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A Car Crash, a Vanishing, Very Few Answers

Maura Murray's family is still searching for nursing student 13 years later

(Newser) - A mystery involving a missing 21-year-old New Hampshire woman is now entering its 14th year, but for the family of Maura Murray, the pain of each day is fresh. "It really isn't any better than it ever was," dad Fred Murray tells the Boston Globe , determined to... More »

New Twist in Cold Case That Was 'Solved,' Then Unsolved

Investigation that resulted in now-vacated conviction is itself being investigated

(Newser) - In 1957, Illinois 7-year-old Maria Ridulph was abducted and murdered. In 2011, a suspect was arrested and convicted the following year. Then, in 2016, he was set free after a prosecutor and a judge determined he could not have committed the crime. Now, the investigation into that man, Jack Daniel... More »

He May Have Cracked Century-Old Music 'Enigma'

But not all scholars are convinced of Bob Padgett's theory

(Newser) - At the debut of his Variations on an Original Theme in 1899, English composer and cryptographer Edward Elgar hinted at a riddle of sorts hidden in the work. The idea is that the 14 variations in the piece are, in fact, variations of a particular piece of music. "So... More »

In Dark Slice of History, Teens Forced Gay Men Off Cliffs

Australian police now probing deaths from as long ago as 1976

(Newser) - For nearly two decades, Scott Johnson's death had been labeled a suicide. The 27-year-old's naked body was found Dec. 10, 1988, on a cliff overlooking Sydney's northern beaches, with his clothes folded above. His brother didn't buy it, and in 2005 he developed an alternate theory:... More »

Year After Mysterious Strychnine Death, an Identification

When a mystery man's body was found in UK, international investigation ensued

(Newser) - The man found lying on his back on a patch of grass on the outskirts of Manchester on Dec. 12, 2015, dead of strychnine poisoning, has finally been identified thanks to an international police investigation. Police believe that the man, identified as 67-year-old David Lytton, took his own life, reports... More »

Flight Attendants Still Have No Answer on What's Ailing Them

Thousands of AA attendants have had bad reactions since new uniforms arrived

(Newser) - American Airlines flight attendants demanded a full recall of their new uniforms last month, convinced the new attire was making many of them sick—but after a slew of testing, the airline still can't definitively say what the issue is, or if the uniforms are involved at all, Bloomberg... More »

JonBenet Ramsey Case Takes Another New Turn

State plans to conduct sophisticated DNA tests on clothing

(Newser) - The 20th anniversary of JonBenet Ramsey's murder has led to all kinds of renewed speculation about the case, but now comes an actual development in the criminal investigation: The state plans to conduct new DNA tests on the panties and long johns the 6-year-old was wearing when she was... More »

Mystery Death Perhaps Tied to Poison, Profits, and Putin

No one is sure who killed Alexander Perepilichny (or if he was killed), but signs point to Kremlin

(Newser) - A healthy 44-year-old man collapses while jogging in a posh London suburb and dies an "unexplained" death, per police, and of course there's more to this already intriguing-sounding story. Jeffrey E. Stern wades through the weeds of the mysterious 2012 death of Alexander Perepilichny for the Atlantic , detailing... More »

DB Cooper Case Could Still Be Solved —With Your Help

True Ink releasing case files for citizen sleuths

(Newser) - A man identifying himself as Dan Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient jet, jumped from the airliner with $200,000 in ransom money and a parachute, and seemingly disappeared in 1971 in what has endured as one of the great American crime mysteries—one an online magazine now hopes to solve.... More »

In Attic, Man Finds Remains of Woman Missing 40 Years

'We assume she lay down to sleep and froze'

(Newser) - The family of a man in Cloppenburg, northern Germany, apparently doesn't spend much time in the attic. When the 33-year-old son went up to set about renovating the large, unused space last week, he happened upon the remains of a woman who's been missing for nearly 40 years,... More »

The 'East Bay Walls' Continue to Confound

San Francisco archeologist says there is much to learn from mysterious rock walls

(Newser) - Hikers in San Francisco know them well: miles of stacked stones spanning portions of the rugged hills overlooking the East Bay. The crude walls have been compared to Easter Island and Stonehenge because like those two ancient sites, their origins are shrouded in mystery. No historical documents exist to shed... More »

Perpetual Terrorist 'Victim' Really Just a Con Artist

But he's not the one putting his own picture up after each terrorist attack

(Newser) - He's gone missing in the Istanbul airport attack and the May EgyptAir crash , as well as been named a victim of the Pulse Orlando shooting and as an official who ordered police to shoot at a group of Mexican protesters in June, but who "he" is remains a... More »

Woman Became PI to Help Solve Her Friend's Murder

The case had been cold for 20 years

(Newser) - Angie Samota was raped and murdered in Texas in 1984, when she was 20 years old. Twenty years later, her case was still unsolved when her former college roommate, Sheila Wysocki, saw a vision of Samota standing at the edge of her bed. "I know it sounds crazy,"... More »

FBI Conclusion on Black Teen's Hanging Death: Suicide, Not Hate Crime

One pathologist had suggested it was physically impossible for teen to hang himself

(Newser) - When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy's body was found hanging from a belt on a swing set in a predominantly white trailer park on Aug. 29, 2014, the morning before he was set to debut as a junior linebacker on his football team in the tiny town of Bladenboro, NC, local... More »

FBI on Hunt for Serial Killer Who Last Struck in 1986

'Original Night Stalker' was tied to at least 52 sex assaults in Sacramento County, Bay Area

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since a violent serial burglar, rapist, and killer started to terrorize Northern California, but the FBI this week announced there is a new, concerted push to find the so-called "East Area Rapist." Described as a white male about 5-foot-10 with blond or light... More »

Who Is This Man and Why Did He Drink Strychnine?

A titanium plate in the man's leg may break the case

(Newser) - A cyclist riding in a nature area near Manchester, England, on Dec. 12 saw a man who looked to be about 70 lying on a patch of grass, as if he was resting. In truth, he was dead. In a lengthy, visually stunning BBC article, Jon Manel explores the case... More »

Police May Have Suspect in 1989, 1994 Cold Cases

Murder of Sarah Jo DeLeon may be linked to slaying of Diana Marie Ault 2 years earlier

(Newser) - They aren't naming names yet, but police detectives in Kansas City, Kan., say they have identified a suspect in the unsolved murder of Sarah Jo DeLeon, who was 19 when her body was found in 1989. What's more, they say the suspect is a woman from the area,... More »

Ex-Cop: Why I Think My Dad Killed the 'Black Dahlia'

Thought murder 'masterpiece' would get him 'immortalized': Steve Hodel

(Newser) - Retired police detective Steve Hodel believes he's not only solved what the Guardian calls "one of the most brutal murders in American history," he's also come up with a motive. Hodel—who has long claimed his physician father killed 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, also known as the... More »

Gawker May Have Just Solved the Mystery of Trump's Hair

It involves metal clamps, donor hair, a shadowy expert, and lots of money

(Newser) - "Remember the $500 haircut ?" quips Gawker's John Cook? That's nothing. Gawker just went all Woodward and Bernstein on Donald Trump's "inscrutable hairdo." A tipster, French patents, multiple lawsuits, an archived website, and more have led the Ashley Feinberg to pen a 3,479-word... More »

Body Wearing 'Cement Shoes' Floats Ashore in NYC

The corpse had a Virgin Mary tattoo

(Newser) - Police are trying to identify the body of a man who washed ashore in New York City with his arms tied behind his back and his feet encased in concrete, the AP reports. At a news conference Tuesday in Queens, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that the body was... More »

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