The Bermuda Triangle, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, are just some of the most famous fables and unexplained phenomena of our lifetime, but sometimes the scariest mysteries aren't so far off (like the coasts of Central America or the Loch Ness waters of Scotland). Sometimes true horror doesn't remain in the movies, but can be found all around you. Even with the onset of new and advanced technology, there are many events and phenomena in the world that remain unexplained. Whether it be sudden disappearances, abductions, unsolved homicides and suicides, or unidentified lights in the night sky, there are many things that defy explanation. The incidents on this list have been studied, re-studied and have inspired tremendous controversy and speculation. Ranging from the mysterious death of Elisa Lam to a haunting radio call from someone claiming to be an Area 51 employee, the fifteen unsolved mysteries on this list are incredibly frightening and most have been covered by major news networks. Authorities and investigators remain baffled and disturbed by them, and now so will you.
15 The House That Bled
In September of 1987, a house in Atlanta, Georgia, belonging to a Mr. William Winston and Mrs. Minnie Winston was subject to something straight out of a horror film. On the evening of September 8th, 1987, Mrs. Minnie Winston stepped out of the shower and noticed spots of blood on the bathroom floor. Alarmed, Minnie alerted her husband and the two of them searched their entire house. Frighteningly, they found blood on the kitchen, bedroom and basement floors, as well as smeared all over the walls. Oddly, they even found spots of blood under their television set. They immediately informed the police and the house was investigated. The blood was tested and found that it didn't match the blood types of either William or Minnie Winston. While some believe the Winstons were the victims of a harmless prank, or that their home was subject to a break-in, to this day the source of the blood remains unknown.
14 Alien Abduction: Betty and Barney Hill
The story of Betty and Barney Hill is perhaps the most famous alleged case of alien abduction that has ever been reported. On the evening of September 19, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were driving back to their home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after a vacation in Niagara Falls. They saw an oddly shaped craft in the sky and stopped to get a better look. After continuing on down the road they claimed that the craft got closer and closer, eventually enveloping their car in a beam of light, at which point they entered an altered state of consciousness. When they came to realization, they had traveled about 35 miles south with only a vague memory of how they got there. When they got home, they realized their watches had stopped working and Betty's dress had been stained with a pink powder of an unknown origin. Through hypnosis, the Hills recollected the encounter and Betty claimed to have asked the alien where they came from, and she was shown a star map. In 1961, the star map Betty drew showed no resemblance to any known area of space. In September of 2015, nearly 55 years later, a statistician claimed that the star map Betty drew closely matched The Zeta Reticuli system that wasn't closely studied until the 1990s. Some believe that this new development proves The Hills' story to be true, and if so, one of the only instances of known contact between humans and extraterrestrials.
13 The Zodiac Killer
The Zodiac Killer is perhaps the most infamous serial killer in American history and has been popularized by the major motion picture Zodiac, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The Zodiac Killer, who operated in California in the 1960s-1970s, was confirmed to have killed 5 people, but could have possibly killed as many as 30. Aside from the horrific and grueling manner in which the murders were carried out, The Zodiac Killer literally made headlines, by sending letters to a number of San Francisco newspapers. He demanded that his letters be printed on the front page or he would go on a killing spree. In the letters, he referred to himself as "The Zodiac", and included a cryptogram, saying once the cryptogram was cracked, they would have his identity. Although numerous professors and wannabe-cryptologists have tried to crack the code, numerous lines of it remain undeciphered and the true identity of The Zodiac Killer remains unknown.
12 Emails From The Grave
In June of 2011, 32 year old Jack Froese, died of a heart arrhythmia. Although his death was sudden and uncommon at the age of 32, what was even more strange was that six months after his death, family and friends allegedly received emails from the departed Froese. Tim Hart, a close friend of Froese, received an email that read "Did you hear me? I’m at your house. Clean your f—ing attic!", with the subject line: “I’m Watching”. Cleaning Hart's attic was something that Froese and Hart had discussed shortly before his death. Hart sent a reply to the email, but has yet to receive a response. Family and friends of Froese state that no one had access to his email account or knew his password. Although some believe it was a family member trying to help others cope with their loss, or someone playing a cruel prank, no one knows for certain how these messages were sent from the grave.
11 Alien Implants
Throughout many years, people have claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials. Some of which go further to say they had been experimented on and implanted with unknown objects. Dr. Roger Leir devoted years of his life extracting said objects, finding things beyond explanation. He said the findings from the extractions were very unusual. When foreign objects enter the body, it usually results in "some type of acute or chronic inflammatory response, and may include fibrosis and cyst formation" (via mufon), but this was not the case in Leir's extractions. The metallic objects extracted were encased in a tough grey, membrane, closely resembling a skin-like material. Moreover, one implant in particular emitted a strong radio frequency whilst still in the host's body. After extraction, all radio frequency emissions ceased. Is all this the result of hysteria, pop-culture influences and people just wanting attention? Or is there something else going on altogether? Perhaps we’ll never know.
