Top 15 UNSOLVED Paranormal Mysteries

Top 15 UNSOLVED Paranormal Mysteries

August 11, 2019 100 By William Hollis


15. The Enfield Poltergeist
The unexplained paranormal events at an Enfield, England council house in Brimsdown are some
of the strangest and most fascinating happenings in haunted British history. From 1977 to 1979, poltergeists were alive
and well in the home – or, rather, dead and unwell. They disturbed the residents’ children,
including two sisters, Janet and Margaret, ages 11 and 13. Flashback to 1977, when Peggy Hodgson alerted
the police that her two daughters had heard knocking sounds on the walls of their home
and had witnessed furniture shaking. When the police constable arrived, she experienced
even more paranormal activity – a chair scraping across the floor without any explanation. Even further than a few muffled knocks and
moving furniture, others alleged to have heard demonic voices, seen rocks and toys thrown
across the home, and even witnessed the children levitating. Reports of this paranormal activity came to
an end in 1979, but not before infatuating the British press and serving as inspiration
for books, TV series, and horror films. The activity has yet to be explained. Though many believe the girls were behind
it and the whole thing was a hoax, photographer Graham Morris and two members of the Society
for Psychical Research claimed the haunting was genuine. 14. The Seriously Strange Sunnyvale Toys ‘R’
Us From Chuckie dolls to haunted figurines, toys
are often objects of paranormal activity. So it may come as no surprise that the Toys
‘R’ Us in Sunnyvale has played center stage to strange unexplained paranormal events
since the ‘70s. What kind of events? Whispered names, chilly breathes of air, strange
odors, the stacking up of toys and, of course, objects moving around all by their lonesome. Female employees seem to be the target of
the paranormal events, as the unseen force has been known to play around with their hair
and turn on the faucet in the women’s bathroom. Legend has it that the alleged ghost who haunts
the store is looking for his love, which would explain why women are targeted. In fact, the site of the 130 East Camino Street
Toys ‘R’ Us was once atop farmland owned by a man who had hired a Scandinavian immigrant,
by the name of Johnny Johnson, to work the land. Johnny fell hopelessly in love with Elizabeth,
the owner’s eldest daughter. But, alas, she’d already been won over by
another. Johnny also suffered from an acute brain inflammation,
called encephalitis, which resulted in confusion, memory problems, and hallucinations, making
many in Sunnyvale nickname the poor guy “Crazy Johnny.” In 1884, Crazy Johnny died by bleeding to
death from a self-inflicted axe wound made when he was chopping wood. This is the ghost who is said to haunt the
Toys ‘R’ Us and continues to haunt it to this day. There seems to be no other explanation for
these paranormal events 13. The Sarah Joe Shipwreck
Shiver me timbers – this strange unsolved shipwreck will send shivers up and down your
spine. It all started in 1970, when five Maui men
set sail on the open sea aboard their fishing boat, the Sarah Joe. Unfortunately for them, the perfect storm
was a-brewin’, and the sea seemed to swallow them whole, vanishing the entire crew and
its ship. For nine years, no wreckage from the ship
was found, and the men were all assumed long dead. But in 1988, on an island more than 2000 miles
beyond, scraps of the Sarah Joe had washed ashore. Even more mysterious was the shallow unmarked
grave discovered on the island. Beneath a rockpile was laid to rest Scott
Moorman, one of the ill-fated fishermen. The other four men were nowhere to be found. And what’s stranger is that several years
prior, this same island had been searched, and the search party turned up nothing. Neither the grave, nor the scraps of Sarah
Joe had been there. The unexplained event leaves many questions
and no answers: Where are the remaining fishermen? Were they the ones to bury Scott Moorman? If not, who? And where had Scott been all this time? Did he die in the storm or did he face some
other ill-fated end? A mystery on the open sea. 12. The Doppelganger of Emilie Sagee
Some people have twins; others have ghostly doppelgangers. Emilie Sagee seems to be one of the latter. The 32-year-old French teacher had moved around
for sixteen years, changing schools nineteen times, and finally arriving at an exclusive
girls’ school in 1845. The strangest thing about it was that Sagee,
herself, didn’t seem to see the spectral doppelganger, although nearly fifty people
paid witness to its appearance alongside her. First it appeared within her vicinity, mirroring
her movements. Then, when Emilee was outside the classroom,
working in the garden, the spectral doppelganger appeared in the classroom in her stead. Students thought it was Emilee but, looking
outside, saw that she was still in the garden. Two of the braver students even approached
the twin to touch it. They reported that she felt empty like cobwebs. The school’s official records even reported
