This article is supported by brilliant, hey, remember, books. They’re, those things we used to read but now use us toilet paper. Now that that’s all gone the way books get published has changed a lot over the last hundred years.
For example, back in Victorian times most books were serialized, meaning they were released. One piece at a time and literary journals and then later consolidated into book form and the absolute master of the serialized book form was Charles Dickens.
Dickens was known for his cliffhangers. He’d hook. People in with fascinating characters and harrowing situations and get people invested in their outcomes, then raised the stakes and then just as a drama reaches a fever pitch just boom.
Leave him hanging people clamored for the next installment of his story. So much so that while he was publishing his book Little Dorrit, he left a cliffhanger where the main character may have lived or may have died.
Nobody really knew and when he published the next installment of that people literally stormed the boats at the dock that were unloading. The next installment of this book and a riot ensued today. We only write it over things that are important like if our team wins a Super Bowl.
The point to all this is we, as humans crave closure. We don’t like it. When things are unanswered, we don’t like it. When things are unfinished, and so when things are left that way, we scramble for any answer.
We can come up with to give ourselves a little bit of closure, even if that answer is kind of out there. So today we’re, going to talk about five mysterious deaths and disappearances, some of which defy all explanation and some of which have pretty surprising answers.
I’m, putting together a article of mysterious disappearances. There are a million options to choose from many of which you guys have sent to me over the years, but the five that I picked here I picked because well it’s, my channel and I thought they were interesting.
I tried to mix it up between famous ones that you’ve, probably heard of and more obscure ones that you might not have heard of some of these have perfectly rational explanations behind them. Some of them defy a whole reason whatsoever.
So I hope this is at least entertaining or thought-provoking for you. Let’s, get started. Michael Rockefeller came from a relatively wealthy family. He might have heard of them. They were. You know the Rockefellers.
His grandfather was oiled magnate john d rockefeller, who became the first billionaire in the world. In 1916, his father John Dee’s. Son was Nelson Rockefeller, who was vice president under Gerald Ford, so yeah rich people in politics, not a new thing.
Yeah Michael Rockefeller just had the whole world handed to him. He could literally do anything he wanted with his life. He traveled widely. He went to school at Harvard graduated 1960 with degrees in economics and history.
No big surprises there and during some of his travels he became fascinated by anthropology and primitive arts, so when an old college buddy of his asked, if he would join him to help you to documentaries, shooting the tribes in New Guinea, he jumped at the chance.
The film was called dead birds that was shot in 1961 by his friend Robert Gardner, and he served as sound engineer on the crew and while he was there, Michael got to live and study with the Asmat people and he became so fascinated by them and their Culture that when he got back to the United States, he immediately started preparing for another trip to go back there and yeah.
After a month or two of preparation. He hopped on a plane to go back to New Guinea to take photographs and collect some of their primitive art and he was never seen again, but before we get into what happened to him, let’s.
Just talk about the Asmat people for a second: what was it about this tribe that fascinated him so much? What was it that could make somebody that could literally do anything he wanted in the world, give it all up and go live in the jungle with him? Could it be because they share wives or because they drink urine during bonding rituals, or maybe it was a practice of killing their neighbors, their rituals headhunting and cannibalism? Yes, they were known to do all those things, but they also had an extremely complex language with 17 tenses to it and were known as master woodworkers.
In fact, their carvings are really popular with art collectors around the world, including Michael Rockefeller. He had planned to make a book of photographs about the people and create the world’s biggest exhibit of asthma at art, but then in November of 1961 he disappeared.
This is what we know. Michael and a small team of researchers were crossing the best river in a catamaran and a strong gust of wind knocked it over. They were unable to get it back upright again, so they all just hung on to the hull overnight.
Now, according to others in the boat that next morning, Michael decided, he was gon na make a swim for the side of the river, which was a good three to ten miles away. But he was a strong swimmer and he thought that he could make it.
So. Michael swam away looking for help, and that was the last anyone ever saw of him now. The obvious assumption is that he drowned in the river, but after an extensive search, no body was ever found, which leads to two main theories.
One his body was consumed by a crocodile or a river shark, and two he was eaten by local tribes. People who again were totally cannibals. So New Guinea was a territory of the Netherlands at the time. So the Dutch authorities were the ones that carried out the investigation and in their investigation they talked to a couple of priests.
