There are a lot of unsolved mysteries in the world-crimes, disappearances, appearances. Some of those mysteries take on a life of their own, and those are the ones you’d really like to see solved.
Here are the five unsolved mysteries that intrigue me the most, and that I’d like to see solved.
Unsolved mystery #1: What happened to Flight 19?
In 1945, five navy TBM Avenger Torpedo Bombers took off on a training mission over the area known as the Bermuda Triangle and never returned. Intercepted contacts between the jets indicated they were lost, and were unable to find any landmark to steer them home.
Five days of search missions found no trace whatsoever of the five planes. What makes this even more mysterious is that one of the search planes also went missing and was never found.
What happened to those six planes and the 26 men in them? Did the mysterious Bermuda Triangle get them, or was it something more mundane?
Unsolved mystery #2: Who killed the Black Dahlia?
In 1947 Hollywood, California, the nude and mutilated body of Elizabeth Short was found in a field. Short, who was also known as the Black Dahlia, was an aspiring actress. Her murder was so horrible, and her nickname so catchy, that while many people have heard of the Black Dahlia, few know her real name.
In recent years there has been much speculation as to who murdered the Black Dahlia, and several books have offered up new suspects. With the passage of time since the murder, however, this is one crime that won’t ever be solved definitively.
Who killed the Black Dahlia, cut her body in two, and positioned her so disrespectfully in that field 60+ years ago?
Unsolved mystery #3: What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?
Probably everybody’s heard the name of former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared in July 1975. He was last seen in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, where he had a lunch appointment.
One of the most well-known rumors about Jimmy Hoffa is that his body was buried in the end zone of Giants Stadium, but with the recent demolition of the stadium, that rumor has been debunked.
So what did happen to Hoffa, and since it’s very likely that he’s dead, where is his body?
Unsolved mystery #4: What happened to Amelia Earhart?
In June1937 aviatrix Amelia Earhart took off on a round-the-world flight with navigator Fred Noonan. By July 2nd the pair had completed most of their journey, and their next destination was Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean.
During this flight her last transmissions indicated she could not see where she was and that her fuel was running low. She was never heard from again, and a huge search and rescue mission provided no clue to the whereabouts of Earhart, Noonan, or the plane.
One rumor about the fate of Earhart is that she survived and spent World War II in Japan, came back to the United States under an assumed name, and lived out the rest of her life in (relative) obscurity. This rumor does not disclose the fate of or the whereabouts of Noonan.
So what did happen to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan? Did they crash on a deserted island and live the rest of their lives there, or was it something else?
Unsolved mystery #5: Who was Jack the Ripper?
Everybody knows about Jack the Ripper and this is probably one of the world’s most speculated about mysteries, with more than 100 years of history behind it. It is also another mystery that will never be answered, likely giving it 100 more years of speculation.
Through the years, a variety of names have been thrown out as the identity of Jack the Ripper, but no matter how well-researched and credible the theories may be, they will only be theories; too much time has passed to definitively solve this mystery.
Wouldn’t it be great to know who Jack the Ripper really was and what turned him into a serial killer?
Naval History & Heritage Command, The Loss of Flight 19
The Black Dahlia Web Site
TruTV, The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa
TruTV, Jack the Ripper