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6 Mysterious Disappearances That Were Never Explained ~ Sofia, Learning Mind




6 Mysterious Disappearances That Were Never Explained.

 


 




There is an intensely eerie quality in cases of mysterious disappearances. The loss of people as a result of violent crime is one thing. But an unexplained absence is on a completely different level.

In mysterious disappearances, it is the silence of the empty space where the person used to be, and the lack of explanation to help us piece the events together that chills us.


Mysterious disappearances defy the logical chain of events in missing persons’ cases. Consequently, they make us feel intrigued yet powerless.

Perhaps this involuntary yet seductive pull is the reason why the public has long found fascination in unexplained mysteries and missing persons cases, or why we love a good mystery story. Why urban legends and the stuff of myth stem from such stories.
Mysterious disappearances have been occurring since the dawn of recorded civilization.

The first case of a person going missing without explanation lies in the case of Romulus, one of the legendary founders of Rome. Through the centuries and until today, a host of famous disappearances have accumulated.

Here are some of them:

Flannan Isle Lighthouse Keepers


The mystery of the lightkeepers has inspired many a song and ballad, the most famous being by the band “Genesis”. The mystery concerns a lighthouse near Eilean Mòr, one of the Flannan Isles in the northernmost Outer Hebrides region of Scotland.

The cluster of islands, under the nickname “the Seven Hunters”, supposedly took its name from Saint Flannan, the seventh-century Irish preacher and abbot.

In 1900, Donal Macarthur, James Ducat and Thomas Marshall vanished from the lighthouse on Flannan Isle. The three keepers were at the end of a 14-day shift but remained in the Isle due to bad weather. After a passing ship noticed that the lighthouse was dark, a search began for them.

Following the disappearance, massive investigation and speculations ensued. The investigators did not have much to go on. The most credible theory is that a freak wave swept the men out to sea during the storm.


The island was completely deserted, and unmade beds and cups still full were in the lighthouse. There were no clues of a struggle or an accident happening. No bodies were ever found.

The three men had vanished in the foam.


Ambrose Bierce



“As to me, I leave here tomorrow for an unknown destination”.

Such were the closing lines of Ambrose Bierce’s last ever letter to his friend, Blanche Partington. The date was December 26, 1913. The following day, one of America’s most widely known and influential writers, journalists and satirists, would leave no trace.

Bierce, under his capacity as a war journalist and correspondent as well as an adventurer, went to follow Sancho Villa’s Army during the unfolding revolution in Mexico. Historians believe that sometime during the fighting he perished, or criminals murdered him.

Nobody ever found any remains of indication of what really happened. And so, one of the founders of ghost literature and horror stories had a fitting end to his unconventional life.


Roanoke Colony

As far as mysterious disappearances go, Roanoke Colony is one of the most extreme. For a person to go missing is strange for sure. But a whole colony? Now that’s something else entirely.

Roanoke received funding by Sir Walter Raleigh and was the first attempt at a permanent colony in North America. Since the very beginning, the mission faced many difficulties; storms, shortage of funds and food, illness, you name it. The harsh conditions forced the majority of the prospective colonists to leave, a small part remaining behind.

By the time the ones who left returned with reinforcements during a second expedition, the entire colony was missing.

There was only a single clue to indicate what happened to them: the word “CROATOAN” carved into a tree.

Nobody knows what happened. Speculation suggests that local tribes either killed or assimilated the colonists. The Croatan are a small Native American group living in the coastal areas of what is now North Carolina.

They may have been a branch of the larger Roanoke people, a tribe with Alonquian roots, or allied with them. The story of Roanoke has inspired certain well-known adaptations, such as a season of the popular TV show “American Horror Story”.


Connie Converse

Elizabeth Eaton Converse had such a poignant life. She was one of the first singer-songwriters, and her work and life remained underground until the 2009 release of her song recordings, titled “How Sad, How Lovely”.


During the 50’s, she moved to New York, writing and singing songs accompanied by her acoustic guitar. They were mostly melancholy or playful tunes, about love, loss and everyday life.

She had a distinctly old-style folk sound. Her music did not yet have elements of electric instruments like the folk music that would come after Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel’s rise to success.

