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Mystery Bytes: Crime & Disappearance
The Doctor is Simply Not In

The Doctor is Simply Not In

It isn't quite a mystery bite, more of a mystery morsel. Dr. Joshua Hull. He hasn't been seen since October 13th, a rising young physician from the Temple, Texas area. Poof, gone, a description of the man and his car out there, but no man out there, not...

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In Many Murders, More Than a Victim Is Dead

In Many Murders, More Than a Victim Is Dead

Joe Bryan wasn't killed in 1985, his wife Mickey was, found brutally murdered in their home on a night he was away at an educator's conference. And yet his life, any semblance of the life he'd known, was over as well, as he soon became a suspect,...

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Stranger Than Fiction…A Monk or a Mafia Don?

Stranger Than Fiction…A Monk or a Mafia Don?

Thai security forces have raided the sprawling grounds of the country’s largest temple in search of an ageing but powerful Buddhist monk who is wanted on alleged embezzlement charges. The police left empty handed after a daylong search on Thursday of the...

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Hollywood Gives a Script to Hollywood

Hollywood Gives a Script to Hollywood

  Suren “Chris” Donoyan   There's not that much known about what happened, yet, but that never stopped a good Hollywood scriptwriter. In fact, a startling event surrounded by questions everywhere can be the essence of excellent mystery. Hollywood style, and...

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How Can No One Miss This Child?

How Can No One Miss This Child?

Back in the day, the remains of a child, three to five years old, had been found in a basement trunk in the town of Greece, New York. But no clue of who he was. From the website of a local television station: "More than four decades after the remains of a little boy...

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Explain the Details to Us, Professor

Explain the Details to Us, Professor

Here at Mind Over Mystery we often steer clear of the bloodiest, grisliest crime scenes. There's a hundred other sites and podcasts that specialize in "true crime," the bloodier the better-- "it bleeds it leads" and all that. We focus on mental challenges, stories of...

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Love Behind Closed Doors

Love Behind Closed Doors

We'll never know what happened, exactly, on Valentine's Day of 2013 when the South African model Reeva Steenkamp was shot, through a closed bathroom door, by her lover, Oscar Pistorius. We'll never know, but it didn't seem very Valentine's-like to authorities, who...

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Can You Sentence a Mystery Woman?

Can You Sentence a Mystery Woman?

We admit, we don't quite get it. Since July, the U.S. Marshalls are looking for someone, an escapee from Federal custody, except that they have no idea who it is. They simply don't know who they're looking for, except her appearance. Come again? Perhaps WXYZ News,...

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The Other Kind of Brave Journalist

The Other Kind of Brave Journalist

You wouldn't think of "Kim Wall" as the name of a Swedish journalist, but it is. You wouldn't think local journalism, interviewing a quirky scientist right in her home territory would be fatal for her, but it was. You might not think it would take years for the dark...

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The Missing Teens of St. Louis

The Missing Teens of St. Louis

Sometimes sheer statistics, dry numbers, begin a mystery. The numbers are anomalous and observers feel compelled to ask "What's up with that?" It's the question that puts mystery on the map. If one teenage girl, or boy, goes missing, that's deeply agonizing for the...

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The Janus Face of Good and Evil

The Janus Face of Good and Evil

We just finished an amazing one-two punch, or should I say a punch and counterpunch, of reading (one thousand plus pages). Kind of like getting blown out to sea by strong winds, and then aggressively pushed back to shore by powerful waves. I'm talking about the...

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Not Just Freud and Jung Anymore

Not Just Freud and Jung Anymore

Watch Lawrence Delisle withstand questioning by the detective, hour after hour, concerning his cars’ plunge into the Detroit River with the loss of his four children’s lives, and you’re not really in the presence of "cops and questions” anymore. You’re not even in the...

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The Phony Policeman with a Real Limp

The Phony Policeman with a Real Limp

It just doesn't happen every day, as a matter of fact, the number of precedents that we can remember for this scenario are... well... zero, none. It was April 18, 2016, at the Creekside Church of Christ, in Midlothian, Texas. An individual in full police riot gear...

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Reasonable Doubts About Amber

Reasonable Doubts About Amber

You may not have heard that Amber Hilberling, mother of a small child, killed herself in her prison cell in Oklahoma in October of 2016. Tragic, you say, but who in the world was Amber Hilberling? The crimes shows had featured her in 2011 after her young...

