How long can your digital life keep up the appearance of your actual life?
A Michigan woman quit her job in 2008 and told her neighbors she was going abroad. Her bills were paid automatically and her neighbors mowed the lawn until her money ran out in 2013, when the bank foreclosed on her house. A mummified body believed to be hers was discovered in the garage, but authorities are struggling to definitively identify it
. There's a Facebook page
set up by her family dedicated to finding out what happened to Pia Farrenkopf.
Greg Fleniken was a decent, honorable, smart, and successful man whom people liked. The sort of man nobody would murder—yet somebody had. But why? And how had The Body in Room 348
received its internal injuries? [more inside]
Nine experienced cross-country skiers hurriedly left their tent
on a Urals
slope in the middle of the night at around -30 degrees Celsius for no obvious reason, casting aside skis, food, boots and most of their clothes. Soon they would be dead, some with injuries more suited to car crash victims, and apparently dosed with radiation.
Their deaths are still unexplained, 49 years later.
The Mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Accident
. [more inside]
They shut down part of Austin last week, thousands did it in Esperance, Western Australia
, record numbers in England
and thousands more along I-84 in Idaho
. Conspiracies abound; could it be poison, or testing EM weapons
, "some kid with a BB gun
" or drunk on hackberries
or maybe it is global warming?
Sometimes the explanation is pretty simple
but mostly, scientists are scratching their heads and wondering what is causing bird to drop dead out of the skies all over the globe at an alarming rate.
Boris Weisfeiler disappeared in Chile. The authorities claim that the experienced outdoorsman had drowned trying to ford a four-foot river.
Uncovered documents tell a different story
- that Pinochet's military had mistaken the vacationing mathematics professor for a "Jewish spy" and sent him as a political prisoner to the 37,000 acre German expatriate Nazi apocalyptic cult enclave of Colonia Dignidad
. There, he was kept alive for at least two years before Paul Schaefer
, the founder of the enclave, a Luftwaffe nurse and a serial child molester, most likely had him killed.
The Deadly Necklace.
The current issue of the New Yorker has a fascinating story about Richard Lancelyn Green
, a preeminent Arthur Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes scholar
who died under mysterious circumstances
in March. At the time of his death, Green had been looking into the provinence of an archive
of Conan Doyle’s papers
[reprint of a NYTimes article], which he believed (perhaps wrongly)
had been stolen, and he'd hinted that there had been threats to his life. Soon afterward, he was found garroted by a shoelace in his room. The magazine does not provide the article online, but does offer this Q&A
with the author. I cannot recommend it highly enough, but to get you started while you're still at work, here's some more about Green's death from a Holmes message board
; a discussion of the curse of Conan Doyle
, which holds that Holmes scholars can meet an untimely end; and info on Doyle's belief
in the supernatural
The Mystery At Webb Hill
- In the waning daylight hours of December 7, 1998, three teenage boys, hiking near Webb Hill, St. George, Utah, saw a shirt sleeve flapping in the wind near the top of the hill. Their parents had warned them not to attempt hiking the sheer red rock cliffs. What they discovered inside a stone-walled chamber was the skeletonized remains of a 16 year old male. Positive identification of this young man has eluded investigators for nearly five years. Maybe you can help
Who killed John O'Neill?
If the lads on the Right have their Vince Foster "mystery" death, the folks on the Left now have their John O'Neill "story."