These Famous Disappearances May Never Be Solved

There are countless people who simply vanished
from the pages of history. Some disappearances, like that of Amelia Earhart
or D.B. Cooper, are still entrenched within the public
mind, but others have slowly begun to fade away. 10. Everett Ruess Everett Ruess was an early 20th century artist
and diarist who primarily found success as a printmaker. A professional nomad, he would set out to
explore the deserts of the American Southwest and be gone for months at a time. In 1934, the 20-year-old wanderer walked alone
into the Utah wilderness and was never heard from again. Ruess was last seen on November 21. He stopped by the tiny settlement of Escalante
to pick up mail from his parents. It is assumed he met his end in the nearby
Davis Gulch, although how is still a bone of contention. Most likely scenario is an accidental death,
perhaps by slipping and falling off a cliff. Of course, he could have committed suicide
or could have been killed. Or, perhaps, he didn’t die at all and simply
left civilization behind to start a new life in the badlands he loved so much. The story of Everett Ruess sparked a new development
75 years after his disappearance. In 2009, the remains of a man were found in
Comb Ridge, about 50 miles east of Davis Gulch, and DNA tests suggested they belonged to the
vanished artist. However, the initial findings were later dismissed
after a state-of-the-art military lab proved that the bones belonged to a Native American
man. The ultimate fate of Everett Ruess remains
a mystery. 9. Victor Grayson In 1922, British Prime Minister David Lloyd
George caused a corruption scandal when it emerged that he sold honors and titles through
a middleman and fixer named Maundy Gregory. This led to the Honours (Prevention of Abuses)
Act of 1925. But a few years prior to this, a politician
named Victor Grayson threatened to expose the corruption and vanished soon after. Grayson was a skilled orator and a firebrand
who became a Member of Parliament for Colne Valley in 1907 after a shocking election win
as an independent candidate for the Labour Party. He lost his seat in 1910 and suffered a fall
from grace, but by the end of the decade he was ready to mount a comeback. His career revival came to an abrupt end as
Grayson disappeared on September 28, 1920. Some reports say that he was last seen leaving
his home with two men. The outspoken politician had recently made
some powerful enemies as he denounced the prime minister and accused him in public of
being involved in the honors scandal. Grayson claimed that the whole thing could
be traced to a “monocled dandy with offices in Whitehall” and promised to name him soon. Shortly after his public threat, the former
MP was attacked and beaten in the Strand. And after that he disappeared. There has never been any evidence connecting
the events together, although many have speculated that Grayson had been assassinated on Gregory’s
orders, him being the aforementioned dandy. 8. Ludwig Leichhardt In 1957, Patrick White wrote his seminal novel
Voss, which later helped him become the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The book tells the story of a stubborn, megalomaniac
German explorer who sets out to traverse the Australian continent. The character was based on Ludwig Leichhardt,
a real Prussian naturalist who disappeared in the outback a hundred years prior. Leichhardt arrived in Australia in 1842. He was keen to study this new natural world
so he organized several dangerous expeditions. The first two weren’t incredibly successful,
but at least Leichhardt walked away from them in one piece. The close calls didn’t deter him and, in
1848, he embarked on his most ambitious trek yet: a 2,800-mile journey east-to-west across
the uncharted Australian interior. The naturalist set out in March with a seven-man
team, dozens of pack animals, and piles of gear. He was last seen on April 3 at McPherson’s
Station, on the Darling Downs. As to what happened to him, theories are plentiful. Some say the entire expedition perished, either
by drowning, murder, or starvation. Others believe there was a mutiny and Leichhardt
was left to fend for himself. And some believe the naturalist renounced
civilization and spent the rest of his days with an Aboriginal tribe. Despite the size of Leichhardt’s expedition,
not a single remnant was recovered except for one small relic. In 1900, an Aboriginal man found a nameplate
with the inscription “LUDWIG LEICHHARDT 1848” attached to a burnt gun stuck in a
boab tree with the initial L carved into it. 7. Charles Kingsford Smith Staying in Australia, we examine the 1935
disappearance of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. His case draws a lot of comparisons to that
of Amelia Earhart. A pioneering aviator, Smith recorded the first
