Penghilangan Kuno: Hilangnya Romulus secara misterius dan supernatural

Penghilangan Kuno: Hilangnya Romulus secara misterius dan supernatural

Pada 753 SM, dua orang kembar, Romulus dan Remus, mendirikan kota Roma, dan Romulus menjadi penguasa kota dan memerintah selama 39 tahun. Identitas kedua bersaudara itu memiliki karakter historis dan legendaris. Menurut legenda, keduanya adalah putra Mars, dewa perang, dan mereka disusui dan dibesarkan oleh serigala betina. Sejarah mengatakan bahwa, pada waktu itu, banyak pria dipandang sebagai "putra Mars" dan bukannya berlatar belakang romantis, Romulus dan Remus kemungkinan dibesarkan oleh seorang pelacur. Pelacur dijuluki "Lupae" (serigala betina) di Roma kuno.

Patung Serigala Capitolene menyusui Romulus dan Remus. Musei Capitolini, Roma, Italia ()

Hilangnya Romulus

Tapi salah satu saudara menghilang secara misterius dari halaman sejarah. Pada tanggal 7 Juli 714 SM, ketika dia berada di kuil Vulcan untuk memberikan beberapa instruksi kepada para senatornya, Romulus menghilang tanpa jejak.

Dalam karyanya, “ Sejarah Roma dari Asal Mulanya Hingga Tahun 9 SM ”, sejarawan Livy menyebutkan:

Suatu hari, ketika dia sedang memeriksa pasukan di Lapangan Mars, dekat Rawa Kambing, badai meletus dengan guntur yang memekakkan telinga. Romulus dikelilingi oleh awan yang begitu tebal sehingga menyembunyikannya dari mata semua orang yang hadir dan sejak saat itu dia tidak pernah terlihat lagi di mana pun di dunia. ”.

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Laporan lain menggambarkan hilangnya Romulus secara misterius.

Beberapa akun menempatkan peristiwa pada 26 Mei ketika gerhana matahari terjadi. Dalam kasus banyak penghilangan supernatural, penghilangan ini diyakini telah diprediksi atau disertai dengan fenomena cuaca ekstrem. Ini adalah kepercayaan Plutarch, seperti yang dia gambarkan sebagai berikut:

Dalam keadaan itu, udara tiba-tiba menjadi lebih tebal dan berubah secara ajaib, sinar matahari berkurang dan semuanya diliputi kegelapan yang mengejutkan, disertai dengan guntur dan badai yang menakutkan. Kemudian massa membubarkan diri dan melarikan diri, tetapi para bangsawan berkumpul membentuk kelompok terpisah. Ketika badai reda dan cahaya kembali terang, orang-orang kembali ke tempat duduk mereka dan bertanya, penuh ketakutan, di mana raja berada, tetapi dia tidak dapat ditemukan lagi. ”.

Romulus, Victor atas Acron, mengangkut barang rampasan yang kaya ke kuil Yupiter.

Dibunuh oleh Senator?

Pada saat itu, rumor dan spekulasi dimulai oleh mereka yang percaya bahwa Romulus telah dibunuh oleh para senator. Mereka berargumen bahwa para senator, yang bosan dengan kepemimpinannya, telah membunuhnya dan memotong tubuhnya menjadi potongan-potongan yang cukup kecil sehingga mereka dapat disembunyikan di balik pakaian mereka dan dibuang ke suatu tempat di mana buktinya tidak akan pernah ditemukan. Tapi, dia menghilang begitu cepat sehingga waktu yang singkat tidak memungkinkan pembunuhan dan pemotongan, dan sejumlah besar darah yang tumpah dari tindakan seperti itu tidak mungkin disembunyikan.

Romulus sebagai dewa Quirinus

Julius Proculus-lah yang mengakhiri rangkaian spekulasi dan rumor tersebut. Di bawah sumpah, dia menyatakan bahwa dia telah bertemu secara kebetulan dengan Romulus yang muncul kembali dalam bentuk yang berbeda. Dia dikatakan lebih terhormat dan mulia dari sebelumnya, dan mengenakan baju besi yang bersinar sangat terang sehingga hampir melukai mata.

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Sang senator mengatakan bahwa Romulus telah memanggilnya dengan mengkonfirmasi status ketuhanannya: "Proculus saya yang baik, adalah kehendak para Dewa untuk berada di sini di antara manusia untuk sementara waktu, dan, setelah mendirikan sebuah kota yang akan menjadi yang terkuat dan paling mulia di dunia, untuk kembali ke surga, dari mana kita memilikinya. Ayo pergi sekarang dan beri tahu orang-orang Romawi bahwa melalui kesederhanaan dan kekuatan spiritual mereka akan mencapai puncak tertinggi keagungan manusia, dan aku, dewa Quirinus, akan selalu baik hati terhadap mereka".

Romulus tidak pernah terlihat lagi, dan orang Romawi memujanya dalam bentuk dewa Quirinus selama seribu tahun.

Gambar unggulan: Fenomena langit atau cuaca yang tidak biasa menandai hilangnya supernatural di dunia klasik. Apa yang terjadi dengan pemimpin Romawi Romulus? Turunan; Gerhana Matahari (Flickr/ CC BY 2.0 ), dan Patung Romawi (Flickr/ CC BY 2.0 )

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Kapal dagang Amerika Mary Celeste ditemukan hanyut di laut pada 5 Desember 1872, sekitar 400 mil (640 kilometer) timur Kepulauan Azores Portugal, di Atlantik timur. Kapal, di bawah layar parsial ketika dicegat oleh kapal Kanada, membawa muatan hampir penuh dari tong alkohol industri, serta makanan dan air yang cukup untuk bertahan selama berbulan-bulan. Namun salah satu sekoci di kapal dagang itu hilang, dan tidak ada tanda-tanda keberadaan awak kapal, meskipun barang-barang mereka masih ditemukan di ranjang mereka.

Mary Celeste telah berlayar dari New York, hampir sebulan sebelum terlihat, menuju Genoa di Italia dengan 10 orang di dalamnya: tujuh awak kapal dan kapten kapal, istri kapten dan putri pasangan itu yang berusia dua tahun. Tapi tidak ada tanda-tanda mereka pernah ditemukan.

Pada tahun 1884, beberapa tahun sebelum misteri Sherlock Holmes pertama muncul di media cetak, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle menerbitkan akun fiksi orang pertama oleh seorang yang selamat dari sebuah kapal yang disebut "Marie Celeste." Dalam cerita Doyle, para kru dibunuh oleh seorang pembunuh berantai yang pendendam di antara para kru. Kisah itu menjadi lebih terkenal daripada kasus aslinya, dan bahkan disajikan sebagai kisah nyata di beberapa surat kabar, termasuk Boston Herald, menurut sebuah laporan dalam edisi laporan majalah The Strand tahun 1913. Beberapa peneliti berspekulasi bahwa Mary Celeste yang asli ditinggalkan karena para kru takut akan ledakan dari asap alkohol yang bocor dari tong-tong di palka. Yang lain berspekulasi bahwa kapal itu diserang oleh perompak Maroko, yang membawa orang-orang di dalamnya tetapi meninggalkan muatannya.

Pada tahun 2007, pembuat film dokumenter Anne MacGregor menyarankan kapal itu mungkin telah ditinggalkan setelah mengambil air dalam cuaca buruk dan kapten melihat kesempatan untuk mendarat di sekoci. Namun para penumpang sekoci tampaknya telah hilang di laut, sementara Mary Celeste yang terbengkalai mampu keluar dari badai.


9 Misteri Supernatural yang Belum Terpecahkan yang Tidak Dapat Dijelaskan Secara Rasional

Kasus-kasus aneh dan supernatural ini begitu mengerikan dan membingungkan sehingga membingungkan para ahli, dan bahkan dunia sejak saat itu.

Pemandangan tenda saat tim penyelamat menemukannya pada 26 Februari 1959.

T di sini hanya segelintir misteri di dunia ini yang tidak bisa dijelaskan. Kebanyakan orang suka percaya bahwa teka-teki yang paling mustahil pun dapat diselesaikan dengan waktu tertentu, tetapi tidak selalu demikian. Ambil sembilan misteri ini, misalnya. Mereka tetap tidak terpecahkan selama beberapa dekade (jika tidak lebih lama), membingungkan para ahli dan membingungkan semua orang yang menemukannya. Ini tentu saja kasus misteri supernatural pertama kita yang belum terpecahkan. Insiden Pass Dyatlov dikenal sebagai yang paling aneh, belum lagi misteri menakutkan di zaman modern.

