20 Of The Creepiest Unsolved Mysteries Ever…They’ll Keep You Up At Night

Real life isn’t like a police procedural TV show that buttons up every mystery in 45 minutes or less. Sometimes mysteries never get solved, leaving people both stumped and incredibly unnerved. Recently, people shared the creepiest unsolved mysteries ever–and they truly are heartbreaking.

The Disappearance of Karlie Guse

I am an avid unresolved mysteries reader, and I don’t know why it has stuck with my, but Karlie Guse. 16 year old girl called her stepmother to pick her up from a party, reportedly was too scared to sleep because she thought someone would kill her, and the next day she disappeared. There was some weird interviews and dynamics between step parents and birth parents and a bunch of theories abound.

u/losingmydognity

The Murder of Robert Wone

The murder of Robert Wone is something I think about often.

He was with friends, just staying the night and what happened to him sounds brutal. Even more disturbing to me is the fact that everyone who was in that house that evening seemingly have a pact of silence and are walking around free as a bird.

u/Benend91

The Keddie Cabin Murders

The Keddie Cabin murders. Not only did the 14-year-old daughter of one of the victims find them tied up and stabbed to death, three more kids were still asleep in the bedroom, having no idea what had happened.

u/san_sammy

The Murder of Missy Bevers

Missy Bevers.

A suspect in full SWAT armor breaks into a church and smashes windows and breaks opens doors with a hammer, looking for a local fitness instructor. They then find and beat her to death before getting away. There is high quality surveillance video of both them and their car, but investigators couldn’t make out the license plate. There has been a suspect who was cleared because of an alibi, and there’s been no recent updates.

The City of San Francisco Train Derailment

In my opinion, it’s the City of San Francisco train derailment that occurred in Harden, NV on 08/12/1939.

The train, run by the Southern Pacific Railroad at the time, derailed at a bridge over the Humboldt River at a speed range of 60-90 mph. The accident resulted in 24 fatalities and multiple injuries. Days later, Investigators discovered tools at the bottom of the Humboldt River, determining that the wreck was caused by sabotage of the rails.

u/Pete_D_301

The Burning of Jessica Chambers

Jessica Chambers. She was set on fire in her car and had gasoline poured down her throat. Paramedics found her walking down the lane on fire. The only part of her body that wasn’t burned was the bottom of her feet. She did not survive. Police found a suspect but did not have enough evidence to charge him. Paramedics were so traumatized by what they saw, they had to go through therapy, and broke down on stage during interviews. She tried to name her attacker, but her throat was so destroyed, she couldn’t be understood.

u/1GamingAngel

The Missing Paperboys of Des Moines

In the early 80s, all within 18 months of each other three paperboys in the Des Moines, IA area all went missing during their morning route. The cases have never been solved. There are theories ranging from a pedophilia ring, an ex-employee who was a creeper kidnapping them, and even a lone wolf type situation.

It’s a bizarre case that has baffled Iowa for years.

u/Pfroggy1

The Murder in the Penn State Library

In 1969, a student was killed in the stacks of the library at my old college (Penn State) and was found with a singular stab wound on her chest. It wasn’t even late or anything, and while there were many suspects, no one was ever arrested for it. It’s insane how someone could kill a person in broad daylight at a major university, and get away with it.

It’s not really anything super crazy(in comparison to other stories here), it’s just weird to me personally because I would always study there and I didn’t find out about it until after I graduated.

u/Rickdaquickk

The Disappearance of the Beaumont Children

The disappearance of the Beaumont Children The Beaumont Children are siblings who disappeared in 1966, there are still to this day investigations on-going to try and find the remains of these children. There have been foundations of sheds and houses dug up.

The children have never been found and the suspect(s) has never been identified.

u/jnrdingo

The West Mesa Bone Collector

The West Mesa Bone Collector:

The bones of dozens of women were found at a construction site, no other clues.

u/ItsSebjustSeb

The Disappearance of Pedro Lopez, Serial Killer

What happened to Pedro Lopez.

He is one of the most prolific serial killers in history, and claims to have murdered over 350 women and girls.

Since his release in 1998, his whereabouts are currently unknown.

u/DavosLostFingers

The Cape Intruder of Maine

Honestly the cape intruder isn’t disturbing just weird as hell. During the night in cape Maine in like 2005 people who kept their doors unlocked would wake up to find a man staring at them and he would quickly flee. No people were ever injured and nothing was ever stolen. They just watched people sleep apparently.

u/whatislife

The Yogurt Shop Murders

The Yogurt Shop Murders that took place in Austin, Texas in late 1991. It’s been the subject of a couple episodes on ’48 Hours’ and a book devoted to the case was published around five years ago: Who Killed These Girls? by Beverly Lowry.

