10+ most mysterious deaths of all times

Mysterious things can happen in this world. But when those things involve a death and no witnesses or leads, they are the most intriguing of all. You've heard about some of these cases on the news, but some of them are unknown, like the identity of the killer or even the victim's. The death of all these people remains a mystery, and they are most likely to never be solved. Some of them were killed, and some of them… we just don't know. That's the creepy and unsettling part. Take a look at the 50 most mysterious deaths of all times. Death can sometimes be very mysterious, and these are the most intriguing cases of all times.

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ELISA LAM

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She was a hit on the internet a few years ago. There's footage of Elisa talking to herself and behaving oddly in the elevator of the Hotel she was staying in. Her body was found in a water tank at the same hotel after other guests complaint about the water taste. The tank cover was too heavy for her to remove it. No one knows what happened to Elisa.

RICKY MCCORMICK

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The body of Ricky McCormick was found in a field in Missouri. His body was badly decomposed but he had only been missing for three days. Along with the body, police found this note. No one knows what happened to Ricky or what does this note means.

BEAR BROOK STATE PARK

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In 1985 a metal drum was found in this park. Inside of it, the bodies of a woman and a young girl. The DNA showed that they were related, but they couldn't identify them. In 2000 another metal drum was found. Inside, the body of two little girls. One of them was related to the other two. Forensics said that the time of death was around 1977. The crimes remain unsolved.

BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM

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In 1943 a body was found by three little boys playing in the woods. The body was stucked inside the trunk of an elm. With it they found a wedding ring. Police determined that it was a 35 years old woman who had been pregnant but they never found any clues of who she was. Soon there were theories of witches and black masses, but people forgot about the case because they had other issues to worry about: The war. Until strange graffitis like this one appeared. They now say that "Bella" was a nazi spy, that's the most accurate version they could get, but the crime is still unsolved.

THE AXEMAN OF NEW ORLEANS

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In 1918 a murderer tormented the city of New Orleans. He killed women and a few men, but it was determined that he only killed men when they got in the middle. On March 13, 1919, a letter purporting to be from "The Axeman" was published in the newspapers, in which the author declared that he would kill again 15 minutes after midnight on March 19, but he would forgive the people who would be in the places where a jazz band would sound. That night all the ballrooms in New Orleans were filled with people, and amateur and professional bands played jazz at private parties in hundreds of homes throughout the city. Nobody died that night. The identity of the killer was never discovered, but there's a huge chance that he was a jazz musician.

KEN MCELROY

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He was called "The town bully" because he was accused of theft, rape, pedophilia and other stuff but he managed to escape justice. He was shot twice from different firearms in front of more than thirty witnesses. No one was ever charged for his murder.

TYLENOL MURDERS

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In 1982 seven people were poisoned to death in Chicago by some cyanide laced Tylenol capsules bought in different places. The company lost millions and there was paranoia all over the country. This case was never solved.

CHICKEN WINGS

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A homeless man was found beheaded in 1981 in San Francisco. There was also some chicken wings found in the place. A policewoman said that it was connected to black magic and that the murderer(s) would return to the place fortytwo days later. Everyone laugh at her. Forty Two days later, his head was found in the same place. No one was there to arrest them and the case remains unsolved.

THE SODDER CHILDREN

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In Christmas eve 1945 the house of the Sodder family burnt out entirely. But that's not the mystery: All five children of the family disappeared and never appeared again. There were no bodies found in the place, and there is no clue of what happened to them.

HINTERKAIFECK MURDERS

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The owner of the Hinterkaifeck farm discovered some weird footprints in the snow in 1922. The following days he heard some noises in the attic and found a newspaper that he never bought. Six inhabitants of the farm were killed with an axe and the crime was never solved.

THE FRIDGE KILLER

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In 1965 they found the body parts of an elderly couple wrapped neatly in the shelves of their home fridge. The only suspect was his son, but he was never seen again.

AMY LYNN BRADLEY

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In 1998, while on a cruise ship, 23 years old Amy Lynn Bradley disappeared after stepping out of her cabin early in the morning for a cigarette. A picture of someone very similar to Amy Lee Bradley was found in a porn website and a sailor claims to have seen Bradley in a brothel and that she ask him for help, but that was never proved.

MARY CELESTE

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Mary Celeste was a ship that was found adrift in the middle of the ocean without its crew in 1872. It was fill with provisions and in perfect conditions. There is still no clue of what may have happened to the crew, but, as you may imagine, there's a bunch of crazy theories.

JACK THE RIPPER

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One of the most famous ones. Five prostitutes from London were murdered in 1888 by the Whitechapel Killer and from there the mystery of Jack the Ripper was born. Even after more than 120 years, people are still looking for the elusive serial killer who mutilated the abdomen of their victims. The term ripperology is now used to refer to the study and analysis of its victims.

