The Weirdest Unsolved Mysteries of World War II

World War II was a period of dramatic change across the globe. But along with all the political machinations and military strategies, some seriously bizarre stuff happened. Here are five of the most mysterious incidents from World War II.

The Baffling Battle of Los Angeles

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A few months after Pearl Harbor, America was pretty on-edge, especially along the west coast. Everyone was scanning sky and sea in fear of another Japanese attack. In fact, a Japanese submarine had shelled the Ellwood oilfield near Santa Barbara in February of 1942. Later that month, the mounting tension exploded into full-blown hysteria. An AWOL weather balloon triggered the initial panic. After that, flares were fired into the night sky, either to illuminate potential threats or signal danger. People saw the flares as more attackers, and a barrage of anti-aircraft fire soon filled the night.

The activity continued for several nights. In the end, the only casualties from the whole affair were three heart attack victims and three dead due to friendly fire. No Japanese aircraft were found, and the Japanese later denied having anything in the air near L.A. at the time.

That’s the official story, at least. At the time, there were claims of a coverup and a bunch of wild theories. The incident was five years prior to the Kenneth Arnold flying saucer report that sparked the U.S. UFO craze, but this is sometimes retroactively described as one of the first major UFO sightings. Newspapers at the time thought the whole thing was orchestrated to drum up support for the war effort by inducing panic. Tight-lipped military reports did little to alleviate concerns – a full public investigation wasn’t performed until 40 years later.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Flight 19

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This is one of the most famous mysterious incidents of all time. It technically happened a few months after the war had ended, but it involved the U.S. military and aircraft used during World War II. The basic story is quite simple: Lieutenant Charles Taylor lead a flight of five TBM Avenger planes on a training exercise from a Naval air station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Over the radio, Taylor complained that his compasses weren’t working and that he didn’t know where he was. After flying around in confusion for several hours, the planes ran out of gas. None of them have been seen since, and all 14 men on board were presumed dead.

The Navy’s inquiry was pretty clear-cut as well. Taylor had a history of getting lost while flying, and several radio operators and even junior members of Flight 19 seemed to know where they were, but following Taylor’s faulty leadership, they flew far into the Atlantic instead of back to Florida. Much of the mystery surrounding the incident stems from the Navy’s efforts to assuage Taylor’s mother, who complained when the inquiry blamed her son without hard evidence. They changed it to, “cause unkown.”

Later writers would wrap supernatural elements around the story, creating the legend of the Bermuda Triangle and inventing details out of whole cloth, such as pilots having premonitions of tragedy that prevented them from joining the doomed flight, and mysterioso radio transmissions like, “the sky is all wrong here.”

It’s a creepy enough story on its own – five planes lost over open sea with night falling and bad weather moving in, the encroaching certainty of their own deaths looming over them. The actual final radio transmission was a faint, garbled message. Radio operaters could only make out the flight’s call sign, “FT…FT…FT…”

Since the planes have still never been recovered, the true fate of Flight 19 technically remains a mystery.

The Strange Life of Rudolf Hess

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Rudolf Hess’ life is straight out of a spy novel, filled with bizarre twists and turns before you even to get to the really weird stuff. He was a high-ranking Nazi who carried the title “Deputy to the Fuhrer.” On May 10, 1941, Hess ate dinner at his home in Augsburg, Germany, then hopped into a Messerschmitt Bf 110 and flew to Scotland. He was chased by British planes, crashed, survived and was captured by a farmer. He asked to speak to the Duke of Hamilton and other British officials, claiming he sought a peace agreement between Germany and Britain (he feared the bloodbath of a lengthy war between Germany, Britain and Russia).

It’s not really clear that Hess had the authority to create a peace agreement on his own (Hitler was certainly not in on the deal), and the British simply kept him as a prisoner of war. He spent some time in the Tower of London and other prisons, then was tried at Nuremberg. Found guilty of conspiracy and crimes against peace, Hess was given a life sentence. He spent most of that time at Spandau Prison in Berlin – for the last 20 years of his life, he was the only prisoner in the entire place. When he died in 1987, they tore Spandau down, partly because it was obsolete and unneeded, but partly to prevent it from becoming a shrine for neo-Nazis.

