Mysteries in American History

Disappearances & Mysterious Deaths:

Alcatraz Escape – The June 1962 Alcatraz escape may have been the only successful escape from Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in that facility’s history. On the night of June 11 or early morning of June 12, inmates Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris tucked papier-mâché heads resembling their own likenesses into their beds, broke out of the main prison building via an unused utility corridor, and departed Alcatraz Island aboard an improvised inflatable raft to an uncertain fate.

D.B. Cooper – Disappearing Into the Wilderness – D.B. Cooper is an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 1971, extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted to an uncertain fate.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart’s Fateful Flight – There is almost no physical evidence to reveal what happened to Ameila Earhart or her plane.

The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis – Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was only 35 when he died of gunshot wounds sustained along a perilous Tennessee trail called Natchez Trace. Two hundred years later, debate continues over whether the famous explorer committed suicide or was murdered.

The Disappearance of Joseph Force Crater – An allegedly corrupt New York State Supreme Court judge, Crater vanished soon after then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt named him to the bench. After hailing a cab he was never seen again.

Albert Jennings Fountain – Missing in the DesertSoldier, lawyer, and politician, the mystery surrounding Albert Jennings Fountain’s disappearance in the deserts of southern New Mexico has puzzled lawmen and historians for more than a century. Also See: The Fountain Murders: Sites Today

Disappeared Into Thin Air – In 1854, Selma, Alabama farmer Orion Williams simply vanished while walking across his property.

The Last Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe – The death of Edgar Allan Poe on October 7, 1849, has remained mysterious with the circumstances leading up to it uncertain and the cause of death is disputed.

Mary Pinchot Meyer – Assassinated By CIA? – A socialite, painter, former wife of Central Intelligence Agency official Cord Meyer and by some accounts, the mistress of John F. Kennedy, Meyer was shot execution style in broad daylight.

The Riddle of Ambrose Bierce – An editorialist, journalist, and short story writer, Bierce traveled to Mexico in 1913 to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. While traveling with rebel troops, he disappeared without a trace.

Was John Dillinger Really Killed By the FBI? – Though officially shot by the FBI, John Dillinger who was Public Enemy No. 1 at the time, may have actually not been the man blasted down on July 22, 1934 outside Chicago’s Biograph Theatre.

Who Killed Pat Garrett? Controversy still exists over whether Garrett’s murder was a conspiracy in order to gain his land or if it was just simply the dispute with an irate enemy.

Did Henry Hudson survive mutiny? – Explorer Henry Hudson, along with several others, were cast off their boat by the crew never to be heard of again. But a discovery in 1959 may provide some clues to their fate.

Mysterious Objects and Places:

America’s Mystery Lights –  by Rhetta Akamatsu – Across the country, there are a number of ghost lights, spook lights or mystery lights that occur.  Not all can be explained away.

Area 51 in Nevada

Area 51 in Nevada

Area 51 – What are the mysteries associated with the famous “secret” military base which covers over 80 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada?

Bighorn Medicine Wheel in Lovell, Wyoming – Lying at an altitude of 9462 feet near the summit of Medicine Mountain in the Bighorn National Forest of north-central Wyoming is the Bighorn Medicine Wheel.

Blythe Intaglios – Nazca Lines in California – Intaglios, also called geoglyphs, are gigantic human or animal figures drawn on the ground’s surface. While the most famous geoglyphs in the world are the Nazca Lines in Peru, there are over 200 intaglios in the Colorado Desert of the American Southwest. They are the only known desert intaglios in North America.

The Curse of Dudleytown, Connecticut – Sometimes referred to as the Village of the Damned, Dudley is said to hold the accounts of ghostly tales, demons, unexplained events, and curses within its 400 years of British and American History.

The Devil’s Graveyard or the Alaska Triangle – Amid the untouched beauty of Alaska’s varying landscape, there is a region where people seem to go missing at an eerily high rate. Planes go down, hikers go missing and Alaskan residents and tourists seem to vanish into the largely untouched backdrop.

Devil’s Promenade & the Hornet Spook Light – Bobbing and bouncing along in the Tri-State area of southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma is an orange ball of light. Referred to as the Hornet Spook Light and the Joplin Spook Light, the firelike orb, described as varying from the size of a baseball to a basketball, dances and spins down the center of the road at high speeds, rising and hovering above the treetops, before it retreats and disappears.

The Dighton Rock – A 40-ton boulder, originally located in the riverbed of the Taunton River at Berkley, Massachusetts, is noted for its petroglyphs and carved designs of ancient and uncertain origin.

The Grave Creek Stone – Scholars and archaeologists have been arguing about the authenticity of the Grave Creek Stone since it first surfaced in 1838. Discovered during the excavation of the Grave Creek Mound, in West Virginia, the small sandstone disk could provide evidence of a primitive alphabet.

Great Serpent Mound of Ohio – An internationally known National Historic Landmark, Serpent Mound is a 1,348-foot-long, three-foot-high prehistoric effigy mound on a plateau along Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio. Representing a snake with curled tail, it is the largest serpent effigy in the world.

The Hidden City of Death ValleyMummies — Giants — Underground Caverns!  So said a San Diego, California newspaper in describing an event in Death Valley in 1947. This story and more telling of a lost race beneath the sands of Death Valley.

Legends of Fort Mountain, Georgia – Legends say that the wall on Fort Mountain, Georgia was built either by the Moon-eyed people according to Cherokee lore or to a Welsh prince who was said to have made his way to America in 1170.

Mel’s Hole – This nine-foot-wide bottomless hole near Manastash Ridge in Washington State is rumored to “reanimate” dead animals.

Mount Shasta – A Cosmic Power Spot – Near Redding, California, Mount Shasta is filled with mysteries including UFO sightings, crystal caves, spontaneous altered states, underground military bases, and even rumored to be the home to Lemurians, surviving members of a sensitive super-race some believe existed 12,000 years ago during the time of Atlantis.

The Moving Stones of Death Valley – In what is called the Racetrack Playa, in Death Valley, large rocks move along the smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention.

Nevada Triangle – In a mysterious area of Nevada and California, thousands of planes have disappeared. Conspiracy theorists have long claimed the these disappearances may be connected to Area 51.

San Francisco’s East Bay Walls – Who built these ancient walls, ranging along the hills east of San Francisco Bay? With boulders weighing more than a ton, there is no explanation who, how, or why these walls were built.

Skinwalker Ranch – This 480-acre compound in northeastern Utah is the site of many unexplained—and harrowing—incidents including roaring underground noises, the appearance of menacing blue orbs, attacks by shape-shifting beasts, and evidence of animal mutilations.

The Taos HumNestled deep within the Sangre de Cristo mountain range is Taos, New Mexico. A highly cultural, artistic, and spiritual city, it has a number of mystical qualities, one of which is known as the “Taos Hum.”

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