CrimeCon Presents: Shattered Souls

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What comes to mind when you hear the word “forensics”? For many, the word evokes images of sterile labs and white coats. The reality, however, is quite different.

In Shattered Souls veteran forensic investigator Karen Smith opens her detailed and poignant journals from her 11 years as a forensic detective in Jacksonville, Florida. She speaks of trudging through muddy swamps, dangling over crime scenes from a firetruck ladder, and the tremendous emotional toll that the horror of these crimes wreaks on the investigators tasked with solving them. 

Karen talks about the nightmares, the emotional and often physical pain, the scares, and the breath-holding, white-knuckle moments from the most haunting cases of her career. They’re victims you’ve probably never heard of, but they’re victims that she can never forget. Their stories - and the shattered souls of loved ones they left behind - are at the heart of every episode.

Shattered Souls: A Forensic Detective’s Diary is presented by CrimeCon.

Music by Sam Johnson

Episode Date
Shattered Souls BONUS: Tips for the Surfer

Karen shares two fun, strange, and lighthearted cases from Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, including an encounter with a "Jeff Spicoli in the flesh" surfer dude.

Sep 10, 2020
Shattered Souls BONUS: "Play along with me."

In this surprise lighthearted bonus episode, Karen recounts one of the more straightforward cases in which a perp discovers the hard way that she isn't as smart as Karen and her colleagues.

Aug 14, 2020
Shattered Souls BONUS with Nancy Grace: Broken Glass

Karen talks with longtime friend and former prosecutor Nancy Grace about the most emotional moments from her career. Nancy is now the host of the podcast Crime Stories with Nancy Grace and the founder of

Jul 30, 2020
Shattered Souls: Kim Dorsey

Who killed Kim Dorsey? As Karen and her co-workers forensically reconstructed the crime scene, the homicide detectives ran down lead after lead until they found the suspect and arrested him. Who was he and how did the crime really happen? What was the suspect’s story when he took the stand at the trial? Interviews with Detective Kim Long, Prosecutor London Kite, Detective Larry Kuczkowski and Sergeant Karen Dukes.

Jul 25, 2020
Shattered Souls: Breakdown

Kim Dorsey was found bludgeoned, stabbed and sexually assaulted in her own bedroom. The crime scene had been assigned to two new crime scene investigators the day before Karen and her co-worker, Kim Long, were summoned to help sort out the details of what happened to Kim early in the morning of October 28, 2012. It would prove to be the most challenging case of Karen’s career. Interviews with Detective Kim Long, Prosecutor London Kite, Detective Larry Kuczkowski and Sergeant Karen Dukes.

Jul 18, 2020
Shattered Souls: Jessie Bracelett

Jessie Bracelett was brutally murdered in the pre-dawn hours of December 17, 2012. As Karen and other detectives investigated the crime scene and related items they discovered bloodstain evidence that would reveal, indisputably, who murdered Jessie on that cold December morning.

Jul 11, 2020
Shattered Souls: Pain

Twenty two-year-old Jessie Bracelett was stabbed and left for dead in a dark parking lot in 2012. His friend, Maurice Johnson, also suffered a stab wound and called 911. . . and so did several eyewitnesses. Detectives would rely on the forensic reconstruction to detangle this twisted case. Detective Kim Long discusses the case with Karen.

Jul 04, 2020
Shattered Souls: Trina Joseph

Aubrey Joseph turned himself in after murdering his wife — but he told a much different story than the one told by evidence he left behind. It’s up to the detectives to make sense of the details, follow the evidence to find the lies, and give Trina Joseph a chance at justice.

Jun 27, 2020
Shattered Souls BONUS: The Prosecution Speaks

Karen speaks with prosecutor Janeen Kirch who details her experiences in the State Attorney's Office and her most heartbreaking moment while working the Alexandria Williams case.

Jun 24, 2020
Shattered Souls: Anger

Trina Joseph’s tragic murder revealed a history of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband Aubrey. It’s not a whodunit, but the evidence from the crime scene would show the calculated, deliberate way that Aubrey killed her—especially one crucial piece of evidence that multiple officers, detectives, and forensic investigators nearly missed.

Music: The New Real by Sam Johnson at

Jun 20, 2020
Shattered Souls BONUS: Det. Eileen Simpson

Karen speaks with one of her mentors, Detective Eileen Simpson, about her method for dealing with the emotional aftermath, along with more background information on the Roy Andrews and Moussa Maida cases. 

