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10 Still-Unsolved Mysteries From Unsolved Mysteries

Unsolved Mysteries, which premiered in January , captivated viewers with tales of peculiar cold cases, missing persons, and paranormal activity. Actor Robert Stack introduced reenacted segments—often while clad in a trench coat—and invited the audience to contribute tips and information to help law enforcement resolve their most baffling investigations. Thanks to their assistance, the series (later hosted by Dennis Farina) helped recapture numerous wanted fugitives, unite fractured families, and even exonerate a few wrongfully-convicted inmates.

However, many of the plus cases featured on the series are still awaiting resolution. We asked Unsolved co-creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer to share their picks for stories that have stuck with them over the years. In no particular order, here are 10 mysteries that still keep Cosgrove and Meurer up at night.

1. SALEM SECRETS ()

The Oregon state prison system didn’t have a great reputation in the s. Allegations of employees smuggling drugs behind bars and stealing state property were rampant. To combat the perception of impropriety, then-Oregon governor Neil Goldschmidt invited Michael Francke to come in and clamp down on the activity as well as cure an overcrowding problem in facilities. Francke, who had previously worked within the New Mexico prison system, had a reputation for doing things by the book. He spent two years slowly building his case, but before he was able to point the finger at anyone publicly, he was found dead outside of his office in Salem on January 17, —a victim of a knife-wielding assailant who had pierced his heart. Police pieced together Francke’s final moments and believed he was robbed and stabbed by a drug dealer named Frank Gable.

Although Gable was convicted, Francke’s family believed Michael’s death was related to his investigation into the prison system. One eyewitness said he saw multiple men running away from the crime scene on the night of his death, contradicting the Gable story. Oddly, no paperwork detailing Francke’s research was ever found—but several eyewitnesses saw employees carrying bags of shredded documents out of his office following his death.

Gable has thus far been unsuccessful in getting his appeals heard, despite several witnesses coming forward to cite police coercion during interviews and recanting their statements that he was at the crime scene. In , a magistrate judge heard arguments for a new trial, including statements that deceased criminal John Crouse made to relatives in which he confessed to killing Francke in a car burglary gone wrong. Crouse revealed several key details of the crime, including the fact that he punched Francke in the face during the confrontation. Francke had a bruise on his face consistent with Crouse’s description. Though Gable is still considered the perpetrator, both Francke's family and the team at Unsolved Mysteries consider Francke's untimely death an open case.

2. A.W.O.L. ()

Soldiers who flee military enlistment without permission are known as being A.W.O.L.: Absent Without Official Leave. Private Justin Burgwinkel didn’t seem like a plausible candidate for stepping out on his responsibilities. He had worked hard and aspired to become an Army Ranger, which required specialized and intensive training at Ford Ord in Salinas, California; he seemed committed to a career in the military. And then he began acting oddly around his girlfriend, Iolanda Antunes. While visiting her, he would abruptly tell her he had to leave in order to meet unnamed parties. When she pressed for details, he told her it was a secret, hinting only that it might involve arms smuggling. She noticed he carried a briefcase full of shredded paper. Once, she answered the phone and was told to deliver Burgwinkel a message: “The mission” was being called off.

After three years in service, Burgwinkel simply vanished. His car was recovered at a motel three months after his disappearance, with all of his belongings—including his wallet, keys, and ID—inside. So were his military-issued dog tags, which he once told Antunes were useful in identifying the bodies of dead soldiers, adding "If you ever see these lying around, that means I’m dead." Some believe Burgwinkel suffered from a mental illness; others think he was involved in illicit activity that might have gotten him killed. No one has seen or heard from Burgwinkel since June 12,

3. DIAL H FOR ABDUCTION ()

Angela Hammond and her boyfriend Rob Shafer lived in Clinton, Missouri, and likely didn’t concern themselves much with the possibility of being victimized by the same types of crime that plagued larger cities. But on April 4, , the worst-case scenario came true. While phoning Rob from a pay phone, year-old Hammond remarked that a green Ford pick-up had been circling the block. Hammond said that a “filthy, bearded” man had exited and was using the phone next to hers. They talked for another few minutes—until Hammond screamed. Shafer raced to his car and drove to the phones, which were just blocks away. He told police he passed the pick-up driving away, with Hammond screaming his name. He tried to give chase, but his transmission failed, and he watched helplessly as the truck—which had a giant fish decal on the back window—disappeared into the night.

Shafer was initially considered a suspect, but was quickly cleared. Despite the telltale window sticker, police were unable to locate the vehicle or Hammond. They believed her disappearance might have been connected to two other women who were abducted and murdered within miles of Clinton, but no one has ever been charged with the crimes.

4. DREAMY DISAPPEARANCE ()

Cynthia Anderson worked as legal secretary in Toledo, Ohio, sometimes passing the time in her office by reading suspense or romance novels. In , the year-old told her mother that she had been having a recurring dream about allowing someone into her house who meant her harm. At work, she received harassing phone calls to the point her employers—lawyers Jim Rabbit and Jay Feldstein—had an emergency buzzer installed at her desk. When Rabbit arrived at their office the morning of August 4, , they expected to find Anderson behind her desk. Instead, the front door was locked, and Anderson was nowhere to be found. The novel she had been reading was open to a passage describing a violent abduction. Her car was still in the lot.

A month later, a mysterious phone call came into police headquarters. A woman insisted Anderson was being held in a basement but wouldn’t give any specifics. She called a second time to tell police the house was occupied, but never contacted them again. Some theorize Anderson may have heard incriminating conversations involving a drug dealer who became concerned that she knew too much. To date, no one has been charged in connection with her disappearance.

5. FRIENDS TO THE END ()

In s Arkansas, a popular (albeit illegal) activity among youth was “spotlighting,” a practice in which a hunter would freeze animals in their tracks by shining a flashlight in their eyes while their partner fired a weapon. That’s what teenage friends Don Henry (16) and Kevin Ives (17) set out to do the evening of August 22, in the small town of Bryant, Arkansas, near the train tracks that ran behind Henry’s house.

Hours later, a conductor named Stephen Shroyer was navigating his train through the area when he noticed the teens laying motionless on the tracks; they were covered by a green tarp. Shocked, Shroyer tried to come to an emergency stop, but it was too late. The train ran directly over their bodies. A coroner would later conclude that the boys were asleep on the tracks as a result of smoking 20 or more marijuana cigarettes, a finding that both sets of parents rejected. Owing to public pressure, the bodies were exhumed so another autopsy could be conducted. The findings revealed that the boys had had one to three marijuana joints, and that one of them was dead and one unconscious before the train ran over them. That, coupled with the fact that Henry appeared to be stabbed and Ives struck with the butt of his own gun, led a grand jury to conclude the case was a double homicide.

In , the Ives family was still pursuing answers with the help of a private investigator. In a bizarre twist, former professional wrestler Billy Jack Haynes claimed he was a witness in the case. He came forward to assert that, at the time, he was involved in drug trafficking in the area, and had been called to the area to make sure a scheduled air drop happened without incident. (In , a confidential informant told police the area the boys were in was used to drop drugs from passing aircraft.) According to KATV, Haynes claimed he was present when an air-drop of cocaine took place and that the boys had witnessed the drop. Haynes also said he helped lay the boys on the track. Police have not yet commented on his claims.

6. TUPAC SHAKUR ()

Both Cosgrove and Meurer have been unable to shake the puzzling details that led up to the murder of year-old rapper Tupac Shakur. On September 7, , Shakur was in Las Vegas to watch Mike Tyson in a boxing match against Frank Bruno, and was riding with rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight following the fight. Both men had run-ins with the law in their past and both flirted with danger in rap’s criminal element. Earlier that night, the two reportedly got into a physical altercation with members of the Crips street gang. Later, while driving, the men stopped at an intersection. A white Cadillac pulled up and opened fire. Knight was grazed by a bullet, but Shakur was hit four times—twice in the chest, once in the arm, and once in the thigh—and was in bad shape; he died of his wounds six days later. Of the many witnesses, only one came forward: Yafeu Fula, a backup singer for Shakur. Before he could try to identify any suspects or submit to further police questioning, Fula was gunned down at his home in New Jersey. No one has ever been arrested in connection with Shakur’s murder.

7. THE KECKSBURG UFO INCIDENT ()

Steven Spielberg couldn’t have scripted a better opening. On the evening of December 9, , thousands of eyewitnesses reported seeing a strange light appearing over parts of the northeastern United States and Canada. Citizens of Kecksburg, Pennsylvania saw it, too, but they also witnessed a lot of commotion coming from what looked to be a crash site. Local law enforcement was said to have been quickly ordered out of the area by government officials who crowded around an acorn-shaped spacecraft embedded into the ground. Reports of the crash being a meteor or some kind of space debris circulated, but UFO researchers have long insisted the incident was extraterrestrial in origin. Others believe it was a spy satellite that the United States wanted to disavow. Neither NASA nor the Air Force has responded to civilian inquiries about what may or may not have landed in Kecksburg that night.

8. ONE MINUTE MILLION ()

On April 19, , an armored car in Eden Prairie, Minnesota was besieged by a gang of armed robbers who quickly and efficiently relieved them of $1 million in roughly 60 seconds. While two stood guard with machine guns, a third put a (fake) bomb on the hood to encourage cooperation. The explosive rig was similar to one used in a robbery in Baltimore three years earlier. A year after the Eden Prairie heist, they struck a third time. In each case, no one was able to follow in pursuit, and the thieves were never caught. The FBI believed they were far from common criminals: Their protocol was so precise that authorities suspected they might have been heavily trained in ambush or attack scenarios, possibly as a result of entering the military.

9. ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ ()

Of the many notorious prison escapes of the 20th century, none proved as unbelievable as the three men who fled from the isolated Alcatraz, located on an island in San Francisco Bay, on June 11, Anyone who could successfully navigate past their cells, armed guards, and fences would then have to swim miles to shore. Inmates Frank Morris and Allen West hatched a plan to do exactly that, and enlisted brothers John and Clarence Anglin to come along with them. West had discovered that access to the outside was possible if the prisoners pulled out the entire ventilation shaft under the sink in their cells rather than trying to cut through the bars blocking the shaft. By burrowing into the opening, they could make their way behind the cell wall and up to the roof by using the plumbing to climb up.

After eight months of surreptitious digging, the men (minus West, who had trouble getting into the ventilation shaft) had created paths to the roof. They placed dummy heads—made from soap and concrete, plus hair swiped from the prison barber shop—in their beds so that guards wouldn’t notice they were gone. Once on the outside, they blew up a raft they had made from raincoats using a concertina, an instrument similar to an accordion. Then they vanished. 

The next morning, their bunks were discovered to be empty, and authorities began a manhunt. The raft was found, along with some personal effects, but no bodies were ever recovered. The case was closed in , but got renewed attention in early when it was revealed a man claiming to be John Anglin had written to the San Francisco police department in claiming to be alive but in need of medical attention for a cancer diagnosis. Handwriting analysis and DNA testing on the letter were inconclusive. If it’s genuine, then perhaps so is Anglin’s claim that both his brother and Frank Morris made it to shore alive, living decades as free men before Frank died in , followed by his brother Clarence in

D.B. COOPER ()

Year after year, snippets of information continue to trickle out about “D.B. Cooper,” the alias for the man (or woman) who successfully hijacked a plane bound for Seattle on November 24, Cooper—who politely and calmly informed the stewardess that he had a bomb and demanded $, in cash when the plane landed—got his money and jumped out of the aircraft with a parachute. Though traces of his ransom have been found and numerous people have told stories of people in their lives they suspect of being Cooper, authorities have never been able to nail down a single suspect. In , an amateur sleuth and codebreaker named Rick Sherwood came forward to state that he had analyzed letters believed to be from Cooper and read the cryptography that indicated the criminal was identifying himself as Robert Rackstraw, a Vietnam veteran with parachuting experience. One letter hinted at three separate military units that Rackstraw belonged to. The FBI hasn’t made a specific comment on Sherwood’s claim. Neither has Rackstraw, who is still alive and was reportedly questioned by the FBI back in the s.

