The Lead Masks is a true story about two Brazilian men who were found dead under mysterious circumstances. The mystery of their deaths was never solved and today it continues to confound everyone who reads about it.
On August 20th, 1966, a boy was flying his kite on a hill in Rio de Janeiro, when he stumbled across the dead bodies of two men. The police were called in and they found an inexplicable puzzle that left them scratching their heads.
The dead men were lying side by side in the undergrowth, dressed in matching suits and wearing waterproof overcoats. The strangest thing about it was that they were wearing lead masks… The kind of lead masks you would wear to protect your eyes from radiation.
There were no signs of violence and it appeared as if both men had just laid down and died peacefully right there. Near the bodies were two towels, an empty bottle of water and a notebook. When the police examined the notebook, they discovered it contained a cryptic message:
“16:30 Hs. esta local determinado. 18:30 Hs. engolir cápsula, após efeito proteger metais aguardar sinal máscara.”
“16:30 be at the agreed place. 18:30 swallow capsule, after effect protect metals await mask signal.”
They were later identified as Manoel Pereira de Cruz and Miguel Jose Viana, two electronic technicians from Campos los Goytacazes, a town several miles northeast of Rio. Their families said the men had left three days before on a bus and they said they were going to buy a car and some supplies they needed for work.
They supposedly had a lot of money with them, but no money was found on the bodies. The men’s corpses were too decomposed for the police to determine if they had taken any pills.
They were seen buying the raincoats and the towels. They stopped at a local bar to buy a bottle of water and the bartender said Viana looked nervous and kept checking his watch as if he was in a hurry. It was the last time they were seen alive.
To this day, the deaths of Cruz and Viana has never been unexplained. Were they murdered? Did they take their own lives? What is the meaning of the cryptic messages in their notebook? Why were they wearing lead masks?
Can you solve the mystery?