DANCING PLAGUE

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In 1518 a woman started to dance in Strasbourg, France. A week later, more than four hundred people were dancing non stop. They started to die from hunger, tiredness and heart attacks. They still don't know what caused this plague, but one theory says it was a case of collective hysteria.

JILL DANDO

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Jill Dando was curiously the presenter of the TV Show "Crimewatch" when she was shot in the middle of the street in 1999. Though it was the middle of the day, there were no witnesses. More than 2000 people were considered suspects, but there was no clue of who did it. It is still unsolved.

SUZY LAMPLUGH

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British real estate agent Suzy Lamplugh went missing in 1986 and she was never found. She was declared dead in 1994. The only clue police had was that she was having an appointment with a "Mr. Kipper", but they never knew who he was.

ADAM

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Adam was the name police gave to an unidentified young boy whose torso was discovered in the River Thames on 21 September 2001. Investigators believe the boy was likely from Nigeria and that several days before his murder, he was trafficked to the United Kingdom. No one had been charged with Adam's murder and his true identity remains unknown.

THE MOONLIGHT KILLER

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In the spring of 1946 a series of murders in Texarkana shocked the United States. The responsible was never found, and during the span the whole town panicked. The murderer received that name because he killed at night.

RAINBOW KILLER

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Thirteen gay men appeared killed in 2008 in a park in Carapicuiba, Brazil. They think that the killer maybe related to the police, but they never found him. The name of the killer comes from the rainbow flag used by gay community.

SHERGAR

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Shergar was the best racer of his time. He was worth millions of dollars, and probably that's why he was kidnapped in 1983. The kidnappers asked for several million dollars, but the rescue was never paid and the horse never appeared again.

LAURIA BIBLE AND ASHLEY FREEMAN

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Lauria and Ashley planned a sleepover at Ashley's mobile home. It was Ashley's birthday and her parents were also in the house. That night, a fire destroyed the mobile home and the police found the bodies of the Freemans, that had been shot in the head before the fire, but the two girls were never found. There are no clues of what may had happened to them.

BRIAN SHAFFER

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Brian Shaffer was 27 when he went to a bar with some friends and disappeared. He literally disappeared: there is no record of him leaving the bar or walking the streets in the security cameras. He had a trip with his planned girlfriend, where he was going to propose, and he was studying, there was no reason to disappear in a volatile way. His girlfriend called his cell phone every day and it was off, until six months later, there was a tone. No one answered the phone and no one has seen Brian since 2006.

GIRL SCOUTS MURDERS

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It was 1977. A note appeared in the tent of a Summer Camp counselor. It read "Three girls will be killed". Everyone thought it was a prank. Until three months later three girls were found killed. The case is still unsolved.

ATLAS VAMPIRE

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Stockholm, 1932. A prostitute is found murdered in her appartment. Would be a "normal" case in this list except for one single detail: The killer drained her blood and allegedly drank it. He was never found, but he still remains alive as The Atlas Vampire.

TOM THOMSON

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He was one of the most important painters in Canadian history. On July 8, 1917, his canoe was found overturned in a lake, containing a gallon of maple syrup, jam and rubber sheet. His body was found a week later, floating in that same lake. A fishing line was strapped in his ankle. It remains one of the biggest mysteries in Canada's recent history.

FREDERICK MCDONALD

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McDonald was a politician that vanished in his way to a meeting with the Premier of New South Wales in 1926. He was never seen again, and the main suspect killed himself a few years later, after being charged for another murder.

ALFRED ROUSE

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Alfred Rouse tried to pretend his own death in 1930 by burning his car with an unknown man inside. A witness saw him leaving the scene, and his plan failed. He was hanged. But the real mystery is: Who was the victim? For years they thought it was a man called Briggs that disappeared on his way to a doctor appointment, but recently his family arranged a DNA test to solve the mystery. It was negative. We now have two questions: Who was the victim? and What happened to Briggs?

JULIA WALLACE

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William Wallace received a phone call when he was at the Chess Club. Someone wanted to meet him at a particular address. Wallace went there only to find out that the address didn't exist. When he got home, he found his wife killed and he was sent to jail for her murder. But then he was sat free and the mystery of Julia Wallace murder remains.

LAETITIA TOUREAUX

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When Laetitia got in the subway that 1937 evening she was alone in the wagon. Three people got in at the next station, only to find Laetitia dead by stabbing. No one could ever determined what happened to her.

BRANDON LEE

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It is one of the biggest mysteries in Hollywood. Brandon died while filming a scene, the gun the other actor was handling was loaded with real bullets instead of fake ones for some unknown reason.

GEORGE REEVES

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Another famous actor. He was found dead with a gunshot in his head. Police said it was a suicide but there were some inconsistencies that may prove that was a murder. I guess we will never know the truth.

