Originally Posted by CarpeDiem
For a real in-depth investigation the book I mentioned in my starter post (Mountain of the Dead) takes some beating because there are enough clues in it for me to form this theory, namely they were murdered!
Clue 1- On their way to the mountain the Dyatlov group had a fight with a guy at Serov railway station who accused them of stealing his wallet, which gives a motive.
He and his pals then followed the group to get his wallet back.
Clue 2-The group must have realised they were being followed which would explain why they ended up camping 9 miles off course in an attempt to throw them off their trail.
Clue 3- When searchers eventually found the tent and bodies, there was a ski pole there that didn't belong to any of the Dyatlov group, proving that somebody else had been there.
So we can speculate that the guy and his pals arrived at the tent and began demanding that they give him his wallet back, but the Dyatlov group wouldn't come out, so the guy and his pals began slashing the tent in fury. The group came out and a battle began.
Clue 4- The autopsy found that several of the Dyatlov group had bruised knuckles, but presumably the guy and his pals were better armed (baseball bats) which would explain the fractures on some of the Dyatlov groups bodies.
The Dyatlovs ran down to the trees to escape the onslaught and froze to death.
Clue 5 - the searchers found items of clothing strewn around the tent, possibly because the guy and his pals ransacked the tent looking for his wallet.
Interestingly, it happened in 1959 so it's conceivable that some of the murderers are now in their 70's and 80's and still alive.
The guy who claimed they'd stolen his wallet had complained to the police back in Serov but apparently it was just his word against the Dyatlovs and it blew over. I wonder if the guy's name is still in a surviving police report?