More Creepy Mysteries
The Kinross Incident
This one is similar to the Valentich disappearance in my first article. U.S. Air Force pilot Felix Moncla and radar operator Robert L. Wilson were flying over Lake Superior in 1953. They were stationed at nearby Kinross Air Force Base. A mysterious flying object appeared on radar and Moncla approached it to investigate. The two objects seemed to merge on radar, and Moncla’s airplane vanished. Moncla and Wilson were never seen again.
- The USAF initially claimed that Moncla crashed while in pursuit of the unknown object, which was actually a Canadian Air Force plane that was flying off course (however, the Canadian government denied they had a plane in the area).
-Moncla was disoriented and crashed into the lake. He supposedly suffered from symptoms of vertigo.
-Moncla encountered a UFO. He crashed into it, or his plane was somehow absorbed or destroyed.
Lead Masks Case
In 1966, two Brazilian electricians were found dead in a field in Rio de Janeiro. They were found wearing lead masks (apparently to protect from radiation), fancy suits, and trench coats. Towels and an empty water bottle were found near them. A notebook was also found. Inside the notebook, a cryptic passage had been written. "16:30 be at the agreed place. 18:30 swallow capsules, after effect protect metals wait for mask signal.” A seemingly obvious conclusion would be that the men swallowed poison capsules, but an autopsy was unable to determine the cause of death. However, the autopsy was reportedly bungled by authorities, and many toxins are undetectable anyway. Brazilian police were unable to conclude why the men had been in the field. They had purchased a coupon for the water bottle, indicating that they likely did not deliberately commit suicide.
-The men were convinced by a third party to participate in some sort of ruse. The third party then robbed and killed the men.
-They were trying to time travel and had somehow been convinced that this procedure would allow them to do so. They ingested some sort of substance that killed them.
- They were attempting to contact extraterrestrials. The area where they died had a history of UFO reports. They were killed by poison (or little green men).
-They were conducting some sort of bizarre scientific experiment and it went horribly awry.
The Monster with 21 Faces
In the mid-1980’s, a mysterious group began to terrorize candy companies in Japan. In 1984, the CEO of a company called Glico was kidnapped by a group of armed men. The assailants brazenly broke into the man’s home and took him away. They demanded a ransom from his company. Strangely, the CEO was left unguarded and eventually escaped before the ransom was paid. A few weeks later, three cars in a company parking lot were set on fire. The group then began to send threatening letters to the company. They warned that they had laced packages of Glico candy with cyanide. Glico was forced to remove their products from circulation, causing significant damage to the company. The group also sent taunting letters to the police, signed as being from “The Monster with 21 Faces”. The letters mocked them for being unable to catch the group. Eventually, they grew tired of harassing Glico and moved on to another candy company called Morinaga. They sent letters to the media saying that Morinaga’s candies had been laced with cyanide. At first it seemed like another lie, but police eventually did find poisoned candies in stores. Strangely the group had considerately labeled the packages, “Danger: Contains Toxins.” The “Monster” also sent extortion letters to companies, demanding millions of dollars. The companies agreed to meet them at drop off spots and police secretly monitored the areas. There was only one major lead in the case. A mysterious “fox-eyed” man had been spotted twice at places near the drop off points. Police pursued him each time, but he managed to elude them.
No one actually died from poisoned candy, but the group’s activities did lead to one person’s demise. A police chief named Yamamoto was so devastated by his inability to catch the group that he committed suicide by lighting himself on fire. After his death, the group sent the media one last letter in 1985, announcing their retirement. It said, “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.” The Monster with 21 Faces was never heard from again.
-Manabu Myazaki, a Japanese writer with gangster connections, was strongly suspected by police to be involved. However, he had an air-tight alibi that seems to clear him of involvement.
-Various yakuza, members of Japanese mafia groups, have also been suggested as possibly being involved.
-There has also been speculation of North Korean involvement in the case.
More Installments of the Mysteries Series
- The World’s Creepiest Mysteries
This article discusses three of the creepiest unsolved mysteries of the past century. Several theories for each case are mentioned. Includes links and a poll.
- Even More Creepy Mysteries
This article discusses yet another set of three unusual and bizarre mysteries. Includes links and a poll.
- Four More Creepy Mysteries
Four more of the world's most unusual and bizarre mysteries. What are the explanations for these enigmas? Decide for yourself.
- Five More Creepy Mysteries
Five more enigmas of the unexplained. What are the truths behind these mysteries? Decide for yourself.
- Historical Mysteries
Historical mysteries, including Amelia Earhart's disappearance and Jack the Ripper.
- Two Air Force Pilots Vanish Chasing UFO 50 Years Ago
- The Lead Masks Case - Historic Mysteries
There were also a handful of objects with the men that made the case even more confusing and led to its popular name -- The Lead Masks Case.
- Freaky (Factual) Tale Friday: 'The Monster with 21 Faces' crime syndicate terrorized Japan.