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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 · 2 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

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

42 Historical Objects, No. 6: Tollund Man’s Head.

This is the face of a man who died about 2,000 years ago and whose body was preserved in a peat bog in Denmark for most of that time. He … Continue reading

January 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

Disappeared: Marion McCleneghan-Sodo, missing almost 4 years.

On Saturday night, February 6, 2010, Marion McCleneghan-Sodo went to a party at the home of her boyfriend at 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Brooklyn, New York, only a … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

Lonely voyager: the mystery of the Mary Celeste.

The “ghost ship” Mary Celeste is undoubtedly the most indelible and famous maritime mystery of all time. A few tales of ghost ships from the 20th century, most notably the Joyita, have … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Earth: Espoo, Finland, near Lake Bodom, site of infamous 1960 murders.

This pretty Scandinavian countryside harbors a terrible secret. Just beyond the trees you see in the distance of this photo is Lake Bodom, a small but picturesque lake in Espoo, … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · Leave a comment
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