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Unsolved Mysteries’ 10 Creepiest Cases, According to Its Co-Creator

“Dial A for Abduction,” “Up in Smoke,” and “Dreamy Disappearance.” Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Unsolved Mysteries-Full Episodes/YouTube

Having produced more than 1, segments on Unsolved Mysteries, series co-creator Terry Dunn Meurer has seen her fair share of spooky stuff. And yet she had no trouble singling out stories from the show’s run that still give her the creeps — some are truly bizarre, featuring spontaneous human combustion and possible possession, while most are simply horrific crimes that could happen to anyone.

Speaking to Vulture right after six new episodes of the recently rebooted series debuted on Netflix, Dunn Meurer explains that she made these selections in the same way that she chooses cases for the show. “We always look for a variety of categories,” she says. “[This season] we have a murder, two unexplained deaths, a missing case, a wanted case, and a paranormal case — everything we can do to create a good mix so that one story doesn’t feel like the next. We’re a little heavier weighted toward crime just because those are the solvable cases.”

In fact, two of the mysteries on this list have been solved, but they still haunt Dunn Meurer for reasons she’ll explain below. Here, her picks for the creepiest segments from Unsolved Mysteries, which you can stream on multiple services now.

On the night of April 4, , year-old Angela Hammond disappeared from Clinton, Missouri, while talking to her boyfriend, Rob Shafer, from a pay phone. She’d described a suspicious man circling the block in a green pickup truck and then stopping next to her before she screamed and dropped the phone. Shafer jumped in his car and raced to the scene and, when he saw the pickup driving past him and tried to pursue it, slammed his car in reverse and blew its transmission. Though police suspected him, he was soon cleared when witnesses came forward and described seeing the truck. As the segment shows, Hammond’s kidnapping might have been linked to two other Missouri cases — a murder and a still-unsolved abduction — earlier that year.

“It was so so tragic. He rushes off to try and save her when it sounds like she’s in trouble, his car breaks down, and he basically sees her going off down the road with her abductor. She’s never seen again. My heart just goes out to him for the loss that he experienced,” Dunn Meurer says. “Random crimes tend to be the scariest. The ones that frighten me the most are when these people are doing everything right. All she’s doing is talking to her boyfriend on a pay phone. She’s not engaging in any kind of risky behavior or anything, then suddenly this happens. She gave a description of the truck, the decal in the window, and of the creepy guy. Why we didn’t find find him and that truck? I don’t know.”

In , a father and son discovered a videotape inside an abandoned camouflage jacket on the side of a road in Stockton, California. When they got home and watched it, they saw footage of a burning house with the filmer narrating his arson, panting and saying, “This is hell” and “Look at the flames. Listen to the coyotes yell!” When police investigated, they found a ceramic skull near where the tape was discovered and believed it could be the work of a Satan worshipper. After the Unsolved Mysteries episode, viewers called in to say the fire happened in in Redwood City, about 80 miles from Stockton. The cops eventually arrested two troubled teens for the crime.

So why does it still freak Dunn Meurer out? “You hear the very creepy video. It was odd that it was discovered on the side of the highway. That’s what caught our attention,” she says. “And we actually solved that case by airing it. It was just these kids. They were underage, so we weren’t able to reveal their names. I’m sure they’ve served their time and have been released. It wasn’t, as far as we know, tied to anything else.”

Two teens, Kevin Ives and Don Henry, went out hunting one night in Bryant, Arkansas, only to be run over by a cargo train. At first, the deaths were deemed a suicide, with the medical examiner saying that the boys had smoked 20 joints and were in a drug-induced coma when they laid down side by side on the tracks together. Their families eventually got the case reopened, and it was determined that, while the boys had smoked a little marijuana, one of them was already dead from stab wounds while the other was unconscious from a blow to the head when the train struck them. Additionally, a green tarp had been placed over the bodies, likely to prevent the train engineer from spotting them in time to stop. The cause of death was changed to murder, but the case was closed in with no arrests ever made. Some people suspect that the boys encountered locals involved in a meth-dealing ring and that the police were somehow involved, which would explain the shoddy investigation.

“This one’s really, really tragic,” Dunn Meurer says. “There was a lot going on in this town, and I think the kids were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The fact that it was ruled an accident, and then finally they determined that the kids had been murdered, that’s heartbreaking. I wish we could have solved this case.”

Oddly enough, a former WWF wrestler, Billy Jack Haynes, claimed in that he was there that night after being hired by a local politician to intercept a drug deal. Dunn Meurer says that this kind of new evidence doesn’t rise to the level of credibility that would warrant an update to the segment. “We continue to update all the original episodes,” she says. “Those usually consist of a case that’s been solved. It’s not just ‘Three leads came in,’ but if it’s an actual result, we’ll go in and update the episode.”

Two weeks after disappearing in , Cindy James was found dead near an abandoned house with her arms and legs bound behind her back and a nylon stocking around her neck. An autopsy revealed that her actual cause of death was a morphine overdose and the police ruled it a suicide. That would be bizarre enough on its own, had James not reported being harassed and physically attacked by an unknown assailant for the prior seven years. She first received threatening notes and phone calls, discovered dead cats hanging in her garden, had her phone wires cut, her house nearly burned down, and was assaulted five times — once in her home, when she was stabbed through the hand with a paring knife, and another time when she was found battered and suffering from hypothermia in a ditch on the side of a road. The police, who’d never dusted for prints or thoroughly searched for evidence in her home after the incidents, said James made it all up. After her death, one doctor theorized that she had multiple personalities and one of the split Cindys murdered the other.

“That she was tormented for seven years and ended up dead, this has always been a real puzzler,” says Dunn Meurer. “It’s really hard to believe that she could have taken the drugs, then also hogtied herself. I think we can rule out ‘accident.’” As for the multiple-personality claim, she says, “It’s a theory. I know Ozzie Kaban, the private investigator who worked with her for years, still believed she was being stalked and that she was murdered. Her family didn’t think she was having any psychological issues. It’s hard to imagine somebody inflicting that kind of pain, where there’s actually a knife going through her hand. The big question is, ‘Who would keep this up for seven years?’ I don’t think we’re ever going to solve that one.”

Seventeen-year-old Kurt Sova disappeared after a Halloween party in a suburb of Cleveland. At first, the host of the party denied it ever took place before it was revealed that it had and that Kurt, who was never known to be a drinker, had ingested a large amount of Everclear grain alcohol. His parents searched for him for five days to no avail before his body was discovered barefoot in a nearby ravine, a place where his dad had previously looked. Adding more intrigue, a strange man saw a flyer about Kurt in a record shop and told the clerk that the search was pointless, as the kid would turn up dead soon. And despite Kurt’s being missing for five days, the coroner ruled that he had died just 24 to 36 hours prior to being found. The following year, a year-old boy who knew Kurt was found dead in a ravine with his shoes missing. That case also remains unsolved.

“On a case like this one, somebody knows,” says Dunn Meurer. “If you saw volume one of Unsolved [on Netflix], this story reminds me of the Alonzo Brooks case, where a young man goes to a party, suddenly he disappears, and then his body is found in an area where they’d already searched. You hope somebody will come forward, somebody who was at the party, who saw something, maybe somebody who’s more mature now and just has to get this off their chest. That’s what you can hope for in terms of getting this case solved.”

One of the most infamous Unsolved Mysteries segments, “Up in Smoke” deals with the phenomenon of spontaneous human combustion. It examines three cases, two of which ended in death, with third being that of Kay Fletcher, a woman who says that one morning her back started emitting smoke that smelled like burned flesh, though she was unharmed. One expert said that SHC could be the result of internal electrical currents causing a spark that ignites the body like a wick, while one skeptic called it “crackpottery.”

“I just watched this episode recently, and I was like, ‘The special effects on this one were actually pretty good!’ For back in the day, not for now — if we were to do them now, they would be laughable,” says Dunn Meurer, chuckling. “But, yeah, the interviewees are so credible, I found. And in fact, one of our researchers just came across another spontaneous combustion in the last couple months, which we’re looking into. I don’t know — you have to decide if you believe that that’s possible or not. It’s an interesting one.”

Here we have a case of a murder that was solved — it’s the way it was solved that still puzzles Dunn Meurer and others involved. In , respiratory therapist Teresita Basa was found stabbed to death underneath a burnt mattress in her Chicago apartment. There were no clues, outside a note Basa left for herself to “get theatre tickets for A.S.” Five months later, one of her co-workers, Remibias Chua, started having dreams about the murder and speaking in Teresita’s voice to her husband while she slept, saying the killer was a man named Allan Showery and that he took Basa’s jewelry to give to his girlfriend. They went to the police with the claim, and, sure enough, the detectives found that Showery knew Basa and his girlfriend was wearing her jewelry. Confronted with the evidence, he confessed, but nobody could figure out a rational explanation for Chua’s knowledge of the details. The segment was popular enough that NBC turned it into a TV movie in

“You can decide: Was Teresita’s friend possessed by her spirit?” says Dunn Meurer. “But the fact that she had the very, very specific information about Allan Showery, the jewelry, and how Teresita was murdered, I have to believe that she got that information somewhere. She was a co-worker, they didn’t even know each other that well, but it’s interesting that Teresita chose her to channel this information through. I love that Showery was so freaked out that he was like, ‘Yeah, I did it, I did it!’”

Jessica Keen was a year-old cheerleader from Weinland Park, Ohio, who went missing in and was discovered dead in a cemetery two days later. Based on physical evidence, police determined that she’d been held hostage and raped before escaping her captor and hiding in a cemetery, barely clothed and with her mouth still duct-taped shut. Tragically, her assailant found her, assaulted her again, and beat her to death with a headstone. The case remained cold until , when a man named Marvin Lee Smith was arrested for assaulting two women and police made a DNA match to Jessica’s murder.

“That one is chilling because she’s so young and, the last minutes of her life, she lived in such terror and such fear,” Dunn Meurer says. “It breaks your heart for this young girl, so I think that one is absolutely frightening. I’m very glad that we got him behind bars.”

For around a year, year-old Cindy Anderson had vivid nightmares of being abducted and murdered. Then, one morning in , she disappeared, never to be found. Prior to the incident, someone had twice spray-painted “I love you Cindy — by GW” on a wall near the legal office where she worked, but police could never figure out who did the graffiti. One client recalled that Anderson had received a call the day before her disappearance that left her upset, and a month later an anonymous woman phoned police to say Cindy was being held in a basement in a nearby house but wouldn’t provide any other details. Some suspect that she knew too much about a local drug ring that had ties to the legal firm she worked at, while others believed that she might have decided to run away from her strict Christian household and start a new life.

