16 Famous Folks Who Remain A Mystery

Lots of public figures say they want to lead quiet, private lives, but only a select few put their money where their mouth is. We're talking edgy artists, political activists, and even those whose deaths were so dramatic, living humans for generations to come would project their own hopes and dreams onto their anonymous husks.

Here are a few famous folks who have managed to keep their identity under wraps:


Smooching The Couple CRACKED COM These two strangers shared a kiss in Times Square on Victory over Japan Day in 1945. People generally agree that the


The Unknown Woman of the Seine CRACKED COM Once an anonymous body found in France's River Seine in the 1880's, she was promoted to public spectacle wh


Jack the Ripper CRACKED COM This was a real guy who killed real London prostitutes in 1888. He was bad at butchering Chence ripper), but the police


Max Headroom CRACKED COM The true Max Headroom was an extremely 80's artificially intelligent TV host created in 1985. But in 1987, some mysterious


Monsieur Chouchani RE He was a brilliant, disheveled educator who taught an inordinate amount of incredibly successful people. One of his pupils, auth


Babushka Lady This woman shows up in the Zapruder film, snapping pictures that would confirm whether there was a shooter on the grassy knoll. We even


Thomas Pynchon ? THOMAS PYNCHON'S HOUSE COMB ON CRACKED COM The reclusive author, whose work has been turned into famous films like Inherent Vice, act


Green Boots He's one of many morbid trailmarkers along the approach to the summit of Mount Everest. His signature bright green boots have led to his p


The Stig Top Gear is actually on their third Stig, since the first two were publicly outed. The Stig is a entity in a suit that sets lap times for car


The Residents CRACKEDCON They're a freaky little art collective (read: goofus pranksters) who have played surrealist, avant-garde music while wearin


D.B. cooper Some dapper gentleman in 1971 calmly (and by all accounts, coolly) introduced himself as Dan Cooper, then hijacked a plane. He arranged to


The Man in the Iron Mask CRACKED CON Louis XIV kept a high-profile prisoner who was only ever seen with a (probably velvet) mask over his face. He was


Banksy No one's been able to track down (or squeal on) the perpetrator of the most intricate wheatpaste metaphors the world has ever known.


Pussy Riot CRACKEDc A small handful of this feminist punk rock collective are public-facing, but most of the 30-ish members remain anonymous to avoid


Tank Man CRACKED CON This lone dude stood his ground when the Chinese government sent a fleet of tanks to respond, extremely violently, to protests in


The Swedish Assassin In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot after leaving a movie with his wife. As of press time, the shooter hasn't bee