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10 Fascinating Sealed and Secret Documents

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Sealing documents and records is actually a fairly common practice. In many countries, birth, marriage and divorce records, just to name a few, are often sealed for a variety of reasons. However, when documents are sealed, or kept secret, in highly publicized cases it becomes very intriguing and mysterious with potential conspiracy implications. In this list I have gathered what I hope are 10 interesting unopened and opened documents that were sealed or not available to the public, for one reason or the other.


Dr. David Kelly’s Post Mortem

Dr-David-KellySealed Until: 2073

David Kelly worked for the U.K Ministry of Defense as an expert in bio-weapons. He was also one of the key UN weapons inspectors in Iraq. In 2003, he became concerned about the US/UK claims of WMD in Iraq in the build-up to the Iraq war. The trouble started when Kelly became an anonymous source for a BBC journalist, who quoted his doubts about the existence of weapons of mass destruction. After Kelly’s identity was leaked, a Parliamentary committee, tasked with investigating the intelligence on Iraq, asked Kelly to testify, which he did. During his testimony Kelly denied any knowledge of the quotes. Several days after his testimony, he went for a walk, as he did almost every day. In a wooded area about a mile away from his home he ingested up to 29 tablets of painkillers then cut his left wrist. The British government announced that Lord Hutton would lead the Inquiry into Kelly’s death. The Hutton Inquiry reported, on the 28th of January, 2004, that Kelly had committed suicide. Although suicide was officially accepted as the cause of death, some medical experts have their doubts, suggesting that the evidence does not back this up. In January 2010, Lord Hutton ordered that all files relating to the post mortem remain sealed for 70 years from the date of his death, for reasons that have not been explained.

Interesting Fact: Most of the articles I came across concerning Dr. Kelly were pretty much agenda driven, with a lot of conspiracy theories. I do admit that the sealed post mortem does make it seem a little fishy. However, it should be pointed out that there are still many who believe that Kelly committed suicide. They explain that the killer, or killers, would have had to kidnap him and march him into the woods, then force tablets down his throat and make him cut his own wrist. All of this without leaving any trace of forensic evidence on Kelly. It is also said that just before he was found dead, he was seen alone by a friend on his way to the woods, where they exchanged pleasantries.


Shirley Ardell Mason Files

Shirley Ardell MasonSealed Until: Indefinitely

The life of Shirley Ardell Mason was chronicled by Arthur Flora Rheta Schreiber in the book “Sybil”. It was published in 1973 and then made into a television movie in 1976, starring Sally Field. Mason’s real name was not used in order to protect her identity. In the early 1950s, Mason was a student at Columbia University and had long suffered from blackouts and emotional breakdowns, and had started therapy with psychiatrist Cornelia B. Wilbur. It was their psychotherapy sessions together that was the basis of the book. Wilber diagnosed and treated her for multiple personality disorder, with, reportedly, up to 16 co-existing personalities. In 1998, Robert Rieber and John Jay of the College of Criminal Justice claimed Wilbur had manipulated Mason in order to secure a book deal. Neither Rieber nor Jay are psychologists, but the miss-diagnoses was also supported by Dr. Herbert Spiegel, who saw Mason for several sessions while Wilbur was on vacation. Spiegel argued that Sybil had disassociation disorder, not multiple personalities. Shirley Ardell Mason died of breast cancer in 1998, at the age of 75. The case still remains very controversial and, due to privacy laws, it is very unlikely that Mason’s therapy records will ever be released to the public.

Interesting Fact: Dr. Herbert Spiegel recalled that Wilbur came to him with author Flora Rheta Schreiber and asked him to co-author the book with them, and that they would be calling the book Sybil a “multiple personality.” Spiegel told them, “But she’s not a multiple personality!” When Spiegel told Wilbur and Schreiber that multiple personality would not be accurate, Schreiber got in a huff and said, “But if we don’t call it a multiple personality, we don’t have a book!”


Mark Twain’s Autobiography

Marktwainbed-1Sealed Until: This Year

One of Mark Twain’s wishes before he died was that his autobiography not be published until 100 years after his death, which was April 21, 1910. Twain left behind thousands of unedited pages of memoirs, together with handwritten notes. Included in the memoirs are 400 pages detailing his relationship with Isabel Van Kleek Lyon, who became his secretary after his wife died in 1904. Twain says he was so close to Lyon that she once bought him an electric vibrating sex toy. However he later turns on her, saying she had seduced him and “hypnotized” him into giving her the power of attorney over his estate. Also included are his doubts about God, and questions the imperial mission of the U.S. in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The first volume of the autobiography is to be published November 2010 by the University of California, where the manuscripts were sealed in a vault. The eventual trilogy will run close to half a million words.

Interesting Fact: No one really know for sure why Mark Twain wanted the first-hand account of his life kept under wraps for so long. Some scholars believe it was because he wanted to talk freely about issues such as religion and politics. Others argue that the time lag prevented him from having to worry about offending friends. I think it was probably both.


