Most mysteries, whether they’re revealed at a crime scene or through the scientific process, have perfectly reasonable explanations. It’s just a matter of finding out what that explanation is!
Unfortunately, though, that isn’t always easy to do. Because of this, there are all sorts of whodunits that go unsolved—and when the case goes cold, it usually stays that way.
With that in mind, here are 10 of the strangest unsolved mysteries in human history. From odd medical conditions to suspicious craters, you might just be compelled to grab your magnifying glass and join in on the case!
The words, which literally meant “it is completed,” were from The Rubaiyat, a collection of poetry by Omar Khayyam. The paper itself was actually a page torn from a copy of the book found in a car close to the beach. The police couldn’t decode the hidden message, but there was a phone number of a nurse who, when questioned, revealed that she had given the book to a man named Albert Boxall. With that information, the police initially thought that they had identified the body—but Boxall turned out to still be alive. So who was the dead man on the beach? To this day, nobody knows…
Nobody ever found out who the mysterious man was.
No passengers were ever found, nor were any marks of identification. Two years later, when another expedition searched the area, the lifeboat had seemingly disappeared.
Rumors went flying, such as one that posited that the archduke had been poisoned. The emperor even suggested to the pope that Rudolf may have killed himself and his lover. Still, the exact circumstances of their deaths remain unknown to this day.
Despite looking like it was just recently formed, it strongly resembled the mouth of a volcano. Weirdly, it also looked like the trees in the surrounding area were growing at a faster rate than normal. In 2005, a different expedition set off to study the crater (now known as the Patomskiy Crater); unfortunately, the leader died of a heart attack just a few miles away from it, and the journey was ended. Locals believe that the “evil” surrounding the crater was the culprit, but the truth of that has yet to be proven.
…When Hancock County was visited by John Sevier, who discovered a colony of people who appeared to have European features despite their darker skin. They eventually spread out to other parts of the country where they were largely mistreated, but nobody knew where they came from.
He demanded $200,000, which was to be placed in a backpack with two front and rear parachutes, as well as a fuel truck that would be ready to refuel as soon as the plane landed. The demands were relayed to the pilot and promptly met, and once the passengers were let off the plane, Cooper demanded that the pilot fly him to Mexico. Later, when the plane was in midair, he attached the parachutes to his body and jumped out, never to be heard from again.
Moore came across an unlocked door to the lighthouse, and upon opening it, he found that two of the three life jackets were missing. There was also a chair on the floor and what remained of a meal. Other than that, however, the keepers were nowhere to be found. A diary entry written by one of them referenced a storm that caused the island to shake, but no storms were reported on Lewis, the closest island to Eilean Mor.
Shanya’s legs started to turn black, and the doctors assumed that she had eczema or a Staph infection. Her condition once again deteriorated. Not only was she rapidly losing weight, but scabs started to form all over her skin. Still, no diagnosis was given. Two years later, during a visit to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, specialists claimed that she was suffering from an unknown condition that caused her to produce excess skin cells on the follicles of her hair. To this day, nobody knows the cause of this strange condition, nor how to treat it.
It’s truly amazing that all of these mysteries have remained unsolved for so long. No wonder they’re still fascinating us! Do you think we’ll ever find the answers to them?
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