Kematian tak terduga dari sembilan pendaki gunung Rusia yang perjalanan ski lintas alamnya berakhir dengan tragedi yang begitu mengerikan dan membingungkan sehingga membingungkan para ahli, dan bahkan dunia sejak saat itu.

1. Insiden Dyatlov Pass

Salah satu foto terakhir para pendaki gunung, dikembangkan dari gulungan film yang ditemukan di perkemahan yang ditinggalkan

Pada tanggal 25 Januari 1959, sembilan siswa Rusia memulai perjalanan melintasi Pegunungan Otorten, yang terletak di Ural utara, untuk perjalanan ski lintas alam yang berat. Delapan hari setelah mereka tiba di tujuan akhir, regu pencari berangkat untuk menemukan pendaki gunung yang hilang. Pada tanggal 26 Februari, tim pencari menemukan sisa-sisa tenda yang mengepak di tiang ski di lereng paling atas Kholat Syakhl, atau 'Gunung Orang Mati' dalam bahasa asli Siberia utara.

Tenda telah terkoyak, tercabik-cabik dari dalam, menunjukkan bahwa mereka melarikan diri dengan panik. Jejak kaki yang ditemukan di sekitar bagian luar tenda menunjukkan bahwa mereka yang melarikan diri ke suhu di bawah nol derajat melakukannya hanya dengan kaus kaki atau bertelanjang kaki, dan dalam satu kasus dengan satu sepatu. Dua set cetakan mengarah menuruni lereng menuju daerah berhutan lebat yang akan mengarahkan para pencari ke mayat pertama.

Selain sisa-sisa api yang sudah lama padam, di bawah pohon pinus kuno yang menjulang ada mayat dua pejalan kaki yang membeku. Para pencari mencatat dengan bingung bahwa kedua pria itu telanjang dan tanpa sepatu, kecuali pakaian dalam mereka. Mereka juga mencatat bahwa cabang-cabang pohon pinus telah patah hingga ketinggian hampir 15 kaki, menunjukkan bahwa pasangan itu dengan panik berusaha memanjat pohon untuk keselamatan.

Sekitar 350 meter jauhnya tergeletak mayat mahasiswa teknik berusia 23 tahun Igor Dyatlov. Namanya kemudian akan diberikan ke daerah di mana tragedi itu terjadi. Di dekatnya, sisa-sisa tiga mayat lagi ditemukan di bawah empat inci salju. Mayat-mayat itu ditemukan dalam barisan, terpisah 200 meter, menunjukkan bahwa mereka telah mencoba merangkak di belakang satu sama lain kembali ke tempat perlindungan tenda.

Mayat Rustem Slobodin ditemukan terkubur di salju, menghadap ke bawah.

Dua bulan setelah pencarian awal, sisa tubuh kelompok itu ditemukan. Terkubur di bawah salju setinggi 15 kaki di sebuah sarang yang telah mereka lubangi mati-matian untuk diri mereka sendiri sebelum menyerah pada hawa dingin. Beberapa mengalami patah tulang dan luka dalam yang parah, tapi anehnya, tidak ada luka luar. Bahkan tidak ada goresan yang bisa ditemukan di kulit mereka. Lebih aneh lagi, bagian-bagian aneh dari pakaian mereka mengandung tingkat radiasi yang lebih tinggi dari normal.

Pemeriksaan post-mortem dari sembilan mayat juga memunculkan serangkaian anomali yang membingungkan. Apa yang bisa menyebabkan sembilan pendaki gunung berpengalaman melarikan diri ketakutan ke suhu di bawah nol derajat? Mengapa beberapa berpakaian lengkap, tetapi yang lain hampir telanjang? Yang paling membingungkan adalah tubuh Lyudmilla Dubinina, yang kehilangan lidah dan matanya.

Ada berbagai teori tentang apa yang terjadi pada jam-jam gelap dan mengerikan di Gunung Orang Mati itu. Penjelasan yang mungkin seperti longsoran salju atau Militer Rusia dan pengujian senjata eksperimental rahasia telah disalahkan, bahkan penculikan Yeti dan alien (yang terakhir menjadi kepercayaan penyelidik Soviet pada saat itu) juga merupakan teori populer. Namun, fakta sederhananya adalah tidak ada teori yang dapat dicermati, dan dengan demikian bertahanlah legenda Dyatlov Pass salah satu misteri terbesar yang tidak dapat dijelaskan di zaman kita.

Terkait: Insiden Dyatlov Pass: Misteri Terbesar Zaman Modern

2. Bella di Wych Elm

(Sumber gambar) Setelah penemuan yang mengerikan, grafiti muncul di seluruh wilayah, menanyakan "Siapa yang meletakkan Bella di wych-elm?"

Pada tanggal 18 April 1943, empat anak laki-laki pergi berburu di Hagley Wood, Inggris dan menemukan pohon wych-elm. Berpikir itu akan berfungsi sebagai tempat yang baik untuk berburu sarang burung, Bob Farmer yang berusia 15 tahun memanjat untuk memeriksa tetapi malah menemukan misteri grizzly. Di dalam lubang lubang di batang pohon, terjepit erat di dalamnya adalah kerangka wanita, seluruhnya lengkap kecuali satu tangan yang hilang.

Ketakutan, anak-anak itu bersumpah untuk diam dan melarikan diri – tetapi yang termuda sangat trauma sehingga dia memberi tahu ayahnya. Polisi dikirim untuk menyelidiki dan mayat itu ditemukan persis seperti yang telah dijelaskan. Rambut menjuntai dari sisa daging di tengkorak, dan dua gigi bengkok menganga keluar dari mulut. Tangan dan barang-barang pakaian wanita itu kemudian ditemukan terkubur di dekat pohon. Hal ini menimbulkan spekulasi liar bahwa dia telah mengalami eksekusi ilmu hitam dan bahwa perkumpulan penyihir dan pemuja setan beroperasi di daerah setempat. Setelah analisis polisi, tulang-tulang itu dipastikan milik seorang wanita berusia 35-40 tahun, yang telah ditempatkan "saat masih hangat" ke dalam lubang pohon tempat dia bersembunyi selama setidaknya 18 bulan.

Menambah misteri yang sudah membingungkan, wanita lokal bernama Bella setelah grafiti mulai muncul di seluruh wilayah menanyakan "Siapa yang meletakkan Bella di wych-elm?" Tidak ada yang datang dengan informasi dan identitas asli Bella dan kematiannya tetap belum terpecahkan.

3. Kembar Pollock

[Kredit gambar: Podcast yang Tidak Dapat Dijelaskan] Kembar Pollock

Artikel Daily Mirror asli dari 6 Mei 1957.

Pada tahun 1957, dua saudara perempuan Joanna (11), Jacqueline Pollock (6) dan teman mereka Anthony tewas secara tragis dalam kecelakaan mobil saat mereka berjalan ke gereja lokal mereka di Northumberland, Inggris. Orang tua mereka sangat sedih, John dan Florence berharap dan berdoa putri mereka akan kembali, dan sepertinya doa mereka dijawab. Satu tahun kemudian, gadis kembar Jennifer dan Gillian lahir.

Keluarga Pollock terkejut menemukan bahwa Jennifer, si kembar yang lebih muda, memiliki tanda lahir di tubuh dan wajahnya di tempat yang persis sama dengan Jacqueline. Dengan itu, mulailah serangkaian kesamaan luar biasa antara si kembar dan saudara perempuan mereka yang sudah meninggal. Pada usia dua tahun, si kembar mulai meminta mainan yang pernah dimiliki oleh Jacqueline dan Joanna. Gadis-gadis itu, menurut orang tua mereka, belum pernah melihat atau mendengar tentang mainan itu sebelumnya. Pada usia empat tahun, mereka mulai mengenali tempat-tempat yang belum pernah mereka lihat atau kunjungi sebelumnya. Suatu kali mereka menunjuk ke sebuah sekolah yang mereka klaim sebagai sekolah mereka dan mereka ingat bermain di taman bermain di belakangnya. Sekolah itu adalah sekolah yang pernah dihadiri Jacqueline dan Joanna.

Seorang psikolog yang dihormati pada saat itu, Dr. Ian Stevenson mempelajari kasus ini dan menyimpulkan bahwa si kembar memang reinkarnasi bersaudara. Kemudian tiba-tiba seperti itu dimulai, ketika gadis-gadis itu berusia lima tahun, ingatan mereka lenyap dan mereka berdua melanjutkan hidup bahagia, kehidupan biasa.

