12 Infamous Cases of People Simply Vanishing

  • December 17, 2015
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DB Cooper

Another infamous disappearance of a criminal whose name has become the stuff of urban legend, DB Cooper skyjacked a plane in mid-flight, stole hundreds of thousands of dollars, and parachuted out. He and his stolen loot have been missing since 1971.


Oscar Zeta Acosta

Once again, you might not know the name but you almost certainly know the man: Oscar Zeta Acosta was Hunter S. Thompson’s lawyer, as well as his traveling companion in the book (and later, as portrayed by Benecio Del Toro, the movie) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He vanished in Mexico in 1974.


Henry Hudson

The man for whom the Hudson River is named, famed explorer Henry Hudson went missing in 1611 in James Bay, Canada, after his ship crew mutinied and set him – along with his son and a few other sailors – adrift in what is now Hudson Bay. He was never heard from again.


Glenn Miller

Perhaps the most famous big band leader of all-time, Glenn Miller was leading the US Army Air Force Band and was headed to Paris in 1944, when his plane simply vanished. No evidence of what happened to either the plane or Miller has ever been uncovered.


Ambrose Bierce

An author and philosopher, Ambrose Bierce was also a veteran of the American Civil War and gained fame as a journalist. His writing led him to Mexico during the revolution led by Pancho Villa, and ultimately, his disappearance in that nation in 1914.


Amelia Earhart

What, did you honestly think we could make this list without including Amelia Earhart? The most famous female pilot of all-time was attempting to cross the Pacific Ocean when her plane went down, and neither the plane nor Earhart was ever found.