THE FEET

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From 2007 to 2011, twelve feet appeared in the shore of British Columbia, in different moments, with their shoes on and nothing else. Investigators thought that they either belonged to victims of the Tsunami in Asia or the work of a psycho. The answer is still unknown.

THE BOY IN THE BOX

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In February 1957 a college guy found a box that contained the body of a little child. There were signs everywhere with the photo of the kid but no one ever claimed the body. The cause of his death and his identity remains a mystery.

GHOST SHIPS OF JAPAN

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A few years ago fourteen wooden boats were found adrift in Japan, with several bodies in an advanced state of decomposition lying inside. There is no clue of where this boats came from and what happened to the people in them.

BETSY AARDSMA

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In 1969 a young woman called Betsy Aardsma was stabbed to death in one of the libraries of Penn State University. A few moments later, one man exited the library and said "Somebody better help that girl" to the person that was working at the front desk. That man was never identified. Since the wound was very small and she was wearing a red shirt, people didn't know she was murdered until she got to the hospital. The case is still open.

THE GRIMES SISTERS

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Barbara and Patricia Grimes went to the cinema to watch an Elvis Presley movie. No one saw them never again. The case shocked the United States. A lot of people said that they had seen the girls alive in different spots and dates. The main theory, actually, was that they had ran away to Memphis to live near Elvis, who asked them to come back. A month later their nude bodies were found at the side of a highway. There were no signs to indicate a cause of death, and the case is still unsolved.

THE YOGURT SHOP MURDERS

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In 1991 a Yogurt Shop in Austin, Texas was set on fire. After the fire was extinguished, they found four dead girls inside. Two men were charged but they were released because of a lack of proofs. No new charges have been filed and local media coverage remains ongoing. The Austin Police Department has five cold-case detectives working on the case.

WALKER COUNTY JANE DOE

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In 1980, a girl was seen in Texas asking for directions to the nearby prison where she was going to talk to a friend. She was found dead a few kilometers from there. They asked the prison inmates and no one ever recognized her. The case is still open.

AMANDA TUSING

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On June, 2000, Amanda Tusing vanished after leaving her fiance's house at around 11:30 p.m. Just a few hours later, her car was found abandoned in a highway. Three days later, Amanda's body was discovered in a ditch. There was no sign of sexual assault and the medical examiner could not confirm how she died.

WALKER FAMILY

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In 1959 the Walker family was found brutally strangled in their home in Florida. There's 567 suspects but not a clue of who did it. A serial killer confessed but it the authorities discarded it because he was a "pathological liar".

JEANNETTE DEPALMA

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Jeannette's body was found six weeks after her disappearance because a dog took one arm to its owner. There's been several versions about how the body was laid, but everyone of them remarks that it was most likely a strange rite. There was no cause of death discovered.

ARLIS PERRY

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Perry was studying at Stanford when one October night in 1974 she had a little quarrel with her husband. The next morning, she was found in a church. Her body lay next to the altar with an ice pick on her head, partially naked and they had sexually abused her with a candlestick. Her husband and the security guard who found her were declared innocent.

JONBENET RAMSEY

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The 6-year-old beauty pageants queen was found murdered in the basement of the family home in Boulder, Colorado, one day after Christmas 1996. Her family were the main suspects, but they were declared innocents. Today, the case is still unsolved.

LONG ISLAND RIPPER

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Police believe that the 10 groups of human remains found on Long Island could be the work of a serial killer. The bodies were found in 2010 and 2011, all dumped along the same desolate stretch of the coast.

JIMMY HOFFA

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The famous leader of the "Teamsters" was last seen in 1975 at a restaurant in Bloomfield, Michigan. For four decades, police have searched Hoffa's remains in several places, but they still do not know what happened to him or where he might be.

THE POMAR FAMILY

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The disappearance of the Pomar family kept Argentina on edge for several days. They were travelling from a city to another and vanished somewhere in between. There were a lot of theories: They said that the father had kidnapped them or that they ran away. But the truth was very different: They were found dead near the road. Their car crashed in a desolate place. The most terrible part is that they were alive for several hours, or maybe days.

NATALIE WOOD

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The body of actress Natalie Wood was found floating in the water a mile away where her yacht was anchored. She was spending the days with her husband and her friend Christopher Walken. No one knows what happened that night and what caused the death.

MADELEINE MCCANN

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This case shocked the entire world. While on vacations on Portugal, 3 years old Madeleine McCann went missing. Her parents were having dinner a few meters from her, who was in her room. The case is still giving more questions than answers.

TAMAN SHUD

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Taman Shud means "Finished" and that was written in a piece of paper found in a pocket. The pocket belonged to an unidentified man that was found in Somerton Beach, in Australia. They never knew who that man, where he came from or what had killed him. It remains one of the biggest mysteries in Australia and probably the world.

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