non-stop flight over the Australian mainland and the first trans-Pacific flight from the
United States to Australia. In 1935, he and his co-pilot Tommy Pethybridge
jumped aboard the Lady Southern Cross in an attempt to break the record for fastest flight
between England and Australia. The plane vanished on November 8, 1935, somewhere
over the Andaman Sea. After 18 months, a wheel and undercarriage
leg washed up on a Burmese island and were later confirmed to have belonged to the Lady
Southern Cross. In recent years, a filmmaker claimed to have
found the sunken plane through sonar imaging, but the claim has been met with skepticism
by several experts on the subject, including Kingsford Smith’s biographer, Ian Mackersey. For now, at least, the final resting place
of the two Australian pilots remains a mystery. 6. Oscar Zeta Acosta Oscar “Zeta” Acosta was a lawyer and author
who played a prominent role in the Chicano Movement of the 1960s. He is best remembered as the friend of Hunter
S. Thompson, particularly due to one memorable trip that later turned into the novel Fear
and Loathing in Las Vegas. Acosta might have been depicted as a 300-pound
Samoan named Dr. Gonzo, but he insisted on having his picture and name on the dust jacket. He disappeared in 1974 while on a trip in
Mexico. Oscar Acosta was unlike other civil rights
leaders of his time. While they were diplomatic and patient, Acosta
was angry and unreasonable or a “wild boy,” as Thompson described him. He indulged in heavy drug and alcohol use
and displayed erratic behavior such as showing up to trials barefoot and even setting a judge’s
lawn on fire. In other words, Acosta was the type of man
who made enemies pretty easy. Therefore, when he vanished while traveling
in Mazatlán, those close to him assumed that he was murdered, perhaps in a drug deal gone
wrong. Three years later, Thompson conducted his
own investigation into his disappearance and published it in Rolling Stone under the title
The Banshee Screams for Buffalo Meat. 5. Andrew Carnegie Whitfield Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie was one of the
richest men in American history. His wealth was estimated at around $372 billion
in modern currency. Of course, his life was not all roses. His reputation was tarnished by his involvement
in the Homestead Strike and the Johnstown Flood. And his nephew vanished mysteriously in 1938,
never to be heard from again. On the morning of April 17, Andrew Carnegie
“A.C.” Whitfield boarded his Taylor Cub monoplane. He had planned to make a short 15-minute flight
from Long Island to Brentwood, New York, but he never arrived at his destination. Whitfield was still some hours short of his
commercial pilot’s license so people initially thought he crashed due to inexperience. However, his journey only covered 15 miles
and no signs were found of an airplane wreckage. Even more bizarrely, the 28-year-old aviator
had checked into a Long Island hotel that day under the alias Albert C. White but never
checked out. In his room, investigators found his passport,
engraved cuff links, and other personal belongings. There were also two $6,000 life insurance
policies in his wife’s name as well as multiple stocks and bonds. Phone records showed that Whitfield called
his home after his disappearance and, according to a telephone operator, said to the person
at the other end, “Well, I am going to carry out my plan.” At the time, police opined that A.C. Whitfield
committed suicide by flying into the Atlantic Ocean. However, no evidence was ever found to corroborate
this hypothesis and his disappearance remains a mystery. 4. William Morgan If you ever visit the historic Batavia Cemetery
in New York state, you will see a statue placed on a tall pillar dedicated to William Morgan. In 1826, Morgan threatened to publish a tell-all
book that would expose all the secrets of the Freemasons. He disappeared a few months later. The inscription on the monument makes no mystery
about what happened. It describes Morgan as a “martyr to the
freedom of writing, printing and speaking the truth” who was abducted and murdered
by Masons. Indeed, this is the most commonly accepted
version of events, but it was never actually proven. Morgan claimed to have been a Freemason himself,
although this has never been established with certainty. Some sources say he did so to gain access
to the lodge and learn its secrets for his book, while others believe that he genuinely
wanted to be a member and only turned against the lodge when the Batavia chapter refused
his participation. Morgan’s book stirred up a lot of publicity
and he managed to find a backer in the form of newspaper publisher David Cade Miller. However, he also started being harassed, usually
