7. Dyatlov Pass
In the winter of 1959, nine experienced hikers from Russia trekked into a remote area of the Ural Mountains. For some unknown reason, the hikers all abandoned their camp in the middle of the night and were found dead shortly after from hypothermia and other physical injuries. One of the bodies was even missing its eyes and tongue.
8. Florida’s Human Combustion
Spontaneous combustion is EXTREMELY rare, but it does happen. In 1951, a landlord named Pansy Carpenter called the police after she discovered the doorknob of one of her tenants, Mary Reeser, was burning hot. When police entered the St. Petersburg apartment, they found a pile of ashes, Mary’s left foot, her spine, and her skull.
9. The Mystery Woman from Norway
In 1970, a group of hikers were trekking through the Isdalen Valley mountains in Norway when they came upon the body of a partially burned woman. An autopsy revealed she had consumed over 50 sleeping pills. Her fingerprints were sanded off, and she had also suffered a blow to her neck. How gruesome.
10. Dog Suicide
This one is really upsetting. The Overtoun Bridge in Dumbarton, Scotland, was built in 1895, and over the past five decades, about 50 dogs have leaped over the side to their death. A canine psychologist, a veterinarian behavioral specialist, and even a psychic were called upon to shed some light on this gruesome trend, but none of them had any answers.
11. The Porpoise Grave
While a team of archaeologists were working on a site on a tiny island in the English Channel, they came upon what they believed to be a 14th-century grave. Upon excavation, they were stunned to find the remains of a porpoise instead of a human. No one knows why the body of an aquatic creature was placed in the grave. Maybe they thought the porpoise was some kind of god?
12. The vampires of New England
In 1990, the state archaeologist of Connecticut, Nick Bellantoni, investigated a farmer’s graveyard. One of graves contained remains that were arranged in a skull-and-crossbones pattern.
After some research, the archaeologist discovered many of the bodies in the cemetery were burned to prevent their alleged vampirism from spreading, but he couldn’t figure out why the people who lived in New England at the time were fearful of vampires.
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