The Eerie Vanishing Of The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Keepers
What happened to the three lighthouse keepers of Flannan Isles?
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  • BuzzFeed Unsolved Network
    BuzzFeed Unsolved Network

    Make sure to leave your questions for our Post Mortem episode down below!

    • Gracie

      If the keeper didn't report anything weird during those two weeks, I wonder if the principal keeper paid him to not say anything and then murdered the other two. Since he had asked just before arriving at the lighthouse with the others whether they could do an experiment to see how long it would take someone to get there between the thing being reported and them actually investigating. Since it was denied, maybe he opted to just bribe the keeper to keep silent. Since he wanted to know how long it would take for someone to come investigating, maybe he was planning out how long he'd have from the time he'd stop turning on the light (leaving the island) until someone would start looking for him. The journal said he was quiet, so what if he was just nervous about his plans. He could have drugged the other two which made them hallucinate and see the storm. Perhaps he was conducting some sort of experiment, and then killed them and left somehow, maybe by having some sort of accomplice pick him up or something.

    • Plant

      What would you do on a deserted island? What extra person would you bring?

    • valsol

      shane which part of little women (the movie) did u start crying at this is important

    • Grace Linnea
      Grace Linnea

      Which rap song would you rather use against the water sprites, Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice or Fancy by Iggy Azalea?

    • Yazmine Yacub
      Yazmine Yacub

      whenever i need to do scottish accents i just always say it how i think shrek would say it and i think you guys should try it too!!

  • Matt McGurn
    Matt McGurn

    You should do the Chris Benoit murders

  • Kyle Ritchie
    Kyle Ritchie

    For me being Scottish I find it hilarious for Americans to try and copy our accent it’s just complete failure and u guys just can’t do it my gf is American herself and she can’t even say the names of our towns and cities correctly too funny 😂😂😂👌

  • Edgy_Secular _Memes
    Edgy_Secular _Memes

    This literally feels like the Lighthouse, the movie in real life. Bruh this is crazy

  • breaaa

    if shane narrated this i feel it wouldn’t be as “ scary “ as it sounds

  • Kali Smith
    Kali Smith

    This reminded me of Percy Jackson at the start of it

  • Banunu Banunu
    Banunu Banunu

    Why does he say boo-ey it’s pronounced boy?

  • Tabitha Jergens
    Tabitha Jergens

    Look into the Villisca Axe Murder House!

  • BB Key
    BB Key

    Ryan: *Better keep it tight* 😂

  • BB Key
    BB Key

    I think the fourth one had something to do with it and just threw the bodies into the ocean. Like how can 3 men go missing by "accident"?

  • Jenna Bartschi
    Jenna Bartschi

    The way the “alien juice” comment destroyed Shane’s joy in mere seconds

  • ms6

    they back people tell they quit buzzfeed. Miss something there

  • honkity_


  • Calum hay
    Calum hay

    I am scottish and i am so offended by this

  • John F
    John F

    23:41 corn cob pipe? i mean, his name was MacArthur

  • Yen

    That person that doesn’t see the lighthouse: *seems sus but I’ll ignore that*

  • Carolyn Izaguirre
    Carolyn Izaguirre

    they both sound insane lmao

  • Zuhal Hamidy
    Zuhal Hamidy

    "If you are scottish and being offended by that. You should be" -Ryan

  • pockystickz :3
    pockystickz :3

    I can't take this seriously the narrator sounds like chills

  • Olivia Testa
    Olivia Testa

    I don’t know why, but my favourite part of every “unsolved” episode is finding out how Ryan is going to transition to the “making this case unsolved” bit. Anyone else?

  • Zulphur

    I've been waiting ages for The guys to return, you wont belive The smile upon my face when i saw this and I am still having that psychotic smile :-)(Free range grass for The sheep)

  • booboothefool

    i say the goongoozler took them 😤😤 unnus annual fans know

  • elainefitz21
    elainefitz21 This case is something for unsolved to sync their teeth into!!

  • Avni Sharma
    Avni Sharma

    imagine they just all got drunk, tied the bottles to their ankles, and just drowned in the ocean

  • True Rue
    True Rue

    The blue men, storm Kelpies, Ghosts. There are plenty of supernatural creatures on Scotland. And now we have skipped over the possible ghost on the island. Oh yay now there are also ghost ravens. Good lord this mystery.