by being arrested on trumped up charges. On one occasion, a group of men took him out
of jail, put him into a carriage and Morgan was never seen again. A few Masons served lenient sentences for
kidnapping, but none for murder. The most obvious scenario says that they killed
Morgan, although there were later rumors and unsubstantiated sightings of him that suggested
they simply paid him off to disappear and start a new life elsewhere. 3. Solomon Northup The story of Solomon Northup is fresh in the
public mind after the huge success that was 12 Years a Slave. However, the movie only touched on Northup’s
final years, which are mostly a mystery after the author and former slave vanished from
official records. The memoir Twelve Years a Slave was a success
when it came out in 1853. It told the story of Northup who was born
a free black man in New York state, but was tricked into going to Washington, D.C., where
he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Following the positive reception to his book,
Northup embarked on the lecture circuit. The last official sighting of him occurred
in 1857 when he was scheduled to speak in Streetsville, Ontario. A Canadian newspaper reported that Northup
had to flee the lecture after several audience members started slinging racial abuse at him. Rumors of the time said that the freeman had
been kidnapped again and sold once more into slavery or perhaps even killed. Other unsubstantiated sources claimed that
money woes led to Northup becoming a vagrant or that he got involved with the Underground
Railroad, helping other black fugitives find freedom. 2. Richard Halliburton There was a time when the tales of celebrated
adventurer and travel writer Richard Halliburton thrilled the youth of America. After his first book, The Royal Road to Romance,
published in 1925, became a hit, there was nothing stopping him from seeing the world. Eventually, his hazardous lifestyle caught
up to him and Halliburton went missing at sea in 1939. The Golden Gate International Expo in San
Francisco inspired Halliburton’s final adventure. He wanted to travel to Asia where he would
commission to have built an ancient Chinese vessel called a junk. He would then sail all the way from Hong Kong
to the world’s fair in San Francisco where he would take tourists on cruises in the bay. The first part of the plan worked, but not
without delays and added costs. Halliburton obtained a junk in Kowloon which
he dubbed the Sea Dragon. The vessel was not top-of-the-line, to say
the least. A biographer said that Halliburton was teased
by navy officers who said his ship will either sink five minutes after leaving the harbor
or be blown to pieces by the Japanese who were at war with China. The Sea Dragon had a failed test run which
put some crewmembers in the hospital and convinced others to abandon this foolhardy expedition. Nevertheless, Halliburton was determined to
see it through and left Hong Kong on March 4, 1939. Last anyone ever heard of him was a radio
message about two-and-a-half weeks later. 1. The Princes in the Tower Richard III is one of the most controversial
figures in the history of Great Britain. Last king of the House of Plantagenet, his
legacy was vilified by the House of Tudor and writers like Shakespeare. The most heinous accusation ever brought against
him was the assassination of his two young nephews in order to seize power. The two brothers, Edward and Richard, were
12 and 9 years old, respectively, when they were lodged inside the Tower of London and
disappeared. The Princes in the Tower, as they came to
be known, were the sons of King Edward IV. The older brother was supposed to reign as
Edward V with his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, serving as Lord Protector. His coronation never took place as both siblings
were ruled illegitimate. They were placed inside the tower while their
uncle took the throne. Many historians assert that the likeliest
scenario is the truth: Richard assassinated his nephews. Other candidates have been put forward, though. Henry Tudor assumed power as Henry VII just
two years after Richard’s ascendance to the throne. Some scholars contend that the former Lord
Protector kept the princes alive, but that Henry had them killed alongside other pretenders
who threatened his reign. The skeletons of two young children were dug
up underneath the tower in 1674. They were widely accepted as being the princes
and were interred at Westminster Abbey. However, they have never been inspected with
modern forensic tools. There has been a renewed call to examine them
ever since we found the remains of Richard III underneath a parking lot in 2012. DNA samples from both could be compared to
see if they are related. However, circumstances dictate that permission
from the Queen is necessary and, so far, she has refused.

