It’s hard to let go the mysterious deaths that we will never be able to explain. While armchair detectives certainly can become obsessed, imagine the torment unsolved deaths inflict on the families and police closely connected to the case. Like a puzzle begging to be solved, it’s easy to think there’s one missing piece needed to solve it and crack it wide open. But, tragically, sometimes the puzzle will never be solved. The mystery will remain. And we’ll be left scratching our heads on what really happened. Be warned, these creepy unsolved deaths are quite grisly and explicit. So, naturally, viewer discretion is advised. Here are 25 Mysterious Deaths That We Will Never Be Able To Explain.
Blazing Car Murder
Being in serious financial debt, Alfred Rouse planned to fake his death and get out of town. He picked up a stranger on the side of the road and planned to have him killed by setting his car on fire. He beat him over the head and torched his car. Rouse was eventually caught and hanged for the crime. He even confessed but said he didn’t know the man’s identity. Around the same time, a man named William Briggs left his home for a doctor’s appointment and was never heard of again. People thought Briggs was the man Rouse killed, but recent DNA evidence concluded it wasn’t Briggs, which raises two questions. What happened to Briggs and who was the man in the car?
Edgar Allan Poe
On October 3, 1849 in Baltimore, Edgar Allen Poe was found lying in a gutter by Joseph W. Walker, a compositor for the Baltimore Sun. Poe was alive at the time but in disarray and delirious. Poe spent his next four days in fits of delirium and hallucinations. Officially, he died of phrenitis or a swelling of the brain. But, no one understands how he got in such a state. Theories abound, from murder and flu to rabies and alcohol poisoning. Few theories have stuck and nothing has overwhelmingly proved what happened.
A notable character actor with 110 credits under his belt, Albert Dekker spent most of his life in Hollywood, building a successful career. At 62-years old Dekker wrapped up his role in the classic western The Wild Bunch, a movie he never got to see. His fiance found him in his Hollywood apartment bathroom, naked and dead, hanging with a leather belt around his neck. He had a scarf around his eyes, a ball gag in his mouth, and his hands were cuffed behind his back. On top of that, he had dirty hypothermic needles in his arms and explicit images and language written all over his body with lipstick. Doctors ruled it accidental death by autoerotic asphyxiation. Except, here’s where it gets even weirder. The bathroom door was locked from the inside with a chain and there were no other exits. How could he have done all of that to himself without someone else and did he even lock the door?
The Black Dahlia
In 1947, Elizabeth Short, nicknamed The Black Dahlia, was a 22-year-old Hollywood hopeful. She worked as a waitress to support herself until she caught her big break, but unfortunately that break would never come. A woman found her naked body, posed completely severed in half and mutilated on January 15th near Leimert Park. Her killer had also completely drained the body of blood and cleaned it. Despite efforts by the LAPD and the FBI to hunt down the killer, their leads went dry and there was little to no hard evidence. While many have claimed to know the killer, nothing has been totally conclusive.
A famous landscape painter in the early 20th century, Tom Thomson loved to paint the scenery at Algonquin Park. He was in awe of its beauty. Tragically, it’s the same park that would take his life. On July 8th, 1917, his canoe was found turned over. It had some maple syrup, jam, and a rubber sheet, but the painter’s body was nowhere to be found. Since then, countless speculation has swirled about his mysterious death, including foul play and just bad luck, but no one really knows what happened to him.