“Just the fact that she predicted her disappearance, and we still don’t know where she is is, frightening,” says Dunn Meurer. “We were always questioning what the motive would be. Why Cindy? I don’t know, unless they knew her or it was a crime of opportunity like the Patrice Endres case in volume one. She was just working in her hair salon in the middle of the day, and in 13 minutes, somebody abducts her. Cindy could have experienced the same thing. It was very lucky in Patrice’s case that her remains were found so everyone knew she had died. I have a feeling that Cindy is not with us any longer. I think that if she had just run off, she would eventually either come home or been identified.”

In , Gordon and Jackie McAllister, who’d been married for 39 years, were taking a vacation in their RV when they stopped in Blind River, Ontario, for the night. Around one in the morning, a man claiming to be a police officer knocked on their door and, when Jackie opened it, brandished two guns. He told them to hand over their money and any valuable possessions, then shot Jackie after she complied. Gordon escaped the RV, and the man pursued him when year-old Brian Majors pulled into the same lot. The gunman then killed Majors and drove off in a blue van. Gordon was able to produce a composite image of the murderer, but the man was never caught. It’s believed that the assailant was a cop named Ronald West, who lived nearby, owned a blue van and the same type of guns used in the killings, and was convicted on separate murder charges, though he never admitted to this crime.

“This is one of those ‘not doing anything wrong’ [cases],” says Dunn Meurer. “Anyone is kind of programmed that when a police officer shows up, you answer the door and interact with them. Unfortunately, these people did that and two of them were murdered. It’s scary that this guy is still out there. I don’t think they had any DNA in this case, so maybe he’s behind bars for some other crime and we don’t know it. This is another example of a random murder. That’s so scary.”

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10 mysterious police cases that are still unsolved

By Uniform Stories

Everybody loves a good mystery. But what happens when a mystery never has its satisfying ending  – that Scooby-Doo unveiling of the culprit? The following unsolved police cases are strange, creepy, and frustratingly without a conclusion. They are some of the most baffling unsolved mysteries of our time.

Let's start with one of the most publicized unsolved cases, so popular, there's even a website dedicated to tracking this murderer down.

1. The Zodiac Killer

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Most people are usually quiet about their crimes, but "Zodiac", as he dubbed himself, was anything but. From , he terrorized San Francisco with his murder spree, taunting the police with his coded letters to the local paper. He had at least five killings directly connected to him, although he claims to have killed 37 people. His terror began when Betty Lou Jensen, 16, and David Arthur Faraday, 17, were found lying outside of their bullet-peppered car. Jensen was found dead at the scene with five gunshot wounds to her back, while Faraday died of a bullet to the head en route to the hospital. Half a year later, a couple who parked their car four miles away from that crime scene was also gunned down, one injured and one killed. The survivor, Michael Mageau, was able to give a description of the killer. He described a heavyset white man around 5'8". It would be the Zodiac Killer himself that would give the police the remaining evidence.

 At a.m. that same night, police received a strange call:

"I wish to report a double murder. If you go one mile east in Columbus Parkway to a public park, you will find the kids in a brown car. They have been shot with a nine-millimeter Luger. I also killed those kids last year. Good-bye."  

A month later, newspapers received the first letter from the Zodiac Killer. He demanded them publish the letter on the front page or he'd go on a killing rampage. The letter described the murders, all written with mysterious ciphers that seemed to form a code. This was a common theme with the other letters he would send, all signed with a crossed-circle symbol. One such letter was decoded by a high-school teacher and his wife. It read:

 "I LIKE KILLING PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS SO MUCH FUN IT IS MORE FUN THAN KILLING WILD GAME IN THE FORREST BECAUSE MAN IS THE MOST DANGEROUE ANAMAL OF ALL TO KILL SOMETHING GIVES ME THE MOST THRILLING EXPERENCE IT IS EVEN BETTER THAN GETTING YOUR ROCKS OFF WITH A GIRL THE BEST PART OF IT IS THAE WHEN I DIE I WILL BE REBORN IN PARADICE AND THEI HAVE KILLED WILL BECOME MY SLAVES I WILL NOT GIVE YOU MY NAME BECAUSE YOU WILL TRY TO SLOI DOWN OR ATOP MY COLLECTIOG OF SLAVES FOR MY AFTERLIFE EBEORIETEMETHHPITI."

The Zodiac Killer would go on killing and leaving frustrating evidence for the police– coded letters, anonymous phone calls, the crossed-circle written on victims' cars, sending over blood-stained shirts, accounts from survivors– but the police never found him.  

Read more about the Zodiac Killer here. 

 2. The Taman Shud Case

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The Zodiac Killer wasn't the only one who loved to use codes. On the morning of December 1st, , a body was found on Somerton Beach in Adelaide, Australia. The man's body was in perfect condition, with no injuries to be found. He was well dressed, although all the labels on his clothes were missing. In his pocket was a train ticket to Henley Beach, never to be used. It would be a month later when they would find a suitcase linked to him at Adelaide Railroad Station. Its label was removed as well as those on the articles of clothing inside it. Unfortunately, it led to no clues, just like his autopsy, which reported no foreign substance in his body that could directly link his death to poisioning. A month later they would find the most substantial but puzzling evidence in a secret pocket in the man's trousers. It read, "Taman Shud."   

Public library officials called in to translate the phrase. They concluded that it meant "ended" or "finished", which can be found in a collection of poems entitled The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Immediately police ran a nationwide search for the book where this scrap paper was torn from. A man came forward, claiming that he found the book in the backseat of his unlocked car a week or two before they discovered the body. On the back of it was a strange code scrawled out in pencil. A phone number linking to a nurse was also discovered, though the nurse said she had given a copy of the Rubaiyat to an army officer named Alfred Boxall. Both the man who found the book and the nurse denied any connection with the dead man. They never got any further with the case, although many suspect it may have been a suicide since the book's theme was about having no regrets when life ends. Others think he may be a spy. And until there are any breaks in the case, his grave will remain reading, "Here lies the unknown man who was found at Somerton Beach 1st Dec. "

Read more about The Taman Shud Case here.   

3. The Tara Calico Case

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On the morning of September 20th, in Belen, New Mexico, it seemed like a perfect day to ride a bike. Tara Calico borrowed her mother's pink bike to go out for a spin. Extroverted and active, she worked as a bank teller and was studying to become either a psychologist or psychiatrist. She planned to play tennis that afternoon and asked her mom to drive out after her in case she got a flat tire and didn't return home by noon. She never did return. Every lead went to a dead end until a year later, when a photo was found depicting a young woman her age and a missing boy, both gagged.  

The Polaroid photograph was found in a parking lot outside a Junior Food Store in Florida. The nine-year-old, Michael Henley, went missing in the same area as Calico in April of when he was hunting turkeys with his father. They appeared to be in the back of a van, with a copy of a book written by V.C. Andrews, Calico's favorite author, lying right beside the girl. Initially, Tara's mother didn't think the girl was her, but the girl in the photograph had a scar identical to Calico. But still, due to the lack of evidence, many experts dismiss the photograph. In , Michael Henley's body was found in Zuni Mountains where he was hunting, which strongly disconnects the theory that the two were abducted and taken to Florida. Calico's parents would eventually die, never finding out who took their daughter.

Read more about the Tara Calico Case here.

4. The Severed Feet Mystery

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In , a girl was roaming a beach in British Columbia when she found a sneaker. To her horror, as she opened up the sock, she found that a human foot was inside. Since then, a number of severed feet have washed ashore. The feet have been connected to five men, one a woman, and three of unknown sex. Throughout the years, with a hoax foot thrown here and there, the case has never been completely closed, with many theories floating around as to who the feet belonged to.

The Vancouver police managed to identify one foot in , matching its DNA to a man who was described as suicidal. They later were able to match two other feet to a woman who was also believed to have committed suicide. Because of these findings, many speculate that the feet belong to those who jumped off a bridge to their deaths. However, because of the rarity of only feet and no other body parts showing up, some believe that the feet were connected to a plane crash by a nearby island. Other suggest they were those of the victims of the Asian Tsunami in , since the make of the shoes were all manufactured before Whatever sources these feet are coming from, they have left the world baffled for years.

Read more about The Severed Feet Mystery here.  

5. The Dead Woman Who Named Her Killer

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Although this case has been solved, how it was solved remains a mystery. In , a respiratory therapist in Chicago was murdered in her apartment. Teresita Basa was found under a flaming mattress, a butcher knife buried in her chest. Police attempted to track her stolen jewelry with no luck. They also failed in trying to link any of the suspects to the crime. It seemed impossible to find the perpetrator, that is, until Remy Chua, a co-worker who barely knew the victim, involuntarily became a leading source of information.

Chua began having frequent visions and nightmares about Basa. It started in the locker room of her work, where she experienced seeing a man's face behind Basa. This would repeat in her dreams. Chua then began channeling Basa's spirit when conversing with her husband. While channeling Basa's shirit, Chua told her husband the entire story of Basa's murder. She claimed an orderly at the hospital named Alan Showery was helping Basa with her television when he assaulted her. He then killed her and set her mattress on fire. The spirit was even able to give the details of what happened to her jewelry, which was given to Showery's common-law-wife. Mr. Chua convinced his wife to give these details to the police.

The police were skeptical at first, but after seeing the Basa's jewelry on Showery's wife (Basa's cousin was able to confirm it just as the spirit said she could), the police were able to convict the man for fourteen years in jail. Unfortunately, there was not enough evidence to convict him longer. But was it really Basa's ghost who named her killer? Perhaps Chua had knew some facts in the case and disguised it as a spirit possessing her? What ever led police to the killer remains to be a mystery.

Read more about the case of The Dead Woman Who Named Her Killer here.    

6. The Boy in the Box

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It was the year in Philadelphia when a hunter found the bruised body of a boy in a JC Penney box. The boy, around four to six years-old, was nude and wrapped in flannel. He seemed to have died from blows to the head. Fearing his muskrat traps would be confiscated by police, the hunter didn't report the body. It was two days later when a college student found the body, that the police started on the case of "America's Unknown Child." It immediately attracted the media's attention, and flyers of the boy were seen throughout Pennsylvania.

Although police received thousands of leads, they were never able to uncover the identity of the young boy. They tried tracing back the JC Penney box and checking the boy's fingerprints, but everything led to a dead end. However, there were two promising leads of note. One lead involved a foster home located miles away.

A medical examiner, who pursued the case until his death, had a psychic lead him to the foster home, where he found a bassinet similar to the one that was sold in the box. Hanging on the clothesline were blankets much like the one wrapped around the boy. He believed the boy belonged to the stepdaughter of the man who ran the home, and she didn't want to be found as an unwed mother. Police interviewed the couple, but closed the investigation.

In , they opened the case again when interviewing a woman identified as "M" who claimed her abusive mother bought the child back in According to her, her mother killed the boy in a fit of rage. Because "M" was mentally unstable, the investigation was closed as well, leaving the boy to remain "America's Unknown Child."       

Read more about The Boy in the Box here.  

7. The Jeanette DePalma Case

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Usually people connect witches to Salem, MA, but for this particular case, the witches were in Springfield, New Jersey. It all started in when a dog brought home a decomposed forearm home. This prompted a police search and a body was soon found afterwards atop a cliff in Springfield. The body was identified to be that of Jeanette DePalmer, a year-old who had gone missing for six weeks. Immediately, rumors began spreading as to the cause of her death. The hill where she was discovered was covered with occult symbols and many believed her body was placed on a makeshift altar. Many locals, even some police members, blame a coven of witches, otherwise known as Satanists, who used DePalma for a human sacrifice.  

