Unsolved Mysteries: Whatever happened to Zebb Quinn?

 Zebb Quinn, taken by his mother Denise Vlahakis

Zebb Quinn, taken by his mother Denise Vlahakis

It’s been almost seventeen years since eighteen-year-old Walmart employee Zebb Quinn went missing in Asheville, North Carolina on January 2, 2000.

The events surrounding his disappearance are truly bizarre, and in many ways, a horrifying update in 2015 resulted in more questions than answers.

After finishing a work shift at 9 p.m. on the 2nd, Quinn decided to check out a car he was considering purchasing. His friend Robert Jason Owens tagged along in another vehicle. Surveillance footage showed the two young men outside a gas station at 9:15.

According to Owens, after leaving the gas station Quinn flashed his headlights and signalled for him to pull over. Apparently he’d received a page. In the days before ubiquitous cell phones, the men had to find a pay phone for Quinn, who was reportedly “frantic” after making his call. Cancelling their plans to look at the vehicle, Quinn drove off in such a rush that he rear ended his friend’s car. Owens showed up at a hospital later that night with fractured ribs and a head injury, claiming he had been in a second car accident that evening. Hmm…and yet, no one reported this second accident to the police (or, presumably, to an insurance company, since that’s easy enough for cops to trace).

Accused killer Robert Jason Owens

Accused killer Robert Jason Owens

Quinn hasn’t been seen since, but two days later, someone purporting to be him called in sick to Walmart. The coworker who answered the phone knew the guy on the other end of the line wasn’t Quinn. Once again, all signs pointed to Owens–the call was traced to the Volvo plant where he worked. Confronted by police, he admitted making the phoney phone call, saying Quinn had asked him to. Though he was considered a “person of interest,” Owens continued to deny his involvement in Quinn’s disappearance.

So far, this case seems pretty open and shut, right? Wait–it gets weirder. Remember that page Quinn received? Turns out this wasn’t a farfetched story. The teenager really did receive a page that evening–from his aunt, whom he rarely saw. The aunt denied making the call, saying she was having dinner at her friend’s home at the time–a friend who just happened to be the mother of a girl Quinn was in love with when he vanished. A girl who reportedly had an extremely jealous boyfriend. Both the girl and the boyfriend were at this dinner. The aunt later claimed her home had been broken into that night. Nothing was stolen, but some picture frames had been moved around.

Odd. And even more bizarre, when Quinn’s vehicle was recovered two weeks later near the hospital where his mother worked, bottles, an untraceable hotel key card, someone else’s jacket, and a live Labrador-mix puppy were found inside! Someone had drawn lips and two exclamation marks on the windshield in lipstick. Quinn’s mother believes she was meant to find the vehicle. So far, the mystery belongings located inside have not been traced to anyone, but an investigator adopted the puppy, who was unharmed.

Years went on and the case went cold, with only the loyalty of Quinn’s friends and family keeping his memory alive. No new leads were publicized. And then came 2015.

Quinn’s old buddy Owens was discovered with the dismembered remains of three people in his wood stove–Food Network star Cristie Schoen Codd, her husband J.T. Codd, and their unborn child. Owens had been the couple’s “friend” too–they’d hired him to work on their home and had thought enough of him to invite Owens to their wedding.

Murdered Food Network star Food Network star Cristie Schoen Codd and husband J.T. Codd Photo credit: FOURFRONT PRODUCTIONS

Murdered Food Network star Cristie Schoen Codd and husband J.T. Codd
Photo credit: FOURFRONT PRODUCTIONS

This crime prompted investigators to take another look at Owens and his possible involvement in Quinn’s disappearance. During the Codd investigation, police found fabric, leather, and “unknown hard fragments” under a layer of concrete on Owens’ property. What the hard fragments are, and whether or not this discovery is related to Quinn, has not been confirmed. The state is seeking the death penalty against Owens for the triple homicide of the Codd family.

Even if you write Owens off as a cold-blooded psychopath who killed his friend and then murdered again fifteen years later, many questions remain unanswered.

  • Why did he put himself in the hot seat of the Quinn investigation by phoning Walmart, pretending to be the missing teen?
  • What’s with the aunt, the page made from her home, and the bizarre burglary where nothing was stolen?
  • Where did the puppy come from? What happened to Quinn’s car after he went missing?
  • If Quinn is dead, why was he killed?

