25 People On The One Unsolved Mystery They Wish They Had More Answers About

Not even Ask Reddit can figure out the answers to these unsolvable mysteries.

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1. Who predicted JFK’s death?

“On the morning JFK was assassinated in Dallas, a telephone operator in California overheard a female caller predicting that the president was going to be killed that morning at 10:30, which he was. It seemed that the caller was trying to reach someone else and called the operator by mistake. It was reported to the FBI an hour after the murder. The call was untraceable, and to this day nobody knows who that woman was.” — Scrappy_Larue

2. What happened to the girl in my HS who was murdered?

“Not so much a fascination as just wanted it to be solved and for the family to see justice. I went to school with a girl named Brittany Philips. Very sweet girl, everyone liked her. Smart. Funny. Pretty. After high school we lived in nearby apartment complexes. She was MIA for a few days until her friend discovered her dead, no forced entry, in her apartment. This was 13 years ago and they still haven’t solved it. Her Mother has dedicated her life to what she calls her ‘Caravan to Catch a Killer.’ She has vinyls covering her car with Brittany’s pictures and pertinent details of the murder listed. She travels all over the US handing out flyers and talking to strangers, hoping someone, somewhere, will see a link, or have heard someone say something that will find who did this. Over the years, we’ve watched her mourn, fight, save, spend, and never ever give up hope that she make eye contact with the man who murdered her baby.

Aside from knowing Brittany before she passed away, I was also having apartment troubles at the time she was murdered. I called the police several times because I would come home from work to my apartment having been used by someone else- banana peels in the trash when I never bought any, dishes in the dishwasher that I didn’t wash, the patio door unlocked and cracked open, underwear and other clothing turning up missing (I lived by myself) My front door was locked when I came home every single time. The police thought I was a bitter until I received a phone bill for $500. Someone had been coming in my apartment while I was working and using my phone to call 1-900 numbers to have themselves some sexy chats.

I’ve always wondered if it was possible that the person coming into my home had been doing the same to Brittany, if maybe it was the same person altogether, if maybe she caught him there so he did what he did in the spur of the moment, or maybe it was all planned. Either way, I feel like it was someone who worked maintenance for one or both of the complexes.” — Alliekat1282

3. Who killed thirty women in Texas?

“This one is small and local but I live a few miles away from the Texas city killing fields. Since the 70s, 30 female bodies were recovered in fields following an interstate highway. No convicted murderer. It bothers me knowing all those people were just dumped like garbage.” — mustardcorndog69

4. What happened to Jeanette DePalma?

“The unsolved murder of Jeanette DePalma in the 1970’s. Supposedly her body was discovered surrounded by crude objects resembling crosses, leading many to speculate sacrifice by witches or satanists. However, it later seemed as though no two officers on the scene could seem to agree on what was actually found there.

Everything else about the case just feels “off” as well. First you had her parents’ detached, almost nonchalant reaction to the discovery of her body; then you had all the vague, contradictory descriptions of her character by family and peers.

The story dominated the news for several weeks, only to abruptly disappear from mention.

Even now, there are people in her town reluctant to discuss the event.” — leodragon39

5. Who was the Axeman of New Orleans?

“The Axeman of New Orleans, who would spare those with Jazz playing. This letter, apparently written by the axeman, was published in a local newspaper: ‘Hell, March 13, 1919

Esteemed Mortal:

They have never caught me and they never will. They have never seen me, for I am invisible, even as the ether that surrounds your earth. I am not a human being, but a spirit and a demon from the hottest hell. I am what you Orleanians and your foolish police call the Axeman.

When I see fit, I shall come and claim other victims. I alone know whom they shall be. I shall leave no clue except my bloody axe, besmeared with blood and brains of he whom I have sent below to keep me company.

If you wish you may tell the police to be careful not to rile me. Of course, I am a reasonable spirit. I take no offense at the way they have conducted their investigations in the past. In fact, they have been so utterly stupid as to not only amuse me, but His Satanic Majesty, Francis Josef, etc. But tell them to beware. Let them not try to discover what I am, for it were better that they were never born than to incur the wrath of the Axeman. I don’t think there is any need of such a warning, for I feel sure the police will always dodge me, as they have in the past. They are wise and know how to keep away from all harm.

Undoubtedly, you Orleanians think of me as a most horrible murderer, which I am, but I could be much worse if I wanted to. If I wished, I could pay a visit to your city every night. At will I could slay thousands of your best citizens, for I am in close relationship with the Angel of Death.

Now, to be exact, at 12:15 (earthly time) on next Tuesday night, I am going to pass over New Orleans. In my infinite mercy, I am going to make a little proposition to you people. Here it is:

I am very fond of jazz music, and I swear by all the devils in the nether regions that every person shall be spared in whose home a jazz band is in full swing at the time I have just mentioned. If everyone has a jazz band going, well, then, so much the better for you people. One thing is certain and that is that some of your people who do not jazz it on Tuesday night (if there be any) will get the axe.