Identical Twin Study

Twins071022 560Sealed Until: 2066

In the 1960s and 70s renowned New York psychologist Viola Bernard and her colleague, Dr. Peter Neubauer, conducted a nature-nurture study. They persuaded an adoption agency to send twins to different homes, without telling the respective adoptive parents that the children were, in fact, twins. In 1963, Dr. Bernard wrote that the study “provides a natural laboratory situation for studying certain questions with respect to the nature-nurture issue, and of family dynamic interactions in relation to personality development.” She also believed that, if separated, identical twins would be better off with their individual identities. When the families adopted the children, they were told that their child was already part of an ongoing child study, but neglected to tell them the key element of the study. The adoptive families would travel separately to the center once a month for 12 years for IQ tests and speech analysis. They would also visit their homes and film the children playing. The study ended in 1980, and a year later, the state of New York began requiring adoption agencies to keep siblings together. Realizing that public opinion would be against this type of research, Dr. Neubauer decided not to publish it. Yale University gathered all the information from the study and sealed it until 2066, when most of the participants will likely be dead.

Interesting Fact: I know these twins were already featured in a twins list a while back, but I think they are worth another look. The two women pictured above, Elyse and Paula, were one of the sets of twins studied. When Elyse was 35 she registered with the Adoption Information Registry, and later received a call telling her she had a twin sister. She was also told about the controversial study. When the twins were reunited they started to investigate the details of their adoption. Dr. Bernard had already died, but the twins were able to track down Dr. Neubauer and, after many requests, he agreed to meet with them. The doctor showed no remorse and offered no apology. Of the 13 children involved in the study, three sets of twins and one set of triplets have discovered their siblings. There are still four people who don’t know that they have an identical twin. Efforts to have Yale University release the records by the sisters and other twins have failed. For those who want to know more about Elyse and Paula’s remarkable story, you can watch an interview of the two here.


France’s Secret UFO Files

Ufo-1Opened in: 2007

In 2007, France’s National Center for Space Studies made available over 1000 files on UFO cases, that have been researched by the French government for over 50 years. The archives were made available onto its Internet site for worldwide viewing. The files include pictures of possible UFOs, eyewitness accounts, field journals and inter-governmental documents on those sightings. Within three hours of posting the first cases, the French space agency’s Web server crashed because of the flood of viewers seeking the first glimpses of official government UFO files. Jacques Patenet, who heads the Group for the Study of Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena said “the data that we are releasing doesn’t demonstrate the presence of extraterrestrial beings, but it doesn’t demonstrate the impossibility of such presence either”. The French government is the first to release this type of information to the public. Great Britain then followed by releasing their files in 2008. You can go on the French website here and the UK site can be found here.

Interesting Fact: One of the more interesting cases included in the files happened on Aug. 29, 1967. A 13-year-old boy and his 9-year-old sister were watching over their family’s cows near the village of Cussac when the boy spotted “four small black beings” about 47 inches tall. Thinking they were other youngsters, he shouted to his sister, “Oh, there are black children!” But as they watched, the four beings became agitated and rose into the air, entering the top of what appeared to be a round spaceship, about 15 feet in diameter, which hovered over the field. Just as the sphere rose up, one of the passengers emerged from the top and returned to the ground to grab something, then flew back to the sphere. The sphere “became increasingly brilliant” before disappearing with a loud whistling sound and left “a strong sulfur odor after departure,” The children raced home in tears and their father summoned the local police, who “noted the sulfur odor and the dried grass at the reported place where the sphere took off.”


Kennedy’s Assassination Records

JfkmotorcadeSealed Until: 2017

In 1964, the Warren Commission submitted the unpublished portion of the assassination records to the National Archives, where it was to be sealed and locked away until 2039 (75 years later). This was to serve as protection for innocent persons who might be damaged because of their relationship with participants in the case. However, due to the popularity of Oliver Stone’s film, JFK, and because of the public outcry, it led to the passage of The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. This Act mandated that all assassination-related material be housed in a single collection in the National Archives and Records Administration. The Act also requires that each assassination record be publicly disclosed in full, and be available in the collection no later than 25 years after the date of enactment. From 1994 to 1998, almost all of all Warren Commission documents had been released to the public. The resulting collection consists of more than 5 million pages of assassination-related records, photographs, sound recordings, motion pictures and artifacts. By 2017, all existing assassination-related documents will be made public.

Interesting Fact: I guess I’m still in the minority to believe in the lone gunman theory but I do have an open mind about it. In a recent U.S. poll the following questions were asked: “Do you think Lee Harvey Oswald was the only gunman in the Kennedy assassination, do you think there was another gunman in addition to Oswald there that day, or do you think Oswald was not involved in the assassination at all?” Results are: Only Oswald 32%, Another Gunman 51%, Oswald Not Involved 7% No Opinion 10%. You can watch a recent digitized version of the famous Zapruder film here.


Trial Records of Mata Hari

Mata-Hari7Opened in: 1985

Mata Hari was the stage name of a highly successful Dutch exotic dancer, Gertrud Margarete Zelle. Because of her profession, she had many cross-border associations. During World War 1, the French Government convinced her to travel to neutral Spain. There she could develop relationships with the German navy and army and report any intelligence back to Paris. There are different accounts for reasons why she was accused of being a double spy. Several sources claim that, in January 1917, the German military transmitted a radio message to Berlin describing the helpful activities of a German spy, code-named H-21. French intelligence agents intercepted the messages and identified H-21 as Mata Hari. What makes this even more interesting is that the messages are said to be in a code that German intelligence knew had already been broken by the French. This leaves some historians to suspect that the messages were contrived and the French were using her as a propaganda boost. They claimed she had cost the lives of 50,000 French soldiers. Mat Hari was arrested, stood trail and was convicted of being a German Spy. On October 15th 1917, at the age of 41, Mata Hari was executed by firing squad. She went to her death with dignity, all the while proclaiming her innocence. The prosecutor wanted the trial to be in secret and the records were to be sealed for 100 years. However, in 1985, Biographer Russell Warren convinced the National defense Minister of France to open the sealed case file thirty two years early. In the opinion of many experts, it’s said to reveal that Mata Hari was innocent of the charges of which she was convicted.

