Mysterious Figure In Gas Mask Has Haunted Swiss Wilderness For A Decade

gasmaskImagine bumping into him alone on an isolated trail in the Alps. Via the Australian:

Known only as ‘Le Leyon’, the mysterious stranger has puzzled locals and authorities in Switzerland for years. He always wears the same outfit and nobody has ever seen his face. The mystery surrounding his identity and purpose in the area has been the subject of much concern and intrigue.

“He had a military cape, boots and an army gas mask – an antique type, I think,” said an unnamed local photographer who managed to snap a photograph of the man.

Some area residents have also expressed fears over the man’s intentions. “He came out of the woods with his military clothes,” said one woman. “We saw neither his face nor his eyes behind his big dark gas mask.”

Authorities are currently attempting to track down and identify the man but have so far come up empty.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Maybe from his viewpoint, it’s everyone else that’s cloaked in camouflage and wearing a mask.

  • The Well Dressed Man

    are you my mummy?

    • jh


  • Rhoid Rager

    He’s probably just camping.

  • Björn Walwōn Wiberg

    The Reeker?

  • Matt Staggs

    Well, first thing I read this morning and I’m already freaked the f’ out.

    • sonicbphuct

      you have to take it with a grain of salt. the swiss are really terrified of anyone that doesn’t look like them. They’re affraid of the Albanians, the Serbs, the Africans, the North Africans… I mean, xenophobia is like allergies for these folks; they can get worked up into a hysteria over people they can’t easily identify as belonging to their group. But, this kind of thing is to be expect from a population of Herders, always being wary of whatever will eat their cows or sheep.

      • Matt Staggs

        The Herder thing is interesting. You should chat with @tedHeistman.

  • Abbie Crane

    Why are the photos always blurry!? This isn’t big foot, or loch ness, it’s a man…You can get a clear photo!

    • Nacki

      But it’s a mystery, so the picture need to be blurry.

  • Rob Lai

    You know what? I hope we never do find out. There should be some things denied the global netmind, a few secrets left… Good hunting, Leyon.

  • Jeni Merritt Watkins

    As long as he does not hurt anyone, who cares

    • Matt Staggs

      I agree until the point when I’m standing in the woods by myself and turn around and see the guy staring at me.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Totally(or is it?) off topic here Matt, but I recently stumbled onto It is a fascinating wiki site that is part Lovecraft, part MiB, all awesome. I bet disinfonauts will love it.

        • Matt Staggs

          Cool. I’ll check it out.

      • jasonpaulhayes

        What are you doing in the woods by yourself Matt?

        • Matt Staggs

          Where do you think I find the guests for my podcast?

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  • Noah_Nine

    off the grid…..

  • bobyouruncle

    its Richard from ‘dead mans shoes’

  • Anarchy Pony


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  • Sabbatha

    okay this whats going to happen in a few years from now, some teenager is going to show his/her grandpa or great-grandpa this image and say, “See I told you it was a creepy outfit, I do understand that you have seasonal allergies but that was taking it to extremes Papa..just use the damn rinse, please….” Yup that’s my theory… I blame seasonal allergies for the Le Leyon.

  • Cortacespedes

    “The figure was also reportedly spotted clutching what appeared to be a bunch of flowers.”


  • Cortacespedes

    Of course the biggest mystery here is; he’s been walking the same route for 10 years, and the “authorities” still can’t find him. Why?

    • Ryu Sun

      Maybe he’s one of them.

      Ever heard of the existence of corrupt cops?

  • armain de codin

    So because hes not wearing normal hiking gear this is a “haunting” ?

    • Matt Staggs

      I’m not sure if this is a language thing or a joke, but “haunted” in this sense refers to continually reappear, rather than anything paranormal.

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  • donl

    Every country have their weird ones!!..if he’s not hurting anyone leave him be!…

  • negativenate

    Must be hunting the ellusive Aussie aborintroll