Because of a flood, much of the case's details have since been destroyed. However, some reports from local papers mention that police couldn't determine the cause of death due to her badly decomposed body. They had also investigated a local homeless man who was a prime suspect, only to find no connection with the killing. As for the occult theory, many believe that DePalma may have provoked a group of Satan worshipping teens at her high school when she was trying to evangelize them. She was involved with a group who helped drug addicts by finding faith in Christ. The reverend who ran the group theorized that she was selected as a sacrifice to the group because of this. Was she a human sacrifice? Or did these suspicions help hide the real killer? Perhaps no one will ever know.

Read more of The Jeanette DePalma Case here.

8. The Glico-Morinaga Case

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Okay, brace yourselves, because this case is as twisted as a TV crime show. It deals with the Japanese companies Ezaki Glico, best known for its Pocky snacks, and Morinaga. In , two armed men in masks broke into CEO Katsuhisa Ezaki's mother's home and bound her, taking the house key of Glico's CEO. Entering his house, they also tied up his wife and daughter. Mrs. Ezaki attempted to negotiate money with the men, but they were after something else. Cutting off the telephone cords, they raided the bathroom, where Ezaki and his other two children were hiding. They abducted Ezaki and held him hostage at a warehouse. They issued a ransom for 1 billion yen and kilograms of gold bars. Their plans were discovered when Ezaki managed to escape three days later.

A few weeks later, just when the company thought it had escaped extortion, vehicles in its headquarter's parking lot were set on fire. Then, a container with hydrochloric acid and a threatening letter addressed to Glico were found in Ibaraki, where the warehouse was located. This began a string of letters from a person or group that dubbed itself "The Monster with 21 Faces," named after a villain in a Japanese detective series. The letters threatened the company's products, claiming that their candies were laced with potassium cyanide soda. Glico was forced to pull the products off the shelves, resulting in a $21 million loss and the layoff of part-time workers. 

After months of tormenting Glico, the Monster with 21 Faces decided to look for fun someplace else. Their final letter towards the company read, "We forgive Glico!" With that abrupt ending, they turned their sights on the food companies Marudai Ham, House Foods Corporation, and Fujiya. In exchange of stopping their harassment towards Marudai, one of its employee was to hand them ransom money on a train. That was when an investigator, who disguised himself as an employee, saw the prime suspect, known as the "Fox-Eyed Man." The man was well-built, his hair cut short and permed, with "eyes like those of a fox." After dropping the ransom as instructed, he and another investigator attempted to follow the Fox-Eyed Man, only to lose him. They would get a second chance later on, but he again evaded them.   

After continuing harassment towards the police, a year later Police Superintendent Yamamoto committed suicide by setting himself on fire, ashamed of his failure to capture the Fox-Eyed Man. Five days following the death, the Monster with 21 Faces sent its final letter to the media:

"Yamamoto of Shiga Prefecture Police died. How stupid of him! We've got no friends or secret hiding place in Shiga. It's Yoshino or Shikata who should have died. What have they been doing for as long as one year and five months? Don't let bad guys like us get away with it. There are many more fools who want to copy us. No-career Yamamoto died like a man. So we decided to give our condolence. We decided to forget about torturing food-making companies. If anyone blackmails any of the food-making companies, it's not us but someone copying us. We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life. Monster with 21 Faces."

And with that final statement, the Monster with 21 Faces disappeared, never to be heard from again.

Read more about the Glico-Morinaga Case here. 

9. The SS Ourang Medan

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Ghost ships aren't just portrayed in legends and movies such as The Pirates of the Caribbean. In this true story, the entire crew mysteriously perished. It all started in , when ships traveling the straits of Malacca (located between Sumatra and Malaysia) heard a troubling distress call:

“All officers including captain are dead, lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” Following the message was some indecipherable Morse code and then finally, “I die.”

An American ship called Silver Star answered the distress call and found the Ourang Medan, but there were no signs of the crew on the deck, even when they tried to call to them. And so they boarded the ship, only to find themselves in a horror scene. Scattered across the deck were the corpses of the Dutchmen, their faces construed in such a way one would think they had witnessed something ghastly before their demise. Even the dog was dead, its face also contorted in agony. The captain's body was found on the bridge, while the communication officer was still at his post, his cold fingers still pressing the telegraph. The American crew went down to the boiler deck to find the same situation. Despite it being over a hundred degrees down there, a cold chill came over them.

Retreating to their ship again, they decided to tow the Ourang Medan to port. But as soon as they attached the tow line, smoke began billowing out of the ship. Moments later it exploded, sinking into its watery grave, taking all its secrets along with it. What horrible thing did the crew witness? Some believe it was the work of the paranormal. Perhaps a band of ghost pirates raided the ship or aliens decided to drop in. Such unexplainable things do happen, as firefighter and EMT Mick Mayers have experienced in his firehouse. Others, however, have more scientific explanations.

Many theorize that the Dutch ship was smuggling hazardous materials such as potassium cyanide and nitroglycerin. Sea water may have interacted with the cargo, causing the toxic gases to be released and poison the crew. The nitroglycerin would later cause the explosion. Or maybe there was trouble in the boiler room and carbon monoxide killed the crew and a fire got out of hand and destroyed the ship. What is most troubling is the fact that, although the Silver Star is very real, there isn't any registration records of the ship. Did the ship even exist, or is it merely a sailor's tale? 

Read more about The SS Ourang Medan here.

The Cape Intruder

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This final unsolved case is not a famous case, but a local one that I remember from years ago, occurring in a neighboring town. If not for a brief mention of it in an old clip archive regarding a neighborhood watch, I might have thought it was just my imagination. Back in , in the affluent town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the community experienced something unnerving. During the night, victims who kept their doors unlocked, would wake up in the morning to catch a brief glimpse of a man staring at them. Before they could react, the man would flee the scene, leaving the house just as it was before he entered it. Nothing was stolen. Nobody was injured or killed. All that he took was their privacy when he snuck into their bedrooms to watch them sleep. 

A rough sketch depicting a man in his early twenties played on the local news. Everybody seemed to think they knew who it was and the police received a number of calls from concerned citizens naming possible suspects. Although two people named the same person, the police never did catch the "Cape Intruder". After some intrusions in August, December, and February, he never did break in again. Perhaps he had his fill of staring at sleeping bodies during that time period. But the thought that such a person existed and still walks among us is enough to give anyone the chills. And of course, serves as a grim reminder to lock our doors. 

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&#;Unsolved Mysteries&#; Cases That Were Actually Solved

For a show that has &#;unsolved&#; in its title, Unsolved Mysteries has actually solved plenty of cases over the years. More than , to be specific. Since its start in and end in , and with a brand new Netflix reboot, the show has helped families uncover the truth about their friends and relatives for decades.

When it first debuted, Unsolved Mysteries revolutionized how audiences interact with TV by giving viewers the chance to help solve the cases they saw on each episode. With a call-in tip line, viewers of the original series could report whatever information they knew that was relevant to a specific case.

In the new Netflix version, the audience is encouraged to head to the Unsolved Mysteries website, where they can submit a tip for any of the episodes currently streaming.

And with all of those tips submitted over the years, they&#;ve got to lead to some cracks in the cases.

According to the Unsolved Mysteries website, &#;Of the more than 1, mysteries profiled in over episodes, half the cases featuring wanted fugitives have been solved, more than families have been reunited with lost loved ones, and seven individuals who were wrongly convicted of crimes, have been exonerated and released.&#;

Here&#;s a list of some of the most memorable mysteries that Unsolved Mysteries helped unravel over the years. Hopefully, it only grows longer with the Netflix reboot.

1

Craig Williamson (Season 6, Episode 23)

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When Craig Williamson went missing while on a business trip to Colorado Springs, his wife knew he had to be alive still, but was convinced he was suffering from amnesia.

Sure enough, Williamson saw a re-run of the Unsolved Mysteries episode about his disappearance and recognized himself. He claimed that he has been beaten by two men and couldn&#;t remember much else, not even who his wife was. The two reunited, but later divorced and remain friends.

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Bonnie Haim (Season 8, Episode 8)

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Bonnie Haim, a young Florida mother, disappeared just days after Christmas in Police believed she was dead, suspecting her husband, Michael Haim, was responsible for her murder. While Bonnie&#;s parents claimed she left Michael intentionally, some of his relatives were convinced he had killed her.

A piece of skull was found on Bonnie&#;s former property, and Michael went to trial years later in He was found guilty of murdering his wife and was sentenced to life in prison.

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3

"The Anthrax Murder" (Season 12, Episode 13)

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When multiple postal workers became mysteriously ill in , doctors discovered with horror that they were suffering from anthrax poisoning. Just days earlier, a man had died from the same cause in Florida. As more and more anthrax letters were discovered around the country, the nation was left wondering, who was sending them, and why?

Years later, in , scientist Bruce Ivins was hospitalized after a prescription drug overdose. Although he helped investigate the anthrax poisonings, he was actually a suspect himself. The FBI later closed the case, determining Dr. Ivins had been the anthrax killer all along.

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"The Mysterious Death of Jane Doe" (Season 7, Episode 12)

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One morning in , coroner Cullen Ellingburgh was called to help solve the case of a woman who found at the bottom of a cliff in California. She was in her mids, and had fallen down and died hours before, in the middle of the night. A cab driver was the last person to see the mystery woman alive, and she asked to take him as far as the money she had was worth.

The case haunted the coroner until 26 years later, when she was finally identified. DNA proved that the remains belonged to year-old Holly Jo Glynn, who had died of suicide.

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5

Danny and Kathy Freeman (Season 2, Episode 8)

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The Freemans, a family living in Oklahoma, were struck by tragedy when their house went up in flames one night in After the fire, Kathy Freeman&#;s body was found, but her husband, Danny, daughter Ashley, and her daughter&#;s friend were all missing. Kathy had been burned, but she hadn&#;t died in the fire, she had been shot. When Danny was discovered, he had been shot, too.

A death row inmate claimed to be responsible for the deaths of the Freemans and the disappearance of the girls, but the real truth was later uncovered. Ronnie Dean Busick was found responsible and wad charged with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of arson.

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Matthew Chase (Season 1, Episode 12)

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year-old Matthew Chase left to deposit his paycheck one night and never returned. His roommates grew worried after he disappeared, and called the bank, where they found out that Matthew had made multiple transactions the night he left. Hidden camera footage from the bank showed Matthew at the ATM with a strange figure standing behind him. Police suspected he had been abducted.

Three months after he vanished, Matthew&#;s remains were found in a ravine in Pasadena, California. He had died of a gunshot wound, and Matthew&#;s family suspects David &#;Bear&#; Meza is the one responsible.

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7

Margo Freshwater (Season 12, Episode 1)

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Margo Freshwater, a babysitter from Ohio, landed in prison for murder, but soon escaped with another inmate, fleeing for life as a fugitive. Freshwater sought help from lawyer Glenn Nash to get her boyfriend out of jail, and the two soon began an affair. They went on a crime spree of their own, starting with the murder of a liquor store cashier and ending the killing of a cab driver.

The couple was charged with murder, but Nash was ruled insane and sent to a mental hospital. While Freshwater stood trial, and was sent to prison, she later vanished again, with no leads to where she was hiding.

