Here are 5 unsolved mysteries that no one can explain. From the curse of the Bell Witch to a talking mongoose that thrived on town gossip, we take a look at some the most perplexing unsolved mysteries throughout history.
5. The Abduction of Travis Walton
The case of Travis Walton has been a source of controversy between ufologists, skeptics, and law enforcement since it first became known to the public in 1975. On the night of November 5th, 1975, Travis Walton along with the rest of the logging crew that he worked with were on their way home when they saw an intense light just over a hill on the forest road they were on. As they drew near, the entire crew witnessed a strange disk hovering over the road and shining a light down on the ground below. Walton exited the truck to get a closer look but decided after his initial approach that it wasn’t such a good idea. Before he could return to the truck, he was knocked down to the ground, apparently by a greenish blue light that had issued from the disk. His fellow crew members left in a panic but they soon returned to where Walton had fallen. They searched for him but he was nowhere to be found. Travis Walton was missing and would remain so for almost a week.
A massive search for Walton took place, but there was no sign of him anywhere. His coworkers came under suspicion, with local police officers thinking that the loggers had killed Walton, either by accident or during an argument that had taken place earlier in the day. The logging crew was asked to take a polygraph and with the exception of one individual who refused to take it due to a criminal background, they all passed.
Five days after he had disappeared, Travis Walton made a phone call from a nearby town. When he was picked up, he was disoriented and thought that he had only been missing for a couple of hours. The story that he told was a fantastic one. Walton claimed to have been abducted by aliens. He also took a polygraph test, and while he failed the first one, he passed the two additional tests that he later took. Travis Walton’s alien abduction is one of the best documented and well -known cases in history.
4. Borley Rectory
Known as “the most haunted house in Britain”, Borley Rectory has a long history of tragedy and paranormal activity. It’s believed that the rectory is haunted by the ghosts of a monk and a nun who lived in the area in the 1300s. Legends state that a Benedictine monastery once stood in the area and that a monk that resided there had a relationship with a nun from a nearby convent. The affair was discovered and the monk was executed and the nun was supposedly bricked up in the convent walls.
The rectory was known for prolific poltergeist activity as well as ghostly sightings, cold spots, disembodied voices, and strange messages scrawled on the walls. While living in the rectory, Eric Smith and his wife contacted famous paranormal investigator Harry Price in the hopes of receiving some help with the ghostly activity in their home sometime around 1928. Price conducted experiments and observed ghostly phenomena, but the Smiths moved out of the rectory in 1930, no longer willing to share their home with its ghostly inhabitants. Reverend Lionel Foyster and his wife Marianne moved into the rectory in 1930 along with their daughter. The paranormal activity seemed to increase, with a particular focus on Marianne. Bells could be heard ringing, windows were broken, and Marianne was snatched from her bed. Cryptic messages were found written on the walls and seemed to be addressed to Marianne. The Foysters left the rectory in 1935, making it available once again for Harry Price who rented it for a year. Price placed advertisements in the newspaper for individuals willing to take part in a yearlong investigation of the property. He eventually wrote a book about the project, The Most Haunted House in England.
Unfortunately, the rectory was destroyed by fire in 1939. The grounds are still considered to be a hotspot of paranormal activity however, making it a go-to location for paranormal investigators.
3. The Bell Witch
The Bell Witch haunting is one of the most infamous cases in haunted history. It has captured the imagination and curiosity of countless investigators, historians, and even skeptics, and it’s still unexplained today. While the original farmhouse is no longer standing, a replica can be found on the property near the place where the original homestead once stood. The Bell Witch cave, thought to be a portal between this world and the next, can also be visited by appointment, and paranormal investigators, as well as tourists report activity even today.
Paranormal activity was first noted on the Tennessee farm in 1817 when John Bell – the family patriarch, saw a strange dog-like creature on his property. He fired a shot at the creature but missed. This was the beginning of a full-scale psychic attack. Soon, the Bell family was plagued with a wide variety of paranormal activity. Doors slammed, bedding was yanked off of those who were sleeping and family members were stuck with pins. Soon, a disembodied voice was heard, claiming to be Kate Batts, a local woman that John Bell had once had a dispute with. Old Kate, as she was commonly known, had a particular hatred for John Bell. He was afflicted with strange symptoms that included the swelling of his tongue and throat, and the spirit went out of her way to humiliate him whenever she could. Old Kate also focused a good deal of negative attention on Betsy Bell. The young teen had her hair pulled and was slapped across the face by unseen hands. Unlike Betsy and John, Lucy Bell, Betsy’s mother and wife to John was a favorite of the Bell Witch. Old Kate materialized fruit and nuts for Lucy, and it was said that Lucy was even gifted a handful of straight pins. Eventually, the attention that John Bell received from the Bell Witch was his undoing. In 1820 he became seriously ill and eventually died. It was believed that the spirit poisoned him when a strange vial of black liquid was found at his bedside. A dose of the liquid was given to the family cat, which promptly died.
After John Bell’s death, the paranormal activity at the farm seemed to die off. Old Kate did put in a final appearance however, stating that she would return to the descendants of the Bells in 100 years. The origin of the spirit remains a mystery even today.
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