Death Valleys: Eerie Places

Death Valleys
Death Valley in Kamchatka.

There are numerous places around the world that are full of anomalies and have an ominous reputation among people.

All of these places unite under one name which means the same thing in all languages – Death Valley.

Death Valley (USA)

This valley is located in America, in the southern part of Nevada and it got its name because people kept disappearing without a trace in mysterious circumstances.

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What makes it even more ominous is that all the cars of the missing people were found untouched and whole, but their owners were nowhere to be found.

There are many different, sometimes very contradictive versions. For example, locals were sure that the military was somehow involved in everything and they were testing new weapons in the region. But the military also suffered cases of missing soldiers in that same area…

Valley of the Seven Deaths – India

There is a valley in North India, which is not just called Death Valley, but Valley of the seven deaths. According to locals, once someone entered those lands, they would never return.

Be that as it may, the last of the expeditions returned in one piece and even brought back an explanation of the sinister reputation of the valley.

The truth was that there was a lake under which methane formed and sometimes it would spur up to the surface. When the weather was calm, as a result of this phenomenon, the valley would truly become deadly to any living creature. But it remained a mystery why the bodies that were found were untouched on the outside, but burned, as if with fire on the inside.

Valley of the Headless Men (Canada)

There is yet another valley with a frightening reputation located in the northwest part of Canada. It is called Nahanni, or Valley of the Headless Men. The valley got its second name after a group of 6 people mysteriously disappeared in 1898. Then, in 1905, another group of excavators disappeared.

Three years later, a random hunter stumbled upon their remains. The skeletons were laid on a slope covered with bushes, and they were beheaded. In 1921, the valley claimed yet another victim – John O’Brien, and a year later – Angus Hall. And in 1932, the body of Phil Powers was discovered – beheaded.

In 1965, there was an expedition to the Valley of the Headless Men, so the mystery of the “killer place” could finally be solved. Sadly, the brave men met the same fate as all the others who had dared travel to the valley – no member of the group was ever seen again.

There are many versions trying to explain this mystery, even some supernatural ones – for example, some man eating animal. But, this version did not survive the quest of time because no predator lives for 100 years which is the amount of time that passed since the first killing in the deadly Valley of Headless Men.

Valley of the Falling Birds (India)

Another zone of anomalies, the Valley of the falling birds, is located in India, in the mountains of the state of Assam. Actually, its official name is not so frightening – Valley of Jatinga. It got its other name because every August, an unexplained phenomenon occurs. Sometime at night, birds start falling from the sky.

It’s interesting to note that the birds are semiconscious and have almost no reaction to what is happening. There is a hypothesis that this phenomenon occurs due to strange atmosphere conditions, geophysical and magnetic anomalies. When put together, these anomalies disturb the coordination system of the birds and they fall to the ground.

Death Valley (Yakutia)

There are also notoriously popular places in Russia. One of them is located upstream of the Vilyuy River. According to locals, pieces of flying saucers reside under the eternal frost.



Hunter paths in Yakutia once passed through this place and there were witness reports that a large copper cauldron (The Stone House, as was called) lay underneath the ground. Local hunters would sometimes spend the night in the house which “kept the summer warmth during the winter frost”, which turned out to be bad for their health – after spending the night, they would get extremely sick and if someone were to spend another night in the house, they would die.

Few witnesses spoke of a flattened arch, protruding above ground and under it there were multiple metal rooms which would stay warm even in the harshest cold.

Tales of the region claim that every 100 years a large fiery torch would rise from the ground and would burn everything in its path in a 100 meter radius.

Richard Maack (1825-1886), naturalist, teacher and explorer, who lived in Yakutia from 1853 to 1855, first mentioned the Yakutia valley of death in the middle of the 19th century. He led scientific studies in the basin of the Vilyuy River. Maack studied the topography of the area and he familiarized himself with the tales surrounding the place.

In 1853, Maack wrote, “There truly is a giant copper cauldron on the coast of the river. Its size is unknown because only a part of it sticks out of the ground, but there are several trees growing inside”.

Valley of the Dead (Caucasus)

The valley of the dead, also called City of the dead, in Caucasus is a mysterious place in North Ossetia. Locals claim that no sheep graze near the place and no birds fly overhead. It is a place wrapped up in darkness and secrets. The structures have no doors, only windows and they are believed to be tombs.



There is a rumor that a horrific epidemic hit the Caucasus region and killed every single person. It has been said that the epidemic hit the people because of a frightening curse passed through generations.

Hundreds of years have passed since then but no one resides in the place to this day. Tourists claim that during their journey to the region they experienced strange visions. Even on pictures taken of the place, one can see strange figures, spots and shadows. Locals claim that the ghosts of all who died from the epidemic reside in the region and they do not wish for anyone to disturb their peace.