There’s something about an unsolved mystery that just grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go.

This happens when you read about them or watch TV shows or documentaries about mystifying stories that, for one reason or another, can’t be explained.

And there are so many out there that it would be impossible to get lost in all of them. But we can try!

Let’s check out these stories that AskReddit users shared.

40. Way back when.

“In the 1850s a boy and girl were observed in a field a very short time before an explosion was observed where they were.

When people went closer to investigate, the boy and girl were dead. Nobody knows who they were, how they ended up in that field, or what they were doing there. The explosion appears to have been caused by the boy and girl trying to do something with explosives, but why they were doing that is not known.

I saw a morgue photo of the girl’s face and it didn’t ring any bells. Whether other photos exists, I don’t know.

After all this time it’s unlikely that this mystery will ever be solved.”

39. The Amber Room.

“Where is the Amber Room that disappeared from Königsberg?

The greatest collection of amber and potentially intact fossil DNA. It disappeared after the Nazis seized it, potentially to the Soviets.

It is a mystery…”

38. An odd incident.

“The Max Headroom incident.

I really wanna know who did it and why. And I really hope the answer is:”because I could”.

Who would intrude a television signal to broadcast such nonsense instead of something “useful”?

It’s amazing.”

37. Teleported?

“The teleportation of Gil Perez. Allegedly a soldier was teleported from the Philippines to Mexico City, without knowing how it happened.

It’s unknown if the story is real or just folk tale, but it was always an interesting thought.”

36. The hotel.

“What really happened to Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel.

We have been given many theories, but virtually no good information.

If you’re unfamiliar, Elisa was found dead in a hotel roof water tank in Los Angeles several years ago!

Police thought accident or suicide but the masses are super skeptical.”

35. A classic.

“Jack the Ripper is a good one.

There have been so many theories over the years…ranging from the Prince of Wales and an illicit affair, a Jewish immigrant and many more.

It always fascinates me because I don’t think it will ever be solved.

And depending on which rabbit hole you fall down some theories are quite plausible.”

34. Lightning rod.

“The mystery of Roy Cleveland Sullivan and why he specifically was hit by lightning 7 times.”

33. People are concerned.

“Controversial suicide of Jeffrey Epstein.

How can we forget that!!”

32. What a strange story.

“The Yuba County Five were young men from Yuba City, California all with mild intellectual disabilities or psychiatric conditions, who attended a college basketball game at California State University, on the night of February 24, 1978.

Afterwards, they stopped at a local market for snacks and drinks.

Four of them were later found dead; the fifth, Gary Mathias, 25,
has never been found.”

31. Never heard of this one.

“The assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.

In 1986, he and his wife were leaving the movie theater and some guy just ran up and shot him in the back.

The case was never solved. Someone was arrested and convicted, but the conviction was overturned.”

30. That is sad.

“I’m pretty upset that we’ll never know exactly what was lost in the burning of the Library of Alexandria.

Also we will never know how much that knowledge could’ve advanced us by now.”

29. Roanoke.

“The fate of the Roanoke Colony

For those unfamiliar, it was one of the first settlements on one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of what is now North Carolina. A little over 100 people had established it from England in the spot where a previous colony had been abandoned.

It was pretty much doomed from the start, since there was a fair amount of harassment from the native population (including one death within days of arrival) and I think some interest from nearby Spaniards in taking it over (I maybe misremembering that, I dunno, it’s been literal decades since I took that history class), but, despite all this, it lasted a few years.

When the governor of the colony had to leave it for some reason or another (like I said, literal decades), he came back to find it abandoned save for the word CROATOAN carved into the fence post of the gate and the word CRO into a nearby tree.

The governor and the group he was with had hoped to confirm the colony’s need to flee to the nearby native tribe, but a hurricane put a stop to their expedition and they returned to England.”

28. What happened?

“What happened to the ninth Roman Legion?

The last we hear of them is being stationed in Britain, and then there’s no mention of them in the historical record.

Maybe the mob whacked them?”

27. A man on a bus.

“In 1949, a man got on a bus. The man fell asleep after the second stop. It was a long drive, multiple hours. But when they got to the stop the man was mysteriously not there. The man didn’t get off at the previous stops.

And the bus never stopped, making it impossible for him to get off. His luggage was still in the compartment, and even the news paper he had was still in his seat.

After that nobody had ever seen him since. So trace of his body, nothing.

He just vanished.”

26. Lost in the triangle.

“The Bermuda Triangle

Is it ghosts, is it aliens?

Is it a build up of methane gas”

Who the f*ck knows!”

25. Lost at sea.

“I wanna know what happened to the crew of the USS Cyclops.

The boat was lost at sea, came back about 4 years later with most of it’s cargo still onboard and every single one of the crew missing.

Heck, most of the ship’s rations remained untouched when it came back.”


“Who killed Tupac?

Who killed Biggie?

Who killed Jon Benet?

Where is Madeleine McCann?”

23. Murder mystery.

“The Hinterkaifeck Murders in Bavaria in 1922.

