Graveyard Shift Zigmund Adamski’s Body Ended Up On A Pile Of Coal Covered In Bizarre Burn Marks  

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Zigmund Adamski was a 56-year-old Polish miner who built a life for himself in England. On June 6, 1980, he left the home he shared with his wife, Lottie, to go shopping in the town of Tingley. Five days later, his body was found on top of a pile of coal covered in mysterious marks. He was in the town of Todmorden, miles away from where he said he was going. 

He was well dressed in a suit, but his shirt was missing, as were his wallet and watch. It almost looked like someone else had dressed Adamski, and in a hurry at that. He had been missing for five days, yet he appeared clean shaven, with just about one day’s worth of beard growth. There were also unexplained burn marks covered in gel all over his body. 

Theories about Zigmund Adamski run the gamut. Was Zigmund Adamski abducted by aliens? Oddly, this is a theory with a strong following. Is the KGB responsible for the Zigmund Adamski mystery? Many believe this, too. Adamski's death certificate lists "heart attack" as the cause of death, but what happened to Zigmund Adamski doesn't feel like a closed case to many. 

Investigators Have No Idea How His Body Got On Top Of The Coal

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There are a lot of confusing elements to the Zigmund Adamski mystery. Friends and family noted how out of character it was for him to completely disappear. He kept mostly to himself and his family and had no known enemies. However, the most baffling aspect of Adamski's death is where and how his body was found

Adamski's body was found on June 11, 1980, around 3:45 pm in Tomlin's Coal Yard. Trevor Parker, the son of the owner of the yard, found Adamski and called authorities. Adamski's clothes were clean and the pile of coal seemed to be intact, which puzzled investigators. If the man wasn't covered in coal dust from climbing to the top of a 10-foot high pile of coal, how did he get up there?

There weren't any signs of a struggle, either. Nothing that led investigators to believe that someone - or something - else had carried him to the top of that coal heap. 

The Burn Marks And Shaven Face Were Even More Puzzling

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Investigators noticed a few other strange things aside from the body's peculiar position. Adamski had strange burn marks on his neck and shoulders, and they had been slathered in a gel-like substance that couldn't be identified. Stranger still, Adamski had been missing for five days, but appeared to have shaved his face about a day before passing away. 

His Death Was Estimated To Occur On June 11 - But He Had Five Unaccounted Days

When investigators found Adamski, the official cause of death was listed as a heart attack. An autopsy suggested he died between 11:15 am and 1:15 pm on June 11, 1980; he went missing during the afternoon of June 6, 1980. Some theories suggest he was in shock and wandered around for a few days in a dissociative fugue state. Some people also believe this is why he was on top of the coal - he was trying to get a better view and see where he was. Still, there are no concrete answers as to what happened to Adamski during those five days. 

Some Believe He Was Abducted By Aliens

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Todmorden is reportedly a hotbed for extraterrestrial activity. This - along with the unexplained burn marks on his body and the bizarre manner in which he was found - has led many to believe this was the work of otherworldly beings. 

Alan Godfrey is one of the police officers who originally investigated Adamski's case and subsequently had his own alien encounter. Godfrey became rather vocal about his belief in alien lifeforms, abductions, and his skepticism about the actual cause of Adamski's death. He believes aliens and a UFO were involved.