10 Lars Mitank
German tourist Lars Mitank, 28, was on vacation in Bulgaria when he got into a fight on the beach. He was taken to a hospital afterwards to be treated for a ruptured eardrum and given a prescription for antibiotics. He was told not to fly for a little while, so he told his friends to go on home without him and he stayed in Bulgaria. Alone in his hotel, Lars called his mother in a panic saying he was being followed by four men and told his mother to cancel his credit card. He was also paranoid about the prescription he was given, questioning what the drugs were really doing to him. Lars was last seen on video footage walking through the airport. Moments later, he is seen running in the opposite direction, having dropped his luggage; he runs full speed out of the airport and across the parking lot and to this day, has never been seen again.
9 Ghostship: SS Ourang Medan
If fables of travelers lost at sea or tales of ships left deserted and abandoned on the vast ocean seemed like nothing more than fairytales told around the campfire, think again. The SS Ourang Medan was a real-life ghost ship, whose horrific tale sounds like something straight out of a Stephen King novel. In June of 1947, two American ships picked up a distress call that held the following message:
SOS from Ourang Medan…we float. All officers including the Captain, dead in chartroom and on the bridge. Probably whole of crew dead…I'm dying
During the rescue attempt, crew from the rescue vessel claim none were alive on board and the ship was littered with corpses found with eyes wide open, and no signs of injury anywhere on the bodies. Apparently, a fire broke out in the cargo hold of the Ourang Medan, and the rescue party evacuated the ship, letting it sink into the sea.
8 Kendrick Johnson
On January 11, 2013, the body of Kendrick Johnson was found stuffed in a gym mat. The cause of death? Accidental asphyxiation. Authorities claimed that Johnson climbed into the mat to retrieve a shoe and got stuck, eventually suffocating to death. Not buying it? Well, neither did Johnson’s parents who hired a private pathologist, Dr. William Anderson, to examine the body. Anderson found hemorrhaging on Johnson’s neck and concluded the teenager died from blunt force trauma. Anderson also found that several of Johnson’s organs were missing and the body had been stuffed with old newspapers. The gymnasium in which Johnson’s body was found had three different surveillance cameras, providing three different angles of the gym during the time leading up to Johnson’s death. Suspiciously, none of the footage released by authorities show Johnson getting into any altercation or climbing onto the mats. Even worse, footage from two of the cameras that captured Johnson seemed to be blatantly edited and the footage from the camera that captured the most activity was blurred beyond recognition. To this date, no charges have been filed and his death remains a mystery.
7 “You’ll Never Find Him”
Amy Marie Fry-Pitzen was found dead in her hotel room, on May 14th, 2011. She had committed suicide and left nothing but a haunting note that read: You’ll never find him, referring to her son, Timmothy. Three days before her suicide, Fry-Pitzen checked her son out of school saying there had been a family emergency. There was no emergency, of course. Instead, Fry-Pitzen took her son on what appeared to be a mother-son adventurous trip, with stops at water parks and zoos. Fry-Pitzen’s husband told interviewers that his wife had suffered from depression, but the one thing that seemed to turn their lives around was the birth of their son, leading many to question whether Fry-Pitzen would have it in her to murder Timmothy. Did Fry-Pitzen kill her own son before taking her life? Did she leave him under the protection of someone she trusted? These questions still remain, and Timmothy Fry-Pitzen has yet to be found.
6 Dyatlov Pass: “From now on we know that snowmen exist”
On February 26, 1959, nine missing hikers were found dead. Their tent had been torn apart. Two of the corpses were found in their underwear, barefoot, next to remnants of a fire. Three more bodies laid in between the fire and camp. Approximately two months later, the remaining four bodies were found buried under 15 feet of snow. The clothes of the hikers were said to hold radiation and their hair had become grey, although most of them had been in their twenties. Some people believe that it was an avalanche, but there were no external wounds on the bodies and one body was missing a tongue. As well, their footprints remained visible in the snow. Mysteriously, the campsite was out in the open, instead of in or next to the forest, suggesting they were frightened of getting too close to it. Even more frightening was a note found near the bodies that read the words: “From now on we know that snowmen exist”, scrawled on a piece of paper. Some believe The Soviets had been testing weapons in the area and the hikers simply got caught in the crossfire. Other speculations range from alien abduction and experimentation, to the existence of The Yeti or a similar unknown creature. After the initial investigation, the files were locked in a secret archive, only to become available in the 1990s, but mysteriously some of the files had gone missing.
