Part of life is accepting that there is always going to be something that we never truly understand. Whether it’s a small town murder or an international sensation, unsolved mysteries have captured the mind’s of people everywhere, serving as both curiosities and horror stories to keep one up at night. While there is no shortage of strange, terrifying, and bizarre unresolved fates in the world, we have chosen the top 5 that still remain a mystery.
1. Voynich Manuscript
Carbon dated back to the early 15th century, the Voynich Manuscript is a handwritten, dutifully illustrated codex that has rendered even the most accomplished professional cryptologists helpless. Though many have claimed to have decoded the mysterious book, no claim has ever been satisfactorily verified. The large volume contains over 240 pages, though many are still reported as missing entirely. There is hypothesis abound as to the knowledge the manuscript contains, but it appears that for now, the message is still guesswork at best.
2. Lead Masks Case
Two Brazilian electronic technicians, Manoel Pereira da Cruz, and Miguel José Viana were found dead in August of 1966, and the cause of death has never been determined. That alone is bizarre, but the events surrounding their deaths are even stranger. Days before their deaths, evidence shows the men purchased waterproof coats and a water bottle from a local bar. The waitress working at the bar described Miguel as being very nervous and often checking his watch. This was the last time they were seen alive. Their bodies were found days later, and they were each described as wearing a formal suit, strange lead eye masks, and a waterproof coat. Police also found the empty water bottle and a packet containing two wet towels. Adding to the mystery was a small notebook also found, where inside was written, “16:30 be at the specified location. 18:30 ingest capsules, after the effect protect metals await signal mask.”
3. Flannan Isles Lighthouse Keepers Disappearance
In 1900, the three keepers of the Flannon Isles Lighthouse vanished without a trace, leaving only strange logs of their final days and not much else. The only sign of anything out of place was an overturned chair, which some have interpreted as meaning the men left in a hurry. The log entries of the days leading up to the disappearance, written by just one of the men, documented severe winds and storms over the lighthouse, as well as the two other men acting strangely quiet, while one, in particular, had been crying. This was seen as very odd, as all of them were seasoned enough to not be bothered by storms, and the man singled out as crying was a veteran mariner with a tough reputation. Additionally, there were no reported storms in the area of the log entry dates. The last log entry stated simply, “Storm ended, sea calm. God is over all.” The island was scoured, but no trace of the men was ever found.
4. Ricky McCormick
In June of 1999, the body of Ricky McCormick was found beside a cornfield in Missouri. How he got there was a mystery in and of itself, as it was over 15 miles away from his home address and he had no car, and public transportation was not established in the area. Already quite decomposed despite having been seen alive only five days before, what was perhaps odder were the notes found in McCormick’s pockets. The two notes are written in a mess of letters and parentheses, and to this day have not been deciphered even by professional cryptologists.
5. Dyatlov Pass Incident
In February of 1959, nine skiers perished in the mountains of the Soviet Union in gruesome and mysterious circumstances. Search parties found the ski hikers’ tent, and the sight only confused them further. The tent was torn down and cut open from the inside, and all belongings had been abandoned at the camp. Various footprints were spread around the area, left by a mix of barefooted, single-shoed, or sock wearing people. The first two skiers were found shoeless and wearing only their underwear, with the branches broken on the tree above suggesting they had tried to climb. Another three of the hikers were found between the tree and the tent, and the remaining four were found over two months later in a ravine. Of the hikers, one had major skull damage and two had major chest damage comparable to the force of a car crash despite none of the bodies having external wounds. Another skier was missing her tongue, eyes, part of her lips, facial tissue, and skull bone. Yet another skier was found to be missing their eyes as well. Just what happened to cause all of this remains a mystery.