Top 10 Famous People Who Mysteriously Disappeared
From Amelia Earhart to D.B Copper, these are the top 10 famous people Who Mysteriously Disappeared and are still unidentified.
Top 10 Famous People Who Mysteriously Disappeared
When we think of life's greatest Mysteries, we usually think of the Egyptian pyramids or the Stonehenge Monument.
But what about people who disappeared Without a Trace?
There's nothing more mysterious than a person Vanishing Into Thin Air. Make sure to keep reading to see which Australian prime minister might have been taken because he was actually a Chinese spy before we jump into it.
1. Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart, first gained recognition after she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean back in 1928. She was also the first woman to complete a solo nonstop transatlantic flight in 1937 Amelia and Frederick Noonan were attempting to fly around the world. Unfortunately, the pair started having trouble somewhere near Howland island in the Pacific Ocean. Then they vanished Without a Trace.
Thinking that Amelia probably tried to land safely onto the water, the Coast Guard searched rigorously for her plane, which they never found. This Pioneer flight was officially declared dead in 1939 after the US government announced that she must have crashed into the ocean. While there are many theories about her disappearance, it seems that some bones were originally found in 1940.
May have held the answer this entire time. These bones were found on Nick Amaro Island, but they've since been misplaced. All that's left of them are their measurements, and although scientists of the 40s concluded that they belong to a man. New research shows that they could have been Amelia's bones.
2. Jimmy Hoffa
On July 30th, 1975 Jimmy Hoffa vanished Into Thin Air. He was the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and has spent years in prison for crimes that he had pulled off at work. A few of the things he was found guilty of for jury tampering, mail fraud, and bribery. Lucky for his reputation, he was publicly pardoned by President Richard Nixon in 1971.
However, two weeks before Jimmy disappeared, Federal investigators discovered that the Teamsters largest pension was out hundreds of millions of dollars right before he was never heard from Again, Jimmy called his wife from a payphone to tell her that the two Mobsters he was supposed to meet with never showed up.
Although his former driver Marvin Elkind is convinced that his body was buried into the cement of the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.
This case has been cold for over 40 years, while the two Mafia bosses who were supposed to meet with Jimmy had clear motives, no evidence could be found to implicate them a notorious Hitman, known as The Iceman claimed on his deathbed that he was paid forty thousand dollars by the mafia to take out Jimmy. But this claim could not be corroborated.
3. Sean Flynn
Sean Flynn was a successful War photojournalist, who also happened to be the son of a Hollywood actor Errol Flynn. Sean had even tried his hand at acting, but he somehow preferred putting his life in danger for the sake of Photography. Back in 1970, Sean was given an assignment in Cambodia when he had gotten word that the Vietcong were Manning a checkpoint on Highway 1.
His curiosity led him to take a motorcycle down there to see it with his own eyes. Unfortunately, curiosity killed the cat or at least made the cat disappear. Sean's whereabouts have been unknown since that moment, it is largely believed that he was captured by Vietnamese communists, and then turned over to the Khmer Rouge,
which is what the Communists in Cambodia were called at the time he was declared legally dead in 1984 but he's not the only journalist who didn't come home from Cambodia. An estimated 37 journalists died or went missing between 1970 and 1975.
4. Heinrich Mueller
After the fall of Hitler's regime in 1945, Heinrich Mueller was never seen again. Head of the Gestapo secret police Heinrich was involved in the planning and execution of the Holocaust. He was also known for being one of the most dedicated Nazi Loyalists.
Obviously, this Nazi fanatic was highly wanted by both the Soviets and the Allies after the war was over. But no one knew where he went. A man named Frances Willard Keith was once accused of being Heinrich, and Heinrich's wife even believed that it was him, but those accusations were dismissed after his fingerprints warrant an exact match.
In 2013, 68 years after this mystery first began. It seems that a German historian finally figured out what happened. Johannes took a whole found a death certificate, which proved that Heinrich had been buried in 1945.
5. Dorothy Arnold
Dorothy Arnold was an American heiress and socialite who disappeared in New York on 12th December 1910. She had left her home early that day to go shopping for a gown alone. While many assume that she ran away, she didn't have more than $25 on her and none of her clothes were missing from her room. Thanks to Dorothy buying things with her family's credit.
We know that she visited a candy store and bookstore before she went missing. She even ran into her friend Gladys King. However, something must have happened after that encounter, because she was never seen at the dress shop that she was supposed to visit. Perhaps the strangest part of his whole story is the way that Dorothy's parents reacted to her disappearance, although she had never returned home from shopping.
