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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Everybody loves a mystery

  • Mysteries have been popular in literature, TV and the movies almost from the beginning of those genres. People, however, particularly tend to savor what we refer to as real life mysteries – from the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, to who shot President Kennedy.
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  • Mysteries have been popular in literature, TV and the movies almost from the beginning of those genres. People, however, particularly tend to savor what we refer to as real life mysteries – from the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, to who shot President Kennedy.
    At one time the public was so infatuated with so-called real life mysteries that an entire TV series was created on that particular subject. “Unsolved Mysteries” ran for almost a decade and played a pivotal role in solving more than its fair share of mysteries.
    The latest “unsolved mystery” to attract America’s attention is the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. There are still so many unanswered questions. Where’s the wreckage? Why can’t anyone find it with all of today’s modern technology? Was it caused by pilot error? Was it the result of structural faults in the plane?
    Perhaps like so many other of life’s mysteries, we may never know the answers – at least many of us alive today. Remember the sinking of The Titanic remained an “unsolved mystery” almost 80 years until technology advanced. However, after being buried at sea for almost a century, all of its deep, dark secrets may not yet have been revealed.
    There are incidents that will probably always remain a mystery. How did Earhart, her co-pilot and their plane disappear off the face of the planet? Theories abound but no one has ever turned up any hard evidence. If the plane went down in the ocean, sonar or any other modern devices have never turned up anything. No traces of the plane or their remains have ever been found on any known island.
    By now Hoffa is certainly dead. But where is he buried and how and why did he die?
    Last November 22 was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Today, the debate continues to rage as to whether or not a lone gunman shot down the president of the United States or if it was the largest conspiracy in the history of this nation.
    Sightings of the legendary “Bigfoot” have been reported and allegedly recorded for decades but there is still no proof that this elusive creature exists.
    As long as Earth is around there will be unsolved mysteries because man simply does not have all the answers. There are oceans too deep for us to probe. There are forests and unknown lands that mankind has not set foot on or possibly even knows is around.
    To satisfy man’s unquenchable curiosity, there “always” must be some reasonable or explainable circumstances as to why some particular event occurs. That might not always be the case. Even as advanced as civilization has become there are still things that exist out there beyond our wildest imaginations.
    Page 2 of 2 - As far human lives are concerned, it seems that closure is a strong necessity for the human creature. The answer to “why?” is an important part of that closure. Sometimes it is difficult to live with an “unsolved mystery.”
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