That Michael, was on his way to visit. They seemed pretty convinced that Michael was killed and eaten by cannibals in the region, and they even believed that it was done as an act of revenge for a shooting that happened four years before that.
In fact, one of the priests named Cornelius van kessel wrote in a report in all-caps quote. It is certain that Michael Rockefeller was murdered and eaten by Otts janap. He may have just sneezed at the end.
Their van kessel even provided names of people in the local tribes that he believed had parts of Michael’s body, but for one reason or another, the Dutch authorities, didn’t, think that these priests were reliable and they didn’t follow up on that, so Michael Rockefeller went to a dangerous place and a bad thing happened to him.
You know I mean any number of animals could have eaten his body after he drowned in the river, and maybe it washed ashore or something like that, and it’s. A very large area. It’s quite possible that it washed up somewhere and just never got found, so the story would have just ended there, except for a documentary that was made eight years later.
1969. A film crew was shooting footage. Diaz met people just doing their basic daily stuff, hunting, canoeing, cooking, that kind of thing, but in one shot of the men in canoes something stood out, a white guy wearing a beard, or at least an unusually pale guy wearing a beard which was unusual for the Asmat people, this question was posed in 2011, with a documentary called the search for Michael Rockefeller, where they speculated that maybe he had joined the tribe.
Maybe he wanted to get away from civilization and do that or maybe they even installed him as like a wizard in their culture, because they believed that white people were imbued with magic at the time magic that we call technology.
So maybe he survived, or maybe that’s, just a pale dude with a shadow crossing his face and some old grainy footage. The mystery is still considered unsolved. Highway of tears is a 724 kilometer stretch of highway 16 in British Columbia, Canada and it stretches between the towns of Prince Rupert and Prince George.
It earned its name because it’s, been the site of dozens of mysterious disappearances and deaths from 1969 to 2011, most of whom are women from indigenous tribes. There are 23 First Nations that border highway 16 poverty is rampant there, most families don’t have enough money to afford a car.
So hitchhiking is common. In fact, public transportation, didn’t even reach there till 2017, plus they’re, often seasonal migrant workers that travel through to work in the canneries nearby. This was the case of Alberta Williams.
In 1989, she was a 21 year old woman working in the canneries and Prince Albert when, in the summer of 1989, she went missing. She was out drinking with co-workers at a bar after work one day and according to some eyewitnesses when she left she got into a car with her uncle and a non-indigenous man.
Her body was later found in the bushes along Highway 16. On September 21st. 1989. She had been sexually assaulted and murdered. Her death was tragic, obviously, but it did jumpstart some investigations into other mysterious disappearances that had occurred along that highway.
Nine young women, all of them indigenous, but one turned up missing or were murdered along this highway. From 1989 to 2006 October of 2007, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had expanded their investigation to include 18 women and also included sections of highways 97 and 5.
But indigenous groups in the area say that that 18 number is actually misleading, that it’s. Actually much closer around 40, in fact Human Rights Watch says the British Columbia has the highest number of unsolved murders of indigenous women in the world.
So the case is now ranged between 1969 and 2011 and yeah. The number of them may exceed 40 people now, because there’s, such a high concentration of these instances in this area, speculation has run rampant everything from serial killers to satanic cults, to more paranormal stuff like Bigfoot and windigos, the authorities don’t think that it’s, a serial killer, because there’s, no real links between the murders and it’s been taking place for so long.
It’s impossible that it was just one person doing all of it. Sadly, the most likely answer here. Is it just an area with a lot of easy targets: young poor women from marginalized and ignored communities with endless space to bury the bodies and lots of animals to consume it? If you’re, a human predator, that’s about as good as it gets, there had been some convictions for the murders like 21 year old Cody, legible cough who was arrested in 2010 for the murder of Laura and Leslie.
Further investigations found they knew was also involved in three other murders in the area he received a life sentence in 2014. Just last year, Gary Taylor Hanlon was found guilty of the murder of 12 year old Monica Jack.
In 1978. She disappeared while riding her bicycle near the town of Merritt Hamlin’s, also charged with the murder of 11 year-old, Katherine Mary Herbert who went missing in 1975 and Bobby Jack. Fowler killed.