That’s all pretty weird, but there are conspiracy theories galore. The Russians always suspected that Hess was trying to secretly unite Germany and Britain so they could team up against Russia. Churchill and Stalin had some memorable confrontations over the matter. Hess’ mental state declined dramatically once he was imprisoned, despite reports that he seemed mentally fit when he first arrived in Scotland. By the time of the Nuremberg trial, he was suffering from severe amnesia and was periodically unable to remember anything from his years as a Nazi. This resulted in claims that the real Hess was in hiding, and the man tried at Nuremberg and left to rot at Spandau was an impostor.

The Haunting Case of WW II Ghost Planes

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It’s not hard to find reports of World War II ghost planes. Unfortunately, it’s quite hard to find documented sources of these ghostly tales. The fact is, they’re all pretty much folk tales. They take many forms, but there are two basic types.

First, you have post-war stories about people encountering planes from the past. Typically, you’ll have a young couple out for a country stroll in the 1960s, 70s or 80s. They hear an odd sound and turn around to see a prop-driven vintage warplane cruising along at low altitude, or perhaps an entire flight of them. Some of these stories are heavily embellished (the plane disappears into thin air, the sighting was a harbinger of a tragic plane crash that happened shortly thereafter, the ghostly pilots waved sadly to the witnesses as they passed). Stories might incorporate speculation about “time slips.”

The second type is more interesting. These are ghost plane sightings that happened during the war. In its most common form, the story revolves around a flight of planes that left for a dangerous mission. Later, all the planes return and are accounted for except one. Everyone watches the sky, hoping they made it out alive, but no plane appears on the horizon. Then, hours later, the drone of radial engines sounds in the distance. A plane is spotted. Could it be their missing comrades? But, no they would have run out of fuel hours ago. Still, there it is, heavily damaged, limping along toward the air field. It makes a ragged landing and fellow airmen rush to the scene. Inside the plane they find…nothing. Not a soul. Not a corpse. And the fuel tanks are bone dry.

There are variations – sometimes the crew is on board, but dead. Sometimes the plane is so badly damaged there’s no physical way it could have flown. There’s a story that a U.S. plane appeared over the California coast hours after the Pearl Harbor attack, smoking and sputtering. Witnesses could see a pilot on board, but when the plane crashed, the wreckage was empty.

The Creepy Coincidence of the Deadly Double

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If you dive deep enough into the rabbit hole of paranormal experiences, you’ll eventually run into numerology. Numerologists find meaning in odd numeric coincidences that seriously strain credulity. But in the case of the Deadly Double, the numbers lined up just a little too perfectly to be dismissed out of hand.

imageA few weeks before the Pearl Harbor attack, a pair of strange ads appeared in the New Yorker. They seemed to be advertising a dice game called The Deadly Double. One of the ads showed a pair of dice with the characters 0, 5, 7, xx, 24, and 12 on the visible faces. Above were warnings in a variety of languages: “Achtung! Warning! Alerte!” The other ad showed people in a bunker and explained that the dice game was essential air raid survival gear. The company logo was a suspiciously Germanic looking double eagle.

The ads have a somewhat strange design, but only in retrospect did they appear to contain a coded message. The numbers could allude to the date of the Pearl Harbor attack (12/7), with the other numbers representing codes to be deciphered by sleeper agents in the U.S. The Deadly Double itself was thought to refer to the twin threats of Germany and Japan.

Like many mysteries, retellings of this story emphasize the unknown and leave out crucial facts. The 0 and 5 are sometimes thought to foretell the exact time of the attack, but the first aircraft opened fire on Pearl Harbor at 7:48 a.m. local time. Books on mysterious events like to leave this story unresolved, as though the identity of the ads’ creator remains unknown to this day. In truth, it was traced to a game company in Chicago that made a dice game called the Deadly Double. Their war-themed ad might seem like poor taste today, but the numbers on the dice matching the date of Pearl harbor was pure coincidence. Still, it was weird enough that the FBI got involved.

Posted originally at: io9

Sources:

Breuer, William B. Unexplained Mysteries of World War II. Wiley, 1998.

California State Military Museum. “California and the Second World War: The Battle of Los Angeles.”

Fishman, Jack. Long Knives and Short Memories: The Spandau Prison Story. Breakwater Books, 1986.

New York Times. “Hess Dies at 93; Hitler’s Last Lieutenant.

