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10 Of The Weirdest Unsolved Mysteries Ever

Updated on April 15, 2015

Society has faced an odd fascination with mysteries for some time now. This is evident to all the crime and mysteries shows that we consume on a daily basis. The following list contains mysteries that still remain unsolved to this day. On a side note, the article does contain murder and other gruesome acts. Therefore, this article is not for the faint-hearted.

Bobby Dunbar standing in front of a car
Bobby Dunbar standing in front of a car | Source

#1- The Disappearance Of Bobby Dunbar

Bobby Dunbar was the ripe old age of four when he disappeared. Bobby dissappeared during a family fishing trip. His disappearance was widely publicized in newspapers and on television. This elicited an eight month nation wide search.

After the eight month search, a young boy that matched Bobby's description was found. He was found under the care of William Cantwell Walters. William Cantwell Walters plead that this boy was not Bobby Dunbar but instead Bruce Anderson who he had been granted custody of. However, the authorities would have none of this and arrested William Walters. Walters was charged with kidnapping and faced up to life in prison (He would later appeal and only stayed in prison for 2 years of that life sentence)

This is where it gets weird. A woman named Julia Anderson appears and says that she was the one who gave custody of her child to William Walters. However, since she had not seen her son in so long she was unable to even pick him out in a lineup of kids. Also, she was unable to pay for the long court battles that would ensue. So, the Dunbars would get custody of the supposed "Bobby Dunbar"

Years later more shocking information began to surface. Julia Anderson, the grand-daughter of the supposed Bobby Dunbar, conducted her own investigation. She came to the conclusion that the real Bobby Dunbar had drowned at the family fishing trip years later. However, she did not have definitive proof and the mystery of whether that was actually Bobby Dunbar or Bruce Anderson still remains.

Sketch of DB Cooper
Sketch of DB Cooper

#2 - The Perfect Crime

The case of DB Cooper has gained notoriety through many forms of media and he even has his own character named after him that appeared in the popular show Prison Break.

A man who used the alias Dan Cooper (which was improperly stated as DB Cooper by media) hijacked a plan in 1971 and collected a huge ransom of $200,000. He threatened the occupants of the plane that he had a bomb in his suitcase that was ready to blow. He successfully got the plane to land once he knew that his ransom was met. Once landed, he told all personal (except pilots) to exit the plane and after refueling the plane took off again. Once in the air, DB Cooper jumped out of the plane to never be seen again. It is unknown what happened to DB or whether he died from the impact of the fall.

#3 Nyleen Kay Marshall

The story of Nyleen Kay Marshall is similar to Bobby Dunbar as they are both young children who went missing at a family gathering. However, that is where the similarities end. In Nyleen's case she never was seen again.

Nyleen was at a family picnic with her folks. She was playing with the other children when she decided to go play a little further ahead. When her friends turned around to check on Nyleen she had vanished.

In 1986, 3 years after Nyleen's disappearance, someone sent investigators a typewritten note in which he stated that he "picked up a girl named Kay" This shocking thing was that this letter contained details that were unknown to the public so this wasn't some prankster. Also, an anonymous caller called the Child Find Network multiple times saying that he wrote the letter. Despite police efforts, they were unable to successfully track the calls down. The identity of the caller still remains unknown.

The Farmland
The Farmland

#4 Hinterkaifeck Massacre

Hinterkaifec is a small farmland situated in Germany. On the fateful day of March 31, 1922, six lives on the farm were taken away. This included 5 members of the Gruber family and their maid Maria Baumgartner.

One very frighting thing about this crime is that farmer and father Andreas Gruber told neighbors that he had discovered footprints in the snow surrounding his farm a couple days prior to the murders. He also stated that he heard footsteps inside his house and his keys would constantly get lost. This is crazy! Prior to their murders, the murderer would roam around in their attic and creep out at night. The murderer was never found.

Sketch of the Zodiac
Sketch of the Zodiac

#5 The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac killer has recently been popularized in the movie Zodiac staring Jake Gyllenhaal. However, back in the day, he was so notorious that he inspired multiple other people to follow in his gruesome murders.

The thing that separated the Zodiac killer from other killers was that he was insanely intelligent and would often toy with the investigators and media. He would send media long encrypted codes about his next attack.The last of which was never cracked. The zodiac killer ran terror through the streets of northern California in the late 60's and early 70's. He claims to have murdered over 37 people.

The Zodiac killer has not directly been identified but there are numerous key suspects. However, with no direct link to the crimes, the Zodiac killer is still an unsolved mystery.

#6 Max Headroom Incident

Some time during late November in 1987 a Chicago television station was victim to a signal intrusion. This occurred during a playing of Dr.Seuss where the signal was interfered with and the television station was hijacked. Although this is not as gruesome as the murder of an entire family it is still very weird and creepy.

Through the video the individual in the Max Headroom mask is dancing and spurting out non-sense. There was never a direct culprit for who hijacked the television station. It is also unknown how they were able to intrude on the television signal.

#7 Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

This one happened somewhat recently. A Malaysia Airlines flight vanished without a trace while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. Many countries offered their support and technology in the effort to locate the missing plane but to no avail. What is even more shocking is that not even a single piece of debris from the MH370 flight has been found.

In total, there were 239 people on board. This included 227 passengers and 12 crew members. The disappearance of the plane was truly devastating but to not be able to find a single piece of debris from the plane is really startling and truly a mystery.

The Wow Signal
The Wow Signal

#8 The Wow Signal

One day in 1977, Jerry Ehman, a volunteer scientist was scanning deep space for some random encounter. Well, he got it. He saw his measurement spike and he got what is known today as the Wow signal.

In total, the signal lasted for 72 seconds, the longest period of time it could possibly be measured by the array that Ehman was using.The odd thing is that the signal was transmitted from a place where no human has ever reached.

This event is truly significant as it could be the first time that an individual has had contact an extra-terrestrial being. However, if that is actually the case is still a huge mystery.

#9 Hello Kitty Murder

This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It contains some gruesome details so If you do not want to read that please skip over this one.

In 1999 a very gruesome and odd murder took place. It was in Hong Kong where a group of 3 males kidnapped and held hostage a young woman by the name of Tsim Sha Tsui. Reportedly, they beat her and tortured her for many days until they finally took her life. This is where it gets very weird. Most of Tsim's organs and body were discarded. However, the killers kept her skull in which the fastened into a Hello Kitty doll. They literally stuffed a human skull into a Hello Kitty doll. The fact that someone could do this to another human being is very disturbing. Also, the killers are still at large.

Ural Mountains where the incident took place
Ural Mountains where the incident took place

#10 Dyatlov Pass Incident

The Dyatlov Pass incident still remains a mystery to this day. The incident resulted in the death of nine skiers. Investigators determined that the "skiers had torn their tents from the inside out in order to effect an escape from apparent threat. They fled the campsite, some of them barefoot, under heavy snowfall. Although the bodies showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls and broken ribs, absent contusion."

Eventually, the Soviet authorities ruled this incident as an "unknown compelling force". It is still unknown what that could have been to this day.


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      4 years ago

      "She was playing with the other children when she decided to go play a little further ahead."

      This is inaccurate. Nyleen was last seen all by herself (supposedly on a rock) by the other children. She did not "walk ahead" of them, they walked past her.

      I wish the NCMEC would stop saying she "wandered" off, and actually put stuff that was reported. Like how the children saw a strange guy interacting with Nyleen shortly before her disappearance.

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