5 Chilling Mysteries That Have Never Been Solved

History is full of dark secrets

Jacob Wilkins
7 min readJul 15, 2022


A photograph of Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw, 1953 (Wikimedia Commons)

Human beings are the most intelligent creatures on the planet. We discover, record, and categorize with remarkable efficiency, which enables us to learn from our past and plan for our future. But sometimes, mysterious things happen that we cannot explain.

Odd disappearances, bizarre deaths, and suspicious circumstances have always been a fascinating part of human history. Though many people have tried to explain these chilling mysteries, chances are the truth will never be discovered.

1. The Curse of the Mary Celeste

An engraving of the Mary Celeste by an unknown artist, c. 1880 (Wikimedia Commons)

The Mary Celeste was an American merchant ship constructed in 1860. The ship endured many misadventures during the first ten years of her life, including two collisions, a fire, and a near-fatal wreck. But the Mary Celeste didn’t become infamous until 1872.

On the 7th of November, the ship left New York and headed for the Italian city of Genoa. Benjamin Spooner Briggs was the captain, and he was accompanied by his wife, his youngest child, and several crew members. The ship was also carrying 1,700 barrels of denatured alcohol.

On the 4th of December, Captain David Reed Morehouse and his crew, who were on board the Dei Gratia, spotted the Mary Celeste adrift near the shores of the Azores Islands. Upon closer inspection, they discovered that the ship was deserted. Captain Briggs and the rest of his crew had vanished.

The lifeboat was missing from the Mary Celeste, suggesting the crew had willingly left the ship. But why would they do such a thing? The six-month store of provisions had barely been touched, and though there was some minor damage to the sails and rigging, the ship was perfectly functional.

Captain Morehouse also discovered that one of the barrels of alcohol had burst, and some have suggested that the Mary Celeste was abandoned because the crew feared that all of the barrels were about to blow. However, it’s hard to believe an experienced captain would abandon his ship for this reason alone.