Rank #1: The Alcatraz Escape
Alcatraz Maximum Security Penitentiary is one of the most infamous prisons in American history. Located in the treacherous waters of San Francisco Bay, the island facility was surrounded by rocks and sub sixty-degree water. It was deemed to be inescapable. But in June, 1962, three men would carry out a plan months in the making, and seemingly disappear into thin air. How did they do it?
Rank #2: “Unfortunate Son” - Michael Rockefeller
The son of the governor of New York, and one of the wealthiest families in the world, Michael Rockefeller was on an art-collecting expedition in Dutch New Guinea when he went missing in 1961. He was last seen trying to swim to shore after his boat capsized. What followed was a 10-day rescue mission in shark-infested waters. Did Rockefeller make it to shore only to be eaten by a local tribe? Or is his body forever lost at sea?Parcasters - Hear Hercules as you’ve never heard him before, tomorrow on Mythology!
Rank #3: JFK's Brain - Stolen from the National Archives
John F. Kennedy’s brain went missing after he was assassinated in 1963. His brain wasn’t buried with his body and it hasn’t been seen since 1965. Was his brain taken by his younger brother to hide evidence of JFK’s drug use and mental illnesses? The missing component could provide evidence that Kennedy was not shot from the back by Lee Harvey Oswald, but from the front. Assassinations Podcast - Thank you Kate and Bill for joining today's episode! Listen to Assassinations now wherever you listen to podcasts! Sponsors!Audible - Get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month by going to Audible.com/GONE or text GONE to 500 500.SimpliSafe - Go to SimpliSafe.com/GONE for a special offer.Zola - Start your free wedding website and get $50 off your registry at Zola.com/GONE.
Rank #4: Columbus’ Original Log
When Christopher Columbus returned to Spain from the New World, he gave his original log to the Sovereigns at royal court at Barcelona. Then Queen Isabella ordered the log to be copied. The original has not been seen since. Was it sequestered by the Spanish crown? Hidden by the Vatican? Sold off? Destroyed? Or simply...misplaced?
Rank #5: “Camera Shy” - The Disappearance of Louis Le Prince
Before he disappeared into thin air, this French artist was set to release one of the most anticipated inventions of the late 19th century: the moving picture camera. Louis Le Prince, known as the Father of Cinema, vanished under suspicious circumstances in 1890, leaving behind a slew of possible suspects.
Rank #6: The Library of Alexandria
Home to possibly 700,000 books, including works by Homer, Plato, and Socrates, this ancient library in the heart of Egypt was destroyed thousands of years ago. Is there any hope we will find these valuable manuscripts?Sponsors!Amazon Prime - Season 1 is available now. Watch the New Season of Lore out now, only on Prime Video.SimpliSafe - If you’re interested in Home Security, visit SimpliSafe.com/GONE.
Rank #7: MIND’S EYE, Parcast’s First Psychological Thriller!
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Rank #8: Tesla’s Missing Death Ray
During World War 2, inventor Nikola Tesla died in a New York hotel room while working on a project known as “Tesla’s Death Ray.” When he was found, the prototype and most of Tesla’s notes were missing. Who got to Tesla’s room first? And what happened to the Death Ray?
Rank #9: Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi
Myth and history intertwine in searching for the whereabouts of a sword that is 1.8 million years old. Since 660 BCE, the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi has been passed down from emperor to emperor. Nobody can identify what the sword looks like, but the Japanese government claims it resides in the Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya. Parcast - If you enjoyed this episode, check out our new show MYTHOLOGY! Subscribe today for more tales of mythical heroes, gods, and creatures!Sponsors!Project Blue Book - The new drama series Project Blue Book premieres Tuesday, January 8th at 10/9c on HISTORY.
Rank #10: The Colossus of Rhodes
The tallest statue in the ancient world welcomed travelers with its likeness to the sun god Helios. After it was destroyed by an earthquake, tourists still came from far and wide to see the rubble. Then one day, the pieces of the 108-foot tall Colossus of Rhodes were suddenly gone. Where did they go?
Rank #11: Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet
In May of 1990, Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet, sold at auction for 82.5 million dollars. The buyer would die six years later. In 1999, the Metropolitan Museum of Art sought out the new owner to borrow the painting for an exhibit, but they couldn't find one. After numerous conflicting leads and dead ends, it was discovered that the painting was gone.
Rank #12: "The Iceman" Pt. 1 - KINGPINS, a Halloween ad Free special!
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Rank #13: The Great Mogul Diamond
A testament to its owners wealth and power, the brilliant diamond survived exiles of kings and the fall of empires. After the assassination of its final owner in 1747, all records of the diamond virtually disappeared. The stone which rose from the dirt of a dried riverbed in India and became of the world’s most puzzling precious stones has been displaced ever since. Sponsors!Parcast - Rate, review and subscribe to our new show Assassinations which premieres November 19th!
Rank #14: The Peacock Throne
This immaculately jeweled throne served as the seat for the Mughal emperors in India before it was stolen in 1739 by Persian emperor Nadir Shah. Some estimate that the throne would be worth more than a trillion dollars today!Subscribe now to our new podcast HOSTAGE, featuring the riveting story of Patty Hearst's abduction by the Symbionese Liberation Army.Sponsors!Amazon Prime - Season 1 is available now. Watch the New Season of Lore October 19, only on Prime Video.Away - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/GONE and use promo code GONE during checkout!
Rank #15: Solomon Northup
After being kidnapped and spending 12 years as a slave, Solomon Northup disappeared again on a warm summer’s night in Canada in 1857. Was he murdered? Abducted and sold into slavery a second time? Or did he become a spy for the Union army during the Civil War, and never return? Sponsors!SimpliSafe - Go today to SimpliSafe.com/GONE.Mother Dirt - GONE listeners get 20% off and free shipping with the code GONE.
Rank #16: Jules Rimet Trophy
In 1983, the Jules Rimet Trophy, the original World Cup trophy, disappeared from a bullet-proof glass case on the ninth floor of a building in Rio de Janeiro. How was the trophy stolen? Was it an inside job? Or was the real Jules Rimet Trophy even on display?
Rank #17: Nefertiti’s Tomb
Nefertiti was queen alongside Pharaoh Akhenaten. While the remains of other ancient Egyptian royalty have been found, the location of Nefertiti’s tomb remains a mystery. Is it still hidden in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt? Could her remains have already been found in a mummy whose identity has yet to be confirmed? Or did Nefertiti ever exist at all?
Rank #18: The Disappearance of Korean Airlines Flight 007
In August of 1983, Korean Airlines flight 007 deviated off course and disappeared from radar. Some believe it was shot down by the Soviets. Others believe it was on a government spy mission. Korea, the US, and Japan all publicly demanded an investigation, but it would take ten years to learn the truth.
Rank #19: The Lost Civilization of Túcume
In the Lambayeque Valley in Northern Peru lies the ruins of Túcume. Founded approximately in 1100 AD, the city of was a thriving population center with thousands of inhabitants. But around 1530, it was completely abandoned. Who were these inhabitants and where did they go?
Rank #20: “The Golden Submarine” - Japanese submarine I-52
In 1944, a Japanese submarine was sunk by Allied forces in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Fifty years later, declassified documents indicated that the wreckage may contain two tons of Japanese gold worth more than $25 million today. Does the treasure remains at the bottom of the ocean among the wreckage of the I-52.Sponsors!BetterHelp - GONE listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code GONE when you go to BetterHelp.com/Gone.Zola - Get $50 off your registry on Zola by going to Zola.com/Lost.