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Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries

23 Apr 2012 by

10 Most Baffling Unsolved Mysteries

Over the past few hundred years, mankind has made enormous technological progress. Man was able to walk to moon, explore deep down in the oceans and uncover DNA, yet there are some unsolved mysteries that continue to baffle human mind

Below you will find description of few of the famous unsolved mysteries that still linger as unfathomable riddles:

 

10. Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper

On the Occasion of Thanks giving 1971 , Dan Cooper booked one way flight aboard Northwest Orient Flight 305 ,  Once settled on board he gave a note to flight attendant that was saying “I have a bomb,”. In that note he also demanded $200,000 and four parachutes.

Both of his demands were fulfilled.  The plane was vacated and took off again. After a while the captain asked; “Is everything okay back there? Anything we can do for you?” Dan Cooper shouted’ “No” and jumped into the storm.

At that time the plane was low enough for an effortless jump. After that Mr. Cooper was never heard or seen leaving behind many people wondering about the fate he ultimately met.

 

9. Black Dahlia Mystery

Black Dahlia famous Unsolved Mystery

The second mystery is related to the murder of Elizabeth Short, a 22-year-old aspiring actress. She often used to dress completely in black and that is why was known as ‘Black Dahlia’.  Like many other young and beautiful girls of that era she was trying to get a break into the films.

However, one fine day in 1947 she was found murdered, cut in two pieces in a parking lot in Los Angeles. It was a high profile murder and several suspects were caught by the police but no clue could be found, thus leaving the mystery unresolved till today.

 

8. The Bermuda Triangle

Burmuda triangle the biggest Unsolved Mysteries of the World

Whenever man cannot find a solution to an answer he conveniently puts the blame to supernatural powers. Bermuda Triangle at Hoodoo Sea had to meet the same fate. During the 20th century, uncountable ships and vessels disappeared in this devil’s triangle even without a call or trace. In 1964 Vincent Gaddis marked the area forming a triangle in the map.

 The area is some 500,000 to 1.5 million square miles, however, according to the experts it is not the size, rather some enigmatic force caused all these mishaps.

Despite, all the progress, human knowledge of magnetism is still limited that is why an authenticated conclusion could not be withdrawn. On one hand some call it human error while on the other, for some, it’s some supernatural power. The loss of bodies is attributed to the presence of sharks.

Nonetheless, the chances of conspiracy are rare as the weather is quite erratic in the area and it’s sometimes so intense that it could obliterate anything.

 

7. Loch Ness Monster aka Nessie

Loch Ness

One of the three largest nochs located in Great Glen, the total depth of Loch Ness is 750 feet. For more than a century , it is famous for sighting of Loch ness monster by many. Much has been written and said on Nessie, as the monster popularly called but nothing could be proved.

Many ships have cruised several times and electronically recorded all the happenings but they could not find anything. The scientists though believe that there is nothing as such monster however, with an open mind they are waiting for some proof. Until then, Loch Ness will remain a mystery.

 

6. Mary Celeste

Mary

The greatest maritime mystery of all times is Mary Celeste. In December 1872, Mary Celeste, a merchant ship was discovered in the Atlantic Ocean. There was no trace of any human being there. The weather was friendly and all the crew members were experienced. The overall condition of the ship was fine and had enough food and water to sustain for six months.

Nothing was touched on board, cargo, personal belongings and valuables all were intact at their places. Nothing was heard or seen of the crew ever again and the disappearance remains one of the greatest unresolved mystery of all times leaving behind crew fate a topic for speculation.

 

5. Shroud of Turin

shroud of turin

Already too much confusion found regarding Jesus’ existence ranging from his birth to his role.  Shroud of Turin is just another addition to the list. It is an old linen cloth bearing the illustration profile of a crucified man and it is widely speculated to be Jesus Christ.

This has made the Shroud of Turin the most researched relic. Thousands of hours have been spent on studying it. Nonetheless, irrespective of all these in depth researches a definite answer could not be found. But for many this is an intelligent deception by the artist.

 

4. Taos Hum

Taos Hum

A low- pitched sound heard in many places all over the world especially in America, Britain and Northern Europe; ‘Taos Hum’ is a potential contender on the top ten lists. Mostly it has been heard in quiet and serene places. It is reported to be resembling a far off diesel engine.

It is usually heard only in quiet environments, and is often described as sounding like a distant diesel engine. Since, microphones or VLF antennae could not detect it therefore, it is still a mystery.

 

3. Carroll A. Deering

Deering

This is a story of 31st January 1921, when a schooner ‘Carroll A. Deering‘ was found to be calling for help at the North Carolina coast. When rescue ships reached there, they found nothing but a repetition of 50 years old Mary Celeste episode.

Whole staff of schooner was missing. From the evidence collected on scene it was known that the food preparation for the next day was under way, yet nothing could be found regarding the crew members, their belongings and documents that could help resolve the mystery such as ship logs.

Again, this missing is attributed to extra terrestrial activity as the ship was in Bermuda Triangle region. Others gossip that it fell victim to Russian conspiracy of seizing American ships.

 

2. Jack the Ripper 

jack the ripper

In 1888, a wave of terror struck London due to murders in a row, especially in the White Chapel area.  All the murders were identical. The victims were prostitutes and their throats were cut and bodies badly disfigured. A letter was sent to a newspaper, by a man, ‘Jack, the Ripper’ declaring to be the murderer.

In some of these cases, bodies were recovered just minutes after the murderer had fled from the scene; police identified many suspects but never could find ample evidence to proof any one guilty. Even, in modern day with all the new method nothing concrete could be found of these murders and till date Jack the Ripper remains a mystery.

 

1. President J.F. Kennedy’s Assassination

Assassination

Most of the critics agree on the assassination of President Kennedy to be at No. 1 slot not only because it is one of the great unresolved mysteries, but also because of its massive cultural impact. President Kennedy for many was something larger than life and they could not imagine him to be killed by a commoner, Lee Harvey Oswald.

Many Americans lost their faith in the government. The mystery is still a big question mark on American intelligence and democracy.

Another supplementary mystery related to the murder of J.F. Kennedy is the mysterious Babushka lady who was spotted during the analysis of footage of President’s murder.  She was wearing a scarf on her head in Russian grandmothers’ style that is why she is called Babushka lady. The lady appeared to be possibly holding a camera in her hand.

She was there for quite a long time even after the shooting and it is assumed that she continued the filming. Then she was seen moving towards the east end. FBI issued several appeals to that lady to come forward and contribute to the  investigations however, she seemed as if she never did pay heed to these request that is the reason till date no one knows who was she and what she was doing there.


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Fareeha Sultan

Fareeha Sultan, is currently working at managerial level in development sector. She has done her M-Phil in South Asian Studies and is a Gold Medallist.With work experience over 10 years, she is mainly a Communication/ Advocacy Expert and has worked with UNDP and other developmental organizations at managerial positions. She is also a freelance journalist.

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One Comment

  1. Annoyz View says:

    A nice list of unsolved mysteries. I have personally written on some of them. They are fascinating to tell the least.

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