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Sherlock Holmes is Digital These Days

Sherlock Holmes is Digital These Days

Since about the year 2000 the average teenager in the developed world has gone digital. Their world is defined by screens and bytes of information. And starting about 5 to 10 years later, Sherlock Holmes caught on. The trail of breadcrumbs that people leave behind...

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Killers Leaving Breadcrumbs

Killers Leaving Breadcrumbs

Todd Kohlhepp, from a small town in South Carolina, made the news when his murderous temper was finally discovered. Back in 2003, at a motorcycle store in Chesnee (40 miles from his Woodruff home) something the manager did or said irritated him. He then did what any...

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The Public as Photo Analysts – and Detectives

The Public as Photo Analysts – and Detectives

Europe's police agency has launched a new webpage that displays objects in child sex abuse images to try to find the perpetrators and victims. Europol hopes details like a logo on a bag or a shampoo bottle may alert someone who can then contact police by an anonymous...

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Mystery Bytes: Historical Mysteries
What’s a Fairy Tale?

What’s a Fairy Tale?

In a way it's magical enough, being a mountainous island halfway between Ireland and the British mainland.And of course there's many a century of history that evokes the magical, "little people" with a large presence, fairies that have more to say to you...

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Hitler Is Dead, Once Again

Hitler Is Dead, Once Again

A wise old psychologist who lived throughout most of the twentieth century noted the psychic thirst to keep thinking about Hitler. "He always comes back. There's always one more story, one more movie, one more theory. Always, he comes back." Now comes the...

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DNA Answers Practical Questions, But Mystery Remains

DNA Answers Practical Questions, But Mystery Remains

The lead to the story below shares an astounding fact, but also leads to the ever powerful question: how could that have happened? From 1545 to 1548, a mysterious disease killed about 80 percent of the population of Mexico. It was one of the worst...

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Message in a Bottle, for Science

Message in a Bottle, for Science

Even the message in a bottle that doesn't leave much mystery behind can be intriguing.. A message in a bottle was tossed off the side of a German ship on June 12, 1886, as it sailed through the Indian Ocean, the date and location penned carefully in script...

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The Mission Successful, But the Soldiers Died

The Mission Successful, But the Soldiers Died

We don't even think of submarines as old gadgets from old wars, but a hand-propelled job made it's mark in the American Civil War. And when a mission ended at the bottom of the sea, how can we reconstruct what happened? The Confederate Navy's Hunley was...

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It May Have Been Over a Century Ago, But…

It May Have Been Over a Century Ago, But…

All the history books say the same thing, accurate enough, that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, beginning a cascade of events that led to miserable World War I (over 17 million dead). That war left behind a bitter pill for...

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The Tale of Hanoi Hannah

The Tale of Hanoi Hannah

Propaganda, that's what we call it, that's what we remember. But so many questions are left unanswered whenever propagandists offer us their alternative version of the facts. The NY Times offered an article a few months ago under the title "The Mystery of...

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Even Lincoln’s Death Still Needs Detectives

Even Lincoln’s Death Still Needs Detectives

No, not a lot of mystery about who shot Abraham Lincoln, and when. On April 14, 1865, the President and the First Lady, unwinding a little as a "Great War" had wound down and a second term was cranking up, were attending a play at Ford's Theater in...

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Burned Into Our Memory

Burned Into Our Memory

The year was 1967. Ferment and experimentation were rife, and nowhere more than the world of academia. At Cornell, a two-story red brick building had been converted to a dorm and primarily housed young members of a very experimental class: young students,...

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No Statute of Limitations… On Plane Crashes

No Statute of Limitations… On Plane Crashes

Those who remember the early days of the United Nations will recall the second Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjöld, of Swiss origins, who guided the organization from 1952 until his death, by plane crash, on September 18, 1961. Investigators wrote off the disaster in...

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New Info on the Weapon that Killed Otzi

New Info on the Weapon that Killed Otzi

It's usually a big deal when the provenance of items at a murder scene are identified--it's all the more likely that somebody's going to prison. That's not really the case here. The victim was discovered frozen, murdered in the Alps in in 1991, but he'd been dead...