Freshwater was eventually arrested after living under a different name, Tanya, and with her own family that was unaware of her past. She was taken back to prison, served her time and has since been released.

 

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Joyce McLain (Season 1, Episode 18)

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Joyce McLain, a teenager in Maine, went for a jog on August evening and didn&#;t come back. Her body was found just two days later in the woods behind the local high school. While Joyce had been seen jogging toward the soccer field, nobody could come up with any clues to solve her murder or find who had been responsible.

In , 34 years after Joyce&#;s jog, Philip Scott Fournier was arrested for her murder. He had been 19 when he killed the local teen, and had stolen and crashed an oil truck the same night he killed her. Fournier was found guilty in

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Elizabeth Carmichael (Season 1, Episode 22)

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Entrepreneur Liz Carmichael created a three-wheeled vehicle called &#;The Dale&#; in , hoping to solve America&#;s oil crisis. Her invention was profiled in national magazines, but the authorities were doubtful about her miracle car, or if it even existed. As the police began to close in, Carmichael moved her children and fled to Miami, where she lived under another identity. It was then discovered that she had another identity she had been concealing: she had previously been living as a man named Jerry Dean Michael.

Michael was wanted for counterfeiting in and for jumping bail in , and was arrested and put on trial for conspiracy, grand theft, and fraud. Michael was convicted and released on bail, but in , failed to show up in court.

While Michael was missing for eight years after, a viewer who saw the episode called in just minutes later, identifying Jerry Dean Michael as a flower vender named Kathryn Elizabeth Johnson in Texas. Michael was sentenced to 32 months in prison and discharged after two years.

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Alie Berrelez (Season 9, Episode 15)

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When 5-year-old Alie Berrelez&#;s babysitter went inside for a minute and returned, the girl had vanished. It was , and the search went on for days until the police brought in bloodhounds to help find her. One dog was on the trail for nearly 40 blocks following the girl&#;s scent, eventually leading to the highway. When the dog tired out, a team of volunteers found Berrelez&#;s body off the highway in a wooded area.

The police suspected Berrelez had been killed by someone living in her apartment complex, or a visitor to the complex. 18 years later, the case was solved. DNA samples proved that Nick Stofer, Berrelez&#;s neighbor, had killed her. Stofer died in

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Mia Zapata (Season 8, Episode 9)

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Mia Zapata was a promising young singer in the Seattle grunge music scene, but one night in , she was mysteriously killed. While Mia was in town visiting some friends, she left an apartment at around 2 AM and was later found raped and murdered only miles away.

While it remained a mystery who committed the horrifying crime for years, with some investigators thinking it was somebody close to Mia, it was later determined to be a totally random attack. Ten years after her death, Seattle police used a DNA test to discover that Jesus Mezquia, a felon from Florida, had killed Mia with no connection to her. He was arrested, convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 36 years in prison.

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Nancy Daddysman (Season 12, Episode 2)

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After two teenagers discovered a body by the side of the road in Kentucky, the county coroner later determined that it was a 40 year old woman, who was eventually identified as Nancy Daddysman, a year-old who had disappeared two years earlier after losing custody of her children. She headed to Kentucky to start over after her divorce, but was never heard from again when her car broke down on the side of the road.

Ten years after her death, investigators cracked the case. David M. Bell, an inmate who was already serving time for a murder, confessed to killing Nancy, too. Bell said he was high on meth at the time and picked her up in his car, beating her and stabbing her, then dumping her by the side of the road. He&#;s currently serving a year sentence for the first murder he committed.

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Pierre (Season 5, Episode 2)

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In , a man named Pierre wandered into a shelter with only $17, and could not recall anything about his past, but knew his name from a library card and thought he had some vague memories of San Diego. After months, doctors could not find any reason for his memory loss, but guessed he was suffering from &#;trauma induced amnesia.&#;

Later, when Unsolved Mysteries showed Pierre some sketches from a police sketch artist, a drawing of a woman who may have worked with Pierre cracked the case. The woman, a former coworker of Pierre&#;s named Carol, called in to Unsolved Mysteries and confirmed she had worked with him. The clue helped piece together his past, reuniting Pierre with his family and identity.

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Michael Hughes (Season 8, Episode 6)

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When six-year-old Michael Hughes was picked up from school one day, a man came to get him who claimed to be his father. Really, it was Franklin Delano Floyd, who kidnapped the boy after forcing his principal to lead him to Michael, and was later sentenced to plus years in prison. Floyd would not say where Michael was, but he insisted the boy was alive and well.

When investigating Floyd&#;s background, authorities found that he had previously gone by the name Trenton B. Davis in Oklahoma City and had a young girl with him, Suzanne, who he claimed was his daughter. He later moved away with her, and at age 17, Suzanne gave birth to Michael. Floyd said the boy was his and married Suzanne, who died just two years later in a mysterious hit-and-run, leaving Michael to the foster care system. After Suzanne&#;s death, authorities discovered she wasn&#;t really Floyd&#;s daughter — she had been kidnapped by him, too — and Michael wasn&#;t even his son.

In , the FBI re-opened the case. Through interviews with Floyd, the real identity of Suzanne was revealed, along with her full name, Suzanne Marie Sevakis. Floyd also confessed to killing Michael, murdering him on the same day that he kidnapped the young boy.

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Patty Stallings (Season 3, Episode 19)

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Patricia Stallings, mother of Ryan Stallings, was accused of murdering her son in when he was found to have excessive amounts of ethylene glycol in his blood. Patricia, who was suspected to have poisoned Ryan with antifreeze, was sent to prison while awaiting trial, where she gave birth to her second son, David, who was subsequently placed in foster care. When David was diagnosed with the genetic disease methylmalonic acidemia, which can produce the same symptoms of antifreeze poisoning, the Stallings&#; lawyer suggested Ryan could have died from the same disorder. Because the judge didn&#;t allow the medical testimony, the Stallings&#; lawyer couldn&#;t argue that Ryan also had MMA, and Patty was sentenced to life in prison for poisoning her son. Shortly after the episode aired, doctors from across the nation called in to support the MMA argument, and a test was performed to confirm Ryan&#;s cause of death, which was in fact from the disease. Shortly after, Patty was released from prison and reunited with David.

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Randy Mark Yager (Season 11, Episode 1)

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Randy Mark Yager, a member of the infamous Outlaws biker gang, was under federal investigation for racketeering, drug dealing, and murder when he met Margie Jelovcic, a young woman who worked at a tavern in Gary, Indiana. The two struck up a relationship and headed to Las Vegas, where they vanished when Yager was wanted by the FBI. Weeks later, Margie returned home, more invested in her relationship than ever. She disappeared again just months later, leaving behind her luggage, car and more essentials at home. Authorities were puzzled by her disappearance, and her family suspected that Margie was being held captive by Yager. In , years after the episode first aired, Yager was finally captured in Mexico, where he was found living with Margie. When the authorities identified the couple, Margie took off in her car, leading the police on a chase that ended in her death when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

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Joyce Chiang (Season 11, Episode 11)

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Two years before the disappearance of Chandra Levy, another Washington intern, Joyce Chiang, also mysteriously vanished. Joyce, who lived in Washington, D.C., and worked as a lawyer after her internship, was last seen at Starbucks in , when she told a friend she&#;d be walking home but never made it to her apartment. After the FBI opened up an investigation into her disappearance, Chiang&#;s belongings began turning up near the river, miles from where she was last seen. Months later, her body washed ashore, but it was so deteriorated that no cause of death could be determined.

Joyce&#;s case was later closed when investigators identified her killers as two men from the D.C. area who abducted Joyce with plans to rob her. Police suspect that in an attempt to flee, Joyce slipped on the riverbank and fell to her death below, where she drowned in the river. One of her killers is serving a life sentence in prison, while the other is reportedly living in Guyana.

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17 Of The Strangest Mysteries That Are Still Unsolved

One Monday morning in , Mark and Jacoba Tromp, and their adult kids Riana, Mitchell, and Ella left their home and berry farm in Victoria, Australia. When the police searched their home a few days later, they found it unlocked, with their cards and phones left behind. It was later reported that Mr and Mrs Tromp were showing signs of paranoia and stress and had fled their home.

Mitchell seemed to the only one unaffected by the belief that the family was in danger, and had brought his mobile phone along with him. When his parents discovered it, they made him throw it out the window.

By Tuesday morning they had travelled almost miles North to a town in NSW, and Mitchell left the family to go home. The rest of the family continued to travel, but then the two sisters left their parents.

They stole a car and reported their parents missing. They ended up separating, and Ella and Mitchell were the first two of members of the Tromp family to return home. Riana, on the other hand, had climbed into the back of a car. When the driver of the car discovered her, she was in a catatonic state, and didn’t know her name or where she was.

Eventually, the entire family were found, but no one could explain their strange behavior, which the police involved called a “massive meltdown.”

–Hysterymystery

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Unsolved Mysteries: 15 Creepy Cases That Were Eventually Closed

Not every case highlighted over the years on Unsolved Mysteries remains unanswered. In fact, quite a few of the cases discussed in the series during Unsolved Mysteries' original run between and  were solved, thanks to the cases airing on national television.

RELATED: Unsolved Mysteries: 10 Classic Cases That Are Still Unsolved

Robert Stack is the most famous host of Unsolved Mysteries, which aired on NBC, CBS, and then Lifetime before ending in Spike TV revived it in for two years, and Netflix's reboot debuted in  Unsolved Mysteries delves into much more than missing persons; it tackles murders, robberies, and even unexplained supernatural phenomena. While some stories remain shrouded in mystery, others were eventually resolved.

Updated on January 31st, by Scoot Allan: While the new Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix has introduced a number of new cases that have led to an outpouring of tips and leads, none of the cases have received the iconic "UPDATE" tag that viewers got used to seeing on episodes of the classic series when a case had been solved or viewer's tips had led to further developments. While fans are still waiting for news on some of the newer episodes, there are still quite a few of the creepiest cases from the classic run of Unsolved Mysteries that were solved due to dedicated police work and tips from viewers that showcase the importance of observant and vigilant neighbors and shows that give viewers the opportunity to help with much-needed information.

15 The "Poisoning" Death Of Ryan Stalling

The third season of Unsolved Mysteries explored the case of infant Ryan Stallings after his mother Patricia rushed him to the hospital, where it was determined he had large amounts of ethyl glycol and ammonia in his system, leading authorities to believe that he was being poisoned. Ryan recovered as the parents were investigated, though after she was left alone with her son during a supervised visit he became sick again and later passed away.

Patricia was convicted of his murder despite her claims of innocence and had another child while incarcerated. This child too started having issues while she was in prison which led to the diagnosis of methylmalonic acidemia that was ultimately proven to have been the reason for Ryan's death, thanks to specialists who came forward after seeing the Unsolved Mysteries episode.

14 The Freeman/Bible Arson And Murders

A mysterious case of Arson at the Freeman family's mobile home was investigated in the twelfth season episode after the body of Kathy Freeman was found in the debris with a gunshot wound, leading police to believe her husband Danny had killed her and taken her daughter and her friend hostage. However, Danny's murdered body was later found in the rubble by family members.

The mystery deepened due to problems between Danny and the local Sheriff's department, throwing suspicion on to them. Despite a long search, the missing girls were never discovered and the case was unsolved for almost twenty years before Ronnie Dean Busick was arrested and charged after polaroids of the captured girls had been seen that implicated Busick and two deceased accomplices in the drug-related murders.

