I love me some crypto critters, scary stories, and urban legends, but the Dyatlov Pass incident is plenty interesting enough for a documentary without dropping a squatch into the mix. (By the way, you should be aware that if you start Googling the story you’re probably going to run across some supremely disturbing photos of the bodies – not the best thing to see if you’re, say, up blogging at 1:00 AM in an empty house.)
Investigators baffled by the unexplained and gruesome deaths of Russian college students decades ago have come up with a new suspect, albeit an unlikely one: the Yeti.
On February 2, 1959, nine college students climbed the icy slopes of Dyatlov Pass in the Ural Mountains of Russia. They never made it out alive. The students bodies were found with broken ribs and fractured skulls. In one grotesque case, a woman’s eyes had been gouged out and her tongue was missing.
At the time of the tragedy, investigators cryptically declared the Dyatlov Pass deaths were due to a “compelling natural force,” according to a new television documentary reexamining the case.
Since the massacre occurred during the Cold War, some have speculated the students were killed by a top secret Soviet weapon. Others claim an indigenous tribe lashed out at the hikers for trespassing.
However, the murder site doesn’t seem to jibe with those explanations:
A new documentary, “Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives” airing June 1 on the Discovery Channel explores the remote possibility that a “menk” — the Russian word for Yeti — may have been responsible.