that Emilee looked “listless and lethargic” every time the doppelganger appeared. Emilee, herself, reported that her thoughts
and desires at the time of the doppelganger’s appearance mirrored those of the doppelganger’s. Did the specter disappear? Did the school find fault in Emilee Sagee? The answer to both those questions is no. The apparition remained and its appearance
became a not-so-unusual occurrence, although it did make some parents pull their children
out of school. This resulted in the school firing poor Emilee
Sagee, despite the fact that she was a wonderful teacher. And, unfortunately, no one ever got to the
bottom of the mystery of Sagee’s spectral twin. 11. The Taured Tale
As the story goes, during a sweltering day in July, 1954, an average-looking Caucasian
man from Taured arrived at Tokyo airport. When requested, he handed over his official
looking passport. Nothing strange here…apart from the fact
that there’s no country on Earth named Taured. Becoming suspicious, Japanese officials pulled
the man aside to interrogate him. They asked him to locate his country on a
map. He pointed to Andorra but, in seeing that
the country was indeed not Taured, the Tauresian (as I assume he would be called in his imaginary
native land) grew confused. He told the Japanese officials that Taured
had been in existence for over a thousand years. When further examined, the man’s passport
showed it had been in use all over the world, accepted and stamped – even in Tokyo! The man also held various currencies, along
with official documentation for the company he claimed to work for. Customs placed him in a guarded hotel room
with no balcony, on an upper-level floor, while they tried to figure out what in the
world was going on. They found that his so-called employer had
no knowledge of him, neither did the hotel he’d reserved in Tokyo, neither did the
businessmen he’d come to do business with. After their investigation, they returned to
the man, opened his hotel room door, and found he’d vanished without a trace, never to
be seen again. A man from an unknown land with no discernible
links to anything or anyone vanishes into thin air, along with his documents from airport
security? This paranormal event is bizarre and remains,
to this day, entirely unexplained. 10. Amityville Ghost
Most horror fanatics know of the Amityville Horror – and all the films that followed
the home’s history. But what about the photo of the Amity “ghost
boy” that’s been at the center of paranormal debate for years? The haunted pic appeared in George Lutz’s
collection of photos, while investigating the 1976 haunting. Ed and Lorraine Warren, famed demonologists,
were looking into the allegedly haunted house, when the photo was snapped. In it appears a young boy with glowing eyes. Some have thought the boy was a demon, while
others have suggested he was one of the murdered DeFeo children, come back to haunt Amityville. Still others have taken a more realistic view
that the “boy” is actually a man kneeling: Paul Bartz, to be exact, who was helping the
Warrens the night the photo was taken. The latter seems to offer the most level-headed
explanation. But can we be sure it was Bartz? Will we ever be? 9. The Buzzing in Taos
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What’s that noise? If you visit Taos, you might go insane trying
to figure it out. For many years, those who’ve lived in the
small New Mexican city have been Chinese water tortured to death by the mysterious low-frequency
noise that seems to buzz like electricity through the desert air. But not everyone hears the torturous noise,
which has been described as a buzz or a hum. In fact, only around 2 percent of residents
have heard it, and most of them describe the sound differently. There have been a range of theories as to
what is causing the buzz: strange acoustics in the desert or perhaps some dark secret
plot a la Stranger Things. And still others suggest mass hysteria has
driven everyone sick with the crazies. Whatever it is, the mystery remains, because
not a single soul has yet located the originator of the sound. Maybe it’s a supernatural colony under the
earth. Maybe it’s some deep, dark government secret. Or maybe the entire population of Taos needs
to clean out its ears. Whatever the case, this paranormal event remains
unexplained and, until we get to the bottom of the mystery, all we’ll be hearing from
Taos, New Mexico is buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. 8. The Immortal Count
Count de Saint-Germain has made so many appearances throughout history that it’s safe to say
he truly is immortal. With no known origin or birthdate, some claim
he was born in the late 1600s, while others believe he was alive and well even earlier,
around Christ’s time. Whatever the case, he keeps popping up, again
and again, and is always around the same age when he does – a young 45 years old. A number of famous people knew the Count – from
Voltaire to Catherine the Great, from Casanova to George Washington – , and his immortality
