Who doesn’t love to dig into a long-unsolved mystery here and there – the creepier the better? I think it’s because we’ve all got a little Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys stuck inside us from childhood, or maybe we’re all just a little bit morbid.
Either way, below are 6 of the creepiest unsolved mysteries of all time – guaranteed to get your brain juices flowing and have you wondering whether you’re too old to sleep with the light on at night.
The Hinterkaifeck Murders
This creeptastic story is a tale of a murderous ghost…or maybe just a murderer. In the days leading up to the murders in 1920s Germany, a slew of strange happenings took place around the Hinterkaifeck farm. A maid quit, claiming the house was haunted. They noticed footprints in the snow around the house, footsteps in the attic, and even found a newspaper in the home that no one had purchased. Keys went missing.
Not long after, neighbors noticed they hadn’t seen anyone from the family lately and went to check on them – only to find all of them dead. Most of them had been led to the barn and slaughtered there with some sort of axe, while the maid and youngest son were killed in their beds. The youngest daughter survived the attack and lived for a few hours before dying, pulling out chunks of her own hair along the way.
The police never found the murderer, although they did surmise that he or she spent time in the home after committing the heinous acts. There was smoke curling from the chimney and some food had been consumed.
The murders are still unsolved to this day. Chilling!
The Disappearance of the Sodder Children
This one is, in my opinion, one of the weirdest mysteries of all time. At 1am on Christmas Eve 1945, the Sodder family woke up to find their West Virginia house was on fire. They managed to get 4 of their 9 children out of the home safely, after which the father went to get a ladder so he could access the second floor and rescue the remaining 5 children from their rooms.
The ladder was missing.
He went to get his trucks.
They wouldn’t start.
They tried to call the fire department but got no response. The water in the rain barrels was frozen solid. Eventually, the neighbors saw the smoke and went for the fire department, who arrived 7 hours after the blaze first began. They found no remains in the home, not even bones, and declared the 5 children dead.
It is unclear whether a house fire could burn hot enough to completely consume bones, but that’s not the only reason the Sodder parents believed their children could still be alive. In the weeks leading up to the incident, they had not one, but two people threaten that their home would burn down. One of the older boys noticed a man by the road watching the younger children walk home after school. They received a strange phone call just minutes before the blaze broke out, and since the fire, they’ve received tips and letters from people claiming to have seen their children around the United States.
For more details on the family’s ongoing investigation, go here.
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