A mystery is something that is difficult to
explain or understand . Mysteries are also
stories where problem , crime , or puzzle must
be solved .
Mysteries often contain secrets or hidden
qualities that must be solved. There may be
information that is unknown and must be
explained. Professional detectives seek out
clues to solve mysteries.
The origin of the mystery is uncertain, but
it can be traced back to ancient time . As
long as there has been crime , there has
been mystery .
The very first mystery was published in
1841 by Edgar Allan Poe. The title of his
book was The Murders in the rue Morgue.
He inspired many others to write
In 1903 the first mystery movie was
made based on a THE GREAT TRAIN
ROBBERY. The 1920’s brought books
we still read n enjoy today including
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S novels and THE
HARDY BOYS ,
1. Voynich Manuscript
Named after the Polish-American antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M.
Voynich, who acquired it in 1912, the Voynich Manuscript is a detailed
240-page book written in a language or script that is completely
unknown. Its pages are also filled with colorful drawings of strange
diagrams, odd events and plants that do not seem to match any
known species, adding to the intrigue of the document and the
difficulty of deciphering it. The original author of the manuscript
remains unknown, but carbon dating has revealed that its pages were
made sometime between 1404 and 1438. It has been called "the
world's most mysterious manuscript."
Theories abound about the origin and nature of the manuscript. Some
believe it was meant to be a pharmacopoeia, to address topics in
medieval or early modern medicine. Many of the pictures of herbs and
plants hint that it many have been some kind of textbook for an
The fact that many diagrams appear to be of astronomical origin,
combined with the unidentifiable biological drawings, has even
led some fanciful theorists to propose that the book may have an
One thing most theorists agree on is that the book is unlikely to
be a hoax, given the amount of time, money and detail that would
have been required to make it.
2. Beale Ciphers
The Beale Ciphers are a set of three ciphertexts
that supposedly reveal the location of one of the
grandest buried treasures in U.S. history:
thousands of pounds of gold, silver and jewels.
The treasure was originally obtained by a
mysterious man named Thomas Jefferson Beale in
1818 while prospecting in Colorado.
Of the three ciphertexts, only the second one has
been cracked. Interestingly, the U.S. Declaration of
Independence turned out to be the key — a
curious fact given that Beale shares his name with
the author of the Declaration of Independence .
The cracked text does reveal the county where the treasure was
buried: Bedford County, Va., but its exact location is likely
encrypted in one of the other uncracked ciphers. To this day,
treasure hunters scour the Bedford County hillsides digging (often
illegally) for the loot.
The mystery of the Phaistos Disc is a story that sounds like
something out of an Indiana Jones movie. Discovered by
Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier in 1908 in the Minoan
palace-site of Phaistos, the disc is made of fired clay and
contains mysterious symbols that may represent an unknown
form of hieroglyphics. It is believed that it was designed
sometime in the second millennium BC. Some scholars
believe that the hieroglyphs resemble symbols of Linear A
and Linear B, scripts once used in ancient Crete. The only
problem? Linear A also eludes decipherment.
Today the disc remains one of the most famous puzzles of
Today the disc remains one of the most
famous puzzles of archaeology.
4. Tamam Shud case
Considered to be one of Australia's most profound mysteries, the
Tamam Shud Case revolves around an unidentified man found dead
in December 1948 on Somerton beach in Adelaide, Australia. Aside
from the fact that the man could never be identified, the mystery
deepened after a tiny piece of paper with the words "Tamam Shud"
was found in a hidden pocket sewn within the dead man's trousers.
(It is also referred to as "Taman Shud.")
The phrase translates as "ended" or "finished" and is a phrase used
on the last page of a collection of poems called “The Rubaiyat” of
Omar Khayyam. Adding to the mystery, a copy of Khayyam's
collection was later found that contained a scribbled code in it
believed to have been left by the dead man himself.
Due to the content of the Khayyam poem, many have come to
believe that the message may represent a suicide note of sorts,
but it remains uncracked, as does the case.
5. The Zodiac letters
The Zodiac letters are a series of four
encrypted messages believed to have
been written by the famous Zodiac
Killer, a serial killer who terrorized
residents of the San Francisco Bay Area
in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The
letters were likely written as a way to
taunt journalists and police, and though
one of the messages has been
deciphered, the three others remain
The identity of the Zodiac Killer also
remains a mystery, though no Zodiac
murders have been identified since
Rongorongo is a system of
mysterious glyphs discovered
written on various artifacts on
Easter Island. Many believe they
represent a lost system of
writing or proto-writing and
could be one of just three or
four independent inventions of
writing in human history.
The glyphs remain
undecipherable, and their true
messages — which some believe
could offer hints about the
perplexing collapse of the
statue-building Easter Island
civilization — may be lost