10 Unsolved Mysteries With Strange Sightings Links to Mysticism

In the 1980s, Americans began fearing cults and Satanists, and the fear was largely unfounded In hindsight, most of it stemmed from TV shows exploiting audience insecurities for ratings

However, the following cases really do have strange links to mysticism #10 Charles Walton Even at the age of 74, Charles Walton of Lower Quinton, England worked on local farms People in the small village liked him, but there were rumors People said that he had a way with animals, birds fed from his hand, and he could control wild dogs with his voice

On Valentine’s Day, 1945, Walton was working with a pitchfork and a trouncing hook on Meon Hill, an area shrouded in supernatural lore Stories tell of ghosts of kings riding pale horses there with packs of white dogs Other times, mysterious black dogs are seen in the area Meon Hill is where Charles Walton met his end The hook cut his throat, and the pitchfork pinned him to the ground

On his chest, his murderer carved a cross One theory said that Walton was a witch He had cast a spell on someone, and to break it, he had to die Things got even stranger when police came across a book called Folklore, Old Customs and Superstitions in Shakespeareland It told the story of a man named Charles Walton who’d died in 1865 after seeing a ghost

One rumor in the village is that the recently murdered Charles Walton was the same man who died in 1865 No one was ever arrested, and the rumors of Walton have never been settled #9 Baby X On the evening of November 17, 1989, a baby girl burned in a barrel off a rural road near a landfill outside Rupert, Idaho Named “Baby X” by the police, the baby had been dismembered, disemboweled, and possibly skinned

The left hand was missing, as was the right arm Also missing were most of the organs except for the lungs and part of the heart The baby had been put in the bin and set on fire Rumors spread around the township that Baby X’s death was part of a satanic ritual, but self-described Satanists around Rupert denied involvement The police also searched hospital records for a possible mother

The baby was only one or two weeks old, but no record could be found If the baby was only a few weeks old, the birthday would have been around Halloween An interesting lead came from a nine-year-old boy identified by the police as “Timothy” living in Barstow, California In August 1990, he said that he’d witnessed a human sacrifice in which a baby died, was put in a bin, and was set on fire Timothy and his family had just moved to Barstow from Rupert, Idaho, and police were convinced that he’d witnessed the murder

However, Timothy was a troubled child, and his stories often conflicted Another possible theory is that the baby died of pneumonia, and someone burned the body to cover up the death However, rumors persisted that Rupert was swarming with Satanists The baby has never been identified, and no one knows exactly what happened to Baby X #8

The Jamison Family On October 8, 2009, the Jamison family—44-year-old Bobby Dale Jamison, 40-year-old Sheri Jamison, and 6-year-old Madyson Jamison—went missing They were last seen alive when they were out looking at a property they planned to buy, just outside of Eufaula, Oklahoma Nine days later, their pickup truck was found abandoned The vehicle contained all the Jamisons’ personal belongings, including their dog, which was incredibly malnourished Their cell phones were inside, along with their wallets, IDs, and a bag with $32,000 cash

Their remains weren’t found until four years later, when two hunters found them in an isolated area The bodies had decomposed too much to determine a cause of death Several theories tried to explain what had happened to the family of three The first concerned the large amount of cash they’d had on them It was suspected that they might have been involved with drugs

However, no other evidence pointed to that The second theory involved Bobby’s father, Bob Jamison Bobby had sued his parents over property that he’d claimed he was owed after working at the family business The Jamisons then had to get a protective order against Bob Jamison because he’d twice threatened to kill them However, at the time of the disappearance, Bob was sick and was either in the hospital or at home resting

That brings us to the third theory Leading up to their disappearance, the Jamisons had been acting strange They’d lost a bunch of weight They spoke to their pastor, saying that their house was being haunted by ghosts Two of the ghosts had names—Emily and Michael

