Some historical mysteries may never be solved. It may be because an archaeological site has been destroyed or lost.
Another reason can be when new evidences seem unlikely to be found, they are left as a mystery. The surviving evidence may also be too vague to lead scholars to come up with an explanation.
The lack of answers and the amount of questions we have in our mind can make these enigmas more fascinating.
Let’s take a look at 10 of these historical questions that may never have definitive explanations.
1. Jack the Ripper
Who was Jack the Ripper?
During 1888, serial killer named Jack the Ripper killed at least five women in London. He was found to be mutilating their bodies.
Jack supposedly wrote a number of letters which were sent to police. The letters were about Jack taunting officers’ efforts to find the Ripper. Whether the letters were written by the Ripper or not is still a matter of debate among elites.
It has been years but the Ripper was never found. Many people have been brought up as being the possible candidates who could have been the killer. According to a recent book, it suggested that a woman named Lizzie Williams was the Ripper.
However Ripper experts cast doubt on it. It looks like the true identity of the Ripper will never be known.
2. Jimmy Hoffa
Where is Jimmy Hoffa?
Union leader of the teamster who is known for his involvement in organized crime unit disappeared in Oakland County, Michigan, on July 30, 1975.
The location of his body along with the identity of his killer or a gang who was involved in the act has not been found and is still an ongoing mystery. Most investigators have assumed him to be dead. A number of sites in Detroit and Oakland County have been searched by police and forensic anthropologists to no evidence being found.
According to a popular theory “Hoffa’s body was buried beneath Giants Stadium in New Jersey.” The identity of his killer was unclear and this theory was disproven. Before his death in 2006 Richard Kuklinski confessed that “The Iceman” claimed to have killed Hoffa. He further mentioned that dumped his body in a scrap yard.
Before the death of Kuklinski an author named Philip Carlo visited him in prison. He had written a book based on Kuklinski’s confessions. A number of police officers had doubts about the confessions made by him. It has been many years and seems very unlikely that Hoffa’s remains will ever be found.
3. Cleopatra VII
Where is Cleopatra’s tomb?
Cleopatra VII and her lover, Mark Antony, were buried together in a tomb after their deaths in 30 B.C. This was reported by ancient writers. According to the writer named Plutarch (A.D. 45-120) the tomb was found to be located near a temple of Isis, an Egyptian goddess.
The temple was considered to be a “lofty and beautiful” monument. It contained treasures made of gold, silver, emeralds, pearls, ebony and ivory. The location of the tomb still remains to be a mystery.
Egypt’s former antiquities minister, named Zahi Hawass in 2010 conducted excavations at a site near Alexandria. The site is now called Taposiris Magna. The temple contains a number of tombs dating to the era when Cleopatra VII ruled over Egypt.
During the time when many interesting archaeological discoveries were being made, Cleopatra VII’s tomb was not found to be among them. If Cleopatra’s tomb does survive to this day, it may be heavily ravaged and unidentifiable.
4. John F. Kennedy
Who killed JFK?
The biggest mystery in American history that will never be resolved is the death of JFK.
On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald. There are some speculations made that he wasn’t the only one shooting.
On Nov. 24, 1963, before Oswald could stand trial, he was lethally shot by nightclub owner named Jack Ruby.
The most accepted and explainable theory is that Oswald killed JFK on his own. Ruby killed Oswald based on his own freewill at the nightclub. Ruby’s motivation to kill Oswald was to spare Jacqueline Kennedy “the discomfiture of [Oswald] coming back to trial.”
However, there are a number of professional historians, along with many amateurs, who do not agree with this explanation. Since JFK’s death, innumerable unorthodox explanations have been brought by historians and amateurs. New evidence is less likely to appear after all these years and a firm agreement will probably never be reached.
5. Oak Island
Is there a money pit on Oak Island?
Stories have revolved around the Oak Island which is located off Nova Scotia, Canada. The stories tell that the Island held a money pit of buried treasure for more than two centuries.
According to research the treasure was most likely left by the pirate named Capt. William Kidd(1645-1701). Numerous expeditions costing millions of dollars have been conducted and many have traveled to the island searching for the lost treasure but alas it all was in vain.
No treasure has been found on Oak Island after the search conducted for centuries. But people still haven’t stopped from trying to find it. A History Channel show called “Curse of Oak Island” shown on a History Channel follows a modern-day expedition. The show got renewed for a fourth season in 2016.
4. Copper Scroll
Is the Copper Scroll treasure real?
In 1952 a copper scroll along with other Dead Sea Scrolls were found by archaeologists in a cave. It was found at the site of Qumran. The writing was engraved onto a copper scroll. The scroll records a vast amount of hidden gold and silver treasure. So much of treasures existed in the scroll. Some scholars believed it’s impossible for it to exist.
The Copper scroll dates back more than 1,900 years ago. It existed when the Roman Empire controlled the Qumran area as well. There were a number of rebels against Roman rule at that time. The Scientists have predicted that the treasure was being hidden to prevent its capture by the Roman forces.
No one knows if the treasure is real or where exactly was it hidden.
3. Art of the Covenant
What’s the fate of the Ark of the Covenant?
A Babylonian army, ruled under King Nebuchadnezzar II, conquered Jerusalem in 587 B.C. A building which was used by the Jewish people in order to worship god was sacked and destroyed. The name of the building was the First Temple. The temple contained the Ark of the Covenant. It carried tablets recording till 10 Commandments.
What happened to the Ark is still unclear. According to the ancient sources, it has been indicated that the ark was carried back to Babylonor. This suggested that the Ark was hidden before the city was captured.
The ark may have been destroyed during the city’s sacking. The ark’s location is still unknown. A series of stories and legends about the ark’s fate have been told since ancient times. One story tells us that the ark eventually made its way to Ethiopia. However another story says the ark was supernaturally hidden and will not appear until a messiah arrives.
2. Hanging Gardens
Were the Hanging Gardens of Babylon real?
An amazing series of gardens was constructed at the ancient city of Babylonin modern-day Iraq. It still hasn’t been clear when these gardens were exactly built. Nevertheless, some ancient writers were so impressed by the gardens and that they called them a “wonder of the world.”
Philo of Byzantium, around 250 B.C., wrote that the Hanging Gardens had “plants cultivated at a height above ground level, and the roots of the trees are embedded in an upper terrace rather than in the earth.”
1. City of Atlantis
Is there a City of Atlantis?
The Greek philosopher named Plato in the fourth century B.C., told a story of a land named Atlantis. The land existed in the Atlantic Ocean. It credibly conquered much of Europe and Africa during the prehistoric times.
The prehistoric Athenians strike back against Atlantis in the story. This results in a conflict which ends with Atlantis being vanished beneath the waves.
Many stories have influenced the City of Atlantis. One possibility is that of Minoan civilization, which flourished on the island of Crete. It flourished at about 1400 B.C.