Well, as I am cold and crave the warmth of my native Tartarus, and it is about time I leave your earthly home, I will cease my discourse. Hoping that thou wilt publish this, that it may go well with thee, I have been, am and will be the worst spirit that ever existed either in fact or realm of fancy.'” — Danvan90

6. What was actually seen during The Westall UFO Landing?

“During recess, hundreds of students and dozens of teachers witness a disc-shaped object, twice the size of a family car, fly over their school then descend in a nearby field. After 20 minutes on the ground, the craft reportedly ascends and flies off at incredible speed.

The former students, now adults, reported the presence of military personnel and unknown government officials at the school and the field where the UFO landed.

Officially, the Royal Australian Air Force claims they had no aircraft in the area at the time and a nearby civilian air field also reported no aircraft in the vicinity at the time. The best explanation, from the Australian Skeptics, is that the students and teachers saw an experimental military aircraft.” — Chicken_Burp

7. What happened to the missing man in my hometown?

“There was a guy in my hometown who went missing. Many years later, someone spots him at a McDonalds in Kentucky. When approached about why he went missing, guy bolts out of the restaurant without getting his order and is never seen again. He was in no trouble with the law as far as the investigators can tell.” — USSRguy

8. What happened to Charles Morgan?

“I got onto an Unsolved Mysteries binge a couple years ago (the episodes were taken down). One of the stories was about this dude named Charles Morgan. His story took place in the 70s in Phoenix, AZ. He was a businessman running an escrow company & involved with some shady shit, money laundering allegedly – he turned up at his wife’s after a period of going missing. He informed her he couldn’t speak, that he was tortured, and had hallucinogens painted on his throat. As he recovered he informed her he was working as an agent for the federal government, fighting crime. He went super paranoid and left to visit his Father, explaining if anything happened there was a letter that would explain everything. He went missing the next day. Nine days later, Chuck’s wife, Ruth, received a call from a woman calling herself ‘Green Eyes’ who said Chuck was okay and referenced a Bible verse: Ecclesiastes 12:1-8, before hanging up. Out in the desert, a few days later his car and body were found. The police ruled it as a suicide, but Morgan was found wearing a bullet proof vest. Why would a man wearing a bullet proof vest kill himself? They also found his tooth wrapped in a hankerchief in the car, a $2 dollar bill with some notes written on it, and his gun. One of the notes written on the bill was ‘Ecclesiastes 12.’

While the police viewed it as a suicide, his wife and family thought something was suspicious and not adding up. So did investigative journalist, Don Devereux who was operating in the area. Devereux was writing and forming pieces against the mob in Phoenix. He took an interest in the Charles Morgan case and began investigating. This would eventually come to a head with a man named Doug Johnston and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Doug Johnston’s story was another featured in Unsolved Mysteries. In 1990, Doug Johnston was going through his regular morning routine. He got in his car and left for work at a graphics company. An hour later he was found dead in his car. Apparently he had shot himself in the back of the head, behind the left ear inside his vehicle, committing suicide – after parking his car at the city parking lot near his place of work. The strangeness of this was, Johnston was in fact right handed. Additionally, no gun, nor gun shot residue was found on Johnston. The suicide itself resembled a professional execution. But by all accounts, Doug Johnston himself, did not have a lot of enemies – certainly none that would exact a murder against him. Where this takes an eerie turn is there was a man who did have a lot of enemies, a man who prodded the Phoenix mob and was investigating the Charles Morgan case – and that man was Don Devereux.

You see, Don, as it just so happened, lived across the street from the parking lot where Doug Johnston was, let’s call it what it was, murdered. And you know what’s even stranger? Don Devereux’s residence was only one digit in difference from the graphics shop. But beyond that, the perhaps weirdest coincidence was, Devereux’s car. You see Don Devereux drove a Toyota station wagon which would be of no consequence except for the fact that Doug Johnston drove the same kind of car. The cars looked almost identical. Devereux suspected that Doug Johnston’s death wasn’t a suicide, but rather a botched assassination. That the killer was actually targeting investigative journalist Devereux and NOT graphic designer Doug Johnston. Devereux thought it had a tie in with the Charles Morgan case as he was digging deeper into that – he learned Morgan, the case from earlier, was involved with a money laundering operation.