One victim in 1974 was a strong suspect in the deaths of two others from 1973 and possibly seven others on the list. However, Fowler died in u.s. prison in 2006. Now there has been some controversy around how much the Canadian authorities have been taking these stories seriously because they are occurring to indigenous women.
Critics argue that cases that involve white women get a lot more press attention which gets more police attention, which means they more likely to get solved. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened up a 50 million dollar investigation into these cases in 2015, and part of these investigations is looking into allegations of police misconduct, which has been a typical refrain from the First Nations people that live in that area.
But as of this article, many of these cases remain unsolved. On January 27th, 1959, seven men and two women left on a hiking trip to the Ural Mountains in Russia. The plan was to leave from a city called viiay and hike to the top of the mountain called otorten.
It was going to be a 14-day journey covering 190 miles. Most of the group where students are graduates of the euro Polytechnical Institute. They were all considered to be expert, skiers and hikers, but regardless they never made it and the reason why continues to be a mystery to this day now, in the face of it, you know people going missing over a two-week hike over 190 miles of mountains in The middle of a Russian winter might not sound like much of a mystery, but the circumstances around this particular expedition are super weird and have kind of become an internet phenomenon.
In fact, you’ve, probably heard of this before. If you like to watch mysterious content but yeah, they left on January vii – and there was originally another member of the group named Yuri Yudin, but he kind of fell sick at the beginning and he went back home before he headed back.
The group leader, Igor Dyatlov, told him that he would send him a telegram when they got back to viiay and he expected that would be around february 12th, but it could be longer. So when February 12th came and went, nobody really thought it was a big deal.
But as the day’s kept passing, the relatives of the group started to get a little bit concerned and they demanded an investigation. The first rescue groups were volunteers that left out On February 20th later on, the army and the police got involved now February 26.
They found the group, but this is where things get weird searchers found a badly damaged and abandoned tent that still had all their stuff. In it, including shoes, it was covered in snow and even weirder.
It was cut from the inside footprints, led to the nearby woods where they found the bodies of doroshenko and krivonishenko near the remnants of a burnt-out fire and weirdly. They were only wearing their underwear branches.
On a nearby tree were broken up to 16 feet high, so the researchers suggested that possibly, they climbed out there looking for something they later found traces of skin on the branches which kind of verified that theory searchers found, yot, love and calm, Agora’S body, the next day between the woods and the tent and Slobodan was found on March 5th.
All three of them look like they were trying to return to the tent and all three like the others were only in their underwear. The medical examiner’s ruled the cause of death is hypothermia. Now the fact that they were found only in their underwear is weird, but it does have a rational explanation.
It’s called paradoxical undressing and it’s. Actually something that happens often in the late stages of hypothermia, as the nerves become damaged, the brain functions start dwindle. It kind of creates a sensation of extreme heat, so people thinking they’re burning up.
They start to take their clothes off, which of course, just accelerates the problem, but as the risk the bodies were found over the next couple of months, even more mysteries began to appear other members took longer to find because they were actually in a ravine.
That was covered with snow, about 250 feet from the woods, and they were also just a few feet away from an improvised shelter. These were dressed better than the others, but these had fatal injuries like skull injuries and chest fractures.
One of them was missing her tongue, but despite these internal injuries that one doctor actually suggested, we’re at the same level of force that you might expect being in a you know, a car crash. They had no external injuries, it was all inside and maybe the weirdest of all some of their clothes were radioactive.
The government’s. Official wording at the time was the Dyatlov made some critical mistakes and that the group was overtaken by overwhelming forces of nature. Some of this makes sense. The disrobing on kid has talked about that can be explained away.
The tongue that’s missing was probably from an animal that they got to the body that happens pretty often, but some of them mishmash of these other weird pieces of evidence that were laying around has led to some pretty wild speculation.
You know why did they abandon their tent and so violently literally cutting themselves out and so just exiting? How could they have had internal injuries with no external wounds and what was with the radioactive pants? One theory is that they were attacked by the Mansi, which is an indigenous tribe that lives nearby, but they’re, a peaceful group, and there was no evidence to indicate that they were attacked in any way.