Six-year-old Madyson allegedly talked to Emily’s sister, a ghost with wings After the family disappeared, investigators visited the Jamison property Written on the wall of a container on their property, they found a message: “3 cats killed to date buy people in this area Witches don’t like there black cat killed” Police never figured out who wrote the message When Sherilyn’s mother was questioned, she blamed a cult for the murders She wouldn’t say which cult, but it was one that worked in Southeast Oklahoma She also denied that the family was involved with witchcraft

There are several similarities between the McStay family murder and this case In both cases, an entire family vanished and was found dead miles away from their abandoned vehicle Neither vehicle showed any sign of a struggle Both families were not reported missing until several days after they vanished To date, no one is sure what happened to the Jamisons

It is unclear if they were the victims of foul play or if they committed suicide #7 Howard Green And Carol Marron On December 16, 1979, the bodies of 53-year-old Howard Green and 33-year-old Carol Marron were found on the shoulder of Route 80 in West Patterson, New Jersey Both had been beaten on the left side of their face and then stabbed in the right eye In each of the victims’ hands lay a clump of hair

Their bodies had been completely drained of blood, most likely with a veterinarian’s syringe The police searched the couple’s Brooklyn apartment and found occult paraphernalia Journalist Murray Terry received a letter from an anonymous friend of Carol Marron, who said that Green had been looking into Ordo Templi Orientis, a religion started by famed occultist Aleister Crowley The detective on the case was sure that the murders were occult in nature and that more than one person had committed them No arrests have ever been made in the case

One person of interest was a former neighbor of Green and Marron who’d moved away about a year before the murders He was known to cut the heads off mice and drain them of blood The man was last seen in Oklahoma #6 Patrick Erhabor On September 21, 2001, the torso of a young boy floated in the Thames River near the Tower Bridge

It had been in the water for about 10 days before it was found London Police called the boy “Adam” A medical examination of the torso showed that the body had been dissected as though by a professional butcher of animals The skin had been cut, and then a single chop had severed each limb It was theorized that Adam was part of a human sacrifice to one of the 400 gods of the Nigerian Yoruba people

All evidence pointed to ritual murder The boy, who was traced to the Benin City area of Nigeria through forensic testing, was likely brought into the country for the murder His stomach contents indicated that he had eaten German food before his death A year later, suspicion fell on a human smuggler named Kingsley Ojo The police searched Ojo’s apartment in 2002 and found a bag with a mixture of bones, sand, and gold flecks—a mixture also found in Adam’s stomach

The apartment contained a videotape labeled “rituals,” showing the ritual dismemberment of a human victim Besides those clues, police couldn’t find a connection between Adam and Ojo Ojo was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for human smuggling before being deported to Nigeria In 2013, the boy was finally identified as Patrick Erhabor by former caretaker Joyce Osagiede Osagiede had taken care of Erhabor in Germany before he was trafficked into the United Kingdom by Ojo

The person or persons behind the ritual dismemberment of the young boy are still unknown It was believed that he died to bring about “good luck” #5 Rachael Runyan The kidnapping and murder of Rachael Runyan is one of the reasons that parents have to tell children not to take candy from strangers On August 26, 1982, Rachael was playing with her 10-year-old brother in a school playground in Sunset, Utah

A black, mustached man between 25 and 35 was hanging around the park for about 15 minutes, talking to other children before approaching Rachael He offered her candy and gum, and she followed him to his car Her naked body was found 24 days later in a stream It was a tragedy, and the police were stuck for leads Early on, they dismissed the idea that her murder was occult in nature, but police later spoke on Unsolved Murders, reconsidering the theory

Twice, when Rachael’s father visited her grave, an unexplained black rose lay on the stone Then, two and a half years after the murder, the following message appeared on a stall door in a 24-hour Laundromat: “I’m still at large I killed the little Runyan girl! Remember Beware!!!!” Below it was an inverted cross with three number sixes, one at each arm and the head of the cross