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The Axeman of New Orleans

The axeman of New Orleans

Guy was murdering people but wrote a letter that he wouldn’t kill anyone who played jazz in their home. Never caught.

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The Death of Rebecca Zahau

The Death of Rebecca Zahau has stuck with me.

Zahau’s nude body was found hanging from a balcony, with her wrists and ankles bound and hands behind her back. Her death was ruled a suicide. As if that wasn’t strange enough, 2 days prior to her death, the 6-year-old son of her boyfriend fell down a staircase and died. His death was ruled an accident.

There’s a lot to read about this case, and I highly recommend it if you’re into true crime.

u/zemorah

What Happened to Adam

The case of ‘Adam’ immediately came to mind: ‘unidentified male child whose torso was discovered in the River Thames in London, United Kingdom, on 21 September 2001. Dubbed “Adam” by police officers, the unidentified remains belonged to a black male, around four to eight years old, who had been wearing orange girls’ shorts. The post-mortem showed that Adam had been poisoned, his throat had been slit to drain the blood from his body, and his head and limbs had been expertly removed. Investigators believe the child was likely from southwestern Nigeria, and that several days before his murder, he was trafficked to the United Kingdom for a muti ritual sacrifice. To date, nobody has been charged with Adam’s murder, and his true identity remains unknown.’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_(murder_victim) RIP little dude.

u/RevolutionaryHeat318

The Cleveland Torso Murderer

The Cleveland Torso Murderer.

From 1935 to 1938, there was a serial killer who chopped off the heads and appendages of 12-20 people and left their torsos for people to find. The famous detective Eliot Ness was on the case, and the killer taunted him by leaving two torsos within full view of his office.

The killer was never identified, nor were the majority of the victims.

u/RockVonCleveland

The Hinterkaifeck Murders

The Hinterkaifeck murders always freaked me out. I’ve read quite a bit about it, and it sounds like it was probably a neighbor. But the creepy part is that the killer was probably living/hiding out in the attic for multiple days beforehand.

I read about this for the first time when I went on a multi-night hiking trip. I stayed in cabins. The first night, there was a loft above where we were sleeping. I stared at it all night.

Adding a really good write-up on r/UnresolvedMysteries. It has way more information than the wikipedia page. Read this awhile back and just remembered about it.

u/TecateLanding

The Boy in the Box

Boy in the Box, 1957 Philadelphia. Warning: graphic details

This story just makes me so sad and sticks out to me as a true crime junkie, especially with the recent case of a child being found in a Las Vegas suitcase that is still under investigation.

Basically, a young boy who’s age was estimated to be 3-7 years old was found in a box naked and mutilated with bruises on the side of a road in Philadelphia. It was strange because the boy appeared to have been very malnourished, but was recently groomed—haircut, fingernails all trimmed. He was covered in scars, some surgical, suggesting he had previously been taken care of. Evidence suggests he was taken care of by a possible parent/guardian before he was taken into “custody” of his abuser. Cause of death determined to be blunt force trauma. How anyone could do something like this is just foul and disturbing to say the very least. The worst part is? It’s just a big mystery, almost nothing to go off of. There wasn’t anyone matching his description reported missing. There wasn’t any record of this kid, his pure existence was a mystery.

Nothing came of the case, even all these years later. There were some leads but they didn’t result to much, despite heavy media coverage and a search to find who this boy was.

Some theories include that his parents did this to him, which would explain why he was previously in good condition, then they never reported him missing after they killed him. And back then it was easier to not have record of a child that probably or wasn’t born in a hospital.

That he was a victim of sex trafficking

The cleaning and grooming of him before he was dumped wasn’t to pay some sort of respect to him, but to remove of evidence that might have been on his body, or any defining features like his hair.

What happened to him, and who did this? Why the box? Why was he kept malnourished, but haphazardly groomed before being dumped on the side of the road? Who is he?

u/Sweet_Law8777

The Disappearance of Brian Shaffer

There was a case of a college age young man, [Brian Shaffer], who was reported missing after a night out. There’s security camera footage of him entering a bar, but absolutely no footage of him leaving. Like he went into the bar and just flat out dropped off the face of the earth. The last I knew, he’s never been found and nobody knows what happened to him.

He went missing from Columbus, Ohio.

Since it keeps coming up: the bar was on a second floor at that time with only one public entrance/exit. The police extensively reviewed all the security camera footage. Brian and everyone else who was there that night was seen on camera entering the bar. Everyone, except for Brian, who was at the bar that night was seen on camera leaving the bar. Which would nix any theories that he left wearing different clothes/disguised as someone else/mixed in with a crowd.

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