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After Decades of Quiet Visits to Boy's Grave, Mystery Mourner Identified

He's been leaving flowers, but someone else has been leaving poems

(Newser) - Twelve-year-old Karl Smith drowned on a Scouting trip in 1947. For decades now, people have been leaving flowers and poems on his grave near Cheltenham, England, and his sister, Ann Kear, has longed to know who the mystery visitors are. One of them has now been revealed as part of... More »

Girl in Kidnapping Case That Was Never Solved Dead at 87

June Robles Birt's disappearance transfixed the nation in 1934

(Newser) - It was a crime that gripped the nation: what happened to June Robles? "Little June" had been snatched on a Tucson street after leaving school on an April day in 1934. The 6-year-old granddaughter of a rich cattle baron would be found alive in a wooden and metal cage... More »

Green Code That Opens The Matrix Is Surprisingly Mundane

Simon Whiteley shares its origins

(Newser) - If you're the type who would take the blue pill and would prefer to "just wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe," stop reading. If you want to discover the truth about a mystery of The Matrix, pop the hypothetical red pill... More »

Letter Drops Tantalizing Clue About a Missing Painting

The locations of 15 of Miguel Cabrera's 16 casta paintings are known

(Newser) - As far as art mysteries go, it's a good one, thanks in no small part to a very tantalizing clue. Miguel Cabrera, described by the Los Angeles Times as the "greatest" Mexican painter of the mid-18th century, famously painted a single casta: a set of what is usually... More »

US Tourists Who Visited Cuba Think They Got Hit, Too

South Carolina's Chris Allen suffered ailments similar to 'sonic' victims back in 2014

(Newser) - Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a US government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to... More »

Final Report: Mystery of MH370 'Almost Inconceivable'

ATSB investigators say they 'deeply regret' the Malaysia Airlines plane was never found

(Newser) - The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was officially nixed in January, and now Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators have submitted their final report , per the BBC . In it, they say it's "almost inconceivable" that, three and a half years after the Boeing 777 plunged into the water... More »

Eyes Turn to US Over UN Chief's 1961 Death

US, UK archives could hold crucial evidence in Dag Hammarskjold case: UN report

(Newser) - Conspiracy theories claiming the 1961 plane crash that killed UN chief Dag Hammarskjold was orchestrated by the US government and its allies have been circulating for years—and may have just gained some weight. A fresh investigation into the Swedish diplomat's death has uncovered a "significant amount of... More »

Tillerson: Diplomat Injuries in Cuba May Lead to Big US Move

Secretary of state says US Embassy there may be shuttered due to mystery 'incidents'

(Newser) - No one knows what's injuring US diplomats in Havana, not even (ostensibly) Raul Castro . And so Rex Tillerson said on Sunday's Face the Nation that the US government is considering closing the US Embassy there in response to this "serious issue," per the AP . "We... More »

Cops Make Concession in Case of Teen Found Dead in Freezer

Surveillance video will be released to Kenneka Jenkins' mom

(Newser) - There are still more questions than answers in the death of Kenneka Jenkins, the Chicago 19-year-old found dead in a hotel's walk-in freezer over the weekend, but officials have agreed to release surveillance video from the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont, Ill., to Jenkins' mother. The move came amid... More »

Mystery of Cuba Attacks Deepens, Baffling Experts

Symptoms are 'not possible' to explain

(Newser) - The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he'd walked through some invisible wall cutting straight... More »

Engineer Says She's Solved Mystery of Civil War Sub

Her conclusion: torpedo shock waves killed the crew, doomed the Hunley

(Newser) - For more than 150 years, researchers have scratched their heads over a Civil War mystery—and now a Navy engineer says she's solved it. Rachel Lance has been diving deep into the 1864 sinking of the Confederate submarine HL Hunley, which mysteriously went down shortly after sinking the Union'... More »

Writer Says He's Solved Mystery of Hollywood's Billboard Blonde

But Angelyne says there are 'a lot of inaccuracies'

(Newser) - About a year after Hollywood Reporter journalist Gary Baum profiled Angelyne, the mysterious billboard bombshell he describes as LA's "modern myth," a hobbyist genealogist contacted him claiming to have proof of a compelling back story: that she was born in Poland to Holocaust survivors. Now, also for... More »

Mystery Death at Resort Has Family Seeking Answers

Abbey Conner's parents, brother don't think her January death in Mexico was an accident

(Newser) - Shortly after arriving at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar resort near Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in January, John and Ginny McGowan left their adult son and daughter at a pool with plans to meet them in the hotel lobby for dinner an hour and a half later. But Abbey Conner,... More »

After Mysterious Journey, 1914 Letter Found in Mail

It may have been dropped in the mail recently

(Newser) - When a mail carrier found a discolored envelope among his stash of letters earlier this month, a few things stood out, the AP notes. For one, the envelope had been slit open at the top, apparently by a letter opener, quite some time ago. For another, it had been mailed... More »

These Trees Know Where They Are on the Planet

Cook pines mysteriously lean toward the equator

(Newser) - Most trees grow straight, but the Cook pine leans another way. As a new study reveals, the tree leans toward the equator no matter where it grows, giving it what Science Alert calls a "drunken-looking slant." Matthew Ritter of California Polytechnic State University first became curious about the... More »

Police May Have Answer to Perplexing SOS Message

A man called them to say his brother constructed it in 2013

(Newser) - It had police scratching their heads—and wondering if they should be searching for missing persons: an SOS message spotted by helicopter in a part of Western Australia so remote the nearest city of note is more than 600 miles away. Now police may have their answer, thanks in no... More »

Soccer Legend's Body Goes Missing in Brazil

'My father did not deserve this,' says Garrincha's daughter

(Newser) - What happened to Garrincha's body? That's what Brazilians are asking after the soccer great's remains went missing. The one-named, two-time World Cup champ's family revealed the odd disappearance on Tuesday, telling O Globo via the BBC that Garrincha's body may have been lost during an... More »

Norway Reopens Grisly Mystery of the Isdal Woman

Badly burned corpse found in 1970 was followed by string of bizarre clues

(Newser) - A gruesome scene, false identities, coded messages, and a suitcase of disguises—but no answers. Now, 47 years after her badly burned corpse was discovered in a remote part of the Isdalen valley, journalists with Norway's public broadcaster are reopening the unsolved case of the Isdal Woman. The BBC... More »

In Arizona Desert, the Mystery Is Deeper Than the Hole

Neighbors are confounded by a 'mystery hole' discovered this week

(Newser) - In terms of unexplained mysteries, it's not exactly the Bermuda Triangle. But the discovery of an old, deep hole in Arizona has neighbors scratching their heads. Hector Thompson and his mom Michele were walking near their home in the desert town of Tonopah when they came across a "... More »

Mystery of the 'Crooked Forest' Puzzles, Decades Later

Was it witchcraft or warfare?

(Newser) - The trunks all bend toward the ground in the same direction, extending three to nine feet, before curving upward and stretching toward the sky, taking the shape of an upside-down question mark. But almost a century after the 400 pine trees were planted in what is now known as Poland'... More »

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