I know there was the wild animals attacked them, but again there were no tracks of wild animals anywhere around. There was nothing to indicate that could have happened. Some think they may have eaten some psychedelic mushrooms.
I got all disoriented something possibly an avalanche, killed them, but the area that they were in, we had a very slight slope to it, so that wasn’t very likely plus than their journals. They said that the snow was light at the time and, of course, people turn to supernatural answers like a Yeti attack, which again, there was no evidence of any kind of animal attack of any kind and, of course, some people think that UFOs are the answer.
Now. Interestingly, there is some testimony from other hikers in the area that said that they saw orange globes in the sky at the time, but this actually leads to one of the more interesting theories, which is that the Soviet military may have been conducting some military exercises.
In the region, at the time, dropping water known as parachute mines – and these are mines that detonate the air and they have been known to cause internal injuries, but not external injuries and bodies on the ground.
And then there’s. An idea that infrasound may have led to their deaths. There is a wind phenomenon known as the Karman vortex street, which can create some terrifying sounds that disorient people – wind’s blowing through the past, may have been worked as they hit the side of a mountain which might have created little mini tornadoes that Had deafening noise but under certain conditions, this can actually create infrasound sound that’s too low for us to hear, but we still experience it in other physical ways.
Studies have shown that it can have effects such as sleep loss, dread and shortness of breath. Filmmaker and author Donnie i-car believes that it might have been a combination of these things. The tornado noise, the infrasound and the you know darkness in the area that may have created a mass panic amongst a group.
Now, honestly, this theory is the most interesting to me, but it is still unproven and the case remains unsolved. The Mary Celeste was a 282 tonne Brigantine ship that set sail from New York to Genoa, Italy, on November 7th 1872 on board, where Captain Benjamin Briggs, his wife, Sarah and their daughter Sofia, as well as a crew of seven people transporting 1701 barrels of denatured alcohol And then, about a month later, on December 5th, the ship was found floating about 400 miles, east of the Azores and Portugal.
Crew from the British Brig de gracia boarded the Mary Celeste and what they discovered or didn’t discover has been a mystery ever since, and what they didn’t discover was anybody. The ship was completely abandoned and apparently abandoned in a hurry, because all of their personal belongings were completely undisturbed.
There were still six months of food and provisions left in the ship captain Briggs his cabin was completely untouched. All the way down to his daughter’s, indentation was still on the bed and the last log in the captain’s.
Journal was set for November 25th, saying that they were about six nautical miles from the Azores. It was like they all just disappeared. The inspecting crew even pointed out that the crew of the Mary Celeste left their tobacco and pipes behind, and apparently that is not something a sailor does so could it have been pirates it’s, not likely they didn’t.
Take anything all their valuables were still there. The cargo down the bottom was completely untouched, with the exception of one alcohol barrel that spilled, it found three feet of water in the bottom, due to a busted pump and a frayed rope that was trailing behind the back of the ship, but other than that there Was no sign of foul play with no explanation, the authorities just chalked it up to an abandoned ship and they towed it back to port, and that should have been the end of the story of the Mary Celeste.
That should have just faded into history and it would have, except for a short story that was published. Thirteen years later. It’s, a short story called J, Habakkuk Jason’s statement, and it was written in 1884 by Arthur Conan Doyle, who you may have heard of he’s, written stuff like the lost world, Sir Nigel.
Maybe you’ve heard of Sherlock Holmes. The story is about a revenge seeking former slave who killed his fellow passengers and then escaped on a ghost ship known as the Marie Celeste. The story’s. Popularity revived interest in theories around the real mary celeste, and these theories range from that’s.
Crazy to one is that the ship was attacked by a sea monster because of course it was legends of giant squids and murderous whales and Krakens were popular amongst the seafaring world back in those times.
But there was no evidence of anything like this happening on the ship. The ship was completely undamaged. Some suggested that the ship was haunted by an actual ghost that may have scared away the crew or just you know, taken them to the other side, and this wasn’t totally out of left field.
There was a captain who had died on the ship beforehand. It was originally called the Amazon, but then it ran aground and the accident killed the captain, and then it got renamed the Mary Celeste. So some people speculated that the previous captain was still there haunting the ship or just that the ship was cursed because it did have some tragic events in the past now getting back down to earth.