4. SS Ourang Medan Belanda

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Menurut laporan yang beredar luas, pada bulan Juni 1947 beberapa kapal yang berlayar di jalur perdagangan selat Malaka, yang terletak antara Sumatera dan Malaysia, mengaku telah menangkap serangkaian sinyal marabahaya SOS. Pesan kapal tak dikenal itu sesederhana itu menakutkan “Semua petugas termasuk kapten tewas, terbaring di ruang peta dan jembatan. Mungkin seluruh kru tewas.” Ini diikuti oleh ledakan kode Morse yang tidak terbaca, lalu pesan terakhir "Aku mati." Proklamasi samar ini diikuti oleh keheningan yang menakutkan.

Panggilan darurat diambil oleh dua kapal Amerika serta pos pendengaran Inggris dan Belanda yang berhasil melacak sumber siaran dan menyimpulkan bahwa mereka berasal dari kapal barang Belanda yang dikenal sebagai SS Ourang Medan. Kapal dagang Amerika Silver Star pertama kali tiba di tempat kejadian. Naik kapal, rombongan pertapa menemukan pemandangan mengerikan menunggu mereka.

Dek kapal penuh dengan mayat awak kapal Belanda. Semua mayat terbaring dengan mata terbuka lebar, dengan ekspresi ketakutan di wajah dan lengan mereka terentang di depan mereka seolah-olah untuk melindungi diri dari sesuatu yang mengerikan. Saat Silver Star mencoba menarik kapal hantu itu kembali ke pelabuhan, para kru melihat kepulan asap yang mengepul dari dek bawah. Pihak asrama hampir tidak memiliki kesempatan untuk memotong tali penarik dan kembali ke Silver Star sebelum Ourang Medan meledak. Kapal malapetaka itu perlahan tenggelam di bawah gelombang laut, meninggalkan misteri maritim yang paling mengerikan di belakangnya.

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5. Wow! Sinyal

(Sumber gambar) Jerry Ehman terkenal menulis kata-kata "Wow!" pada cetakan asli dari sinyal

Dua fisikawan Cornell, Philip Morrison dan Giuseppe Cocconi, terkenal mencoba membayangkan bagaimana peradaban alien yang cerdas mungkin mencoba memberi sinyal ke Bumi. Kita harus mencari, kata mereka, untuk transmisi radio. 18 tahun kemudian prediksi mereka menjadi kenyataan.

Jerry Ehman adalah seorang peneliti sukarelawan untuk observatorium radio "Big Ear" Ohio State University yang sekarang sudah tidak berfungsi untuk SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Dia ditugaskan untuk memindai gelombang radio dari luar angkasa, dengan harapan menemukan sinyal yang memiliki ciri-ciri dikirim oleh makhluk hidup yang cerdas. Pada 15 Agustus 1977, Ehman melihat pengukurannya melonjak.

Sinyal berlangsung selama 72 detik. Itu keras dan tampaknya telah ditransmisikan dari konstelasi Sagitarius dekat bintang yang disebut Tau Sagittarii, 120 tahun cahaya. Ehman menulis kata-kata "Wow!" pada cetakan asli dari sinyal, dengan demikian judulnya sebagai “Wow! Sinyal". Semua upaya untuk menemukan sinyal lagi telah gagal, menyebabkan banyak spekulasi dan misteri tentang asal-usulnya.

6. Frederick Valentich

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Pada 21 Oktober 1978, Frederick Valentich meninggalkan Melbourne, Australia untuk memulai penerbangan pelatihan sejauh 125 mil ke King's Island. Dia menerbangkan Cessna bermesin tunggal. Tepat setelah pukul 19:06 Valentich melakukan kontak radio dengan pengawas lalu lintas udara untuk menanyakan apakah ada pesawat lain yang diketahui terbang di daerah tersebut. Jawaban dari Melbourne adalah tidak, jawaban yang dikonfirmasi lagi selama komunikasi aneh berikutnya. Tujuh menit kemudian semua kontak radio hilang dan Valentich tidak pernah terdengar lagi.

Selama percakapan membingungkan dengan kontrol lalu lintas udara, Valentich mengklaim dia melihat sesuatu terbang di dekatnya. Ketika ditanya apakah dia bisa memastikan bahwa itu adalah pesawat terbang, dia mengatakan bahwa dia tidak bisa, pernyataan yang dia ulangi beberapa kali. Dia menggambarkan objek itu memiliki setidaknya empat lampu dan satu lampu hijau. Dia juga mengatakan itu adalah kerajinan berbentuk cerutu memanjang yang "semuanya berkilau di luar."

Menariknya, ada banyak UFO dan/atau penampakan cahaya aneh di Pulau Raja dan daerah Selat Bass pada malam saat Frederick Valentich menghilang. Kata-kata terakhir yang secara resmi didengar oleh pengawas lalu lintas udara Frederick Valentich adalah "Ini bukan pesawat terbang." Pencarian ekstensif untuk pilot dilakukan tetapi tidak ada tanda-tanda Frederick atau Cessna yang pernah ditemukan.

7. Pria yang Menghilang ke Udara Tipis

(Sumber gambar) Ambrose Bierce

Penulis dan pahlawan perang Ambrose Bierce mungkin lebih terkenal karena hilangnya dia daripada tulisannya. Pada tahun 1913, Bierce menulis kepada teman-temannya bahwa dia bepergian ke Meksiko "dengan tujuan yang cukup pasti yang saat ini tidak dapat diungkapkan" kemudian menghilang dari muka bumi. Penjelasan logisnya adalah dia bertabrakan dengan tentara dalam Revolusi Meksiko. Namun, sebelum perjalanan ini, Bierce telah meneliti penghilangan yang aneh dan aneh. Salah satu kasus tersebut adalah kasus Charles Ashmore.

Cerita berlanjut bahwa pada tahun 1878, Ashmore meninggalkan rumah pertanian keluarga di dekat Quincy, Illinois, untuk mengambil air segar dari mata air yang tidak jauh. Ketika dia tidak kembali, keluarganya pergi mencari anak itu. Salju baru saja turun dan jejak kaki Charles terlihat jelas saat mereka keluar dari pintu belakang dan mulai melintasi halaman. Ayahnya mengikuti jejaknya untuk jarak pendek tetapi setelah berjalan sekitar 75 yard, dia melihat bahwa jejak itu tiba-tiba berakhir. Di balik jejak kaki terakhir tidak ada apa-apa selain salju yang mulus dan tak terputus – jejak anak itu berakhir begitu saja, menghilang tanpa jejak.

Bierce berteori bahwa orang bisa jatuh ke dalam lubang dimensi dan terjebak selamanya, tergantung antara hidup dan mati. Apakah ini yang terjadi pada Bierce? Apakah dia meramalkan nasibnya sendiri? Tidak ada yang tahu, dan sampai hari ini kepergiannya tetap menjadi misteri yang membingungkan.

8. Pemenggalan Setan San Francisco

(Sumber gambar) Pemandangan Jembatan Golden Gate

Pada tanggal 8 Februari 1981, sementara Leroy Carter Jr. sedang tidur nyenyak di Taman Golden Gate, San Francisco ketika dia diserang secara brutal. Setelah polisi tiba di tempat kejadian mengerikan pada hari berikutnya, mereka mencatat bahwa kepala Carter telah dipenggal. Dan itu hilang. Satu-satunya petunjuk yang tertinggal di tempat kejadian adalah ayam tanpa kepala, yang sebagian telah dimasukkan ke dalam tubuh Carter di leher.

Dengan cepat menyadari bahwa kasus mengerikan ini membutuhkan seorang spesialis, departemen Kepolisian San Francisco membawa Perwira Sandi Gallant yang berspesialisasi dalam pembunuhan gaib dan setan. Menurut Gallant, pembunuhan itu kemungkinan merupakan bagian dari ritual gelap yang melibatkan "Palo Mayombe", cabang ilmu hitam dari agama Santeria. Gallant percaya siapa pun yang melakukan kejahatan itu melakukannya untuk membuat minuman ritual dari otak Carter dan mungkin telinga dan hidungnya. Dia juga memperkirakan bahwa kepala akan dikembalikan ke TKP setelah 42 hari untuk menyelesaikan ritual.

Benar saja, sesuai jadwal, kepala itu dikembalikan 42 hari kemudian. Namun, meskipun telah dipanggil, detektif okultisme itu tidak dianggap serius, dan tidak ada yang mengawasi TKP untuk melakukan penangkapan. Pembunuhnya lolos dari pengadilan dan kasusnya tetap belum terpecahkan.

