Unsolved Mysteries of the World

We have a collection of articles, reports and stories of the worlds unsolved mysteries, conspiracies and paranormal phenomena.

Burke & Hare Murder Dolls

Just a few years after the “Anatomy Murderers” Burke and Hare were apprehended in Edinburgh, two boys discovered these tiny dolls, each nested into a miniature coffin hidden away in the city park.

At first theories on the dolls significance ranged from witchcraft to child’s toys, but eventually it began to seem that the 17 tiny figures could be effigies for the 17 murder victims a decade earlier.

Billy the Kid

Did Pat Garrett Really Kill Billy the Kid?

The story of Billy The Kid remains one of the more popular from the Wild West period of history in the United States, with many outlaws and bandits achieving folk hero status due to their wild and uncompromising ways as well as a love of gambling and poker and a rough-and-tumble lifestyle. Like other outlaws, Billy the Kid (who was born William Henry McCarty, Jr. but also used the names William H. Bonney and Henry Antrim) actually wasn’t well-known for much of his lifetime, catapulting to fame just a few months before his death when New Mexico governor Lew Wallace put a price on his head.

Billy the Kid’s death would lead to one of the more persistent unsolved mysteries of the Wild West which is still debated today. Sheriff Pat Garrett was credited with killing Billy the Kid at Fort Sumner New Mexico in 1881, but rumors immediately surfaced as far as to not just the way that Billy the Kid was killed but to his final resting place — as well as the potentially more shocking theory that Pat Garrett never killed Billy the Kid at all and instead killed an innocent man that he passed off as Billy the Kid.

Some believe that Billy the Kid not only escaped death at Garrett’s hands but actually lived until 1950, using the names Brushy Bill and William Henry Roberts before his death in Hico, TX. In 2007 an attempt was planned to exhume the grave of William Henry Roberts and compare the DNA to that of Billy the Kid’s mother but the exhumation never occurred. Other investigators have proposed exhuming the grave of Billy the Kid at Fort Sumner but there’s no clear consensus on exactly where his grave is located, as the entire cemetery was flooded and destroyed several times in the past and Billy the Kid’s purported grave marker has been stolen and moved numerous times.

Like some unsolved mysteries,this one may never be unraveled, as far as whether or not Garrett was bluffing (like some of the best online Texas Holdem poker players – http://www.pokerjunkie.com/best-texas-holdem.html) or if it really was Billy the Kid that he shot and who was buried at Fort Sumner back in 1881. Without reliable DNA to test it’s impossible to debunk or prove claims to Billy the Kid’s ultimate fate, likely leading to only more speculation in the future.

The Flayed Man

His cousin painted nubile beauties in flirtatious poses. He skinned, preserved, and posed dead bodies.

Honore Fragonard was not normal, by anyone’s definition. He was a gifted anatomist,

Severed Head

There are many stories of severed heads surviving for minutes after an execution, but only one headless body that stood up and took a stroll – on this very day 610 years ago.

Part 3

Electrical Interference
One effect of a paranormal haunting is perhaps more conclusive and inexplicable than any other. This is the mysterious and alarming draining of power from electrical devices such as cameras, scientific instruments and torches, making detailed

Al Qaeda

Your thoughts on this, 2 days after 9/11  on the 13th Sept all flights were grounded .One aircraft took of from Florida containing members of the Saudi Royal family and ……..members of bin ladens family ? was this before the FBI could catch up with them?

The Glory Hole

Located at the Monticello Dam at Lake Berryessa in Northern California, this gigantic drain acts as the lake’s spillway.

Technically known as the Morning Glory Spillway it is locally, somewhat more colorfully, known as “The Glory Hole.” When the dam reaches capacity, the spillway swallows water at a rate of 48,800 cubic feet per second, emptying about 700 feet away through an enormous concrete pipe. Not a safe place to swim, in 1997, a UC Davis graduate student was pulled into the glory hole while swimming and drowned.

The dam and spillway were constructed between 1953 and 1957, choking off Putah Creek and drowning the remains of the town of Monticello. At very low water levels, the foundations of the town can be seen in parts of the lake. The outside diameter is 72 feet, slowly narrowing to 28 feet at the exit. While this is the largest drain of its kind, there are other Glory Hole spillways around the world, including one in Whiskeytown Lake, and in Northern California.

Daring skateboarders have been known to use the exit of the spillway as a ramp in the dry season.

You can see the Glory Hole from the lake, but it is cordoned off from boaters and swimmers for safety reasons.

By kind permission of alasobscura

How to Tell if your House is Haunted Part 2

Temperature Drop
It is impossible to change the temperature permanently in a small corner of a room. This is why experts cite cold spots (or hot spots) as one of the most conclusive pieces of evidence in a haunting. Stand in the room you think is the centre of the paranormal activity and slowly move around, feeling for any fluctuations in temperature. Close all windows and doors and block any cracks with draught excluders. Of course, if you still feel a breeze in the room with no explanation, this is evidence in itself! If you can afford it, invest in a thermal imaging camera. These are less expensive than they used to be and reveal and record cold and hot spots where they occur. Keep in mind that while this equipment will give undeniable proof that there is a temperature fluctuation in the room, the cause of it could be something more mundane than spirits.

How to Tell if your House is Haunted Part One

Do you have a poltergeist, spook, spectre or spirit? Is your house very old or the scene of a past tragedy? Many things can give your house a spooky feeling, but how can you tell if you really do have a ghost rattling the pipes at night or if you just watched too many horror movies? Here are a few signs to watch out for to determine if your haunting is more than a figment of your imagination.

A Lingering Smell
One aspect of a true haunting that cannot be faked or easily mistaken is a curious smell that comes and goes in a certain area in the house. You should investigate any potential causes of the odour, but bear in mind that things such as underground pipes or hidden animal routes might prove to be the cause. Smells that indicate a haunting include wafts of perfume in a house where nobody wears any scent, which could indicate the presence of an old lady ghost; flowers, which may mean a particularly emotional funeral or wake was held in the house; or more disturbingly, a putrid smell like rotting flesh or vegetables.

Mystery Of The Bullet Trick

On the evening of March 23, 1918, the famous Chinese illusionist Chung Ling Soo shocked his audience when he suddenly called out in perfect English “Oh my God. Something’s happened. Lower the curtain.” Chung Ling Soo also known as William Ellsworth Robinson died the following day from the bullet wound he received on stage during a trick gone horribly wrong.

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