Thursday, February 26, 2009

Unsolved and Provocative

According to the Times Online and writer Albert Jack, there are ten compelling mysteries that continue to haunt the world--in many cases for years and years after their initial appearances.

The Loch Ness Monster, (listed at number four), is a perennial favorite, not only for of the lovely, lonely setting of this legend, but because of the potential surprises that one might still find at the bottom of a deep, dark Loch.

But perhaps every mystery fan's favorite is Albert Jack's number two: the Disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926--a mystery never really explained to the satisfaction of the public.

The most fun parts of this post, though, are the comments underneath it. :)


Picks by Pat said...

That's a great post, Julia.

By the way, on Mystery # 10, the real "James Bond", Lionel Crabb was also involved in the investigation of a plane crash that killed the Polish WWII leader in exile, General Wladyslaw Sikorski. Speculation has it that the plane was sabotaged by either Stalin or Churchill. Both men objected to Sikorski's attempt to break off relations with the Soviet Union. Lionel Crabb may have known too much about what really happened, and been silenced. No one really knows. Sounds like a good plot for a historical mystery, though!

Julia Buckley said...

What would we do without our mysteries? Neat story about Lionel. Thanks, Pat!

Peter Rozovsky said...

Belfast's Northern Bank robbery in 2004 seems to be about as mysterious and arguably is more pertinent and immediate interest than these.
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Julia Buckley said...

I know nothing about it! What's the mystery?

Peter Rozovsky said...

It's a mystery of a special kind. The Irish and British governments accused the Provisional IRA, but I don't think anyone has been tried in the case. I have read jocular references to the spoils of the robbery, about $50 million, as the IRA pension fund: payoff for gunmen left unemployed by the Northern Ireland peace process. This theory holds that authorities didn't try too hard to solve the case, regarding the money as a small price to pay for peace. (I recently met an Irishman who says rogue British soldiers may have pulled the robbery. Why would they have done that, I asked. He didn't know.)
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