claimed that her powers went away, and she went back to living a normal life.

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40. Richard Colvin Cox

West Point is recognized as one of the premier defense-oriented academies in the United States. In 1950, Richard Cox was only 21 years old as a cadet at West Point. He told his roommates that he was going to have a dinner meeting with a man named George. Richard left in full uniform that night, and he was never seen again. The FBI opened an investigation, and while there are many theories, no one knows the true story of what happened to Richard.

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41. The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine

In the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, there is a legend of a gold mine that can make anyone rich, if they find it. However, those who venture in search of the goldmine typically end up missing or meet an unfortunate fate.

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42. Rashawn Brazell

In 2005, 19-year old Rashawn Brazell lost his life in a tragic incident. His body parts were scattered in different parts of the New York Subway system. Every year, on Rashawn's birthday, his family gets messages with clues about the time he departed. However, the killer has never been caught.

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43. D.B. Cooper

In 1971, a man asserting himself as "Dan Cooper" seized control of a flight by asserting that his briefcase contained an explosive device. He compelled the plane to land in Seattle, retaining the passengers against their will. He demanded $200,000 and parachutes. Once he got what he wanted, he told the pilot to fly towards Mexico. They were being trailed by law enforcement aircraft, but D.B. Cooper still somehow managed to leap out of the back door with a parachute. No one saw him jump, and he was never seen again. The FBI opened an investigation on him, and still found nothing.

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