Cleopatra's lost tomb and JFK death – 5 huge history mysteries we may never solve

FROM Jack the Ripper to the lost city of Atlantis, there is no shortage of unsolved mysteries in this world.

Inexplicable situations, mysterious persons, and often, a touch of magic all make up some of history's most intriguing stories.

And in some stories' cases, the world may never know if they are in fact just stories or remnants of truth lost long ago.

Even so, the lack of answers only makes these five tales even more alluring.

Who killed JFK?

The assassination of the US's 35th president John F. Kennedy (JFK) arguably remains one of the biggest mysteries in American history.

Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas on November 22, 1963, allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald.

The plot thickened two days later when Oswald himself got gunned down on live television by local nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

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Before he died, Oswald made two assertions, the first being that he did not shoot anyone and the second that he was just the fall guy for something bigger.

The back-to-back murders leave many unanswered questions, including who really shot JFK, and what was their motive.

Despite the case never being satisfactorily solved, JFK remains one of the most beloved presidents in American history.

Where is Cleopatra's tomb?

The location of Cleopatra's tomb is perhaps one of the biggest mysteries from ancient times.

The Egyptian queen was said to be buried with her lover, Mark Antony, sometime after their deaths in 30 B.C, with the writer Plutarch claiming that the shared tomb was located near a temple of Isis.

Plutarch described the tomb as a "lofty and beautiful" monument filled with precious gems and stones.

To this day, the site of the tomb remains a mystery, despite several attempts to locate it by Egyptian officials and archaeologists.

Some archaeologists also believe that even if the lost tomb could be found, it would be unidentifiable. 

Does the lost city of Atlantis exist?

The city of Atlantis is one of those tales that can be (and often is) relegated to a fictional story, however, Ancient Greek philosopher Plato wrote of its existence.

Plato described the city's location as somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean and spoke of its conquerings throughout Europe and Africa.

The philosopher's story ends with Atlantis vanishing beneath the sea after a losing battle against the ancient Athenians.

It's hard to say if the city ever existed, still, some scholars believe that parts of the legend could have been inspired by real events.

Was King Arthur real?

Legend speaks of a brave king with a magical sword, but was he ever real?

The story of King Arthur has been revisited countless times in the last millennium, yet experts cannot seem to find any evidence of his existence. 

The closest historians have gotten to debunking this myth is obtaining records of a ninth-century leader who fought against the Saxons, but even those accounts seem to be flimsy.

Until the truth is revealed, believers will just have to settle for King Arthur merch, movies, and television shows.

Who was Jack the Ripper?

Jack the Ripper is easily one of the most recognized names in serial killer history, yet, no one knows who the person behind the name was.

The Ripper killed at least five women in London in 1888 and then allegedly sent several letters to police, mocking officers' efforts to find them.

Scholars have not been able to determine if the letters were indeed from the Ripper, though the name "Jack the Ripper" comes from these letters.

The lack of both information and forensic evidence makes it highly unlikely that this mystery will ever be solved.

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