Forgotten Mysteries: What Happened To The Mexican Documentary To Be Aired On 12/21/12?

Did the Mayans Experience Alien Contact in Ancient Mexico?

By Ryan Dube | 07/16/13

mayandocumentary2In September of 2011, filmmaker Juan Carlos Rulfo announced that he was producing the documentary Mayans 2012 and Beyond, due to be released in 2012, just in time for the end of the Mayan calendar.

Juan claimed that Mexico would be releasing “codices, artifacts and significant documents with evidence of Mayan and extraterrestrial contact”. He went on to explain that all of their information would be fully corroborated by archaeologists. (1)

At the time, the minister of tourism for the Mexican state of Compeche, Luis Augusto Garcia Rosado, supported Juan’s claim by announcing that contact between the Mayans and extraterrestrials was supported by proof in the form of “certain codices, which the government has kept secure in underground vaults for some time”. The minister of tourism told journalists that there were actually landing pads located in the middle of the jungles of Mexico.

Did Juan’s documentary – complete with all of this amazing evidence – ever materialize in 2012? Did the evidence prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the ancient Mayans came in contact with extraterrestrial beings from outer space?

These are the questions that I’ll be exploring and answering in this article.

Empty Promises of Extraterrestrial Evidence

I’ve been involved in exploring claims like these for almost a decade now, and the most common pattern these stories follow are always the same. A filmmaker or an author makes extraordinary claims about what amazing evidence is going to be revealed. The claims produce much fanfare and, such as in the case of Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond, plenty of mainstream news coverage.

Countless mainstream media sources jumped on the press release distributed by the filmmaker, including Reuters, the Guardian, and even NBC News. These are all outlets that should have journalists intelligent enough to perform due diligence on the producer. They didn’t.

Countless Ufology sites jumped all over the claims – dreaming about what evidence might be revealed in the documentary.

That’s to be expected, but to see mainstream journalists announce the claim in 2011, and then never follow up on those claims to see what became of them – that’s disappointing.

The best attempt came from NBC News, where Benjamin Radford aptly wrote:

“History is full of promised earth-shaking revelations that didn’t pan out, including the discovery of Noah’s Ark (claimed to have been found in 1973, 1993, 2006, 2010, etc.); the discovery of a Bigfoot body (in 2008); and discovery of proof that the 1947 Roswell crash was real (found in April 2011). Each of these claims came and went, and it seems likely that this latest proof of Mayan/extraterrestrial contact will be added to the list.” (2)

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After all of the hype had died down by May of 2012, the problems started. The executive producer of the film allegedly packed the two dozen hard drives and ten computer systems, and left Mexico. (3)

Producer Julia Levy made all sorts of claims against Thieriot, including that the Mexican attorney general had issued an order to Thieriot and her supporters to return the footage to Mexico. He told a reporter at The Wrap that an archaeologist at the Mexico National Institute of Anthropology and History, issued a letter to Thieriot, warning her that:

“The use of all footage in both the archeological zones in Calakmul and in the Island of Jaina is unauthorized… cannot be used and is to be returned immediately.” (3)

The situation left followers wondering whether the footage – and the alleged evidence – would ever see the light of day.

Thieriot sued The Wrap for publishing the claims, and then a month later, Julia-Levy issued even more public claims against her, stating he had sued Thieriot in a Mexico court, and that she owed him $500,000 for the film. According to Julia-Levy, Thieriot had actually allegedly transferred $70,000 from the production company’s account to her own bank account, before she “absconded” with the footage.

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If the courts are the barometer for truth, then Elisabeth Thieriot won a boost of credibility early in 2013 when, in January, the International Film and Television Association (IFTA) arbitration board ruled in favor of Thieriot. The arbitrator determined that it was Julia Levy who was the fraud after all, and stated in its findings:

“…for breaching material obligations of the Operating Agreement, for fraudulently inducing Thieriot to enter into the Operating Agreement, for continuing to defraud Thieriot throughout the production of the documentary and for Levy breaching his fiduciary duties owed to Thieriot.”

The arbitrator found that the Mexican Government was not investigating Thieriot, that there was no such case against Thieriot in the First District Court of the State of Campeche, Mexico, and that the statement from the Mexico National Institute of Anthropology and History had never been made. (5)

Thieriot was thrilled, and issued a press release stating:

“These rulings prove that I was the innocent victim of fraud. My reputation has finally been restored and Mr. Levy’s deceit has finally been exposed and proven.”

