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Mystery Beach Blast Turned Woman Into 'Human Cannon'

Kathleen Danise recovering with concussion, broken ribs

(Newser) - The last thing Kathleen Danise remembers from Saturday's trip to Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett, RI, is reading her book as a man nearby suited up in scuba gear. Then suddenly, an explosion launched the 60-year-old woman onto a rock jetty 10 feet away, breaking two of her... More »

Car Crash Solves 40-Year-Old Mystery 10K Miles Away

Raymond Grady Stansel Jr. disappeared in 1974 right before drug-smuggling trial

(Newser) - When an elderly man in north Queensland, Australia, died in a car crash in May, the local paper ran a story that described an "outpouring of grief" in the town where he ran his crocodile-cruise company for almost 30 years. But as the Tampa Bay Times details in a... More »

Is This the 20th Century's Most Baffling Cold Case?

We don't know who the Somerton Man was, or how he died

(Newser) - It’s a mystery as maddening as it is intriguing: Who was the still-unidentified Somerton Man, a suit-clad, 40-something man who was found dead on an Australian beach near Adelaide—possibly by poison—on the morning of Dec. 1, 1948? Graeme Wood boils 66 years of sleuthing, developments, twists, and... More »

Man's Quest for DB Cooper's Parachute Almost Kills Him

Former Navy SEAL Matt L'Hommedieu found himself in a 'dire situation'

(Newser) - DB Cooper infamously parachuted out of a plane and into legend in 1971. He hijacked a Boeing 727 en route to Seattle from Portland, was handed $200,000 in cash after its arrival there, took off with just the crew on a path toward Mexico, and vanished, most likely... More »

My Dad Killed Black Dahlia, Says Retired Cop

Steve Hodel says he has new evidence his doctor father was a serial killer

(Newser) - A retired police detective suspects he's getting closer to solving a series of 1940s Hollywood murders, including that of the Black Dahlia —and the man he suspects to be the killer is his own father. Steve Hodel first began to suspect George Hodel while going through his belongings... More »

42 Years Later, a Break in 'Valentine's Day Killings'

'Person of interest' identified in 1971 murders

(Newser) - Authorities investigating a 42-year-old cold case murder of a young North Carolina couple say they've homed in on a "person of interest." Nineteen-year-old Jesse McBane and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Patricia Mann, were found tied up, strangled and beaten in Orange County on February 25, 1971, less than... More »

How Police Busted Castro's Neighbor in 1990s Murders

Elias Acevedo confessed to 2 murders

(Newser) - The capture of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro ultimately led police to clues in two more 1990s cold cases, and Castro's neighbor was charged last week with two murders and three rapes, Reuters reports. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has the crazy story: After Castro's arrest and the rescue of... More »

Woman Steps on Skull, 10-Year Mystery Begins

Police want help solving 'Members Only case'

(Newser) - In 2004, a young mother skidded off Long Island's Northern State Parkway—and, upon exiting her car to get help, stepped on a human skull. In the almost 10 years since, New York police have been mystified as to who the man is and what happened to him. Now... More »

Body Found in Hospital Stairwell Is Missing Patient

She disappeared from room last month

(Newser) - A body discovered in a San Francisco hospital stairwell was that of a female patient at the facility who disappeared more than two weeks ago, hospital officials said today. San Francisco General Hospital Chief Medical Officer Todd May said officials were still awaiting confirmation on the identity from the medical... More »

Cops ID Mom of Girl Found in Cooler 22 Years Ago

NYPD makes breakthrough in Baby Hope case

(Newser) - New York police have made a breakthrough in a case that horrified the city in the summer of 1991. Thanks to a tip and DNA evidence, they've identified and brought in for questioning the mother of the dead little girl who became known as "Baby Hope," the... More »

Bones Found in NY Connected to 1938 Cold Case?

Investigators' only lead is a teen's book report

(Newser) - Police in New York are investigating a 75-year-old cold case, and their only real lead is a child’s book report. A person rehabbing a home near Albany found human bones, and a police spokesman in East Greenbush says a woman living at the house disappeared in the 1930s. The... More »

There Is No Jack the Ripper: Detective

Says reporter invented Ripper, but German sailor to blame for some murders

(Newser) - Trevor Marriott, a former Bedfordshire detective, has been investigating the Jack the Ripper murders for 11 years—and he's come to the conclusion that the Ripper doesn't exist, or at least not as he's traditionally portrayed. Though Jack was supposedly responsible for five grisly murders, Marriott has... More »

13 Unsolved Hollywood Mysteries

The Black Dahlia, Superman, and more

(Newser) - Long before people started speculating whether someone sinister was behind Michael Jackson's death, Hollywood had seen its fair share of unsolved mysteries. Radar rounds up 13, from the comedian accused of rupturing an actress' bladder—but never convicted—to the actress who was rumored to have let her teenage... More »

America's Oldest Unsolved Murder May Be Solved

Jamestown researchers think they've identified remains

(Newser) - Colonial America's oldest unsolved mystery involved remains that have been known only as "JR102C," or "JR" for short, but their owner's true name may have finally been uncovered. The bones were found, buried in a coffin, under an old roadbed in Jamestown in 1996, WTKR... More »

Woman Hunts Down Dad's Killer Online, 26 Years Later

Determined Joselyn Martinez 'basically solved the case'

(Newser) - In 1986, Justo Santos and another teen walked into Jose Martinez's New York restaurant and, allegedly, started harassing Martinez's wife. Martinez kicked him out, and as they argued on the sidewalk, witnesses say Santos shot Martinez dead. Police identified Santos as the suspected killer immediately, but he fled... More »

NC Hotel Mystery as Room Sees 3rd Death in 2 Months

Carbon monoxide found in hotel, but no word yet on official cause of death

(Newser) - Three people have died in the same North Carolina hotel room since April, in a mystery authorities are still investigating. On Saturday, Jeannie Williams and her 11-year-old son, Jeffrey, were found unresponsive in the Best Western room in Boone. Jeffrey was pronounced dead; his mother awoke from her coma yesterday.... More »

Sisters' Unsolved Murders Get a New Look, 57 Years Later

Retired cop, amateur detectives putting heads together

(Newser) - No one knows what happened to Patricia and Barbara Grimes in December 1956, when the teenage sisters left their Chicago home to watch an Elvis Presley movie and never returned. Their bodies were found, a month later, naked along a rural road; their deaths were officially attributed to exposure to... More »

Cops: We Can't Solve Susan Powell Case

Release new details, including husband's alleged affair

(Newser) - Josh Powell reportedly had an affair just months before his wife disappeared, and his brother may have been "heavily involved" in getting rid of her body, Utah police revealed as they announced they couldn't solve the sensational case. The West Valley City Police Department yesterday opened its books... More »

China Wants US Help With 19-Year-Old Poisoning Mystery

Zhu Ling's poisoning was never solved

(Newser) - An unsolved poisoning case has enthralled China, 19 years after the fact, and now more than 112,000 people have signed a petition asking the White House to investigate and deport a former suspect who is said to have moved to the US. Zhu Ling was a chemistry student at... More »

Hindenburg Mystery Finally Put to Rest

76 years later, experts say static electricity was to blame

(Newser) - A 21st-century team of researchers has solved an enduring 20th-century mystery: What sparked the fire that caused the Hindenburg to explode and plummet to the ground? Static electricity, asserts the British-US team, which tested a number of the theories that have been floated for the last 76 years on 79-foot... More »

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