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9. Kasus Membingungkan Little Pauline Picard

[Kredit gambar: ] Ketika Pauline Picard yang hilang dikembalikan ke keluarganya, mereka sangat gembira — tetapi apakah itu benar-benar dia?

Little Pauline Picard, berusia dua tahun, menghilang dari pertanian keluarganya di Brittany, Prancis pada April 1922. Setelah pencarian menyeluruh gagal menemukannya, beberapa hari kemudian polisi menerima kabar bahwa seorang gadis kecil yang cocok dengan deskripsi Pauline ditemukan berkeliaran di kota Cherbourg, kira-kira 300 kilometer jauhnya dari peternakan Picard. Ibunya mengidentifikasi dia melalui sebuah foto dan petugas polisi yang menemukannya merasa puas bahwa itu adalah gadis yang sama. Misteri tentang bagaimana seorang balita dapat menemukan dirinya beberapa ratus mil jauhnya dari rumah disingkirkan setelah dia kembali dengan selamat.

Sekitar sebulan kemudian, seorang petani tetangga yang berjalan di dekat pertanian Picard menemukan sesuatu yang mengerikan: tubuh seorang gadis muda yang dimutilasi dan membusuk di sebelah pakaiannya yang terlipat rapi. Dia memberi tahu pihak berwenang, yang tiba di tempat yang mengerikan bersama dengan penduduk kota, di antaranya orang tua Pauline. Meskipun wajah gadis muda itu tidak dapat diidentifikasi, Picard membuat kesadaran yang meresahkan: pakaian yang dilipat persis seperti yang dikenakan Pauline pada hari dia menghilang.

Daerah di mana sisa-sisa ditemukan telah digeledah secara menyeluruh ketika Pauline pertama kali menghilang, yang menunjukkan bahwa seseorang telah menempatkan mayat di sana baru-baru ini. Kasus ini menjadi lebih membingungkan ketika tengkorak seorang pria dewasa ditemukan di sebelah tubuh Pauline, menambah calon korban kedua dalam kasus tersebut.

Polisi bingung. Jika mayat di hutan itu adalah Pauline, seperti yang ditunjukkan oleh bukti, lalu apa yang terjadi padanya? Bagaimana tengkorak tak dikenal terkait dengan pembunuhan Pauline? Dan siapa gadis kecil dari Cherbourg yang tinggal bersama keluarga Picard? Jawaban atas pertanyaan-pertanyaan ini tidak pernah ditemukan, doppelgänger misterius dikembalikan ke Cherbourg (apa yang terjadi selanjutnya hilang dari sejarah) dan kasus aneh Pauline Picard tetap menjadi salah satu misteri terbesar Prancis yang belum terpecahkan.


Kutukan, Penghilangan, dan Misteri Paranormal Aneh di Taman Nasional Yosemite

Saya selalu agak terpesona oleh fakta bahwa kisah-kisah aneh, kutukan yang tidak menyenangkan, dan kematian atau penghilangan yang tidak dapat dijelaskan dapat berputar di sekitar beberapa tempat yang lebih indah. Tampaknya ada beberapa keterputusan antara keindahan menakjubkan yang dapat ditemukan di sini dan legenda yang seringkali sangat gelap dan misteri yang belum terpecahkan yang menyelimuti mereka. Sungguh aneh untuk berpikir bahwa mengalir di bawah lapisan kemegahan alam seperti itu ada arus gelap dari yang tidak dapat dijelaskan dan bahkan mungkin jahat. Tempat-tempat seperti itu bisa sekaligus dipenuhi dengan keindahan namun juga dipenuhi dengan rasa takut yang tak dapat dijelaskan dan kualitas malapetaka yang meresahkan. Salah satu tempat tersebut adalah Taman Nasional Yosemite California yang terkenal di dunia, di Amerika Serikat. Ini adalah hamparan yang sangat indah yang secara bersamaan tampaknya benar-benar berhantu, dan titik nol untuk banyak penghilangan aneh juga.

Terbentang di 747.956 acre (1.168.681 sq. mi) hutan belantara di Pegunungan Sierra Nevada California Utara, di Amerika Serikat, adalah Taman Nasional Yosemite yang megah. Dikenal di seluruh dunia karena pemandangan menakjubkan dari hutan belantara pegunungan yang masih asli, gletser, pohon sequoia raksasa yang menjulang tinggi, tebing granit yang menjulang, formasi geologi yang unik, air terjun yang menakjubkan, margasatwa, dan danau serta sungai yang sangat jernih, Yosemite telah terdaftar sebagai Situs Warisan Dunia dan menarik sekitar 4 hingga 5 juta pengunjung setiap tahun dari setiap sudut dunia. Tampaknya pada pandangan pertama bahwa kemegahan alam seperti itu akan menjadi salah satu tempat terakhir di mana orang akan berharap untuk menemukan misteri gelap dan supranatural, tetapi taman ini memiliki sejumlah fenomena yang mengejutkan, termasuk kutukan, hantu, dan penghilangan aneh yang belum terpecahkan.

Salah satu lokasi legenda aneh dan kejadian misterius yang paling gigih di Taman Nasional Yosemite adalah tempat yang disebut Ngarai Tenaya, yang membentang dari danau Tenaya ke berkelok-kelok melalui lanskap dalam serangkaian kolam dalam yang indah, air terjun, dan air terjun yang mengalir ke tujuan akhir penurunan tajam ke ngarai dalam lainnya di gunung granit yang disebut Cloud's Rest, terletak tepat di sebelah Half Dome yang ikonik dan spektakuler. Sebuah tempat yang sangat indah namun berbahaya, Tenaya Canyon telah diselimuti mitos dan keanehan sejak manusia berada di daerah tersebut, dan juga tenggelam dalam sejarah yang agak gelap dan penuh kekerasan yang telah menimbulkan desas-desus tentang tempat yang menyeramkan. kutukan tergantung di daerah itu.

Ketika pemukim kulit putih tiba di Lembah Yosemite, mereka bertemu dengan suku asli Amerika yang disebut Ahwahnee, yang merupakan orang-orang yang damai tetapi juga kadang-kadang sering berburu ternak dari tetangga baru mereka. Pada tahun 1850-an, orang kulit putih memutuskan bahwa mereka sudah cukup berbagi tanah dengan penduduk asli yang bermasalah, dan berusaha untuk memindahkan Ahwahnee ke reservasi di Fresno, California. Ahwahnee yang biasanya damai, dipimpin oleh seorang Kepala Tenaya, mungkin tidak berjalan sesuai yang diharapkan, secara aktif dan vokal menentang perintah untuk keluar. Akhirnya, para pemukim kulit putih mengirim kontingen pria bersenjata yang dipimpin oleh Kapten John Boling untuk memindahkan suku secara paksa, dan segalanya berjalan seperti yang Anda harapkan.

Alih-alih melarikan diri dalam ketakutan, seperti yang diharapkan dari penduduk asli yang biasanya tampak patuh, Ahwahnee malah memilih untuk dengan keras kepala bertahan dan melawan. Selama kekerasan berikutnya, putra Kepala Tenaya termasuk di antara yang tewas, yang mengirimnya ke dalam kemarahan yang mendalam di mana ia membuat kutukan di lembah terhadap orang kulit putih. Kepala suku diduga meneriakkan kutukan ini saat dia dihadapkan oleh seorang kapten bersenjata selama pertempuran, dengan mengatakan:

Bunuh aku, tuan kapten! Ya bunuh aku, seperti kamu membunuh anakku seperti kamu akan membunuh orang-orangku jika mereka datang kepadamu! Anda akan membunuh semua ras saya jika Anda memiliki kekuatan. Anda telah membuat saya sedih, hidup saya gelap Anda membunuh anak hati saya, mengapa tidak membunuh ayah? Anda boleh membunuh saya pak kapten, tetapi Anda tidak akan hidup dalam damai, saya akan mengikuti jejak Anda, saya tidak akan meninggalkan rumah saya tetapi bersama roh-roh di antara bebatuan, air terjun, di sungai dan di angin ke mana pun Anda pergi Aku akan bersamamu. Anda tidak akan melihat saya, tetapi Anda akan takut pada roh kepala suku tua, dan menjadi dingin.