Her win was the final nail in the documentary’s coffin. If Levy’s credibility was so poor from the start, and since he was the original producer of the film itself, the credibility of the documentary and its claims is called into question by these findings.

Remember, those early claims in 2011 were made in large part by Julia-Levy, including alleged statements from Mexican officials about alleged alien artifacts. If he could lie so easy about official statements regarding the Thieriot case, then how likely is it that Julia-Levy was telling the truth about those claims in 2011?

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Well, Thieriot herself offers the final words about Julia-Levy’s early claims – which, remember, the mainstream media had run with.

In her write-up, Thieriot openly admits that the preproduction of the film revealed that there was no evidence at all for the previous claims in 2011 that the ancient Mayans had made contact with E.T. On her site Thieriot wrote:

“The result of preproduction came up empty handed for proof of these claims.” (6)

Today, Thieriot offers an entirely different documentary than the one that was first promised by Julia-Levy. This one offers nothing about so-called alien contact with the ancient Mayans.

Instead, Thieriot plans to take the audience along on the wild ride that she faced when coming in contact with the fraud known as Julia-Levy. While the documentary won’t feature alleged alien artifacts and “shocking” documents showing a treaty between aliens and ancient Mayans, it will feature something that every researcher or journalist should see.

She will show how convincing con-artists can be, how alien-related money-making schemes like Levy’s are usually run, and why researchers and journalists should be a little more diligent with their research before publishing the extraordinary claims of people like this.

Original article: Top Secret Writers

(1) Guardian
(2) NBC News
(3) The Wrap – Article no longer online. PDF of article available upon request
(4) Courthouse News
(5) PR Newswire
(6) Mayan Revelations and Hollywood Lies
(7) archer10 (Dennis) via photopin cc

A Giant Mystery: 18 Strange Skeletons Found in Wisconsin

Forgotten Mysteries: What happened to this finding?

This article was originally published in May, 2012

Scientists are remaining stubbornly silent about a lost race of giants found in burial mounds near Lake Delavan, Wisconsin, in May 1912.

The dig site at Lake Delavan was overseen by Beloit College and it included more than 200 effigy mounds that proved to be classic examples of 8th century Woodland Culture. But the enormous size of the skeletons and elongated skulls found in May 1912 did not fit very neatly into anyone’s concept of a textbook standard.

They were enormous. These were not average human beings.

Strange Skulls

First reported in the 4 May 1912 issue of the New York Times, the 18 skeletons found by the Peterson brothers on Lake Lawn Farm in southwest Wisconsin exhibited several strange and freakish features.

Their heights ranged between seven and nine feet and their skulls “presumably those of men, are much larger than the heads of any race which inhabit America to-day.”

Above the eye sockets, “the head slopes straight back and the nasal bones protrude far above the cheek bones. The jaw bones are long and pointed, bearing a minute resemblance to the head of the monkey. The teeth in the front of the jaw are regular molars.”

Mystery of The Wisconsin Giants

Was this some sort of prank, a hoax played by local farm boys or a demented taxidermist for fun and the attention of the press? The answer is no.

The Lake Delavan find of May 1912 was only one of dozens and dozens of similar finds that were reported in local newspapers from 1851 forward to the present day. It was not even the first set of giant skeletons found in Wisconsin.

On 10 August 1891, the New York Times reported that scientists from the Smithsonian Institution had discovered several large “pyramidal monuments” on Lake Mills, near Madison, Wisconsin. “Madison was in ancient days the centre of a teeming population numbering not less than 200,000,” the Times said. The excavators found an elaborate system of defensive works which they named Fort Aztalan.

“The celebrated mounds of Ohio and Indiana can bear no comparison, either in size, design or the skill displayed in their construction with these gigantic and mysterious monuments of earth — erected we know not by whom, and for what purpose we can only conjecture,” said the Times.

On 20 December 1897, the Times followed up with a report on three large burial mounds that had been discovered in Maple Creek, Wisconsin. One had recently been opened.

“In it was found the skeleton of a man of gigantic size. The bones measured from head to foot over nine feet and were in a fair state of preservation. The skull was as large as a half bushel measure. Some finely tempered rods of copper and other relics were lying near the bones.”

