Are you the kind of person who can stay up all night trying to solve a mystery? You know, something so complex and weird that you can feel and smell your brains starting to cook in your head? I have. And I haven’t resolved anything.
But that’s fine, I mean it doesn’t change the course of the universe. Even though our Earthly mysteries have no effects on when the Sun will die, they can have an impact on humanity, and often on our sanity. What would happen if you’d come across a “closed room murder”? Or learned that a 13,000-year-old satellite could be spying on you? And what about a ship that got its crew in a state of a terror as if they had seen Cthulhu himself?
These are the kind of mysteries that keep the scientific community awake at night, and give people nightmares. Here are 11 Creepy Unresolved Mysteries that will keep you awake at night.
11. Solway Firth Spaceman
The Solway Firth Spaceman refers to a figure seen in a photograph taken in 1964 by the photographer and local historian Jim Templeton, according to wikipedia.org. He was out in the Solway Firth, in Cumbria, England, to photograph his daughter. When he developed the pictures, an astronaut was in the background of one of the photographs. Templeton claimed until his death that no one was standing behind his daughter at the moment he took the picture.
The photograph grabbed the attention of many ufologists before a contemporary analysis suggested that the astronaut was probably the photographer’s wife whose dress might have appeared white due to overexposure.
10. The Falling Body
If this picture doesn’t give you nightmares, you might be a robot. According to this story, sometime in the 1950s the Cooper (or Coper, depends on the version) family bought an old house in Texas. On their first night, they were celebrating their new house and Daddy decided to take a photo of Mommy and Grandma holding the two kids. The evening went on and everyone had a great time. Until the photo was developed.
When they saw the picture, I suspect they might have died in terror or moved out. I hope they did, at least. A falling body was in the photograph, and a terribly eerie one. Of course, it wasn’t there when the picture was taken. So what was that dreadful corpse doing there?
Many theories arose: a lot of people on the Internet believe this is a hoax that was created in 2007, with “Miss Coper” commenting on Tumblr that her family picture had been tampered with; this is a ghost appearing in front of the camera; the dad waved a doll in from of the camera when he took the picture to get his children’s attention. But that would be a very creepy doll…
9. The Dyatlov Pass Incident
The Dyatlov Pass incident occured on February 2, 1959 in the northern Ural Mountains. The name Dyatlov Pass refers to the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov, according to wikipedia.org.
This so-called incident happened to a group of researchers from the Ural Polytechnical Institute who had decided to set up camp for the night in Kholat Syakhl. Investigators later determined that their tents had been torn from the inside out during the night, and the group fled the camp site, some barefoot, under very low temperature and heavy snowfall. When the bodies were found, there were no traces of violence except for two of them who had fractured skulls and broken ribs.
What really happened that night? No one knows, but there have been many theories: some believe that a yeti, or another unknown animal had attacked the hikers during the night; some blame it on a UFOs (as always) because people apparently saw a weird orange sphere in the sky that night; lastly, there was a lot of scrap metal in that area, it would seem, which would suggest that the military would have used the area illegally and maybe contaminate it with a chemical that might have drove the scientists crazy, in the middle of the night.
8. Hinterkaifeck Farmstead Murders
Hinterkaifeck is a small farmstead situated approximately 70 km north of Munich, in Germany, where the scene of one of the most bizarre crimes in German history happened. On March 31, 1922, the six inhabitants – farmer Andreas Gruber, his wife Cäzilia, their widowed daughter Viktoria Gabriel and her two children, and the maid – were killed with a pick axe. The murder remains unsolved to this day.
A few days before the fateful night, Andreas Gruber told his neighbors about discovering footprints in the snow, leading from the the near forest to the farm windows, but none going back to the woods, according to wikipedia.org. He also mentioned hearing footsteps in the attic and having found a newspaper that belonged to no one on the farm. Also, the house keys disappeared several days before the crime. None of these elements were reported to the authorities by the inhabitants. Six months before the night of the crime, the previous maid had left the farm, terrorized. She claimed it was haunted. The new maid, Maria Baumgartner, arrived on the farm on the day of the murders, and died a horrible death a few hours later.
It’s believed that the older couple, as well as their daughter Viktoria and her daughter Cäzilia, were all lured into the barn one by one, where they were killed, according to wikipedia.org. The murderer(s) then went into the house to kill the two-year-old Josef, who was sleeping in his mother’s bedroom, as well as the maid, Maria Baumgartner, in her bedchamber. The true nature of the murders remains a mystery.
7. The Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster reputedly lives in Loch Ness, a lake in Scotland. People have been looking into this mystery since the monster’s first reported “appearance” in 1933. There isn’t much evidence of its existence. Most of the evidence, photos and sonar readings, is disputed.