Danny Casolaro was another separate story that aired on Unsolved Mysteries. Danny was a writer based out of Washington D.C. and he was investigating the INSLAW case. INSLAW was a computer company that created PROMIS, a program that was sold to the US government that was a precursor to modern databases, so it databased criminals and criminal activities. There was an exclusivity agreement between INSLAW and the US government, Department of Justice. What ended up happening, allegedly, was copies of PROMIS were distributed to other countries intelligence agencies, breaching the agreement. Additionally, the distributed copies were tampered by the government, again allegedly, to have a keyhole for the CIA, so they could access the distributed copies and spy on other foreign governments. The weird part is that the contract between the US and INSLAW ended in 1982. But that didn’t stop copies of PROMIS showing up around the world.

Well the DOJ made a run at trying to bankrupt INSLAW and drive the creators out of business. The whole thing ended up implicating a lot of government officials and possibly even a Presidential campaign. The INSLAW affair touched on a lot of issues, possibly even going into Iran-Contra. Numerous people have disappeared in relation to INSLAW. Casolaro was heavily investigating the INSLAW affair and particularly how it tied in with other shady misdoings. Casolaro called it “The Octopus” where in a clandestine government organization was involved with numerous criminal enterprises. According to Elliot Richardson, the attorney representing the INSLAW company creator (Bill Hamilton) – Casolaro had told him he was very close to tying everything together. Richardson, formerly was the Attorney General under the Nixon administration, who resigned when Nixon wanted him to fire the prosecutor leading the Watergate investigation. Richardson by all accounts was the most clean and well regarded individual involved. Casolaro told Richardson he was going to meet his source in West Virginia for more information that would conclude everything.

Danny went to the hotel room in Martinsburg, West Virginia in August 1991.

He never came back.

Casolaro was found in the bath tub, filled with bloody bath water. Authorities ruled that he had committed suicide, by slashing his wrists 12 times. Some of the wounds went down to bone. Additionally, all of Casolaro’s notes and papers were missing. Danny’s brother, Dr. Tony Casolaro and the family wanted an autopsy performed. However one was not, the body was hastily embalmed against the family’s wishes, which is illegal in West Virginia. Prior to his death, Casolaro had told Tony, if anything happened to him don’t believe it. Tony did not find his brother to be suicidal or depressed, but jovial and fun. Danny also complained about receiving numerous prank calls and threats to his personal home. During the funeral in Arlington, Virginia, Dr. Tony Casolaro observed an unknown man dressed in high-ranking formal military attire arrived and was escorted in. The man, wearing sunglasses, did not speak to anyone, but placed a medal on the coffin of Danny Casolaro. He saluted and then left. To this day the man has not been identified. What makes the encounter even stranger is, Danny had no career in the military.

Earlier in 1991, Don Devereux out in Phoenix was reached by a journalist with a fuck ton of information on Charles Morgan. Prior to his death, Casolaro’s investigation had led him into looking into the case of Charles Morgan. Why would he be looking into an almost 20 year old murder in Phoenix, when he was investigating the government in Washington DC? He reached out to Devereux for more information. The two were going to exchange information about the Charles Morgan case, but before Devereux could mail the files – Danny was found dead in the hotel room of an apparent suicide. Devereux said, ‘Of all the ways Danny Casalaro might have committed suicide, slashing his wrists a dozen times is the least likely way he would have done it.’

Six months later, Devereux would confirm that a contract had indeed been placed on him. He reached out to a CIA official and Israeli Informant who confirmed that threats were sent to Devereux. He learned from another journalist that there had been an active hit placed on him, and that Doug Johnston was mistakenly killed. He also learned that a number of other people wanted him (Devereux) dead. To this day none of the murders have been solved.

What made this fascinating to me was just the large scale and seemingly unrelatedness of it all. On Unsolved Mysteries, these all aired as separate segments, until they it became clear they were more closely associated than anyone ever thought.” — Jay_Eye_MBOTH_WHY

9. Who is Le Loyon?

“He wears a cloak and gas mask and walks around the woods… has for ten years, in Switzerland. He’s harmless. Sometimes he watches people and just ignores them. Nobody can do anything about him since he isn’t really breaking any laws. Nobody knows who he is or why he’s doing it, though.” — evilman911

10. What happened to Madeline McCann?

“It’s been so long since she went missing on a family holiday in Portugal after being left alone with her younger twin siblings whilst her parents went out to a restaurant. What actually happened that night?” — The1983

11. Who was the man in the Tamam Shud case?

“A dead man is found on a beach in South Australia with the words Tamam Shud – ‘it is finished’ in Persian – written on a scrap of paper in his pocket. A man in New Zealand finds the copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam from which the paper had been torn, and there’s a few lines of an unbreakable code written in the back of the book. Nobody has ever figured out who the man was or how he got there.” — WaifuManchu

12. What happened to the Japanese Ghost Ships?

“In the last decade there have been a number ships showing up in Japan. Everyone on board is dead.” — mapbc

13. What are number stations?

“They are radio stations that send a code of formatted numbers or other messages on regular intervals. They are believed to be for military or espionage use and date back to the cold war, especially since many have been traced back to originate from military facilities. It’s also believed that some may just transmit regularly to make sure the frequency is not being used by others.

