By: Amanda Holt
The Dyatlov Pass Incident
In 1959 Igor Dyatlov led a group of 8 hikers into the Ural Mountains in Russia trying to reach Mt. Ortorten. It was January so it was super cold and snowy in the mountains. They went missing and after 3 months, their dead bodies were found. But something was off about them. They were found 6 miles away from Mt. Ortorten without their equipment, shoes, or coats. Two had fractured skulls, two had major chest fractures, and one hiker was missing her tongue. The bodies were also found very far from each other. Two were found under a tree with their hands burnt. Three others were a ways away from the tree and the last four were found 250 feet away in a ravine. Many clothing items were on the wrong bodies- like they were sharing clothing, but they were all cut up and seemed forcefully removed. Soviet authorities determined the cause of death was Hypothermia, but they aren’t able to explain the strange situation they were found in. The true cause of death is still unsolved.
The Kentucky Meat Shower
On March 3, 1876, in Rankin, Kentucky a strange shower came through. It wasn’t rain or snow or hail- it was meat. The slabs of meat fell for a view minutes and were an average of 5 x 5 centimeters. The type of meat was debated a lot. Beef, dear, lamb, lungs from cattle or even human babies. The sample was tested and found to be lung, muscle, or cartilage. The cause was said to be Vulture vomit. But if that’s the case then why did it happen in London 9 days later?
“Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?”
In 1943 four boys in Worchester, England were playing around Hagley Wood (an estate owned by a wealthy family) when they found something strange in a Wych Elm. As the boys climbed the tree they found a skull. The boys told the police and with further investigation of the tree, they found a shoe, a wedding ring, and some clothing. The search for this woman lead to nothing. Until 1944 when a piece of graffiti was found that said: “Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?”. The police went on a hunt to find who Bella could have been but nothing came up. Graffiti will still pop up asking the question that no one can seem to answer.
The Roanoke Colony
In 1587 a group of colonists arrived in the New World to settle and create a new life. 115 colonists settled on Roanoke Island. Things were going fine until the governor, John White, sailed back to Britain to get more supplies. As he arrived there was a war going on so he couldn’t come back until 1590. When he came back, no one was there. The colony had vanished, leaving only the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree. There are many theories but no true answer has ever been found to wear 114 colonists went in just 3 years.
2016 Clown Sightings
Just 3 years ago in the summer of 2016, a strange outbreak of clowns haunted social media. People dressed as evil clowns were spotted near schools, homes, and forests. What started as a stunt for a new horror movie led to a craze of people dressed as clowns. Many were fake, but some children reported to their parents that they saw clowns stalking them in the woods. This happened all over the US, in Canada, and 18 other countries. Was this a silly trend or was this something more?
The Death of Max Spiers
On July 16th, 2016 Max Spiers was found dead in Warsaw, Poland. Spiers was a major conspiracy theorist. He believed that he possessed supernatural powers and also suffered from severe anxiety. In Poland, he was visiting a friend and it is believed he relapsed and overdosed on heroin. When he died, his friend called an ambulance and the doctor on the scene did not take the correct steps to inform the police. His body was not able to be autopsied because of the damage done that authorities allowed after his death. His death was ruled as an overdose on drugs. This all makes sense but a couple of days before his death he had told his mom that he didn’t feel safe and if he died it was a conspiracy. He was also on the trail of a UFO conspiracy. So what happened to Max Spiers? Did he overdose or was it a cover-up because he was too close to finding something he shouldn’t have.
In 1971 a man hijacked an airplane that was traveling from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. He bought the ticket under the name Dan Cooper, which was a fake name. As the plane took off he handed a note to the flight attendant that he had a bomb in his suitcase and he wanted $200,000 in $20 bills (which is worth $1.2 million today) and four parachutes. After he got his money he parachuted off the plane. He was never found again. How can this man, who never covered his face, steal a bunch of money and jump out of a plane and disappear? No one knows how he did this and his identity is still a mystery to this day.
The Disappearance of Brian Shaffer
Spring Break- 2006. A young medical student at Ohio State named Brian Shaffer was out drinking with friends in the early hours of the morning. At 2 A.M Brian’s friends said they lost him in the crowd. They searched for a while but he didn’t answer his phone, so they went home thinking he had already left. The next day Brian was meant to get on a flight to Miami and didn’t. The police were called and found something odd. While looking at the security cameras of the bar that night, Brian is seen talking to some women then walking off-camera and never seen again. The cameras that covered every exit in the bar never caught Brian leaving the bar. There has been no good leads in this case and 13 years later no one knows where Brian Shaffer has gone.