Will the mystery that surrounds them clear one day?
Tamam Shud or the mystery of the Somerton man
On December 1, 1948, the corpse of a man is found on Somerton Beach, near Adelaide, in southern Australia. Could not identify the victim. This case will be baptized “Tamam Shud” by allusion to an inscription on a piece of paper found in the pocket of the corpse. A paper on which are written the Persian words “Tamam Shud”, meaning “finished”. During the investigation, it will be discovered that the piece of paper has been torn off the pages of a book by Omar Khayyam. When this index is revealed, a local doctor immediately contacts the police. He claims that this book was thrown into his car the day before the discovery of the body. In this book was a mysterious secret code that has never been deciphered until now. A few weeks later, the plot takes a new turn; the staff of the Adelaide station discovers a strange brown suitcase. It turns out to be the bag of the dead. The briefcase contains several sharp knives, a rope, folders and books. Despite a recent investigation, the identity of the Somerton man remains unknown to this day.
Man with an iron mask
The identity of the man with the iron mask remains one of the greatest mysteries in the history of France. Under the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV (1638-1715), a man whose identity was to remain secret has long been in prison. He spent his whole life in seclusion with his face hidden under an iron mask. Despite this horrible fate, it seems that this mysterious prisoner has always been treated well. The other inmates described him as an honest and calm man.
The identity of the man with the iron mask fueled the wildest rumors for three centuries. He would be the illegitimate older brother of Louis XIV, or even his twin brother, as in the movie “The Man with the Iron Mask” (1998) with Leonardo Di Caprio. This hypothesis alone could explain the wearing of the mask.
Green children of Woolpit
In the 12th century, two green-skinned children appeared in the village of Woolpit, in the English county of Suffolk. This boy and his sister, in addition to the strange color of their skin, wore clothes of an unknown material and spoke in an unknown language. Finally, the children were adopted by a local farmer and their skin changed over time. The girl quickly learned English and explained that they came from the “Country of St. Martin” where the sun never rises above the horizon. This story is described in two medieval sources. Real events or popular legend describing a meeting with aliens? The mystery remains whole …
On a Sunday in 1828, Kaspar Hauser appears for the first time on a square in Nuremberg, Bavaria. He is a ragged young man, exhausted and staggering, who expresses himself incomprehensibly. The only sentence the young man can pronounce is that he is “the son of a cavalry officer”. A local teacher takes him under his wing and teaches him how to read and write. Later, the boy will tell that he has lived for a long time in a dark cell or attached to a tree, without ever seeing anyone. Five years after its adoption, Kaspar Hauser died stabbed by an enigmatic individual. Its origins will remain forever mysterious. Some rumors claim that Kasper was the awkward offspring of a royal family.
The prisoner X
The Zyger case or the “Prisoner X” case is a judicial intrigue of the early 2010s in Israel. Ben Ziegler is an Australian citizen. He died while committing suicide in a cell in Israel, according to the official version. Israel never wanted to communicate the real reasons for his imprisonment and the exact causes of his death. The censorship around this case was so strict that the Israeli media were not allowed to investigate. According to later investigations by several journalists, “Prisoner X” reportedly worked for Mossad (Israeli secret service) from 2005 and was arrested for unknown reasons. Zyger, 34, was transferred to a high security prison.
It is by analyzing the images of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1963, that a strange woman in a brown coat was noticed. Her nickname “babushka” is linked to the fact that she wore a scarf usually worn by older women of Russian nationality. The woman was holding something in front of her face, probably a small camera according to the eyewitnesses. She appears in many pictures of the scene of the shooting. “Lady Babushka” never made herself known to the authorities and the images she shot were never found. Years later, in 1970, a woman named Beverly Oliver came to the authorities claiming to be “Lady Babushka”, but her testimony contained several contradictions. Nowadays.
Alexander Solonik is undoubtedly the most famous Russian assassin. This criminal was nicknamed the “Russian Terminator”, “Sacha the Macedonian” or “Superkiller”. He had an extraordinary ability to handle weapons. But what we know about him remains rather nebulous. According to sources, he began his career as a shooting instructor at the police. In the 1980s, he was reportedly sent to a prison camp after committing rape. Then he would have become a hitman and king of the underworld. His name is mentioned in connection with the assassination of Otar Kvantrisjvili, the boss of the Georgian mafia shot in Moscow in 1994. He also reportedly worked for various mafia groups and would have made a living with the money in the middle. Solonik died in 1997 near Athens at the age of 36. The mystery remains about the number of murders he allegedly committed …
The short life of brilliant American bluesman Robert Johnson (1911-1938) is a true myth. Johnson was only 27 when he died suddenly in 1938. According to Keith Richards, Rolling Stones, Robert Johnson was the best bluesman of all time. His guitar playing had the originality of sounding like two guitarists playing at the same time. Legend has it that the bluesman would have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his virtuosity on the guitar.
Unfortunately, Johnson’s phenomenal talent has brought him neither fame nor fortune. Although he sold some records, he never became rich. The circumstances of his death also remain very strange. During a concert in Greenwood, Mississippi, in August 1938, he was offered a bottle of poisoned strychnine whiskey. Johnson would be dead in a few days. We never knew who had offered the deadly bottle and why. Another enigma hangs around the place of the last home of Robert Johnson. To this day, no one knows exactly where he was buried.
Several individuals were suspected to be Jack Eventreu at the end of the 19th century. But only one of these suspects was female. In 1939, this theory was revived by William Stewart in his book “Jack the Ripper: A New Theory” in which he puts Mary Pearcy in systematic relationship with the murders. Pearcy-whose real name was Mary Eleanor Wheeler-had brutally murdered a mother and baby in 1890. She was executed and hanged the same year at the age of 24. However, the evidence put forward in William Stewart’s book seems to be based solely on coincidence. At this point, there has never been any compelling evidence that Mary Pearcy was involved in the killings of Jack the Ripper.
But in May 2006, the case emerged from the limbo of history. The stamps found on a number of letters from Jack the Ripper were subjected to saliva tests. The DNA found there is that of a woman. The world press then again took up the old theory of the possible involvement of Mary Pearcy in the killings of Jack the Ripper.
Another peculiarity of this dark affair, pending her execution, Mary would have asked if an ad could be placed in a Madrid newspaper. This announcement was worded as follows: “MEP last wish MEW, did not bet MEW”. The meaning of this announcement in a Spanish newspaper remains unclear to this day.
Writer, prolific author, magician, occultist, s#x maniac and child killer, the reputation of the British Aleister Crowley continues to haunt people’s minds. Highly controversial both for his s#xual mores and his occultist ideas, the media quickly dubbed this intriguing character ‘The Wickedest Man in the World’. Almost all of Crowley’s life was devoted to what he defined as “ultimate self-liberation”. This is translated mainly by the provocation, the nonconformity and the satisfaction of all the s#xual desires and perversities, as bizarre as they are.
Crowley is especially famous for belonging to occult societies. He will write: “I want blasphemy, murder, rape, revolution, nothing is bad or good, as long as it’s strong.” In one of his works, Crowley describes how to shape the kingdom of darkness on Earth. Crowley’s letters and documents are all curiously signed by the satanic number 666. Aleister Crowley dies in 1947, is cremated and, curiously, his ashes were lost forever.