The world is full of mysteries. From the Bermuda Triangle to the Strong magnetic point in the Himalayas, we are surrounded by hundreds of enigmas. Some get solved while others are just beyond the range of the human brains for now.
Here are ten such dark riddles that shook the world and the question mark put on them are yet to be turned into a full stop. Many a Sherlock Holmes tried to come out with a conclusion but all in vain.
On Somerton beach in Adelaide, South Australia, a dead body was found at 6:30 a.m., 1 December 1948. The police discovered a suitcase near his body, the clothes with all the tags removed. A small note in the man's pocket read "Taman Shud", which is the last line of the 'Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam'. It appeared to have been cut from a book. Pencil markings were also made on the back of a book 'Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam' which appeared to be some hidden quote. A tomb stone was also put at the place where his body was discovered.
On the day of 5th December 1945, the over water navigation training flight of United States Navy was going on as usual at Naval Air Station, Fort Lauderdale in Florida. 5 TBM Avenger torpedo bombers had the task of bombing the skeleton of a ship placed by the Navy itself near Bohemian islands, about 160 miles away from the base and return. The bombers started their exercise on the scheduled time of 1.30 PM lead by US Navy Lieutenant Charles Carroll Taylor. The task was planned to be complete at 4 PM, and considering any emergency, a massive Martin Mariner plane with Harry Cone and his 12 soldiers was made ready at 3.45 PM. They suddenly received a message from Lieutenant Taylor ' We are in danger.We cannot identify our location. We don't understand where to go. Ocean too seems different.' Martin Mariner took off searching for them immediately. At about 4.20 PM, a message was received from another bomber's pilot, ' We still don't know where we are.Maybe we are about 225 miles from the base.The ocean doesn't seem normal.We are completely lost.' Martin Mariner kept looking for them, and unfortunately the base camp lost contact with it too. Day next, a team of 300 planes, 18 coast guard vessels, 5 warships and many other non-navy ships searched the full 0.4 million square miles surface of The Atlantic Ocean for the lost aircrafts and men. Surprisingly, not even a single part of any of the six planes lost was found. The place indeed was the Bermuda Triangle.
The Nepalese royal massacre occurred on 1 June 2001, in the Narayanhiti Royal Palace , the then residence of the Nepalese monarchy in Kathmandu, in which King Birendra, his wife Queen Aishwarya and seven other members of the royal family were killed during a weekly family get together. The official investigation team put Prince Dipendra to blame. He became de jure King of Nepal upon his father's death, but died whilst in a coma three days after the murders. Some theories say Dipendra wasn't happy with his marriage proposal and wanted to marry another girl. He was pretty drunk that evening and misbehaved with a guest. Enraged, he entered the room with an H &K MP5, a Franchi SPAS-12 and an M16 and started firing. It is said he shot himself after killing his parents and sister. Also, a Nepalese soldier claiming to be an eyewitness to the incident said that Crown Prince Dipendra, was killed before the rest of his family members that night.The committee found that he was shot at the head. Some sources said that the girl he loved was a secret agent of a neighboring country.
In the winter of 1959, a team of 10 Russian hikers started a trek in the Ural mountains. One of them had to return quickly to the nearest city due to illness. The hikers had a particular date to return or the authorities would come searching for them after that. And they didn't return on the scheduled date. The rescue team found an empty camp at some distance with the tent destroyed. Some footsteps were still visible in the snow which were headed to the closest wood, but after approximately 500 meters, they faded and were not visible anymore. The rescue team continued to follow the path, and at some distance they found a fire camp and 2 dead bodies under a huge pine. Both the bodies were male and were wearing only their underpants. Further on the route, they discovered three more bodies covered in snow. After a rigorous search in the woods, after two months the 4 remaining members of the team were found dead in the bottom of a small ravine deeper in the forest. The forensic reports of the first five dead hikers stated deaths due to hypothermia, probably caused by the low temperature and high pressure in the woods. But, the remaining four bodies were severely injured with broken ribs, skull and part of the tongue cut of a female hiker. There were many strange things going around: the victims were lightly clothed in their underpants and/or socks only; some of the clothes were radioactive, the tent was cut from inside, no extra footsteps in the snow area, etc. The mystery was never solved because of the contradictory evidences.
