60 Unsolved Mysteries That Will Haunt You

By Sophia Maddox | June 26, 2023

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.

Escape from Alcatraz

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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.