Saturday, March 27, 2010

Unsolved Mysteries

Saturday, March 27, 2010
As a kid growing up, I can remember always liking a good mystery. I'm not talking
about the kind of mystery that the hero or heroine of a mystery novel or television show
solves at the end, but real life mysteries: Are we being visited by aliens from other
planets? What happened to the ships and planes that disappeared in the Bermuda
Triangle? Do ghosts, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster really exist?

When it came to real life mysteries, I would leave no stone unturned in my quest for
answers, reading every book and news story I could get my hands on, and watching
every documentary that television had to offer. More often than not I came away
disappointed as the latest "evidence" was offered and easily dismissed. In the years
since I first started my quest for the truth, one mystery has consistently stood out and
piqued my interest: Who was 'Jack the Ripper'?

Of all the mysteries to latch onto, I still can't explain why this one. Sadly, there are
countless unsolved murder cases out there. Perhaps it's the Victorian London
backdrop, or the 'first modern serial killer' angle. Whatever the reason, I know that
I would feel a great deal of satisfaction if I were to somehow solve it. I would even
be satisfied if someone else did; just knowing the truth would be enough.

Is there a real-life mystery that captured your interest? If so, what about it interests
you and why?


SIS BJ said...

Hi Krys

I'm with you on the UFO's, ghost's, Bigfoot and Nessie. Of course I have seen a UFO and a few ghost's. Still looking for Bigfoot though.

The mystery that has captured my interest is the lost land of Atlantis. I watch shows and read books in hopes that it will be found. I'm still waiting.

They need to make a new movie about Jack the Ripper. I'd go see it!

Elle J Rossi said...


I think it would be a little sad to solve the mystery of Big Foot, The Loch Ness Monster and such. These mysteries have been around for so long, they've just become a part of us--all of us. I'd love for those sightings and tales to continue, so my children will also grow up in a world full of possibilities and what-ifs.

Jack the Ripper is an entirely different story. I can't imagine what loved ones went through not knowing, even though knowing could have potentially made it worse. (if that makes sense???)

I know you say you don't/won't write, but since this story has intrigues you for so long, maybe you could write a "fictional" version and solve the mystery in that way. Use all the facts that you know and mix it with your imagination and just see what you can come up with. Don't shoot this down right away. Get a notebook, jot some possibilities down and just see where it takes you!

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

Tori Lennox said...

I've always been fascinated by all the examples you gave. And what really happened to Amelia Earhart? Where is D.B. Cooper? And Jimmy Hoffa? I devoured books about mysterious disappearances when I was a kid.

I was somewhat amused recently when two different shows on two different channels claimed to have "solved" the Jack the Ripper case. They both had good reasons for their explanations to who he was but I don't think either one of them really solved anything.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Krys,

I remember your fascination for Jack the Ripper. You even gave me a book to read once, and I saw it not long ago. (I'll have to find it and finish reading it and return it to you. I hope you don't charge late fees!)

I've always enjoyed the mysteries surrounding all of the creatures you mentioned as well as mysteries about people. Along with Jack the Ripper and the people that Tori mentioned, I would add JFK.

I don't consider myself to be a conspiracy theorist, but I've never quite agreed that Lee Harvey Oswald was responsible for the whole thing.

I believe that there a lot of things that the general public are shielded from...aliens being one of them. I'd like to know what some of the highest officials know...I think I would anyway. Maybe there are reasons we don't always know the whole truth, mass hysteria being one of them.

I've often said if I had to do it all over again, I think I would be a detective of some sort. I love a good mystery and I love to figure things out.

SIS Bren

Chris Behrens said...

BJ: I forgot about Atlantis, that's a good one! My guess is Santorini, but there's not much proof to back that up.

Elle: I think maybe solving one of those mysteries might lead to even more mysteries, but who knows? I know what you mean though. And per your suggestion, I will give it a try, but no promises...

Tori: Three more good examples of classic mysteries! I think I saw both those shows, and it seems like nowadays anyone with a theory pertaining to a mystery, no matter how well researched it is, is getting a television show.

