Why people disappear? How people could ever disappear? Where do disappeared people go? These are some of the most bewildering questions boggling our minds regarding the people who disappear. Not only people but other things in our life disappear under mysterious circumstances. People who were legends, famous and well-known in the society have disappeared in the past and could happen in the future. Nobody knows what happened to such people. Nobody could find where they went or nobody knows whether they are dead or alive. Famous people like Amelia Earhart and Subhas Chandra Bose have mysteriously disappeared without any traces. Since such disappearances have led to many theories, speculations and assumptions, we are listing in this composition the top 10 mysterious people disappearances in the world.
10. Jimmy Hoffa – Disappeared on July 30, 1975
Jimmy Hoffa was a legendary labor union leader and author. He was born on February 14, 1913 in Brazil, Indiana, United States. He became an important public figure and activist for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) union. He was actively involved in the development of the labor union. He was a civil rights supporter and this was expressed in various different statements. He mysteriously vanished at the age of 62 in the late July 1975. Until his disappearance Jimmy Hoffa was involved in organised crimes. In two separate trials, Hoffa was convicted of jury tampering, fraud and attempted bribery. In 1967, he was imprisoned and sentenced to 13 years. In 1971 he resigned as president of the union. His mysterious disappearance in 1975 led to many theories. One theory suggests that Hoffa was murdered. He was last seen outside the Machus Red Fox, a suburban Detroit restaurant. In 1982, Hoffa was officially declared dead.
9. Sean Flynn – Disappeared since April 6, 1970
Sean Flynn was a photojournalist and an actor from California, United States. He was a freelance photojournalist who became famous and well-known for the Vietnam War coverage. He retired from acting to become a full-time photojournalist in 1960s under the contract of Time. He traveled with special-forces to remote parts of the world in search of exclusive and exceptional images. In April, 1970 he along with his fellow mate Dana Stone traveled to Cambodia who were captured by communist guerrillas. Neither of the man were ever seen since then. In 1984, Flynn was legally declared dead in absentia by Flynn’s mother.
8. Dan Cooper – Disappeared Since November 24, 1971
D. B. Cooper disappearance is one of the most popular aviation mystery which left many people bewildered. Dan Cooper was an unidentified person who hijacked Boeing 727 with 36 members on-board plus Dan Cooper on November 24, 1971. The plane mysteriously disappeared and was never ever found despite extensive man-hunt and search operations. The perpetrator was neither found nor identified. This is also the only unsolved air piracy in the American aviation history. There is an ongoing FBI investigation for the same. Many theories have been proposed by reporters, experts and researchers for Dan Cooper mystery. FBI only has a composite drawing of Dan Cooper and his occupation was unknown to the world. Physical evidences such as a placard containing instructions for lowering the aft stairs of a 727 was found by a deer hunter in 1978 and Brian Ingram an 8-year-old boy uncovered three packets of the ransom cash in 1980.
7. Subhas Chandra Bose – Disappeared on August 18, 1945
Subhas Chandra Bose is a famous Indian freedom fighter during the Indian Independence Movement, who was popularly known as Netaji. The world believes that Subhas Chandra Bose died after a plane crash in Taiwan. But, In 2005 Taiwanese government stated that there were no incidents of a plane crash on their soil. The death of Subhas Chandra Bose has been a long time unsolved mystery and his death is highly disputed. The people of India, especially people of Bengal believed that Subhas Chandra Bose would return to gain India’s Independence.
6. “Sweet Jimmy” Jim Robinson – Disappeared Since 1979
Jim Robinson was a professional boxer, famous for his bout with Muhammad Ali in 1961. He was last interviewed on 1979 by Sports Illustrated writer/photographer Michael Brennan, who managed to track down Robinson in Miami. That was his last known interview and sighting on televisions. Currently, his whereabouts are unknown. In 2009, ESPN sports writer Wright Thompson wrote an article that describes his six years search to find Robinson but failed. Muhammad Ali collector Stephen Singer has spent several years searching for the missing boxer without any success. Stephen has managed to take autographs from all the 49 of Ali’s 50 opponents except Robinson.
5. Barbara Newhall Follett – Disappeared Since December 7, 1939
Barbara Newhall Follett was an American child prodigy novelist, whose first novel was The House Without Windows that was published on January 1927 when she was only 12 years old. At the age of 39, she was reportedly stressed and depressed with her marriage. She walked out of her home in 1939 with just thirty dollars. She was never seen again after that. Follett had married Rogers in the year 1933. Though, initially the couple were happy with their marriage life, but Follett came to know about an unfaithful affair of her husband. On December 7, 1939 Follett had a quarrel with Rogers and left the apartment with just thirty dollars in her pocket. Rogers did not report her disappearance to police for two weeks. After four months of notifying the news to police, Rogers requested for a missing persons bulletin be issued. The missing persons bulletin was largely went unnoticed by the media until 1966. She neither appeared again nor was her body ever found by anyone.
4. Harold Holt – Disappeared in December 1967
Harold Edward Holt was an Australian politician and also the 17th Prime Minister of Australia. Harold Holt only served as a Prime Minister of Australia for 22 months before disappearing in December 1967 while swimming at Cheviot Beach near Portsea, Victoria. It was presumed that Harold had drowned. On December 17, 1967 Holt along with his friends Christopher Anderson, Jan Lee and George Illson and his two bodyguards drove to Cheviot Beach. Holt decided to go for a swim although the surf was rough. Holt began to swim ignoring his friends plea of not to go in. Holt suddenly disappeared from their view and his friends raised the alert. The entire region was thoroughly searched without any success. After two days the government made an official announcement that Holt was thought to be dead. Holt is famous for his controversial role in expanding Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
3. Daniel Lind Lagerlöf – Disappeared Since 6 October 2011
At the age of 42, Daniel Lind Lagerlöf a famous Swedish director, screenwriter and producer went missing. The Swedish director mysteriously disappeared during the preparations for the filming of Camilla Läckberg’s Fjällbackamorden – Strandriddaren. It is believed that Lagerlöf was caught between rocks and swept away by large waves sweeping the area near the steep cliffs outside Tanumshede in Bohuslän. There are no witnesses or evidences of what happened to Lagerlöf. Despite a two days search operations, no remains or signs of Lagerlöf was ever found. Later, Lagerlöf was presumed dead. Almost after 2 years of his disappearance in 2013, remains matching his description were found near the area which was later revealed that it is not of human origin.
2. Amelia Earhart – Disappeared on July 2, 1937
Amelia Earhart is one of the most mysterious aviation disappearance in the history of mankind. Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. She is the first women aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Not just this record, but she is well known to have set many other records. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. There are many speculations, theories and hypothesis still surrounding the mystery of Earhart disappearance even today. Not only her mysterious disappearance but her life have fascinated many and will continue to fascinate in the future.
1. Ettore Majorana – Disappeared Since 1959
Ettore Majorana was an Italian theoretical physicist who is famous for his work on neutrino masses. He was a gifted mathematician who had worked with Heisenberg and Niels Bohr. In 1933, Majorana was not in good health and suffered acute gastritis and suffered from nervous exhaustion. For nearly 4 years, he shut himself down from his friends. Ettore Majorana suddenly disappeared mysteriously while going by ship from Palermo to Naples. Various theories and hypothesis exists regarding his disappearance such as suicide, kidnapping, escape to Argentina or to a monastery and escape to become a beggar. Majorana fermions and Majorana equations are named after him. The Majorana Prize was established in his memory in 2006.