And that’s just for starters. What do you think happened to Zebb Quinn? Have you heard of this case? Please share this near and far–let’s get some justice for this man and his family.

PS – If you can’t get enough unsolved mysteries, let me know what you think about this strange case, where two people disappeared.

 

The sad, strange case of Thelma Krull

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I’ve been researching and writing about missing people for a long time. From this experience, I’ve learned that two groups of people are most likely to vanish:

  • Children
  • Young women in their teens to early thirties

Thelma Krull, however, was a 57-year-old grandmother when she disappeared a year ago. And she vanished in my own backyard–the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is located in central Canada–just a hop, skip and a jump from North Dakota and Minnesota.

Thelma had a habit of taking long walks. She left her home at 7:23 on the morning on July 11th, 2015, strolling through the neighbourhood known as Transcona. This isn’t an area known for crime.

Police believe she made it to Civic Park by 8 a.m., where they say she encountered some type of “distress.” They aren’t clear about what kind of distress it was–it could have been medical, but at least some officers suspect the woman was abducted.

Civic Park

Why on earth would anyone kidnap this woman, who from all accounts had loving family and friends, a good life? Even her boss misses her, to the point that he gave an emotional speech at her vigil last night. There have been no demands for ransom. Disturbingly, police found Thelma’s glasses and cell phone near this park. That’s never a good sign.

What’s even more disturbing about Thelma’s disappearance is that Winnipeg, with a population just shy of 800,000, is really just a big small town. Most people who live here were born and raised here. There’s less degrees of separation between the residents than celebrities have with a certain Mr. Bacon. When a young man went missing here earlier in the year, he was found within a week, and it turned out quite a few people had known where he was all along–they just weren’t talking.

In Thelma’s case, it must be the same. Someone must know what happened to her–probably several someones. Why aren’t they coming forward?

Purple ladyPolice have released the descriptions of several people known to be in the park at the time of Thelma’s disappearance. One is this woman, pictured to the left. The others are described as a Caucasian couple in their thirties. Not a lot to go on, and honestly, our officers seem stumped, although there have been rumours that are far more disturbing. I won’t repeat them until I can get some confirmation.

UPDATE: Police have spoken to the woman in this photo, but she was unable to provide any helpful information.

As far as I know, I never met Thelma, but Winnipeg being what it is, we’ve probably crossed paths. She seems like someone I’d like. She loved purple–even had a purple streak in her blonde hair. The people who attended her vigil yesterday wore purple in her honour.

I really hope someone finds her soon.

What do you think happened to Thelma Krull? Have you ever had someone disappear from your hometown? Any cases that haunt you?

Please share this post far and wide! The more people who see it and read about Thelma, the better. Let’s bring her home.

B is for Boy in the Box

Boy in the Boy crime scene

Some cold cases will forever haunt us.

There’s the Black Dahlia, Jack the Ripper, and America’s Unknown Child, also known as The Boy in the Box.

We don’t know his name. We don’t know how he died. But the people of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have never forgotten him.

Unknown childEven his age is unknown. In 1957, the nude, battered body of a little boy was found wrapped in a blanket in a bassinet box in the woods. He is believed to have been between four and six years old.

When his body was first discovered, police were optimistic, but the third generation of cops is now on the case and they’re no closer to finding the truth.

Incredibly, new theories are still coming to light. In March of this year, two authors announced they believe they know the boy’s identity.

Their theory centers around the testimony of a woman who claims her mother bought a child, who was then abused until he died, along with rumours about another man who allegedly sold his son. While a forensic pathologist agreed that there are similarities between the Boy in the Box and his proposed father and brother, that’s as far as it will go without DNA testing.

Boy in Box alive

What the boy may have looked like when he was alive

The boy’s body was exhumed in 1998 in order for a DNA sample to be taken from a remaining tooth, but police will need to investigate the authors’ theories thoroughly before they pursue that avenue.

In the meantime, people who never knew the little boy continue to care for him after death, bringing flowers and candy to his grave.

And a third generation of Philadelphia cops continues to search for his killer.

What do you think happened to The Boy in the Box? Do you think this mystery will ever be solved? Should police take the authors’ theory more seriously? Why do you think this case continues to haunt us?

