Christmas is a time of peace, joy, love, and, for many people, one of the happiest days of the year. It is a time when families come together, enemies put aside their differences, and, of course, children open up the presents they have waited all year for. For some people however, the last couple days of blistery cold December is a great deal darker. Christmastime is just as susceptible to dark and mysterious events as any other time of the year, and to prove it here are 25 Disturbing Unsolved Christmastime Mysteries.
The Warminister Thing
Christmas of 1964 ended up being a quite unnerving time for the residents of Warminister, a small town in West Wiltshire, UK. Many people found themselves forced awake suddenly by loud, unidentified noises ranging from pounding vibrations to earsplitting whines. In one personal account, a middle aged woman even reported being knocked to the ground and immobilized by what she described as “invisible fingers of sound”. Although the source of the noises was never revealed, the large number of paranormal events and UFO sightings in the years that followed lead many people to believe the occurrence was extraterrestrial.
The Disappearance Of Patty Vaughan
On Christmas Day, 1996, 32-year-old Patty Vaughan left her home in La Vernia, Texas and never returned. Patty’s van was found some ways away with a flat tire and traces of blood inside, however no other signs of a struggle or damage were found. Many people suspected her estranged husband, J.R. Vaughan, was responsible for the death after the two had broken up two months earlier and were seen arguing shortly before Patty’s disappearance, still no evidence was found connecting him to the case and not long afterwards he left the state with the couple’s two children.
The Murder of Rhonda Hinson
On December 22, 1981, nineteen-year-old Rhonda Hinson was driving home from a Christmas party when she was the victim of an unknown assailant. Using a high-powered rifle, the assailant was able to put a bullet through the trunk and drivers seat of Rhonda’s car before it pierced her heart, killing her. Rhonda’s car was found abandoned and her body was discovered a short distance away, having clearly been dragged. Today the circumstances of why she was killed remain a mystery, along with the identity of her murderer.
The Disappearance of Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman
On December 29, 1999, Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman were celebrating Ashley’s sixteenth birthday at her mobile home in Vinita, Oklahoma when the house caught fire and supposedly killed all inside. However, once the flames were put out police could only find the body of Ashley’s mother. Ashley, her father, and Lauria were nowhere to be found. Investigators quickly theorized that the father had killed his wife and kidnapped the girls, however that theory was put to rest when his body was later found shot in the head. No suspects were ever charged, and two anonymous confessions turned out to be false.
The Murder of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope
Ben Smart and Olivia Hope were two young adult New Zealanders who went missing in the early hours of January 1st, 1998. They had been celebrating the new year when a stranger told them he could give them a ride home on his sailing yacht, an offer which they accepted readily. Ben and Olivia disappeared after boarding the stranger’s boat, and police later assumed they were murdered, though no evidence or bodies were found even with extensive searching. The police later charged a man known as Scott Watson with double-homicide, however he continued to plead innocent and his yacht was different from the one Ben and Olivia were seen boarding.