Missing a celebrity, which was never found
In our material - 9 cryptic, bloody, confused, sad and terrible stories about the disappearance of well-known people. Where British fled after the murder of Earl Lucan babysitting their children? Who shot down the plane of the writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery? Whose victim in the desert became a musician Jim Sullivan? A few decades it remains a mystery.
British rock musician, disappeared in 1995, declared dead in 2008
Edwards was the guitarist and songwriter of the group Manic Street Preachers. A talented lyricist and musician suffered from depression, drug addiction, and was known for expressive actions. For example, once during an interview he cut on his arm 4Real inscription ( "Truly") in order to prove the journalist his serious approach to creativity. It was only one of a plurality of self destruction episodes. In a fit of despair Edwards refused to eat, cut himself and extinguished cigarettes on the skin. Two years before the disappearance, he had been treated in a psychiatric hospital.
February 1, 1995 the musician colleagues reported him missing: Richie Edwards had to fly to a concert in the United States, but did not get in touch. The apartment Edwards lay his passport and credit cards, and a week later the taxi driver from the city of Newport (South Wales) reported that drove the musician to the area where the house of his childhood. A week later, the police found the car Edwards about Severn Bridge near Bristol and suggested that the 27-year-old Richie committed suicide. But the body is not found, and later Edwards allegedly seen in a hippie commune in Goa, then the Canaries.
Australian politician, has been missing since 1967
Holt was the 17th Prime Minister of Australia, who went down in history not so much for its political decisions as a mysterious disappearance. December 17, 1967 Prime resting in the company of four friends at Cheviot Beach in Victoria. Despite the high waves and strong winds, Holt decided to take a dip. 59-year-old politician was hardy swimmer, keen underwater fishing and snorkelling, was in good shape, so friends do not become discouraged man. With him I went into the water, and one of his friends, but did not dare to plunge and swam to a depth of Holt. Friends called him, but he did not respond, and after a few seconds, a huge wave covered Holt - and he was gone forever. The following day Prime Minister sought 50 divers and 340 military rescue watercraft and helicopters, but to no avail. 5 days after the disappearance of Harold Holt held a memorial service, but not everyone in the country was considered a policy dead. Conspiracy theories have suggested that Holt faked death and escaped in a submarine.
The American singer, disappeared in 1974
The success to Connie Converse, singer and guitar player '50s, came only in 2009, when the animator Gene Deitch produced several unreleased songs of his girlfriend. The album, called How Sad, How Lovely (incidentally, the first in the discography of Converse) has become incredibly popular. But that's very artist did not catch his later success - she was gone for 35 years before that.
But contemporaries Connie did not know what she is talented. Converse career can not be called successful. "Failure" - a more accurate word. The singer of 10 years trying to make money on their music, but in 1961 left all attempts. In 1974, Connie was 50 years old, she was still unknown, depressed and ill - on the testimony she needed a hysterectomy. Colleagues and friends paid a six-month journey Connie UK, where it tried to find a muse, but it has not brought benefits.
In August 1974, Connie Converse sent letters to friends and family with the texts of their songs. She also wrote that she intends to start a new life somewhere else, and then plunged things into your "Volkswagen Beetle" and left in an unknown direction.
Family Connie Converse tried to start the search with the help of a private detective, but soon recognized her right to disappear on their own. Officially, the singer has not confirmed dead or missing.
American musician, disappeared in 1975
Jim Sullivan, a fairly well-known performer of ethno-rock 60-70s, disappeared March 6, 1975, he was 35 years old. He went from Los Angeles to Nashville, but the city did not get actor. His car was found in the desert in New Mexico, in a motel room nearby lay the wallet, clothes and guitar Sullivan. It is known that the musician did not sleep in the hotel. Sullivan populated, he left the motel things and the key to the room itself, had gone into the wilderness and ... Some actor fans believe that he was abducted by a UFO - it is the name of the first album Sullivan (U.F.O., 1969).
American basketball player, has been missing since 2002
After completing a career athlete traveled in 30 years. In the summer of 2002, he, along with his girlfriend and brother sailed across the Pacific Ocean. Also on board the yacht "Hakuna Matata" was the skipper. In September boat found off the coast of Tahiti, shot in several locations housing. People on board were not. After a couple of days Miles Debord - brother, basketball player, who was on board - he tried to withdraw money on his passport. Man arrested and charged with the murder of three men: 33-year-old Buffalo Dylan, his girlfriend Selena Karlan and skipper Bertrand balance.
According to investigators, Debord shot the brother of the old envy and threw the bodies of their victims in the ocean - they have not been found. A few days after the arrest of Miles Debord poisoned. The investigators left versions of the incident, and the case was closed.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
French writer, went missing in the war in 1944
The author of "The Little Prince" was a professional pilot. Before you start writing, Exupéry was a pilot airmail company. When his first novel - dedicated to the aircraft - have been published and to receive awards, the writer did not leave most of the work. It has changed several airlines engaged in a test aircraft and passengers - and continued to be published.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry joined the army on the next day after the start of World War II - in 1939. At the front, the writer served in aerial reconnaissance, in 1943 he was enrolled in a combat unit. During this period, and the fairy tale "The Little Prince" was written.
In July 1944, de Saint-Exupéry did not return from the flight and was found missing. In 1998, in the sea near Marseille fishermen caught bracelet Exupery (with his name and the name of his wife), and in 2003 the French experts found there at the bottom of the wreckage of the aircraft, which was flown by Saint-Exupery. Traces of fire on the case was not, as the remains of the pilot.
