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The World’s Creepiest Mysteries

Updated on March 16, 2014
Several Russian hikers met a tragic and mysterious end in the Dyatlov Pass incident.
Several Russian hikers met a tragic and mysterious end in the Dyatlov Pass incident. | Source

Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. The following stories seem like they belong in the Weekly World News or some other tabloid, but they actually happened. All of them remain unsolved. They have baffled investigators for decades.

There are several different theories about each. Some of the theories offer conventional explanations, while others are anything but conventional. Without further ado, here are three of the creepiest, saddest, weirdest and most tragic mysteries of the past century.

Did Frederick Valentich see a UFO?
Did Frederick Valentich see a UFO? | Source

Frederick Valentich

Valentich was a young Australian pilot who disappeared in 1978 under bizarre circumstances. Valentich was flying his single engine plane over the Bass Strait. He radioed air traffic controllers and told them about a mysterious flying object that he had seen near him. Valentich reported that at first it was thousands of feet below him. Later he nervously reported that it was now hovering above his airplane. He described the object as being metallic and having green lights. Valentich’s last words were “It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.” The air traffic controller then heard strange scraping sounds and contact was cut off. Despite a massive search, no trace of Valentich or his aircraft was ever found.


-Valentich staged his own disappearance and started a new life somewhere else.

-Valentich was disoriented and crashed into the water. He was actually seeing lights from a landing strip. His plane was then carried out to sea.

-Valentich saw a UFO and was abducted and/or murdered by aliens.

Something very strange happened in the Russian woods in 1959.
Something very strange happened in the Russian woods in 1959. | Source

Dyatlov Pass Incident

In 1959, nine Russian hikers were camping in the isolated and frigid Urals. When the travelers did not return when expected, a search party was formed to look for them. The hikers were all found dead. Some of them had fractured skulls and one woman had her tongue cut off. Their clothing showed trace amounts of radiation. The hiker’s tents were found torn open. Apparently the travelers had inexplicably ripped open their tents and ran out into the frigid weather. Three of them suffered fatal injuries and the others died of hypothermia. What made nine experienced cross country skiers tear open their tents in the middle of the night and run away from their campsite in extremely cold weather, wearing only light clothing? Soviet investigators could not find an explanation.


-They were killed due to exposure from a secret Soviet military weapons experiment.

-They mistakenly feared they were going to be killed in an avalanche and fled in a panic.

-They were abducted by native tribesmen.

-Their deaths were caused by extraterrestrials.

The mysterious code.
The mysterious code. | Source

Taman Shud

A mysterious man was found dead on Somerton Beach in Adelaide, Australia, in 1948. He had no identification and the labels on his clothes had been removed. The cause of his death could not be determined conclusively. The police were unable to find a match for his fingerprints or dental records. No one came forward claiming to know the man. A piece of paper with the words “taman shud” written on it was found in one of the man’s pockets. The police eventually discovered that the scrap of paper was from a collection of poems called The Rubaiyat. The phrase meant “ended” or “finished.” The police were able to gain possession of the book that the scrap of paper had been torn from. A man came forward claiming that it had been mysteriously left in the back seat of his car. Someone had written a strange code in pencil on the back of the book. The code has never been deciphered and the “Somerton man” remains a mystery to this day.


-The man was a spy, possibly from the Soviet Union or Eastern Europe. He was killed by his enemies using an undetectable poison.

-The man staged an elaborate suicide and left a meaningless code as a joke.

-The Somerton man was a time traveler.

-He was a human/alien hybrid (hey, you knew there had to be an alien theory, right?).

More information on each of these incidents can be found at the links below. In addition, Wikipedia has articles on each mystery.

Which of the three cases did you find most eerie?

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    • nanderson500 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thank you, thanks for the follow as well!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      I love a good mystery and this was very intriguing.

    • Mazzy Bolero profile image

      Mazzy Bolero 

      6 years ago from the U.K.

      Fascinating stories. I followed the link to the long article on the Siberian mountain incident and it is still baffling. None of the theories seem to account for all the facts. A very interesting hub.

    • gardengirlwest profile image


      6 years ago

      The Russian mountaineers are the most perplexing to me. It is hard to imagine what could have happened to experienced mountaineers to expose themselves to the elements when they are trained to do exactly the opposite.

    • nanderson500 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yes indeed, thanks for reading!

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      Darrell Roberts 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      There are too many creepy things that go on in the world. Sometime ignorance really is bliss. Best wishes.

    • nanderson500 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks! Yeah there have definitely been some bizarre disappearances over the years.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing these creepy mysteries, Nick. Always wondered how people suddenly "disappear"- never to materialize with no logical explanation. Thanks for the write!! Votes up and away.

    • nanderson500 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Carol - I like mystery shows too, especially the old Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack.

      Pat - Yeah, the tongue part is especially weird. The fractured skulls might have been from falling down and hitting their heads or something. Such a weird story.

      Patty-Thanks for sharing it! Glad you liked it!

    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Nick, Very Interesting!!! I love hearing truth that is stranger than fiction and always love a good mystery!! Thanks for sharing these interesting yet creepy stories!!!

      Awesome Job!! Voted Up, Interesting, and Shared!!!

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      6 years ago

      In regards to the Russian's, often in the advance stages of hypothermia the person themselves feel very warm which could account for the tearing of the clothes, they have also been known to suffer hallucinations. However, that doesn't account for the fractured skulls or the missing tongue.

      I've read about that Australian pilot, that's pretty trippy.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Pretty creepy. We watch a lot of the mystery shows and am always amazed that truth is much stranger than fiction.

    • nanderson500 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks, yeah definitely spooky stuff!

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      B Lucy 

      6 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      Really wishing I hadn't read this right before bedtime . . LOL! Very interesting hub!!


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