10 mysterious disappearances
People like to read about mysteries and secrets and put forward their own theories and explanations. The combination of strange facts and ambiguity allows our imagination to play to infinity. Read on to learn about the ten most mysterious disappearances, ranging from high-ranking members of society to ghost ships.
10. Victor Grayson
Albert Victor Grayson was an English diplomat; he was born in 1881. His socialist views, sense of humor, honesty and open soul caused many high-ranking politicians to dislike him. And although he worked as a member of parliament for three years, for the most part, it was very difficult to enlist the support of his colleagues. Grayson constantly lost the election, and, ultimately, he had to leave his seat in parliament. For several years he traveled around the country, speaking to the public with speeches on a variety of topics, including the corruption of the political system. Grayson has repeatedly openly accused high-ranking officials of corruption,including the Prime Minister, who, he said, was engaged in the sale of political positions. A certain Mondi Gregory was also involved in this.
In 1920, Grayson was on the verge of exposing a major conspiracy. In September of that year, he was attacked and severely beaten in order to intimidate and silence. But these attempts were in vain: Grayson did not stop his speeches and threatened to tell the whole truth. On the evening of September 28, when he was spending time with a circle of friends, they called him. He told everyone that he had to leave for a nearby hotel for a short time on business, but as it turned out, he lied. Grayson was not in any hotel; he went to the house of Mondi Gregory. The reason he lied about where he was going is unclear. A year before his disappearance, Grayson told his friends that Gregory was spying on him at the request of the Secret Intelligence Service. Then why did he go to the house of a man whom he did not trust and considered as his enemy, without warning anyone about it? Unanswered question.
The witness who saw Grayson enter the house of Gregory was not just a passer-by. His name was George Jackson Flemwell, shortly before the incident, he painted a portrait of Grayson, and therefore could not be mistaken, because he remembered well how he looked. This was the last time they saw Grayson.Not a single piece of evidence was found in Gregory’s house that could help reconstruct the picture of what actually happened that evening. Gregory has been selling political positions for over 12 years. When he was caught, he managed to escape punishment by blackmailing high-ranking officials, who owed their position to him. It is believed that the scandal associated with the "Letter of Zinoviev" and which caused the split of the Labor Party, is his own work. He was also suspected of the death of actress Edith Roche, who died a few days after she refused to borrow money for him.
9. Mary Boyle
On St. Patrick's Day in 1977, seven-year-old Mary Boyle came to visit her grandparents who lived in County Donegal (Ireland). One day, she got involved with her uncle, who was going to visit her neighbors, whose house was located less than a kilometer away. They walked through the field and stumbled upon a swampy ditch. Uncle sent the girl back home to her grandparents. No one has seen her since.
How she could disappear in such a short period of time (less than five minutes) remains a mystery to the detectives, who still continue to be engaged in this business. However, the investigation from the very beginning was conducted passively and sluggishly.Despite reports that a few days later a shallow grave was discovered near the scene, from which someone's hair and clothing edge could be seen, the authorities did not take any steps to investigate that area until 2013. The excavation of the soil was not carried out by tools for forensic examination, but by an ordinary JCB excavator; Perhaps that is why no evidence was found that, given the fact that more than 35 years have passed, could easily have collapsed if such a procedure was performed carelessly. Mary's twin sister, Ann, also tried to find out what happened to her on that ill-fated day. Unlike her mother, who does not lose hope of finding her second daughter, Ann believes that Mary was killed and her body rests in the ground for a long time.
According to one version, it could have been done by Robert Black, a famous serial killer whose victims were little girls. In the 70s. Black spent a lot of time in Donegal; It is said that he tried to kidnap several children in the area. He was arrested in 1990 and charged with the murder of at least 19 girls across Europe, but his involvement in the case of the disappearance of Mary has so far failed to prove.However, according to the media, a year ago several officers from the New York Police Department decided to conduct their own unofficial investigation (one of them was from Donegal) and allegedly found out what happened to Mary 36 years ago and are ready to pass on the information to the Irish authorities . However, as they say, there is still no rumor, no spirit. And it is possible that this case will never be solved.
8. Steamer "Uarata"
July 26, 1909 the ship "Uarata" left the South African port of Durban and set off on a route to Cape Town. It was an Australian passenger vessel carrying 212 people and some commercial cargo. Compared to other sea legends, this story is unique in that not one, but two people who have never met before, had a premonition that trouble would happen to Uarata. The first was a man named Claude Sawyer, who traveled by ship from England to Australia. One night, he had a nightmare in which everything seemed to be awake: a medieval knight emerged from the depths of the sea and, loudly shouting the name of the ship, disappeared, after which the ship was shrouded in waves and disappeared without a trace under water.This was enough to ensure that Claude left the board of the “Uarata” in Durban, sending a telegram to his wife in which he wrote that he was returning home, without having realized his dream, because he had a premonition of the tragedy.
