I would like to introduce to you one of the most intriguing and overlooked unexplained deaths I have ever come across. Some of you may have heard of
this but if you have I would be surprised.
Here is it summed up:
The Dyatlov Pass incident refers to an event that resulted in the deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural mountains, Russia, on the night of
February 2, 1959.
The lack of eyewitnesses and subsequent investigations into the hikers' deaths have inspired much speculation. Investigators determined that the
hikers tore open their tent from within, departing barefoot in heavy snow. Though the corpses showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured
skulls (one of which exhibited injuries consistent with being hit by a train), two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue. According to
sources, four of the victims' clothing contained high levels of radiation—though no mention of this fact made of it in contemporary documentation,
and only appears in later documents. Soviet investigators determined only that "a compelling unknown force" had caused the deaths. Access to the
area was barred for three years after the incident.
If you would like to know more about it read it here:en.wikipedia.org...
Anyway presuming now that you have read a little about it I will summarise the key facts (not speculations) that the official investigation revealed.
1. The victims ran at full sprint wearing night clothes and no shoes in -28 degree celcius temperatures. One of the tents was ripped open from the
inside. They were experienced arctic climbers and knew survival in such a state was measured in a matter of minutes.
2. 6 of the victims died of hypothermia as a result of the lack of clothing in such conditions and did not return to camp to recover their clothing
despite only being 300m away, implying a percieved constant danger in their camp area.
3. Their own footsteps in the snow could have lead them back to the camp. They were not lost and actively decided not to return.
4. One victim with the missing tongue, was thought to have been alive when it was taken out although forensic techniques at the time cannot confirm
5. Three of the victims clothing contained radiation which was 2/3 higher than it should be, one of them was 3 times higher.
6. There were 14 previous reports of lights in the sky in 1957/58 in that area.
7. One victim who died from a crushed skull was found in a 3 meter ravine with a 40 degree incline. His injuries were not consistent with rolling into
the snow filled ravine.
8. At one point the desperate hikers tried to light a fire before either leaving it to move on or being disturbed again. They were found dead 100m
away from this point.
9. There was no evidence of snow movement. The tent was still standing. Nothing was missing from their camp.
10. The injuries sustained by the hikers could not have been caused "by human means" requiring a force comparable to a 80mph impact with a large
"non-giving" solid object.
Anyway they are the main facts to the case. There are a number of theories including percieved avalanches caused by jet planes, local tribes killing
them etc etc. But not of the theories fit or even come close to matching the conditions of this case.
What do you think ATS!?
[edit on 5-1-2010 by Pryde87]