5 World Famous Mysteries And Conspiracies That Have Possibly Been Debunked!
To the mysterious photos supposedly showing the long-lost Amelia Earhart, to one of the most famous poltergeist stories in the UK…
Here are five mysteries and conspiracies, that have possibly been debunked.
Amelia Earhart was an American aviation explorer and writer who was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic; she was a celebrated pilot and early supporter of the woman rights amendment and became somewhat of a celebrity in the 1930’s.
On June 1st, 1937 Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan took off from Miami airport in a twin-engine Lockheed 10E Electra plane to embark on their second attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe. After numerous stops they arrived in New Guinea on June 29th having completed around 22,000 miles of their journey…. the next 7,000-mile leg would take them over the Pacific ocean.
Earhart and Noonan took off from Lae Airfield on 2nd July 1937; their intended destination was Howland Island….But they never made it. The pair along with their plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific. It was believed that they had run out of fuel and plunged into the sea……although their bodies or the plane wreckage have never been located, and their disappearance remains one of the world’s most enduring mysteries.
So when in 2017 a photograph was shown on the History Channel that claimed to show the image of Earhart, Noonan and their plane on the Marshall Islands it renewed interest in the case…
The image was reported to have been taken in 1937, at a time when the islands were occupied by Japan and claimed it proved Earhart did not die in a crash landing in the Pacific….but that she reached the Islands and was captured and died in Japanese custody.
Even facial recognition expert Kent Gibson told the History Channel that it was “very likely” the individuals pictured in the snapshot were Earhart and Noonan.
However, military history blogger Kota Yamano did some investigating and revealed the image in question was from a book published in 1935—two years before Earhart even left for her trip.
He also discovered that despite the likeness the person in the picture could not have been Earhart as at the time it was taken she was nowhere near the area.
And it seemed that Yamano was not the only one who doubted the credibility of this new evidence……as after other experts spoke out even the History Channel said they were “exploring the latest developments.”
So despite the many headlines at the time, it seems the mystery rumbles on…..
4The Brown Lady Ghost Of Raynham Hall
The ghost of Raynham Hall was said to be of Lady Townsend, whose husband Charles Townsend imprisoned her at Raynham Hall, England after he learned of her adultery, she was locked in her rooms at the family home and was forbidden from even seeing her children, she remained confined there until her death from smallpox in 1726
And in the centuries that followed, there were repeated sightings of Lady Townsend’s ghost spotted wandering around Raynham Hall. She was always seen wearing the same brown dress and some described seeing her with her eyes gouged out.
But by far the most extraordinary sighting of her occurred on September 19th 1936, when photographers Captain Provand and Indre Shira, were at Raynham Hall taking photos for the magazine “Country Life”.
When they developed the photos taken that day they found that they had captured the image of a ghostly apparition drifting down the staircase. The picture was published in Country Life on December 16, 1936, and caused a storm.
However, despite the photo being featured in recent years in a variety of paranormal related material, there are questions about its authenticity.
In 2006 Alan Murdie – a barrister and Paranormal researcher stumbled across a dusty folder in the manuscripts department of Cambridge University library. In it, he discovered details of an extensive investigation carried out by the Society for Psychical Research, shortly after the photo was taken; this research was carried out by Mr C.V.C. Herbert and this is what he found.
In an interview with Provand and Shira, Herbert noted that Shira was nervous and superstitious, and was more of a businessman than a photographer, and curiously Shira was not his real name. The then-Lady Townsend, also revealed Mr Shira was at the Hall in the hope of photographing a ghost.
After interviewing Provand, it was established that the bellows of the camera used were faulty and sometimes let light in and that the camera was unsteady as it was on a marble table that day……. he also said he removed the lens cap in a hurry when Shira claimed he had seen something on the stairs. Provand did not see anything himself as he had his head under the camera hood.
After studying the photograph Herbert noted a picture frame on the wall was duplicated, the balusters on the staircase didn’t connect correctly to each other, and the odd angles pointed to the camera movinging…… meaning the stairs could have been accidentally photographed twice’.
The conclusion was that the image was created when the camera was unintentionally shaken during the six-second exposure, this coupled with the leaking of light caused by the faulty bellows produced this extraordinary spectre looking image.
What is also telling is that no ghostly apparitions have been reported at the Hall since the photograph was taken!
3UFO Sightings At The International Space Station
In recent years Nasa has introduced live feeds from the International Space Station…
Avid viewers have been quick to point out what a appears to be UFOs that come into view; this is often fuelled further when occassionally NASA abruptly stop live feeds; causing speculation that something has been detected that they don’t want the public to see.
However in 2017 a former NASA engineer James Oberg spoke out…. and gave an explanation for the strange objects that sometime float into vision, and he has effectively debunked any talk of UFO or Alien Life, this is his explanation.
