Cumberland Times-News

June 20, 2013

Mysteries

Some of our questions might never be answered


Cumberland Times-News

— Fans of NBC’s original “Saturday Night Live” show surely remember its newscasts, which invariably were led by Chevy Chase announcing that former Spanish Dictator “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.”

So, apparently is former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa ... or at least, he is still missing.

Acting on a tip from an 85-year-old reputed mobster, the FBI, other law enforcement officers and forensic anthropologists dug up an overgrown field in Michigan for a few days, then declared the latest search for Hoffa’s remains fruitless.

Hoffa was last seen alive in 1975 and was declared dead in 1982. The quest to find out what became of him has even led to the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey, where he was reputed to be buried in the end zone.

The details of Hoffa’s fate are just one of the unaswered questions that tug at our imagination:

Who was Jack the Ripper? Are Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster real? Who built Stonehenge, and why? Is the Shroud of Turin Jesus’ burial cloth, and does it bear a likeness of his face? If Atlantis existed, where was it? Who was hijacker D.B. Cooper, and did he die after jumping from that airliner or live to spend his loot? What happened to Amelia Earhart?

There are many more, including the nature of the Bermuda Triangle and the question of “Are extraterrestrial beings watching and visiting us?”

 For as different as we human beings might be, we seem to have at least one thing in common:

We love a good mystery.