Have you ever read about a true mystery that stuck with you long after you had learned about it?
"Whatever happened to the Sodder children?"
On December 24th, 1945, the Sodder family home caught on fire with ten members of the Sodder family inside. Jennie Sodder woke in the night to find her husband George's office completely engulfed in flames, at which point she woke her husband and the two rushed to wake the children. Though four of the Sodder children and their parents managed to escape their home, five children were assumed to have perished in the fire.
In the years since, many have speculated on the strange circumstances surrounding this event, and have begun to formulate their own theories on what actually happened that night. Though the official cause of the fire was deemed to be faulty wiring, some have actually argued that the Sodder family was the target of arson led by the Sicilian Mafia. George Sodder, an Italian immigrant, had been vocal in his opposition to dictator Benito Mussolini, leading a traveling insurance salesman to tell Sodder that his home would go "up in smoke", and that "your children are going to be destroyed" because of his comments.
Some, including the Sodder family, speculate that the missing children are actually still alive, due to the lack of human remains found in the rubble. Years after the fire, the Sodders received a photograph in the mail of a man, with the caption reading that it was their now-adult son, Louis, previously thought to have been dead.
"One of Australia's prime ministers just disappeared when he went for a swim in the ocean, so probably that."
On December 17th, 1967, Prime Minister of Australia, Harold Holt, disappeared during an afternoon swim off of Cheviot Beach, Australia. Holt was accompanied bysix others, though only one joined him in the water while the others refused, citing unsafe swimming conditions. Those present recount watching Holt swim deeper and deeper into the sea until he swam beneath the waves and never resurfaced.
"The missing minutes of the Watergate tapes. What happened during that time?!"
"Whether Frank Morris, John Anglin, and his brother Clarence Anglin survived their escape from Alcatraz Federal Prison."
On June 11th, 1962, three Alcatraz prisoners escaped and were supposedly never seen or heard from again. The men, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, had spent about six months carving a hole in their adjacent cells using knives from the mess hall and other tools. They had also built a makeshift raft, and after climbing through the ventilation shaft of the prison and making their way onto the roof, they climbed over the perimeter fence and set off into the water.
Later, police would find what they believed to be pieces of the raft floating in the San Francisco Bay, as well as what they believed to be the wallet of one of the Anglin brothers. Because of this, as well as the treacherous currents and conditions of the Bay, the FBI announced that the men had most likely died during their journey. However, their bodies were never recovered, with many believing that the men actually survived their escape, and are either living in Florida or South America. Some who know the Anglin family have actually reported seeing two people resembling the brothers attending their father's funeral.
After these negotiations, Attila agreed to withdraw, prompting many to assume that it was Leo's presence and encouragement that convinced him to do so. However, is no record of these negotiations, so many have often wondered what words were exchanged between the parties.
"I want it to be solved, but it's seemingly more and more unlikely each day: DB Cooper."
Perhaps one of the most well-known unsolved mysteries, this case revolves around a man who hijacked a Boeing 727, demanding $200,000 before jumping out of the plane with the money, never to be seen again.
The mystery involved in this case is not only where D.B Cooper is, but who he is as well. The authorities have considered a variety of suspects, though none with enough evidence to actively pursue a criminal case.
"What happened to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum paintings?"
In 1990, two men disguised as police officers broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, restrained the night guards, and proceeded to steal thirteen priceless artifacts before escaping. At the time, the haul was worth about $200 million, but this estimate has since been raised.
Upon further examination, a piece of paper with the Persian phrase "Tamám Shud" was found in a sewn pocket on the man's trousers. This phrase loosely translates to "It is finished.", further prompting the public's belief that foul play was involved in the Somerton Man's death. This has also led many to believe that the man was actually a spy.
Though no identity has ever been confirmed, the Somerton Man's body was exhumed in May of 2021, so we may hopefully have more information on this case soon.
"The fate of the Mary Celeste's crew."
On December 4th, 1872, Captain Morehouse of the Dei Gratia was on a voyage to Portugal when he noticed another ship in the distance, the Mary Celeste. When the Dei Gratia approached, Morehouse noted that there was no one on deck, and when his crew climbed abroad the Mary Celeste's, they found no one aboard. While there was water along the floor of the ship that had flooded in, the ship was in good condition (Aside from the fact that it was unmanned in the middle of the ocean). Stranger still, the crew noticed a captain's log entry from Captain Benjamin Briggs just nine days earlier.
On November 5th, 1872, Captain Briggs, his wife and child, and 7 other crew members set sail from New York Harbor, only to never be seen or heard from again. Some suspect a natural disaster might have taken the crew, such as a waterspout, but this is highly unlikely given the near-perfect state of the ship. Others theorize that the crew of the Mary Celeste was actually killed by Captain Morehouse, who then claimed to have found the ship abandoned in an effort to collect on the insurance.
I'd have to say a mystery from where I'm from, New Zealand. It's the disappearance of Kirsa Jensen, a 14-year old who went missing in 1983 while out riding her horse
"The missing men of Bermagui, NSW, Australia. Five men disappeared in the 19th century, completely vanished off the face of the planet, with some very confusing things left behind."
Lamont Young, a geological surveyor, was conducting on-field work in Bermagui, Australia with his assistant and two friends in 1880. The group hired a boat driver, Thomas Towers, to take them out to continue their work,where all five men seemingly disappeared. The boat was later found deserted against a series of rocks, abandoned.
"Who really was the man in the iron mask?"
"Einstein’s last words. Big lack of foresight there lol."
Before falling asleep, Albert Einstein looked up at the nurse attending to him, uttered what would be his final words, before falling asleep and passing away peacefully. But when prompted, the nurse later said thatshe had no idea what Einstein had told her, as it had been in his native German, and she did not know the language. I sure hope it wasn't anything important!
"The various dancing plagues between 1374 and 1518."