Giant skulls and skeletons of a race of “Goliaths” have been found on a very regular basis throughout the Midwestern states for more than 100 years. Giants have been found in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and New York, and their burial sites are similar to the well-known mounds of the Mound Builder people.

The spectrum of Mound builder history spans a period of more than 5,000 years (from 3400 BCE to the 16th CE), a period greater than the history of Ancient Egypt and all of its dynasties.

There is a “prevailing scholarly consensus” that we have an adequate historical understanding of the peoples who lived in North America during this period. However, the long record of anomalous finds like those at Lake Delavan suggests otherwise.

The Great Smithsonian Cover-Up

Has there been a giant cover-up? Why aren’t there public displays of gigantic Native American skeletons at natural history museums?

The skeletons of some Mound Builders are certainly on display. There is a wonderful exhibit, for example, at the Aztalan State Park where one may see the skeleton of a “Princess of Aztalan” in the museum.

But the skeletons placed on display are normal-sized, and according to some sources, the skeletons of giants have been covered up. Specifically, the Smithsonian Institution has been accused of making a deliberate effort to hide the “telling of the bones” and to keep the giant skeletons locked away.

In the words of Vine Deloria, a Native American author and professor of law:

“Modern day archaeology and anthropology have nearly sealed the door on our imaginations, broadly interpreting the North American past as devoid of anything unusual in the way of great cultures characterized by a people of unusual demeanor. The great interloper of ancient burial grounds, the nineteenth century Smithsonian Institution, created a one-way portal, through which uncounted bones have been spirited. This door and the contents of its vault are virtually sealed off to anyone, but government officials. Among these bones may lay answers not even sought by these officials concerning the deep past.”

Source: Mark Shernick at suite

Anon. “Strange Skeletons Found: Indications that Tribe Hitherto Unknown Once Lived In Wisconsin,” New York Times, 4 May 1912

Anon. “The Wisconsin Mounds: Interesting Relics of Pre-Historic Civilization” New York Times, 10 August 1891

Burlington News, “The Princess of Aztalan” (Photos), Mound Builders page

Dahly, Terje “Old Newspapers Are Serious About Giant Skeletons” from the “Giants: Did They Live?” website

Deloria Jr., Vine. Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact (Fulcrum Publications, 1997)

Hamilton, Ross. “A Holocaust of Giants: The Great Smithsonian Cover-Up” Xpeditions Magazine website.

Sutherland, Mary. “Giants . . . Giants . . . Giants . . . Giants” A Big Page About Giants, BUFO Radio / Burlington News website

Unknown. “Greater Humans” page. Greater Ancestors World Museum website

Wikipedia, “Aztalan State Park” Wisconsin

Posted on: May 4, 2012

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German Gold Gone

What a silence about this issue.

The world is losing trust in the dollar as a safe haven. A major blow came after Germany’s Bundesbank demanded the repatriation of a big chunk of its gold being held in the US. Because as RT’s Gayane Chichakyan reports, some are concerned the assets of foreign nations in the Federal Reserve are not secure or even there. The Germans were infuriated when the US Federal reserve didn’t even let them examine their own assets properly. Peter Boehringer, the founder and chairman of ‘German Precious Metal Association’, says that’s a bad sign.

What Happened To The Oldest Egyptian Footprint Ever Discovered?

In 2007, Egyptologists might have found the oldest human footprint ever discovered in Egypt. It was imprinted in mud and then hardened into rock. Zahi Hawass, at that time secretary general of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated that considering the age of the rock, the footprint, found during the exploration of the prehistoric site of Siwa, might turn out to be millions of years old – in any case the oldest footprint that has ever been discovered in Egypt.

Previously to this finding, the earliest archeological evidence of human presence in Egypt dates back to 200,000 years.

The finding was one of the most important discoveries ever made in Egypt.

Strangely, there was no notification about this ever again. Two years later, on February 26 2009, BBC news report the earliest footprints showing evidence of modern human foot anatomy and gait to have been found in Kenya and state:

“The 1.5-million-year-old footprints display signs of a pronounced arch and short, aligned toes, in contrast to older footprints.” (article)

The oldest human lineage footprint was found in 1978 in Tanzania and was dated back to 3.7 million years ago, belonging to the Australopithecus afarensis.

What happened to the Egyptian finding remains unknown for now.

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