REAL LIFE: 9 Unsolved Mysteries That Will Keep You up at Night!

If you are anything like me, you’ll find these unsolved mysteries fascinating.

Due to getting a big promotion at my day job, I’ve had to scale back the time I spend on my blog. I usually work on my blog posts on evenings and weekends, but due to being busy into the evening with my day job, I haven’t had a lot of time of attention to give my little Essex Lifestyle Blog lately. My main issue being with time, I’ve been thinking a lot harder about my content.

What sort of thigs do I like to read?

I go through phases with things and now I am having a phase of reading about or watching stuff about unsolved mysteries (like people and planes going missing). MH370 is one I will go into further detail into during the body of this text post, I think about it all the time. Honestly, how can a full-sized aeroplane just vanish into thin air?

What is it about mysteries?

For me in particular, it comes with the fact that I like to have an answer to things. People always say they end up down TikTok or YouTube rabbit holes, but for me it is Wikipedia. If I come across something I don’t know much about during the day I save it for later and read about it before bed. Once I find out the thing, I can close my case on it. It’s a very neat and organised way to live. Everything gets wrapped up once I learn the facts or the answer. I’m no psychologist but I feel the reason we are compelled towards mysteries is because in the rest of life we are used to things having a conclusion or an ending. The mind is left to wander and imagine because of the lack of information available.

Conveniently, for our curious little brains, there certainly is no shortage of “unsolved mystery” stories to go around. In this post I have picked out 10 of the ones that boggle my mind the most seriously to share with you all.

The disappearance of Maura Murray

This particular missing persons case I came across because I asked my Twitter followers which unsolved mystery keeps them up at night. That’s one of the things I love about my following over on Twitter, one minute I could be talking about CBD Drinks and the next minute unsolved mysteries and my followers just roll with it. So yes, first up, the strange case of Maura Murray. This case is so curious because this woman just disappeared off of the face of the earth. There is a documentary on Amazon Prime about Maura Murray, or you can just do what I do and read about it on Wikipedia.

Maura had actually made some plans to suggest she might go off radar for a bit, like searching the routes from where she was to Vermont, told her school she would be out of town for a week because of a death in her family, and packed her car. In all honesty, I am not sure if this makes the situation more or less confusing. She then had a minor car accident, and when neighbours called police, they got to the car she had vanished into thin air. I won’t give too much of the story away, as the idea is I hook you in the blog post about Maura Murray and then you go and watch the documentary about it through my affiliate link here: https://amzn.to/3u1akfU.

MH370

I don’t think there is a person on this earth I have not told that my favourite country is The Philippines, and how much I love visiting The Philippines. Well, alongside loving the country itself, I get to see my Uncle (Mum’s Brother), Aunty and Cousin, which is great for me as my family on this side of the world consists of me and my Mum and that’s it. You never realise how much you are like a family member until you spend some time with them, but when I was, in 2019, so many years after it happened, able to have a really good conversation with my Uncle about MH370 I realised that curiosity must be a family trait. As you will all know if you read my blog, I work in programmatic advertising. No, that pretty much isn’t ANYTHING like the computer systems you probably need to run a plane, but I do things like retarget audiences with information we get from places you wouldn’t believe, that are perfectly legal. So I understand how deep technology is embedded into our society. This makes it even stranger, that we simply cannot locate an entire plane. The disappearance of MH370 is one of the modern mysteries of our time. How can a Boeing 777 just get LOST? It started out on it’s proper flightpath. The journey was from Kuala Lumpur airport to Bejing airport in China. It started out fine. It started to fly off course just under an hour into its flight time, and despite some radar sightings over the South China Sea, no-one knows where or why it went. A couple of parts have been found on Madagascar island, but there are still no conclusive details. The best documentary I have seen on MH370 kicking about the internet is this one, but there are also a number of articles online about it.

The death of Elisa Lam

As I mentioned before, the point of this blog post was because I sat down and thought about what I like to read. All of the unsolved mysteries on this list are ones that I have a little obsession with them myself. I remember, when the Netflix documentary came out about Elisa Lam and the Cecil Hotel, I watched it first thing in the morning. The Cecil Hotel, in the old days, had become a bit of a hideout for murderers and the unsavory in general. But it managed to build back up a good reputation, and from all of the articles about it online I can tell it was quite busy, because the price was good also. The hotel seemed to be split between hotel and hostel which seemed to work for them until the Elisa Lam incident. Elisa Lam was a Chinese Canadian student, who was taking a trip to California before the new school year started. Without going into too much details for those who are not aware of the story, she went missing. But the thing is, before she did go missing, there is a video of her being a bit weird in the lift of the hotel. It is just such a confusing case, and one definitely worth a read if you haven’t gone into it in too much detail.

Here is the lift video everyone was talking about…

Who shot JFK?

To all of the smart arses saying “it was Lee Harvey Oswald”, like I get it, I do, but there are still a number of people who think he was set up to take the fall. We always think of certain conspiracy theories as being a bit on the fringe of mainstream thought, but there are SO MANY conspiracy theories about JFK, they even have a separate page on Wikipedia especially for the theories. There are a number of alleged inconsistencies in the official reporting, and it certainly is easy to get caught going down a rabbit hole with them. If you want to brush up on the details of the case before you wander into the conspiracies, here is a good free documentary about the JFK case on my favourite free documentary site.

Stonehenge

This is a bit of a different one. Everyone knows what Stonehenge is, and what it looks like, but we still do not have a definitive answer as to how it GOT THERE. Stonehenge is by all accounts a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire in England, so the main mystery is, how did they get there. Stonehenge was produced by a culture in a time that there were NO written records. Historians can give their best guesses but no one REALLY knows how Stonehenge was constructed. Due to this, there have been some conspiracy theories put forward like time travel or aliens. I know a group of rocks do not seem like the most interesting unsolved mystery, but this is pretty much all England have going for us. I found a great article the other day with some fun facts about Stonehenge.