Interesting Fact: The more I read about Mata Hari, the more fascinating I found her. I also found this interesting. Henry Wales, a British reporter and eye witness, wrote this incredibly detailed account about the day of her execution. You can read it here.


Martin Luther King Tapes

Martin-Luther-King-JrSealed Until: 2027

Fearing that Martin Luther King Jr. had ties to Communist organizations, the FBI spied on him for several years. The FBI described King as “the most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country”. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover filed a request with Attorney General Robert Kennedy to wiretap King and his associates. Kennedy gave the Bureau permission and tapped their phones and placed hidden microphones in homes, hotel rooms and offices. The FBI was unsuccessful in proving that he had ties to Communists; however they did have something that would reveal embarrassing details about King’s sex life. King refused to give in to the FBI’s threats, even after the FBI drafted a letter to him from an anonymous source detailing everything they knew about his sexual transgressions. Highlights of the letter include: “You are a colossal fraud and an evil, vicious one at that.” “The American public will know you for what you are, an evil, abnormal beast, and Satan could not do more” “King, there is only one thing left for you to do.” Some have theorized the intent of the letter was to drive King to commit suicide in order to avoid personal embarrassment. On January 31, 1977, district Judge John Lewis Smith, Jr., ordered all known copies of recorded audiotapes and written transcripts resulting from the FBI’s surveillance of King between 1963 and 1968 to be sealed in the National Archives and away from public access for 50 years.

Interesting Fact: Ralph Abernathy was a close associate of King’s in the civil rights movement. In his autobiography titled “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down”, he does mention that King was a “womanizer”. He also wrote this about the Surveillance Tapes: “I remember in particular a stay at the Willard Hotel in Washington, where they not only put in audio receivers, but video equipment as well. Then, after collecting enough of this ‘evidence’ to be useful, they began to distribute it to reporters, law officers, and other people in a position to hurt us.” Finally, when no one would do Hoover’s dirty work for him, someone in the FBI put together a tape of highly intimate moments and sent them to Martin. Unfortunately — and perhaps this was deliberate — [his wife] Coretta received the tape and played it first. But such accusations never seemed to touch her. She rose above all the petty attempts to damage their marriage by refusing to even entertain such thoughts.


Sinking of the RMS Lancastria

Ltimosminutosdelrmslancfy9Sealed Until: 2040

On June 17th 1940, the Lancastria was evacuating British troops and civilian refugees, including women and children from France, which was then on the point of collapse. At 6:00am, Captain Rudolf Sharp received orders to load as many troops and refugees as possible, and to disregard international laws on passenger limits. By lunchtime, the decks were packed with anywhere between 6,000 to 9,000 troops and refugees. A nearby destroyer signaled the Lancastria to get under way, if she was full to capacity, but offered no escort. At 3.48pm, a German bomber appeared and dropped four bombs which ripped through the Lancastria. Within 20 minutes the, luxury liner went down, taking with her an estimated 4,000 to 7,000 victims. The official report of this terrible incident was sealed for 100 years under the Official Secrets Act. It has been argued that this might be because if it could be confirmed that the Ministry of Defense did indeed instruct Captain Sharp to ignore load restrictions, there would be grounds for compensation claims from relatives. In July 2007, another request for documents held by the Ministry of Defense related to the sinking was rejected by the British Government. This tragedy was the largest single-day loss of life to the British Army since the Battle of the Somme. To this day there has been no official British government recognition of the dead or the survivors.

Interesting Fact: Winston Churchill immediately hid the news from the public, thinking that to reveal the truth would have been too damaging for civilian morale. He said, ‘The newspapers have got quite enough disaster for today, at least.’ You can watch a tribute to the Lancastria here.


Worst Friendly-Fire Incident

Cap Arcona2Sealed Until: 2045

This is just a heart a wrenching tragedy with a great loss of life, but it remains just a little-known chapter of World War II history, and rarely appears in history books. It happened on May 3, 1945, four days after Hitler’s suicide, and four days before the unconditional German surrender. After enduring years of Nazi brutality, thousands of concentration camp prisoners were loaded on to two German ships in Lubeck Bay, the Cap Arcona and the Thielbek. The British Air Force commanders ordered a strike on the ships, thinking they carried escaping SS officers, possibly fleeing to German-controlled Norway. The British Typhoon fighter-bombers struck in several attack waves. The Thielbek, packed with 2,800 prisoners, sank in just 20 minutes, killing all but 50 prisoners. The Cap Arcona carrying 4,500 prisoners took longer to go under, and many inmates burned to death. In less than two hours, more than 7,000 concentration camp refugees were dead. Some believe the Nazis intended to sink the ships at sea, to kill everyone on board. Another unlikely scenario is the British intelligence may have known who was on the ships and it would explain why the Royal Air Force sealed the records for 100 years.

Interesting Fact: For weeks after the sinking, bodies of the victims were being washed ashore, and were collected and buried in a single mass grave at Neustadt in Holstein. For nearly thirty years, parts of skeletons were being washed ashore, until the last find, by a twelve-year-old boy, in 1971.

