In 1942, a mysterious man blew himself up with dynamite as three Sheriff deputies knocked at his door. His name? Frank Kritzer. His location? A unique cave home he had fashioned under a gigantic boulder way out in the Mojave Desert, the aptly-named “Giant Rock” near Landers, California. His crime?
Nazi spy? Dynamite thief? Discoverer of a portal to the next world and UFO hot spot?
We don’t know. The strange man took his secrets to the grave, but in this episode of “Mojave Mysteries”, Author M.L. Behrman takes us to the spot and details the crazy story that has led to years of conflicting theories and fascinating conjecture.
Intrinsic to any mystery is the simple fact we don’t have all the facts – often we are left with just enough information to leave us scratching our heads and wondering what possibly could of happened.
Take this wonderful old clipping from the San Francisco Call of July, 31 1903:
“Desert Grave Hides Mystery
IMPERIAL, July 30.— A mystery has developed at the abandoned Carlssa Creek oil well, twenty-five miles west of Imperial, one of the least frequented spots of the Colorado desert. Persons returning from there say they saw a grave three hundred feet from the well – on which a headboard had been placed bearing the words “Horse Thief Killed, May Second.” An old man, whose name is not known and who has been staying at the well some months, was not to be found. The grave was not opened and no investigation has been made.”
So much for an answer! A simple grave and headboard, although with the info that an old man had disappeared. Was he the occupant of the grave? Caught stealing a horse and dispatched without fanfare? Or was he possibly the one who killed the horse thief and now had fled back into the desert to escape the law?
A simple little desert mystery with just enough information to tantalize us. I love it!