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Lawrence of the Eternal Mystique

Lawrence of the Eternal Mystique

Some car and history buffs are reconstructing a vintage Rolls-Royce in a barn in rural Vermont. By itself, that might not be all that remarkable, but we’re not talking any old Rolls. They’re assembling a painstaking replica of the early 20th century Rolls...

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Che as Legend and Mystery

Che as Legend and Mystery

All of our legendary figures, those with a tall mythical status, have more than the average air of mystery about them. As the stories about them grow, rather then recede in our rearview mirror, questions emerge. What was myth... what was reality…and how do...

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What did Edward Albee Leave Behind?

What did Edward Albee Leave Behind?

The iconoclastic playwright Edward Albee died in 2016, leaving instructions to the executors of his will that they destroy any unpublished work they may find. The nation’s newspaper of record ran an article in July of 2017 discussing the morality of...

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If a Graveyard Could Speak

If a Graveyard Could Speak

A local Ohio paper ran a small article in late June of 2017 that began with a bang: “No one knows how many bodies may lie beneath Schneider Park in West Akron.” That would catch the attention of the dead themselves. Besides being the kind of lead they...

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Secrets of the Gulf War

Secrets of the Gulf War

Joyce Riley was a Registered Nurse who served in the Gulf, and is now appalled at the range of runaway symptoms. From all the cognitive problems to all the digestive ones and beyond, to mycoplasma infections to overriding fatigue, not too mention the pattern of birth...

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The Gold Treasure from Nowhere

The Gold Treasure from Nowhere

British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money. The school that owns the piano and the tuner who found the gold are now in line for a windfall...

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Mystery Bytes: Corruption & Conspiracy
The Crown Prince of Secrecy

The Crown Prince of Secrecy

The unfortunate disappearance, read murder, of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashogghi has been in the news for weeks as this is written. Do we really know what happened, beyond Khashogghi walking into the Saudi embassy in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 and never...

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So, Why Is Astronomy Dangerous?

So, Why Is Astronomy Dangerous?

Often at Mind Over Mystery we encounter a tantalizing story that's just popped in the news. But will the supposed "mystery" be solved the next day, will the ghost in the closet turn out to be just a mouse, so to speak? But the "Mystery of the Evacuated...

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James Bond… On Steroids

James Bond… On Steroids

The article in The Guardian a few years back appropriately labeled the article "espionage." Francisco Paesa bamboozled terrorists, laundered money, entrapped crooked police chiefs, became mixed up in a dirty war fought on French soil, fooled Interpol and...

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Spy Arrests Are Always Arresting

Spy Arrests Are Always Arresting

Journalists were asking the right questions, generally a prerequisite to getting the right answers. Was this guy set up to provoke an international incident, another way for Russia's new dictators to stick in the dagger whenever they want? Was he...

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Espionage Deja Vu, All Over Again…

Espionage Deja Vu, All Over Again…

It seems to happen with a depressing regularity: Some mole seems to be at work, comprising U.S. intelligence assets overseas, and our officials even have a pretty good idea who the mole is. And does nothing for years to stop them. The recent arrest of...

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How Quickly We Forget…About Corruption

How Quickly We Forget…About Corruption

An investigative journalist in Malta who exposed her island nation’s links to offshore tax havens using the leaked Panama Papers was killed in a car bombing on Monday, an attack that shocked Malta and was condemned by leaders of the European Union. The journalist,...

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A  Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, Inside an Enigma

A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, Inside an Enigma

When a mysterious ship filled with dead North Koreans evokes the phrase "ghost ship" it's fair to note: almost everything about the nation is shrouded in secrecy and mystery. We are truly dealing with a "ghost nation." Churchill would have loved to launch speeches...

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No Pain, No Financial Gain

No Pain, No Financial Gain

Sometimes, the subtitle of an article pretty much says it all. Writing for the New Yorker, Patrick Keefe sets his sights on "The Family That Built an Empire of Pain," aggressive enough, but the article's subtitle continues: "The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of...

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Something Rotten in the State of Turkey?

Something Rotten in the State of Turkey?

If some foreign policy watchers are to be believed, the so-called military "coup" in Turkey in July of 2016 was the most transparently phony-baloney since a barker at a fair asked everyone to come up and find the pea hidden beneath a cup. The analysts use deductive...