  • Choosilicious

    So have any of them been opened yet?

    • Juy

      You sir, are a dumbass.

    • Sam O.

      ^ What he said.

      • nothisisausername


    • lalabhaiya

      hahahahaha. i second the dumbass part.

    • Mark


    • Chris

      The ones with the open date before today have been opened. The ones with a future open date are yet to be opened. The ones yet unopened are also mentioned throughout the text.

    • Magnumto

      Jeez, the guy missed seeing the Open dates – is that REALLY such a big deal? Apparently, to 5 boors, it is. At least Chris was kind enough to give a civil answer to a civil question.

      • Jay

        And Chris got a +3 for his trouble. The one that called him a dumbass got a +44. Kind of sums up life, doesn't it?

    • Dis Gusted

      Does the word 'sealed' have any meaning to you?

  • Choosilicious

    As in; why have them not opened yet… ummmm. neveermind

    • oliveralbq

      having a rough day dude?

      the whole ppoint of the list is to explore "why have them not opened" — or whatever in hell you said. as well as why they need ope. .. . .. . ….
      i think i'll give you a thumbs up for knowing when to throw in the towel.
      its better to burn out than to fade away (the canadian with the hat and the n.y. initials said)

  • brock

    Well its not like am going to wait for those things to be openned

    • oliveralbq

      children children — if you dont stop antagonizing each other, i'm turning this list around and were going home.
      go to your rooms! now!

  • cqsteve

    Ah Blogball, another great list! I can't wait for the papers of Mark Twain to be opened so I can have a read about this most entertaining of writers. Once the documents regarding Dr Kelly, Mata Hari & the RMS Lancastria are published, what's the bet some types of documentaries or movies will follow.


    why do they need to hide it its not like it is important or interesting

    • The Major

      Probably not to someone with such a poor grasp of grammar.

      • Sleep

        you are the smartest person in the world

      • John T

        what is it with you and grammar?! it's not a bloody english class!

    • Nick

      See: First reply to the first comment.

  • Blah.

    Great list! I hardly comment but iv been reading every single lists published so far, just saying great website and carry it on! :D

  • crazedfishuk

    Anyone have any ideas as to what laws govern the rulings in keeping these documents sealed for a specific time? The Twain one is pretty self-explanatory but, as an Englishman and a member of the Armed Forces, I would be very interested in seeing Dr Kelly's file and the possible impact (or not) it may have on the view of the War in Iraq.

    • archive kid

      The major laws governing the publication of such information are the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

  • IanK

    What a damn good list and read at 2:00 am :)

  • 1gav

    Have they opened up the files on the Manson Family children?

    Good list!

    • oliveralbq
      • This is all extremely frightening to read, whilst in the basement of the Los Angeles Hall of Records, on microfiche.
        One can also access the autopsy of Marilyn Monroe while one is at it, in addition to some formerly sealed records regarding the finding and handeling of her body and it's discovery.
        Little we know ever seems to be true.

  • tripsyman

    In the case of David Kelly there was no blood on or around him as would be expected had he cut his own wrists. This would mean he wouldn't need to be kidnapped and marched into the woods if he was already dead. Evidence definitly points to murder but by whom? Most likley suspects are rthe British Authorities in order to hush him up… but who knows!

  • Danny Schuit

    On Kennedy: you left out THE later investigation that indicates James E Files as THE killer. Or do you think it is not relevant to this article?

  • rain

    I hope that I'll still be alive by the time they open Dr. David Kelly’s Post Mortem. Lol.

  • KabirBhai

    About killing of concentation camp survivors by British Air Force bombs, thats so so so sad. They must be thinging that they have been saved after witnessing all th atrocities, and then being killed after tasting freedom…

    Also, Should we really care about a person’s private life when he has done so much fr th people? In case of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, what if he did (or did not) sleep with a large number of women? I dont care… I will always remember him fr th champion fr equality in America… And my respect will never ever diminish…

  • Armadillotron

    So the death of David Kelly is going to be kept hidden until 2073! Er-I think we`ll all have forgotten about it by then! Is it because all the people who were involved with the Iraq War will likely all be gone? What happened to the 30 Year Rule? And I don`t care what anyone says, David Kelly was murdered. Remember him saying, "I`ll be found dead in the Woods." There`s been inquiries into Batang Kali and Bloody Sunday. Why not this?

  • Armadillotron

    Me, personally, I don`t think The King is dead. Come on, why would Elvis, who was like A LEGEND, and one of the most loved men in the world kill himself?

  • danny k

    I wonder what the KING did that was so Nasty, that they thought it would cause him to commit suicide?

    • mordechaimordechai

      kids? maybe?

      • mom424

        back in the day – which isn't so long ago btw – being a womanizer and adulterer, specially from someone supposed to hold the moral high ground, would have been enough. No need for the paedo insinuation.

        • sofkes

          Isn't still like that today though? I don't follow politics that much, but every time I hear of a person in public office being caught cheating or anything remotely sexual, they either step down or deal with the huge outrage. Personally, I don't care as long as it's nothing illegal.

          • deezey

            your hot

          • bleumoonselene

            "your hot" what? Did Sofkes leave a dish in the oven too long? What I'm trying to say is, there is a difference in "Your" and "You're"

          • mordechaimordechai

            i agree, you're so hot

      • JonathanN

        Sofkes IS a babe.
        You, madam, are gorgeous.

