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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 · 4 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

Incredibly odd: the dead tea woman of Nevis.

Sometimes you find some really, really odd things when you’re doing historical research. Witness this tidbit that I happened to find in the Naval Register, the official journal of the British Navy, … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

Disappeared: Kirsten Kryszak, missing 13 years today.

New Year’s Day thirteen years ago was snowy, icy and cold in Memphis, Tennessee. On that holiday morning 18-year-old Kirsten Kryszak tried to get home from a New Year’s party … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 3: The Fort Rock Sandals.

This may look like an ordinary if fairly primitive shoe. If you came across it lying in the street you might not think much of it. If you happened to … Continue reading

December 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 2: The Venus of Willendorf.

This strange-looking figure, carved out of limestone, was discovered in the remains of a stone age village near the town of Willendorf, Austria in 1908. It’s a bit more than … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · 3 Comments
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