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Victim of 'Happy Face Killer' Identified, 29 Years Later

Patricia Skiple was found dead in 1993

(Newser) - A victim of the Happy Face Killer has been identified nearly 30 years after her body was left near a California highway, authorities said Monday. Patricia Skiple of Colton, Ore., had been known only as “Blue Pacheco" for the color of her clothing until genetic genealogy was used to...

New Twist in Murdaugh Murders Involves Wife's Will
Murdaugh's Wife Left a Will
Behind, but With One 'Oddity'
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Murdaugh's Wife Left a Will Behind, but With One 'Oddity'

Someone had crossed off name of Maggie Murdaugh's sister as estate handler on 2005 doc

(Newser) - The strange saga swirling around South Carolina's Murdaugh family continues, now involving the supposed final wishes of the late Maggie Murdaugh. NBC News reports the 52-year-old, found shot to death in June in her rural Islandton home along with 22-year-old son Paul Murdaugh, left behind a last will and...

First His Wife and Son Were Killed, Now He's Been Shot

Prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh was shot in the head on a lonely road

(Newser) - The murder of a prominent South Carolina attorney's wife and son has gone nearly twelve weeks without any arrests but there's new startling twist: the attorney himself was shot in the head Saturday after experiencing car trouble on the side of the road. Per the New York Times...

Australia to Try to Solve One of Its Greatest Mysteries
Australia to Try to Solve
One of Its Greatest Mysteries
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Australia to Try to Solve One of Its Greatest Mysteries

Somerton Man's remains exhumed in hopes of creating a DNA profile

(Newser) - Australian authorities are hoping to get to the bottom of one of the 20th century's most intriguing cold cases : that of the still-unidentified Somerton Man, a suit-clad, 40-something man who was found dead on a beach near Adelaide—possibly by poison—on the morning of Dec. 1, 1948. Now,...

New Autopsy in 2004 Death Leads to Murder Investigation

Exhumed body of Alonzo Brooks shows evidence of injury

(Newser) - When Unsolved Mysteries was revived last year , show producers said they hoped to solve the April 2004 death of a 23-year-old Black and Hispanic man found in a creek following a party in Kansas. And though Alonzo Brooks' death is not yet solved, authorities are now confident in calling it...

Metal Panel Found in 1991 Could Hold Earhart Clues

It'll be tested using a nuclear reactor

(Newser) - The quest to discover what happened to Amelia Earhart has turned to ... a nuclear reactor. Popular Mechanics reports scientists at Penn State University are focusing not on Earhart herself but her plane, a Lockheed Model 10-E Electra. In 1991, longtime Earhart searcher Ric Gillespie found an aluminum panel on the...

Man Furious Someone Painted Cookie Monster on His Building
Man Furious Someone Painted
Cookie Monster on His Building
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Man Furious Someone Painted Cookie Monster on His Building

Artist in Peoria, Ill., says he was paid by building owner 'Nate' to create mural; real owner says no

(Newser) - The monolith isn't the only artistic mystery floating around these days. On Dec. 1, artist Joshua Hawkins proudly thanked the team that helped him paint a huge Cookie Monster mural on the side of a vacant building in Peoria, Ill., which he'd been commissioned to create at the...

51 Years Later, a 'Zodiac Killer' Cipher Has Been Solved

Code-breaking trio solves one of the ciphers the killer sent to 'San Francisco Chronicle' in 1969

(Newser) - For 14 years, Virginia web designer David Oranchak has been toiling away on one of America's greatest mysteries: the "340 Cipher," a 340-character puzzle sent to the San Francisco Chronicle more than 50 years ago by the infamous "Zodiac Killer," who murdered at least five...

It's a Photo of a Bearded Dead Man. Could It Be Priceless?
It's a Photo of a
Bearded Dead Man.
Could It Be Priceless?
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It's a Photo of a Bearded Dead Man. Could It Be Priceless?

Some experts believe the dead man is Abraham Lincoln

(Newser) - The image is haunting, depicting a gaunt-faced man with a familiar beard, staring ahead lifelessly. The right eye is bulging and appears disfigured from an unseen wound. Some experts believe the man is Abraham Lincoln, captured hours after the nation's 16th president succumbed to an assassin's bullet on...

