15. THE LEAD MASKS CASE
The discovery of two bodies on the Morro do Vintém, Brazil, prompted a nationwide manhunt and 51 years of legend.
When the recovery team reached the corpses of Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel José Viana, two electronic technicians, they were baffled by the presentation: the bodies lay side by side, covered by grass, both wore a formal suit, lead eye masks and waterproof coats. Next to the corpses lay an empty water bottle and two wet towels. Although it was not the most unusual the authorities had seen, it was certainly cause for curiosity.
Following investigative leads, it was suggested that the men had died from some sort of overdose; however, because the coroner was busy on the days following the discovery no toxicology was carried out. Consequently, the deaths are an unending mystery and the reason for the lead eye masks even more so. Some have even offered alien contact as an explanation. Plausible?