Jun 16, 2020
Shattered Souls: Moussa Maida

After teenager Moussa Maida was gunned down in the cashier’s booth of his family’s store, his mother’s cries haunted Karen. The case languished for two years before investigators received the break they needed — but the cut-and-dried case threatens to crumble in the courtroom when the defense makes an argument that could let a killer walk free.

Jun 13, 2020
Shattered Souls: Scratches

Who killed 19 year-old Moussa Maida in his family’s small shop? The killer left behind ample physical evidence. The entire crime was captured on video. It should have been an open-and-shut case, but Karen and the team hit wall after wall in bringing Moussa’s killer to justice. Karen shares the most anguishing moment of her career.

Music by Sam Johnson

Jun 06, 2020
Shattered Souls: Roy Andrews

Roy Andrews spent his law enforcement career helping others but after his murder he needed the help of an adrenaline-fueled team of detectives to find the killer. From a callous confession caught on wiretap, to thoughts from homicide detective Eileen Simpson, who was listening as it happened, this episode takes listeners directly inside the investigation as a killer is brought to justice.

May 30, 2020
Shattered Souls (BONUS): Interview with retired JSO detective Kim Long

Shattered Souls is about understanding the emotional toll that investigative work takes on those in the trenches. Karen chats with her "work wife," retired JSO detective Kim Long, about their case files and experiences together. Kim details her most heartbreaking cases and explains how she has handled the emotional fallout. 

May 26, 2020
Shattered Souls: Pressure

Motive is the name of the game after the brutal and baffling murder of a long-serving police officer. Karen relives the crime scene, sifts through the evidence, and takes listeners on a roller coaster ride as she and her team meet several dead ends before locking a suspect firmly in their sights.

May 23, 2020
Shattered Souls (BONUS): On the record with Susan Addison

Karen speaks with Stacy Replogle’s mother to learn more about her daughter and what life has been like since her brutal murder. 

May 19, 2020
Shattered Souls: Stacy Replogle

After Stacy Replogle's nearly decapitated body was found at a remote construction site in Jacksonville, Florida, Karen and her team set out to identify the killer. Exhausted and frustrated, they found a clear link between the victim and the perpetrator in the most unlikely of places. With irrefutable evidence in hand, the race was on to find the suspect. Forensics told a clear story, but what would the alleged killer have to say when the case finally got to court?

May 16, 2020
Shattered Souls: Nightmare

On a cold and rainy morning in February of 2005, Jacksonville, Florida forensic detective Karen Smith responded to a troubling report of a body discovered in a wooded area. The unidentified young woman was in a puddle of mud at the bottom of an embankment, adjacent to a well-traveled road. Karen and her team faced tough terrain, poor weather, and other daunting challenges before they could even hope to identify the victim. Then Karen discovered the key to this case in the strangest of places. Fifteen years later, the victim continues to visit Karen in her dreams.

May 09, 2020
A Note From Thinking Sideways: Introducing "Shattered Souls"

Devin from Thinking Sideways explains why they've partnered with CrimeCon to launch Shattered Souls: A Forensic Detective's Diary from retired detective Karen Smith. An exclusive sneak-peek trailer of the emotional first season follows.

May 02, 2020
Thinking Sideways: The Shocking Details!

A new episode! Joe tells you how to find it.

Mar 03, 2020
Thinking Sideways: Joe's New Podcast

The Arkansas Ghost Trial: When a drifter came to a tiny town in Arkansas, murder followed. Then things got kinda weird.

Feb 25, 2020
Thinking Sideways: The Disappearance of Alfred Loewenstein

Alfred Loewenstein, one of the world’s richest men, vanished from his private plane in July 1928 somewhere over the English Channel. And no one aboard the plane even saw him go.

Feb 21, 2020
BONUS: Introducing Audible's "CALL ME GOD: The Untold Story of the DC Sniper Investigation"

Joe helps you discover your next binge-worthy, must-listen, true crime original: Call Me God: The Untold Story of the DC Sniper Investigation. Told firsthand by those key to solving the case, follow FBI agent brothers Jim and Tim Clemente as they lead listeners through the tangled path of discovery and evidence gathering only a select few had the vision to see.

Nov 04, 2019
BONUS: Introducing Factually! With Adam Conover

Here’s a new podcast for you! You might know Adam Conover from his hit show “Adam Ruins Everything”, but now he’s going deeper as the host of the new show Factually!, where Adam interviews exceptional experts to reveal shocking truths and thought-provoking new perspectives. It’s a podcast for curious people who never stop asking questions. Factually! is out NOW - listen wherever you get your podcasts.

May 29, 2019
BONUS: Introducing The Shrink Next Door

Marty Markowitz had his share of problems. His parents had recently died. He had troubles at work. A failing relationship. He needed someone to help him through this rough patch in his life. So he decided to get some professional help from a psychiatrist. What he did not count on, was what happened in his life over the next twenty-nine years.