  • GamingWithMe 2220
    GamingWithMe 2220

    i've been waiting for a new one for so long :')

  • BananaPhoPhilly

    "If you're Scottish and you're offended by this, you should be" LOL

  • Jack J. Q. Daniels
    Jack J. Q. Daniels

    Sooo, no surprise Shane can do a PERFECT (or as close to it as I've ever heard from an American) Scottish accent, demons gotta be able to trick people with their voice

    • Jack J. Q. Daniels
      Jack J. Q. Daniels

      Also lmao I'm glad y'all are back! I do love me some true crime

  • Liana H
    Liana H

    Dude best timed sick leave ever

  • Pixie *
    Pixie *

    ya know I was sad that this was a true crime season but 50% of the theory’s today were supernatural

  • Andrea Garza
    Andrea Garza

    bad luck to kill a seabird

    • Andrea Garza
      Andrea Garza

      why'd you spill the beans.......


    The stories are good but when they try to be funny it just renders these videos unwatchable. Its a pity.

  • kevin augustsson
    kevin augustsson

    God I've missed these guys

  • Kevin Malone
    Kevin Malone

    what i find creepy is that all the clocks were stopped

  • Geri markham
    Geri markham

    Love ye guys xxx

  • Esme

    This reminds me of the film 'The Lighthouse', Would recommend it after listening to this...

  • Pixel Quadrant Games
    Pixel Quadrant Games

    keep these dark knight series refrences coming, pls

  • Da Crammers
    Da Crammers

    Virus in 2020 zombies in 2021. Keeps getting better and better. *sulks like ryan*

  • Deric Shearer
    Deric Shearer

    It was El Chupacabra

  • Rika Kamiki
    Rika Kamiki

    Shane will def weep the moment he sees me lol

  • Bee Boi
    Bee Boi

    Baba booey

  • Mdk Kdm
    Mdk Kdm

    Some jamaican: Oi wi nuh want uh battyman ya so

  • C Wa
    C Wa

    I didn’t know they kept making unsolved episodes rn tbh!

  • Classy Ghost
    Classy Ghost

    At the end they have a real intense rap

  • Spoopy


  • New Orleans Saints
    New Orleans Saints

    I know y’all trynna be funny with the small talks but it kinda ruins the video. I just skip to get back to the story

  • rebecca bonner
    rebecca bonner

    Can you guys do an episode on the disappearance of Zachary Bernhardt? An 8 year old Floridian boy who disappeared in the middle of the night. Very interesting story. The circumstances of his disappearance are fishy at best. #postmortem #buzzfeedunsolvedtruecrime

  • Tamara L
    Tamara L

    I think we found Shane's only weakness. Rhymes

  • Ryan David
    Ryan David

    They were abducted by moth man who was drawn to the light

  • JonnyC

    Loight hoose

  • Lucy Anderson
    Lucy Anderson

    Usually I'm all up for the crazier theories but as a Scot living on the east coast I've seen the sea do some insane stuff. I know the sea around the west coast is way worse, and on a small island it could definitely get really bad. They 100% just got swept out to sea, though I do love a good Kelpie story.

  • hopeworldletsgo


  • pradeep kr
    pradeep kr

    the vignette effect that you give while exporting a video is making Shanes face blurred especially in the wide-angle frame. either adjust his sitting position or adjust the camera.

  • Fergie Fanboy
    Fergie Fanboy

    Fergs lemmino

  • Kgotso Moleoa
    Kgotso Moleoa

    Ryan is funnier

  • eioshen boboi
    eioshen boboi

    Shanes dissappointment over alien juice. Laughing with tears.

    • eioshen boboi
      eioshen boboi

      home in Noida, India. The tiny details of the events happened at the night of the murder can give you chills. Hope you give it a try. Big fan of your show.

  • adela rose
    adela rose

    I haven't watched you guys in a year. I've missed y'all ❤ 🤍 you guys can always make me laugh when I'm having a bad day.

  • Sam Friend
    Sam Friend

    I've never heard buoy pronounced boo-ee before. 😂

  • sophie wood
    sophie wood

    me, a scottish person, listening to their impressions of a scottish person 👁👄👁

  • Connie

    They sound like they are drunk

  • Moxie Lofton
    Moxie Lofton

    Joseph More Knocked on the door And found nothing out of place But the keepers were missin' And if you give a listen The waves may tell of their fate

  • Slippery Cactus
    Slippery Cactus

    Polyamorous gay love story? *sighs, opens wattpad*

  • Mwale Zulu
    Mwale Zulu

    Postmortem: so my theory is they bailed. Like shane said but without the love triangle. Firstly the job didn't seem to have many benefits, psychological fatigue, isolation, it must have gotten to them so why not just stage a disappearance. The Mackenzie guy could have been in on it too. Because not reporting something for two weeks is suspicious. Like we'd understand some days but two weeks? Idk he just seems like he's hiding something. I think the disappearance was staged by the victims.

