Skip to comments.Secret Soviet death rays. Yetis. Aliens. Just what did slaughter nine hikers
Posted on 08/24/2013 1:44:53 PM PDT by lowbridge
Peering through the windswept snow on a dark February day, the rescue party finally came on the first sign of life the flapping remains of a tent pitched on ski poles on an uppermost slope of Kholat Syakhl, Mountain of the Dead in the native language of northern Siberia.
But where were the nine young Russian students who should have been sheltering beneath the canvas?
Curiosity turned to mystery as human tracks were seen in the snow heading downhill away from the tent in single file for a third of a mile... barefoot human tracks.
In temperatures of minus 24! And mystery became horror when an inspection of the tent showed its front flaps still buttoned tightly together but huge knife slashes down the sides through which the occupants apparently fled.
Inside was like the Mary Celeste, with everything intact warm clothes, waterproof jackets, blankets and sweaters that would have been essential to survive in the Siberian weather; plus cameras, diaries and cooking utensils, all apparently abandoned in a moment of madness.
So began the story of what became known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident, one that has baffled the world for more than half a century since whatever horrific tragedy overtook the nine in February 1959.
They had been missing for almost a month after trekking out into the bleak wildness of the Ural mountains seven men and two women, all of them fit, hardy and experienced hikers on what was supposed to be a short and invigorating break from their graduate studies.
Haunting photographs from the film in their cameras show the happy and relaxed faces of good friends on an exhilarating adventure, capturing their journey by train, road and on foot to this desolate area.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
I’ve always been fascinated by this story.
What drugs were popular with Russians in the late 50’s?
If it wasn’t 1959, I’d say they were trying to escape bath salts...
So I’ll go with “Aliens”...
Interesting, thanks for posting.
Avalanche killed some. The rest died trying to escape in a blizzard
One of them went postal and killed some. The rest dies trying to escape in a blizzard.
Interesting to say the least..........
There was no avalanche or blizzard as evidenced by the bare footprints in the snow which lead to their last resting place. The article specifically states that.......
What caused the tongue of one of the women to be torn out by the roots?
Now stop that.
Points to the gone postal angle.
For 1959 in the soviet union, thats as close to alluring as they get.
So?....They were missing for a month, yet the author states the footprints were of bare feet? Huh? What footprints in snow would last a month?
The guy on the right, it does, doesn't it?
The value ( darkness and lightness) of the figure second to the right is not the same as the other three figures.
Hey, it’s not “alluring” until Angelina Jolie is cast as Zina Kolmogorova!
It was making the rounds of the western intelligentsia at that time. Can’t say about the Soviet Bloc, but given the documented affinity between the two, probably so.
Do you really have to ask?....LOL!
Tell me with all honesty, haven't you once given that a thought?
The value ( lightness and darkness ) of the figure on the far right is too light. It is obvious that she is wearing a dark coat and has dark hair but contrast this darkness with the hats of the two men. Also check the darkness around her neck compared to the darkness around the necks of the two men. The value is definitely “off”.
A no snow month in subfreezing temps?
So you’re divorced, huh? ;-)
Reefer madness comes to mind..........LOL!
Glancing through the comments on the story, it appears that there was a large amount of blood in her stomach, so it would seem to have occurred before death.
Looking at the WIki, it indicates footprints could be followed from the tent but after some distance, were covered with snow:
“A chain of eight or nine sets of footprints, left by several people who were wearing socks, a single shoe and barefoot, could be followed and led down toward the edge of nearby woods (on the opposite side of the pass, 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) north-east), but after 500 metres (1,600 ft) they were covered with snow.”
At the forest edge, under a large old cedar, the searchers found the remains of a fire, along with the first two bodies, those of Yuri Krivonischenko and Yuri Doroshenko, shoeless and dressed only in their underwear. The branches on the tree were broken up to five meters high, suggesting that a skier had climbed up to look for something, perhaps the camp. Between the cedar and the camp the searchers found three more corpses, Dyatlov, Zina Kolmogorova and Rustem Slobodin, who seemed to have died in poses suggesting that they were attempting to return to the tent. They were found separately at distances of 300, 480 and 630 meters from the tree.
More from wiki:
12-year-old Yury Kuntsevich, who would later become head of the Yekaterinburg-based Dyatlov Foundation (see below), attended five of the hikers’ funerals and recalls their skin had a “deep brown tan”.
Some of the hikers’ clothing (2 pants and sweater) were found to be highly radioactive.
with some info suggesting military involvement?
Never made the mistake.........of getting married. :)
Looks ok with error level analysis
I saw a documentary about this and I remember the key details were:
1. The bodies were radioactive
2. Official files with strict handling SOP’s were clearly tampered with
One theory is that they accidentally ran across a weapons research site and that the nature of the research was so sensitive that the research authority disposed of the whole group.
But that’s just one of several theories.
It’s not just you. Many think there is some cover up going on.
// Is it just me or does this photo look like it was retouched? >> The guy on the right, it does, doesn’t it? //
He looks as added in as tourist guy or bigfoot would. Interesting.
I’d buy that. Sound or snow hitting the tent panics the group and, blindly, trying to get out they slash the tent. Some are half clothed, others not. They flee, stumble or are taken down in a snow slide and suffer injuries on rocks or just being tumbled. Some die quickly. Some regroup and try to find shelter in the bitter cold night and die of hypothermia in fairly short order. One, the woman, lies dead out in the cold on the surface or near to it. Later, birds find her corpse and feed on the eyes and protruding tongue.
As an aside, I can assure anyone that has never slept at altitude or in sub-zero conditions that being in a mummy bag and crammed like sardines in a tent is a good ingredient for the panic that can ensue from clostrophobia, the absolute stygian blackness or the sounds that cannot be identified or that can be such as the roar of snow moving at speed or even the cracking of ice beneath you on a frozen lake (sounds like cables under tension being plucked).
Seems to fit the facts for me but I don’t believe in aliens, either.
// Later, birds find her corpse and feed on the eyes and protruding tongue. //
except that a comment above notes that, apparently, blood was found in her stomach from trauma prior to death.
interesting aside, btw :-) — trumps trees twisting in hurricane winds around a house, I bet.