Six people, including two young children, brutally murdered one by one with a pickaxe on an isolated farmstead, with signs that the unknown murderer had actually lived hidden at the house both before and after the murders.

Could the murderer be the lost husband of the younger adult woman on the farm, or a neighbour with something to hide, or simply a drifter taking up residence in the barn? No one knows.

And then there is the suspected incestuous relationship between the aforementioned woman and her father the farm owner.

So much weird and creepy in this tragic story.”

22. D.B. Cooper

“Famous mystery. My theory is he faked his jump from that plane, and was still on board hidden somewhere when it landed.

It’s generally accepted that he worked in aviation, or was very familiar with aircraft. He knew to choose a flight operating the Boeing 727, which was one of the only aircraft of it’s type with an aft airstair door, and also how to unlock the door and lower the airstair mid-flight, something that even the cabin crew were not trained to do.

Jumping out over a remote area, within the benefit of a predetermined drop point, or being in contact with someone on the ground which wouldn’t have been possible in 1971, would have been suicidal. Even if he’d survived the drop and landed safely, he’d likely have died of exposure or hypothermia unless he was picked up or reached shelter soon.

My theory is; Cooper locks the flight crew in the cockpit, then opens the aft door, throws out two parachutes and a small portion of the ransom money to make it look like he jumped.

He then uses a maintenance access panel to access the cargo bay or landing gear area (prior to takeoff from Sea-Tac he advises the pilot to remain at 10,000ft with the flaps extended and the landing gear down) and waits there until they land in Reno. FBI sweep the cabin and confirm he’s gone but I’ll bet they never checked the cargo bay or landing gear.

Cooper then waits for the confusion to die down and walks away with his money in hand, wearing the uniform of a cop or airport ground crew which he either changed into or had hidden under his suit all along.

Realising that the bills were marked and that he could never deposit them or spend them without attracting attention, Cooper either destroyed them or hid them somewhere and waited for the heat to die down which hasn’t really ever happened, going back to his normal life instead.”

21. Where did they go?

“Jimmy Hoffa?

That head of the Gestapo guy, Heinrich Müller, who disappeared at the end of WWII and was never heard of again?”

20. A Hollywood mystery.

“What really happened to Natalie Wood?

What were they fighting about?

Was her death by drowning an accident? Or was it murder?

And just exactly how involved was Christopher Walken?”

19. Off the roof.

“Rey Rivera. He went missing for 8 days until a hole was found on the roof of a building one day. When the hole was investigated, they found Rey himself, clearly dead.

It’s theorized he must’ve jumped off the neighbor hotel’s rooftop but there a bunch of holes (pun slightly intended) regarding that theory.

No one staying those nights Rey was gone heard any screams or a crash

The hole was pretty far away from any close part of the rooftop of the hotel

Not only his glasses were intact, but his cellphone was in one piece.”

18. In broad daylight.

“Ken Rex McElroy r*ped, shot, robbed, intimidated and assaulted multiple people, but failed to catch a conviction.

Everyone in their small town got sick of him after he shot a store owner. He was shot twice from two different firearms. 30-46 people witnessed the shooting. No one called an ambulance.

The killer(s) have not been caught.”

17. Earhart.

“Amelia Earhart. What happened to her ?!?

I’ve heard the main theory is that they crashed near an island, survived for a while but died of exposure and their bodies were eaten by coconut crabs (which will eat literally anything that can be eaten, including their own dead).”

16. The missing man.

“James Tetford.

He boarded onto a bus, and when it got to his stop, he was simply gone. His belongings were still there.

There were no stops in between, so there’s no way he’d gotten off.

I like to think different realities crossed, and he got transported to another reality.”

15. Vanished.

“The Deaths of Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon, the Dutch girls that went missing in Panama.

The only thing that really bothers me about this case is that their backpacks were found alongside a river, yet dry and completely intact with folded clothes and phones. Nothing looked damaged by the river. They were clearly placed there and everything was neatly folded.

Basically I think the backpacks were planted. I don’t doubt the girls ended up in a survival situation out of their control and died, I just think someone stumbled across their bodies and moved the backpacks. Possibly they went through them and folded things to pretend like they didn’t.”

14. Disappeared.

“Disappearance of the Beaumont children in 1966 in South Australia. Three kids were playing at the beach and never came home.

Multiple witnesses saw them playing with a mid-30s male suspect, who possibly gained their trust over time. It’s crazy how many people saw this man, and he was never found, and neither were the children.

Their mother died last year in her 90s, never knowing what happened to her children, and their father is alive and in his 90s as well now.”

13. Creepy stuff.

“The frog boy murders.

Five South Korean boys went looking for salamander eggs in the forest one day. They disappeared. Their skeletons were found years later in a shallow grave on the mountain.

Still unsolved.”

12. A strange disappearance.

“The strange disappear of Louis Le Prince.

The actual first person who made the movie camera but never got to show it to the world”

11. Very eerie.

“What was Stephen Paddock’s motive for the Las Vegas Shooting?

Why did he own so many weapons?

