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10 mysteries that remain unsolved (10 items)

By , Deseret News

March 24, 2014

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

The largest disappearance of a U.S. Navy ship occurred in March 1918, and to this day the remains of the USS Cyclops and its 306 crew members remains undiscovered.

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

Though the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has generated numerous amounts of questions concerning the authenticity of the official account, the Babushka Lady is one element that doesn’t even have an official explanation for skeptics to question.

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

Beginning in October of 1966, a string of brutal murders swept the nation’s newspapers and confounded law enforcement in northern California, where the murders were taking place.

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

While on a routine training flight in 1978, Australian pilot Frederick Valentich suddenly disappeared, seemingly into thin air.

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

Just outside the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va., is an “encrypted sculpture” known as 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.
1. California Steve
Hanford, CA,
March 25, 2014

How about "Where's Jimmy Hoffa"??

2. Objectified
Tooele, UT,
March 25, 2014

@ California Steve:

The Hoffa story isn't so much a mystery, seeing that an entire group of mob affiliated men knows exactly where Jimmy Hoffa is (or was). His feet are encased in cement at the bottom of some fairly deep water. The rest of him became fish food decades ago.
Sadly, over the last century, many dozens of mob-affiliated victims have shared a similar fate.

3. Hutterite
American Fork, UT,
March 25, 2014

Where did I put the car keys?

4. ConnieMST
Stockholm, ME,
March 25, 2014

I would also include the mystery of the Mary Celeste, a ship abandoned for unknown reasons in the 1800s near the Azores. There are new theories, but there still is no sure conclusion.

5. Craig Clark
Boulder, CO,
March 25, 2014

I'm a bit surprised they left out Flight 19 in which five Navy planes vanished on a training flight in World War II. Spielberg made use of the unsolved mystery in his sci-fi classic film Close Encounters showing the abandoned planes discovered out in the desert.