im not so sure on the relation between what happened to the Dyatlov group and the need for a sort of cover-up. Was it done just in case? Result of the atmosphere at the time. To make sure not to be asociate with it at all?
"just in case
" or "atmosphere at the time
" - it is both and in general a common behavior for people that got involved unwillingly into something and are afraid for their skin.
What happened in reality: Resolution to close the case
"For the shortcomings in the organization of sports work and weak control of the bureau of the Sverdlovsk GC the CPSU punished in party terms: the director of the Ural Polytechnic Institute Siunov
, the secretary of the party bureau Zaostrovskiy
, the chairman of the trade union UPK Slobodin
, the chairman of the city union of voluntary sports societies Kurochkin
and the inspector of the union Ufimtsev
. The chairman of the board of the sports club of the Institute Gordo
has been removed from work."
These people did even see it coming and after they were punished nothing changed in the way the organizations of the hiking treks. Someone died, someone had to be punished. What do you think would happen if the tent was found in its originals position with all the craters around it?
This behavior is not typical only for the place or time. Only the circumstances are unique, but the behavior is very common.
From “Unnatural death” by Michael Baden MD
“It’s much easier to move the body somewhere else and go on with their lives.
… were amateurs, which is why the scene looked like murder. Amateurs always cause confusion. They don't realize the consequences of what they are doing.”