Ketua Tenaya Ahwahnee

Sejak saat itu, kepala suku diduga benar pada kata-katanya, dan pada tahun-tahun sejak hari yang menentukan itu, Ngarai Tenaya, dan menurut beberapa catatan, seluruh Lembah Yosemite, dikatakan diganggu oleh segala macam kecelakaan aneh, kematian aneh, kecelakaan. , dan fenomena yang tidak dapat dijelaskan seperti suara yang tidak dapat dijelaskan dan penampakan bayangan. Diduga ada jauh lebih banyak insiden panjat tebing dan hiking kecelakaan dan kematian di daerah Tenaya daripada tempat lain di taman, dan begitu banyak orang hilang di sini sehingga mendapat julukan yang tidak menyenangkan dari "Segitiga Bermuda Yosemite." Bahkan naturalis legendaris dan pendaki gunung yang sangat berpengalaman John Muir tidak kebal terhadap kutukan ini, ketika ia bertemu dengan kecelakaan yang hampir fatal saat menjelajahi ngarai pada tahun 1873, yang kemudian ia tulis dalam bukunya tahun 1918. Jalur curam, mengatakan:

Saya sedang mendaki bagian depan batu yang terjal, dihaluskan oleh aksi glasial, ketika saya tiba-tiba jatuh—untuk pertama kalinya sejak saya menyentuh batu Sierra. Setelah beberapa kali jungkir balik, saya menjadi tidak sadar karena syok, dan ketika kesadaran kembali, saya mendapati diri saya terjepit di antara semak-semak pendek dan kaku… Saya tidak dapat mengingat apa yang membuat saya jatuh, atau dari mana saya jatuh, tetapi saya melihat bahwa jika saya berguling sedikit lebih jauh, pendakian gunung saya akan selesai, karena tepat di balik semak-semak, dinding ngarai curam dan saya mungkin jatuh ke bawah.

Tentu saja, mengingat medan di sini terkenal sebagai salah satu yang paling tidak bersahabat dan terlarang di seluruh taman, mungkin tidak mengherankan jika ada begitu banyak penghilangan, kematian, dan kecelakaan di Tenaya Canyon. Di sini ada banyak turunan tajam, dinding batu terjal, pijakan yang tidak rata, sering kali licin, dan tanjakan yang berbahaya bahkan menakutkan bagi pendaki yang paling berpengalaman sekalipun. Ini adalah tempat bahaya alam, dan memang jalur 10 mil sepanjang panjangnya menyimpan banyak tanda peringatan yang menyatakan bahaya melanjutkan, dan peta panduan jalur taman resmi menandai kenaikan dengan warna merah terang dengan bacaan disclaimer, “Mendaki di Tenaya Canyon berbahaya dan sangat tidak dianjurkan.”

Apakah ngarai itu benar-benar terkutuk atau tidak, pasti ada banyak tempat yang konon angker di sekitar Taman Yosemite juga. Salah satu yang paling terkenal adalah bekas Ahwahnee Hotel, yang dinamai menurut nama suku terkutuk yang disebutkan sebelumnya. Dibuka pada tahun 1927 tidak jauh dari Half Dome, Ahwahnee Hotel pada saat itu merupakan hotel yang besar dan mewah di daerah yang terkenal dengan sebagian besar berkemah dan pondok-pondok kecil, dan nuansa organiknya yang elegan namun pedesaan. kemegahan megah dari lingkungan sekitarnya yang indah dengan cepat menjadikannya tujuan populer bagi banyak turis yang datang ke daerah itu setiap tahun. Itu juga menjadi terkenal karena agak sangat angker.

Ada banyak hantu yang dikatakan menghuni hotel, seperti hantu seorang wanita bernama Mary Curry Tressider, yang telah menjadi bagian dari desain dan pembukaan hotel dan yang tinggal dan meninggal di apartemen pribadinya di sini pada tahun 1970. Lantai 6, di mana kamarnya berada, dan penampakan hantunya sering dilaporkan oleh staf dan tamu. Entitas dikatakan prankish lebih dari menakutkan, dan dikenal untuk menyelipkan pengunjung saat mereka tidur, melipat pakaian, dan salah meletakkan barang di sekitar kamar, serta memanggil tamu.

Another spirit said to inhabit the Ahwahnee Hotel is connected to a rocking chair kept in the room that former U.S. president John F. Kennedy stayed in during a visit in 1962. At the time the chair had been put in the room at the president’s request, as he had claimed that he had been having back pain, and he reportedly spent a lot of time sitting there calmly rocking away. The chair was removed from the room when he left, but oddly enough since his death a spectral rocking chair has often been reported moving on its own in rooms and halls throughout the hotel’s 3rd floor, which is where Kennedy’s room had been, and especially in the actual room itself. Although these are the two most well-known of the hotel’s phantoms, the entire premises have provided their fair share of accounts of anomalous noises, disembodied footsteps, and apparitions, and the Awahnee hotel helped to inspire the look and design of the Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror film Cahaya.

Another haunted hotel in Yosemite National Park is the Sierra Sky Ranch, and considering its historical pedigree it is perhaps no surprise at all that ghosts should call this place home. Originally built in 1877, the Sierra Sky Ranch started its life as a sanitarium for housing and quarantining victims of tuberculosis, who lived mostly in squalor forgotten by society and many of whom died here, including children. In later years the premises became a home for veterans of World War I, after which it went on to become the modest, 29-room hotel it is today, where guests constantly report a range of weird paranormal activity.

One of the most common types of ghostly occurrence at the Sierra Sky Ranch is that of phantom children, who are said to run up and down stairs and halls, and who can be heard giggling, whispering, or talking when no one is around or in the very walls themselves. These spectral children are reportedly most often sighted in the media room and the main living room area of the hotel, and are blamed for some of the anomalous poltergeist activity reported from here, such as lights, faucets, or appliances turning on or off by themselves, doors opening or slamming shut when no one is around, and guests’ clothes being tugged by unseen hands. Other ghosts said to inhabit the Sierra Sky Ranch are a woman who supposedly lurks about the main house and library and who smells of perfume, a ghostly bar patron who kisses bar visitors and bartenders on the cheek, and the more sinister entity of a scowling, angry looking man who paces about on the hotel veranda and is known to violently knock over furniture.

Besides hotels, some natural landmarks of Yosemite are also said to be haunted. One of the most famous ghosts of the park is said to lurk in Grouse Lake, and was first officially reported in 1857 by Galen Clark, who was to later become Yosemite’s very first park ranger in 1867. Clark had his strange experience as he was out on a hike to the small alpine lake, and he claimed that as he walked along its shores that he had heard a chilling, unearthly wail seeming to come from the water itself and sounding like “a puppy when lost.” The unsettled Clark would later ask some Native Americans of the area what kind of animal it was that he had heard or if they had a dog that could have made the noise, and they proceeded to tell him that it was no animal or dog, but rather the spirit of a tribal boy who had tragically drowned there years ago and who did not take kindly to visitors. It was even claimed that he would attack anyone who set foot in the water. Clark would write of this:

They replied that it was not a dog—that a long time ago an Indian boy had been drowned in the lake, and that every time anyone passed there he always cried after them, and no one dared go into the lake, for (the boy) would catch them by the legs and pull them down and they would be drowned. I then concluded that it must have been some unseen waterfowl that made that cry, and at that time I thought that the Indians were trying to impose on my credulity, but I am now convinced they fully believed the story they told me.

There is also the haunting of perhaps Yosemite’s most famous waterfalls, Bridalveil Fall, which cascades 617 feet down a sheer granite cliff. The Ahwahnee tribe believed that the fall was the haunt of an evil spirit called Pohono, who was known to try and lure unsuspecting victims over the precipice to their deaths. The method by which the spirit was said to do this varied, in some cases using hypnotic rainbows in the mist to draw people closer and in other cases calling out to use curiosity against victims or even appearing as an apparition to beckon people closer, after which a strong gust of wind would fling them over the fall. Indeed, there have been a few recorded deaths of people being blown over the fall or slipping and falling to the rocks far below, and the winds are said to be very unpredictable at the top. Campers in the area have also reported hearing strange voices or sounds coming from the direction of the fall at night. Whether this is the doing of an evil spirit or not, in present day there are many railings in place to keep people from getting too close.

A strange case I found of a possible ghost roaming the wilderness of Yosemite concerns a 26-year-old Christopher Thompson, who claims that during one camping trip to the park he came across something very strange indeed. He says that as he went out to get some firewood he spied an old Native American man standing by his tent, who wore some sort of bell around his neck that rang out every time he moved. The mysterious man then allegedly asked Thompson for a ride out to the main road because he had gotten lost. Thompson decided to drive him all the way to the ranger’s office as it was getting dark outside, and when they reached his truck the witness claims that the old man insisted on sitting in the back seat.

