The Strange Deaths of the 9 Hikers of Dyatlov Pass
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The Strange Deaths of the 9 Hikers of Dyatlov Pass

– I’m Ryan, that’s Brent, let’s do this. This week on BuzzFeed Unsolved
we’re covering Dyatlov Pass. It’s probably one of the
weirdest cases out there. – [Brent] He says that every time. – Even your precious science
won’t save you today. – Mmmkay. – [Ryan] On the evening
of February 2nd, 1959, a group of nine skiers led by Igor Dyatlov died near their campsite next
to Otorten Mountain in Russia. The horrific state of the
campsite was discovered on February 26th by a rescue team. Two of the nine bodies were
found by the tree line, about a mile away from camp. And despite temperatures
dropping to negative 30 degrees Celsius, the two bodies were
curiously wearing nothing but underwear. – [Brent] Where were their clothes? – [Ryan] Oh, you’ll find out. – [Brent] Okay. – [Ryan] Another three bodies
were found between the camp and the trees. One of them had a fractured
skull, however doctors at the time determined that
the cause of death for all five was hypothermia. Strangely, the remaining four
bodies of the nine original were not found until two months later. Of these four, one had a
fractured skull, one had crushed ribs, and one woman had crushed
ribs and a missing tongue. – [Brent] Whoa. – [Ryan] Oddly, these four
bodies that were found later were wearing the clothes
of the previous bodies that were found two months earlier. Even more bizarrely, when
these clothes were tested, they were found to be radioactive. – [Brent] Interesting! – [Ryan] In fact, there were
reportedly traces of radiation all around the campsite. – [Brent] Number one,
what kind of radiation? Alpha, beta, gamma? – [Ryan] What? Does it matter? It’s radiation! – [Brent] Well lots of
things have radiation, like that word in itself
is not necessarily as scary as one might think. – [Ryan] The radiation
becomes even more puzzling when combined with the fact
that there was no outward trauma to the bodies. The injuries found in the
bodies were caused by a force determined to be too strong
for a human to cause. The creepiest detail,
however, is that there was no evidence of an outsider entering the tent. The tent was ripped from the inside. – [Brent] How do you
look at a tent and know? Ah, this was ripped from the inside. – [Ryan] How do you
determine any of these things they determine? – [Brent] I’m just wondering if you know. If you don’t know, okay, cool, just say– (Ryan laughs) there’re facts unknown but
that’s what the detectives said. – [Ryan] Anyways, let’s
get to the theories now. One theory is that there was an avalanche that buried the tent. That would explain the tent
being cut from the inside and would also explain
the deaths by hypothermia. – [Brent] That doesn’t
explain the clothes, though. – [Ryan] Actually, I’m
glad you mentioned that. There’s an effect that’s
called paradoxical undressing where disoriented hypothermia
victims remove their clothes because their bodies feel
like they’re burning. This would explain the
nearly naked bodies, but this theory has no
answer for the radioactivity, nor does it have an answer
for the missing tongue. So that theory, to me, is out. – [Brent] (laughing] What? How? How is avalanche out? – [Ryan] How does avalanche
cause radioactive forces and how does an avalanche
rip someone’s tongue out? – [Brent] You didn’t say
her tongue was completely gone, you said her tongue was cut off. – [Ryan] It says missing tongue. – [Brent] There’re some
translation things going on here from Russian to English, I’m just saying. – [Ryan] Another theory is
that a Soviet test missile caused the deaths. A doctor on the autopsy
team said an explosion could have caused some of the injuries that were bizarre. However, no evidence of
an explosion was found and no records of a missile
launch were located. Something I didn’t mention
earlier was that the expedition originally had ten skiers,
but one of them left early due to an illness. A man named Yuri Yudin,
making him the lone survivor of the trip. – [Brent] Ahhh. – [Ryan] I bring this up
because Yudin helped identify items found at the site,
but there were some items that he couldn’t identify. One of which was a cloth