PS…If you love unsolved mysteries, check out this post about the missing person cases that will always haunt me.

Unsolved mysteries: Did David Guerrero Guevara draw his kidnapper?

David with painting

I’ve been thinking about Spain a lot lately. Last year I explored the haunted wonders of Transylvania as part of the Horror Writers’ Workshop. It was a phenomenal experience, and I met so many amazing people. This year, Writers & Publishers International added another amazing retreat to its roster – a week-long adventure in Málaga, Spain.

The instructor is fabulous. I used to take classes with Elizabeth Engstrom, and she’s so encouraging and knowledgable (and FUNNY!). But here’s the tipping point – almost all of the people I fell in love with in Transylvania have signed up for Spain. How could I not go?

So I’ll be spending part of June in Spain this year, working on a new novel. If you’re interested in the retreat, there’s only three spaces left, so the best thing to do is hold your space with a deposit. There are so many of you I’d love to meet in person!

In honour of my upcoming journey to the sun-drenched lands of Spain, I thought I’d share a spooky Spanish mystery with you.

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Back in 1987, 14-year-old David Guerrero Guevara was already proving to be an extremely talented artist in Málaga, Spain. Lonely and shy, he took solace in his painting and drawing.

He was so talented that one of his paintings, a portrait of Christ, was chosen to be part of an Easter exhibition at La Maison Gallery. On April 6 at 6 p.m., David left the apartment where he lived with his parents and brother in Calle Sargento Garcia. He planned to visit the opening of the exhibit that featured his work, so he headed to a bus stop that was only 150 metres away from his home.

He never made it to the art gallery.

David Guerrero Guevara vanished, and no one has seen him since.

Police and volunteers searched for him while investigators questioned David’s family and friends–with no results. Since he was never seen at the bus stop or on the bus, the police were suspicious, believing David may have lied to his parents and had never intended to go to the exhibition. Queen Sofia was visiting Málaga that afternoon, quite close to David’s home. The resulting high police presence, both in uniform and plain clothes, makes it unlikely someone could have abducted him in the street.

Did someone convince David to go with him? One theory is that a network of art forgers kidnapped him so they could exploit the teenager’s talent, but that seems farfetched to me. And what young artist would willingly miss the first exhibition of his work? I think it’s more likely that someone offered him a ride to gallery – perhaps someone he trusted.

When the police searched the boy’s room, they found something eerie – David had drawn a series of caricatures featuring a much older man. The drawings resembled a 70-year-old Swiss man who had stayed at a hotel in Málaga between March and April of that year. The wealthy man was already a suspect because a woman working at his hotel said she had seen him with David.

Even though the Spanish investigators followed the lead all the way to Switzerland, they founds no evidence of kidnapping and no sign of David. None of the other so-called sightings ever panned out, either.

If still alive, David would be 43 this year.

Did he leave the caricatures behind as a clue? Did he realize he was in danger? Or was the resemblance between his drawings and the older Swiss gentleman simply a coincidence?

Sadly, we will probably never know.

Have you ever been to Spain, or have you wanted to go? Any “must sees” I should know about? What do you think happened to David?

PS – If you love unsolved mysteries, check out this one about how many people disappear without a trace every year. The statistics are staggering.

The Bizarre Disappearance of Chris Mittendorf and Kristina Branum

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Vanished: The bizarre disappearance of Christopher Mittendorf and Kristina Branum.

By all accounts, Christopher Mittendorf and Kristina Branum were a happy young couple living in Hardin County, Tennessee. On July 27, 2006, twenty-one-year-old Mittendorf went shopping with Branum, his 17-year-old fiancee.

Although the couple was living together, they did not have a place of their own, and were staying with Mittendorf’s mother, Cheryl Flatt. When Flatt returned to her apartment later that day, she discovered the clothes the two had purchased on their shopping trip were laid out on a bed.

But Mittendorf and Branum had vanished.

Their vehicle – a dark green 1994 Geo Prism – was found unlocked and abandoned near a pond in Lawrence County, Tennessee, five days later. Lawrence County is about fifty or sixty miles from their home. Inside the car was a cell phone, along with some personal belongings.

A witness reported seeing Mittendorf and Branum climb into a white car, leaving the Prism behind. The couple hasn’t been spotted since.

