Unsolved Mysteries That Are Unbelievably True

Mysteries, conspiracies. Conspiracies and mysteries. Two words to excite the most ardent of theorist and thrust the rest of us into a world of perplexion. Everyone looks a good ghost story but not all are true. These are. Undeniably.

1. The Dyatlov Pass incident

The Dyatlov Pass incident

Nine dead hikers, a truckload of unanswered questions, a government cover-up, and even some conspiracy theories involving UFOs. This incident wouldn’t look out of place on an episode of The X-Files. Oh, and there’s a theory involving yetis, because why not at this point?

2. The Kentucky meat shower

The Kentucky meat shower

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This one is pretty much exactly as it sounds. On a spring day in 1876, the skies opened up over an area of Bath County, Kentucky, and down poured pieces of meat. According to two guys who ate the meat – because who wouldn’t want to eat mysterious flesh that’s fallen from the heavens? – it tasted of mutton. Nice.

3. The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

You’ve probably heard of this story through its countless retelling in film and literature, but the historical truth is even stranger than any twist Hollywood could put on the tale. Over three centuries later and people are still trying to figure out the identity of the man mysteriously imprisoned and forced to wear a mask to hide his identity.

4. The Hinterkaifeck murders

The Hinterkaifeck murders

This case contains all the hallmarks of a horror movie: a creepy house in the country, complaints of a haunting, the sound of footsteps in the attic, and finally a whole family being slaughtered by an unidentified killer. You’ll definitely want to check that your doors aren’t unlocked after reading this.

5. The Original Night Stalker

The Original Night Stalker

The Original Night Stalker, also known as the Golden State Killer and the East Area Rapist, terrorised California’s Sacramento County for a decade – burgling more than 120 homes, raping 45 people, and killing 12. He was known to call victims beforehand, and in some cases phoned them afterwards, taunting them. The perpetrator of these crimes is believed to still be alive, and the FBI recently launched a media campaign in the hopes of finding the man who’s eluded law enforcement for so long.

6. The Mary Celeste

The Mary Celeste

The Mary Celeste is one of the most famous examples of a ghost ship – a ship found with its entire crew missing under mysterious circumstances. The vessel was discovered abandoned, but in reasonable order, off the coast of Portugal, leading to lots of speculation about what happened to the missing crew.

7. D.B. Cooper

D.B. Cooper

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In 1971 an unassuming man in a black suit and tie boarded a commercial airplane heading for Seattle, Washington. Mid-flight, the calm and polite passenger handed a note to the nearest flight attendant claiming that he was in possession of a bomb and was demanding $200,000 and four parachutes. Upon landing, the hijacker got what he wanted, and his next instructions were for the plane to head for Mexico City. At some point during the journey Cooper made use of his parachutes and jumped from the plane with his $200,000 ransom, never to be seen again.

8. The Wow! signal

The Wow! signal

The Wow! signal gets its name from the signal’s discoverer, astronomer Jerry R Ehman, wrote the “wow!” on the side of the printout containing it. So what got an astronomer excited enough to use an exclamation mark? The answer is an unexplainable radio signal that may point towards the existence of extraterrestrial beings. Despite many attempts, the signal has never been found again.

9. The Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion

The Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion

Seriously, this video will spook you out. A Reddit user claims to know those involved. On 22 November 1987, during an episode of Doctor Who, a Chicago television station had its broadcast hijacked. What followed was a creepy video involving an unidentified man in a Max Headroom mask. Here’s a video of the incident itself.

10. June and Jennifer Gibbons

June and Jennifer Gibbons

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There’s something inherently creepy about twins, and even by twin standards of creepiness, these two are really ~creepy~. Born in Wales during the ’60s, June and Jennifer cut off communication with others and only spoke to each other, even speaking in a way that was unintelligible to everyone else. The story only got more bizarre as the twins grew up and were eventually admitted to Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.

11. The Tunguska event

The Tunguska event

On 30 June, 1908, a large explosion occurred over an isolated area of Russia – the nearest town was over 35 miles away but still felt the effects, which included windows smashing. The blast produced 85 times more energy than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and flattened an estimated 80 million trees. Although the destruction is widely believed to be the result of an asteroid, no impact crater has been found, leaving the incident open to alternative theories.

12. Cicada 3301

Cicada 3301

Every year since 2012 a secret organisation has been puzzling the internet by anonymously posting complex puzzles online. Is this a recruitment tactic by the CIA or illegal hackers? Or maybe it’s the work of something more sinister, like a cult.

Well, I’m not sure quite what to make of any of them but it’s always fun to lose yourself in a sense of hyper-reality – even for a brief moment. If mad stories about crazy fellas from a time gone by are your bag, get on our History courses today.



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