10 mysteries that remain unsolved (10 items)
For just over two weeks, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has captivated the news cycle. Theories about the whereabouts of the missing plane and its passengers have been in no short supply, but recent reports have concluded that the plane did indeed crash into the Indian Ocean. The question now is why.
As long as no piece of the plane has been found, the cause of the disappearance is likely to remain a mystery. We've compiled 10 other such mysteries that, unlike the Malaysian flight, have never been solved, and probably never will be.
1 of 10. Missed the boat
Built just prior to World War I, the USS Cyclops had only been in commission for eight years when she disappeared. After leaving port in Barbados on March 4, heading for Baltimore, the USS Cyclops simply disappeared. Everything from bad weather to the Bermuda Triangle has been blamed for the vanishing act, but no matter what the cause, the fact that no wreckage or trace of the crew has ever been found has left the case of the USS Cyclops unsolved.
2 of 10. The Babushka Lady
A number of films and photographs documenting the Kennedy assassination depict what appears to be an elderly woman (wearing a headscarf typically worn by old Russian women, hence the media naming her Babushka, after the Russian word for grandmother) holding a camera while the assassination took place.
During the investigation, authorities attempted to track down the woman, but to no avail. She never came forward to testify of what she saw, nor did the film she likely shot ever surface. Though there have been numerous conspiracy theories about the identity of the Babushka Lady (and even someone who claimed to be her) none has stood the test of scrutiny. Her identity remains unknown to this day.
3 of 10. The Zodiac killer
With up to eight suspected victims, the Zodiac killer — whose name derives from a series of letters delivered to local newspapers claiming to give hints as to the motives and identity of the killer — remains unidentified.
4 of 10. Frederick Valentich
The strangest part? He was in radio contact with the Melbourne Flight Service up until his disappearance, and many believe what he described as happening to be a clear indication of an alien abduction.
As the Associated Press reported at the time, some officials assume Valentich was likely disoriented and flying upside down, thus describing his own reflection in the water to the flight service in Melbourne.
Either way, remains of his plane have never been found. So his disappearance is still a mystery.
5 of 10. K for Kryptos
Kryptos, which is Greek for hidden, was dedicated outside the agency’s headquarters in 1990 and contains four coded messages. To this date, only three of the four messages have been decoded.
The still mysterious fourth message continues to capture the American imagination. In fact, popular novelist Dan Brown referenced the sculpture in his 2009 best-seller “The Lost Symbol,” and it has been alluded to in various other television shows, books and movies.