10 of the Most Mysterious People
Humans have been baffled since a long time whether it is a matter of people disappearing or a matter of unidentifiable persons. This list is a collection of people of this variety who have been known for this enigmatic quality or character.
10. V-J Day Kisser
V-J Day Photograph by Eisenstaedt on August 14, 1945 from Victory over Japan Day is perhaps one of the most famous photographs in the history. This was originally published in Life magazine, since Eisenstaedt was photographing rapidly changing events during the V-J celebrations he didn’t get a chance to get names and details. The photograph does not clearly show the faces of either kisser and several people have laid claim to being the subjects. The photo was shot just south of 45th Street looking north from a location where Broadway and Seventh Avenue converge.
In its August 1980 issue, the editors of LIFE Magazine asked that the kissing sailor come forward. In the October 1980 issue, the editors reported that eleven men and three women had come forward to claim to be the kissers.This made this photograph one of the most famous in history and V-J Day kisser, the most famous sailor. The nurse, who claimed to be the lady in this picture has died just yesterday at the age of 91.
8. Zodiac Killer
The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in Northern California in the late 1960s. The Zodiac killer’s identity remains unknown. The Zodiac killer coined the name “Zodiac” in a series of taunting letters sent to the local Bay area press. These letters included four cryptograms (or ciphers), three of which have yet to be solved. The Zodiac murdered victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco between December 1968 and October 1969. Four men and three women, between the ages of 16 and 29, were targeted. Numerous suspects have been named by law enforcement and amateur investigators, but no conclusive evidence has surfaced.
In April 2004, the San Francisco Police Department marked the case “inactive”, yet re-opened the case at some point prior to March 2007. The case also remains open in the city of Vallejo as well as in Napa Counties and Solano Counties. The California Department of Justice has maintained an open case file on the Zodiac murders since 1969.
7. Comte de Saint Germain
The Count of St. Germain (fl. 1710-1784) has been variously described as a courtier, adventurer, charlatan, inventor, alchemist, pianist, violinist and a mysterious man, best known as a recurring figure in the stories of several strands of occultism. He was known as one of the Masters of the Ancient Wisdom, is credited with near god-like powers and longevity. Some sources write that his name is not familial, but was invented by him as a French version of the Latin Sanctus Germanus, meaning “Holy Brother.”
He was a man whose origin was unknown and who disappeared without leaving a trace. The scarcity of contemporary biographical detail about St. Germain (alongside his own apparent self-mythologising) has supported the construction of many versions of his origins and ancestry.With his strange disappearance, some authorities had even referred of him as “second coming of Christ” and some as true heir to the Throne of England, born to Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley. Another round of people have referred of him as the illegitimate son of Maria Anna, the widow of Charles II of Spain, while still other know him as the son of the king of Portugal (presumably John V). The truth remains a mystery.
6. Dan Cooper
D. B. Cooper is the name attributed to a man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the United States on November 24, 1971, received US$200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. The name he used to board the plane was Dan Cooper , but through a later press miscommunication, he became known as “D. B. Cooper”. Despite hundreds of leads through the years, no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper’s true identity or whereabouts, and the bulk of the money has never been recovered.
Between 1967 and 1972 there were 147 attempted skyjacks in the U.S. One of those skyjacks was “pulled off” by Dan Cooper. Dan Cooper paid $20 for a one-way flight from Portland to Seattle aboard Northwest Orient Flight 305 on Thanksgiving Eve in 1971. Once in flight, Cooper handed the flight attendant a note that read, “I have a bomb in my briefcase. I will use it if necessary. I want you to sit next to me. You are being hijacked.” When the plane landed his demands for $200,000 and four parachutes were met, the passengers were released and the plane took off again. Flying at 10,000 feet, wings flapped at 15 degrees and in virtual landing mode, the plane was low enough for an easy jump. It’s believed that at around 8:11 p.m. Cooper jumped and was never heard from or seen again. Some of the mysteries that cause people trouble are why he did not ask to fly a precise route, request warm clothing or at least a helmet. In the end, Cooper pulled off an anti-establishment act during the Vietnam era and he remains, according to some, the one man who beat the established order by slipping past the feds and managing not to physically hurt anyone; however, some claim that he ultimately hurt himself. Whether or not he survived is one of the most endearing unsolved.
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