“What is being seen is Space dandruff….. which are things that have sloughed off space vehicles during flight, like ice flakes, paint chips, or fragments of insulation. They’re different to space junk because they don’t pose a real threat to spacecraft
These flecks of dandruff are pretty common, but the reason they look so weird to us is that we’re not used to the way these objects look when they fall while the space station is travelling through space. It’s the same reason people see so many UFOs in the footage filmed by the cameras attached to NASA’s old space shuttle missions.
In these videos, people usually freak out because the spots seem to dance in and out of view, or suddenly appear and disappear….Which is pretty creepy if you’re sitting at your computer on Earth, but isn’t that weird if you’re on a space shuttle travelling 28,000 km/h (17,500 mph) – nothing’s going to stay in your frame of vision very long. And if the spacecraft is in the right position in relation to the Sun, it can also cast its shadow onto these objects to make them disappear and reappear, which is known as ‘twilight shadowing.”
Anyone convinced? We’re still not sure about this one!
Contrails are a familiar sight these days, the line-shaped clouds crisscrossing the sky left by aircraft engine exhausts or changes in air pressure, they are mainly composed of water, in the form of ice crystals.
But for conspiracy theorists, there is more to these trails than just the condensed water left by aircraft.
They have for many years believed these trails are part of a secret programme to control things….. including the weather, the climate and our minds.
They prefer to call them “Chemtrails” and believe rather than innocent condensation they consist of chemical or biological agents and are intentionally sprayed for purposes undisclosed to the general public.
Over the years they have gathered large dossiers of evidence claiming that chemtrails are now more extensive, brighter and do not evaporate quickly as would be expected from normal aircraft contrails.
However, for many years scientists have worked tirelessly to disprove these claims, although much of their reassurance has fallen on deaf ears. However, in 2016 scientists unanimously agreed there was no evidence to support the Chemtrail theory.
Seventy Seven atmospheric scientists and geochemists were presented with so-called “chemtrail” evidence, and the results were published in the journal “Environmental Research Letters” it revealed that 76 of the 77 scientists who took part in the study confirmed there was no proof Chemtrails existed.
They were presented with photographic evidence along with samples from pond sediment, snow and air that the theorists claim were contaminated with traces of barium, aluminium, copper and strontium from chemtrails.
As for the increased amount and longer contrails now visible in the sky, this was due to changes in jet engine technology and the increase in air travel….also atmospheric changes from global warming may cause the artificial clouds to linger longer than they used to.
Now don’t get me wrong, things are being put in our food and atmosphere that should not be there…. but as for these particular chemtrails, until further conclusive evidence is made available…..I think we can classify these as debunked!
1The Enfield Hauntings
In 1977 a story broke in the news about poltergeist activity at a house in the North London suburb of Enfield. The activity centred around two sisters living in the house aged 11 and 13, who complained to their mother Peggy Hodgson that they had witnessed furniture moving and tapping sounds, she was so concerned that she called the police..
Later there were claims of demonic voices, toys and furniture flung around, and children levitating along with other disturbing happenings. The events caught the attention of the British Newspapers and over the years spawned many books, documentaries and films about the case, most notably the 2016 film The Conjuring 2.
However, at the time there was a lot of debate as to whether the whole thing was a wind up by the two girls. Although many paranormal experts vehemently denied this….
It’s a case I have long had an interest in, so as you can imagine I was disappointed when I found out it was probably all faked; here are the reasons why.
The two sisters admitted to hoaxing some of the ‘poltergeist’ activity; this was backed up when in interviews regarding the hauntings the pair generally smirked their way through questions regarding the hauntings.
The classic photo of 11-year-old Janet levitating above her bed is thought to be her just jumping off her bed; there is no evidence in the photo to suggest she’s hovering in mid-air.
The spirit of an old man called Bill who supposedly possessed Janet was allegedly obsessed with menstruation but this is something a young girl is more likely to be interested in than an old man!
Witnesses including a policewoman swear they saw furniture move, however at the time the details of the case were known and it is thought that these witnesses could have been influenced by the power of suggestion.
Janet was also prone to speaking with a demon’s voice, but it has been noted from recordings that the seemingly gruff poltergeist seemed to have the vocabulary and characteristics of an 11-year-old girl.
It seems that the whole thing was likely a prank that got out of control, it started as a trick orchestrated by the two schoolgirls, that escalated when the police and press got involved to the point where they had to keep up the charade.
Despite all of this incriminating behaviour, the case is still deemed by many to be one of the most credible hauntings in history, but given this information, it sheds doubt on the whole incident and there are many more credible paranormal stories out there that hold more weight!
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