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Do unsolved mysteries give you a tingle down your spine? Well prepare yourself for goosebumps because these incredible unsolved mysteries are among the most chilling and interesting we've ever heard…

Who was Jack The Ripper?

Jack The Ripper is probably one of the biggest and oldest unsolved mysteries of all time. In 1888, Jack the Ripper killed at least 5 women around the Whitechapel area of London. Letters, supposedly from Jack himself, were sent to the police taunting officers' efforts in finding him (to this day, we don't actually know whether they were sent by The Ripper or not).

100 years on and the Ripper was never found and over the years, several investigations and people have been brought up as possible candidates but it appears unlikely that we'll find the true identity of the Ripper.

Jack The Ripper

The disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

Jimmy Hoffa (full name: James Riddle Hoffa) was born on February 14th 1913 and on July 30th 1975, he disappeared from a restaurant in suburban Detroit under circumstances that have never been fully determined.

He was said to have had an appointment at the restaurant with Anthony Provenzano, a New Jersey Teamsters official and former Mafia figure as well as Anthony Giacalone, a Detroit mobster - both parties denied having encountered Hoffa who was never seen again. He was then legally declared as "presumed dead" in 1982.

Jimmy Hoffa

Where is Antony & Cleopatra's tomb?

The long-lost tomb of Antony and Cleopatra, also known as the burial crypt of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII who died in 30 BC remains unknown somewhere near Alexandria, Egypt.

Ancient writers have claimed that they were buried together in a tomb that was located near a temple of Isis, an Egyptian goddess, which contained treasures made of gold, silver, emeralds, pearls and ivory - but to this day, the tomb has never been found and archaeologists have noted that even if their tomb does survive to this day, it may be heavily destroyed and unidentifiable.

The Incident at Dyatlov Pass

On the first night of February 1959, 9 ski-hikers died mysteriously in the mountains of what is now Russia. The night of the incident, the group has set up camp on a slope, had dinner and prepared to sleep - but something went catastrophically wrong because the group never returned.

The abandoned tent was found by searchers on February 26th which had been ripped open from the inside and there were traces of footprints left by the group, some wearing socks, some wearing a single shoe, some barefoot.

Seven of the bodies were eventually found, but the original theory that they died of hypothermia no longer made sense - in fact, none of the evidence did - still making this an unsolved mystery of how they really died.

 

Where did the USS Cyclops go?

The disappearance of the USS Cyclops is known as one of the deadliest unsolved mysteries in the navy. It was built in Philadelphia and was a ship that could carry 12,500 tons of coal. When the US declared war on Germany and its allies in April 1917, support ships such as the Cyclops fell under the command of the Navy.

The USS Cyclops' final mission was to transport 9,960 tons of coal from its homeport in Norfolk, Virginia, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and bring back 11,000 tons of manganese ore. It departed on January 9th 1918 and the last known location was an unplanned stop made on the Island of Barbados on 3rd March. After this, the passengers and crew were never seen again.

The cause is still a mystery 100 years on and the fate of these souls remains unknown.

What happened to the Miyazawa family?

The Setagaya family murder is another unsolved mystery of the Miyazawa family in Setagaya, a ward of Tokyo, Japan on 30th December 2000.

Husband and wife, Mikio and Yasuko, plus their two children, Niina and Rei Miyazawa who were murdered during a home invasion at night by an unknown assailant who then remained in the Miyazawas' house for several hours before disappearing.

Japanese police launched a massive investigation that uncovered the killer's DNA and many specific clues such as the fact the killer had eaten string beans and sesame seeds the previous day - but to this day, the perpetrator has never been identified or found.

There has been a huge media frenzy following this and as of December 2020, 13,658 tips have been provided to the police.

The Flannan Isles Lighthouse disappearances

On Boxing Day in 1900, three keepers of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse off the west coast of Scotland disappeared with no explanation and in very strange circumstances. The lighthouse was manned by the three of them, with a fourth man rotating in from the shore.

On this day, the relief keeper arrived to find none of the lighthouse keepers present. The only sign that anything was strange was an overturned chair near the kitchen table.

Theories have ranged from drownings to abduction, a ghost ship and even a giant sea monster. No one knows to this day what happened to them.

The Mystery of the Somerton Man

This one brings shivers to our spine! The Mystery of the Somerton Man is also known as the Taman Shud case which involved an unidentified man who was found dead in 1948 on the Somerton Park beach, just south of Adelaide, South Australia.

The case is named after the Persian phrase Tamam shud, meaning "ended" or "finished"... something of which was printed on a scrap of paper found months later in the pocket of the man's trousers...

Following a public appeal by police, they looked into trying to identify who the man was with little luck from the evidence they received.

The case has been considered, since the early stages of police investigation, "one of Australia's most profound mysteries".

Ghost Ship: The Mary Celeste

On December 4th 1872, a British-American ship called "the Mary Celeste" was found empty and adrift in the Atlantic and was found seaworthy and with its cargo fully intact, except for one lifeboat - no one knows why and we may never know as no one on board was ever heard from again.

The Mary Celeste set sail from New York and was heading to Genoa, Italy and was boarded by Captain Benjamin Briggs, his wife and their 2-year-old daughter, plus seven crew members. According to the last entry on the ship's daily log, nothing unusual occurred and everything inside the ship all appeared to be in order.

Theories have gone between mutiny, pirate attack and an assault by a giant octopus. We guess we'll never know…

The Oakville Blobs

In August 1994, a resident of Oakville, a small city in Washington DC, reported translucent, gelatinous blobs which were covering the ground. She claimed that they rained down during the night.

Over the next few weeks, several other reports came to light in the local area and all claiming they were developing flu-like symptoms and had fallen ill as a result of being in contact with it.

It was later discovered by the Washington State Department of Health that the blobs contained two species of bacteria, though there was no evidence that the bacteria was harmful.

Various theories have been suggested to explain the event and what the blobs were, but it has never been fully identified, making this an unsolved mystery.

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