Science is powerful, but there is much that it simply cannot explain. We list ten paranormal mysteries that remain unsolved.
Our readers are quite familiar with reports of the paranormal through personal experience or through the millions of videos and anecdotal accounts found online. Rumored entities such as ghosts, demons, or mysterious creatures like Sasquatch and the Lock Ness Monster have always haunted our collective consciousness. These mysteries aren’t specific to our current generation. Throughout the ages, the paranormal has been experienced, witnessed, and reported. However, those accounts have brought us no closer to solving their mysteries.
Science is powerful, but there is much that it simply cannot explain. Take events in or near the Bermuda Triangle, for example. One of the heaviest shipping lanes in the world, strange, unexplainable phenomena has been reported in that region since the 1950s, the earliest being the unusual disappearance of ships and planes. In one such account, the disappearance of Flight 19 over the triangle was documented through the pilot’s final words. “We are entering white water, nothing seems right. We don’t know where we are, the water is green, no white.” The plane and crew were never seen or heard from again.
In 1964, Vincent Gaddis wrote in the pulp magazine Argosy of the boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle: three vertices, in Miami, Florida peninsula, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda. In the February 1964 issue of Argosy, Vincent Gaddis’ article “The Deadly Bermuda Triangle” argued that Flight 19 and other disappearances were part of a pattern of strange events in the region. The next year, Gaddis expanded this article into a book, Invisible Horizons.
But this isn’t the only mystery we still know little or nothing about. Here is our list of Ten Unexplained Paranormal Mysteries.
- The Taos Hum. The town of Taos, in north-central New Mexico, has been home to many famous residents including Julia Roberts, Dennis Hopper, D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley and Donald Rumsfeld. It’s a small, laid-back artsy community that is also home to an unusual mystery: a resident hum of unknown origin, the so-called “Taos Hum.” Approximately 2% of the current residents in that area report having been annoyed and puzzled by the mysterious and faint low-frequency hum in the desert air. No one, to date, has been able to find the hum’s origins.
- Intuition. Whether we call it gut feeling, a ‘sixth sense,’ or something else, we have all experienced intuition at one time or another. Of course, gut feelings are often wrong (how many times during aircraft turbulence have you been sure your plane was going down?), but they do seem to be right much of the time. Psychologists note that people subconsciously pick up information about the world around us, leading us to seemingly sense or know information without knowing exactly how or why we know it. But cases of intuition are difficult to prove or study, and psychology may only be part of the answer. Intuition is also part of what we consider psychic abilities, taken to a heightened level.
- The Case of Elisa Lam. In December of last year, ParanormalInvestigating.com covered the mysterious death of student Elisa Lam, last seen behaving in bizarre ways on security footage taken from an elevator in a Los Angeles hotel. Lam was later found floating face down in the hotel’s
rooftop water tank. Four years later, there are still no solid leads. Kim Cooper, an LA crime historian, said Lam has become such a tragically iconic figure that she’s drawn comparisons to Elizabeth Short, otherwise known as the Black Dahlia—perhaps the city’s most famous murder victim whose gruesome 1947 death is still unexplained.
- NDE and Life After Death. People who were once near death have sometimes reported various mystical experiences (such as going into a tunnel and emerging in a light, being reunited with loved ones, a sense of peace, etc.) that may suggest an existence beyond the grave. While such experiences are profound, no one has returned with proof or verifiable information from “beyond the grave.” Skeptics suggest that the experiences are explainable as natural and predictable hallucinations of a traumatized brain. A study of people in cardiac arrest in 2015 found that when the heart is dying, it gets peppered by signals from the brain, which tries to stay active. The scramble of signals might be responsible for near-death experiences, researchers theorize.
