It’s always interesting to read various tales of people who managed to be remembered even though their true identity has never been revealed. Today, we have decided to compile a list of the 10 most significant people who we know very little about.
Satoshi Nakamoto is the person that created the Bitcoin protocol and software. Bitcoin is a very popular online payment system, where peer-to-peer transactions are made directly without needing an intermediary. Bitcoin uses its own currency (also called bitcoin), which is the first decentralized digital currency. Due to the complexity of the codes used to create the Bitcoin software, some people suggest that he is either a genius or has had the help of several people during the process of making the software. He currently has around one million bitcoins in his account, which is equivalent to around $400 million. Although his identity is unknown, Satoshi claims that he is 37 years old, and is currently residing in Japan.
Karl Koecher was born in 1934, in Bratislava, and was known to be a mole who has managed to penetrate the CIA. He was a part of the Czech intelligence agency when he was 28 years old, but later moved to the United States and eventually earned a doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University. Afterwards, he was hired by the USSR and became a spy, as well as one of the few people who were able to penetrate the CIA. Some think that Karl was actually a double agent and turned against the USSR under influence from the CIA. He was later arrested by the FBI after being accused of being a spy, but was eventually released after the FBI made some mistakes in his case. He later returned to Czechoslovakia, where he was considered a hero, even though little was known about him. A lot of conspiracy theories still revolve around this mysterious man.
The Falling Man
When it comes to the September 11 attacks, there is surely a lot of known footage that shows the aftermath of this tragic event. All videos prove how people were in constant panic and didn’t know what to do after the two towers started collapsing. This particular image depicts how hopeless everyone was at that time. The man shown above is known as the ‘Falling Man,’ but no one knows his true identity. The disturbing photograph received global attention and has a very powerful effect on people to this day, as it shows what true hopelessness looks like.
L’Inconnue de la Seine
A lot of people know the story about the ‘unknown woman of the Seine,’ but to this day; no one found out her true identity. She was found in Paris during the 1880s, when she was suddenly dredged from the river Seine. The cause of death was later confirmed to be suicide, but no one knew who she was or why she chose to take her own life. Because she was very beautiful, the coroner decided to make a plaster cast after her face. However, she is now known all around the world, as she is the face of CPR mannequins.
D.B. Cooper is one of the few people who ever managed to get away with the ‘perfect crime.’ Namely, he is the only person in the history of US aviation that managed to hijack a plane and get away with it. He went under the alias D.B. Cooper in 1971, when he hijacked a Boeing 727 between Washington and Oregon. He had an explosive in his briefcase, and threatened that he would blow up the plane if he didn’t get $200,000 (equivalent to more than a million dollars today). After his demands were met, he parachuted out of the plane, but was never found. Even though the FBI spent years trying to find this man, his true identity still remains a mystery.
Green Children of Woolpit
The story about the Green Children of Woolpit is quite an unusual one. It’s about two children who unexplainably found themselves in the village of Woolpit, in the United Kingdom, during the 12th century. They were brother and sister, but what was really strange about them was that they had green skin and spoke a language no one could recognize. They refused to eat anything except bean pods. When they learned to speak English, they explained that they came from the ‘Land of St Martin,’ a place where the sun never rose. They claimed that they were following a river when they suddenly found themselves standing in Woolpit. No one knows the true origin or identity of these children, and some even claim that they came from a parallel universe or that they’re of extraterrestrial origin.
The Zodiac Killer is one of the most known serial killers in the world. He was known for often contacting police departments, sending them cryptic notes and often teasing and taunting them. He was also known to brag about how many people he had managed to murder without getting caught, and he even invented the alias ‘Zodiac Killer.’ Despite all efforts, the Californian police never managed to identify or catch him, even though he was responsible for 37 murders.
The Tiananmen Square Protest of 1989 was a protest led by students who called for freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and restoration of workers’ control over industry. Even though more than a million people came together, the protest didn’t go very well, as the Chinese government decided to retaliate, and then the Tiananmen Square Massacre happened. The Chinese military used rifles and tanks against the protesters to make them leave the Tiananmen Square, leaving a lot of students dead or injured. The following morning, this unknown man found enough bravery to prevent these tanks from passing by blocking their way. The tanks tried to avoid him, but he just kept positioning himself in front of them. Photographs of this mysterious man remain iconic to this day, even though no one knows his true identity or his faith after this stunt.
No one knows the true identity of the man nicknamed the ‘Poe Toaster.’ He is a man famous for coming to Edgar Allan Poe’s grave every year on the author’s birthday, January 19th. This unknown person has been doing this since 1949, and always raises a cognac toast and leaves half a bottle of cognac and three roses on the grave before leaving. However, he stopped doing this in 2010 for unknown reasons.
The story about Gil Pérez is an extremely mysterious one. He was just a regular Spanish soldier on duty in the Philippines who suddenly appeared in Mexico City on October 26th, 1593. He had no idea how he managed to get to Mexico, as he was in Manila (capital of the Philippines) just moments before realizing he was in an unfamiliar place. He informed the Mexican authorities about the assassination of the governor of Manila. No one believed him at this point, but two months later, official news regarding the governor’s death arrived by boat. Several witnesses came to Mexico and confirmed that Perez was indeed in Manila moments before vanishing. Afterwards, Gil returned to the Philippines, where he resumed his life.