Psychologists associated with the case said the real killer quite possibly wrote it Throughout the years, there have been many suspects, but no arrests have been made #4 Leroy Carter Jr Leroy Carter Jr

was sleeping in the bushes of Golden Gate Park when he was attacked and decapitated His body was found on February 8, 1981, and he had only been dead for about 24 hours The other clue left behind was a headless chicken, part of which was stuffed into Leroy’s body Leroy’s head was missing The San Francisco Police brought in an officer who specialized in the occult

According to her, the murder was likely part of a dark ritual involving Palo Mayombe, a black magic offshoot of the Afro-Caribbean religion Santeria The ritual made a brew from the victim’s brains and perhaps the ears and the nose She predicted that the head would be returned after 42 days, once the ritual was complete Right on schedule, 42 days after the murder, the head was returned However, despite having been called in, the occult detective was not taken seriously, and no one was arrested for the murder

#3 Baby Doe On March 14, 1986, the body of an hours-old infant boy was found near the banks of Lake Mohegan in Fairfield, Connecticut He had been strangled, his jaw was broken, and his face had been mutilated He was wrapped in white blankets The body wasn’t hidden

It was just left out in the open When police arrived, they found coins, pieces of fruit, and other objects lying around the baby’s body These objects seemed to indicate that the baby was part of a ritual involving Palo Mayombe In 2012, 26 years after the body of the baby was found, police said they had new leads, including DNA evidence However, the leads have yet to produce a suspect or help identify the baby

#2 Evangelist Family Massacre When Benito Evangelista came to America at the start of the 19th century, he Americanized his name to Benny Evangelist Evangelist worked as a carpenter, but in his spare time, he explored the occult He even started his own cult called the Union Federation of America He wrote the Union’s bible called The Oldest History Of The World Discovered by Occult Science in Detroit Mich

He held services in his basement On July 3, 1929, a real estate agent let herself into the Evangelist home In the basement, she found Benny’s headless corpse sitting in his chair behind his desk Beside him, on the floor, was his head She alerted the authorities, who searched the rest of the house

They found the body of his wife in the bed, also headless Next, they found the bodies of the four Evangelist children, who ranged in age from 18 months to seven years old They had all been hacked to death The weapon was most likely a machete One interesting suspect in the case was a former friend of Benny’s, named Aurelius Angelino

They had worked together on the railroad in York, Pennsylvania, and the two friends shared the same hometown and an interest in the occult In 1919, Angelino had taken an axe and tried to kill his own family He managed to kill two of his children before he was stopped, arrested, and put in an insane asylum He managed to escape twice but was brought back each time In 1923, he escaped a third time, and he was never recaptured

Some have speculated that Angelino paid a visit to his old friend in Detroit #1 The Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders The Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Killer, or the Sonoma County Serial Killer, got his start on February 4, 1972 Two 13-year-old girls, Yvonne Weber and Maureen Sterling, were hitchhiking around Santa Rosa, California They disappeared and weren’t found until 10 months later

Their naked bodies had been dumped down an embankment along the highway Over the next two years, another five young women, ranging in age from 15 to 23, died hitchhiking in the area All of them were found naked, dumped along an embankment or in the weeds with one earring missing (The body of 20-year-old Janette Kamahele was never found, but she is presumed to be a victim of the serial killer) Three of the bodies had decomposed too much, but it is believed that they were all sexually assaulted

Three were strangled, one was poisoned, one had her neck broken, and another was beaten to death A few ties to the occult caught the attention of the police First, all the bodies were dumped on the east side of the road Also, at one dump site, investigators found twigs arranged in two interlocking squares, which they said is the symbol for “carrier of the spirit” in witchcraft Almost all victims were taken during the waning moon, the lunar stage after the Moon is full

Finally, the last victim was kidnapped at the beginning of the winter solstice There have been several suspects in the case The Zodiac killer was active during that time, and some of the murders were originally attributed to him However, none of the Zodiac’s victims were stripped of their clothes, and he never took credit for these murders Another plausible suspect was Ted Bundy, who claimed to be killing during that time, but he wasn’t in the area during the murders