has been connected to many a conspiracy theory, legend, folk story, and secret society, including
the Illuminati and the Freemasons. Voltaire described him as “a man who never
dies, and who knows everything.” Some claim that he had Transylvanian blood,
so perhaps the immortal count is a vampire. Others claim he was an accomplished alchemist,
so maybe it’s more likely that he discovered a potion for immortality. Whatever the case, he traveled throughout
Europe for decades at a time and never did age. He was also greatly accomplished: apart from
his work as an alchemist, he spoke more than a dozen languages, was a brilliant painter,
and played the violin. He also seemed to be incredibly wealthy, with
jewel-studded clothing, and enjoyed dining out with company, while offering up remedies
for various ailments. Is he a man, rekindled? Or has he always been alive? 7. The Dancing Disarray of the Chase Family Vault
The well-to-do Chase family purchased an eighty-year-old vault, whose only occupant was Thomasina Goddard,
whom they left to rest in the tomb. The vault was beautifully structured out of
the island’s compacted coral and laid underground. The first Chase to perish and join Goddard
in the vault was Mary-Anne Maria. In the years that followed, Thomas Chase also
joined them. The strange thing was, when the marble slab
was slid away, the young Chase’s coffin had moved to rest “standing on end, with
its head downward,” on the far side of the vault. The incident was blamed on vandals, and not
much else was thought of it. That is, until the next time they opened the
vault to find Thomas’ heavy coffin – a coffin that took eight men to carry – flung
in disarray around the vault. The vault was opened four more times over
the next several years, and each time, the contents seemed to have danced in disarray
while no one was looking. Eight months after cement seals had been placed
on the vault in order for officials to discover any tampering, the Governor and several men
checked on the contents again. They found the seals in place and, outwardly,
no indication of vandalism or theft. But when they opened the vault, it was a mess,
with all the coffins set askance from their final resting places. The Chase family was moved to a new burial
site, leaving the vault empty. One can only guess who or what wreaked such
havoc on the crypt. Did Thomasina Goddard not warm to the intruders
sharing her grave? Was there an undetected earthquake or flood
below ground? Did thieves tunnel their way in through some
other entrance? The mystery remains unsolved. 6. Time Traveler Rudolph Fentz
Is time travel real? Follow the odd case of Rudolph Fentz, and
you might become a believer. The curious event took place in 1950, when
a Victorian-dressed man with mutton chops suddenly appeared in Times Square. A moment later, he was smacked into by a car
and died instantly. Witnesses of the incident say that the man
look shocked when he appeared there, as though he was completely out of place. And he was. When he was taken to the morgue to be examined,
several strange items were found on his body, none of which showed signs of aging: $70 in
old banknotes, a copper token for a 5-cent beer at an unknown saloon, a livery stable
bill for the washing of a carriage and horse care, Rudolph Fentz’s business cards, listing
a Fifth Avenue address, along with a letter posted to this same address, dated June 1876. Captain Hubert Rihm followed up on the case,
checking NYPD’s Missing Persons’ Department to see if Fentz had been reported missing. He also checked up on the Fifth Avenue address
and the man’s fingerprints. You can probably guess all of this was for
naught. Nothing was found. Being a true detective, however, Rihm didn’t
let the case drop. He investigated the Fentz family name, which
is when he discovered that the last Fentz died five years prior. But, through that man’s widow, Rihm learned
that her husband’s father had vanished at 29-years-old in – you guessed it! – 1876, the date of the letter he’d received. The man is said to have gone on a walk, never
to have returned again. While some claim that the story is a work
of science fiction, the story’s source has never been verified. So what are we to believe? I’d err on the side of caution and say that
we’ve got a time traveler on our hands – albeit, this one didn’t live long enough to disrupt
anything in the future. 5. Déjà vu
Though not a specific set of circumstances, déjà vu is a paranormal event that nearly
each and every one of us has experienced at one time or another. It’s that eerie sensation of the familiar
within some place, person, thing that is unfamiliar. Take, for instance, entering someone’s apartment
– an apartment you’d never been in before – and feeling a distinct flash of memory. It is an intimate feeling, a familiar feeling
and, yet, a wholly unexplained feeling. The knowledge that your memory is betraying
you, and you’ve never truly been here before, is what makes the whole scenario so spine-tingling. And even though most have experienced the
stomach-turning, skin-crawling sense of déjà vu, it continues to be a mystery. Taken from the French phrase, “already seen,”