Details of the crash has not yet been clarified. There are versions of a technical failure, desertion and even suicide pilots.
American businessman, disappeared in 1967
Topmson - known American entrepreneur 50s - he was engaged in the production and sale of Thai silk. From his father he inherited a few textile mills. In search of the business life of Thompson crossed a family business with a private passion ballet and Asia - he was in Thailand officer during World War II. Thompson was fascinated by Bangkok and, after resigning, stayed to live there. The businessman decided to export to the West Thai silk, replacing the traditional floral ornament on patterns in the spirit of the artist Leon Bakst, who created the sets for Diaghilev's ballet. In 1947, Jim Thompson brought samples of their tissues Edna Chase, chief editor of Vogue magazine. So I learned about the new US fashion industry. For a couple of years, Thompson became "silk king", dressed in their bright fabrics aristocrats, celebrities and bohemians. Thompson lived in Bangkok in a luxury residence at the villa and the park, which was designed by himself, but, according to his entourage remained very lonely.
In March 1967 friends 61-year-old Thompson persuaded him to go with them on vacation in Malaysia. All vacation Thompson sought solitude and often wandered alone in the jungle around the villa. And on the eve of departure, "Silk King" was gone ... Nobody saw Thompson left the villa. Someone heard steps under the windows on a gravel path - nothing more. During the day more than a hundred local residents and police combed the jungle and the neighborhood - not a trace. No signs of the attack of a wild animal, no clothes scraps or broken branches ... Anybody also did not ask for ransom for a millionaire, so that the version of the kidnapping was rejected. The matter even more confused when, in August the same year, 74-year-old sister of Jim Thompson was killed at his home in the United States.
Thompson's house two years later in Bangkok accidentally discovered his will - a condition inherited nephew Henry Thompson. He reopened the investigation, but in the last 7 years nothing so clear. In 1974, Jim Thompson was found dead and his house turned into a museum.
Socialite, disappeared in 1910
December 12, 1910 25-year-old Dorothy Arnold, a well-known New York-based beauty and heiress, said goodbye to his mother and left the house. She met with a few friends, went into the shop and bookstore, I saw with another friend, who said that he was going to walk home through Central Park. Dorothy did not return home any evening or in the morning, but the family did not report the loss, to avoid scandal. The girl's parents hired private investigators who searched the hospitals, prisons and morgues city, but to no avail. The statement about the disappearance of Dorothy Arnold came to the police only after a month and a half! Dorothy Friends built around a version of its relationship with the 40-year-old engineer George Griskomom. They said she could die from clandestine abortions or to commit suicide due to failure of men to marry. Arnold Family Griskoma tracked down and began to threaten him, but he knew nothing about the fate of the girl. According to him, Dorothy could kill myself, but not because of their relationship. The man showed the letter to his mistress, in which she complained of depression and sadness. Police also justified Griskoma but new clues in the investigation was not. Some were convinced that the disappearance of the girls staged, but in reality parents sent her to Switzerland - abort an extramarital pregnancy or give birth in secret and to send their children.
The search for Dorothy Arnold lasted 10 years, after which her parents said they believe their daughter was dead.
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British Earl, disappeared in 1974, declared dead in 1999
Earl Lucan, noble kind of British heir, was an inveterate gambler. His obsession and growing gambling debts have led to a divorce from Veronica Duncan after 10 years of marriage. Woman sued custody of the three children, but one day the count was able to steal the two oldest. Court returned to their mother. Then the count began spying on his ex-wife, listened to and distributed recording her telephone conversations, spread rumors about exorbitant spending of his wife and her unstable mental condition. Aristocratic society sided with the Count, and Veronica was in isolation. Besides Lucan survived nurses from her home. He bribed one and forced to spy on the other - threatened. At the end of 1974 in the house came a new assistant - Sandra Rivett, who became a victim of Earl of Lucan. By the time the position of the graph was sad. He is heavily in debt, was ruined, ruin oneself by drink. In conversations with friends, drunken Count has repeatedly admitted that he wants to kill his ex-wife, is to blame for his troubles. In the evening, November 7, 1974 Veronica Duncan and Sandra Rivett put the kids to bed and decided to drink tea. The nurse went into the kitchen, and Veronica waited in the living room. Half an hour later she was worried and went to get his assistant. A few minutes later she froze in horror: the kitchen walls were splattered with blood, and over the body of Sandra knelt on the floor a man, continue to pursue the girl. At the same moment the killer attacked her. Veronica did not have time to see the face, but the voice knew her ex-husband. When the woman lost consciousness, Earl took her into the bedroom. The bed Veronica woke up and saw Lucan leaves the room. The woman gathered her strength and ran to the police.
Later it was learned that the Count fled to friends in a neighboring county. He told them that, passing by the former wife of the house, was the murder of a witness - saw the attack through the transparent curtains. Count allegedly broke into the house, but the offender disappeared and his wife huddled in hysterics, and accused him of assault. From the house of friends Earl called his mother, to which the police had already arrived. She asked her son to talk to the police, who in response muttered something unintelligible, asked her to take care of the children and left the house. More nobody has ever seen.
Count guilt was proved, he was convicted in absentia, but no trace of the murderer is not found to this day. Custody of the children went home Lucan, and Veronika until the end of days lived a recluse. She died in January 2018, at 80 years old, from barbiturates and alcohol overdose.