30 Forgotten Mysteries From The Past

By Jack Ripley | March 11, 2024

What Happened To Amelia Earhart?

This gallery of 30 famous unsolved mysteries from history will bring you across the globe and through the centuries, introducing you to enigmas that have puzzled scholars, intrigued investigators, and captured the public's imagination. From the ghostly murmurs of vanished civilizations to chilling tales of inexplicable events, these mysteries have withstood the onslaught of time, maintaining their veil of secrecy. As you explore, remember: every mystery is a door waiting to be opened, a question yearning for an answer. Will you be the one to solve the unsolvable? Let your journey into the heart of history's greatest mysteries begin...

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Born in 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart was a groundbreaking pilot and feminist icon. She set numerous altitude and speed records throughout her career in the aviation world, and was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In June 1937, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, set out on a 29,000-mile journey to travel across the globe - a voyage they would never finish. In July, while attempting to locate the remote Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean, contact with Earhart's plane was suddenly lost. Despite extensive search efforts, no trace of Earhart and Noonan was ever found. One theory is that they crash-landed into the pacific and drowned; another is that they made an emergency landing on the nearby uninhabited island of Nikumaroro, eventually succumbing to the elements. The discovery of various artifacts on the island, such as clothing remnants, has lent credence to this theory, but nothing conclusive has been found. 

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.