60 Unsolved Mysteries That Will Haunt You

By Sophia Maddox | May 31, 2023

The Body on Somerton Beach

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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The mysterious case of the Somerton Man, whose body was found on Somerton Beach in Adelaide, Australia in December 1948, remains unsolved to this day. The body was discovered dressed in a suit with polished shoes, but no identification was found. Despite an exhaustive search, no one was able to identify the man, and authorities even put a photo of the body in newspapers to no avail.

The cause of death was initially thought to be heart failure or poisoning, but no trace of poison was found during the autopsy. Fingerprints taken by authorities were also unidentifiable. Four months after the body was discovered, detectives found a hidden pocket sewn on the inside of the man's trousers containing a rolled-up piece of paper from a rare book called the Rubáiyát. The piece of paper had the words “Tamám Shud” on it, which means “it has ended.”

Despite months of searching for the exact book, authorities decided to bury the Somerton Man without identification. However, they took a cast of the bust and embalmed him to preserve him.

Eight months later, a man walked into the police station claiming he found a copy of the Rubáiyát in the back of his car parked near Somerton Beach. The book contained a torn part of the final page that matched the piece of paper found in the Somerton Man's trousers. Inside the book were a phone number and a strange code.

The phone number led authorities to a nearby woman named Jessica Thompson, who was evasive during her interview and claimed to faint when she saw the bust of the Somerton Man. She denied knowing the man but said she had sold the book to a man named Alfred Boxall. However, Boxall was still alive and had the copy of the Rubáiyát that Jessica had sold him. The code found in the book remains unsolved to this day.

The identity of the Somerton Man remains a mystery.

The O.J. Simpson Case

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On June 13, 1994, the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman were found stabbed to death outside of Nicole's townhouse. Nicole was the ex-wife of former football superstar O.J. Simpson, and at the time of the murders, the two were divorced and living in separate residences. The bodies were discovered by neighbors who were led to them by Nicole's dog, which had been barking incessantly.

The timeline of events leading up to the murders is as follows: on June 12, Nicole and her children, along with others, went to the restaurant called Mezzaluna at 6:30 p.m. Later that evening, Ronald Goldman went to the restaurant to pick up Nicole's mother's glasses. Meanwhile, O.J. Simpson and his friend Brian "Kato" Kaelin went to a nearby McDonald's for dinner, returning home at 9:45 p.m. At 10:25 p.m., limo driver Allan Park arrived at O.J.'s home to take him to the airport. At 11 p.m., O.J. left on a red-eye flight, and at 12:10 a.m. the next day, Nicole and Ronald's bodies were found.

During the investigation, a blood-stained glove, a knitted hat, and a bloodied footprint were discovered at the crime scene. Upon landing in Chicago, O.J. was informed of Nicole's death and subsequently questioned by the LAPD for three hours. On June 17, O.J. was charged with two counts of murder and declared a fugitive. The infamous high-speed chase involving police and O.J.'s white Ford Bronco ended at his home in Brentwood, Calif.

One of the most publicized trials in U.S. history followed. O.J. was represented by a high-profile defense team, known as the "Dream Team," which included Robert Shapiro, Johnnie Cochran, and Alan Dershowitz. The prosecution was led by Deputy District Attorneys Marcia Clark and William Hodgman. The defense team argued that there was reasonable doubt concerning the validity of the state's DNA evidence, and the jury ultimately acquitted O.J. on October 3, 1995. No other suspects have been questioned, and the murders of Nicole and Ronald remain unsolved.