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Nazis, Fascinating Forever

Nazis, Fascinating Forever

The photographs speak so much more loudly than the words. Nazi artifacts, most of them with the Uber-iconic swastika attached. A case full of harmonicas, but with the Nazi insignia in clear view. A large, stunning dagger, obviously of significance to some high Nazi...

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Mystery Bytes: Medical & Scientific
The Fingerprints of Words

The Fingerprints of Words

It's been in the news as we write this, someone supposedly with high White House status writing a bombshell, anonymous letter published in the NY Times. Can the content clue us in to the author? And it's just the latest example: if we knew the author of...

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The Spot is Still Big, Still Red, Still a Mystery

The Spot is Still Big, Still Red, Still a Mystery

The red "spot" is only a spot in relation to the surface of largest planet that circles the sun. In sheer size, it dwarfs such things as the great land masses of Russian, or China, for that matter than planet Earth, far larger than any spot your...

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How Did the Masked Bandit Get In Here?

How Did the Masked Bandit Get In Here?

Iceland is also isolated, and in the cold what grows there is pretty limited. So controlling the flora and fauna that take hold is generally not too much of a problem. So imagine the surprise on the island in the North Atlantic when authorities were...

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AirPods by Apple – Hype, or Science?

AirPods by Apple – Hype, or Science?

Those looking for a bit of mystery to pursue can even look in the business world, at sheer consumer products from time to time. Cut through all the shameless hype for all the junk pretending to be things we need, and once in while the question will...

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The Mary Celeste of the Sky

The Mary Celeste of the Sky

Sometimes a splash of news comes with few details, just enough for a headline for a news cycle, but you know it's a Mystery. A story worth tracking, worth thinking about. Seems a University of Michigan grad student rented a light aircraft, a small Cessna 172, and...

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

Very early in the 20th century a French naturalist named Rene Jeannel discovered prehistoric art in caves in southern France, near the Spanish border, that redefined the archaeological orthodoxy about early man and artistic expression. Scientists and researchers,...

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The Dolphin Chronicles

The Dolphin Chronicles

For millennia, humans and dolphins have had a special connection. Stories go back to the time of the Romans, and beyond, the dolphins who assist the stranded sailor or the drowning child. We’re fascinated by them, and they seem to like us back. The affinity we have...

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The Mysterious Bullet Plane

The Mysterious Bullet Plane

The world of aircraft of course has its own experts, its own buffs, and aircraft on the fringes represent their own world of mystery. When an aircraft of unknown design is sighted, it’s like the shiver that goes down the spine of the ornithologist spotting a bird...

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The Norweigan Tale of the Isdal Woman

The Norweigan Tale of the Isdal Woman

According to extensive reports from the investigations, the corpse of the 30-to-40-year-old woman was found in an area known as Death Valley because it was a grimly popular spot for suicides since medieval times. The cause of death was burns and carbon monoxide...

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Mystery Bytes: Social & Psychological
Are the Blind Leading the Blind Here?

Are the Blind Leading the Blind Here?

We have an air-traffic control system because no individual pilot can be expected to see the whole picture--air traffic in the area, the flow of ground traffic at an airport. The Tower, as it's called, serves as the central, coordinating eyes and ears of...

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Really, What are Truth and Reconciliation?

Really, What are Truth and Reconciliation?

After the brutal, infamous white colonial regime of South Africa gave way in 1994 to a government run by African hero Nelson Mandela, the new president asked for Truth and Reconciliation, even having a commission established under that name. The idea: get...

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The Young Man Who Knew Too Much

The Young Man Who Knew Too Much

Edward Snowden is someone most of us have heard of, but think about little if at all. Name sounds familiar. Isn't he the guy in hot water with the government, we ask, for exposing lots of classified information? Yes, that's him. He's the one who made sure...

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Monks Need Their Distance From Murder

Monks Need Their Distance From Murder

The best estimates are that some 20 million Coptic Christians live in Egypt, with another million or more beyond the country's borders. Obviously a minority in a very Muslim world, they're significant nonetheless, and they've been there forever. So when a...

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A Dog Waiting For A Train, Again

A Dog Waiting For A Train, Again

Since there have been trains, there have been dogs, from time to time, that wait for them. Not for the thrill of seeing the train but for someone, a special someone in the dog's world, to decamp. Comes the newest story from India, a dog waiting night after...