  • Calum

    Very interesting list easily the best one in quite a while

  • mordechaimordechai

    Talking about the Thielbek and Cap Arcona…
    Even if there where indeed SS officer trying to run for their lives it wouldn't be reminded as a big feat of arms nor act of gallantry, i guess.
    Trying to kill an enemy who surrendered it's not a big honor to the victor.
    Always considering the fact that we all hate what nazis did.

  • John Paul II

    Great to see Dr David Kelly's portmortem here, i'm really into British politics and feel it's a subject which doesn't get nearly enough attention here.

    Excellent list!

    • deeeziner

      Actually I didn't see Dr. David Kelly's postmortem……I think that was that point of the list. Now if I'm still around in the 70's….

      I'm sorry, I know what you meant, but my evil imp can't resist pulling the leg of John Paul II.

  • Randallphobia

    Fascinating list.
    I want to read all of them, but I'll probably be dead of old age before the last two are opened.
    I've been excited about Mark Twain's autobiography ever since I heard about it last month!

  • Kerahdah

    The very principle, or lack thereof, of hiding evidence relevant to the presentation of the facts, is in question here. I cannot see how the executive branch of government can possibly think that the passage of time would in any way make any negative aspect less palatable. And on the personal side for families involved, how do they deal with closure when governments treat such matters with so much insensitivity, official embarrassment notwithstanding?

  • Si Si

    I’m still not really sure what is being hidden but nonetheless this was an amazing list. Wow. Educating.

  • Spuat

    This are fascinating, especially #2.

  • oilspills

    hmm very interesting

  • boring, except #6

  • oouchan

    I just love your lists, Blogball! So entertaining and this was no exception as it kept me glued to my computer screen and on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I really hope that I am around to see the still sealed ones opened. Tragic that these records are sealed just to avoid a lawsuit and not to bring peace to those affected.
    Great list as always.

  • Woyzeck

    I'm glad this list has FINALLY been published. It was submitted to JFrater in August 2008 but he ordered that it not be published until now.

    • Arsnl

      How do you know?

    • randomprecision24

      I wonder what else Jamie is hiding…

    • mom424

      bwahaha, people are so dumb. whoosh moment maybe fasterthanu, arsnl?

      • Arsnl

        I think woyzeck is using mata hari strategies on jamie. A little belly dance, showing a nipple.

      • Arsnl

        Ps: but i do admit i was caught in an offside position. I was thinking its one of woyzeck’s comment that makes no sense whatsoever, not some list related joke.
        Can people not be focused on every comment without being called dumb? Cuz if so ill give up my studies, private life everything so i can focus 100% on every listverse comment. ITS VITAL.

        • mom424

          no worries; I have "deer in the headlights" moments myself. and it provided me with some entertainment.

      • Arsnl

        I just get a bit fired up cuz the regulars over here sometimes use to many invectives so it makes everything a less desirable experience.

  • KimbaR

    Great List.

  • fasterthanu

    The last one is the most interesting, but the US and UK did not care for the concentration camps. Truman himself would not allow German Jews to immigrate to america under gestapo.

    ……Or something like that

  • fasterthanu

    but why?

    • psychosurfer

      Is your nickname directed to a 8086 processor?

      • fasterthanu

        You mean my username?

        Cos my boss and friends don't call me 'fasterthanu'.
        And no, its the line that Travis Buckle says in taxi driver when he is getting prepared to kill the presidential candidate.

  • Lifeschool

    Excellent list blogball! Very interesting read! thanks for researching this for us. Great to have a deep list to ponder once in a while. Will definitely be checking out some of your links. Cheers.

    [A Mulder and Scully ‘seX-files’ joke was removed]

  • randomprecision24

    Great list blogball! I'm not a huge Twain fan, but I am now looking forward to his autobiography

  • Hey, this is a really meaty, informative list. Well done! I'll follow with H. L. Mencken's diary and his unfinished memoirs. According to his will, they were to be sealed until thirty and thirty-five years after his years. So, all during the 90s, we kept having these time-delayed literary wit-bombs going off, causing as much uproar among the present-day Sensitivity Commissars as his stuff did among the more conventionally upright in his time.

  • The Me.

    great list! Going to read more on some of these.

  • mom424

    What a treat – waking up to Blogball in the morning.

    Excellent list as always. Always seems to me that sealing these things tends to make people think worse things than what actually happened. With a few exceptions eh? The last couple entries are heartbreaking. Friendly fire accidents are a too common occurrence even today.

    I too believe in the lone gunman, at least for the actual shooting. Not convinced that he wasn't put up to it by some outside influence, but he certainly pulled the trigger on his own.

  • thisguy

    Why the [email protected]%k won't they show #5 to public already!?

    • Richard

      My wife is suffering with Psoriasis and itoriaspc Arthritis from last 13 years. She also have severe pain in all the joints. Koi upay bataye bapuji.Hari OM

  • Maggot

    Well titled, Blogball, as this was a truly fascinating read this morning. Nice work! Interesting that your list coincided with the release just last week of some “UFO files” by the UK Gov’t and evidence of an alleged cover-up by Churchill of a WII era UFO encounter by the RAF:

    If anyone is interested in checking it out further, the above article has a link within it to the UK National Archives page of PDFs of the UFO files.

