60 Unsolved Mysteries That Will Haunt You

By Sophia Maddox | June 16, 2023

Escape from Alcatraz

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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Alcatraz, a high-security prison in San Francisco, was deemed inescapable because of the strong currents and cold water surrounding it. But, in September 1961, inmates Clarence Anglin, John Anglin, Allen West and Frank Morris, requested cell moves that brought them closer to an unsecured vent in Cell Block B. By using handmade tools, they were able to enlarge the ventilation grates and create holes to access a utility corridor, where they climbed to a landing spot above their cell block to create their escape tools. After months of planning and preparation, they successfully escaped the prison by making life preservers and a 14-foot rubber raft out of prison-issued raincoats.

When the guards realized that the prisoners were missing, they found footprints on the ground and roof of the pipe where they climbed down, and discovered the hidden workshop, the hole in the ceiling, and the dummy heads. Despite the wide-scale search by the FBI, Coast Guard and Bureau of Prison Authorities, the escapees and their raft were never found.

The Loch Ness Monster

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For decades, the Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie,” has been a subject of fascination and speculation for people all over the world. The creature is said to inhabit the depths of Loch Ness, a large freshwater lake in Scotland. Sightings of Nessie date back to the sixth century, but it wasn't until 1933 that the first modern sighting made headlines, when a local couple claimed to have seen a “strange creature” in the lake.

Since then, there have been countless other reports of sightings, photographs, and even videos purporting to show Nessie. Some claim the creature is a plesiosaur, an extinct marine reptile, while others believe it could be a large eel or a type of unknown aquatic creature. Despite numerous expeditions and investigations, however, no conclusive evidence of Nessie’s existence has ever been found, leaving the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster unsolved.