5 The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam
On January 26th, 2013, Elisa Lam checked into the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. She was assigned a shared room, but fellow room occupants told the manager about her strange erratic behavior and she was moved to her own room. Surveillance footage from February 1st shows Lam cowering in the hotel elevator, peeking out into the hallway and quickly turning into the elevator again as if she were hiding from something or someone. Eighteen days later, her body was found in the water tank on the roof of the hotel, having drowned in it. It is still unknown how she got onto the roof (with the door being locked and alarmed), or how she got in the tank, which had no fixed access and was high enough that a ladder had to be brought up for workers to look at the water. The elevator footage of her case has received millions of views worldwide and can be seen here.
4 Lights Over Phoenix
Perhaps the most widely witnessed and documented UFO sighting in history, The Phoenix Lights are one of the most famous mass UFO sightings of all time. To this day, fanatics and investigators continue to study footage of the lights. On the evening of March 13th, 1997, thousands of Phoenix residents looked up at the night sky hoping to catch a glimpse of the Hale-Bopp comet, but instead saw red-orange balls of light hovering over their city. That same evening, reports flooded in across the entire state of Arizona of a v-shaped craft slowly moving through the state. People claimed the craft was nearly a mile wide, larger than any aircraft ever known to man. The US government still claims the lights were nothing more than a flare test, but to this day the lights remain unexplained.
3 The Disappearance of Maura Murray
On February 9th, 2004, Maura Murray lied to her university professors saying there had been a death in the family and that she had to travel home for a week. Four days prior, she received a call while at work during which she reportedly burst into tears. No one, including her father, know who the call was from or what the call entailed. On the day of her disappearance, Murray crashed her car heading east on route 112. A school bus driver who lived nearby told police he saw Murray and asked her if she wanted him to call the police and she declined his offer. The bus driver was the last to see Maura before she disappeared. Eight years later, on the eve of her disappearance, a video was posted on YouTube titled: “Happy Anniversary”, by username “112dirtbag”. The video shows only an old man’s face covered in shadow with a brick wall behind him. In the video the man laughs hysterically and it ends with the words “Happy Anniversary” on a black screen. The video has been linked to Murray’s cold case, owing to the fact that she went missing on Route 112 and in interviews, her father referred to his daughter’s kidnapper as a “dirtbag”. No one has seen Murray since, and the man in the video has not been found.
2 The Hum
Reports of "The Hum" have come from all over the world, dating as far as the 1970s. People have claimed to hear an eerie, constant, low-frequency sound that has no visible source. Some don’t hear it; some hear it and are unbothered by it, while others have been said to be brought to the brink of suicide. One example of "The Hum" in Taos, New Mexico, had enough reportings to involve investigations conducted by scientists from numerous universities to locate the source, but no explanation was ever found. One explanation is that the noise comes from movement in the earth’s crust. Some conspiracy theorists blame government tests in mind control, in which a low frequency noise is directed towards a population. Support for this theory came from a disturbing case in 1970, in which Medford, Oregon, became the suicide capital of the United States overnight with a rash of unexplained suicides. It was said that researchers found that an ultra-low frequency wave was being transmitted into the town from a nearby military base. However, this theory and all others have never been proven.
1 Art Bell Area 51 Phone Call
On the evening of September 11, 1997, the highly popular Art Bell radio show received a call from a disturbed, frantic man who claimed to have been employed at Area 51. This is a transcript of the phone call that took place:
Caller: Hello, Art?
Caller: Hi..umm..I… I don't have a whole lot of time. Um.
Art: Well, look, let's begin by finding out whether you're using this lineproperly or not.
Caller [frantic]: Ar..Area 51
Art: Yes that’s right. Were you an employee or are you now?
Caller[breathing heavily, and frightened]: I'm a former employee. I, I was let go on a medical discharge about a week ago and, and... I kind of been running across thecountry. Um oh man, I don't know where to start, they're, they're gonna,they'll triangulate on this position really, really soon.
Art: So you can't spend a lot of time on the phone, so give us somethingquick. (It can be listened to in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee3bld4lTG0)
At this point the radio station suffered a mysterious loss of transmission and when they got back on the air with their backup system the caller was gone. Adding even more room for speculation, days later a man claiming to be Area 51 caller called in again and confessed it had all been a hoax and that even he was frightened by the loss of signal at the time of the call. He claimed he often called in acting as “wacky characters”. Although, some say the caller was forced to make that claim or that an actor was hired to impersonate the previous caller.