So far, so weird, but it would get stranger still. Thompson claims that as he got into the truck he caught a glimpse of the old Native man in the side mirror, and that he was swaying and muttering some sort of chant in some alien language. After this, Thompson panicked and drove off on his own to the ranger’s office, where he reported the whole creepy encounter. He would later find that the mysterious figure had left something rather odd behind in the form of an animal skin pouch that was found to contain strange stones and herbs, which locals informed him were cursed. Thompson would say, “I’m still haunted by dreams where I’m paralyzed and I can still hear him muttering that chant.” It is an odd tale to be sure, and one wonders just who or what he encountered out there in those woods.

Besides curses and hauntings, Yosemite has been the location of a fair number of inexplicable disappearances as well. By far the most oft-discussed and hotly debated mysterious vanishings to have occurred at Yosemite National Park is the disappearance of 14-year-old Stacy Ann Arras in 1981. On the afternoon on July 17, 1981, Arras was on a camping trip with her father and 6 others at the Sunrise Sierra Camp, a small cluster of cabins for people passing through on hikes along the popular “mountain chalet” loop. Arras had arrived on horseback with her group, and she soon expressed interest in taking some photos of a nearby lake. Since it was not far her father did not deem it necessary to go with her, but another member of the group, a 72-year-old man, decided to go with her.

As they approached the lake, the man reportedly sat down to take a rest as Arras went on ahead. In the meantime, other members of the group looked down on the whole thing from a ridge, and watched as Arras disappeared into some trees. When she did not return within a reasonable length of time the group went off looking for her but would find only the lens of her camera and no other trace of the girl whatsoever. An extensive official search of the area using helicopters and tracker dogs would have no further luck, and eventually it was called off with no evidence at all of what had happened to Stacy Arras or where she had gone. Park superintendent Robert Binnewies would say at the time, “She just seems to have disappeared.”

The strange disappearance of Stacy Ann Arras gained a fair amount of publicity and gained a cult following among researchers of the paranormal and unexplained, and the case has gained quite a lot of notoriety through the work of David Paulides, a famous author on mysterious vanishings who has written numerous books on the matter, in particular on those which have occurred within U.S. national parks. Paulides added some sinister intrigue when he claimed that from the beginning of his investigation of the Arras case park officials were evasive and reticent to release any information on it when faced with a request under the Freedom of Information Act, even going as far as to allegedly deliberately withhold, obfuscate, and flat-out hide facts relating to it. Indeed, Paulides has repeatedly accused national park officials as being corrupt and suspiciously secretive on such mysterious disappearances. Is there something sinister going on behind this case? It is hard to say, and the Arras disappearance has gone on to become widely discussed and picked apart all over the Internet with no solution in sight.

More recent disappearances include the 2005 vanishing of 51-year-old Michael Allen Ficery, who was an avid, experienced hiker and backpacker. On June 15, 2005, Ficery headed out on a hike along the north end of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, but at some point changed his mind and went up to the Pacific Crest Trail. This would be the last time anyone would see him. When he did not return after his wilderness permit expired a search was carried out, but all that could be found was a backpack containing a topographical map, a camera and a bottle of water. A massive search involving personnel from five counties utilizing aircraft and tracker dogs were unable to find any trace of the missing hiker, and his case remains utterly unsolved.

In June of 2011 there was the case of 30-year-old George Penca, who was out hiking at the Upper Yosemite Falls with his church group. During the hike, Penca fell behind the group and proceeded to completely vanish off the face of the earth. Despite extensive searches of the area, no sign of him was found. Strangely, Yosemite National Park unceremoniously and discreetly took down his missing persons page in the coming weeks. Perhaps even stranger still is the disappearance of 35-year-old Allen Martin, of Modesto, California in February of 2016. On the evening of February 9, 2016, Martin visited the Chicken Ranch Casino and left the premises at approximately 4:08 PM. Security footage captured him walking across the parking lot and he then apparently walked right off the face of the earth. Martin has not been seen since.

Yosemite National Park is a place of great beauty, but it is also one of great mystery. From ancient Native curses, to ghosts, to mysterious disappearances, it is fascinating to see how a locale of such natural splendor can also harbor such dark secrets. Do some areas hold close to them some force or presence that creates this aura of sinister energy? Is there some unique quality to these locations that invites the weird and the paranormal? Or are these just the product of over-active imaginations and the perilous terrain inherit to such places? Whatever the answer may be, Yosemite National Park continues to be one of the most beloved national parks in the United States, and also one of the most mysterious.


10 Mysterious Disappearances With Bizarre Clues

It&rsquos always frustrating when a person mysteriously disappears and no one ever finds out what happened to them. It&rsquos even more frustrating when the investigation of these disappearances winds up uncovering clues that only raise more questions than they answer. Here are some unsolved disappearances which are much more unusual than your typical missing persons case and feature some very baffling twists and turns. In each of these creepy cases, bizarre clues have been discovered which add a lot of confusion to the mystery and are sure to leave sleuths scratching their heads.

On September 28, 1988, a 19-year old girl named Tara Calico left her home in Belen, New Mexico to go bike riding on Highway 47. Neither Tara nor her bicycle were seen again. Her case went cold until June 15, 1989 when a woman found a Polaroid in a parking spot outside a convenience store in Port St. Joe, Florida. A white van had previously been parked in the spot, and the photo featured a teenage girl and young boy were both bound and gagged in the back of a van.

It was speculated that the girl in the photo might be Tara and that the boy was Michael Henley, a nine-year old who vanished on a New Mexico camping trip the previous year. However, Michael&rsquos remains were soon found in the same area he originally went missing. Two other photographs featuring a gagged girl resembling Tara surfaced over the next few months, though they have never been released to the public. Years later, a Valencia County sheriff publicly stated his belief that Tara was killed the day she disappeared when two local residents accidentally hit her with their truck and disposed of her body, but he had insufficient evidence to make an arrest. But if this theory is true, then what&rsquos the story behind the two kids in the photograph?

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On the morning of January 25, 2006, the husband of 35-year old Teresa Butler returned to his home in Risco, Missouri after working the night shift and discovered that his wife was missing and their two young sons were home alone. Her Jeep was still at the house and there were no signs of struggle or forced entry, but her kids could not shed any light on what happened to her. Teresa&rsquos purse and cellular phone were missing, as were a lot of other valuable items from the house, such as a Playstation, video camera and car stereo. However, her wedding rings and jacket were left behind.

Things got even more bizarre when authorities discovered that two calls had been made from Teresa&rsquos cell phone shortly after she disappeared to numbers at two different towns in Missouri. The person at the first number never answered the phone, while the second did answer and claimed they heard nothing on the line. Neither of these people had ever heard of Teresa Butler and don&rsquot have any information about her disappearance. Seven years later, there are still no answers in this baffling case and no trace of Teresa has ever been found.

In March of 1998, Amy Bradley, a 23-year old girl from Virginia, went on vacation with her parents and brother on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Rhapsody of the Seas. While they were in the vicinity of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, Amy mysteriously vanished from the ship. Amy&rsquos family last saw her on their suite&rsquos balcony in the wee hours of the morning of March 24, and eyewitnesses reported seeing her in an elevator with a member of the ship&rsquos band sometime afterward. The ship docked in Curacao shortly after Amy&rsquos parents reported her missing, but it was not locked down while the crew searched for her. Seven years later, Amy&rsquos parents were E-mailed a photograph from an adult escort website featuring a woman who resembled her.

It is speculated that Amy may have been smuggled off the ship in Curacao and sold into sexual slavery. There have been numerous eyewitness sightings of her over the years. One of them came from an American sailor who visited a brothel in Curacao and claimed that a woman who said her name was &ldquoAmy Bradley&rdquo asked him for help before she was escorted away. While Amy&rsquos family have launched an extensive investigation to find her, her ultimate fate is still unknown.

On November 21, 1987, Korrina Lynne Sagers Malinoski, a 26-year old woman from Mount Holly, South Carolina, mysteriously disappeared when she did not show up for work and her car was found parked in front of the Mount Holly Plantation. But that&rsquos not even the most bizarre aspect of this story. On October 4, 1988, Korrina&rsquos 8-year old daughter, Annette Sagers, was on her way to school and went to the bus stop in front of the Mount Holly Plantation&hellip and she mysteriously vanished as well!

