I’m a sucker for all kinds of mysteries, urban legends, and conspiracy theories.
Even if I don’t really believe in a particular story, I still think they’re fascinating to read about…and there are a ton of them out there to dive into.
What unsolved mysteries would you like to know the truth behind?
Let’s get weird with some folks on AskReddit.
1. Didn’t check out.
It’s a fascinating mystery – a woman checks into the Oslo Plaza Hotel, a five-star establishment, and is found dead in her room three days later. Initially assumed to have committed a suicide, but there’s no blood on her hands, no gunshot residue, no fingerprints on the bullets in the gun or the gun itself, which in addition to the odd position in which she is found on her bed really starts looking more like homicide.
Additionally, no personal belongings in the room besides clothes, shoes, a travel bag and an attaché full of bullets. Clothes and shoes have all producer labels/designations removed as well.
Contents of her stomach indicate that she had died the day before she was found, but a member of staff who knocked on her door heard a gunshot go off right after that, indicating someone’s presence inside.
The door was also locked from the inside but no one was there when they got in. Probably my favourite true crime thing.”
2. Never came back.
“One day grandfather just walked out the door and never came back.
This was before I was born. He left behind my grandmother and his three children. There was a state-wide search. My mom’s family never got closure.
Although, I think he might’ve had another family that he ran away to. But it still baffles me sometimes at night. My grandmother finally held a pseudo-funeral/memorial for him last year.”
3. MK Ultra.
“I wanna know if they kept going at it with the MK Ultra thing and how they do it now if it is.
Everything we know about it comes from 20,000 files that were misplaced, causing them to be missed when they attempted to destroy all documentation of the program.”
“The Korovina Group.
Basically a group of seven hikers start hiking the mountains when six of them start bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. They all scream, start seizing, one even starts bashing their head on a rock. The remaining survivor flees, but later comes back to the bodies to get supplies. She’s found a few days later but refused to talk about it
A lot of people say its a deadly nerve agent that Russia was using (this happened in Siberia? I think) but that doesn’t explain why the last one survived, even going back and still being unaffected.”
“Harold Holt (Australian Prime Minister in the 1960’s) ‘disappeared’ while swimming at the beach.
He was never found.”
6. Missing persons.
“A man only a year older than me went missing in my town, right near my place of work a few years ago. He just disappeared. I remember seeing the missing posters and the police conducting searches.
It has been several years and he is still listed as missing. I think about him from time to time and wonder whatever happened to him. I’d want to know about him.
There are so many cases like his, I hope his family and the other families one day get answers.”
7. This one is eerie.
“The Yuba County 5
5 young mentally handicap men went missing. They were gone for months thout any clues other than a few mysterious phone calls saying not to look for them. Their vehicle was found up on a mountain road a few days after they went missing. It turned on and ran perfectly fine
They were finally found in a trailer deep in the mountains,the strange thing was the one full corpse that was found starved and froze to death when there was plenty of food, water and heat in the trailer to last all 5 boys a year.
Some of the food had been eaten showing that they hadn’t had a problem accessing the food. While they did have impairments, they were all independent and would have know how to turn on the heat and get food, call for help.
To add the mystery rhe 5th man’s body was never found and while the others were cognitively impaired he suffered from schizophrenia and had several disturbing incidents leading up to their disappearance.
The full corpse that was found was wearing this man’s shoes, but wasn’t him, the corpse had been wearing boots the night they disappeared and its believed that the man either stole them or talked the other young man into giving him his boots.
What happens to the 5th man? Why did the man in the trailer starve to death surrounded by food. Why did the other men leave the trailer and die just 100s of feet away from it when there was food and warmth so close.
Why did they leave the car to begin with? Why didn’t they follow the trail back to the road?”
8. What are we missing?
“Some animals can’t see color cause they don’t have the right organs for it.
What are all of the aspects of life we’re missing out on cause we don’t have the organs to perceive them?”
9. What happened?
“The truth from when my gran died and the weeks leading up to it. She died on the 6th of December.
She cancelled her life insurance just days before her death Wrapped every single present for the whole family and name tagged them (over 30 family members) when she usually wrapped them on Xmas eve She worked in a small gift shop along with the owner- both of them died within 3 hours of each other.
Has puzzled me for years and hopefully some truth comes out before I pass away.”
10. A big one.
“The Panama Papers.
LOADS of wealthy people involved and murders attached to it, also.”
11. Monsters of the deep.
“What deep sea creatures exist that we haven’t found yet?
Just how big is the largest squid out there?”
12. A weird one.
“I gotta go with the first ever unsolved mystery that really made me think. Mystery of the Somerton Man.
In 1948 a guy was found dead on a beach in Adelaide, Australia. He was never identified and months after finding his body they found a fake pocket in his pants. It was torn from a copy of the book Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam (I googled that) and had a phrase on it which said “Tamam Shud” which means ended or finished in Persian.
