Unsolved Mysteries Involving The Supernatural That Still Can't Be Explained
Some unsolved mysteries just boil down to finding a killer at the scene of the crime. Other unsolved mysteries seem to have undoubtedly paranormal forces at work.
There's something incredibly comforting in being a skeptic to the paranormal. There's an idea that, no matter how strange something is, there's a real, rational explanation as to what happened. So, you never fear ghosts, ghouls, or demons as a result.
But, there are many reasons why our beliefs in the paranormal continue to pervade the human psyche. Some of us love the comfort of the afterlife concept. Others, however, believe that there may be something else at play around human nature.
Once in a blue moon, events will happen that just don't make sense — at all. There's no signs of someone turning into a serial killer, no evidence that there was someone around, and just really strange circumstances. These unsolved mysteries involving the supernatural will creep you out, shake you to the core, and make you question if the truth really is out there.
The Ourang Medan was a Dutch freighter ship that sailed between the straits of Malacca between Sumatra and Malaysia in the mid-1940s. At one random day in June of 1947, surrounding ships got a very strange distress signal from the Ourang Medan.
Officials claimed to get an SOS with a very cryptic message. The message said:
"All officers including captain are dead, lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead. (Indecipherable Morse code) I die."
Alarmed, crew members on the Amerian ship Silver Star quickly searched for the Ourang Medan, and found it. They went onboard, with other Dutch and American ships nearby. What they found onboard scared the daylights out of these witnesses.
Not a single soul on the ship was alive, and all the people on it were frozen in a state of terror-filled death. Even the ship's dog was dead. Every single body seemed to be cowering from some monstrous, unknown force. Yet, no marks on any of the bodies could be found.
No lifeboats were missing, no signs of ship boarding could be found. So, whoever or whatever destroyed the ship must have been on board to begin with — or somehow mysteriously landed there and slaughtered the crew without missing a mark.
Then, all of a sudden, the ship caught fire. The crew members of the Silver Star quickly rushed off the ship, barely escaping with their lives. To this day, no one knows what happened to the crew of the SS Ourang Medan, making them one of the most bizarre unsolved mysteries involving the supernatural.
That being said, many people believe that the story of the SS Ourang Medan is a hoax due to the fact that no official records involve a ship by that name in the 1940s. So, did the Ourang Medan exist, or was it just a story someone came up with? Who knows?
One of the most terrifying unsolved murders of recent years also happens to be one of the strangest unsolved mysteries involving the supernatural. Unlike the SS Ourang Medan, there are official records of the victims' existence, their bodies, and ties to the paranormal in the case.
The Jamison family of Eufala, Oklahoma, were a pretty normal family when you'd first meet them. Bobby and Sherilyn were parents to a cute six-year-old girl, were looking into buying a plot of land, and generally lived lives similar to the others in the area. They were a wholesome, blue-collar family in America's heartland.
Or so it seemed, until they went missing in October of 2009, out in the middle of Red Oaks. Then, the rumors began to pour out, and police soon realized that all was not what it seemed to be about the Jamisons.
Sherilyn's best friend mentioned to police that the Jamisons had a strange preoccupation with witchcraft. Police searched the Jamison home and found a "Satanic bible" in the middle of the room. They also found a note that read:
"3 cats killed to date buy (sic) people in this area … Witches don’t like there (sic) black cat killed."
Slowly, but surely, more information about the seemingly normal-at-first-sight Jamisons poured out. Sherilyn and Madyson both claimed that the house was heavily haunted, and Madyson claimed that she used to talk to "the dead person in the house."
Bobby and Sherilyn also were, at one point, looking into "special bullets" to harm the ghost that was haunting them. Neighbors and video footage also showed them looking very emaciated, sick, and nervous in the days before they vanished.
More alarmingly, police also noted that the day they vanished, they loaded up the entire family into a car and drove off. It looked planned — not by someone else, but by them.
In 2013, a hiker found their remains: two adults and a child. All of them were face down, side by side. No injuries were on them, save for a hole in the back of Bobby's head.