Beware, Bigfoot: Unsolved Mysteries Is Back

Netflix reboots series as producers aim to solve a murder

(Newser) - Paging armchair detectives: Netflix has revived Unsolved Mysteries because, as the New York Times puts it, "2020 isn't scary enough." The updated version of the docuseries—which first premiered on NBC in 1988, exploring everything from mysterious murders to Bigfoot sightings—premieres Wednesday with "much of...

Killer IDed in 38-Year-Old Cold Case, but He Won't Go to Prison

Harold Warren Jarrell, suspected of murdering 8-year-old Kelly Ann Prosser in Ohio, died in 1996

(Newser) - In September 1982, 8-year-old Kelly Ann Prosser was abducted while walking home from school in Columbus Ohio, then beaten, sexually assaulted, and strangled to death. Her body was discovered in a field two days later, but her killer was never found. Now, nearly four decades later, authorities say they have...

Sweden May Soon Be Closing an 'Open Wound'

Prosecutor to release findings Wednesday related to 1986 assassination of PM Olof Palme

(Newser) - Swedes are gearing up for what the Local describes as "one of Sweden's most highly anticipated press conferences in the past three decades." Chief prosecutor Krister Petersson, who's been investigating the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme since 2017, is set to announce...

Family That Finds Close to $1M Sets 'Wonderful Example'

They turned bags of cash they found on Virginia road over to the police

(Newser) - David and Emily Schantz couldn't take being cooped up inside during the pandemic last weekend, so they did what many families are doing these days: They packed the kids into the car for a drive. Per WTVR , Emily Schantz was the one behind the wheel Saturday in Goochland County,...

1963 Killing May Be Solved— but Suspect May Not Be Alive

Authorities have been searching for months with no luck

(Newser) - Margaret "Peggy" Beck was serving as a counselor for the first time at a Girl Scout camp in Colorado on the night of Aug. 18, 1963, when her tent mate got sick and went to the infirmary for the rest of the evening. So Beck, 16, was alone in...

Centuries-Old Manuscript Has a Surprising Author

Queen Elizabeth I's messy handwriting was the big giveaway, historian says

(Newser) - In what the Daily Express is calling a "royal bombshell," a centuries-old manuscript recently unearthed in a UK library turns out to have been penned by someone rather unexpected. The 42-page text, a translation of a book by the Roman historian Tacitus, has taken up residence at London'...

37 Years Later, Man Accused of Wife's Murder

Indictment of James Krauseneck Jr. comes after new DNA tests

(Newser) - A man has been charged in his first wife's brutal ax murder some 37 years after the fact. It's unclear what new evidence has surfaced against James Krauseneck Jr., who claimed to have found 29-year-old Cathleen dead in her bed, with an ax in her skull, after returning...

'What Does It Mean?' Remains Identified After 4 Decades, but Mystery Lingers

DNA sample leads to a relative of missing teen Sandy Morden

(Newser) - For almost 40 years, the body discovered at Fly Creek near Amboy, Washington, in 1980 was known simply as "Fly Creek Jane Doe." But then investigators uploaded DNA from the skeletal remains to a public genetic genealogy database. The move ultimately led them to a cousin of Sandra...

'Mysterious Song' Baffles Internet Sleuths
This 3-Minute 1980s Song
Baffles Internet Sleuths
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This 3-Minute 1980s Song Baffles Internet Sleuths

Nobody can figure out the group

(Newser) - If you took 3 minutes to listen to this song and then were somehow able to identify the group behind it, you'd make a lot of people happy all over the world. Why? As Rolling Stone explains, the song just happens to be nicknamed the "Most Mysterious Song...

This Country's Dogs Are Dying, and No One Knows Why

Authorities in Norway are baffled on the cause of the dozens of dead and sick canines

(Newser) - Norwegian authorities haven't been able to detect the cause behind an unexplained disease that's estimated to have killed dozens of dogs in the country in recent days, officials said Saturday. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority says it had been informed of another six cases of dogs falling ill,...

'I Want to Show You a Picture': How New Earhart Hunt Began

Robert Ballard thinks an old image captured landing gear from her plane

(Newser) - Robert Ballard, the explorer who found the Titanic , is currently on a mission to find the remains of Amelia Earhart's plane. In an interview with the New York Times , Ballard explains how he got hooked on the Earhart search, and it began several years ago when an old friend...

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