When one of Dorothy's friends called for her, her mother said that she was in bed with a headache. Her parents also didn't call the police until six weeks after she disappeared. They had instead contacted a lawyer about it, who tried to investigate the case for them.
6. Oscar Zeta Acosta
Oscar Zeta Acosta was many things, an attorney, a politician, a novelist, and an activist. However, he is best known as the inspiration for the character of Dr. Gonzo in Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas novel. After Oscar's own Book Sales turned South, his marriage fell apart. He took off traveling.
In 1974 Oscar was traveling off the coast of Mazatlan Mexico, when he vanished. Right before boarding a boat and never being heard from again. He had called his son to let him know how he was doing. Hunter S. Thompson Believes that Oscar was either taken out by drug dealers or was assassinated for political reasons.
He was a man of action who lived a Crazy Life in Fast Lane. Oscar's body was never found leading many to believe that he is still alive today and is living in Miami.
7. Anastasia Romanov
Remember the animated movie Anastacia about a girl who's actually a long-lost princess. While this movie is based very Loosely around a real Russian Grand Duchess who went missing, Anastasia Romanov.
The Romanov family ruled over Russia for more than 300 years before they were wiped out by the Bolshevik Rebels, who took over on the night of July 16th, 1989 the entire Imperial family was asked to come downstairs by their captors to take a photograph. Unfortunately, they were all executed and dumped into a mass grave. When the grave was discovered about 60 years later, Anastasia's body wasn't found.
Rumors began circulating that Anastasia had escaped and had been leading a secret life all this time. Several imposters immediately came forward to claim that they were Anastasia's, when imposter, even had everyone convinced for seven years, though Anastasia's remaining relatives were always skeptical.
This mysterious disappearance was finally laid to rest after another grave was found in 2007. Scientists were able to prove that the bones inside had belonged to poor little Anastasia.
8. Patrick McDermott
Although Patrick Dermot is not really famous on his own. He was the longtime boyfriend of Olivia Newton-John before he vanished, after taking off on a 24-hour fishing Expedition, south of Los Angeles, back in 2005, the boat returned to the harbor without him. Although the operators of the boat claim that Patrick was on board right before the boat reached the shore. And another passenger claims that he wasn't.
Tony Mayo couldn't find him anywhere, even after looking all over for him. Patrick had a history of financial problems, and it was widely believed that he had jumped over a boat before the boat dock. However, things became complicated after eyewitnesses came forward to say that they had seen him, or someone who looked a lot like him in Mexico,
the media theorized that he had faked his own death to start a new life, a theory that Olivia Newton-John adamantly denied. However, Woman's Day magazine announced in March 2016 the detectives had found Patrick alive and well in Mexico.
9. Harold Holt
On December 17, 1967, Australia's prime minister went missing. Harold Holt had gone for a swim at Cheviot Beach and never made it back to shore. While it was largely presumed that he had drowned, his body was never found. Harold was officially declared dead, and a memorial service was held in his honor.
It was reported that he had shoulder surgery before he went missing, and was told by his doctor to take it easy. Although the tide was unusually high on the day of his disappearance, he reminded his friends that he knew Cheviot Beach like the back of his hand. Most Australians refused to believe that he had simply vanished into thin air, which led to multiple conspiracy theories being born.
Had he been assassinated by the CIA for wanting to pull troops out of Vietnam? or maybe he had been whisked away by a Chinese submarine, because he was actually a Chinese spy. Some even hinted that he purposely ended his life. Over 50 years later, we still don't really know what happened to him.
10. D.B. Cooper
To this day over 40 years after his mysterious disappearance, no one knows what D.B. Cooper's real name is. In 1971, DB hijacked a plane and landed it in Seattle. He left off all of the passengers after he was given $200,000 for parachutes and food for the four crew members that he kept on board.
He then had the crew taken back up into the air where he parachuted out of the plane somewhere north of Portland, all that he left behind as evidence was a black-tie, while the military and FBI meticulously searched the Jump Zone. D.B. was never seen again. Nine years later, a young boy found a total of $5,800 while he was digging in the sand, just north of Portland.
The serial numbers on the cash match, the ransom cash that was given to D.B. This led to people going up to search for the rest of his Ransom money. While the FBI has officially stopped pursuing the case. A strap was found in 2017 that is believed to have belonged to the parachute that D.B. used.
That's all for 10 famous people who mysteriously disappeared. Do you know of any theories that might explain why some of these people are still missing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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