Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries

#10 The Black Dahlia Murder

“The Black Dahlia” was a nickname given to Elizabeth Short, she was an American and the victim of a gruesome and much-publicized murder.  The body of Elizabeth Short was found in the Leimert Park district, Los Angeles in 1947.  Short’s body was severely mutilated, nude and completely drained of blood.  The body had been washed and cleaned.  Short’s unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to many suspects, along with several books and film adaptations of the story.  Due to the notoriety of the case, more than 50 man and women have confessed to the murder and police are swamped with tips every time a newspaper mentions the case or a book or movie is about to be released.

#9 The Roswell UFO Incident

This incident refers to an object that crashed in the vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, allegedly an extra-terrestrial spacecraft and its alien occupants.  The press report from the Army at the time stated that the object was a radar-tracking balloon not a flying disc.  The incident was forgotten and ignored until in 1978 Major Jesse Marcel, who was involved in the original recovery of the debris, was interviewed.  Marcel expressed his belief that the military had covered up the recovery of an alien space craft.  Additional witness’ added new details and a former mortician put forth a detailed account, where he claimed that alien autopsies were carried out at the Roswell base.  The incident has since been the subject of intense controversy and of conspiracy theories as to the true nature of the object that crashed.

#8 The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is described as “the worlds most mysterious manuscript”.  This book is named after book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased it in 1912.  The work dates back to the early 15th century, possibly from northern Italy.  Much of the manuscript, of 240 pages, resembles herbal manuscripts of the time period with illustrations and information on plants and their possible uses for medicinal purposes.  However, most of the plants do not match known species, and the manuscript’s language and script remains unknown and unreadable.  In 1969 the Voynich Manuscript was donated to Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

#7 The Toas Hum

This is the name given by New Mexico natives to a humming sound.  In 1993, this annoying humming sound became so acute that people in Taos, New Mexico banded together and requested Congress to carry out an investigation as to the origin of the hum.  Most individuals, who have been disturbed by the humming sound, say that the noise begins suddenly, it never abates them and interferes in their sleep.  The source seems to have been more noticeable inside the house than outside.  No conclusive causes for the humming sound were discovered.

#6 Katz ll Mystery

Katz ll, dubbed The Ghost Ship, is a 9.8 meter catamaran which was found drifting off of the North coast of Australia in 2007.  Katz ll left Airlie Beach on 15th April 2007 bound for Townsville, with three men of board.  On April 18th a helicopter spotted the cat drifting in the vicinity of The Great Barrier Reef.  On 20th of April marintine authorities boarded the boat and found no one on board but food set on the table, a lap top turned on and the engine running.  All electronics and emergency systems were in working order.  The only unusual sign was damage to the boats sails.  Video footage found on board had footage taken shortly before their disappearance and nothing out of the ordinary is said to be on the video.

#5 The Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion.  Most Catholics consider it to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. It is currently held in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Turin, Italy.  The origin of this shroud and the nature of the image are subject to intense debate among scientists, theologians, historians and researchers.  The shroud is one of the most studied artifacts in human history, and one of the most controversial.

#4 Bloop

The bloop is the name given to an ultra-low frequency and extremely powerful underwater sound detected by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1997.  This sound has been traced to a point in the south Pacific ocean west of the southern tip of South America.  NOCAA does not believe the sounds origin is man-made, such as a submarine or bomb, or geological events such as volcanoes or earthquakes.  The source of the sound remains a mystery because it is different from any known sound and because the sound is several times louder than the loudest known recorded animal, the blue whale.

#3 D. B. Cooper Heist and Disappearance

D.B. Cooper is the name used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 on November 24,1971.  The suspect purchased an airline ticket under the alias Dan Cooper (due to media miscommunication he became known as D.B. Cooper).  Once in the air he announced he had a bomb and demanded ransom money of $200,000 and parachutes in exchange for the safety of the passengers.  The plane landed and ransom demands were met.  After refueling the plane returned to the air with Cooper and three crew members.  Cooper gave the crew a flight plan and told them to remain in the cockpit with the door closed.  When the plane landed authorities discovered Cooper was no longer on board.  The true identity or whereabouts, and the bulk of the ransom money has never been recovered.

#2 Roanoke Colony

The settlement is known as “The Lost Colony” and the fate of the colonists is still unknown.  In 1584 an expedition to the East Coast of North America financed and organized by Sir Walter Raleigh was carried out.  In 1587 new colonists arrived and their named leader was John white.  John White left for England leaving behind ninety men, seventeen woman and eleven children.  When John White returned in 1890 the settlement was disserted and there was no signs of struggle nor any remains found.  The only clues to be found was the word “Croatoan” carved into a post and the word “Cro” carved into a nearby tree.  The main hypothesis on this disappearance is that the colonists dispersed and merged into local tribes.

#1 The Lost City of Atlantis

It is written in Plato’s dialogues around 350BC about a beautiful island in the Atlantic Ocean.  It took two books to describe this magical island.  In the late 1800’s an American named Ignatius Donnelly wrote a book called Atlantis, the Antidivulian World,  he believe Plato was actually writing about a natural disaster.  The possible existence of Atlantis has been discussed throughout classical antiquity.  The exact location of Atlantis has been questioned by many people and The Lost City of Atlantis inspires today literature, from science fiction to comic books to films.

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