30 Famous Historical Mysteries That Continue to Baffle Us

By Jack Ripley | December 18, 2023

Where Is the Lost City Of Atlantis?

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First mentioned by the philosopher Plato in his dialogues "Timaeus" and "Critias," the fabled city of Atlantis was said to have sunk beneath the waves in a single day of catastrophic earthquakes and floods. So where is Atlantis - if it even exists? The Greek island of Santorini is actually the remnant of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred around 1600 BCE, and some believe that this cataclysmic event, which destroyed the Minoan civilization on nearby Crete, is also what sunk Atlantis - which now would be nearby under the Mediterranean Sea. Others note that underwater structures have been discovered in the Caribbean, suggesting that they could be the ruins of the fabled city. In a more unconventional twist, some researchers suggest that Atlantis may have been located in the heart of the Sahara Desert. The Richat Structure, also known as the "Eye of the Sahara," is a striking geological formation that bears a striking resemblance to Plato's description of the concentric rings of water and land that characterized Atlantis. Lastly, and most probably, is the theory that Atlantis was an invention of Plato. If this is the case, the search for Atlantis is just a wild goose chase. 

Who Killed Elizabeth Short?

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Elizabeth Short was a 22 year old waitress and aspiring actress whose life was cut tragically short in 1947 in the most grotesque way possible, making her name forever synonymous with the name "Black Dahlia". She had been brutally murdered, with her body cut in half and posed in a ghastly manner. The Black Dahlia case has remained unsolved for over 70 years, becoming one of the most infamous murder mysteries in American history. One of the most intriguing theories is that Short was killed by a doctor, as her body was drained of blood and surgical techniques had been used in the murder. Doctors including George Hill Hodel, Jr. and Walter Bayley have been proposed as suspects, although there is little concrete evidence. Another suspect was Mark Hansen, a nightclub owner who Short lived with for a brief period of time. Finally, some people believe that the Black Dahlia murder is linked to serial killings like the Chicago Lipstick Murders or the Cleveland Torso Murders. While theories will continue to be put forward, the identity of Elizabeth Short's killer remains a haunting mystery.