To make things even stranger, a note was found at the bus stop which read: &ldquoDad, momma come back. Give the boys a hug&rdquo. While it looked like it may have been written under duress, handwriting experts determined that Annette likely wrote the note. It&rsquos been speculated that Annette&rsquos mother may have returned to reclaim her daughter so they could disappear together, but she also left two sons behind and no one in their family has heard from either of them in 25 years. In 2000, an anonymous caller claimed that Annette&rsquos body was buried in Sumter County, but that lead never panned out. Overall, this is a truly baffling mystery with no discernible solution.

On the morning of August 4, 1981, a 20-year old woman named Cynthia Anderson went to her job as a legal secretary at a law firm in Toledo, Ohio. When her employers arrived at work later on, Cynthia had vanished. Her purse and car keys were missing, but her vehicle was still parked outside. Eerily, a romance novel she had been reading was at her desk and it was open to the one scene in the story where the heroine is abducted at knifepoint. This clue could be read as a sign that she staged her own disappearance, but there has been no trace of her in over 30 years.

There have been many other theories about what happened to Cynthia. A month after her disappearance, police received an anonymous phone call that Cynthia was being held against her will in the basement of a white house, but this lead never went anywhere. One of the attorneys at Cynthia&rsquos firm was involved in drug dealing and later went to prison, drumming up speculation that she may have overheard incriminating information which led to her murder. However, there is no concrete evidence to support any of these theories and Cynthia Anderson remains missing.

On the morning of February 14, 2000, the parents of 9-year old girl Asha Degree went to wake her up and discovered she was not in her bed. Even though Asha shared a room with her brother, he had no idea what happened to her. Witnesses later reported seeing a girl matching Asha&rsquos description walking down the highway at around 4:00 a.m., so it seems she may have sneaked out on her own. Asha was currently studying a fantasy book in school about children who go on adventures after running away, which could have inspired her actions. Things got even more bizarre once Asha&rsquos belongings started turning up.

Three days after she disappeared, Asha&rsquos pencil, marker and hair bow were found in the doorway of a tool shed approximately one mile from her home. A year-and-a-half later, Asha&rsquos book bag was found 26 miles away. It contained more of her belongings and had been double-wrapped in plastic trash bags. This has led authorities to suspect foul play, but there are still no answers about why Asha would leave her home in the middle of the night, who she might have crossed paths with, or what ultimately happened to her.

Laureen Rahn, a 14-year old girl from Manchester, New Hampshire, was last seen on the evening of April 26, 1980 during a get-together at her apartment with two friends. Laureen&rsquos mother, Judith, came home that night and was baffled to discover that the apartment building&rsquos hallway was dark because all the light bulbs had been unscrewed. Judith assumed Laureen was sleeping in her bed, but in the morning, she discovered that it was actually Laureen&rsquos friend, who had no idea where Laureen was.

The police initially suspected Laureen was a runaway, but things got weird in October of that year when Judith discovered three calls to California on her phone bill which she had never made. Two of the calls were made to motels while the other was made to a teen sexual assistance hotline. The wife of the physician who ran this hotline was known for housing runaways, and at least one of these motels was often used by a notorious child pornographer known as &ldquoDr. Z&rdquo. However, authorities could find no evidence to tie Laureen to any of these leads. For the next several years, Judith would also get mysterious phone calls from a caller who never said anything, but in the end, the ultimate fate of Laureen Rahn remains a mystery.

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In March of 2000, 23-year old college student Leah Roberts left on a road trip from her home in Raleigh, North Carolina. She took most of her belongings and her cat with her, but did not tell anyone where she was going. On March 18, her jeep was discovered abandoned on a logging road in Whatcom County, Washington. The vehicle had crashed over an embankment and while it&rsquos likely the driver would have been injured in an accident like that, there was no sign of any blood. All of Leah&rsquos belongings (including a pair of pants containing $2500) were scattered throughout the scene, there was no trace of Leah or her cat.

To make things even stranger, blankets had been placed over the vehicle&rsquos windows, indicating that someone had used it as a shelter. One week later, police received a call from a man claiming he saw a woman matching Leah&rsquos description at a gas station many miles away from the crash scene. The caller said she looked disoriented, but he inexplicably hung up before giving any more details. This has been the only known sighting of Leah Roberts since her disappearance, but there&rsquos no other indication about what may have happened to her.

On April 10, 1988, 40-year old Diane Augat left her residence in Odessa, Florida and mysteriously disappeared. Three days later, Diane&rsquos mother received a message on her answering machine from a woman who sounded just like her daughter. She was saying &ldquoHelp, help, let me out&rdquo and &ldquoHey, gimme that&rdquo as the sounds of someone trying to grab the phone away could be heard in the background. The caller ID read &ldquoStarlight&rdquo, but there was no answer when Diane&rsquos mother called the number back.

Things got really morbid on April 15 when the severed tip of Diane&rsquos right middle finger was found in the area where she was last seen. Two weeks later, a bag containing her neatly folded clothing was discovered in a convenience store&rsquos freezer. Two-and-a-half years after Diane went missing, a local paper published a story about her disappearance. The very next day, Diane&rsquos brother&rsquos girlfriend happened to discover a plastic bag in another convenience store. It had the name &ldquoDiane&rdquo written on it and contained items which may have belonged to her. In spite of these bizarre clues, no other trace of Diane Augat has ever been found.

Mary Shotwell Little, a 25-year old newlywed secretary at a bank in Atlanta, Georgia, mysteriously vanished after having dinner with a friend on the night of October 14, 1965. The next day, her car was found in the same lot where she had parked the night before, but there were indications that it had been driven away from this location and returned. Her undergarments were neatly folded inside and there were traces of blood throughout the vehicle. The car also had a license plate which was not registered to Mary and had been stolen from another vehicle in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The day after she disappeared, Mary&rsquos gasoline credit card wound up being used at two separate stations in Charlotte and Raleigh. The signatures for them read &ldquoMrs. Roy H. Little Jr.&rdquo and appeared to be in Mary&rsquos handwriting. Both places reported seeing a disheveled woman matching Mary&rsquos description who seemed to have a minor head injury and was in the company of two domineering men. There have been many theories about her disappearance, ranging from an obsessive secret admirer to a sex scandal at her workplace, but none of them have ever been proven and Mary Little&rsquos fate remains an unsolved mystery.


The Mysterious Disappearance Of Emanuela Orlandi In The Vatican

Pietro Orlandi A young Emanuela Orlandi, before she became one of the most famous missing persons cases in the world.

On a sweltering summer evening in June 1983, 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi disappeared from Vatican City in central Rome after attending a routine music lesson.

The daughter of a prominent Vatican employee, Orlandi enjoyed the religious center’s idyllic gardens and often ran into Pope John Paul II. Her brother Pietro recalled their city being more of a village, inhabited by a close-knit group of around six families.

But Orlandi’s disappearance on June 22 of that year launched decades of kaleidoscopic conspiracy theories that include the Italian Mafia, Vatican Satanists, sex trafficking, and sacrifice.



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On the last day anyone saw her, Orlandi called her sister after her music class to tell her that a representative from Avon Cosmetics had offered her a job. When Orlandi failed to return home the following day, her parents called the teacher from her class and the police. Her mysterious disappearance was declared a missing person case that day.

A witness initially reported seeing a girl matching Orlandi’s description entering a green BMW near the music school on the night of her disappearance, but that bit of information would lead nowhere.

Shortly after this maddening detail surfaced, the Orlandis received an ominous phone call promising to return the girl if the Vatican released Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish national who was languishing in prison for having attempted to assassinate the pope two years earlier. Unfortunately, that development proved fruitless as well.

It has since been suggested that the Rome-based crime syndicate Banda della Magliana kidnapped Orlandi to force the Vatican to pay them back for an outstanding loan. The girlfriend of the leader of that criminal organization, Enrico De Pedis, later claimed that De Pedis told her that Orlandi was indeed kidnapped and killed.

Pietro Orlandi Orlandi’s family was very close with Pope John Paul II.

The most hair-raising theories, however, claim that the Vatican, local police, and high-profile lawmakers kidnapped Orlandi and forced her into sexual servitude. At least, this is what the Vatican’s chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth believes. Amorth was appointed by Pope John Paul II himself.

“This was a crime with a sexual motive,” Amorth insisted. “Parties were organized, with a Vatican gendarme acting as the ‘recruiter’ of the girls. The network involved diplomatic personnel from a foreign embassy to the Holy See. I believe Emanuela ended up as a victim of this circle.”

In 2019, a promising tip suggested that Orlandi had been buried in a Vatican tomb. Tragically, this tip too yielded no results. Her family has organized demonstrations in recent years, hoping to spur a renewed investigation into her unsolved disappearance, but to no avail.


