Unspeakable Crimes What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?  

Rebecca High
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List Rules Vote up the most intriguing hometown mysteries that make your spine tingle.

The Alphabet Murders. The Boy In the Box. Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm? These are intriguing titles of unsolved mysteries from Arkansas to England that all have one thing in common: they remain unsolved. Many of these local mysteries are based in tragedy and fear, but when a good unsolved story is rooted in your own stomping grounds, it's all the more alluring. Unsolved mysteries from your hometown include little-known disappearances, nationalized murders, cold crime cases, and even creepy paranormal sightings - to armchair detectives and curiosity seekers these are the stories that keep giving. 

Sometimes sharing these stories creates pure entertainment; sometimes sharing can even help solve mysteries. Either way, unsolved mysteries create lore and legends that last a lifetime. We asked the Ranker audience to share some of their favorite hometown mysteries, and here are the results. Vote up the most intriguing hometown mysteries that make your spine tingle and maybe want you want to investigate further.

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Black Mountain, KY - People Cl... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Black Mountain, KY - People Climb Up, But Never Come Down

"Black Mountain in between Big Stone Gap, VA, and Lynch, KY. People go up, but they never come back and are never found. It's been going on for as long as I can remember, and can be traced back legitimately over 200 years. There are even old native American legends about how dangerous the mountain is."
 

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Blue Lake Park, OR - The Murde... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Blue Lake Park, OR - The Murder Of Tiffany Jenks

"The Tiffany Jenks murder. Crazy conspiracies including a mind control cult and a crazy video of her last moments."

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Tinley Park, IL - The Lane Bry... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Tinley Park, IL - The Lane Bryant Store Murders

"Six women shopping at a Lane Bryant in my town were lined up in the back room of the store and executed. One survived. The crime has never been solved and there are no current suspects. Happened 10 years ago."

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Houston, TX - The Southerland ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Houston, TX - The Southerland Murder Road

"On my side of town there is a street called Southerland where over 60 people died over my lifetime, all from murders or other weird ways. They found two girls without heads under Lang Gully Bridge. I've seen ghosts on the road [multiple times]!"

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Worcestershire, England - Who ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Worcestershire, England - Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?

"Who put Bella in the Wych Elm? Her skeleton was found stuffed into a hollow tree in a wood by schoolboys during WWII. Was she a gypsy condemned to death by her family, the victim of a witchcraft killing, or a murdered Nazi spy? Why did important evidence, including Bella's remains, mysteriously disappear? And why is 'Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?' still painted on a nearby monument in 2018?"

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Smoky Mountain National Park, ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Smoky Mountain National Park, TN - Frequently Disappearing Persons

"People go missing extremely frequently and under odd circumstances. Also, there's military that has closed off park of the park from what I've been hearing. There's much more but I think this may take the cake."

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Philadelphia, PA - The Boy In ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Philadelphia, PA - The Boy In The Box

"The Boy in the Box."

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Geneva Swamp, PA - The Mystery... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Geneva Swamp, PA - The Mystery Of The Bogged Crane

"A fully extended crane fell in Geneva Swamp in West Pennsylvania and was never found, the actual depth of the swamp is unknown and its often referred to as bottomless."

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Rochester, NY - The Alphabet M... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Rochester, NY - The Alphabet Murders

"Three young girls all murdered and dumped with a strange twist. Never solved."

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Chicago, IL - The Ghost of Res... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Chicago, IL - The Ghost of Resurrection Mary

"I grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and the ghost of Resurrection Mary is our greatest unsolved mystery. It was even featured on the show Unsolved Mysteries."

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Calumet, MI - The Italian Hall... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Calumet, MI - The Italian Hall Disaster

"Christmas Eve, 1913 - the miners on strike in Calumet, MI, were having a Christmas party for their families at the Italian Hall; during the party someone outside yelled "FIRE." The doors to the building opened inward, so with the stampede of people running down the stairs and to the doors, the doors were unable to open and over 70 people lost their lives, mostly children... To this day no one knows who yelled that fateful word."

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Butte, MT - A Pair Of Severed ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Butte, MT - A Pair Of Severed Legs

"On June 26, 2012, a pair of severed legs were found about three miles outside of Butte, MT. DNA so far has not found a match. Detectives are treating this as a homicide."

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Canajoharie Creek, NY - The De... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Canajoharie Creek, NY - The Devil's Hole

"Legend over the decades says that the bottom has never been found, despite attempts with scuba gear and even tying ropes to telephone poles. No bottom... I swam there a thousand times as a kid and would love to know what's really down there! (Besides snakes)."

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Logan, WV - The Unsolved Murde... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Logan, WV - The Unsolved Murder Of Mamie Thurman

"Who killed Mamie Thurman in the 1930s? The wife of a local police officer. Her throat was slashed and she was shot two times. They blamed it on the handy man but later it was found that he was innocent. She was very 'friendly' with all the well-to-do men."

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Springfield, MO - The Springfi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Springfield, MO - The Springfield Three

"The three missing women from 1992. No bodies found, no suspects arrested."

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park,... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH - Abandoned Canals At Johnnycake Lock

"Behind my childhood home there used to be a town called Johnnycake Hollow. It has a canal system. Today it's abandoned with just foundations and old locks left. Supposedly a fire wiped out most of the town. Other legends suggest a town hanging."

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Saline County, AR - The Boys O... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Saline County, AR - The Boys On The Track

"There's a book about it. Supposedly involved drug smuggling and the Clintons..."

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Texarkana, AR - The Phantom Ki... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Texarkana, AR - The Phantom Killer

"The murders of Karen and Gordon Alexander in Texarkana, Arkansas. Two young teens murdered with a butter knife in their home. Or another local legend, 'the Phantom Killer.'"

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Livermore, CA - A Lightbulb Th... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Livermore, CA - A Lightbulb That Never Dies

"How has the lightbulb at the Livermore Fire Department burned for so long?"

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Walker Lake, NV - Cecil The La... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Mystery From Your Hometown Remains Unsolved?
Walker Lake, NV - Cecil The Lake Serpent

"Cecil the lake serpent. Is it real? Just stories told over a century of the mysterious lake serpent. Even the high school's team is called the Serpents."