13 The Murder of Alie Berrelez

Unsolved Mysteries dedicated a segment in the eighth season to exploring the use of bloodhounds in criminal cases and abductions, like the case of the murder of Alie Berrelez, who was taken out of her front yard while her young brother watched after the babysitter went inside for a moment. The bloodhound was able to track her scent for nearly forty city blocks on to a freeway, where searchers tragically discovered the young girl's body.

Despite her brother's identification of the "old man" who took her and the apartment he lived in, no arrests were made despite numerous pieces of circumstantial evidence against the occupant, Nick Stofer. It wasn't until years later that technology advanced far enough for a DNA match to connect the already deceased Stofer to the murder, closing the case without charges.

12 The Murders Of The Rogers Family

A fourth season episode of Unsolved Mysteries that focused on "Diabolical Minds" explored the unsolved case of the murders of an Ohio woman and her two teenage daughters after their bound and weighted-down bodies were found floating in Tampa Bay. The series followed investigators as they put together a profile for the unknown killer who appeared to have lured the family on a seemingly innocent boat ride before raping and murdering them.

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Oba Chandler was eventually identified by police as the murderer after his handwriting from a note was identified using billboards that then connected him to other attacks. Chandler denied involvement in the crimes but was posthumously declared a serial killer after DNA connected him to another murder.

11 Vampire Cult Murders Of The Wendorfs

While the case of the Vampire Cult Murders that appeared during the ninth season of Unsolved Mysteries was in the process of being solved as suspects were already in custody, it's still one of the creepiest cases from the series that was thankfully closed. Rod Ferrell was the leader of a cult that was inspired by vampire stories and games and forced to drink the blood of Ferrell for initiation.

When Rod's friend Heather asked for his help in running away from her parent's home, he entered with an accomplice and bludgeoned them to death before branding him with his assumed vampiric sigil. Ferrell became the youngest person on Death Row for the crime after he was committed following the airing of the episode, though his sentence was later reduced to life in prison.

10 The Face On Mars

NASA launched its Viking 1 craft on August 20, Viking 1's goal: to find out if there's life on Mars. The craft's pods took thousands of compelling Mars photos, including depleted rivers, old volcanoes, and ice caps. The mission also uncovered a strange formation in a desert, a formation that bears a striking resemblance to a face.

Some scientists speculated in a episode the face was an accident of nature, while others claimed something more was at play – something otherworldly. When a new spacecraft visited Mars in the '90s, updated technologies revealed the Face on Mars is just a hill that looks like a face at certain angles. Unsolved Mysteries retired the file on this case in

9 The Mystery Of Tom Hughes

In , Unsolved Mysteries reported on a man who died of a heart attack at a Connecticut Hospital. Hospital staff discovered all of the identifying information on the man, who called himself Tom Hughes, was fraudulent.

When authorities became involved, they realized Hughes had been jumping from hospital to hospital across the country for months, seeking treatment for false ailments with the eventual goal of suing the facilities for mishandling his fake injuries. After the episode aired, viewers identified the man as the late Thomas White. White apparently suffered from Munchausen Syndrome, which causes healthy people to make up stories about illnesses for attention.

8 The Identification Of Gabby's Bones

An episode from delves into the creepy story of Newell Sessions. In , Sessions found skeletal remains in an old footlocker gifted to him by his friend Gabby. Gabby claimed to have no knowledge of what was contained in the footlocker, which he told authorities he purchased years before without ever opening. Gabby later died by suicide during the investigation.

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The bones, upon examination, appeared to belong to a white male in his 50s or 60s. A bullet was found lodged in the skull. In , the skeleton was identified as Joseph Mulvaney by his granddaughter. The woman, Shelley, told investigators the man known as Gabby was Mulvaney's brother-in-law, John David Morris. Shelley claims Morris did in fact murder Mulvaney, leading to another case closed in the Unsolved Mysteries universe.

7 The Strange Case Of Margie Jelovcic

The story of Margie Jelovcic aired in A successful violinist at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Jelovcic returned home to Gary, Indiana after the tragic death of her husband-to-be, Nassar. Back home, Jelovcic became romantically involved with Randy "Mad" Yager, a member of the Outlaws – a felonious motorcycle gang.

After months of displaying strange behavior, Jelovcic disappeared with Hager in September of Jelovcic's mother suspected foul play, but the couple was found living together in Mexico in Jelovcic died in a high-speed car chase with authorities. Yager was indicted on charges of racketeering and conspiracy.

6 War-Time Friends From Vietnam

A lost friend case, the story of Jim Pearson aired in During the War in Vietnam, Mitchell Shigemoto served in the US Army. While many soldiers bullied and abused Shigemoto due to his Japanese heritage, one fellow soldier always stood up for him: Jim Pearson. After Shigemoto was shot during a battle with the Viet Cong, Pearson saved his life.

Shigemoto recovered in a hospital before being sent home, never hearing from Pearson again. Thanks to the segment airing, Shigemoto and Mitchell were reunited in Hawaii, where Shigemoto now resides. Shigemoto was able to thank Mitchell for saving his life.

5 Pierre April's Forgotten Identity

A few months before this segment aired in , a man woke up in a ditch in southern California. He had no memory of who he was, where he was, or where he'd been before. The gentleman located a blue duffel bag next to him in the ditch, where he found a Boston Public Library card issued to Pierre April.

Suffering from severe amnesia, the man used the items in his duffel bag to try to piece together memories about his past. After the episode aired, a woman called in to confirm the man is indeed Pierre April. April was eventually able to reconnect with his parents in Canada, who told him he'd been missing for five months. The events surrounding April's disappearance remain foggy, though.

4 Monica Bonilla Found After Taken By Her Father

When Monica Bonilla was five-years-old, her father Guillermo Ruiz Bonilla fled Burbank, California with her. According to Monica's mother, Rosemary, Guillermo's personality turned after the assassination of John Lennon in Guillermo stated John Lennon's spirit was reincarnated in him, and he altered his physical appearance to look just like the rock star.

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Rosemary returned home from work in to find her house emptied. Guillermo and Monica were also nowhere to be found. This case was featured on Unsolved Mysteries as an update to an episode related to another missing girl, Nyleen Marshall. One caller believed Nyleen was living in Vancouver, British Columbia. The girl turned out to be Monica, who was living in Canada with her father under assumed names.

3 The Identities Of The Atlanta/Spokane Bombers

In the months surrounding the  Summer Olympics bombing in Atlanta, similar bombings in Spokane, Washington led local authorities to believe the attacks were connected. In one incident, the local Spokane newspaper suffered a pipe bomb explosion in a stairwell that occurred almost simultaneously to a robbery 20 blocks away at the US Bank.

Three months later, a Planned Parenthood in Spokane was bombed while another US Bank was robbed. Eventually, three members of an extreme, far-right religious sect were charged with the bombings in Spokane. When the episode aired in , some commentators speculated the three men were also involved in the Olympics bombing. However, Eric Rudolph – another far-right extremist – was eventually charged for the explosion in Atlanta.

2 Harper's Ferry Remains

Airing in , this segment explores the investigation of human remains found in a trunk outside an entrance to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in Virginia. Authorities were able to ascertain the person inside the trunk was an elderly white man who'd been strangled. They believed the man was likely killed by his caretaker.

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Two years after the episode debuted, fingerprint analysis allowed police to identify the man as Jack Watkins. His girlfriend, Janet Siegel, was charged for his death. The two met after Watkins's wife passed away. Siegel used Watkins as an endless source of income, continuing to cash his Social Security and retirement checks long after he disappeared.

1 KROQ Confession

Well-known KROQ DJs Gene Baxter and Kevin Ryder received a disturbing call into their radio show on June 13, During their weekly, usually comedic "Confess Your Crime" bit, a man called in and admitted to brutally murdering his long-term girlfriend. The man hung up before authorities could locate him.

After the episode aired in , the phone call was revealed to be a hoax. Baxter and Ryder were behind the fake call, which they hoped would boost ratings. They were put on leave without pay for a week, forced to complete community service, and told to reimburse the local Sheriff's Department the money spent on their investigation of the phone call.

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Unsolved Mysteries

American true crime television series

This article is about a television show. For conjectures or open problems in various fields, see Unsolved problems.

Unsolved Mysteries is an American mystery documentary television show, created by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. Documenting cold cases and paranormal phenomena, it began as a series of seven specials, presented by Raymond Burr, Karl Malden, and Robert Stack, beginning on NBC on January 20, , becoming a full-fledged series on October 5, , hosted by Stack. After nine seasons on NBC, the series moved to CBS for its 10th season on November 13, After adding Virginia Madsen as a co-host during season 11 failed to boost slipping ratings, CBS canceled the series after only a two-season, episode run on June 11, The series was revived by Lifetime in , with season 12 beginning on July 2, Unsolved Mysteries aired episodes on Lifetime, before ending on September 20, , an end that coincided with Stack's illness and eventual death.

After a six-year absence, the series was resurrected by Spike in , and began airing on October 13, This new, revived version was hosted by Dennis Farina, who mainly tied together repackaged segments from the original episodes. Farina hosted episodes before the series ended again on April 27, Cosgrove-Meurer Productions maintains a website for the show, featuring popular accounts and ongoing cold cases (murder or missing persons), with a link to an online form should a viewer have information on an unsolved crime. As of , the show maintains a YouTube page where viewers can submit their own mysteries. If accepted, Unsolved Mysteries posts a video of the viewer describing the mystery. That same year, FilmRise acquired worldwide digital distribution rights to the series and announced its intent to release updated versions of its episodes. These shows are currently streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi TV, and on its own dedicated channel on Pluto TV in the United States and the United Kingdom.[1][2] Since February , the Spike episodes have been officially posted on YouTube, split into eight seasons.[3] In July , the series began streaming on Hulu in the United States.[4] Between February and March , FilmRise began posting digitally restored and re-edited episodes, hosted by Stack, on YouTube.[5]

On June 22, , Terror Vision Records released the official soundtrack for the series.[6] In , the show's creators expressed interest in reviving the series.[7] On January 18, , Netflix picked up a reboot of the series.[8] The reboot premiered on July 1, [9]

Overview[edit]

Host Robert Stack (left, waving) defined the tone of Unsolved Mysteries.

Unsolved Mysteries used a documentary format to profile real-life mysteries[10] and featured re-enactments of unsolved crimes, missing persons cases, conspiracy theories and unexplained paranormal phenomena (alien abductions, ghosts, UFOs, and "secret history" theories).

The concept was created in a series of three specials produced by John Cosgrove and Terry-Dunn Meurer, which were pitched to NBC in and shown in with the title, "Missing Have You Seen This Person?" The success of the specials led Cosgrove and Meurer to broaden the series to include mysteries of all kinds.

The pilot of what eventually became Unsolved Mysteries was a special that aired on NBC on January 20, , with Raymond Burr as host/narrator. Throughout the –88 television season, six more specials aired, the first two hosted by Karl Malden and the final four by Robert Stack.