that he claimed looked to be of military origin, as
well as skis and glasses, leading him to believe
that perhaps the military found the bodies of his friends
before the rescuers did, maybe trying to cover something up. – [Brent] We don’t know
if like the person asking the question was leading
him in any way to be like, does this cloth remind
you of military cloth? You know, it does, actually. – [Ryan] Like a Making a
Murderer kind of thing? – [Brent] Yeah, exactly. – [Ryan] Also there was no
evidence of a fucking explosion near there. That’s kind of hard to cover up. – [Brent] Well, not if a
missile hit the top of– You ever see Mulan? When she does the thing– – [Ryan] Okay, right now you’re
citing a animated feature film by Disney. Onto the next one. This next theory, even I will
admit, is completely bananas. Some suspect that the
group was actually attacked by a yeti. – [Brent] Alright, next. – [Ryan] This theory
even commanded two hours of a Discover channel
special called Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, in 2014. However, there was no evidence of a yeti and furthermore, I can’t
imagine a yeti taking the time to cover its tracks. – [Brent] Either way,
everyone knows that the yeti is a peaceful creature. – [Ryan] Not according to
Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives. This brings us to our final
and most popular theory. And I imagine you saw this
one coming, but it’s aliens. – [Brent] Oh God. – [Ryan] Alright, there were– no no, hear me out here. There’s actually a lot of
reasons why this makes sense. There were supposedly reports
of bright flying spheres in the area in February
and March of that year. Here’s a quote from lead
investigator Lev Ivanov. Quote, I suspected at the
time, and am almost sure now, that these bright flying
spheres had a direct connection to the group’s death, end quote. Even more peculiar, Ivanov
was also ordered by Soviet officials to close the case. Aliens would also perhaps
explain the radioactivity found at the site, and would also explain the inhuman trauma caused to the bodies. And as far as no evidence
being found of an outsider from the tent, I think it’s
safe to assume that if they’re out there, aliens have gotten
pretty good at covering their tracks. – [Brent] I don’t buy is. Bright flying spheres? Missiles. – [Ryan] No! – [Brent] You’re going aliens
over, oh, a possible missile. – [Ryan] I think they’re
both equally plausible. Maybe that’s why they ripped
the tent from the inside, maybe they saw something
they didn’t wanna see and they got so scared that
they were trying to retreat and they were like fuck zippers. – [Brent] No! – [Ryan] Yes. – [Brent] How? – [Ryan] Because there’s
no evidence of a fucking missile blast. – [Brent] There’s no evidence
of a fucking alien ship landing on a mountain! – [Ryan] That’s because we
wouldn’t know what evidence of that looks like, and if there was– (Brent laughs hysterically) What are you talking about? No, fuck you! Uh, regardless, in the
end, authorities supposedly determined that the deaths
were caused by a unknown compelling force. – [Brent] I agree. – [Ryan] And, consequently,
the case remains unsolved. – [Brent] Based off the
information in front of us I go avalanche, number one,
military coverup number two. – [Ryan] But you can’t say
it’s not aliens, is my point. – No, no, because it doesn’t say aliens. It doesn’t prove aliens. You cannot connect the two
other than you want to. – (laughing) I think it
proves a little bit, yeah, that there may be alien life out there. I think it’s proof that
maybe we’re not alone. But– – Uh, no. – Yes, yes! – I don’t think really
there’s any conclusion that you can come with
based off these facts. – So what do you think happened then? – I don’t know! There’s
not enough information, that’s why it’s unsolved. – What would a compelling force be? You know what a compelling
force sounds like to me? Aliens. – I think your argument is not
a compelling force, though. So. – Wow, good one, man. – Thank you. – Good. I’m gonna think about that later and get a good chuckle. (chair scraping and squeaking) You gonna walk away now, is
that what you’re gonna do? Don’t you dare turn that camera off! (Brent and Ryan laughing)