The Dyatlov Pass incident

This was another one that caught my attention because one of my followers on Twitter mentioned it. This incident involves some Soviet trekkers who went missing in the eastern slopes of Kholat Syakhl, in the Ural mountains. One of the main nagging things about the Dyatlov Pass incident was that the group had been put together from experienced hikers. There wasn’t one person in that group that was a complete novice to hiking in the mountains. And this is what made it all the more mysterious when the bodies were found, some of them missing eyes and tongues, some of them with blunt force trauma. The Soviet Union didn’t exactly welcome all of the interest around the dead hikers, and only gave out basic details, which of course, piqued people’s interest more. Even though the group was made up of experience hikers, the route was still quite difficult, according to the article about it on the allthatsinteresting.com website. The first part of the mystery the rescuers discovered was that the tent had been cut open, from the INSIDE. They then found footprints to the nearby woods, that suggested the people walking that way had bare feet. Now I don’t know about you, but if I am campaign and it snows I’d certainly put my shoes on for a midnight wee. They found two of the bodies in just underwear, and there were other slight abnormalities, like there being no branches on a nearby tree, suggesting the hikers had tried to get away from something. As ever, there is a great documentary about the Dyatlov Pass incident on Amazon free with ads, that you can watch here.

Havana Syndrome  

For my personal interest, there are a few things you can inject into an unsolved mystery to make it that little bit more mysterious. One of the greats here is government involvement, which is why I find the whole Havana Syndrome situation so interesting. Havana syndrome is an alleged set of medical symptoms with unknown causes experienced mostly abroad by U.S. government officials and military personnel. The symptoms range in severity from pain and ringing in the ears to cognitive difficulties. Even if you don’t have a brain wired for conspiracy theories in general, you have to admit, even the US Government stating publicly that they suspect the Russian Government is a pretty big thing. One of the main theories is that someone used a portable device that emitted electromagnetic energy, which could cause these symptoms. The first and the main “incidence” affected US diplomats in Cuba, but there have also been reported cases in China, Washington, Vietnam, and Europe. Putting that in perspective, I really don’t think it is too much of a stretch to suggest this IS happening and it IS sinister.

D. B. Cooper

When you look back at the 1970s, SO MUCH history happened, it is mad. I recently watched on Disney+ a set of documentaries about the 80s, 90s and 00s, and I have high hopes they will do a 1970s one. There is a lot of interesting stuff to look up that happened in the 1970s, but one of my favourite things that happened in this time period is the strange case of “D.B Cooper”. As per www.crimemuseum.org: “around 4:00 p.m. on November 24th, a man calling himself Dan Cooper entered Portland International Airport and purchased a one-way ticket to Seattle-Tacoma Airport for $20. He was assigned an aisle seat, 18C, for a 4:35 p.m. flight. The plane carried 36 passengers that day, not including: the pilot, Captain William Scott, the first officer Bob Rataczak, the flight engineer H.E. Anderson, and two flight attendants, Tina Mucklow and Florence Schaffner.

An accent-less, middle-aged, white male in a dark suit and tie, Cooper drew little attention boarding the flight. After takeoff, Cooper handed Schaffner a note. At the time, men traveling alone commonly slipped phone numbers or hotel room numbers to flight attendants, so Schaffner placed the note in her pocket and ignored it. The next time she passed, Cooper motioned for her to come closer. He told her that she better read the note and warned that he had a bomb, nodding towards his suitcase. Schaffner then went to the galley to read the note. She showed it to the other flight attendant and together they hurried to the cockpit to show the pilot. After he read the note, the pilot immediately contacted air traffic control. They in turn contacted the Seattle police, who informed the FBI. The FBI placed an urgent call to the airline’s president, Donald Nyrop, who said they should comply with Cooper’s demands. Doubtless, Nyrop wanted to avoid any negative publicity that such a disaster would bring.”

There is also a documentary about D.B Cooper on Amazon Prime, if you want to find out more about this mysterious case.

The disappearance of Madeline McCann

On the 3rd of May 2007, a little girl went missing in Praia De Luz in Portugal and this became THE missing persons case of my generation. Even though this happened 15 years ago, news stories about her vanishing are still eagerly read by everyone who has followed the case. On holiday with some friends, Kate and Gerry McCann left Maddie and her siblings in their room while they went out for a meal and someone from the group was checking every ten minutes or so. One of the reasons this case is (quite rightly) still talked about is because WHO on EARTH would leave a child that young alone to go out to dinner? The hotel would have had a babysitting service run by the kids club staff (I know this because I have worked in Greece as kids club staff myself). When Kate went to do a check around 10pm Maddie was gone. There have been a number of theories and alleged sightings, but the absolute facts are that there is still no trace of Maddie or what happened to her. Because there hasn’t even been the smallest trace of what happened to Maddie found, the vase still gets a lot of attention from the British public, and Netflix even made a documentary about it as recently as 2019.

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One response to “REAL LIFE: 9 Unsolved Mysteries That Will Keep You up at Night!”

  1. Dear Kelly

    Fascinating post, thank you. I won’t analysis in detail but the Havana Syndrome is no doubt due to vaccination of service personnel. Vaccines have long caused such neuro-toxic effects. USA service personnel have to have a long list of vaccines so this would make sense.

    I made a start on Madeline McCann myself in a post.

    Kind regards

    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
    Please excuse the nom-de-plume, this is as much for fun as a riddle for people to solve if they wish.

    And a 10th unsolved mystery!!!

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