Unsolved Mysteries of the 1970s That Will Give You Chills

By Sarah Norman | October 27, 2023

The 1972 UFO sightings in the eastern Cape remain are still mind boggling

The 1970s were full of glorious parties at Studio 54 and post Vietnam celebrations, but it was also a decade full of chilling crimes that remain unsolved to this day. From gruesome murders to raucous heists and supernatural sightings, the mysteries chronicled here will leave you scratching your head and wondering exactly what happened in each of these stories.

Many of these stories are too upsetting for younger readers, so keep younger eyes shielded from the gruesome stuff. Keep in mind that many of these unsolved mysteries are cases that remain open, if you or someone you know can shine a light on these eerie crimes from the '70s don't be afraid to reach out... you could change everything.

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The eastern Cape of South Africa has long been a hotspot of UFO activity, and on June 26, 1971, a farm owner named Bennie Smit saw a fireball streaking across the sky at nine in the morning. Smit claims to have fired eight shots at it with none of them causing any visible effect. The craft disappeared by noon, but Smit claims that he could hear the UFO all night. That's not the way that we want to fall asleep, but maybe some people are built differently.

The Flat-Tire murders made good samaritans a thing of the past

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Between February 1975 and January 1976 a series of gruesome unsolved murders occurred in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, Florida. Officials believe that the offender deflated the tires of his victims (at least 12 women but believed to be as many as 30) before offering his services as a regular guy who could help out before sexually assaulting and brutally killing the women. Some officials believe that the Flat-Tire murders extended to Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and California, but this claim has never been proven. To this day no one has been able to substantiate the identity of this vicious killer.