A thread for discussing creepy/bizarre/lesser known unsolved mysteries

Sittin Sonny

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For anyone here with an interest in the macabre, please feel free to post on any unsolved mysteries (particularly ones that may not be so widely known) that are particularly fascinating to you, and also chime in with any theories and/or info you may have on ones that are already being discussed.

I'll look to kick things off with a mystery that I recently came across:

THE MURDER OF MAX TANCEVSKI, "THE RACK MAN."

On August 11, 1994, a man fishing on a river near Sydney, Australia caught something quite unusual in his net: a large, makeshift steel crucifix (pictured below):



Upon closer examination, he made an even more shocking discovery: human remains were bound to the crucifix.

For decades, the unidentified murder victim was known to Australian police and the public only by the nickname "Rack Man." It wasn't until just last year that the latest advances in DNA testing were finally able to identify the man as Max Tancevski. Tancevski had disappeared a year before his body was discovered after leaving his home to embark on a gambling binge - something he was known to do from time to time. Despite his occasional gambling habit, he was not known to have any direct criminal/underworld associations.

Two chilling points about this case:
-The crucifix had been custom-fitted to the victim.
-Although Tancevski was found to have suffered blunt force trauma, it is not known whether he was still alive when he entered the water.

Did Tancevski owe money to the wrong person? Or did he just have the misfortune to run into a sick and twisted killer (or killers) during his vacation?

This article gave a very detailed discussion of the case at a time when the search for the victim's identity was still ongoing: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/the-mystery-of-rack-man-tied-to-a-crucifix-and-dumped-in-the-hawkesbury-river/news-story/ebe70da893b76b75dfdb1130f813acc6 The article does note that Tancevski was already one of several suspected identities for the victim (though it mistakenly gives his first name as "Matt"): "The final possibility was that the remains were those of heavy gambler Matt Tancevski, whose live-in lover last saw him in January 1993 at Newtown in Sydney’s inner west. At the time of his disappearance, Matt had eighteen hundred dollars in cash on him, but it wasn’t unusual for him to withdraw large sums from the bank. It wasn’t unusual for him to travel to the Gold Coast on a gambling binge either, but he always came home a few days later. Just not this time. "

This page shows an Aussie news report on the victim's identification: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/crucified-body-of-nsws-rack-man-identified-after-25-years/video/6d5c438116c9c4747372a237ed933f8d
 

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF BRANDON LAWSON

Can you decipher the last known words of Brandon Lawson?

On the night of August 8, 2013, Lawson stormed out of the San Angelo, Texas home that he shared with his wife (and mother of their children) after an argument, climbed into his pickup truck, and sped off into the night. It would be the last time that his family ever saw him.

Later that night, Lawson called his brother from his cell phone to tell him that his truck had run out of gas and left him stranded along an isolated stretch of road. Lawson also claimed that he was being pursued by three individuals from his neighborhood, but wasn't clear on the details. As his brother drove out with a gas can to meet him, Lawson called him again to tell him that he was hiding in a field and bleeding from his head.

At 12:50 AM, a frantic and breathless Lawson placed a call to 911. This is a recording of his call (followed by a slowed down version):


The fact that Lawson would even consider calling 911 is noteworthy as there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Phone records show that Lawson attempted several more calls to his brother and other family members over the next half-hour, but poor cell reception kept causing the calls to drop. After that, no further calls were attempted from his phone and all calls placed to it went straight to voicemail.

Lawson's brother eventually came upon his brother's truck, but it was abandoned. A police officer was already on the scene, but was responding to calls about the abandoned truck and NOT the one placed by Lawson. Lawson's brother says he avoided telling the officer that his brother may be nearby due to the outstanding warrant - unaware that Lawson had placed a call to police.

Other than the vehicle, no trace of Lawson - be it his body or any of his belongings, like a wallet or phone - has ever been found.

There have been many attempts to try to decipher Lawson's last known words, as evidenced by numerous videos on YT. Many people believe that Lawson references "state troopers" and someone being "pulled over" - leading many people to believe that police were somehow involved in his disappearance. Some even believe that a second person and even gunshots can be heard on the audio (though others believe the "second person" is really just Lawson holding the phone at a distance).


There are three general theories as to the cause of Lawson's disappearance:
-He was targeted and killed by individuals, possibly crooked cops and/or drug dealers, that he may have either known or simply happened to encounter during his drive.
-He was tripping on drugs (he had recently relapsed, according to his girlfriend) and ran into the desert, where he likely died of the elements and his body simply hasn't been found.
-He staged his disappearance to start a new life and avoid the warrant.

For further reading, this article gives a timeline and description of events: https://www.gosanangelo.com/story/news/local/2018/07/12/five-years-gone-disappearance-brandon-lawson-west-texas/630518002/

What are your thoughts on the recording and Lawson's disappearance?
 
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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF BRANDON LAWSON

Can you decipher the last known words of Brandon Lawson?

On the night of August 8, 2013, Lawson stormed out of the San Angelo, Texas home that he shared with his wife (and mother of their children) after an argument, climbed into his pickup truck, and sped off into the night. It would be the last time that his family ever saw him.

Later that night, Lawson called his brother from his cell phone to tell him that his truck had run out of gas and left him stranded along an isolated stretch of road. Lawson also claimed that he was being pursued by three individuals from his neighborhood, but wasn't clear on the details. As his brother drove out with a gas can to meet him, Lawson called him again to tell him that he was hiding in a field and bleeding from his head.

