Disappearances tend to play on many of the most primal fears that every person has. Something has happened that has left the fate of a beloved figure unknown to everybody. Their family and friends are left waiting for some bit of news that will never come, and with the passing of time, these individuals must realize that the missing will never return. After an appropriate amount of time has passed the family and friends can return to their routines, but the memories and search efforts wane with each passing day.
These mysteries have perplexed historians and experts, who find it implausible that people with such extraordinary skills could disappear without a trace. It is a fate that has befallen explorers and pioneers as well as the ultra-rich and cultural icons. These people have gone missing and have never been located despite the best effort of the some of the most influential groups in the world. It can be harrowing to realize that even with all the collective resources that humanity possesses, somebody can still disappear beyond reach.
There is something inherently unsettling about a disappearance. At first, the absence of clues to an individual’s whereabouts can give some hope that the individual is indeed alive. The Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappearance of last year showed once again that even with all of our technology, 239 people can vanish and never reappear. While plausible explanations can be put forward to give the public a narrative of events, the lack of physical evidence is disturbing and fuels the public’s curiosity. These individuals have left many questions left unanswered.
10 Amelia Earhart
9 Henry Hudson
8 Jimmy Hoffa
With a checkered past that included convictions for fraud, jury tampering, and bribery, it came as no surprise to many that Jimmy Hofffa made some enemies as a labor union activist. However, it may have been his involvement with organized crime through the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that led to his disappearance. Hoffa rose through the ranks and was eventually elected president of the IBT, but his illegal dealings led to an intense investigation from Robert F. Kennedy, and he was eventually sentenced to a total of thirteen years in prison.
7 D.B. Cooper
6 John Cabot
5 Roald Amundsen
4 Glenn Miller
3 Andrew Carnegie Whitfield
2 Oscar Zeta Acosta
1 Jim Gray
Jim Gray is one of the greatest computer scientists and changed the way that computing takes place. In 1998, he was honored with the Turing Award, computing’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize, for his contributions in the field of database and transaction processing. On January 28, 2007, Jim Gray set sail aboard his yacht Tenacious to scatter his mother’s ashes near the Farallon Islands off of San Francisco, California. Emergency location beacons were never activated and no trace of him or his 40-foot yacht were ever found. An extensive search involving the U.S. Coast Guard and satellite imaging revealed nothing. In 2012, five years after his disappearance, he was legally declared dead.
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