From the man whom stole $200,000 dollars by holding a commercial airline ransom and got away with it, to a priestly man with mystical powers born in the wrong century that nearly destroyed Russia, to a woman whom arrived on the coast of England, spoke a language no one knew, swam naked, and prayed to a god named Allah Tallah….until something happened to her…
These are the Top 10 Most Mysterious People of all Time:
Born in Siberia in 1869, only a few characters have inspired such devotion, revulsion, and fascination as Grigory Rasputin. The devout religious mystic was inextricably linked to the end of the Romanov dynasty in Russia during the Russian Revolution. Why? Tsarina Alexandra, the queen of the last emperor of Russia, relied on Rasputin’s mystic reputation to preserve the health of her son, Alexei, whom had hemophilia.
In 1817, a mysterious young woman appeared in Gloucstershire, England. She wore a turban and spoke a strange language no one could understand. For months people flocked to meet the strange woman whilst a number of linguists came to study her. Finally, with the help of a man who claimed to understand what she said, her story was translated: she was a princess of the island of Javasu (in the Indian Ocean) whom had been captured by pirates she escaped and swam to the English coast.
The Falling Man
No single photograph better captures the horror and despair of the September 11 terror attacks on the US than Richard Drew’s photograph that ran in The New York Times on September 12, 2001. The photograph, taken just moments before the collapse of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, shows a man plummeting to his death after having leapt from the top of the burning building.
In 1971, a man whom called himself Dan Cooper hijacked a plane with a bomb encased in a briefcase. When the plane landed in Seattle, Cooper – mistakenly called D.B. Cooper by the media – requested $200,000 in cash, four parachutes.
The Man in the Iron Mask
Made famous by Alexandre Dumas’ novel of the same name, the Man in the Iron Mask is a figure of dark secrets that has inspired countless researchers who seek the truth about the prisoner kept in a French prison for nearly four decades. The prisoner was forced to wear an iron mask and was prevented – on penalty of death – from communicating with another soul.
The Isdal Woman
In 1970, a university professor and his daughters were hiking in Norway’s Isdalen Valley when they happened upon a gruesome and perplexing sight: the partially burned corpse of a naked woman surrounded by sleeping pills, a liquor bottle, and bottles that had held gasoline.
The Last Jew in Vinnitsa
One of the most iconic images from World War II belonged to a member of the notorious Nazi death squad known as the Einsatzgruppe. The photograph shows a mass grave with a man kneeling on its edge. This man was the last of the Ukranian Jews to be massacred in Vinnitsa.
Jack the Ripper
In 1888, five prostitutes were brutally murdered in the London neighborhood of Whitechapel. Journalists seized the story and began working to connect the five murders with other killings in the area whilst whipping London residents into a frenzy. News coverage was unprecedented, and the world watched as papers published a number of letters purported to be written by the vicious killer.
Despite the fact that he published twelve novels and a book of short stories, not a soul can claim to have met world-renowned author B. Traven. His most famous work, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, was, just like his other works, sent to literary agents with whom the author had never met face-to-face.
The Babushka Lady
On November 22, 1963, a woman tied a scarf on her head and took her camera to watch the motorcade of John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. We know she was there because she appears in a number of photographs as well as in the Zapruder film of the assassination of President Kennedy.
It’s a bit peculiar that she was wearing a headscarf when one thinks about it. Why?
Not only would it have concealed her identity, but it would have also looked fashionably natural allowing her to blend in. It seems a little too perfect of a disguise. In fact, it’s perfection makes me wonder if it was planned out ahead of time.
If it was planned out in this way and she was also associated with the assassination, how much of a larger plan may there have actually been involving even more people?