Unexplained Mysterious Human Disappearances
How many people vanish without trace?
American journalist and author Ambrose Bierce, wrote a short story set in 1873. In the story James Worson lived in Leamington Spa Warwickshire UK, and was a shoemaker by trade.
The story goes that when under the influence of drink he apparently accepted a bet with linen maker, Bahram Wise and a photographer Hamerson Burns that he could run nonstop from Leamington Spa Warwickshire to Coventry which is a distance of approximately 10 miles.
James immediately began his run, accompanied by the photographer Bahram on horseback, followed by Hamerson in a wagon. During the run, James Worson apparently tripped, as he stumbled he let out a terrible cry and totally disappeared before he even hit the ground.
Stunned and unable to leave their eyes they apparently headed back to Leamington Spa to notify police. Despite mounting a search party, nothing was seen James Worson again. Both witnesses Hamerson Burns and Bahram Wise were suspects for time but police ruled out foul play. The story is entitled “An Unfinished Race.”
This legendary tale is often retold based on a real life event, however it is probably purely fiction. A twist in the tale however is the fact that Ambrose Bierce himself disappeared without trace.
October 1913, at the age of 71 Bierce travelled from his home in Washington DC. to Mexico to gain some firsthand experience of the Mexican Revolution. Rumour had it that he was travelling with rebel troops as an observer, however he was never seen again.
Bierce apparently wrote a goodbye letter to his niece,
“Goodbye. If you hear of my being stood up against a Mexican stone wall and shot to rags please know that I think that a pretty good way to depart this life. It beats old age, disease, or falling down the cellar stairs. To be a gringo in Mexico — ah, that is euthanasia. ” Just before he entered war-torn Mexico he again wrote Lora, “I shall not be here long enough to hear from you, and don’t know where I shall be next. Guess it doesn’t matter much. Adios, Ambrose.”
His final letter dated December 26, 1913 written to his journalist friend. The letter was postmarked Chihuahua and in it he stated they were poised to attack a cornered federal Army….
Whilst Bierce was probably killed, as he was an observer during the Revolution, so therefore his disappearance is understandable, but what about these other disappearances…?
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