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The Crazy Man and His Bucket of Water

The Crazy Man and His Bucket of Water

Silly video clips have exploded in number the last twenty years, and most are really not bothering with. Occasionally though, there's one you want to watch and then watch again, scratching your head. Speaking of exploding, that's what the surface of a lake...

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Now Where Did This Guy Go?

Now Where Did This Guy Go?

Some instinct tells us that this story conceals a few interesting layers, if one started pealing them away. It's not that unusual, really, for a criminal to get his life so tangled up that suicide starts to look like an option. But this guy had an amazing...

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Voters Have Something to Really, Really Chew On

Voters Have Something to Really, Really Chew On

Not far from the world headquarters of Mind Over Mystery, a man runs for the Arizona State Senate. A routine thing, until it's revealed that he once shot someone to death--in fact it was his mother! He was eighteen. Whoa! "Bobby Wilson Confesses He...

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What Was She Thinking?

What Was She Thinking?

A kind of standard article, really, one we've seen a hundred times, a thousand times, before. A white-collar worker has enough responsibility in their job that they have business credit cards and wise latitude on how to use them. And use them they...

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What Makes a Hero?  A Brain Mystery

What Makes a Hero? A Brain Mystery

Aaron Feis acted with extraordinary heroism. He draped himself over students as a school shooter went on a rampage. Although fourteen kids died at Parkland, the number would have been higher without the selfless acts of Coach Feis. The question is why? Why...

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The Tragic, Public Death of Christine Chubbuck

The Tragic, Public Death of Christine Chubbuck

It was stunning television in all senses of the word, the on-air suicide of WXLT-TV reporter Christine Chubbuck in Sarasota, Florida in 1974. Just as a stand-alone event, such a dramatic suicide by a lovely young woman, it's always captured the public...

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What Did the Cardinal Know?

What Did the Cardinal Know?

Back in the 1970's at the Watergate hearings in Congress, the mantra became the question: "What did the President know, and when did he know it?" Central was the question of what the highest authorities knew, and failed to correct. A similar refrain can be heard in...

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Every Senior Needs a Hobby

Every Senior Needs a Hobby

"No one had apparently been killed by Betty Miller's activities at the bucolic Wake Robin retirement home in Shelburne, Vermont, which advertises a population of "vibrant, engaged people and a community in which you can be yourself."" How often does the press on one...

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Sad, Any Way You Slice It

Sad, Any Way You Slice It

Jamie Leigh Jones sounds like the name of an A-List actress. Instead she was a girl with no particular name or fame, until events in Iraq thrust her into the spotlight. She's a tragic figure whether you believe every word she's ever said, or almost no word she's ever...

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When Is Rape Really Murder?

When Is Rape Really Murder?

Our recent MysteryByte introduced the long-running debate about the death of Army Private LaVena Johnson, was it death or suicide? That's all part of a larger question, and a problem, perhaps a scandal, with rape in the military. Former Colonel Ann Wright says that if...

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Manhunt – Making the Tedious Titillating

Manhunt – Making the Tedious Titillating

That's the challenge for Hollywood. A real, major criminal investigation grinds away with more dull moments than the worst high school class you can remember. Agents and clerks of all stripes pour over old phone records, or old bank statements, or some form of ancient...

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LaVena Johnson, Remembered

LaVena Johnson, Remembered

Parents almost never want to accept that their offspring were capable of suicide, let's start with that. So in a death investigation, a mother's lament that "my baby would never have killed herself" is rather useless, sad to say. In fact, the study about what parents...

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Explain the Details to Us, Professor

Explain the Details to Us, Professor

Here at Mind Over Mystery we often steer clear of the bloodiest, grisliest crime scenes. There's a hundred other sites and podcasts that specialize in "true crime," the bloodier the better-- "it bleeds it leads" and all that. We focus on mental challenges, stories of...

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Yes, Life Can Imitate Fiction

Yes, Life Can Imitate Fiction

He feels "relieved" to be arrested now, in fact, to “finally be free from the mental torment” of knowing the day might come. He doesn't dispute, after all, that he killed four people years ago, for nothing more than the worth of their measly possessions. He's always...

