60 Unsolved Mysteries That Will Haunt You

By Sophia Maddox | June 30, 2023

The Leatherman

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The Leatherman was a well-known traveller who wore handmade leather clothes while making his way around a 365-mile loop between the Connecticut River and the Hudson River, passing through towns in western Connecticut and eastern New York from 1857 to 1889. He lived in rock shelters and stopped at towns along his route for food and supplies. It's unclear what he did for work, but one shopkeeper kept a record of his usual store order, which included bread, sardines, crackers, pie, coffee, brandy, and beer.

According to an article from the Burlington Free Press in 1870, the Leatherman rarely spoke and communicated mostly with grunts and gestures. He was said to be fluent in French and rumored to be from Picardy, France, but he never spoke much about his background. Even upon his death from cancer in 1889, the Leatherman's true identity remained unknown, and it's still a mystery to this day.

The Case of JonBenét Ramsey

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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.