- Black-eyed Children. An urban legend of supposed paranormal creatures that resemble children between the ages of 6 and 16, with pale skin and black eyes, who are reportedly seen hitchhiking or panhandling, or are encountered on doorsteps of residential homes. Tales of black-eyed children have appeared in pop culture since the late 1990s. One week in September 2014, the British tabloid Daily Star ran three sensationalist front-page stories about alleged sightings of black-eyed children, connected to the sale of a supposedly haunted pub in Staffordshore. The paper claimed a “shocking rise in sightings around the world.” Alleged sightings are taken seriously by ghost hunters, some of whom believe black eyed children to be extraterrestrials, vampires, or ghosts. In the ’90s, journalist Brian Bethel was parked outside of a movie theater when he was approached by two children. The kids were around 10 years of age, but Bethel somehow experienced a fear unlike any other in their presence.The children said they wanted to see a particular movie, but said they left their money at home. They asked Bethel if they could have a ride home. Still gripped with fear, he refused and started his car. Why? Because the children’s eyes were pitch black. They told him that they couldn’t get in his car unless he invited them, growing evermore agitated, but Bethel drove away. He wrote about the experience in an online blog and ever since, people from all over the world have shared their experiences with “The Children.”
- Enfield Poltergeist. “There was all kinds of phenomena reported and witnessed by the family,neighbors, police, journalists and investigators in 1977 and 1978. Furniture would move around, seemingly without the aid of human hands; knocking sounds were heard, the sources of which were never found; people were allegedly thrown into the air; Janet was seen levitating above her bed—witnessed by a person outside the house through a window; electrical equipment broke down, with batteries draining inexplicably; teleportation; the list is almost endless.” This is an eyewitness account of the events that took place in a residence in Brimsdown, Enfield, England. One of the strangest things about the Enfield case is that the ‘thing’ behind it seemed to be sentient. In fact, it could use knocks to communicate and audio recordings exist of it ‘speaking through’ Janet with a voice most incongruous to an 11-year-old girl.
- Human Spontaneous Combustion. There have been hundreds of cases reported, most with similarities. Usually, the victim’s torso has burned away entirely, with only a small area of charring to the surroundings. Often, limbs also remain, scorched at the end but intact otherwise. Just a couple of cases: In 1986 retired firefighter George Mott’s remains were discovered in his New York apartment. According to some sources, all that was left of him was “a leg, a shrunken skull and pieces of his rib cage.” Mary Hardy Reeser spontaneously combusted while sitting in a chair in her Florida home. Upon discovery, all that remained was the burned seat springs, some bones, a shrunken skull and one foot that was still wearing its slipper. Again, the burning was localized.
- Amityville Ghost. Some say the young-looking figure peeking over the banister is a demon with glowing eyes, others that it bears an uncanny resemblance to one of the young DeFeo boys that was murdered in the house by Ronald Junior. After the story of the Lutz Family’s experiences of the Amityville house broke to the public an investigation was led by “infamous demonologists” Ed and Lorraine Warren in 1976. Photographer Gene Campbell set up a camera on the second floor to automatically take pictures at certain intervals. Among many uninteresting exposures, this one stood out.
- Ohio University Room 128. This room, located at Ohio University, is unavailable to students. It has been boarded up and closed off because of various paranormal reports regarding the room. Poltergeist activity has been felt: objects flying across the room, doors that open and shut by themselves, and dark shadows appearing and disappearing without explanation. The creepiest thing about this room is the demon-like face that appears in the wood grain of the door. The door has been replaced multiple times only to have the face appear again. The apparition is known to be playful, and is said to be the spirit of a student that committed suicide in the room. If being a freshman at a college university wasn’t stressful enough, imagine having to share your dorm with a ghost!
- Children Who Have Lived Before. James Leininger who lives in Louisiana, was just two and a half years old when he started talking about his vivid dreams and strong memories of being a man called LT James McCready Huston. He went on to say that he had been a World War II fighter pilot, from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, who had been killed in Iwo Jima more than fifty years before. At the tender age of two the boy began talking about aviation, and his knowledge of the subject was amazing. He hadn’t learned it from his parents as they knew nothing of flying or being in the Airforce. He started having nightmares about being shot down by a Japanese plane with a red sun on the side. The child’s parents began to study the subject, and to their astonishment, realised that something extremely extraordinary was happening. There was no way James could have known this amazingly true information! His nightmares started after his father had taken him to Dallas flight museum. But there was nothing there that would or could have started these amazing revelations.
This is our list. What is yours?