In , the show debuted as a weekly program on NBC. Ratings steadily dropped after the –94 season. Until , it was hosted by Stack. In its second season on CBS in , Stack was joined by co-host Virginia Madsen. Episodes released between and featured journalist Keely Shaye Smith and television host Lu Hanessian as correspondents in the show's "phone center", where they provided updates on previous stories as information for "special bulletin" segments. A March 14, , episode featured journalist Cathy Scott in the reenactment of rapper Tupac Shakur's unsolved murder.[11] This broadcast was one week after the murder of Biggie Smalls. In , the series was canceled by Lifetime. In , television network Spike revived the series with Dennis Farina as its host; the Spike revival ended in

The show was known for its eerie theme song composed by Michael Boyd and Gary Remal Malkin, and for Stack's grim presence and ominous narration. The theme music was changed seven times, in , ,[12][13] , , , , and The version of the theme was arranged, performed, and recorded by West Dylan Thordson.

CBS had aired a similar half-hour crime documentary series during the –56 season entitled Wanted, hosted by Walter McGraw.

Updates[edit]

Viewers were occasionally given updates on success stories, where suspects were brought to justice and loved ones were reunited.

The show itself has been credited for bringing increased attention to certain cases and thus allowing them to be solved. One episode featured a video of an arsonist filming an unidentified house being burned down while he was giving strange commentary. Once it had been featured on the show, viewers were able to identify the house involved, and two suspects were arrested.[14]

Broadcast history[edit]

NBC (–)[edit]

The show first aired on NBC from to The pilot episode was hosted by actor Raymond Burr. Karl Malden and Robert Stack were also hired to host further specials. When the series became a full-fledged television program in , Stack became the full-time host. Unsolved Mysteries was also one of the few prime-time shows of its era to appeal to fans of the supernatural and used effective special effects to enhance tales of the unexplained.

In , NBC aired a short-lived dramatized court show spin-off program called Final Appeal: From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries, also hosted by Stack. The premise of this program was to try to give the unjustly accused a final appeal for help, with the debut episode taking an in-depth look at the Jeffrey MacDonald case. The program was canceled after only a few episodes due to poor ratings.

CBS (–)[edit]

The ratings for Unsolved Mysteries' had been steadily declining ever since it was moved from its original Wednesday evening timeslot to Friday evenings in the fall of At the end of the –97 season, it was canceled by NBC. Upon the cancelation from NBC, CBS picked up the series for a tenth season. The first episode aired in November of as an Unsolved Mysteries special. When CBS canceled its Block Party line-up in the spring of , the network moved the show to its Friday pm timeslot. During the show's run on CBS, the series was limited to only six-episode seasons, and was airing only on a sporadic schedule. [Reruns aired during the summer of with heavy promotion of the return of the NFL on CBS with the upcoming NFL season.

When the series returned for its abbreviated 11th season in the spring of , Stack was joined by actress Virginia Madsen for hosting duties in an attempt to boost its female audience.[15] But the effort failed, and CBS canceled the show soon afterwards. Later cable reruns of segments originally narrated by Madsen were re-dubbed with Stack's voice.

Lifetime (–)[edit]

Lifetime Television, which had been airing re-runs of the NBC episodes since the early s, had ordered a two-season run of new episodes which began airing in Consisting of a mixture of new and old cases, these episodes were produced between and , and usually aired on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The program ceased producing new episodes when Stack was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late He died of heart failure in May [16]

After Stack's death, old episodes continued to run in syndication on several television networks in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

During some shows, callers gave tips to the telecenter. When the show was in active production, the Toll Free number was displayed on the bottom of the screen below the title logo at the end of each segment. When the show left active production following Stack's death and went into reruns, the number was removed and replaced with a P.O. box address.

Spike TV (–)[edit]

According to Broadcasting & Cable, in , HBO Distribution announced plans to bring back Unsolved Mysteries when the cable channel Lifetime's contract expired in The show featured a new set, a new logo, new music, and updates on old cases. In addition, actor Dennis Farina became the new host, as Stack had died five years earlier. The show debuted on Spike on October 13, [17]

This repackaged series run was criticized by fans for its presentation of past cases only, with no new case segments being produced. The existing segments were also edited to be shorter so the show could be expanded to present five cases in an hour rather than the four of the original series. Because the majority of the cases were now between 20 and 40 years old, the re-edited segments usually did not reference the years in which the events presented originally occurred. When updates for solved cases aired, Dennis Farina's voiceover would refer to cases "in a recent broadcast", when the case may have already been solved during the show's original run or during the series' hiatus from onward. Unsolved Mysteries ended its run on Spike on April 27,

As of November 24, , Oxygen Network airs 12 episode marathons of this version on Tuesdays from Noon ET/ AM CT.

Netflix ()[edit]

Further information: Unsolved Mysteries (season 15)

A part reboot was announced by Deadline Hollywood on January 18, The series is being "refreshed" by Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy and his company 21 Laps Entertainment along with Cosgrove-Meurer Productions and Netflix. Cosgrove and Meurer are showrunners for the series, with Levy and Josh Barry being executive producers. Robert Wise is a co-executive producer, along with showrunner Dunn Meurer. Each episode focuses on a single mystery.[8] Cosgrove stated that the reboot would be "pure documentary style" and would have no host or narrator;[18] however, an image of longtime host Robert Stack can be seen in the title sequence for each episode as an homage to his impact on the show.[19] The first six episodes of the new season became available to stream starting July 1, [20] In August , it was reported that % of subscribers had watched the series over its first month.[21] On September 1, , Netflix formally announced that it had ordered an additional season of the series set to launch in the summer of [22]

Episodes[edit]

Main article: List of Unsolved Mysteries episodes

Spin-offs[edit]

  • On September 18, , NBC debuted a short-lived 6-episode spin-off series, hosted by Robert Stack himself, titled Final Appeal: From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries.
  • On January 23, , NBC aired a two-hour primetime movie called Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story.
  • On April 22, , NBC aired a two-hour primetime movie special titled, From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries: Voice from the Grave.
  • On April 28, , NBC aired a new primetime movie called From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries: The Sleepwalker Killing.

Notable actors and celebrities[edit]

Famous actors and celebrities have appeared on the show, both as role actors (before finding stardom) and also in episodes where they had a connection with the events being portrayed.

As role actors[edit]

In , Unsolved Mysteries filmed in Texas and cast Matthew McConaughey to play a murder victim. This was one of McConaughey's earliest on-screen roles.[23]Cheryl Hines, Stephnie Weir, Bill Moseley, Ned Bellamy, Scott Wilkinson, Daniel Dae Kim, David Ramsey, and Taran Killam also appeared on the program before receiving more notable work in Hollywood.[24][25][26]Hill Harper also appeared in an episode about a woman looking for a childhood friend whom she later discovered was indeed her sister.

Connections with episodes[edit]

U.S. television ratings and awards[edit]

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Unsolved Mysteries.

Note: U.S. network television seasons generally start in late September and end in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

The figure reflected starting with the –89 season and ending with the –97 season represents the total number of households viewing the program. Starting with the –98 season, the viewing figure is based on total number of viewers.

The original NBC telecast was nominated six times for an Emmy Award for outstanding informational series in – and [35] The series won the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Award for Top TV Series twice, in and ; both times, the recipients were Michael Boyd and Gary Malkin for their work on the show's music theme.[36]

Home media[edit]

First Look Studios released six theme-based DVD sets in Region 1 in / The sets were re-released on June 21, with a lower suggested retail price. On March 21, , a compilation set called The Best of Unsolved Mysteries was released, which contained selected segments from each of the earlier DVD sets along with some previously unreleased-on-DVD content. A special boxed set featuring the first six sets along with the new content from the Best of collection was also produced.

