If you’ve been on Netflix in the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed the “Unsolved Mysteries” reboot is getting quite a bit of attention.
If you haven’t been on Netflix, what have you been doing? Seriously, let me know your secret. You should get your own episode of “Unsolved Mysteries.”
Anyway, the documentary-style show profiles real-life mysteries and features reenactments of unsolved crimes, conspiracy theories and paranormal activity. The show was extremely popular and aired on-and-off between 1987 and 2010.
Netflix released six new episodes as part of a high-quality reboot — sorry, no more cheesy narrator — of the old show, complete with six new mysteries.
They’re pretty intense, so we highlighted the most jaw-dropping WTF moments from each episode so you can either save the mental energy it would take to watch the show or to help you process what on earth you just saw.
- A strange note tied to the Freemasons
The episode “Mystery on the Rooftop” focuses on the tragic death of aspiring filmmaker Rey Rivera. He was found dead in Baltimore, Maryland, and the show presents four possible reasons why, after the medical examiner ruled the cause of death as “undetermined.”
In the days following his initial disappearance, Rivera’s wife Allison uncovered a note hidden in their home, allegedly written the same day he went missing. It was filled with names of actors, family members, movie titles, cryptic scrawlings and references to the Freemasons — a well-known secret society.
Could this have been a clue, or just the thoughts of an imaginative aspiring filmmaker? You tell me.
2. A husband’s bizarre ritual
“13 Minutes” follows the death of Patrice Endres, a hairdresser who disappeared from her salon one day, and whose remains weren’t found until 600 days after that.
Her husband Rob makes multiple appearances throughout the episode, but one statement he made had the whole internet talking. He revealed he would carry around Patrice’s skull and sleep with her ashes like a “teddy bear.” Seriously.
3. The witness protection note
In the third episode, “House of Terror,” we learn the story of Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes, an aristocratic French man who disappeared after the bodies of his wife and four children were found buried under their backyard porch.
Here’s the thing, though — days after the bodies were found, close friends and relatives received a letter from de Ligonnes claiming that he is working covertly for the American Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and that the family relocated to the United States as part of the Federal Witness Protection Program.
Seems pretty obvious, no? Not obvious enough — he still hasn’t been found years later.
4. A suspicious disappearance — and recovery
“No Ride Home” recalls the night Alonzo Brooks went to a party with his friends, where he was one of just a couple Black men present. His friends all left before giving him a ride, and he never made it home.
When Brooks’ family organized their own search one month later, his body was found within a half-hour in a field that law enforcement purportedly searched extensively when he disappeared. It was just 250 feet from the party.
Many internet sleuths think that Brooks’ death was a hate crime, and questions about the investigation, as well as Brooks’ abandonment at the party, have continued to mount without answers.
5. The entire UFO episode
“Berkshires UFO” is one 39-minute-long WTF moment. The episode takes us back to a fall day in western Massachusetts, in which a number of people, some of which were young children at the time, witnessed an “unexplained phenomenon” — some remember beams of light and floating objects, while others recall actual alien encounters.
No official documentation exists — no police records or newspaper articles or photos. All they have is their stories … and the fact their stories all seem to align.
6. A puzzling custody decision
“Missing Witness” explores the story of Lena Chapin, a young mom who disappeared just before she was set to testify against her mom Sandy Klemp at a wrongful death trial. Klemp was found guilty — and still granted custody of Chapin’s child.
Chapin had a difficult childhood, too. She was one of six kids, and her family was constantly moving around, as the mom led them all over the place to be with her various husbands and boyfriends. It’s safe to say all eyes are on Klemp right now.
Though many people found themselves dissatisfied that the mysteries of “Unsolved Mysteries” were, indeed, unsolved, tons of new information on the cases have been pouring in since the episodes first appeared online July 1.
The show itself dumped a ton of new information on the cases on Reddit, where digital sleuths are continuing to pour over clues, hoping to break the cases. Feel free to join them — you never know what you might notice.
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