French football star Pierre “Pierrot” Bianconi vanished without a trace at the age of 31. The professional player played for a number of leagues for over a decade and racked up an impressive 175 games.
The defender’s car was located at the port of Bastia, a small town on the island of Corsica, and no word had been heard from him since December 29th, 1993. No leads of any sort arose from the investigations, and Bianconi remains missing to this day.
Oscar Zeta Acosta
Oscar Zeta Acosta was a firebrand of the counterculture movements sweeping across the landscape of the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. Acosta was an attorney and activist who wielded all of his efforts to bring justice to marginalized Hispanic communities.
Acosta is immortalized as Dr. Gonzo, a character in Hunter S. Thompson’s seminal work, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” He was played by Benicio Del Toro in the 1998 film of the same name. Zeta Acosta vanished in 1974 after cryptically telling his son he was “about to board a boat full of white snow” in Mexico.
Donald Scott Smith, known by his stage name Scott Smith, was a bassist for the Canadian rock band Loverboy. Smith’s chunky bass lines would help propel the band to international stardom, and they scored several top-ten singles throughout the 1980s. Smith took two friends sailing with him in November 2000.
The rock star, who was aged fifty-five at the time, was battling some heavy surges in the yacht when a rogue wave swept over the boat, taking Smith with it. A massive search party was formed, but Smith vanished and, as of today, was presumed drowned.
Chechen singer and musician Zelim Bakaev was a rising star in his homeland and soon found fame in Russia's much larger music market. Bakaev, a homosexual man, was born in the ultra-conservative Chechen Republic, where LGBTQIA+ folk are severely discriminated against, and he was banned from performing. While en route to his sister’s wedding in 2017, Chechen armed forces intercepted the vehicle he was traveling in and arrested the singer.
Bakaev disappeared without a trace, even though his family appealed to Chechen and Russian authorities to investigate. Human rights organizations believe the singer was killed as part of the anti-LGBTQIA+ agenda.
Espionage and skullduggery accusations plagued the disappearance of Australian prime minister Harold Holt in 1967. Holt’s government was facing a barrage of controversies at the time of his disappearance, and many conspiracies have tried to link the politician’s vanishing to an assassination or even faking his own death to escape his political turmoils.
Holt, an avid swimmer, was last seen swimming with a friend. Eyewitnesses claim Holt was caught in a riptide. Despite the Australian government conducting the largest manhunt in Australian history, no trace of Holt was ever discovered.