60 Forgotten Unsolved Mysteries That Took Our Breath Away

By Sophia Maddox | March 18, 2024

The Case of JonBenét Ramsey

The 19th and 20th centuries had several events that investigators find baffling, and people worldwide still wonder about them. These events range from unexplained sightings, mysterious disappearances, and unsolved crimes that still leave people puzzled. These mysteries have created several theories and legends that people continue to find fascinating.

In this article, we will examine some of the most popular and mysterious unsolved cases from recent history, such as Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, Jack the Ripper, the Phoenix Lights, the O.J. Simpson case, the D.B. Cooper hijacking, the Zodiac Killer, Stonehenge, and the mysterious Wow! Signal. We will go through the theories and evidence uncovered so far and understand why these cases continue to intrigue us. If you love the unknown and enjoy a good mystery, join us on this discovery journey.

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In 1996, a ransom note for 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was discovered by her mother, Patsy Ramsey, on the back staircase inside their Boulder, Colorado home. Patsy immediately called the police to report JonBenét missing. However, less than eight hours later, JonBenét’s body was found by her father, John, in the basement utility room of the house. Duct tape was found across her mouth, and a cord was wrapped around her neck. Upon arriving at the crime scene, police suspected that it had been heavily compromised due to multiple people coming and going from the house. Despite JonBenét's beauty pageant prominence and her mother's own history as a beauty queen, her death was ruled a homicide. The cause of death was asphyxia by strangulation and craniocerebral trauma. The case garnered national attention, and to this day, it remains an open investigation with the Boulder Police Department.

The Strange Disappearance of D.B. Cooper

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On Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1971, a mysteriously normal man named Daniel Cooper bought a one-way ticket on Northwest Airlines from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. He was in his mid-40s, wore a suit, an overcoat, brown shoes, a white shirt, and a black tie. He carried a briefcase and a brown paper bag. Before takeoff, he ordered a drink and gave a note to a flight attendant saying he had a bomb.

The note demanded $200,000 in cash, four parachutes, and a fuel truck to refuel the plane. After the demands were met, Cooper let some passengers and crew off the plane but kept some on board. During the flight, he put on sunglasses and then jumped out of the plane with two parachutes and the money. He was never found.

Despite years of searching, authorities have not been able to identify Cooper or find out what happened to him. The case is still considered one of the greatest mysteries in the history of the FBI and the United States.