100 thoughts on “These Famous Disappearances May Never Be Solved

  • It's pretty obvious those boys were killed by their uncle, and the skeletons belong to them. 1400s England was cold as hell when it came to that throne.

  • 3:01 Leichhardt is pronounced "Lie-cart". There are actually not one but 2 suburbs in Australia named after him. One in Sydney and one in Ipswich in Queensland

  • The Johnstown Flood Museum is housed in a building destroyed by the Great Flood that Carnegie had rebuilt. It's a sombre place and haunted. Also has a 130 year old mason jar filled with flood water (It's now just sludge). In a way, people don't change. Taking time to scoop up flood water was that era's post selfies after you are safe from …. whatever disaster.

  • Simon I started watching your videos in March and I'm pretty sure I've seen all of your stuff by now! Can you pretty please do more stuff on books, mythology and religion? Please?

  • Havent finished this video yet, but theres a really worthwhile short kinda scifi story that i read in school called 'on missing persons'
    Im sure some of the disappearances on this list will be ones explained in that story.. its totally worth a read if you can find it.

  • That tree you showed in the Ludwig Leichhardt story was actually The DIG Tree, where two other explorers, Burke and Wills had a base camp, The word DIG was carved into the tree to show them where supplies were buried if/when they returned from their expedition north. They were well overdue and their companions that stayed at the base camp had to leave.

  • In The Last Plantagenets (The Plantagenets,
    #4) Thomas B. Costain wrote that all historians agreed that the captain
    of the guards of the Tower of London at the time the sons of Edward the third
    were in the tower was considered an honorable and protective man of the two
    boys. The night before Richard the third was killed that Capt. of the tower guards
    rode all night to fight with Richard the third against whichever Henry the
    usurper side. The captain of the guard and Richard the third killed in the same
    battle no historian believes that the captain of the guard had ordered the
    children killed so it had to be Henry and his men who murdered the children.
    Also, Thomas B. Costain has stated that Richard the third had never wanted to be
    king of England he had always been happy to be in Northumberland and happy to
    serve his brother Edward III. It is very rare for any king to live very long
    without being murdered by some other member of his family no matter how distant
    that member is, will then claim the throne and most likely be murdered. The
    kings and queens of England or any other country are rarely honorable people
    they can’t be and survive.

  • Have you heard about Harold Holt he was the primemester of Australia and took the weekend off then went spear finished and despaired.

  • A few years ago during restoration work on the Tower of London they found skeletons of two small boys, but apparently they aren't the missing princes. I mean, how many dead children would you expect to find buried in a castle wall?

  • Acosta was most likely killed by the guadalajara cartel, in fact I'm certain that's what happened, due to his drug addiction and of course No evidence! Also the free masonry don't commit murder….my dad used to be one. They're just looney free thinkers, some are pedos who believe you should be allowed to marry children etc but you're not allowed to criticise other members or expose them…. Their only secrets are the identities of full members…
    If you think they're pulling strings and controlling world leaders, you're a idiot who watches too many movies. Theyre basically a gentlemen cigar and whisky club with freedom to express personal beliefs, spiritual and political beliefs etc. Plus you can't just JOIN the free masons, you Have to be invited.

  • What about Jim Thompson, the Thai silk king who went out for a walk in the Malaysian jungle and was never heard from again?

  • They found the two princes bodies back in the 1690s when renovating the stone stairs in front of the White Tower they found a chest with the skeletons of two boys.

  • There was no reason for Richard III to murder his nephews. He’d already delegitimized them which was a scumbag move to take the throne on his part. The only person who benefits from their deaths is Henry VII. One of the first things Henry does is overturn Richard’s decree that makes Edward’s children illegitimate so he can marry Edward’s daughter Elizabeth. He would have never done that unless he knew neither one of those boys would come back to claim the throne. Henry made sure those boys were dead before restoring their rightful places in succession. Henry had them killed, I’m sure of it. Henry also had other people who had a more legitimate claim to the throne than him killed. Like George’s son who was kept in the tower so long he went a bit crazy and was eventually executed. Then George’s daughter Margaret was eventually executed, but I can’t remember if Henry VII or VIII was on the throne. There was also 2 men who claimed to be one of the princes in the tower who were executed. I think QEII won’t test the bones of the boys found because it’ll prove that someone was passed off as a legitimate heir (I think it was Edward IV because there is actual documentation that his “father” was no where near his mother during the months he was conceived) and wasn’t which changes the entire line of succession. It actually puts a Stuart on the throne. She won’t let that come to light while she’s alive and Charles won’t either. I hope William will be the right man to shed light on all this. If it is proved that Edward or whoever it was (according to the DNA tests done on Richard’s bones) I don’t think the throne should change families. If the wrong person became King nearly 600 years ago that’s too much history to wipe out. The current family seems to be doing what they’re supposed to be doing and the dude who really would be king is totally not interested becoming king.