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Cathal McNaughton, PA Images/Getty Images When it was reported that McCann was in Morocco, a local search party was launched — but no answers were found.

The mysterious disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007 continues to baffle investigators to this day. The British three-year-old vanished while on vacation with her family in Portugal, and is now considered “the most heavily reported missing person case in modern history” — and for good reason.

The story of McCann’s mysterious disappearance began on the night of May 3, 2007, at a resort in Praia da Luz (“Beach Of Light”) in Portugal. Kate and Gerry McCann left Madeleine and her two twin siblings asleep in their rental apartment at the resort, which was on the ground floor, and went to have dinner with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant. The adults returned two hours later at 10 p.m. to find their eldest child gone.

Later, the McCanns remembered how their daughter had asked them over breakfast the morning of her mysterious disappearance: “Why didn’t you come when [my brother] and I cried last night?” The devastated parents were then led to believe that someone uninvited may have been in their apartment — and maybe even more than once.

MAURIX/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images Kate and Gerry McCann attended Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly audience at the Vatican, where the pope blessed a photo of Madeleine for them.

One of the first promising suspects in McCann’s missing person case was 33-year-old Robert Murat. The British-Portuguese real estate consultant not only lived nearby, but a man matching his description was seen around 9:15 p.m. on the night of McCann’s disappearance walking toward his home carrying a child. But the Portuguese police cleared him when they found no evidence of his involvement with the children.

Next, the McCanns themselves were added to the list of suspects. Some investigators posited that Madeleine McCann actually died in the Praia da Luz apartment and that her parents fabricated this narrative of child abduction in order to cover it up. This theory seemed to hold some water, considering the fact that dogs that were brought on the scene seemed curiously alert inside the apartment and around the McCann family car. Alas, no body was ever found.

The grieving parents were officially removed as suspects in 2008, and the missing person case grew to become an unprecedented media phenomenon in the United Kingdom.

Ever since a 2009 report found that the region of Portugal in which McCann went missing was “awash with pedophiles,” many have posited that the toddler was abducted by local sex traffickers. “There are 38 known sex offenders in the Algarve,” the report went on, “the area is a magnet for pedophiles.”

In an ominous turn of events, former M.P. Sir Clement Freud, who had a home nearby and knew the McCanns, was later outed as a pedophile.

From later claims that Hillary Clinton’s campaign adviser John Podesta and his brother snatched the girl from her home to theories she simply walked off, McCann’s mysterious disappearance has never been solved. Whether by accidental death, sex trafficking, or abduction, McCann’s remains one of the strangest missing persons cases in modern history.


5. Frieda Langer (1950)

Lastly, the fifth and final person to go missing in the area was Freida Langer. On October 28, roughly two weeks after Paul Jephson vanished, 53-year-old Frieda went out on a hike with her cousin, Herbert Elsner. Early on that day, the two left their family campsite near the Somerset Reservoir for the hike. At one point during the trek, after Langer slipped and fell into a stream, she asked Elsner if he’d wait there while she went back and returned to the campsite to change clothes before coming right back. However, when Langer failed to return shortly afterward, Elsner himself went back to the campsite, only to discover that his cousin never made it back. Worryingly, no one else had seen her since the two left earlier that day.

During the five searches conducted over the following two weeks, and despite the involvement of aircraft, helicopters, and hundreds of searchers, no trace of her was found. Then, on May 12, 1951, Langer’s body was finally discovered near Somerset Reservoir, in a particular area that had been searched extensively seven months earlier. Unfortunately, due to the conditions in which her remains were found, no cause of death could be ascertained.

Of the five disappearances mentioned, Langer was both the last individual to vanish, as well as the only whose body was eventually recovered. Aside from the general geographic area and time period in which these disappearances took place, no definitive connections have been identified to tie them together.

To this day, Langer’s cause of death remains undetermined, and the fates and whereabouts of the remaining four unknown. Whatever happened to all of them, it seems like something that the supposed “triangle” is keen on keeping to itself.

Thank you for reading. For more mystery or intrigue, here are my three of my previous stories for your leisure:


3 Scary Stories of Unexplained and Mysterious People Disappearances

1. The 4 Missing Germans

This story isn’t scary, but rather an unsolved/ mysterious vanishing case of 4 Germans during their vacation in the U.S. in 1996. It still baffles me. It’s 3 pages long, but well worth the read, especially because of the things they left behind. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so please click the link for the full story and photos.

Alien abduction? Transfered to another dimension? Murdered? Perhaps they ”disappeared” to start a new life? I’d love to hear your theories on this case:

In the morning of October 21, 1996, Death Valley National Park (DVNP) Ranger Dave Brenner was aboard a military helicopter somewhere in the skies over the southerly part of Death Valley. He was part of a routine aerial surveillance looking for clandestine drug manufacturing labs in the backcountry. Around 11 AM, he saw something unexpected: A vehicle in the wash of Anvil Canyon, approximately 2.4 miles downstream from Willow Spring, the head of Anvil Canyon.

Upon landing nearby, Brenner inspected the vehicle. It was a green, 1996 Plymouth Voyager van with California license plates. It was covered with considerable dust, as if it had been out there for some time. The van was clearly stuck in the wash, sunk up to its axles in the sand, with its two rear tires flattened and its left front tire also flat. Tracks left in the sand by the van suggested it had been driven at least 200’ with flat rear tires. The van was locked, with no sign of the owner. Brenner noted the license number and reported it back to the DVNP headquarters.

The vehicle, owned by Dollar Rent a Car, had been rented to a group of four German tourists in Los Angeles on July 8, 1996. The vehicle had been due back to the rental agency in Los Angeles on July 26, but had never been returned. It was the rental agency’s policy to wait at least 30 days past when a vehicle was due to report it stolen. Checking the names of the renters turned up an August 14th INTERPOL alert on them. They were Egbert Rimkus, 34, his son Georg Weber, 11, Egbert’s girlfriend Cornelia Meyer, 28, and her son Max Meyer, 4. Further investigation showed the group left Frankfurt and arrived in the United States at Seattle on July 8, then immediately flew to Los Angeles where they picked up their rental van. Because Egbert could not produce his driver’s license, Cornelia was recorded as the driver. The van was due back on July 26th and the group had tickets on TWA to return to Germany on July 27th. They were not on that flight, nor was there evidence of them leaving the USA.

2. The Dorothy Forstein Case

Philadelphian Dorothy Cooper Forstein appeared to be happily married, comfortably well-to-do, a loving mother, and well-liked. She was, in short, one of the last people anyone would imagine as a victim of one of the creepiest disappearances in American history.

In 1944, Dorothy had been married for two years to city magistrate Jules Forstein. The couple had three young children: Myrna and Marcy, his offspring from a previous marriage (Jules’ first wife, Molly, died sometime around 1940,) and their new baby, Edward. One evening in that year, Mrs. Forstein dropped her children off at a neighbor’s house so she could do some shopping. By the time she returned home, it was nearly dark. As she entered her house, someone suddenly sprang up and attacked her, beating the helpless woman into unconsciousness. Her fall knocked over the telephone, and when the operator heard strange noises coming from the instrument, she alerted the police.

Mrs. Forstein was found with her nose and jaw broken, and a shoulder fractured. She was also suffering from a concussion. After she regained consciousness, all she could say was, “someone jumped out at me.”

This was just the beginning. Read the rest of the story to find out what happened 5 years later and how she disappeared.

According to her daughter who was a witness Mrs. Forstein was unconscious before the mysterious man arrived to take her. I wonder what happened.

3. The Cowden Family

An entire family once disappeared from the Rogue River National Forest Campground in Oregon. On September 5, 1974, Richard Cowden and his wife Belinda, along with their two small children, David and Melissa, went camping for the Labor Day weekend. On Sunday morning, Richard was seen in nearby Copper, Oregon buying some milk. That was the last anyone ever saw of the Cowden family. When the family didn’t show up for a scheduled Sunday dinner at Richard Cowden’s mother’s place, local authorities conducted a search. The camp scene was like something out of The Twilight Zone. Trooper Lee Rickson stated: “That camp sure was spooky. Even the milk was still on the table”. Investigators found cooking utensils resting on a tree stump, fishing rods leaning against a tree and the family car was still parked above the campsite. Richard’s wallet and his wife’s purse were also discovered, with nothing apparently missing from them. There were no indications of a struggle.

If you’ve read any unexplained disapearances please feel free to share them.


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