At 12:50 AM, a frantic and breathless Lawson placed a call to 911. This is a recording of his call (followed by a slowed down version):


The fact that Lawson would even consider calling 911 is noteworthy as there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Phone records show that Lawson attempted several more calls to his brother and other family members over the next half-hour, but poor cell reception kept causing the calls to drop. After that, no further calls were attempted from his phone and all calls placed to it went straight to voicemail.

Lawson's brother eventually came upon his brother's truck, but it was abandoned. A police officer was already on the scene, but was responding to calls about the abandoned truck and NOT the one placed by Lawson. Lawson's brother says he avoided telling the officer that his brother may be nearby due to the outstanding warrant - unaware that Lawson had placed a call to police.

Other than the vehicle, no trace of Lawson - be it his body or any of his belongings, like a wallet or phone - has ever been found.

There have been many attempts to try to decipher Lawson's last known words, as evidenced by numerous videos on YT. Many people believe that Lawson references "state troopers" and someone being "pulled over" - leading many people to believe that police were somehow involved in his disappearance. Some even believe that a second person and even gunshots can be heard on the audio (though others believe the "second person" is really just Lawson holding the phone at a distance).


There are three general theories as to the cause of Lawson's disappearance:
-He was targeted and killed by individuals, possibly crooked cops and/or drug dealers, that he may have either known or simply happened to encounter during his drive.
-He was tripping on drugs (he had recently relapsed, according to his girlfriend) and ran into the desert, where he likely died of the elements and his body simply hasn't been found.
-He staged his disappearance to start a new life and avoid the warrant.

For further reading, this article gives a timeline and description of events: https://www.gosanangelo.com/story/news/local/2018/07/12/five-years-gone-disappearance-brandon-lawson-west-texas/630518002/

What are your thoughts on the recording and Lawson's disappearance?
Without divulging my last name on here... (I'm sure you internet sleuths can figure it out anyway), I can tell you that I constantly get called "Brandon Lawson". My actual last name sounds a bit like "Lawson" when said over the phone... so I get it back all the time.

Maybe he's me.
 

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What truly happened to Nefertiti?
Your question spurred me to look into this again, and I see that there was some compelling evidence uncovered a few years back indicating that she lived longer than historians previously thought, which lends credence to the theory that she outlived her husband and perhaps even succeeded him as ruler.


sounds like it is well known in america, but is creepy af.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Johnny_Gosch

Hard to tell what to make of the mother's claims. She likely has been driven to insanity/delusions and/or been the victim of some cruel pranks.
 

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I know I've mentioned this case before in other threads... surprised I didn't include it here.

THE MURDER OF "SEPTIC TANK SAM":




One of Canada's most infamous unsolved mysteries began on April 13, 1977, when a property owner in the small town of Tofield in Alberta realized that he needed a new pump for one of the septic tanks on his property. Rather than shell out cash for a new one, he decided to swap it out with one from another tank near an unoccupied farmhouse on his property. However, when the man opened the farmhouse tank, he made a shocking discovery.

There was a foot sticking out of it.

Police were called to the scene and they used ice cream pails to shovel out the shitty, foul-smelling water. Eventually, they uncovered an entire body.

The body was wearing a blue denim shirt with snap buttons, blue denim jeans, and moccasin-type shoes. There was no form of ID in any of the pockets, so police nicknamed the person "Septic Tank Sam." Medical examiners estimated that the body had been in the tank from somewhere between several months to up to a year (the nearby farmhouse had been unoccupied for the past two years). Lye had been poured on the body to hasten its decomposition, and it would take months just to identify the person's gender (male).

While Sam's real identify is still unknown, what IS known is that he suffered a horrifically painful death.

First, Sam is believed to have been tied to a bed for an unknown amount of time. Then he was beaten, burned with cigarettes and a blowtorch, and his genitals were mutilated with garden clippers, before he was finally shot at least twice (in the chest and head).

Police have always suspected that the killer(s) resided in Tofield - hence how he, she, or they knew that the farmhouse was unoccupied when the septic tank was selected for the body. There was no evidence that the farmhouse itself had been used as the site of Sam's torture and murder. Tofield had a population of only about 1,200 people, so the idea that someone among them could be a ruthless, sadistic murderer sent a shockwave through the small community.

Police sent Sam's dental records to hundreds of dentists all over the country in an effort to identify him, but to no avail. Police believe that Sam was likely a migrant worker and hailed from outside Alberta. Sam's body has been exhumed several times over the years in order to make replicas of his face (like the ones pictured above) and potentially collect other evidence, but thus far police seem no closer to identifying either him or his killer(s).

Some people have suspected that Sam's prolonged torture (particularly the genital mutilation) could have been an act of "revenge" - perhaps a jealous wife or lover who had been cheated on, or a person or relative of a person who had been a victim of sexual assault by him. But the possibility remains that it may simply have been a "thrill kill" by an extremely sick and twisted individual who may or may not have done the same to others. In the end, any speculation about the motive(s) behind Sam's murder is purely hypothetical.
 
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Your question spurred me to look into this again, and I see that there was some compelling evidence uncovered a few years back indicating that she lived longer than historians previously thought, which lends credence to the theory that she outlived her husband and perhaps even succeeded him as ruler.




Hard to tell what to make of the mother's claims. She likely has been driven to insanity/delusions and/or been the victim of some cruel pranks.
That's good to hear. I remember a year or two hearing on a certain known radio show from some archeologist or investigator stating her view that Nefertiti left as fast as she could due to the political climate after Akhenaten's death to the Hittite empire in Turkey.