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A shore not quite reached: the mysterious crash of Lituanica.

Unless you’re an extreme aviation buff or possibly Lithuanian-American, it’s doubtful you’ve ever heard of Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas or know what they did that was of historical significance. But … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Disappeared: Nathan Edberg, missing 15 years.

On April 14, 1999, at about 7:30 PM, a tall, powerfully-built young man walked into Decoy’s Bar and Grill on 4th Street in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, ordered a beer … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

Disappeared: Lee Cutler, missing 7 years.

The disappearance of Lee Sterling Cutler, age 18, from Buffalo Grove, Illinois is one of the more famous missing persons cases of the past decade, having been profiled on an … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 9 Comments

L’Oiseau Blanc, the “White Bird”: the great mystery of the air.

May 1927 was a big month in aviation history. That was, of course, the month in which American pilot Charles Lindbergh flew the Atlantic non-stop for the first time in … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Disappeared: Jay Pringle, missing 37 years today.

Thirty-seven years ago today, on April 19, 1977, a young man from Oregon disappeared somewhere in the southwestern U.S. His name was Jay Calvin Pringle and he was 17, and … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 9 Comments

Norway’s Titanic: the “Scandinavian Star” disaster.

Twenty-four years ago today, on April 7, 1990, a fire broke out aboard a passenger ferry called the M/S Scandinavian Star which was then traveling through the Skagerrak, the strait that separates … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Disappeared: Israel Smith, missing 6 years.

Sometime after March 10, 2008, a bit more than six years ago, something happened to Israel R. Smith of Wytheville, Virginia. It seems to have happened at home. And nobody … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

The mystery of the missing mystery writer: the strange disappearance of Agatha Christie.

This is the sixth article in my 1920s Week series. Aside from Shakespeare and God–or whoever you think wrote the Bible–Agatha Christie is the best-selling author in human history. She … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 4 Comments

Disappeared: Bobby Sine, missing 2 years.

A little more than two years ago, on February 6, 2012, Bobby Sine (Robert Earl Sine IV), an 18-year-old boy from Mount Vernon, Washington, leaped out of a car being … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Historic photo, and a mystery: is this Mozart’s wife?

The above photo, a daguerreotype–the earliest kind of photography–was taken in Altötting, in Bavaria, in 1840. The man at center is Max Keller, a German composer of the period. Look … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment
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