Point is, they are radio stations that transmit encrypted codes at regular intervals and barely no one knows what they are for or what these codes mean.” — tobiderfisch

14. Who murdered eleven women in New Mexico?

“In 2009 the skeletal remains of 11 woman were found in a mass grave on the outskirts of Albuquerque, NM. Many of the woman were identified as runaways and prostitutes but many others were never identified.

It is confirmed that the killings were the work of a serial killer that was active between 2001 and 2005 and never caught. There are suspects- but nothing concrete. I always found it strange how there is so little media coverage of this considering it is an active serial killer.

I live a couple miles away from where the bodies were found and it is always a little creepy- knowing I’ve likely met the killer. Or perhaps I even work with him.” — Myhandsunclean

15. What object did I see in the sky?

“On my way home from a trip to Arizona, I saw this absolutely gigantic burning object in the sky. It looked like jumbo jet or something. I had no idea what it was and if not for my husband and our other relatives in the car also seeing it, I probably would have passed it off as being tired. But the thing flew down from the sky and “landed” behind some hills probably a few miles from the freeway. I say landed, but I don’t really know since we didn’t see an explosion, fire, smoke, or anything after it went behind the hills.

We checked the news and stuff for the next couple weeks and never heard anything. If it was a plane, I assume there would have been a big deal about it since our area is usually pretty boring, and if it were a meteorite, we would be dead cause of the sheer size.

To this day I can’t really wrap my head around it.” — Huuballawick

16. Where the hell is Robert Fisher?

“He killed his entire family then successfully dipped out without ever being caught.” — novababyy__

17. Why did Napoleon got freaked out by the pyramids?

“Holy shit, this is my favorite historical mystery of all time. Early in Napoleon’s military career he led an invasion force into Egypt. While touring inside a pyramid, he asked to be left alone for a while. When his entourage returned, he was completely pale and looking to be in shock. He did not explain why and demanded that they never mention it again. At the very end of his life he started to finally tell someone what happened, but then stopped himself, explaining that the story wouldn’t be believed anyway. He died without revealing the truth, and unless some unknown diary is uncovered we will never know.

My personal favorite theory is that he saw a vision of Alexander the Great, who had previously led an invasion of Egypt and would serve as a model for much of Napoleon’s career.” — MKorostoff

18. What happened to my dad’s best friend?

“My dad’s dad had a friend who he would always go fishing with. They hunted, owned horses, and were best friends. Then one day his friend just disappeared out of nowhere. No leads to anything. Everything seemed okay, no debt, paid off house, no enemies, nothing was taken or moved from his house too, like he just got up and left. It’s been almost 20 years and no one knows what happened to him. Really interesting…” — L000000000000L

19. What happened during the Yogurt Shop Murders?

“The Yogurt Shop Murders in Austin Texas. 4 girls, 2 part time yogurt shop employees, other 2 younger sister and friend were ambushed closing down a yogurt shop. Bodies found killed execution style, some signs of sexual abuse, shop in flames when police arrived. Killers have never been found and it’s in a very popular strip mall in Austin.” — Walkerbait97

20. What happened to the Springfield Three?

“The Springfield Three. Two girls went to a party, then went to one of the girl’s mother’s house. Next morning they were nowhere to be seen, and were never found.

To clarify, two girls were staying with one of their mothers, and all 3 were missing the next morning.” — urchigold

21. What happened to the boy who broke down?

“The one where that poor boys car breaks down so while he’s talking to his parents on the phone his call suddenly drops and they never find his body.” — Ladybugsrred

22. What happened on the Mary Celeste?

“That ship from 1842 that left port normally with its crew and cargo and was later found in the ocean completely abandoned. The crew completely vanished.” — PagliacciGrim

23. What happened to the MH370?

“MH370 – the fact in this day and age we can lose a airplane carrying 239 people and have absolutely no idea what happened to it or where it ended up baffles me. They found a piece of its wing that washed up on the beach in Madagascar but that’s all.. so they know it’s crashed but there’s still so many questions that will probably forever go unknown.” — aperture81

24. What happened to my doppelganger?

“There is an unsolved kidnapping of a child that has the same name as me, was born one day earlier, and whose friend was called “Kevin” by the police – the name of my best friend.

I know it’s just a coincidence, but still… It’s weird to think about.” — Kuchenjaeger

25. Why did people disappear in the mountains?

“The astounding number of people who disappeared in the mountains / national parks and are later found dead, miles away from where they went missing… And (that’s the part that is bugging me the most;) without their shoes.” — Kvltofu Thought Catalog Logo Mark 

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