As the years passed, Connie had been drinking and smoking a lot, and become disillusioned by the discrepancy between the life she had dreamt of and the life she had had.

In 1974, Connie Converse sent letters to a few close family members and friends, informing them that she was going to set out and make a fresh start. That was the last anyone heard of her.

How sad and lovely indeed.


Megumi Yokota and the North Korean Abductions

And then there’s North Korea. During the period between 1977 to 1983, North Korea was responsible for at least thirteen mysterious disappearances.

According to official announcements made by North Korea at the time and ex post facto, a number of Japanese persons, most of them teenagers or young adults, were abducted in order to train as Korean Spies.


One of them was a student named Megumi Yokota. North Korean agents reportedly dragged her into a boat and took her straight to North Korea to a facility which taught North Korean spies about South Korean customs and practices.

After also learning Korean, Megumi forcibly married another captive and taught North Korean agents how to pass as Japanese and assimilate into Japanese routine.

In 2002, North Korea admitted having orchestrated the abduction but claimed that Megumi had committed suicide. It returned what it said were her remains. The captive she had had to marry corroborated the story, claiming she had committed suicide after a bout of mental illness ensuing from her captivity.

Megumi’s remains returned to Japan sometime during the 00’s, though controversy as to their authenticity accompanied them.

The North Korean abductions made headlines once, but sadly enough no international legal action ever took place.


Yuba County Five and the American Dyatlov Pass

On the night of February 24, 1978, Gary Mathias, age 25, Bill Sterling, age 29, Jack Huett, age 24, Ted Weiher, age 32, and Jack Madruga, age 30, stopped at a local convenience store in Yuba City, California.

It was just after a basketball game they had attended, and they meant to buy snacks and drinks and go for a ride. That was the last time anyone saw them alive.

The press dubbed their mysterious disappearances “The American Dyatlov Pass”, after a disappearance incident involving Soviet hikers in 1959.

Police discovered the youth’s car in a remote part of Plumas National Forest. There was no sight of them in the surrounding area.

Investigators could not, however, determine why they had abandoned it as they could easily have pushed it out of the snowpack it was in.
A few months later, the bodies started showing up.

All of them, at least, apart from Gary Mathias, who the police never found. The other four bodies lay in a shelter approximately 32 kilometers from where the car had been. They showed signs of exposure, famine and dehydration.

The police still have no idea what happened. Why was the car where they found it? Why did the bodies show signs of exposure, starvation and hypothermia despite the ample provisions left next to them? Even more perplexing is the disappearance of Gary Mathias.
The above were just a fraction of mysterious disappearances will never cease to attract us.

It is in the absence that one finds the most material, and it is the silence of a vanishing that is most deafening.

References:
  1. bbc
  2. britannica
  3. wikipedia

About the Author: Sofia

Sofia has a bachelor degree in law. She is moonlighting as a writer and aspiring to one day gather enough experiences and turn them into ink and paper. The intricacies of the human mind and its peculiar ways have always fascinated her and urged her to explore more, not only humans but humanity as a whole, hopefully leading her to interesting findings. She is a literature, music and movie geek to boot.
 
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Quinta-feira, 02 / 05 / 19

Borley Rectory: the Mystery of the Most Haunted House in England ~ Sofia, Learning Mind


Borley Rectory: the Mystery of the Most Haunted House in England.

 


 


“Beware the Borley Rectory”.
Once upon a time, in a picturesque piece of country land on the border between Suffolk and Essex, a man of God decided to make a home for himself and his family. His name was Reverend Henry Dawson Ellis Bull, and he would end up living in that home with his family of fourteen.
Henry Dawson Ellis Bull
So, in 1862-1863, a year after being named rector of his somewhat secluded parish, Bull built what would be later become known as the Borley Rectory. Little did he know, unfortunately, that the land he chose to exercise his holy duty on was anything but sacred.
In fact, Borley Rectory is now widely known as one of the most haunted places in the whole of England. From witches to ghosts to many other paranormal phenomena, the Rectory has become a site of unexplained experiences and a favorite of paranormal investigators across the world.