déjà vu has puzzled scientists and psychologists for centuries. Observational and experimental studies have
been done on the topic, and although déjà vu was found to occur in those who are younger,
the cause for déjà vu remains unknown. An examination of those with temporal lobe
epilepsy shows that many report experiencing déjà vu directly prior to a seizure, suggesting
that the eerie occurrence may be connected to the brain’s temporal lobe. As a result, it’s been hypothesized that
déjà vu may be a brief seizure in the temporal lobe. It’s also been suggested that these glimpses
of pseudo-memory are the recollections of a past life or some strange psychic tendency. Who knows? The answer could lie in the realm of paranormal
activity or could be scientifically explained. Until concrete evidence of either is unearthed,
the mystery remains. 4. Human Combustion
Here’s something entirely unexplained: spontaneous human combustion. This event involves the – you guessed it
– spontaneous human combustion of a human body for no apparent reason and with no source
of inflammation. The victims’ torsos are burned completely,
with limbs remaining intact – often, creepily, the skull and a few bones. Hundreds of cases of spontaneous human combustion
have been reported, leading forensic analysts to investigate the causes and mechanisms of
the event. They’ve studied everything from the victims’
alcohol consumption to their behavior to their proximity to flammable sources of ignition. And, yet, no explanation has surfaced. 3. Bigfoot
One of the greatest folk-loric paranormal mysteries of all time involves the simian-like
humanoid, Bigfoot – aka Sasquatch. This enormous, hairy beast is said to lurk
around the forests of the Pacific Northwest. While most reputable scientists call hoax
on Bigfoot, casting shade at the paranormal activity by deeming it folklore and human
error – i.e., misidentification of other living animals, like black bears – , other
“investigators” have reported sightings of the 7 to 9 foot creature all over the place. The paranormal being is said to have dark
brown, red, or black hair, big eyes and forehead, with a low pronounced brow. The head, itself, is said to be shaped similarly
to a gorilla’s, and the beast supposedly gives off a putrid smell. Last, but certainly not least, the characteristic
that most exemplifies Bigfoot is, of course, his big feet, said to stretch about 2 feet
long and 8 inches wide. The creature is also said to be nocturnal
and omnivorous. As mentioned, many have tried to explain away
the existence of this paranormal creature, but few have been able to provide concrete
evidence as to how the mysterious wild man is entirely a hoax, when many have paid witness
to it. One-third of sightings have happened in the
Pacific Northwest, but they’ve also been claimed in the Southeast and in the Great
Lakes region. Cryptozoologists claim Bigfoot is a yet unidentified
ape, while others ascribe its existence to various other phenomenon. Will we ever know the truth about Bigfoot? Unlikely. 2. The Baltic Sea Anomaly
The “Ocean X” diving team uncovered a true phenomenon in the Baltic Sea: a 200-foot
by 26-foot rock disk in the seafloor, at the very center of the Bothnian. The strange rock formation stands atop a pillar,
with a staircase-like structure winding its way into a hole. The diving team said it appears that a runway
lies not far from it, leading many to believe the anomaly is a vessel of some kind. What type of vessel? Maybe an anti-submarine relic from World War
II, perhaps a flying saucer, maybe a gun turret from a battleship? Or perhaps nature created the perfect natural
formation, as some geologists have suggested. Whatever it is, the findings have led many
to suspect underwater sorcery of some kind. 1. The Locked-Door Mystery of Elisa Lam
On January 26, 2013, 21-year-old Canadian tourist, Elisa Lam, checked into the Cecil
Hotel in Los Angeles. She was alone when she checked in and, five
days later, her parents reported her missing when she failed to answer her phone. The police department began their investigation
and found video footage of Lam. She was captured in an elevator security camera,
acting strangely. She is seen leaving and entering the elevator,
chatting and motioning in the hallway, and seeming to hide in the elevator, itself. The entire episode is unsettling, leaving
many to suggest paranormal activity must have occurred. Flash forward a month later. Management at the hotel began to receive reports
of water pressure problems in various rooms, strange discoloration, and an odd taste to
the water. When maintenance staff investigated the issue,
they found Lam’s body in the hotel’s rooftop water tank, naked, with many of her clothes
and personal items floating alongside her in the water. There was no evidence of physical trauma. The autopsy reported that the death was an
accident. But was it? Or was Lam murdered? Did she kill herself? Why would she do so in the water tank? So many questions left unanswered and unlikely
to ever be explained.