They found the book that it came from but the owner denied ever knowing the guy. There was an encrypted message in the book that they found and it still hasn’t been cracked. Apparently there’s been a development recently that might identify him as H.C. Reynolds but it’s not 100% certain.
It’s super interesting.”
13. Suddenly gone.
“I wanna know what happened to Louis Le Prince, the true inventor of the film camera.
Boarded a train but never left it.
No body found.”
14. What really happened?
“I would want to learn the truth around the Mothman and what people were seeing in the days leading up to the bridge collapse.”
15. D.B. Cooper.
“Assuming he died (are we allowed to learn two truths about one mystery?), where did most of D.B. Cooper’s ransom money end up after he jumped from that airplane?
I believe the FBI lets you keep it if you find it, as long as you give them a chance to analyze it for latent prints/DNA first.
Those bills must be worth a fortune to a collector. Even if they aren’t, I’ll still get tens of thousands of dollars in cash. Who doesn’t want that?
So, I get my name in the papers for finding Cooper’s money, and I get a nice chunk of change to keep. A double-whammy of good fortune.”
16. Who wrote it?
“Who wrote the Voynich Manuscript and why? And why was it written encoded or in an unknown language?
I like learning about weird mysteries in history and this is one that remains unsolved to this day despite quite extensive research through the centuries.”
“There is this famous case in France where a bourgeois family was killed, except the father who disappeared.
He is of course the prime suspect, as the events they have reconstructed suggest he got the oldest son back home himself to kill him after the other family members has already been murdered. He buried them all under the terrace and they weren’t found right away, so he got a “head start” so to say.
It’s been years and no one knows what happened to him. There have been plenty of sightings, all over the country, but he looks very average and forgetable. A few years back, they thought they got him on a flight in (from?) Scotland, and didn’t show his picture until a few days later… and everyone who knows about the case wondered wtf was the police thinking, because the man who was arrested looks nothing like him.
Anyway, I’d like to know what happened to him and if he really did it. I have little doubt he did, but he went to such length to cover his tracks, sending letters to family members saying he and his family were relocating under witness protection in the US, or suggesting he was involved in a big case and couldn’t disclose his location etc…
Some people even believed the people buried in his yard were not his real family but morgue corpses with elements of DNA to link it to the family so they could escape/fake their death.
Netflix did an episode on it in their remastered Unsolved Mysteries (Season 1) if you want to know more about the case, it’s really interesting.”
18. Rabbit holes.
“So many rabbit holes to go down.
What did they find in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947
Who killed Jon Benet Ramsey?
Who was the Zodiac Killer?
What happened to Walter Collins?
Who killed the Black Dahlia?
Where or what happened to Flight 370?”
19. A true crime mystery.
“The Jon Benet Ramsey one just sits on my brain sometimes!
She was born the same year as my little brother so when she died it was so hard to not be caught up in it.
It really bugs me that we still don’t have a definitive answer of who did it.”
20. A bunch of them.
“There are so many that I wonder about.
Did the British intentionally let the Germans sink the Lusitania to bring the US into WW1?
Did FDR have advance warning of Pearl Harbor, but did nothing?
What really happened to Hitler’s remains after he killed himself?
What really happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald to cause her to sink?
What caused the Moorgate Crash?
But probably above all else, the one I always wonder about:
What happened to that kid I witnessed being kidnapped when I was 7, and my parents forbade me from talking to the police about?”
“The Zodiac Killer.
Not just his identity. His psychology, his motives, his planning, his affiliations.
I want every detail of that sh*t.”
22. Very strange…
“The Max Headroom signal 1987.
I want to know…
Some people who worked in the television industry at that time have said that it was impossible for an outsider to pull it off.
It had to have been done by someone who was knowledgeable about TV signals and had access to all the equipment, which wasn’t publicly available in 1987.”
23. A scary one.
“The disappearance of Lars Mittank in 2014. It still bothers me.
A German tourist is on vacation in Croatia, gets into a little bar fight over soccer, gets injured on his ear. Doctor tells him not to fly until fully recovered, friends leave without him after he insists that he’ll be fine without them.
He checks in into a hotel and suddenly shows serious signs of Paranoia and one day later he calls his mother, whispering that he is being followed by four men, that are trying to kill him. After some time, he can finally fly back and enters the airport, seemingly “back to normal”. This is covered by the airport cameras.
He even talks with someone inside the airport like everything’s normal. He then leaves the camera angle for a second with all of his luggage in his hand and just seconds later he runs full speed out of the airport, leaving his luggage behind just like that. In front of the airport he stands there shortly like he is looking for something, then he continues to run in a specific direction, clips over a decently high fence and disappears in a sunflower field and is never seen again, nor is his body.
The most realistic scenario is that he had some kind of concussion or brain damage from the hit that injured his ear, but his friends described him as perfectly normal after the incident. There are so many things weird and not fitting in this case.
Most of the media coverage is in German unfortunately but if you’re really interested I am sure you’ll find a more detailed article or video about it in English.”
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