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Three Weeks, and a Hundred Fifty Miles

Three Weeks, and a Hundred Fifty Miles

It's been over a year now since Sherri Papini, an athletic and beautiful mother of two small children, disappeared like a wisp of California fog on a jogging trail near her home in Mountain View. The photogenic blue-eyed blond made national news--would that have been...

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In Japan, Is a Friend Really a Friend?

In Japan, Is a Friend Really a Friend?

In U.S. culture, an occasional comedy will hit the movie screens where someone plays the role of husband at a family reunion, or pretends to be a long, lost father. But we understand it for the over-the-top comedy that it is. We have no such fake experience of the...

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Even Money is a Mystery

Even Money is a Mystery

By now everyone not living in a cave has heard of Bitcoin, the alternative currency born and residing in cyberspace. How do you trust money which has no existence anywhere, except the world of x's and o's? But how do you trust any money...after all, a piece of stiff...

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Where Do Peaks and Slumps in Performance Come From?

Where Do Peaks and Slumps in Performance Come From?

We know so much more about sports performance, both mechanically and even psychologically, than we did a generation ago. But like uncharted oceans, the depths of performance hold secrets we still don't fully grasp. What enables an athlete to be "in the zone," playing...

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False Immortality?

False Immortality?

There's a vague fascination with people who go hermit. "Does anyone ever actually see that old man? Well, I heard....." The fascination kicks up a notch when the hermit is famous. And when the recluse lived on the edge of mystery already, let's say writing literature...

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Old Dogs and Dirty Tricks

Old Dogs and Dirty Tricks

It seems that nowadays, sexual harassment charges follow you almost to the grave. Rolf Harris, the retired Australian and British media personality and man who'll be ninety years old in a couple of years, still fends them off in court. The most recent charges against...

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A Face That Deserves the Death Penalty

A Face That Deserves the Death Penalty

Every defense lawyer has preached it forever: if I'm going to defend you, put on a nice suit and look sharp. How you look to the jury is half the battle. It's another story of how the psychology of criminal justice looms at least as large as forensics, or principles...

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It’s Embarrassing to Kill

It’s Embarrassing to Kill

She's realizes this is "pretty major," she says, and that in the past she's only had parking tickets. "I'm so embarrassed," she confides to the investigating officer. But she isn't referring to lifting a piece of jewelry from Macy's. She's admitting to being a serial...

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Asleep at the Helm?

Asleep at the Helm?

No question, it was the embarrassment of the season for the military, as the destroyer USS Fitzgerald crashed into a huge freighter in waters off Japan on June 17th of this year. Astoundingly, August offered a similar collision for the USS John McCain, as history...

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Bad Seed – Bad Family: The Menéndez Murders

Bad Seed – Bad Family: The Menéndez Murders

They lay in wait, guns loaded. And when their parents came to relax in the family den that night in August of 1989, they simply blew them away in cold blood. It was the most infamous parricide since Lizzy Borden, although acquitted, likely chopped up two...

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Who Would Criticize You in Your Obituary?

Who Would Criticize You in Your Obituary?

At times even a brief, almost trivial human interest story nonetheless reminds us of the depths to be plumbed when it comes to the human psyche, and the twists it's capable of. In the small town of Murphy, North Carolina, an obituary for an elderly lady,...

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The Mystery of Terrorism

The Mystery of Terrorism

Dramatic acts of political and social terror stagger the imaginations of most of us, normal persons not disposed to take out our frustrations by randomly killing people, including children, that we don’t even know. We at MOM intend to explore the rare and raw...

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We Shake Our Heads in Disbelief… at Aaron Hernandez

We Shake Our Heads in Disbelief… at Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez's apparent suicide in prison - just days after the former NFL star was cleared of additional murder charges - remains shrouded in mystery. Why now? Is there more to the story? What happens to his estate? We won’t recount the full saga of...

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This Story is No Croc

This Story is No Croc

Two unlucky yachtsmen were attacked by a man-eating crocodile as they went ashore in search of a fresh water spring and became stranded for seven days, a Londoner told police. It seemed more than eerie after a sharp-eyed pilot spotted the universal SOS...

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Suicide is Always a Mystery

Suicide is Always a Mystery

One of the blessings, or curses, of mystery studies is that every intriguing case suggests dozens of subtle questions, and can send you down the path of some new, complex studies. Suicide, a depressing subject, stands as a field of its...

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