Some people speculated that it might have been a mutiny of some kind, but again there was no evidence of any physical altercations on there and the captain’s. Log didn’t seem to you know, note that there were any suspicions of a mutiny on board.
Now. The most likely scenario is that the crew abandoned ship for one reason or another, because there was a piece of evidence that I cleverly left out for narrative purposes earlier, and that is that a lifeboat was missing.
So they did definitely abandon ship. But what could have happened that caused him to abandon ship in such a hurry that they didn’t even take their most personal belongings with them? The answer in one way or another, probably has something to do with that.
One spill barrel of alcohol now one theory that was examined by dr. Andrea Sela at the University College, London, was that the fumes from that alcohol could have exploded due to a spark, possibly from a crew member opening the door or while smoking a pipe model.
An experiment that showed that it wouldn’t be enough to actually leave soot or really damage the ship, but it might be strong enough to blow the hatches open, which might have been enough to scare people off the boat now.
Another theory suggests that, as they started, sailing into lower latitudes and the temperature began to change that alcohol down. The bottom may have begun to evaporate a lot more rapidly and then come with the higher humidity in the air may have formed a bit of a mist or a fog that the sailors interpreted a smoke so thinking the ship was on fire.
They rushed everybody into the lifeboat now both of those are possible, but the problem that I have a both of those is that, like I said before, they found a tattered rope attached to the back of the ship and they think that they may have tied the Lifeboat to that rope – and I’m – not sure if they would do that if they thought that the ship was exploding or on fire.
So here’s, my theory, my theory, is that the barrel of alcohol spilled and then, as they went into warmer climates, it started to evaporate a lot more rapidly and it probably created enough fumes that it became hard to breathe on the ship.
So the captain ordered everybody on the lifeboat tied the lifeboat to the back of the ship thinking. They would give it a little bit of time to air out, and this would explain why nobody brought their personal stuff with them.
They just thought they’d, be out there for a few minutes, maybe just half an hour or so, and then once they got into the lifeboat, for whatever reason that rope came untied and the ship with its sails, still up caught a breeze and Just say all the way just imagine being on that lifeboat and watching this ship gets smaller and smaller and smaller in the distance.
As the realization overtakes you you’re, I mean it’s, tragic, but imagine if the biggest mystery in maritime history all came down to a badly tied knot. Now, of course, there’s, a lot of mysterious disappearances that could have made this list and who knows if this article becomes popular, I might do another one so put your favourite down in the comments below, or I should say the one you find Most intriguing, you shouldn’t have a favourite death, but I will say I struggle with this one quite a bit because a lot of these mysterious disappearances, aren’t that mysterious to me, like a million Earhart.
I mean tragic, of course, but I mean there’s, no mystery there. For me, sure her plane went down over the ocean. Why didn’t? They find the plane because she went down over the ocean Jimmy Hoffa. He made a whole bunch of enemies.
He pissed off a lot of mob guys. How could that have gone wrong? In fact, there’s, sort of a whole genre of missing-persons cases that are going to the category of missing for one one, which I’ve had a lot of people asking me to make a article about it.
You could say that it was an inspiration for this article, but the missing for one one thing usually focuses on people that disappear in national parks, and you know why they disappear. What could have happened to them? That kind of thing and the examples and the theories usually spiral into paranormal stuff like UFOs aliens, crypto creatures or you know, conspiracy, theories, hidden agendas, stuff like that, but again it’s.
That’s, just not mysterious. To me. You know national parks are wilderness areas where a lot of people go, who aren’t used to being in wilderness areas. Many national parks are filled with challenging terrain and predatory wild animals.
I mean I’m, not trying to downplay the tragedy of it, but I don’t think you have to go into woowoo territory to explain it. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good mystery as much as the next guy. I love a good alien story.
I love a good Bigfoot sighting, but to me, what’s more interesting are just the little mistakes. The little you know, things that get overlooked, that wind up making the difference between life and death between being just another day and a tragedy like the Mary Celeste.
The whole thing may have just come down to a not coming untied, but that’s. How life works? You know we like to apply the biggest and most sensational answers to things, because we like to think that big things require big answers, but we see over and over and over again in life that sometimes it’s.
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