3 of the Most Perplexing Unsolved Mysteries of All Time
Almost everyone likes a good mystery. On the most basic level, mysteries tickle the imagination, giving rise to the “what if” and encourage us to speculate the answer to the unknown. Psychologically, exploring someone else’s mystery offers the opportunity to indulge in a safe adventure and give you the chance to view, from the sidelines, the various elements that have gone into creating a secret. Plus, if the clues present themselves, you can make your own effort to find the solution to the mystery.
Some mysteries point to troubling human behavior that created a situation for which we want answers. Other happenings have become mysteries over time because something unusual occurred for which there is no apparent reason or background.
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D.B. Cooper is probably the FBI’s most famous and most frustrating failure. Cooper was on a Portland-Seattle plane in 1971 when he gave a note to the stewardess saying that he had a bomb and would detonate it unless he was given $200,000 in $20 bills with random serial numbers and 2 parachutes. The pilot radioed the instructions to the Seattle ground control which had the plane circle overhead until the money and parachutes were ready.
Upon landing, an airport employee brought the cash and parachutes to the plane. Cooper allowed one of the stewardesses and the 36 passengers to disembark and then instructed the pilot to take off again with him, the second stewardess and the three-man cockpit still on the plane. His destination, he said, was Mexico City.
Cooper ordered the crew to say in the cockpit and after 15 minutes of flying, the instrument panel indicated that a door had been opened. It was, they noted, 25 miles north of Portland. When the plane landed for refueling in Reno, they checked and saw that the cabin was empty. Cooper had parachuted out and that was the last that anyone ever heard from him.
Numerous searches over the years were conducted over the route that the plane had flown and the police and the FBI used all available resources to track down the hijacker but to no avail. Their consternation wasn’t assuaged when letters, purportedly sent by the hijacker, were received by various newspapers, taunting authorities and declaring that their efforts would come to naught.
A few clues have come to light over the years – in 1980, a boy found some of the money near a stream in Oregon and in 2011, a woman identified DB Cooper as having been her uncle. Over 1000 people were investigated over the years but in 2016 the FBI announced that they were no longer “actively pursuing” the case and the mystery remains unsolved to this day.
The Voynich Manuscript
The mystery of the Voynich Manuscript, an early 15th century text, has been occupying linguists, historians and others since 1912 when Wilfrid Voynich, a rare books dealer, brought the manuscript to London from Italy, where he had purchased it. Past owners included Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II and John Dee who was the infamous astrologer at the Court of Queen Elizabeth I. Today the manuscript sits in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University.
The mystery involves the manuscript’s text which includes Arabic numbers, handwritten Latin letters and unknown characters. To date, no one has been able to decipher the manuscript and its contents. In addition to the text the manuscript includes graphic illustrations of plants, signs of the zodiac, dragons and other imaginary creatures, castles, floating heads, astronomical symbols and women bathing, and astronomical symbols.
Historians, linguists, mathematicians, code-breakers and other scholars have tried to identify the language on which the manuscript may be based and experts have suggested many different ideas including Latin, Czech and even Nahuatl (spoken by the Aztecs). Only last year a new theory was introduced by an Egyptologist who has concluded that the text is probably Hebrew, Arabic or Aramaic because those were the languages that were spoken by scholars in the Middle Ages.
To add to the mystery, some scholars believe that the manuscript is a forgery and the text is a hoax. But since there doesn’t seem to be any reason for such an elaborate hoax, most researchers assume that the mysterious manuscript is authentic and that it will take a more advance algorithm than exists today to solve the secrets of the Voynich Manuscript.
For some, the assassination of John F. Kennedy was straightforward. On a trip to Dallas Kennedy was riding in a motorcade when rifle shots from a nearby building struck and killed him. It was determined that the shots came from the Texas Book Depository building along the parade route and the shooter, who was determined to have been Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested. While being booked he was killed by Jack Ruby, a strip club owner who happened to be in the police station when Oswald was brought in and was enraged at seeing the killer of his beloved president.
The Kennedy assassination was investigated at every level including by a President’s Commission set up by Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy’s successor and headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren of the US Supreme Court. Yet many mysteries still surround the assassination and many people are convinced that the truth has not been told.
Some of those questions include
- If there was only one shooter, as the Warren Commission concluded, how could JFK and Governor Connally, who was riding in the car with the President and the First Lady, have been wounded by a single bullet? The Warren Commission determined that the shot that hit Kennedy in the back then went on to strike Connally’s chest and wrist. But based on photos and video footage that showed where the two men were sitting, it seems that it would have been impossible because the bullet would not have been able to keep going straight in order to strike both men. Also, the footage seems to show that the two men were hit at the same time which would not have been possible if a few seconds of lag time were needed for the bullet to travel from one man to the next.
- How many shots were there? The Warren Commission concluded that there had been 3 shots but a Dictabelt police recording of a police radio that captured the event seems to indicate that there were 4 shots. If that’s true, some theorize that the 4th shot came from an unknown gunman on the grassy knoll – a small, sloping hill inside Dealey Plaza. If a second gunman was involved, that would give credence to the theory that there was a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy – perhaps promoted by Kennedy’s enemies which included the Russians, Cubans or the Mafia.
- Why Oswald? By all accounts, Oswald was a bit of a nobody – a moody loner who would have had no reason to hate Kennedy. Police linked Oswald to the Carcano rifle whose markings match those on the gun found in the Texas Book Depository after the shooting by way of a series of photographs that were taken in Oswald’s backyard. Those photographs show Oswald holding up Marxist newspapers and a Carcano rifle. Before he was shot by Ruby, Oswald insisted that the photos were fakes. His ex-wife Marina said that she had, in fact, taken those photos. But Oswald never had the chance to challenge the photographs because he was killed.
- Why did Kennedy’s head fall backward when it was hit? On seeing his head fall back, it would make sense that the fatal shot came from in front of Kennedy. Yet the official forensic report said that the shot came from behind. You don’t have to be a CIS investigator to see that that makes no sense.
- Why aren’t the records of the investigation makes public? The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection includes more than 5 million pages of information about the assassination. Yet there’s no public access to those records, even though a 1992 law asserts that the records of the assassination investigation are to be disclosed to the public by the end of October 2017. The records are still sealed and held in the National Archive.