Was his professional gambling career legitimate, or was it money laundering?”

10. Axe murders.

“The Villisca axe murders.

An entire family (and two guests) murdered in the middle of the night with an axe (metal riff goes here.)

Eight people butchered in the middle of a June night in 1912, and there’s no definitive answer as to who killed them or why.”

9. What really happened?

“Jon Benet Ramsey

She was murdered Christmas night and no one ever figured out who did it. There was a two page ransom note with scraped drafts in the trash. No footprints around the house and not many examples of DNA found.

However due to botched police work and carelessness, the crime has multiple dead ends, but most theorists believe the family accidentally killed her and used a cover up.”

8. From Japan.

“The Setagaya Family Murder.

A family of four was murdered in Setagaya, a Japanese district south from Tokyo. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence but the identity of the killer is still unknown.

After the fact, the murdered made himself comfortable and stayed overnight, ate some snacks, cleaned his wounds, went to the bathroom, watched TV, napped for a while, went online, changed clothes, all while the corpses of the family were still laying around the house.”

7. The big one.

“JFK assassination.

I know the Warren report said Oswald acted alone and I agree with that. But that doesn’t account for the inconsistencies in the event. The explanation I’ve read that makes the most sense is the one from the book Fatal Error. Which concludes that Oswald acted alone and that his shot was the one that hit Kennedy in the neck.

But it wasn’t Oswald who did the head shot. That one came from a secret service agent in the car behind Kennedys limo who had an m-16 and stood up in the convertible when he heard Oswalds shots, then he lost his balance when the car sped up and accidentally fired off a round that hit Kennedy in the back of the head.

The theory concludes that JFK would likely have died from Oswalds shot anyway.”

6. Max Headroom.

“The Max Headroom incident.

I really wanna know who did it and why. And I really hope the answer is:”because I could”.

Who would intrude a television signal to broadcast such nonsense instead of something “useful”?

It’s amazing.”

5. A personal mystery.

“A few weeks ago, my mother brought up her cousin Patricia.

When Patricia was seven, she went to daycare during the day while her parents were at work. The daycare was only two miles away from her home, this comes in to play a little later. Patty’s mom was at home cooking dinner, and her dad was going to be working late.

Her mom got a call from the daycare worker, and told her to have Patty walk home, since it was only two miles away, and she didn’t want to leave the house unattended while dinner was still cooking. Patty never came home.

Search groups were put together that night, but to no avail. The following Sunday, a group of boys were playing in a field after church, where they stumbled upon Patty’s corpse, naked, battered, and broken.

Her murder hasn’t been solved, but there was speculation that it could have been the Zodiac Killer or the Golden State Killer, as Patty lived in California with her family at the time of her death.

If it was truly the Golden State Killer who r*ped and killed my mother’s 7 y/o cousin, then I hope he rots in his prison cell, and then in hell.

I know this isn’t a well known mystery, since it’s a very personal story, but I thought I would share.”

4. Who is he?

“The unknown dead hiker. This case will never cease to blow my mind

This guy met, chatted with and hiked with several people over the course of a year. Most people knew him as “Denim” which isn’t too weird since backpackers commonly use trail names.

Then one day a man recognizes Denim’s tent, goes to check up on him & finds him dead. Reports afterwards apparently claim the man only weighed 80lbs at the time of death, which points to him dying of a severe illness.

One hiker said he told them he wanted to do this “while he still could” which reinforces the theory that he was sick.

Thing is though, no one has cone forward to claim this poor dude since he was found. Literally NO ONE knows who he is. Barely any info has been released on the investigation around him, not even an autopsy can be confirmed to have been done.

He was found with nothing more than his gear, a notebook containing code, presumably for a game or hiking app he was claiming to be designing, and about $3k.

People have speculated him to be from Brooklyn, Seattle, and Louisiana, yet still no one can name the poor fella.”

3. This one is so weird.

“Dyatlov Pass incident.

I support the CO theory. That the heater used in the tent, which was not vented properly, caused the disorientation and made the members of the expedition flee the tent in a panicked state.

The nudity was due to paradoxical undressing secondary to hypothermia and the missing tongues are due to the fact animals eat soft flesh first.”

2. The Man in the Iron Mask.

“More than 300~ years after, in France, the identity behind “The Man in the Iron Mask” (“l’Homme Masque de Fer” in french) is still unknown

Some people said that he was the brother of the king at this moment, others people said that he was the king himself, most people think that because he was held as a political prisoner…”

1. The doomed flight.

“Malaysian Airline flight 370.

I think they’ve gotten as close as they can with current technology. I saw it briefly mentioned on something like Drain the Ocean.

From what I can remember they were actually able to track the black box for a while after the last known radio call and it looked like the plane basically turned around, went far out into the deep ocean, and most likely either flew until it ran out of fuel or was brought down intentionally.

I mean they went so far out into sea that the signal fell off the radar, but they triangulated the speed, versus the amount of fuel that had to be left over and had a wide range just north of Australia or Antarctica, I can’t remember which.”

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