A day after sending from the port of Durban, the captain of the “Uaraty” communicated using Morse code with the crew of the vessel “Clan McIntyre”, exchanging messages about the beautiful weather conditions and wishing each other good journey. And even when the sea began to rage, the ships would still be in close proximity for several hours. But the next day at nine in the morning, “Uarata” changed course. It was after this that the captain of Clan McIntyre, CG Phillips, had a vision that “resembled the legend of the Flying Dutchman,” and at that moment he realized that Uarat was doomed.
Two other ships and a police officer on land claimed that they had seen the Warata that night. The captain of the first ship called “Helf” communicated with him using signal lights, in light of which he managed to examine the last three letters of the name of the ship “A-T-A”. There were no doubts, it was definitely “Uarat”.The last who saw the disappeared ship were members of the crew of the Harlow, who claimed that the Uarat, full of smoke, first approached them and then abruptly disappeared, leaving behind a couple of bright flashes. Many believe that the ship simply exploded, although who knows ...
7. Lloyd Lionel Gaines
Lloyd Gaines is a man that few have heard or remember, despite his landmark victory against the policy of racial segregation, conducted by the leadership of the University of Missouri. In the 1930s. The University of Missouri has agreed to pay tuition for black students who want to study law, but only on condition that they have to study in other states. It was for this reason that in 1936, Gaines began legal proceedings against the University of Missouri. It lasted three years; during this time he managed to get an economics degree from the University of Michigan, but his life dream was to become a lawyer. In 1939, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Heins, giving him the opportunity to fulfill his dream and, with his decision, beginning the abolition of racial segregation in the universities of the country.
Later that year, people began to say that Gaines began to behave rather strangely - a controversial issue that is difficult to prove.But the most bewildering thing is different: one evening Gaines left the house for postage stamps, despite the fact that it was pouring rain like a bucket and no one else saw him. And although many people were convinced that he had been kidnapped and killed because of racial hatred, his mother did not believe in it until the last. She hoped that her son would still return home, and therefore did not declare to the police about his disappearance. Perhaps she knew something or simply did not want to put up with the death of her child.
6. "Ellen Austin"
In 1881, the ship "Ellen Austin" went from England to New York. Along the way, sailing through the Bermuda Triangle, the ship was trapped out of thick fog, which significantly impeded visibility. The ship had to slow down, soon one of the crew members, who was on the orders of the captain on Mars (note the platform on the mast of the ship), noticed a ship not far from them. The rest of the fog could not see him, but they clearly heard that he was somewhere nearby, and tried to keep the “Ellin Austin” closer to him. When the weather conditions improved, the crew realized that there was not a soul aboard the ship for which they were sailing.
Captain Ellen Austin ordered six of his men to board the abandoned ship and follow them to New York. Everything was fine until a storm broke out on the sea and forced the ships to move away from each other. When the storm subsided, the mysterious ship disappeared. A few hours later, the captain of the "Ellen Austin" managed to find and catch up with him, but there were no more people on him. They disappeared in an unknown way. The captain again ordered the frightened crew members to board the empty ship, giving them weapons. Two ships sailed in close proximity to each other for several hours, until the impenetrable fog descended on the sea. This time the mysterious ship disappeared forever, and with it the crew.
The Marlboro, a huge dual-purpose ship, was built in the late 19th century. He sailed from the UK to New Zealand, acting as both a passenger and a cargo ship. In January 1890, the ship left the New Zealand port with 33 crew members and a small number of passengers on board. In April of the same year, Marlboro was reported missing as it did not reach the UK.There were many different versions about his disappearance. The captain of one ship claimed that he allegedly saw the ship run aground near the shores of South America, but was not able to help because of a strong storm. In general, there were a lot of assumptions, but the story of Marlboro is not so simple.
You see, the ship was still found ... 23 years after the disappearance. In 1913, the Marlboro discovered the crew of another vessel near the shores of the Strait of Magellan (Punta Arenas, Chile). The ship was really stranded, but what they found when they boarded it, they were horrified. On the vessel there were 20 skeletons located in different places: near the steering wheel, on the bridge of the bridge, under the stairs leading to the deck, and in the mess-room. No signs of violent death and robbery were found, which causes extreme bewilderment about such a strange placement of skeletons. In all likelihood, they died at the same time, because one of the crew members would hardly have allowed the corpses to roll around the ship.