DVD Name No. of Ep. # Release Date
Volume 1: UFOs 26 September 7,
Volume 2: Ghosts 34 September 14,
Volume 3: Miracles 33 October 26,
Volume 4: Incredible Psychics 28 January 25,
Volume 5: Bizarre Murders 32 January 25,
Volume 6: Strange Legends 27 February 15,
Special Volume: Treasures & Ghosts 10 September 14,
The Best of Unsolved Mysteries 33 March 21,
Unsolved Mysteries: The Ultimate Collection April 25,
DVD Title/Volume Disc Episode/Segment Title Original Title Original Air Date Commentaries Special Features
UFOs 1 Bentwaters UFO Rendlesham Forest Incident September 18, Creator Introduction
Allagash Abductions The Allagash Abductions September 18, Allagash Abductions
Commentary by John Cosgrove & Raymond Bridgers
Crop Circles Canada Crop Circles August 8,
Phoenix UFO Phoenix Lights May 29, Phoenix UFO
Commentary by David Vassar
Behind the Scenes the th Solve
Nazca Lines November 10,
Mexico UFO Mexico City UFO October 28, Robert Stack Tribute
Vancouver Lights December 12,
UFOs 2 Roswell Roswell Crash September 20, Roswell
Commentary by Raymond Bridgers
Roswell/Area 51 Connection Area 51 September 18,
Hudson Valley UFO Hudson River UFO September 16,
Belgian UFO Belgium UFO November 20, Belgian UFO
Commentary by David Vassar
Falcon Lake UFO November 4,
UFO Healing Lynne Plaskett April 25,
UFOs 3 Australian UFO Frederick Valentich September 29,
Missing Time Robert Matthews; Kristina Florence November 30, Missing Time
Commentary by Raymond Bridgers
Socorro Close Encounter Lonnie Zamora UFO Sighting December 1,
Kecksburg UFO September 19,
Texas UFO Betty Cash and Vickie Landrum February 6, Texas UFO
Commentary by John Cosgrove
Face on Mars February 1,
UFOs 4 Men in Black April 18,
Canadian UFO Guardian UFO February 3, Canadian UFO
Commentary by Bob Wise
Wheatfields Visitations United Kingdom Crop Circles January 31,
Life on Mars November 1, Life on Mars
Commentary by David Vassar
Interceptors March 2,
The Blob Oakville Blobs May 9,
UFO Odyssey Wytheville UFO Sightings February 19,
Ghosts 1 Friendly Ghost Pawley's Island October 31, Creator Introduction
Resurrection Mary Resurrection Cemetery February 9,
Matchmaker Ghost Delta Queen Riverboat April 9,
Queen Mary Ghosts The Queen Mary October 26, Queen Mary Ghosts
Commentary by John Cosgrove & Keva Rosenfeld
Behind the Scenes the th Solve
Grace's Ghost Covewood Lodge January 5,
Voice from the Grave Teresita Basa April 25,
Ghosts Go To Court Loews Cottage April 16, Ghosts Go To Court
Commentary by David Vassar
Robert Stack Tribute
The Entity Three Partners Ranch April 19,
Ghost Boy Jones House July 25,
Ghosts 2 Black Hope Curse Black Hope July 17, Black Hope Curse
Commentary by John Cosgrove
Tallman's Ghost Tallman House October 26,
Ghost Blimp The Crew of the L-8 May 19,
Gordy's Ghost Wyrick House October 21, Gordy's Ghost
Commentary by Bob Wise
Highway Vision Highway 50 Phantom February 21,
Civil War Ghosts Drum Barracks October 28,
Profiling the Paranormal HOPE June 11,
Ghost Lights Marfa Lights October 25,
Ghosts 3 Lizzie Borden's House Lizzie Borden House July 23,
Tatum's Ghost Tatum House October 26,
Ghostly Attraction Harden House October 30,
Ghost Writer Margaret Wilson December 9,
Mary Celeste December 2,
Comedy Store Ghosts The Comedy Store February 23,
Myrtles Plantation August 1, Myrtles Plantation
Commentary by David Vassar
General Wayne's Inn The General Wayne Inn October 26, General Wayne's Inn
Commentary by John Cosgrove & Keva Rosenfeld
Devil's Backbone The Devil's Backbone January 12,
Ghosts 4 Gettysburg Ghosts Gettysburg National Military Park March 15, Gettysburg Ghosts
Commentary by John Cosgrove & Raymond Bridgers
Frightened Family Smith Home April 4,
Moss Beach Ghost Moss Beach Distillery October 28,
Lady in Black Robert Davidson May 3,
Bullock Deadwood Hotel Bullock December 9,
Lake Wales Haunting Mann House October 27,
Mystery Hum E.L.F. May 19, Mystery Hum
Commentary by Bob Wise
Always, Karen Karen Walker October 21,
Miracles 1 Lucky School Cokeville Elementary School Explosion December 13, Creator Introduction
Miracle of Lourdes February 16,
Fertility Statues October 18,
Shroud of Turin The Shroud of Turin October 2,
Ice Woman Jean Hilliard February 9, Ice Woman
Commentary by David Vassar
Robert Stack Tribute
Lucky Choir West End Baptist Church January 3, Lucky Choir
Commentary by John Cosgrove & Keva Rosenfeld
Coma Healer Audrey Santo April 2,
Angels Janie Halliday; Estela Vera May 25,
Miracles 2 Miracle of Fatima November 3, Miracle of Fatima
Commentary by Bob Wise
Baby's Breath Logan Carroll November 3,
Healing from the Grave Charlene Richard June 11, Healing From The Grave
Commentary by John Cosgrove
Power of Prayer Kathleen Burghardt; Eric Danowski May 5,
Candy and Roxy April 4,
Trisha's Miracle Trisha Zemba September 20,
Father Solanus Casey October 9,
Christmas Miracle Chucky McGivern December 23,
Miracles 3 Medjugorje Miracles February 5,
Police Woman Savior Saviors of Doris Smith May 28,
Healing Touch Michael Ziegler; George and Marie April 13,
Miracle Staircase Loretto Chapel November 21, Miracle Staircase
Commentary by John Cosgrove
Miracle Child Kristina Smith April 4,
Kentucky Visions Valley Hill Lights October 27,
Life Saving Pets Mia; Shadow July 15, Life Saving Pets
Commentary by David Vassar
Miracle Buffalo Miracle the White Buffalo December 8,
Coma Recovery Don Hamilton November 15,
Miracles 4 Image of Guadalupe April 7,
Car Crash Lazarus David Shublak May 9,
MS Miracle Mary Clamser March 29, MS Miracle
Commentary by David Vassar
Padre Pio January 20,
Christmas Miracle Baby Teryn Hedlund December 23,
Miracle Cross Blinking Crucifix September 27, Miracle Cross
Commentary by Stuart Schwartz
Signs from Heaven Joe McCarthy; Herman Stegos; Michael Landon November 13,
Money from Heaven Matt and Wendy Jameson April 26,
Incredible Psychics 1 Life After Lightning Dannion Brinkley October 21,
Pix of the Dead Coral Polge November 28, Pix of the Dead
Commentary by Mike Mathis
Rainboy Don Decker February 10, Rainboy
Commentary by David Vassar
Reincarnated Submariner Bruce Kelly September 22,
James Van Praagh February 3,
Epilepsy Pooches Victoria Doroshenko November 14,
Plateau Vision Milly McGregor May 17,
Incredible Psychics 2 George Anderson November 18,
Twins Mark S. Newman and Gerald I. Levy; Donald M. and Louis G. Keith; Lavona and Lavelda Rowe-Richardson May 2, Twins
Commentary by David Vassar
Suddenly Psychic John Holland; Elizabeth Joyce April 16,
Bible Code Michael Drosnin April 3,
Storm In Hell Howard Storm November 15,
POW Dream Joe O' Brien October 20, Gulf POW Dream
Commentary by Mike Mathis
Murder Premonition Etta Smith February 3,
Lottery Miracle Sam Zelikson October 25,
Incredible Psychics 3 Electric Lady Jeanine Price February 3,
Reincarnation Georgia Rudolph February 14, Reincarnation
Commentary by John Cosgrove & Raymond Bridgers
Dorothy AllisonDorothy Allison, Police Psychic Dorothy Allison May 6, Dorothy Allison
Commentary by John Cosgrove
Mother's Instinct Carolyn Hebert; Elaine Emmi; Linda Babb March 23,
Twin ESP Connections Karen and Kathy Mills August 23,
After Death Visits John and Patti Eggleston; Paige Roark May 4,
Incredible Psychics 4 Past Lives Sharon Johnson November 6, Past Lives
Commentary by Mike Mathis
Incredible Journeys Nova; Lady March 2, Incredible Journeys
Commentary by Jim Lindsay
Psychic Detective John Catchings November 10,
Life After Life Kristle Merzlock; Thomas Sawyer February 22,
Powers of Miss Katie Katie October 31,
Dreams Come True Rhonda and Roxanne Anderson; Catherine Webb October 21,
Silent Witness Nancy Myer December 2,
Bizarre Murders 1 Colorado Cop Killers Jason McVean and Alan Pilon April 9,
Boston Strangler May 11,
Texas Most Wanted Edward Bell April 21, Texas Most Wanted
Commentary by David Vassar & John Cosgrove
Trailer Terror Danny and Kathy Freeman July 3,
Bad Chief Greg Webb April 28,
Marie Hilley November 3,
Journalist's Murder Danny Casolaro March 10, Journalist's Murder
Commentary by David Vassar
Bizarre Murders 2 Scared To Death Cindy James February 13,
Murdered Heiress Camilla Lyman June 11, Murdered Heiress
Commentary by John Cosgrove & Stuart Schwartz
Unicorn's Secret Ira Einhorn January 5,
Women's Prison Killing Jesslyn Rich November 4,
Skull Duggery Linda Sherman July 2,
Backyard Bones Monika Rizzo November 13, Backyard Bones
Commentary by John Cosgrove & Mike Mathis
World Leaders James Fox; Elliott Leyton; Reid Maloy November 3,
Burning Bed Megan Curl December 10,
Bizarre Murders 3 Mistake Hit Charles Morgan February 13, Mistake Hit
Commentary by Jim Lindsay
Friends To The End Don Henry and Kevin Ives October 12,
Whistle Blown Dave Bocks March 2,
Richard's Rampage Richard Church November 7,
Plane Crash Sabotage Gander Plane Crash May 5,
Burned Evidence Eric Tamiyasu July 26,
Jesse James Hollywood August 2, Jesse James Hollywood
Commentary by Bob Wise
Two Mary Murders Mary Morris and Mary Morris June 17,
Bizarre Murders 4 Bordello Murders Candy Belt and Gloria Ross November 13, Bordello Murders
Commentary by Jim Lindsay
Campus Murder Brook Baker April 2,
Dakota's Double Arnold Archambeau and Ruby Bruguier April 14, Dakota's Double Death
Commentary by Bob Wise
Margo Freshwater August 26,
Zodiac Unabomber Zodiac Killer September 20,
The Other Intern Chandra Levy and Joyce Chiang; Christine Mirzayan June 10,
Social Security Murders Julius Patterson and Paulette Hite November 17,
Civil Rights Murders O'Neal Moore November 14,
Campus Calamity Bryan Nisenfeld July 4,
Strange Legends 1 Elvis' Last Night Elvis Presley November 13,
Brandon Lee October 20, Brandon Lee
Commentary by John Cosgrove & Raymond Bridgers
Eliot Ness Butcher of Kingsbury Run February 20,
Holy Grail Nanteos Cup April 10,
Amelia Earhart November 7, Holy Grail
Commentary by David Vassar
Alcatraz Frank Morris and the Anglin Brothers February 8,
Strange Legends 2 Noah's Ark April 29, Noah's Ark
Commentary by Stuart Schwartz
Martin L. King Dr. Martin Luther King March 31,
Big Foot in Oregon Bigfoot May 25,
Sonny Liston November 22,
Who Killed Superman? George Reeves December 8,
Billy The Kid Brushy Bill Roberts March 1,
BC Sea Monster Caddy December 15, BC Sea Monster
Commentary by Bob Wise
Strange Legends 3 Elvis' Twin Jessie Presley February 9,
Yeti February 12,
DB Cooper D. B. Cooper October 12,
Huey Long September 30, Huey Long
Commentary by David Vassar
Who Plugged Bugsy Bugsy Siegel April 2, Who Plugged Bugsy
Commentary by Bob Wise
John Wilkes Booth September 25,
Mona Lisa The Mona Lisa November 17,
Strange Legends 4 Agatha Christie November 11, Agatha Christie
Commentary by John Cosgrove & Christine Lenig
Skunk Ape The Skunk Ape April 9,
Chair of Death May 22,
RFK Pix Scott Enyart May 3, RFK Pix
Commentary by John Cosgrove
Anastasia Anna Anderson October 6,
Bermuda Triangle September 26,
Mothman July 26,
Treasures & Ghosts 1 Ghost-Fighters La Posada Hotel October 2, Behind the Scenes the th Solve
Haunting on 37th Street Woods Home April 17,
Direct Contact Michelle O'Malley February 16,
Mummy's Curse The Curse of King Tut May 10,
Haunted Mansion Beaty Castle February 19,
Dutch Schultz Treasure April 27, Robert Stack Tribute
Marcos' Buddha & Update Yamashita's Treasure January 27,
Lost Dutchman's Mine Lost Dutchman Mine March 15,
Nazi War Treasure Lunersee Lake Treasure October 17,
Plummer's Booty Bannack Treasure May 2,

Soundtrack[edit]

In , Terror Vision Records made a deal with program creator John Cosgrove to release the show's official score on vinyl, Unsolved Mysteries: Ghosts/Hauntings/The Unexplained. Two sets on color vinyl were released on June 22, – the first, a three vinyl set collecting the scores written for each of the show's ghost and missing/wanted segments along with three theme songs; the second, a 34 tracks single vinyl collection featuring the best cuts off the first three vinyl set. Segment cues were taken from the show's original DAT tapes.[6] A second collection entitled Unsolved Mysteries Volume Two: Bizarre Murders/UFOs/The Unknown was released in December [37]

Podcast[edit]

On October 21, , it was announced that Cosgrove/Meurer Productions had struck a deal with Entercom-owned Cadence13 for an official Unsolved Mysteries weekly podcast.[38] The podcast is narrated by voice-over artistSteve French.[39]

See also[edit]

  • Aktenzeichen XY … ungelöst
  • Corrupt Crimes
  • Unsealed Files
  • Traffic Cops (also called Car Wars)
  • America's Most Wanted, a similar program
  • Fugitive Watch, a similar program
  • India's Most Wanted, an inspired program in India
  • Police Report, a similar program in Hong Kong
  • Linha Direta, a similar program in Brazil
  • Efterlyst, a similar program in Sweden
  • Crimecall, a similar program in Ireland
  • Crime Watch, a similar program in Trinidad and Tobago[40]
  • Police 5, a similar program on ITV
  • Crime Watch Daily, a similar syndicated program hosted by Chris Hansen
  • Crimewatch, a similar program in the United Kingdom.
  • Police Ten 7, a similar program in New Zealand.
  • The Hunt with John Walsh, a similar program
  • BuzzFeed Unsolved

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsolved_Mysteries


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