  • undaunted warrior 1

    I have always said that your lists are from the top shelf, but you have really out done your self with this one. Well researched and well written, with some history about each individual.

    Thanks Blogball.

  • Mrs. Antichrist

    Regarding the Martin Luther King tapes, anything from adultery to certain fetishes (BDSM, etc.) to homosexuality or bisexuality would have been a huge scandal during that era, especially the latter example. Hell, there are still plenty of people who would try to use those things in order to discredit his civil rights movement, as if him being an adulterer somehow makes the 1950s civil rights movement faulty.

    • deeeziner

      But still you have to wonder if Mrs. King truly had a "blind eye" to his activities or was just glad that she didn't have to play.

  • frisbee

    Best list in a loooong time!

  • deeeziner

    When I saw on the homepage that today's list was written by Bloigball I got very excited. And once again you have given us a list that holds true to Listverse reputation.

    What an interesting and at times sad, list. Glad that I chose to log-in today.

    • Arnel

      DorkAngel-GBW / Thank you David for sharing with us your epnreiexce with Marius. He is a trooper and you are a beautiful soul. Appreciate all that you do ,which is a lot. Thoroughly enjoyed your Asian tour (via Livestream and Youtube)and am looking forward to whatever you are preparing of us US fan. Glad to hear you’re taking advantage of your down time relaxing with nature. I always feel closer to God when I’m out in nature and it helps to clear the cobwebs. Well take care of yourself. Ciao

  • timothyjames

    Great list Blogball. I wish I was interested enough in politics to get a job with a high enough security clearance to view this kind of stuff first hand. Government secrets are fine by me (for the most part) since they give us such cool lists like this. I dont remember hearing about Twain's autobiography being released, but now that I know, I'll check it out.

  • brock

    I see your have some kind of mental desease because i said what i really think get lost you stupid bitch

    • The Major

      Yes, you did say what you think. The problem is that you have the mental capacity of a four-year old, as evidenced by your writing style and the content of your comments. You clearly show a complete lack of appreciation for anything in the world, but somehow seem to think that your 'insights' are something you must share the world. Word to the wise, they are not. No-one, literally no-one, cares what you think.

      Also, it might be worth pointing out that I also 'said what I really think'. Don't you like it when the world is as honest with you as you are with everyone else?

      • deezey

        four year old lmao you don`t know shit about life stop fucking your right hand and get outside

      • brock

        yeah you said what you think and i don`t give a fuck i don`t care about your ufo records so you can wait for them alone

        • The Major

          Were all these about UFO records then? In fact, UFOs made up 10% of this list. Do you ever think a thought through to a logical conclusion?

          The more you type, the more I pity you.

          • brock

            lmao xD do i need to list all 100 % i just made an example i guess you`re not so smart as you think

          • The Major

            In this context, yes. You only stipulated about the UFO records. Clearly this was also meant to cover potential government cover ups, the thoughts of one of the greatest American writers and the truth behind unspeakable tragedies – all of which you 'don't give a fuck' about.

            Anyway, Brock, I'll leave you to it now. If this is important to you, go for it. Far be it from me to take away your 'moment in the spotlight'.

          • brock

            spotlight?i wrote my oppinion and you started trolling me

          • ????

            Stop Brock, please.

            You seem like a moron..

          • Chris

            This is amusing. Especially if all these comments are made by adults.

          • Clark88

            I hope for the sake of humankind that these were at least two teenagers ebarrassingly going back and forth.

          • Jay

            This list is a good argument for lowering the drinking age.

  • WateverYo

    Personally don't give a shit but… Have to admire Blogballs effort here.. as always he has the best lists.

  • Kelly Perez

    WOW, Just WOW…One of the most look forward lists..Read it twice…Oh my this is such a good grasp of the secrecy that surrounds this world and keeps us guessing. Looking forward for these releases. Thank you for the list…I bow to you for your knowledge.

  • bucketheadrocks

    Blogball, please make more lists. There is a large difference in trollers because its almost impossible to say anything bad about your amazing lists!
    Are you God?

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    Really great list. Not only was it entertaining by itself but it open up many more things I should read.

  • Scratch

    Great list, yet again Blogball.

    I think it would have been best to avoid the wrath of Twain's pen. He wrote that Isabel was, "a liar, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded & salacious slut, pining for seduction.”

    • cqsteve

      You're correct there Scratch – not the type of person you'd want to pick an arguement with.

      • Scratch

        Yeah, you got to watch yourself if you're going to pick a fight with a walking thesaurus and literary genius.

  • diogenes

    -makes me think of the current battle over the safe deposit boxes that contain unpublished manuscripts and letters by Franz Kafka.


    -it's funny, just yesterday I was reading about the 1968 tonight show with Johnny Carson that had Truman Capote on in his first appearance. He started off discussing the conspiracy theory concerning the assassinations of JFK/RFK/MLK and the possibility of government mind control used (manchurian candidate style).
    That Sirhan was hypnotised was actually used in his defense. It's known that Sirhan read In Cold Blood and identified with killer Perry Smith, who put himself into trance states by mirror gazing.

    Anyway, even if facts are stated as final and original reports are mae public in full, some people will still believe what they want to believe, regardless. Like the Roswell Report.
    Or Freedom of Info Act and you get a bunch of pages completely inked out!