The only lead in the case came from Mittendorf’s mother, who found a lockbox filled with items belonging to career criminal George Baugus in the couple’s room. She wondered if her son and his fiancee might have stolen the items, bringing the wrath of Baugus upon themselves. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a single mention of what was in the mysterious lockbox, but I’m guessing it wasn’t millions of dollars.

If the couple had issues with Baugus, they weren’t the only ones. The guy’s own wife murdered him in 2010, before he revealed what – if anything – he knew about the missing couple.

Since then, both families have suffered through numerous rumours about their missing loved ones, including tales that Mittendorf and Branum were caught up with a “drug mafia” – whatever that is. The parents don’t know what to believe; they just want the truth about what happened to their missing children.

The lockbox is a mystery, but why would a young couple steal from a career criminal? How would they have even gotten the opportunity? And why did they get into a car with someone that presumably meant to do them harm? Was it someone they knew? Was a gun involved? (And why are these vehicles always white? The only surprise here is that it wasn’t a van.)

It’s been nearly ten years since Mittendorf and Branum went missing. Someone out there knows what happened to them – maybe it’s you.

What do you think happened to the couple? Do you think Baugus had anything to do with it? Any guesses as to what was in the lockbox? 

If you have any information about this case, please leave a comment or shoot me an email at jh at jhmoncrieff dot com.

PS…Can’t get enough unsolved mysteries? Check out these popular posts about The Springfield Three and the Dyatlov Pass Incident.

Whatever happened to the lost colony?

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The statistics are horrifying. One million people go missing in the United States each year. Over eight million children go missing worldwide.

A single person vanishing is disturbing enough. Three people who vanish at once is even harder to understand.

But what about an entire village? It happened back in 1587.

Over one hundred British men and women settled on Roanoke, one of a chain of islands now known as the Outer Banks, located off the coast of North Carolina. The colonists planned to farm and sell wild sassafras, which had significant value back home in England.

John White, the governor of the colony, sailed back to England to pick up supplies for the winter. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, his return was delayed by a war in Spain. When he finally went back four years later, he found everyone had vanished…including his wife and infant daughter.

The only clue was the word ‘Croatan,’ which had been carved into a tree. Croatan was the name of both another nearby island and a local indigenous tribe.

Bad weather hindered the search, and by the time a ship arrived at Croatan, there was no sign of the lost settlers. There wasn’t any evidence or tale of a skirmish between the colonists and the local indigenous people. No graves were found.

White eventually sailed back to England without ever discovering what had happened to his wife and daughter.

One of the most disturbing things about this story was that it had happened before! I’m suspecting White had a terrible case of deja vu, because initially only ten men were left to start a settlement in the same location. When supply ships returned from England, the men had vanished. And yet people still thought it was a good idea to leave another hundred settlers there!

None of the original one hundred and ten were ever found. In spite of countless theories and rumours, the mystery of their disappearance has never been solved.

However, a century later, colonists reported seeing “Indians” with blond hair and grey eyes….

This enduring mystery continues to captivate archaeologists and armchair detectives alike. The History Channel claimed to have some intriguing new information as recently as this past August.

Have you heard of the lost colony of Roanoke? What do you think happened to it? How do so many people disappear every year without a trace?

The Mysterious Massacre at Hinterkaifeck

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An isolated farmhouse in Bavarian Germany.  It is winter, 1922.

Six months before the Gruber family was murdered, their maid quit.

Not an unusual event itself, except for the reason.

She was terrified of the house, claiming it was haunted.

Before you write her off as a superstitious nut, you should know there were a lot of strange things happening at the small farmstead known as Hinterkaifeck.

Personal items kept vanishing. Other items, like an unfamiliar newspaper, were found in the home, and no one could explain how they got there.

Footsteps were heard in the attic, but no reason for them was ever discovered.

For some reason, the Gruber family, which included sixty-three-year-old Andreas Gruber, his seventy-two-year old wife Cäzilia, and their thirty-five-year-old widowed daughter Viktoria Gabriel, never went to the police about these events. Also living in the home were Viktoria’s children: Cäzilia, 7, and Josef, 2, and a new maid, Maria Baumgartner, 44.

A few days before the worst happened, Andreas found footprints in the snow leading from the edge of the forest to his home. Around the same time, a set of keys went missing.