What actually happened to the Marlboro and those on board will remain eternal, unsolved mystery.It is curious that the stranded ship was found by the crew members of several different ships, but none of them could give the exact coordinates of its location.
4. William Cantelo
William Cantelo - the inventor, who lived in the XIX century in England. In Southampton, he kept a small pub, in the basement of which he conducted his experiments. In the early 1880s. Kantelo happily told his family that he had finally finished what he had been working hard for several years - the first machine gun in the world. He decided to sell his invention in the United States, where he went alone (his wife and two sons stayed at home in England). Since then, no one has heard of him, he just disappeared. The Cantelo family hired a private detective to investigate the case of his disappearance. It became known that along the way he took some money from his bank account, but in America his tracks were lost.
Nevertheless, according to one of the versions, on arrival in the USA, Kantelo made fake documents in the name of Hiram Maxim and stayed there to live. There are several strong facts proving that the same person was William Cantelo and Hiram Maxim. First, it is believed that Maxim invented the Maxim machine gun - the first automatic weapon - in the mid-1880s, just a few years after the disappearance of Cantelo.Secondly, a photo of Maxim was shown to the sons of Cantelo, and they recognized their father in the man depicted on it.
Maxim eventually moved (or returned?) To England, where he died, being a very wealthy man who invented a mousetrap, hair curlers, an inhaler and much more. In his autobiography, he claimed that someone was impersonating him. In view of this assumption, a lot of things arise, but, however, the truth will not be known to us anyway.
3. Lucy Ann Johnson
In 1965, Marvin Johnson told the police about the disappearance of his wife, the mother of two children, Lucy Ann Johnson (Vancouver, Canada). In fact, she went missing in 1961, and because Marvin was silent about this for four years, he was considered the main suspect in the murder of a woman. His backyard was dug far and wide, but no evidence was ever found. The investigation was stalled and was suspended. However, last year, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported the resumption of the case at the request of Linda Evans, daughter of Lucy and Marvin. Linda was only seven years old when her mother disappeared; all this time she did not lose hope that she would find her alive.The woman had few leads. Linda knew that her mother had grown up in the Yukon, so she decided to put a picture of her in the local newspaper, additional information and a contact email address in the hope that there would still be at least one person who could shed light on the disappearance of her mother.
On July 12, Howard Glenn saw this ad and called his sister Rhonda to email her with Linda Evans. Howard and Rhonda were able to recognize the picture of Lucy Ann Johnson for the simple reason that the woman depicted on her was their mother. After 52 years of separation, Linda finally met with her mother, who explained that she had left the family because of the cruel treatment of her then-wife Marvin. Linda knew that her father drank, but he treated her very well and never tried to raise her hand on her, so she doubted Lucy’s words. But despite this, the woman was happy to find a family again.
2. Richard Cox
January 14, 1950 in West Point (New York), US Army cadet Richard Colwin Cox went missing. He told his comrades that he was going to meet his friend George, who, despite all the efforts of the police, was never found.Versions about his disappearance were very different, ranging from joining the CIA and ending with the arrest by the Soviet authorities. Perhaps the most convincing is the theory that he staged his own disappearance in order to escape with another cadet. And although Cox was engaged, many said (and later there was evidence) that he had sex with his comrades.
In 1986, a man who had been investigating Cox’s disappearance for a long time received an anonymous letter stating that a certain Robert Frisbee was wholly involved in the case. Indeed, it later turned out that Frisbee, formerly known as Robert Dion, was familiar with Cox. Moreover, it is quite possible that he was the very same George, whom Cox mentioned on the day when he went missing. He could help Frisbee with fake documents and the dramatization of the disappearance. Many people believe that Cox is still alive. Presumably he is now 85 years old.
1. Jacques Vergès
Jacques Vergès was considered one of the most scandalous lawyers in France. He died last August from a heart attack.He was nicknamed the “Devil's Advocate” for defending such clients as the Nazi criminal Klaus Barbie and the terrorist Jamil Buhired, whom he saved from a death sentence. Not surprisingly, Vergès was a fairly well-known personality and was receiving close attention from the media. His disappearance in 1970 could be safely considered the work of one of his enemies, whose number grew every year, if not for one “but”: after eight years he returned and continued to live as if nothing had happened. In 1979, he resumed legal practice, still defending the worst people he could find, including his old friend Khieu Samphan, who was found guilty of committing genocide when he served as the leader of the Khmer Rouge, the Communist Party of Cambodia.
There are many different versions of what Vergez could do during that period of time when he was reported missing. Some say that he worked as an adviser to Paul Pot, the former leader of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979). Others claim that he studied at the KGB. Vergez himself did not really explain where he had been all this time, simply saying that he was resting somewhere in the east of France.