  • Geraldine Fields

    A very interesting book with a plausible explanation is "Dead Mountain: The True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident".

  • Erin Minnie


  • Dawn D

    What about wild animals?? Aaaand we know that radioactivity is found in snow everywhere especially in Siberia where during the Cold War the Russians were experimenting with radioactive weapons. But even if they weren't at the time there would still be residual radioactivity. Living near a radioactive power plant has taught me that. What about grizzly bears or a pack of wolves?? Dare I say I'm glowing in the dark while I come up with this Theory & u guys r TOO funny. New subscriber here, radioactive or nay! Hey!!,,, radioactive wolves possessed by aliens! There. Solved!

  • P.M. recon

    seems to reason, there was SOMETHING at the entrance of the tent. what that was, we will never know. apparantly they were changing out of there clothes for most likely dry clothes. whatever was at the front of that tent was so horrific, that they ripped the back of the tent and just ran for there lives with whatever they had on. they very hastfully grabed ANY clothes they could as they bolted for the tree line, i believe 4 ?, made it to the tree line and put on the clothes that they grabbed. i believe 5? did not get to the tree line and died. the 4 who made it to the tree line died later, after what appears to be one absolute hell of a fight with something, someone,etc. and were piled together with busted ribs, gouged out eyes, tonge ripped out, skulls fractured, etc……….now, the radiation situation, the wounds being inflicted in an odd manor, we will never know…….fact IS, they bolted very fast to the tree line, 4 made it, and made a final stand, couragiously, but were decimated

  • Everardo Ruvalcaba

    Mabe they heard a avalanche and the zipper was jammed so the opened the tent by inside but maybe it was to late maybe avalanche got them with maybe cause that caused the broken ribs and the bashed head cause the avalanche to go threw trees rocks and more which could cause broken bones

  • Humberto Nunez

    I think that Igor Alekseyevich Dyatlov should be a suspect because he was the one who convinced the group to go to this remote area.

    This could only be possible if he had a weapon and the others did not.

    He could have attacked one or two of them and the others ran and died of hypothermia.


  • qt.___.midnight ÙwÚ

    Ryan and Brent is okay, buuuuuuut! Shane and Ryan are a better team. Like in the haunted house.
    Shane: DEMON?!
    Ryan: stop talking like that
    Shane! Aw I want to talkl to the demons

  • anna the göb

    I think they need to do this case again. This is good, but there are so many details left out that it’s even weirder than everything here seems. I listened to 40 minutes of a podcast on this and even they didn’t have all the details. My favourite theory is mass hysteria, and is most plausible.

  • Amanda Silva

    The documentary I watch said that there was a tribe of people that lived out thereand even thought maybe they had something to do with the deaths of the nine campers they said one of the campers got in a fight with one of the tribe remember.

  • Poochie Collins

    Some of this is wrong. Nice video overall, though. For those interested, here's the detailed Wiki article on the subject; goes into way more depth:

  • Midnite St0rm

    The tongue thing actually has an explanation. That person was found facedown in a river and was also missing their eyes. The water “eroded” their tongue and eyes away. Now if only I could remember where I read that…….

  • DroskiWoski

    I dont think their deaths has anything to do with natural causes of death like the officials suggest but all this show signs of a military cover-up gone bad real bad.These hikers came across or seen something they wasn't suppose to see and paid for it severely….#TheyWereNotAlone

  • Dannie Trent

    I love how he can say a definite no to aliens or some unknown creature but a tongue ripping out radioactive avalanche is more plausible? What drugs is he smoking? Cause I dont want whatever hes clearly on. Lmao

  • Softichill

    Honestly I would find it kinda hard to deal with Brent, lmao. I would not be able to stand someone constantly insisting something that clearly isn't true or always questioning things that are obvious lol

  • Nomen Nescio

    I love that between them Brent and Shane have spent 90 god damn episodes trying to explain to Ryan that the lack of evidence isn't evidence.

  • Del Vierre

    Any the most likely culprit goes unmentioned. The local indigenous people of the area. They did not seem too fond of having the group pass through.

  • Project ArcBlast

    I now think about a man dressed head to toe in black drops breadcrumbs leading them in different directions and killing them

  • Project ArcBlast

    Doesn't radiation make some kind of heat so if the area was filled with enough radiation then they would be getting hot causing them to remove they're clothes

  • DeWayne Weaver

    To have an avalanche you need a steep slope. The slope of Dyatlov pass was 18 to 25 degrees. Avalanches leave flow lines in the snow. And so on …

  • Erin B

    Failed to mention the body of the women with a missing tongue was found in a ravine. This is completely normal for decomposition in water…

  • Ashton Cox

    My theory is that long exposure to tbe radiation from trying to camp overnight might have made the campers crazy and parranoid and to turn against eachother, stealing eachothers clothes to get warmer, etc but that doesnt explain the inhuman damage. Radiation? Or an animal of some kind idk

  • ilyarnllas

    Brent is totally right about the radiation. The type matters. Gamma particles can be deadly. Alpha particles can make you sick long term but are nowhere near as dangerous. It’s weird either way, but it may have had more/less influence in their deaths depending on the type of radiation.