  • J Lange
    J Lange

    Sprite is an awfully cute name for murderous, green haired fish dudes.

  • Mariaj De Guzman
    Mariaj De Guzman

    this reminds me of an A24 movie called "The Lighthouse"

  • emilia d
    emilia d

    did anybody else have to read the poem about this for english?

  • Phina

    I think this is my favourite episode of unsolved. LOVE the folklore element!

  • Proinsias Cassidy
    Proinsias Cassidy

    This reminds me, wasn't there a mystery movie like this named Keepers from 2018, with Gerard Butler? With two older lighthouse keepers and one that's younger? I don't wanna spoil it, and I was kinda meh about it myself, but I'm pretty convinced it was based on this story now.

  • Aliyah Phelps
    Aliyah Phelps

    Shane and Ryan failing at Scottish accents give me a joy no other can lmaooo

  • Larry Lobster
    Larry Lobster

    *Robert Pattinson and Willam Dafoe have entered chat

  • booitsbella

    Rhyming light with sprite was RIGHT THERE shane

  • Thatguyy

    To those who are wondering, 8 pounds back in 1900 is about $1,697.31 CAD in today's money.

  • Cult Beliefs
    Cult Beliefs

    To Ryan and shane I present you the mother of all mystery murders. The case would be easiest for you to present as all the related facts are available to you in public Domain (Except who killed them) . Even two movies are made based on the same. Here is a brief description. The Noida double murder case refers to the unsolved murders of 13-year-old girl Aarushi Talwar and 45-year-old Hemraj Banjade, a male live-in domestic worker employed by her family. The two were killed on the night of 15-16 May 2008 at Aarushi's home in Noida, India. The tiny details of the events happened at the night of the murder can give you chills. Hope you give it a try. Big fan of your show.

  • Dark Beyond
    Dark Beyond


  • pauly repa
    pauly repa

    "Sheeps" really??😒

  • Summer Perez
    Summer Perez

    Everybody go watch S.W.A.T Season 3 Episode Gunpowder treason Ryan and Shane make a few appearances it's amazing

  • Slim Jim
    Slim Jim


  • Casey Hill
    Casey Hill

    Im sure "magic grass" is the answer for a lot of unsolved mysteries lol. Really though idk if im Thinking wave. The grounds keeper seems suspicious as hell.

  • mauao1

    Be great if it wasn’t for the constant ridiculous blabbing by these two.

  • galkanftw

    I would say that because of the date I doubt there was much of a professional investigation.So imo there is simply a lack of information.

  • Miguel Vargas
    Miguel Vargas

    The theories in this video are so chaotic I love it haha

  • Joseph Moore
    Joseph Moore

    Bro idk what happened to my bros

  • Jim Cook
    Jim Cook

    i wanna see the case of how my dad left

  • Roast BEEF
    Roast BEEF

    aaaand Ricky Goldsworth strikes again

  • Becky H
    Becky H

    as a scottish person, i wasnt offended but shane's accent was more closer to scottish than ryans ghfjdska

  • Elizabeth

    "Now tht we've workshopped it.." 😆

  • Carolina Silva
    Carolina Silva

    Y’all really came back to fix 2020 last minute huh?

  • Astoria Rowe
    Astoria Rowe

    7:34 shake your screen and watch the grass fields closely

  • Andrew Wilcox
    Andrew Wilcox

    As a Brit the switch in accents between slightly Scottish, Irish, Mancunian, Scouser and London geezer was painful. Still love the videos, but please, on before of the British, don’t try and do our accents again

  • Existentialismz

    I guess it's just the Shane and Ryan show now

  • Sai Smaran
    Sai Smaran

    Wait so is this what the movie "The vanishing" is based on ?

  • emerald

    season 7 of buzzfeed unsolved here to save 2020

  • Dadman84

    Don’t you know it’s bad luck to kill a seabird

  • Genie Bubbly
    Genie Bubbly

    HII!! ,I miss you two😍😍

  • Genie Bubbly
    Genie Bubbly

    HII!! ,I miss you two😍😍

  • burymeinpink

    So Shane referred to Watchmen as "a movie" and I'm a boogara now.

  • Criminally Insane
    Criminally Insane


  • Lemon Juice
    Lemon Juice

    Wait isn't this story from Llama arts?

  • Christine Kissoon
    Christine Kissoon

    Its ma Boysss

  • Allanna

    In all honesty, they were 100% swept away by the ocean. This is one of the most remote Scottish islands, in December, with record of stormy weather. Heck, the guy employed to keep an eye on the light from afar probably didn't think much of not being able to see the light for days because IT'S A RURAL SCOTLAND ISLAND IN DECEMBER.