The car was found weeks after they disappeared. When the car was found, there was no sign of distress or a struggle. There was $32,000 in the car, as well as a very malnourished family pet on the verge of death. If robbery was the motive, they would have ran off with the cash.
Bobby's gun and a scathingly cruel letter from Sherilyn to Bobby was also found in the truck. So, what happened to these three? Was it murder-suicide? Was it meth? Was it a cult? Or is it just one of the few unsolved mysteries involving the supernatural?
The more you look into the Jamison family disappearance, the more it gets stranger. Eufala is known for having a very high meth addict population. The area also was known for being a hotspot for "extreme cult activity."
Connie, Sherilyn's mother, is convinced cults and witchcraft had a part in their deaths. In an interview, she said,
"That part of Oklahoma is known for that … cults and stuff like that … from what I’ve been told and from what I’ve read. I was told (around the time of Sherilyn’s disappearance) … that she was on a cult’s hit list.”
Baffling as it is, there's no telling what happened to them. Perhaps, in the future, we'll find a clue that solves it all. Until then, it could be a bitter wife — or something far more paranormal.
The San Francisco Satanic Beheading
San Francisco has seen some pretty freaky stuff in its days, but one of the strangest unsolved mysteries involving the supernatural would have to deal with local transient, Leroy Carter Jr.
Carter was sleeping in the Golden Gate Park one fateful winter night in 1981 when he was brutally attacked. When police came to the scene, they found that Carter had been gruesomely beheaded. The police suspected cult behavior, so they brought in specialist Officer Sandi Gallant.
Gallant believed that Carter's murder was the work of a cult by the name of Palo Mayombe — a darker sect of Santeria. According to Gallant, if this was the case, the Palo Mayombe would make a potion from Carter's brains and ears...then return his head to the place of the killing 42 days later.
Scarily enough, Gallant was right on the money. Carter's head returned to the scene of the crime in exactly 42 days. The killer has never been caught, and police declared Carter's murder a cold case.
In early 1932, a young woman by the name of Lilly Lindeström was working the streets of Atlas — a small town on the outskirts of Stockholm. Then, without any warning, she was attacked and killed. Unfortunately, sex workers seem to be victims of murder more often than the general populace, so that in itself doesn't seem as unusual as it should be.
What made Lindeström's death so unusual, though, was that she was found drained of blood, with puncture marks near her neck. Upon closer observation, police also found evidence of human saliva near her neck. The only evidence they had was a condom that was still left inside of her, and a gravy ladle that was used to drink her blood.
Police called this chilling, seemingly vampiric case, the Case of the Atlas Vampire. No killer was ever found, making it what many would consider a perfect murder for its time. Thankfully, no one innocent was convicted of this horrible crime.
In 1980, Zigmund Adamski, a 56-year-old man, disappeared without a trace when he went out shopping in Tingley, England. Five days after he vanished, things began to get very weird.
His body was found outside of a coal mine, 20 miles away, on top of a coal pile. No coal was found on his body, making it look as if he was just dropped from the sky. He was found at 3:45 PM, which means that his body was placed there in broad daylight without any of the mine workers noticing.
Even more curiously, Adamski's body had no traces of coal or dirt despite being out near a coal mine. He only had a day's worth of stubble despite being missing for five days.
The strangest part, though, was the burns all over his neck, shoulders, and head. An abnormal, unknown gel was put over the burns — the gel remaining unidentified to this day.
Adamski strongly believed that he was abducted by UFOs prior to his death. Would aliens have actually been the people who ended up killing him, or was there a more terrestrial cause of death that we aren't seeing?
No one can explain how Adamski ended up in a coal mine, or what had happened to him. To this day, it's one of the most baffling unsolved mysteries involving the supernatural potential of an alien attack in history.
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Ossiana Tepfenhart is a writer based out of NJ. You can message her via Twitter on @bluntandwitty or via Instagram on @ossiana.makes.content. She's always looking for freelance work and collabs!