    Reading the list also made me think of..
    a couple of author's that stated certain things yet didn't produce-
    – The Castaneda field notebooks that he always said existed but never published as "proof" of 'Don Juan' and what took place. Did his witches burn them?
    – The Joe Gould Oral History of Our Times

  • deezey

    ok sorry

  • astraya

    Why did Twain's literary executors obey his wishes? They're sitting on a goldmine. Literary executors disobey wishes all the time: see Kafka and Brod, for example.

    Blogball: very interesting as usual.

  • C&J

    interesting read


  • savanna

    Awesome list!

  • kennypo65

    Great list, very interesting, Blogball you have outdone yourself. I can't wait to read Twain's autobiography. I think he kept it secret because he was an atheist. Even today that is controversial.

  • melnve

    Really good list, I love these historical mysteries!

  • lo

    first i must say i usually love blogball lists,

    and hey, i love still a blogball list, but:

    my biggest "irkness" is with the brit use of "post mortem". you do realize that this phrase needs to be short for "post mortem examination" or it is meaningless? there is a reason we in the states call it an "autopsy" instead, yes? sorry to quibble on words, but this is one that has always "irked" me! "autopsy" is just a better and more specific and detailed term. if you brits want to use "post mortem" -which simply means "after death" you need to amend it to "post mortem physiological exam" or just go with autopsy. just speaking up for the brit/US linguistic divide,,,,,,

    still love you though. but i was irked. guess it's a general US/UK difference……and there are many more!

    • trinityenigma

      I know I'm coming in a bit late with this but-

      I'm sorry, but when you look up Post Mortem in a dictionary one of its definition the examination of a dead body. Obviously the entry does refer to Post Mortem Examination, but allows the use of term without the word examination. It also refers to it's literal Latin meaning, but obviously a term can have more than one meaning.

      Here's an example

      Language evolves and terms become so common place that they can be shortened and still keep their meaning, it happens all the time.

  • Chris

    When someone finds and finally opens my grade two fictional writing workbook they will find untold mysteries of the strange workings of my youthful mind.

  • Chris

    On another note, I am really looking forward to reading Twain's autobiography. He was such a witty and interesting character. People seemed to have more substance in those days.

  • Blogs, another fine list.
    When I am actually awake; that is, when it's not 3:30 a.m., I am going to go through all of the links provided. You always outdo yourself with the completeness of your work.

  • Trapper

    Great topic, and Blogball has done it credit. Best list in ages.

  • teenwolf

    This list gives me a reason to live through this horrible generation :)

  • blogball

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone. It makes the effort well worth it. I asked my wife to look at some of the more flattering comments. She looked at a few of them, rolled hers eyes, and walked away. I guess she wasn’t born with the information via list gene. Oh well at least some Listversers (and my dog) appreciate me.

  • itsallabout

    This really makes me want to live until 2073! Or at least to hear about MLK. Actually, I'm not sure that I would want to know all about his indiscretions. What he did in his life was heroic and extremely noble, and I don't want that to be marred by his affairs. But anyway, super cool list!

  • psychosurfer

    I was expecting this list to include some religious documents such as the Vatican secret archives, the Apocriyphal Gospels, the Dead Sea Scrolls or those letters directed to the pope that were supposed to be open in 2000.
    Maybe all of those could make an independent and interesting list.
    Keep it up Blogball, thank you for your dedication and great ideas.

  • in regards to MLK, it seems some of the most revolutionary icons were horrible family men.
    interesting list

  • Timmy the tard

    1 cracked me up!

  • Dev

    There is no question that MLK was a sleazeball….that is a historical fact that he messed around on his wife constantly…..but that doesn't take away the bravery and courage of the good things he did….though it sure had to be hard on his wife!

  • becd85

    Excellent list, this is the type of list I like to see. I especially find the Sybil case very interesting because by publishing a book rather than publishing in a peer reviewed scholarly journal, multiple personality disorder was never properly reviewed and scrutinised by experts as it should have been. So I think the case notes of her therapy sessions would be very interesting to see!

    Also the results of the twin study would be interesting to see in regards to whether it contributed anything at all to the nature vs nurture debate. I wonder if they are able to contact the twins who don't know that they were a part of this unethical experiment?

  • No. 1 is awful!!! So sad… Good list!

  • Moonbeam

    Boy, thank goodness the arrow is drawn on the picture for #6. Otherwise how would we all find the photoshopped UFO next to the Eiffel Tower?

    Great work on the list Blogball, this is one of the best.

  • TEX

    Exceptional list Blogball – and I’m with you on JFK, there are a few of us that insist on an objective approach to reality.

  • Courtney

    Excellent list, extremely interesting! I was not aware of most of these sealed files. I am most looking forward to the Kennedy files being released, although I highly doubt it will bring any closure to such a controversial subject. Unfortunately I will probably be dead of old age before the David Kelly and the Identical Twin Study files are released.

    Blogball, I would love to see another list like this, if you can scrounge one up!

  • dio

    Why would Dr. Neubauer apologze or show remorse?

    • Rotten Judgment

      Because he worked with an adoption agency that was not honest with the adoptive parents. He also put his experiments ahead of what damaging impact this might have later in the twin’s lives. One of the triplets in the study committed suicide after being reunited. Not saying that was the reason but who knows.

  • unca

    Great list as usual. To avoid confusion, It should be noted that portions of Twain's autobiography have been published over the last 100 years, most recently the one edited by Charles Neider in 1959. The new stuff being released is the unexpurgated stuff.

