Unsolved mysteries provide a very interesting piece for the human brain to sink its teeth into.
Without an answer, humans will inevitably try to solve the mystery. Have you ever found yourself on Wikipedia at 4 am trying to solve the Jonbenet Ramsay murder? Yeah, we're talking about things like that.
As such, humans gravitate toward these mysteries. We can't help it.
Here were some answers.
Gone Baby Gone
Disappearance of the Beaumont children in 1966 in South Australia. Three kids were playing at the beach and never came home. Multiple witnesses saw them playing with a mid-30s male suspect, who possibly gained their trust over time. It's crazy how many people saw this man, and he was never found, and neither were the children. Their mother died last year in her 90s, never knowing what happened to her children, and their father is alive and in his 90s as well now.
What Happened To Them?
The Yuba County Five were young men from Yuba City, California all with mild intellectual disabilities or psychiatric conditions, who attended a college basketball game at California State University, on the night of February 24, 1978. Afterwards, they stopped at a local market for snacks and drinks. Four of them—Bill Sterling, 29; Jack Huett, 24; Ted Weiher, 32; and Jack Madruga, 30—were later found dead; the fifth, Gary Mathias, 25, has never been found.
My theory is he faked his jump from that plane, and was still on board hidden somewhere when it landed.
It's generally accepted that he worked in aviation, or was very familiar with aircraft. He knew to choose a flight operating the Boeing 727, which was one of the only aircraft of it's type with an aft airstair door, and also how to unlock the door and lower the airstair mid-flight, something that even the cabin crew were not trained to do.
Jumping out over a remote area, within the benefit of a predetermined drop point, or being in contact with someone on the ground which wouldn't have been possible in 1971, would have been suicidal. Even if he'd survived the drop and landed safely, he'd likely have died of exposure or hypothermia unless he was picked up or reached shelter soon.
My theory is; Cooper locks the flight crew in the cockpit, then opens the aft door, throws out two parachutes and a small portion of the ransom money to make it look like he jumped. He then uses a maintenance access panel to access the cargo bay or landing gear area (prior to takeoff from Sea-Tac he advises the pilot to remain at 10,000ft with the flaps extended and the landing gear down) and waits there until they land in Reno. FBI sweep the cabin and confirm he's gone but I'll bet they never checked the cargo bay or landing gear. Cooper then waits for the confusion to die down and walks away with his money in hand, wearing the uniform of a cop or airport ground crew which he either changed into or had hidden under his suit all along.
Realising that the bills were marked and that he could never deposit them or spend them without attracting attention, Cooper either destroyed them or hid them somewhere and waited for the heat to die down which hasn't really ever happened, going back to his normal life instead.
Hotel Roofs Are The Site Of Many Mysteries
He went missing for 8 days until a hole was found on the roof of a building one day. When the hole was investigated, they found Rey himself, clearly dead. It's theorized he must've jumped off the neighbor hotel's rooftop but there a bunch of holes (pun slightly intended) regarding that theory
- No one staying those nights Rey was gone heard any screams or a crash
- The hole was pretty far away from any close part of the rooftop of the hotel
- Not only his glasses were intact, but his cellphone was in one piece
The Twilight Zone
James Tetford. He boarded onto a bus, and when it got to his stop, he was simply gone. His belongings were still there. There were no stops in between, so there's no way he'd gotten off.
I like to think different realities crossed, and he got transported to another reality.
A Personal Mystery
I have a very large family, especially on my mother's side. A few weeks ago, we were talking about how large my maternal family is, and she brought up her cousin Patricia. When Patricia was seven, she went to daycare during the day while her parents were at work. The daycare was only two miles away from her home, this comes in to play a little later. Patty's mom was at home cooking dinner, and her dad was going to be working late. Her mom got a call from the daycare worker, and told her to have Patty walk home, since it was only two miles away, and she didn't want to leave the house unattended while dinner was still cooking. Patty never came home.
Search groups were put together that night, but to no avail. The following Sunday, a group of boys were playing in a field after church, where they stumbled upon Patty's corpse, battered and broken. Her murder hasn't been solved, but there was speculation that it could have been the Zodiac Killer or the Golden State Killer, as Patty lived in California with her family at the time of her death. If it was truly the Golden State Killer who killed my mother's 7 y/o cousin, then I hope he rots in his prison cell, and then in hell. I know this isn't a well known mystery, since it's a very personal story, but I thought I would share.
The frog boy murders. 5 South Korean boys went looking for salamander eggs in the forest one day. They disappeared. Their skeletons were found years later in a shallow grave on the mountain. Still unsolved.
Alone In The World
The unknown dead hiker. This case will never cease to blow my mind
This guy met, chatted with and hiked with several people over the course of a year. Most people knew him as "Denim" which isn't too weird since backpackers commonly use trail names.
Then one day a man recognizes Denim's tent, goes to check up on him & finds him dead. Reports afterwards apparently claim the man only weighed 80 lbs at the time of death, which points to him dying of a severe illness. One hiker said he told them he wanted to do this "while he still could" which reinforces the theory that he was sick.
Thing is though, no one has cone forward to claim this poor dude since he was found. Literally NO ONE knows who he is. Barely any info has been released on the investigation around him, not even an autopsy can be confirmed to have been done.
He was found with nothing more than his gear, a notebook containing code, presumably for a game or hiking app he was claiming to be designing, and about $3k. People have speculated him to be from Brooklyn, Seattle, and Louisiana, yet still no one can name the poor fella.
More than 300~ years after,in France, the identity behind "The Man in the Iron Mask" ("l'Homme Masque de Fer" in french) is still unknow, some people said that he was the brother of the king at this moment, others people said that he was the king himself, most people think that because he was held as a political prisoner...
No relation, but Eichiro Oda took this man to make some of Sanji's background in One Piece...
Wasn't This A Buffy Episode?
In the 1850s a boy and girl were observed in a field a very short time before an explosion was observed where they were. When people went closer to investigate, the boy and girl were dead. Nobody knows who they were, how they ended up in that field, or what they were doing there. The explosion appears to have been caused by the boy and girl trying to do something with explosives, but why they were doing that is not known.
I saw a morgue photo of the girl's face and it didn't ring any bells. Whether other photos exists, I don't know. After all this time it's unlikely that this mystery will ever be solved.