Brenda: Very good points, and THAT'S where that book disappeared to! Just kidding, I had forgotten all about it. And I agree about JFK, I think Oswald was the shooter but there's a lot more to it that we don't know.

Sorry I'm so late in responding, just got back from RenFest.

Beth Ciotta said...

Oooh. Great topic, Krys. Love real-life mysteries. Everything mentioned thus far is of great interest to me. I've also always been intrigued by.... I can't think what they're called. I believe they're in Mexico. And I know there's one in Great Britain shaped like a Celtic horse. The ones in Mexico, I think one is shaped like a spider. It's those carvings in the ground, in the fields, actual objects that can only be recognized from the air. They've been there for centuries. Some people wonder if maybe aliens used them as markers for landing. Do you know what I'm referring to? What the heck are they called?

As far as Jack the Ripper, did you read the book Patrica Cornwell wrote a few years ago? She was obsessed with the case, investigated and came up with a theory of her own.

SIS Beth

SIS BJ said...

Hi Beth
The Celtic ones are of a giant and a white horse. Both are made of chalk. I can't think of the name of the others but I know what you are talking about.

What about Crop Circles. I think the earliest ones are real.

SIS BJ said...


The carvings are in South America near Peru. They are called Nazca Lines or the markings of the "Star Gods".

Chris Behrens said...

Beth - Yup, BJ is right on, they're called Nazca lines in Peru, but there are examples all over the world. It almost seems like they were drawn for someone/something in the sky to see, but who/what? Their gods, perhaps? And thanks for the book suggestion, it's one I haven't read!

I neglected to mention that I'm also fascinated my mysteries of the mind, like ESP, telekinesis, etc. The human mind is so complex and hasn't been fully tapped, so who knows what it's capable of?

Has anyone here seen a UFO? And I don't mean just a light on the sky :) Ever has an experience that could be called ESP?

Beth Ciotta said...

BJand Krys, YES! That's exactly what I was talking about although the word I had in mind and couldn't think of was 'crop circles'--another one BJ mentioned. I didn't realize the shapes were actually called Nazca lines. What then are 'crop circles?'

Oh, and Krys, as a Renn Faire LOVER, I hope you'll blog about the allure next week or sometime soon. :)

SIS Beth

SIS BJ said...


Crop Circles appear in crops or fields overnight. They come in many shapes and symbols. Some are created by people. Many appear in England. Look up crop circles. They are cool to look at.

SIS BJ said...


I'm with Beth on the Renn Faire. Let us know about it.

The only UFO I ahve seen is a light. I can't read peoples minds but I do some times know when things are going to happen. When I dream of an earthquake I wake up to find out a major one hit somewhere in the world. Does that count?

Chris Behrens said...

BJ & Beth,

Yup, I would say that counts. And the Nazca lines in Peru are called that because they are located in the Nazca desert.

Blog about RenFest? I suppose I could do that. Not exactly sure what to say or how to turn it into a discussion. Any suggestions?

Wendy Houghton said...

I like all of the unsolved mysteries posted. I was thinking about my choice and forgot all about Atlantis. That one has fascinated me for most of my life.

Personally, I think there are so many mysteries out there that we could never possibly solve all of them. Something will always capture our collective imaginations that will require countless hours of investigations, books and documentaries.

Back to my choice(s) - I pick Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle.

Wendy Houghton said...

Sis BJ -

Forgot to tell you that yes, your dreams about events coming true does count!

A dream I once had took place somewhere where a lot of people were gathered. I didn't recognize the place, but some of the people were familiar - they were family.

I couldn't tell what the event was, but as I was looking around, I noticed that the people were no longer living. Then I noticed my Grandmother (who was living at the time). She looked the way she always had - nothing striking or unusual.

I woke up with a sense of uncertainty because I had no reference for the dream. A few days later, my dad called saying that my Grandmother passed.

So, is ESP, Telepathy, and the like real? Can they ever be proven? Sounds like a new blog topic. ;)

SIS BJ said...

Hi Wendy

Very interesting dream. I never know where my dream are happening so I feel bad that I can't warn people.

I don't think Esp and such can be proven. I kinda like it that way.

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