  • Bidzi

    NICE LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!
    waiting for the sequel ;-)

  • whitehound

    In the Lubeck Bay incident, the ships were deliberately made to look like military transports in order to fool the RAF into bombing them and getting rid of the prisoners. I used to work for the Defence Desk at The Daily Telegraph and I remember in the mid ’80s my boss, Maj Gen Eddie Fursdon, was sent some documents about it. When the German officer who had ordered the ships to be presented as troop ships later surrendered, the British officer who took his surrender was so furious that he hit him over the head with his swagger suick, which broke, and the British officer’s family thereafter preserved the broken stick in a glass case.

  • Debbie Nathan

    I am writing a book about the making of the book and movie(s) "Sybil." It is in press with Free Press and is scheduled for publication in Spring 2011.

    It is not true that the therapy records of Shirley Ardell Mason (the real Sybil) are sealed. Many were shredded when she died, but a good portion are still available as copies, and I have been working with them for the past three years. In addition, Dr. Leah Dickstein, currently of Cambridge, MA, was mailed some boxes by Shirley Mason shortly after her doctor, Cornelia Wilbur, died in 1992. The contents of the boxes are unknown and Dickstein has claimed they have nothing to do with Mason, but she refuses to allow the material to be examined, so we don't know what it really is. The material I'm working with, however, is available for public inspection in New York City. It is very revealing, as you will see in my book.

  • I appreciate the research to create these lists. Good reading … and always fascinating

  • GTT

    Well, I´ll tell you one good thing about staying away from Listverse for a while: a new collection of great lists to read and research! My boss will really appreciate that! ;)

    Blogball, another great list (I´m starting to sound like a deranged fan!). I´m starting my own little independent reserach project on these now… The Shirly Mason story is so sad, that a doctor would take advantage of a patient´s mental health… Sick.

    The stories of the RMS Lancastria and the Arcona are terrible… Though I dont understand why relatives would sue for compensation in the Lancastria case. They were trying to save people and were attacked by the enemy, why would that be the Brit government´s fault?

  • Terry

    Good list…… BUT
    What about Tesla.
    Many of the things he wrote , the plans for different machines are still sealed and may never be unsealed.

  • Aug. 29, 1967
    a 13 years old brother done some acid with is little sister! the rest is epic…

  • Bud McGinty

    According to the Federal Government, the Kennedy’s Assassination Records are "no longer recognizable as a collection."

  • Newa

    all is bal bla bullsheet for peoples anyway to live dificult and make it more dificult human to human so what i have to say better win for live in this world or sosait by hungry??
    america worry for him posicion – british worry for lost to have tibet – india worry for sheet around of country and china worry for business so……what is good and bad in this time,?

    • francesco

      Hey do you know that in france,spain,greece,italy and spain police are a too much corruption because they had contrack with factorys that who work forege iligal way and companys pay for police so imaging how much they pay for police and how much with companys too much or soo much ???

      anyway there is toooooooooo much iligal peoples but who is ligel peoples no have job because need to pay tax but who don´t have papers from gaverment but they have secret parmit from police so waich it rode-market-twon and factorys and all fucking polices too….thank you for make easy to live by money by money,

  • Newa

    Just to say all fucking mind peoples always hunting by weak peoples ….and too much with out power europens very stuped what i see because when buddest monks come they will life come back to lurn some things and some things doing bull sheet with tibetains monkey togther after they feel tham self hero or proud and feels that they get heaven ….but realy realy who knows meabe they get not heaven but sure they will be in side of hells so care full peoples befor move think frist your time+money and sole each self ??¿¿¿

  • Just Observer

    "Another unlikely scenario is the British intelligence may have known who was on the ships and it would explain why the Royal Air Force sealed the records for 100 years. "
    – this is the TRUTH, otherwise why is still kept secret?? :)) logical!
    @and that question is the same for Lancastria sunk, Its obvious were not the germans, or….why is this secret until 2040?? Its no logical! they were (and are in the present) afraid about the moment when the truth would be revealed! very ugly truth!

  • Timlfrench

    John Jay is not FROM or OF the College of Criminal Justice, John Jay IS the College of Criminal Justice, as in The John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • CJP

    Wow. Number 1 really grabbed me.
    Great list; thought-provoking.

  • The Great Kernel

    “Here it was to be sealed and locked away until 2039 (75 years later). This was to serve as protection for innocent persons who might be damaged because of their relationship with participants in the case.”


  • ben asamoah

    i love the attitude of Martin’s wife. It also goes to confirm that indeed the mind is the power house and that we cam control whatever happens to a larger extent.

  • Jim

    For a fascinating look at letters, notes, photos and video clips about the Kennedy assassination check out and scroll through all the links down the left hand side, then draw your own conclusions.

  • Debbie Nathan

    Shirley Mason’s therapy records were unsealed about a decade ago, and my book “Sybil Exposed,” the real and shocking story of Shirley’s life before, during and after her therapy with Dr. Wilbur, will be published by Simon & Schuster/Free Press in October 2011.

  • jewman

    MLK….Black people already knew MLK was a player….its not cheating outside your area code anyway

  • Marcelle Vanhouten

    You are able to undoubtedly see your enthusiasm in the paintings you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  • Peebody

    on #9 – John Jay is the name of the college – not a guy that had anything to do with this case…

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  • Merrill

    Most of Obama’s past records are sealed. How & why?

  • Cmomo

    Best list in a good while.