Today, we live in a world that does not seek anonymity. Since the creation of social media networks, we have developed the desire to keep the world updated with our daily activities. The idea of someone getting worldwide attention without revealing their name seems impossible. Yet, throughout history there has been several instances where people became famous not for their faces but for their acts. Some may have chosen or even taken great lengths to hide their identity. Maybe they simply wanted that particular moment to remain a mystery forever. Whatever the case may be, these 8 people from history are known for their acts yet their whereabouts are unknown.
1. The Zodiac Killer.
During the late 1960’s, California was plagued by the Zodiac Killer. The name “Zodiac Killer” originated after the pseudonym he used in the taunting letters he sent to the police. In 1968 and 1969, the police have retrieved at least 5 bodies and 2 injured people. One of the most notorious serial killers in modern history took credit for them as well as several others that police were unable to solve. After he claimed his victims, the killer sent notes to the police, taunting them about their inability to capture him. He was spotted twice; once wearing a hood and once without it. To this day, he has never been caught. Although a suspect matching his appearance was arrested in 1991, DNA as well as fingerprint evidence showed negative results. The mystery of the Zodiac Killer remains unsolved and we may never know for sure, the mastermind behind the heinous crimes.
2. The Babushka Lady.
John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States was assassinated in Dallas, TX, in November of 1963. Kennedy was shot by a local communist named Lee Harvey Oswald, who was positioned on a building across the street from where Kennedy was passing by. Though, several conspiracy theories exist today which speculates that either the actual killer or least a second shooter was hiding on a small embankment known as “the grassy knoll”. Several witnesses saw the incident up close while some managed to capture it. Among those who were able to capture it on film was the “babushka lady“, who can be seen standing right in front of motorcade when the car was fired upon. Through the only known video of Kennedy’s assassination, it is clear that she was holding a camera and possibly taking pictures.
Even though there were several clear pictures of the babushka lady, authorities were unable to identify her. In 1970, a late night dancer named Beverly Oliver came forward claiming that she was the babushka lady. While giving interview on live TV, she explained that two federal agents knocked on her door right after the incident and confiscated her tapes. Video experts who analyzed the tapes of the assassination weren’t convinced with her story since the woman in the video looks middle-aged while Oliver would have been 17 during the time of the incident. To this day, the whereabouts of the babushka lady is unknown.
3. L’Inconnue de la Seine.
At some point in the late 1880’s, the body of a young woman was dredged from the River Seine in Paris. The woman’s body did not show any signs of violence inflicted on her and so sucic*de was thought to be the cause of death. When the body was in the mortuary, a pathologist was amazed with the young woman’s beauty and her innocent smile. The man was simply taken away by her half-smiling expression and requested to have a death mask of her face to be made. Several copies of her face were made but it wasn’t long before her beauty became a massive sensation. The plaster cast was soon being sold in markets and shops, which was a popular muse for the French bohemia. The morbid piece of art was bought by many writers, artists and poets. Her beauty was an inspiration to many and in the 1960’s, was used for the head of the first ‘Resusci Anne’ CPR mannequin. Though the woman achieved fame from her beauty and smile after her death, no one knows who she is or where she was from.
4. Tiananmen Square Tank Man.
After the incident, several newspaper agencies reported the man to be possibly a a 19-year-old student named Wang Weilin. The reports were incomplete and contradictory and the whereabouts of the brave man are unknown. One thing is for sure, he did something that many were afraid to: To stand up against a line of moving tanks and live to tell about it.