This time of year, nothing goes better with too much eggnog than grim tales of murder. (That’s how we roll at True Crime, anyway.) The first in our series takes place in 1929, on a farm outside Germanton, North Carolina—where on Christmas Day, Charlie Lawson murdered his family before taking his own life.
Everyone loves a good mystery. They even loved mysteries five hundred years ago. It’s just that, then, a “mystery” was nothing like the mysteries we devour today. Learn what the original mysteries were.
June 18, 1934 was a typical day at Brighton Railway Station — except for a fetid odor emanating from an unclaimed trunk in the cloakroom. An attendant alerted the police; when they broke it open, they found a woman’s torso, wrapped like a macabre parcel. She was five months pregnant.
What makes a mysterious disappearance even more intriguing? When baffling clues are left behind — or even more tantalizingly, when they surface again, months or years after the fact. Here are eight head-scratchingly compelling tales of people who vanished... and the weirdest theories they spawned.
Over 150 seabirds have been injured by a "mystery substance" and 20 have died so far, according to the San Francisco Bay Area's International Bird Rescue center, which is currently working to clean and save as many as possible.
Now here is a short film that we're dying to see more of. Atropa wears its 1970s and 1980s scifi influences on its sleeve, capturing the feel of films like Blade Runner and Alien in a tale about a space detective who discovers a research ship that has gone missing — and the bizarre phenomenon linked to its…
Frankly, we're a little weary of Bigfoot and Nessie. What about those mysterious critters that don't have dedicated reality shows ... but are still integral, beloved, and/or feared parts of the communities in which they're said to dwell? Here are 9 wonderfully weird, staunchly local cryptozoological creatures.
When the merchant ship Mary Celeste set sail from New York on November 7, 1872, all signs pointed to an uneventful journey. When it was discovered just under a month later — completely abandoned, yet still in seaworthy condition, and with personal effects from its missing crew intact — it quickly entered maritime lore.
Anyone who likes twisting, turning narratives, science fiction thought experiments, or films that explore the nature of identity absolutely must take 15 minutes out of their day for this short film. A man wakes to find he's a lab rat in a bizarre experiment—and he's not the only one of him there.
The International Space Station's CubeSat cannon has gone rogue, independently firing two more of PlanetLab's DOVES microsatellites. Even better? It's sneaky: no astronauts, ground crew, or cameras saw the inadvertent deployment.
With all the detectives lining the fictional streets of our favorite movies, TV, and books, it's no wonder that the fictional crime clearance rate is so good. But only one detective can be the greatest of them all, and today we want your pick for just who that is.
J.K. Rowling has a new book out—a book that has, in fact, been out for months. Rowling has just been unmasked as the author of the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
This apartment was abandoned just before the start of World War II, and no one gave thought to it until the owner died and her heirs were reconciling her property.
For the past five hundred years, we've been looking out at the universe and assuming that we, with our little planet and our little solar system, were nothing special. And then we sent out a probe to measure the cosmic microwave background. It gave us some data that makes it seem like we might be a bigger deal than…
A father whose child is dying of leukemia. A Catholic nun who no longer hears God speaking to her. An elderly woman whose husband is suffering from Alzheimer's. A man whose only ambition is to date a centerfold model. Each of these people in the Hulu series The Booth at the End wishes for something desperately enough…
Despite the call from Jalopnik's Travis Okulski for everyone to stop looking for traces of Amelia Earhart, the $2.2 million investigation by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recover (TIGHAR) is trudging on — and it now appears that their robotic submarine has potentially stumbled upon something rather…
While Star Trek: Voyager and conspiracy theories suggest that aviatrix Amelia Earhart was kidnapped by aliens, it's looking more and more like she met her end right here on Earth. A handful of newly discovered artifacts, including a jar of freckle fading cream, suggest that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan landed…
High schoolers on primetime TV shows never seem to have parents. Adults are often relegated to the background, occasionally trotted out to dispense discipline, emotional abuse, or words of network television wisdom. The webcomic Sacred Heart takes parental absence to a new level, placing high schoolers in a mysterious…
Twenty-two thousand years ago, a lake was formed, burst its dam, and washed away. Recently, two sciences came together to re-discover this short-lived chunk of water. Find out how even a brief rush of water and rock left genetic and geological traces that were picked up millenia later.
John Cusack steps into the shoes (and moustache) of Edgar Allan Poe, in the ahistorical murder mystery The Raven. Director James McTeigue says the movie will be like Seven, with a series of grisly killings based on Poe's tales.