Early hauntings at Borley Rectory

Borley Rectory 1892
Before gaining the notoriety it enjoys today, Borley Rectory was not too notorious as a site of hauntings. The grisliest detail in the land’s history was the fact that Bull built his new home partly on the remains of a structure that had previously perished in a fire somewhere around 1841.
Soon after the Bull family settled down on the Rectory, however, the first incidents began. Initially, the family did not have too much to report; footsteps in the night, maybe, or prickling of the hairs in certain spots of the house.
The most notable incident involved the Bull’s daughter, Ethel, hearing footsteps and rapping outside of her bedroom door during nighttime. Her ordeal climaxed when she reported an unknown entity slapping her as she slept.
But on a hot July day in 1900, a nun first appeared to four of the Bull children. The Borley nun would go on to become one of England’s most well-known apparitions.
Ghost hunters quote the legend of a Benedictine monastery supposedly built in this area in about 1362, according to which a monk from the monastery conducted a relationship with a nun from a nearby convent. After their affair was discovered, the monk was executed and the nun bricked up alive in the convent walls.
Later on, the legend was discredited, but nobody can ever know with certainty. It is speculated that the unfortunate nun’s name was Mary Lairre and that her ghost laments her unfortunate fate to this day.

The age of exposure

Borley Rectory and its haunted inhabitants remained relatively unknown outside of their close-knit community until approximately 1927. Around that time, another family decided to move in Borley Rectory. Mr. and Mrs. Smith did not, however, remain in their new house for long. Unlike the Bulls, they did not take too well to the other inhabitants of the Rectory.
Aside from the usual nun sightings, the Smiths also experienced auditory paranormal phenomena, such as the sound of bells in the night. Not only that, but they reported seeing ghostly apparitions of a horse-drawn carriage in the dead of night.
The cherry on top must have been the incident when Mrs. Smith opened one of the kitchen cupboards, only to discover a human skull inside.

Later years

Around 1930, a new family of three moved into Borley Rectory. It consisted of the Reverend Lionel Foyster, his Wife, Marianne, and their daughter. For a time, Marianne seemed to have become the point of focus for the spirits, since she was the one reporting all kinds of phenomena, mostly auditory, all of the extreme intensity.
However, she later revealed herself as having fabricated her reporting. Her goal was to cover up her extramarital affair with one of the other lodgers in the Rectory.
The rest is paranormal history. The Smiths evacuated Borley Rectory, but not before bringing the matter to the attention of the Daily Mirror. The occult-research related Society for Psychical Research followed soon after. This was when the haunted building caught the attention of a larger audience.
Renowned researcher Harry Price visited Borley Rectory in 1929. According to sources, upon Price’s arrival, the phenomena had begun to increase in intensity. They took on a more violent character, such as object throwing, mirror messages, and other similar incidents.
harry price
One day, Price even reported seeing the ghost of the late Henry Bull himself, the original rector of Borley Rectory.
Price would later go on to write a book based on his work in Borley Rectory, titled “The Most Haunted House in England – Ten Years’ Investigation of Borley Rectory”.
He would return to the building during the 30’s, when he took out a year-long rental agreement with Queen Anne’s Bounty, the owners of the property, and recruited a corps of 48 “official observers”, mostly students, who spent periods, mainly during weekends, at the rectory with instructions to report any phenomena that occurred.
The researchers claimed to have made contact with the spirits, most notably the nun spirit, which constantly pleaded with them to assist her in escaping her tethering with the mortal world. In one of the most shocking findings during a séance, a ghostly voice predicted that a terrible fire would soon take place, and all the spirits would join.

The demise of Borley Rectory

Unlikely as it may sound, soon after this otherworldly predictionBorley Rectory did burn down to a significant degree. The cause was an oil lamp.
To this day, nobody knows whether this was the result of an accident or a result of spiritual activity. During later decades, researchers and technological advances discredited many of the stories surrounding the Rectory, but the mystery still remains.
What do you think? Was it all a sham? Or is Borley Rectory a portal to a world we cannot hope to ever comprehend?
References:
  1. Wikipedia
  2. Mirror.co.uk


 
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