The most common – and plausible – explanation of the creature is that it’s from a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs. Yes, a dinosaur. Given the fact we still know little to nothing about what lives in the deepest parts of our planet, mostly underwater, I’m not surprised by this explanation and find it easier to believe. But that’s just me.
6. Black Dahlia Murder
“The Black Dahlia,” a nickname given to Elizabeth Short, was an American woman who was murdered in 1947. It was very publicized at the time, and still is. In fact, it inspired the film The Blue Dahlia. Short’s body was found sliced in half at the waist, and severely mutilated at many other locations, on January 15, 1947, in Los Angeles. Among all the injuries, her face had been slashed from the corners of her mouth to her ears. The corpse had been “posed”, with her hands over her head, her elbows bent at right angles, and her legs spread.
This unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to many suspects. Around 60 people, who were mostly men, confessed to the crime. Twenty-five were considered serious suspects but none were arrested. The Black Dahlia murder is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles.
5. Severed Foot Beach in British Columbia
It all started on August 20, 2007, when several detached human feet were discovered on the coast of the Salish Sea in British Columbia, Canada and Washington, United States. The feet belonged to five men, one woman and three other people of unknown sex, and only two of them were left feet (which ended up fitting with some of the right ones).
These discoveries have been called “astounding” and has baffled everyone so far. Some tried to explain this mystery with plausible theories: the feet may belong to people who died in a boating accident, or even a plane crash in the ocean; a second explanation is that some of the feet belong to four men who died in a plane crash near Quadra Island in 2005; murder or torture of some sort has been an explanation, even though there were no marks on the feet; another theory would be that the feet belonged to victims of the Asian Tsunami on December 26, 2004.
As of May 6, 2014, 11 feet have been found on the British Columbia coast.
4. Hessdalen Valley Lights
The Hessdalen light is an unexplained phenomenon in the sky which is often seen in Hessdalen valley, located in the municipality of Holtalen, Norway.
Most often, this mystery appears as a bright white, yellow or red light of unknown origin standing or floating above the ground, which can last for more than a hour. It can move at furious speed, stay still or go very slowly. It hasn’t only been seen in Norway, though, and these lights have been reported all around the world, since 1940.
There have been many research initiatives in an effort to solve this mystery, but thus far an explanation has not been reached. However, there are hypotheses like: combustion of scandium in clouds above that valley, or other chemicals that would be precisely present in that area and creating the lights; some think it’s only a mirage; and finally others believe that these lights belong to visiting UFOs.
3. Elisa Lam Death
Elisa Lam was a a 21-year-old Canadian student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her body was recovered from a water tank atop the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on February 19, 2013, when employees investigated the tank after guests complained about the water.
Filmed by a security camera in the hotel, footage shows Lam going in and out of the elevator, which seems not to be working right, seemingly talking to herself or something, and even hiding. She seems in a panick. The video went viral online and most viewers found it unsettling. People theorized that the video might have been tampered with, or that paranormal activities were involved, and maybe that Lam was acting this way because of her diagnosed bipolar disorder.
The case has not been solved. However, it has inspired many movies and some other projects which are in production at the moment.
2. The Great Thunderstorm
The Great Thunderstorm happened October 21, 1638. The church of St-Pancras was apparently struck by ball lightning. There was an afternoon service going on, and the church was jam-packed with 300 worshipers. Four were killed, 60 were badly injured and the building was torn. Considered to be the earliest record of ball lightning, the eyewitnesses reported that a strange darkness happened before “a great ball of fire” ripped through a window and destroyed the roof. The lightning ball rebounded through the church, killing and injuring people on its passage.
Local legend has it that the thunderstorm was the result of a visit by the Devil who had made a pact with a local card player and gambler, who had agreed that if he ever fell asleep in church, the Devil could take his soul. Jan was seen falling asleep during the service, with his pack of cards in his hand.
What really happened, however, remains a mystery as there is no evidence of this storm being the first lightning ball.
1. Apollo 18
I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist, and when I meet someone who’s into that kind of thing I tend to find them really weird. But this one is worth dwelling into. Apollo 18 is a movie, and it’s supposed to be based on a true story.
Basically, the story is that Apollo 18, 19 and 20 were missions that went to the moon and, well, never came back. The whole movie is reportedly filmed according to some secret tape that was recovered by NASA. It’s believed that these three missions were confronted by aliens who enter the astronauts’ body as parasites before killing them.
And if that truly is the case, then this is Humanity’s first encounter with aliens. However, is this a true story or just something Hollywood has taken the liberty to label as “true story”? We may very well never know.