Unsolved: The World’s Greatest Mysteries

Jack the Ripper

You’ve heard the name, but you may not have heard the whole tale. Jack the Ripper was the name given to a serial killer that had London residents on high alert way back in 1888. He (or she), is claimed to have been responsible for as many as five murders. It’s also claimed that Jack the Ripper had substantial knowledge of human anatomy, based on the unusual manner in which the killer mutilated the victims.

The Ripper’s identity was never verified, though new evidence has turned up in the form of a 9,000 page manuscript.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Not all of the mysteries on our list happened 50+ years ago. Back in March of 2014, the Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished somewhere over the South China Sea. The flight disappeared from the air traffic controller’s radar screen, but military radar watched as the flight deviated from its initial flight plan. There were no distress calls and weather was relatively clear that day.

Though some debris has been found, the particulars of the ordeal remain murky to this day. All passengers and flight crew are presumed dead.

D.B. Cooper

On November 24, 1971 in Portland Oregon, a man calling himself Dan Cooper paid cash for a one-way, Seattle-bound plane ticket and soon boarded the plane. The plane took off, Cooper ordered a drink, and then he handed the stewardess a note. He had a bomb, the note said, and he demanded $200,000 cash and four parachutes.

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The flight landed in Seattle, Cooper exchanged 36 passengers for the money and the parachutes, and then the plane took off again, this time to Mexico City. Halfway through the flight, Cooper jumped out of the back of the plane with the money and a parachute. Though a few new theories have emerged quite recently, Cooper was never seen again and his story remains as one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries.

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