  • I am so glad you left D. B. Cooper off of the list. I am tired of him being on these types of lists. He has gotten as boring and cliche as Ted Bundy and Charles Manson!

  • It should be the vanished into the pages of history not from history since what made them famous is vanishing in the first place

  • They lived in the Tower from the time Richard was put in charge of them. When Edward IV's illegitimacy was proven by a document presently in Rouen Cathedral in France, and Richard informed, the "princes" were no longer qualified to live like royalty in the Tower. As relatives-once-removed, they were moved to an as yet unknown location. They were not seen playing in the yard outside the Tower because they weren't there. After the 15th century personification of HW Bush, was crowned in 1485, the upstart king made sure that no Plantagenets, except for Richard's cousin, whom he married, survived. The Princes were the last to be found after the doers of the dirty deeds had been given a blanket pardon for any and all sins committed on behalf of the Crown. One of those villains acquired a second blanket pardon not long after the first one. This last bit of information is in the Regal Record of that time. The record currently lives in the British Library.

  • If you want to know about Indian freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, his disappearance is one the greatest mystery in Indian freedom history. It is said his plane was apparently crashed and he died, but there's lot of evidence of his appearance in different disguises.

  • An item of trivia: Charles Kingsford Smith landed his plane in a paddock just down the road from my place, back in the day, to take a couple of relatives of a friend of mine on a trip. Note: They did not disappear on this particular trip. 🙂 (Yes, I have a photograph to prove it.)

  • Being an American, I find myself both mystified at the British long love affair with the monarchy, and yet feel a sort of hole in my heart that perhaps, we in America should have kept a small thread of attachment to the same. Sure I love the sense of being a maverick when it comes to the American love of freedom and our worshiping of the Republic way of life, but a leader of sorts that goes back to antiquity would indeed be a sort of balance between ancient powers and the power today of our triple headed form of governance. Ah well, perhaps it's dad's tales of the way of life in Sweden which his grandfather experienced and shared with him in his youth before he became an orphan and was sent to live with his evil uncle, who was without children of his own, and treated his wards as slaves, wiping them with the black-snake whip, and beating them with stove porkers when they misbehaved. Perhaps no other man lived name Adolph that was as evil, however the one named Hitler tried his best to out do my Great Uncle in his evil ways. Father told me of his last visit with "Uncle Adolph" when the dying man asked him if he ever treated the boys badly. Dad said he answered no, of course not Uncle Adolph, you were indeed like a father to me, all the while the gaping holes in his legs and hips, a result of the lead weights on the end of that whip pulsed in anger.

  • I'm pretty sure i read that the two children in the tower were described to be buried under the tower by a bishop, and a century later two child skeletons were found in the exact same spot the bishop described, so I think that mystery has been solved.

  • I'm surprised you missed probably the most famous unsolved missing person in australia – harold holt. He was a serving prime minister and went for a swim and was never seen again!

  • Yeah, Halliburton's sea-vessel, the one he purchased in Kowloon (11:10) was a genuine, 100% pure Chinese junk.

    Damnit! That joke seemed funnier before I wrote it out. I guess the double meaning isn't salient enough to redeem the joke…

  • I actually thought that former Australian PM Harold Holt would be on here…he disappeared in the 1960s while swimming

  • Ian Mackintosh – the writer of many tv programmes including Warship in the 1970's. He use to be a spy in the British government but I have no idea if this was true. He vanished completely off the earth – can't remember what year though. He has never been found.

  • Lol Australia and people going missing in the bush is just a everyday thing that happens here. It's sad but true and most are never found.

  • Brentwood is on long island. Its like saying he went from England to London. Maybe he was going from Farmingdale long Island NY to Brentwood, Long Island NY. Maybe he left from from somewhere near Montaulk or the gold coast. My money is on the gold coast

  • Hehe, this goes to show you people are not safe anymore even when it comes to freedom of speech!

    This guy really got whacked just because he was a freemasons whistleblower? LMAO

    This is why many people believe the Freemasons have their hands in alot of pots, the biggest pot of them all is the wacky governments" that are running our countries"

  • Hey mr. Whistler. You should do a video on the 411 disappearances. That is, if you havent done one already. I vaguely recall watching a video on it, and it may have been yours. If you havent, it may be more of a candidate for your "TIFO" channel, but it is a real headscratcher.

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