On April 4, concerned neighbours visited the house to make sure the Grubers were okay, as the family hadn’t been seen for several days. What greeted them was a scene of unimaginable horror.

gruber family massacreAndreas and Cäzilia, along with Viktoria and her daughter, had been brutally murdered. They’d been killed with a mattock, a weapon that’s a cross between a pick and an axe. Chillingly, the little girl had survived for several hours after the attack, pulling out her hair in clumps.

The maid and the little boy had been slaughtered in their bedrooms. It was a grisly end to Maria’s very first day of work at Hinterkaifeck.

When the police arrived, they discovered a bizarre crime scene. It was obvious the murderer had spent considerable time in the house. The farm’s animals had been fed and taken care of, and neighbours had seen smoke rising from the chimney at Hinterkaifeck after the family was dead. Whoever the mysterious killer was, he’d felt comfortable enough in the home to cook himself a few meals.

The most obvious motive for the massacre was robbery, but the police ruled that out when they found a large sum of money  in the house. The Munich investigators questioned over a hundred suspects, but no one was ever charged with the crime.

And that’s far from the most disturbing thing about this case. In an attempt to solve the mystery, the corpses were beheaded, their skulls sent to a clairvoyant in Munich. However, the skulls went missing and were never returned. As a result, the Gruber family was buried without their heads.

The case intrigues people to this day, but no one has been able to solve it. Why do you think the killer stayed in the house for so long, without making much effort to hide his presence?

For more eerie unsolved mysteries, read The Dyatlov Pass Incident or Whatever Happened to Elisa Lam? 

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The most kissed corpse of all time

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It’s ironic that we practice lifesaving techniques on someone who is already dead.

The face of the CPR dummy known as Resusci Anne is based on the death mask of a real woman who drowned in France’s Seine River over a hundred years ago.

Or did she drown?

When The Unknown Woman of the Seine was pulled from the water in the 1880s, there was no evidence of a struggle or any violence on her body.

unknown woman of the seineThe authorities at the time assumed she must have committed suicide, but her sweet smile is a puzzle to this day. The girl, who was believed to be sixteen years old, seems completely at peace. This isn’t the expression of someone who committed suicide or even drowned accidentally.

So how on earth did she end up in the river?

The pathologist who examined her was so taken with her beauty that he had a cast made of her face. The resulting mask became all the rage in Europe, with many copies made and hung on the walls of Parisian mansions. Her enigmatic smile has been compared to the Mona Lisa’s.

She went from object d’art to lifesaver in the 1960s, when her face was used for the CPR mannequin. This is how the unknown woman became the most kissed face of all time.

What do you think happened to her? Did you know Resusci Anne was modelled after a dead woman?

Whatever Happened To The Springfield Three?

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McCall, Levitt, and Streeter

They had their whole lives ahead of them.

Suzie Streeter was 19 on June 7th, 1992. She had just celebrated her high school graduation with close friend Stacy McCall (then 18) in their hometown of Springfield, Missouri. After attending another friend’s grad party, Suzie and Stacy decided to crash at Suzie’s place, which she shared with her mother, 47-year-old Sherrill Levitt.

Some time between 2 am and 8 am on the night of June 7th, all three women vanished. A high school friend of the girls came looking for them at the house at around 8 in the morning. She found the globe over the porch light smashed and the front door open. Except for the broken light fixture, there were no other signs of foul play, but all the women’s purses and cigarettes were in the home and the family dog appeared to be extremely agitated. The beds seemed to have been slept in.

While the teenager was still in the house, the phone rang. The caller was a male who said lewd sexual things until the friend hung up, after which the man called back. The calls freaked the friend out enough that she left the house. Later that afternoon, Janis McCall–Stacy’s mother–arrived at the house looking for her daughter, and found the same strange scene. She immediately felt that there was something wrong, and called police to report the three women missing. Unfortunately, while playing the messages on Levitt’s machine, McCall deleted a message from an unknown man which the police felt could have been evidence.

The Springfield Three

Over 23 years later, the women still have not been seen, but there have been several leads.