Japan declared on August 18, 1945 that Subhash Chandra Bose, the leader of Indian National Congress , was travelling on the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force Mitsubishi Ki-21 bomber, when the plane had some engine trouble and later crashed. The report said that Bose was badly burned and after being taken to a local hospital, he died four hours later. The Japanese claim that after cremating his body, a Buddhist memorial service was held at Nishi Honganji Temple in Taihoku. His ashes were brought to Japan and interred at the Renkōji Temple in Tokyo. As Bose's body was never seen, many a theories were set regarding his death to be a fake one and that he's still alive. Many Indian authorities have researched on the death case of Bose but none of them have been successful in coming up with the truth behind his death.
Jimmy Hoffa was the American labor union leader who played an important part in the formation of International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Under weird circumstances, he disappeared on July 30, 1975. He was a man of controversy. To rise Teamsters, the single largest union in the United States, he did many illegal things and was convicted of attempted bribery and jury tampering, for which he was sent to jail for 13 years. But only after one third of his sentence, he was granted clemency by President Nixon, whose party the Teamsters supported. Hoffa was seen for the last time in the parking lot of the Red Fox Machus restaurant in Bloomfield Township, a suburb of Detroit, where he had planned to meet two mob leaders, Anthony Giacalone and Anthony Provenzano. After intense unsuccessful search by the FBI, he was declared dead in absentia on July 30, 1982.
In 1955, a total of 11 persons claimed to have close encounters with Goblin-like beings, which appeared to be like extra-terrestrial creatures. They were seen near a farmhouse which belonged to the Sutton family, located between the hamlet of Kelly and Hopkinsville, both situated in the Christian County, Kentucky, United States. Families residing in the farm house swore to have seen strange lights and noises. The men who encountered the weird creatures said that when they tried to shoot them, they did float but not fall. Many people called it a prank, but the local Police saw many evidences of the case, including damage done to the house and surroundings and even heard the sounds themselves. This case is one of the most favorite of UFOlogists and still remains to be a mystery.
This incident of dance mania took place in Strasbourg, Alsace (then a part of the Holy Roman Empire) in July 1518. People danced for weeks, leading to deaths due to heart attacks, exhaustion and strokes. It all started with a woman, Frau Troffea, who started dancing non-stop and fervently in a street in Strasbourg. This went on for about four to six days. Within a week, she was joined by 34 locals and within a month, there were around 400 dancers who had joined the cause. People kept dying all the time during the dance plaque. The mystery is, the reason behind people dance so enthusiastically was never known. There are no clear evidences of why the people kept dancing and dying during the Dancing Plaque of 1518.
Previously named Amazon, the ship brought huge loss to the owners making most of them bankrupt, along with death of three captains. There was no specific reason behind the losses faced by the ship owners. The ship was later bought by an American, James Winchester at a New York salvage auction for $3,000. It was then named 'Mary Celeste'. Winchester used the ship to carry commercial alcohol on a cargo of 1,701 barrels to Genoa, Italy. A month after it sailed, on December 4, 1872, the ship was found abandoned off the Azores Islands, sailing with no one on board and the only lifeboat of the ship was missing. Strangely, the wine barrels as well as sailors' belongings were untouched. None of the people who boarded the ship were found thereafter. The mystery of Mary Celeste remains to be the biggest sea mysteries of its times.
Banksy is a street artist who draws graffiti on the walls of towns of United Kingdom. His genre is dark humor and satire. The guy's been active since 1992 but nobody has either seen him nor has a clue who he really is. To quote the New Yorker, 'he is an anarchist environmentalist who travels by chauffeured S.U.V. He was born in 1978, or 1974, in Bristol, England-no, Yate. The son of a butcher and a housewife, or a delivery driver and a hospital worker, he's fat, he's skinny, he's an introverted workhorse, he's a breeze-shooting exhibitionist given to drinking pint after pint of stout. For a while now, Banksy has lived in London: if not in Shoreditch, then in Hoxton.'