  • Alexis Bueno

    I also heard that some were missing their eyes and someone’s hands were pulverized. Also that there was human flesh stuck in the nearby tree where branches were broken towards the top

  • lina nicolia

    I have watched several videos/documentaries about this issue and determined there is similarity with cattle mutilations we have experienced in the Americas ( North and South ). We have had contacts and connections with multiple types of ET's over many decades and while Truman and Eisenhower were determined NOT to tell the public, it has leaked out. Some have exchanged advanced technologies with humans , in return for their hands on "people". That exchange was to be benign as the abductees would be returned, with no memory of their experience and no obvious damages. For the most part, it worked, but not always. I expect the situation with these climbers was exactly that. They were asleep in their tent and got awaken by a bright light. It was unexpected and they made a gash in their tent to see what it was. When they realized, there was a UFO and perhaps unusual humanoids next to the tent, they freaked out and ran in the snow, barefoot. They would have been picked up by one energy beam and transported into a craft where they would have been " experimented " on. The damage to the bodies , such as trauma to the ribcage and head would have been from being dumped back to the ground, from perhaps some distance. That is my take on this incident. It is indeed not that much of a mystery as we know, some aliens have been and are benevolent while some have helped themselves to us. We are not on top of the food chain would be my deduction. Some of them see us as people see cattle, therefore, available for their basic needs, whether it is food or experiments. Check out your luck with " the freedom of information Act" which is supposed to tell us everything that has happened in our history but a lot of it is blocked out with a marker. We want disclosure about our present condition which is hidden from the masses. Shame as we could really benefit from these new technologies……Right now, our trillions just vanish into the Pentagon undergrounds, literally and figuratively.

  • Greg Cahill

    The local tribe believe it was a menk. Several children and a couple of children had gone missing around that time. There is an interview with a mansi woman who said they warned the hikers the night before. This would explain the injuries.

  • Madeleine Joseph

    Ok so ALIENS came so they ran (tent ripped from inside) and that explains hypothermia (clothes off) and Russain military covered it up by shooting missle to destroy the evidence (radioactivity). The one person who survived, they cut their tongue out so she couldn't tell anyone what happened (she died anyway).

    I'm a genius

  • Olivia Mohlman

    What if it was just a bear or something.
    -They left their tent open: hypothermia
    -Bear gets in the tent, and in a panicked state they cut the tent from the inside to escape:injuries
    -maybe the two others died of hypothermia earlier and then the others took their clothes to keep themselves warm
    -it snowed later and covered the bears foot prints
    -Idk about the missing tongue though, maybe they got hungry as ate it

  • Caseh

    What about an attack by an animal? Like maybe a bear? Could explain why the tent was cut (to escape), why the tongue was missing (ripped out by the animal), the fractures (just crushing them with bare (heh) force) and the missing clothing (could have been sleeping naked and some could have just threw on some clothes). But doesn't explain the radioactivity

  • RDP Sr

    Thermobaric weapon will cause the injuries and has minimum radiation. Explodes well above earth surface. This will explain the lights they saw as well.

  • michael cordio

    The Mansi warned them not to go up there because of a KNOWN CREATURE in the area.. quick, gutless YOUTUBE delete this..

  • Brandon Finch

    The avalanche theory would not explain the fact that the other group was wearing the clothes of the other. In fact, a lot of people aren't mentioning that little tidbit in the comments?? Strange. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough, though.

  • Hugh Jardon

    At 4:15 you show a picture of the 'Menk' (Russian Yeti) taken from the camera of one of the victims. Then just laugh at the idea of it being a 'Menk'. There was a note in one of the tents that read 'At least we know the snow man is real'. How do you squeeze The Dyatlov Pass into seven minutes?

  • whydoineedaname11

    If your argument is ever "aliens" then the conversation is over. It's a worse argument than saying someone is Hitler who isn't actually Adolf Hitler, or to try to explain away everything as an act of a god. Until an actual effing alien comes around and gets in front of the cameras for a news conference, using them as an explanation for anything is beyond ridiculous.

  • Marissa S

    It’s doubtful you’ll even see this comment, but what the hell. I think it would be awesome to revisit this one because some new evidence has come out about the investigation of this case. Josh Gates did an episode on this for his show Expedition Unknown and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on some of the things that came to light during his expedition.

  • Goosethecat 134

    The missing tongue was from frostbite
    This is Russia there’s radiation
    And Russians can probably survive in their underwear

  • pornhubhatesme

    It could have been a miniature warhead detonated half a kilometer above the mountain which would trigger the avalanche and the explosion would vaporize all components of the rocket and spread radiation around the mountain. Just a lil theory.

  • Glitzy AMV

    I love how Ryan believes in Aliens because I believe in it too.
    Hawaiians believes that their ancestors are star people and there's a census record that There's aliens lives in Hawaii long time ago.

  • GrimReapaXx Deadman

    Honestly after rerunning and going through back to the story of Dyatlov pass
    It feels as if they saw something they shouldn’t see.

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