People Are Sharing Some Of The Darkest Mysteries From History That They Just Can't Stop Thinking About, And These Stories Are For Adults Only
We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about an unsolved mystery they just can't stop thinking about...and a number of them were actually ~old~ historical mysteries! So, we decided to round them up in a post of their own. Check it out...
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1.The princes in the tower. (1483)
As explained above, Princes Edward (12) and Richard (9) were placed in the Tower of London by their uncle, Richard, the Duke of Gloucester in 1483. For a little more context, the young boys were born during the infamous Wars of the Roses (1455-85), which was essentially a series of wars between two rival sides of a family fighting for the throne of England. Suffice it to say, there was a lot of family drama and killing going on at the time. So, when their uncle put Edward in the tower, he claimed it was for "protection," and it didn't raise suspicions. According to reports at that time, the boys were seen less and less over time, and eventually never again. It's suspected they were murdered, but no one knows for sure, and if they were, by who.
2.The man in the iron mask. (1703)
In the late 1600s to early 1700s, an unknown man who wore a black velvet mask (not iron!) was imprisoned at the Bastille in Paris until he died there in 1703. From the 18th century onward, many people have had theories as to who he was, ranging from an English nobleman to a brother of King Louis XIV. Apparently, though, most historians believe that he was a man named Eustache Dauger who was likely a valet, and that he didn't actually wear the mask all the time.
3.The Dyatlov Pass incident. (1959)
In February 1959, nine hikers died in the mountains of Russia under very bizarre circumstances. Their bodies were found scattered around the mountain and some in horrifying states: skulls and chests smashed open, eyes missing, and one person even was missing their tongue. Apparently, an investigation at the time suggested the cause of death was an "unknown natural force." There have been many theories over the years as to what happened, but it's a mystery that still remains unsolved.
4.The Villisca axe murders. (1912)
Sometime between June 9 and 10, 1912, the Moore family — parents Josiah and Sarah, and their four children — and two guests (also children), were bludgeoned to death in the night at the Moores' home in Villisca, Iowa. The eight victims were killed with an axe that the killer(s) had found in the backyard. According to reports, the killer(s) had searched the house for pieces of clothing to cover the mirrors in the house and glass in the doors. Authorities also found a slab of bacon next to the axe, a plate of uneaten food, and a bowl of bloody water in the kitchen. Several leads were followed over the years, but it remains a cold case.
5.The murder of Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia. (1947)
Elizabeth Short, posthumously named the Black Dahlia, was a woman who was murdered in Los Angeles in January 1947. The case became highly publicized due to the gruesome nature of the crime. Her body had been severely mutilated, including being sliced in half. Oddly, there was not even a drop of blood at the crime scene, though. Many suspects were investigated, but no arrests were ever made. And, although there have been many theories over the years, her murder remains unsolved.
6.The Hinterkaifeck farm murders. (1922)
In the spring of 1922, six people living and working on the Hinterkaifeck farm, located in rural Germany, were killed by an unknown assailant. The six victims ranged from age 2 to 72. Four of the victims' bodies were discovered in the barn, battered and covered with hay, while the other two were found inside the house, also covered. Apparently, the killer(s) remained on the farm for a few days and even took care of and fed the farm animals. Although there have been some theories over the last hundred years as to what happened, the gruesome case still remains unsolved.
7.The disappearance of Amelia Earhart. (1937)
Earhart was an aviation pioneer who, at just 39 years old, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 while attempting to become the first woman to fly around the globe. Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were last seen taking off from New Guinea on July 2, 1937. And her last contact was a message to a Coast Guard boat saying, "We must be on you, but we cannot see you. Fuel is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet.” And, finally, an hour later, “We are running north and south.” A rescue attempt and search were made, scouring 250,000 square miles of ocean, but it was called off on July 19. Although there has been a lot of speculation over the years, no one actually knows what happened to Earhart and Noonan.
8.The Sodder children disappearance. (1945)
In December 1945, a fire destroyed the Sodder family's home in West Virginia. At the time, the parents and nine of their 10 children were home, but only the parents and four of the children escaped. The other five children's bodies, however, were never found.
9.The death of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey. (1678)
Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey was an English magistrate who died mysteriously on October 12, 1678. The details of how it all happened are not entirely clear, but he was essentially a victim of an anti-Catholic plot that had been created to make it seem like King Charles II was going to be murdered. Edmund's body was found in a ditch, impaled with his own sword. Apparently, his cause of death, though, had actually been strangulation, and he was already dead when his sword was run through his body. Several men were falsely accused and executed for his murder, but the case was never really solved.
10.Jack the Ripper. (1888)
Jack the Ripper was an unidentified serial killer active in London in 1888. The victims were mainly sex workers who lived and worked in impoverished areas of east London. The kills were very violent including things like throat cutting, mutilation, and the removal of internal organs. Due to the rarity of serial murders at the time (that were known), there was extensive newspaper coverage of the crimes. None of the murders were ever solved.
11.Finally, the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. (1975)
Hoffa, who had a history of being involved with organized crime, was a labor union leader and former president of the Teamsters union who disappeared on July 30, 1975. Hoffa left his home that day in Lake Orion, Michigan and allegedly met with reputed mob figures Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone and Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano. Although Hoffa called his wife from a payphone that afternoon, he was never seen or heard from again after that. The FBI soon got involved with the search for Hoffa, but he was never found and declared legally dead in 1982.
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