  • One of the first suspects was Bartt Streeter, Suzie’s older brother. Bartt had a drinking problem and had recently fought with his mother and sister, but he was soon cleared. He is still haunted by their disappearance and the fact that he never got to patch things up with them.
  • Many people believe Robert Cox is responsible for the women’s disappearance. Cox is a convicted kidnapper and suspected murderer who was living in the area at the time of the crime. He has given several leading statements to local media, claiming that he “knows the women are dead” and that “They’re buried close to Springfield,” but police aren’t sure if he’s legit or if he is only trying to get attention. Cox is currently serving time in a Texas prison for aggravated robbery.
  • Dustin Recla, Suzie Streeter’s ex-boyfriend, and his friend Michael Clay, had a falling out with Suzie after the men were charged with vandalizing a mausoleum and selling gold teeth they stole from the corpses (nice). Clay reportedly said he wished all three women were dead, and the police could not confirm the men’s alibi. However, no evidence has been found linking them to the crime. They have not been ruled out as suspects.
  • A witness told detectives that she saw a van being driven by a woman she believed to be Suzie Streeter on the morning of the women’s disappearance. Suzie appeared to be distressed. As the van pulled into the witness’s street, the witness heard a man’s voice telling the driver to just back out slowly and get them out of there. “Don’t do anything stupid,” he apparently said.
  • Several tips have pointed the police in the direction of the south parking garage at the Cox Hospital, which was still under construction when the three women disappeared. A curious reporter hired a reputable mechanical engineer who specialises in ground penetration radar to scan the parking garage. One small area of the parking lot was found to have three anomalies. While the engineer could not promise that the anomalies were bodies, he did say that they were similar to what he’d see in a graveyard. Apparently the police are not convinced, since this discovery was made in 2010, and they’ve refused to have a core sample taken from the concrete–even though the engineer offered to pay for it.

    McCall and Streeter at their high-school graduation.

    McCall and Streeter at their high-school graduation.

It is extremely rare for three women to vanish at the same time. Whatever happened to Sherrill, Suzie, and Stacy? Janis McCall continues to search for her daughter, and holds out hope that the three missing women will be found alive.

Since kidnap victims have been rescued as much as 24 years after their disappearance, it is a possibility.

What do you think happened to the Springfield Three? Do you think the police should dig up the hospital parking garage?

If you have any information about this crime, you can now text an anonymous tip to the Springfield Police Department. Just text 417SPD plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). You can also call 417-869-8477 (TIPS).

Whatever Happened to the Scottish Lighthouse Keepers?

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The Flannan Isles lighthouse

 

The Flannan Isles of Scotland have always been one of the most desolate places on earth. No one lives on the rocky island now that the lighthouse has been automated, but back in the 1900s, it was a temporary home to three lighthouse keepers.

Imagine living in such a dark, cold, deserted place, with only your two fellow lighthouse keepers and maybe the occasional ghost ship for company. Such a job would challenge anyone’s resolve.

And on December 15th, 1900, things got even worse.

The steamer Archtor passed the lighthouse during a terrible storm, and reported that all was dark. This was a serious dereliction of duty, as ships could be irrevocably damaged and lives lost because of such a transgression.

The three-man team responsible for the lighthouse (Thomas Marshall, James Ducat, and Donald MacArthur) were known to be conscientious. This blunder would have been out of character for them, but no action was taken until their relief keeper arrived on December 26th. Due to the storm, he was six days late.

He immediately knew something was wrong. There was no flag on the flagstaff, no supply boxes waiting to be restocked, and none of the lighthouse keepers were there to greet them.

When he went ashore, he found the entrance gate to the compound and main door were both closed. The beds were unmade, and the clock stopped. A further search revealed that the lamps had been cleaned and refilled. One of the men had left his waterproof oilskins behind, which was surprising, considering the severity of the storm.

The only sign that something untoward might have happened was an overturned chair by the kitchen table.

When the island was searched, no sign was found of the three keepers, but the west landing had been badly damaged by the storm. The men had kept a log book until 9 a.m. on December 15th, and their notes made it clear that the damage had occurred before the keepers vanished.

Leaving the lighthouse unattended was a serious breech of industry rules. That these three men would ignore this safeguard was difficult for many to accept.

Their bodies have never been found.

What happened to the Scottish lighthouse keepers? Some believe they were washed into the ocean by the storm. Others believe it was a Lord-of-the-Flies situation–that one of the men went crazy and killed the others.

And still others think it was an alien abduction or a murderous sea monster.

What do you think happened? Have you ever visited the Flannan Isles? Could you work in a lighthouse?