This is a story about power, control, and turning to the wrong person for help. Listen now at

May 21, 2019
Thinking Sideways: The "Steve Is Dead" Hoax

The rumor that began with a Reddit post and metastasized into a tabloid sensation is... not true. Steve, Devin and Joe saddle up one last time to bring you the truth.

Apr 01, 2019
BONUS: Introducing Over My Dead Body

What happens when a seemingly-perfect marriage ends in a nasty divorce and someone ends up dead. Listen to Over My Dead Body today wherever you’re listening to this or

Feb 12, 2019
Thinking Sideways: Miss us yet?

Lots of incredible things are being developed while we're way! Stay tuned to this feed for some great new stuff. In the meantime we've got a clip to share on the Menendez case from our good friends at Generation Why.

Dec 10, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Part II of The American Beauty Murder Mystery

In Part II of our collaboration with Minds of Madness podcast, we identify a suspect in the strange death of Greg de Villers.

Oct 18, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Part I of The American Beauty Murder

The Sideways Gang teams up with our friends at The Minds of Madness to discuss the murder of Greg de Villers.

Oct 16, 2018
Thinking Sideways: So long and thanks for all the f*cking fish

This is the last episode of TSP and we wanted to have some fun with it. So here are the final bloopers from this years episodes. Oh, and there is a lot of swearing.

Aug 30, 2018
BONUS: Down the Rabbit Hole: The Sunken City of Akakor

In the early 1970s Tatunca Nara, last Chieftain of the Ugha Mongulala, revealed the existence of his tribe’s greatest secret—the vast city of Akakor, hidden deep in the Amazon jungle. Several have died trying to find the lost city, but no Westerner has yet laid eyes on it. Why could that be?

Aug 23, 2018
BONUS: Down the Rabbit Hole: The Stonehenge campers

In August 1971 a group of hippies were partying at Stonehenge when a freak lightning storm, accompanied by blue lights, took the group by surprise... and may have been the cause of their disappearance.

Aug 16, 2018
BONUS: Down the Rabbit Hole: Steve’s Vietnam Excursion

In a change of pace this episode doesn’t feature a mystery; instead it features the team talking about SE Asia. Steve recently returned from a trip there and Team Sideways took the chance to discuss some of the more memorable things from his travels.

Aug 09, 2018
BONUS: Down the Rabbit Hole: Phantom Ruby Tuesdays in New Mexico

A story about some guys who got confused on a roadtrip... or did they?

Aug 02, 2018
Thinking Sideways: El Chupacabra!

For decades reports of a mysterious cryptid that drank the blood of goats have been circling the globe. Originating in the equatorial region of the Americas stories are now coming in from all across the globe. What is this strange creature, what does it want with our goats, and why does it insist on smoking that cigar?

Jul 26, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The suspicious death of Jonathan Luna

Federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna left his office to go on a long solitary midnight drive, and then was discovered dead the following morning, under very suspicious circumstances, many miles from home. What happened to Jonathan Luna?

Jul 19, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The disappearance of little Anna Waters

Anna was 5 years old when she disappeared on a rainy day while playing near the creek behind her house. Though it seems she could have just fallen in and been washed away, divorced parents and stories from her two older brothers seem to suggest something more sinister happened.

Jul 12, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Is spontaneous human combustion real?

People keep finding bodies that have been burned to ash while everything around them is left untouched by the flame. Some claim these are cases of spontaneous human combustion, others say something else is going on. Who is right and what’s the deal?

Jul 05, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The fate of the ship Freedon

23-year-old Lisa Bishop left Miami for Haiti on an old rusty freighter named the Freedon. Neither Lisa nor the ship were seen again, though there's some disagreement about the ship.

Jun 28, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The Missing Postman of Stradbally

After attending mass and delivering gifts, Larry Griffin started his normal postal route at noon on Christmas Day, 1929. Despite having attended dinner at two homes and being a guest at many others, no one knows where Larry ended up that night, or any other night since.

Jun 21, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Did Frank Finkel survive the Battle of the Little Bighorn?

In 1920 a man living in Washington state claimed to be the only survivor of the famed Battle of the Little Big Horn. Was Frank Finkel there or was he just another one of the many attention seekers who hoped to attach themselves to the story?

Jun 14, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Who killed Willie MacRae?

A member of the Scottish National Party and an anti-nuclear activist, William MacRae was found dying in his car after an accident--and later it was discovered that he'd also been shot in the head. Who killed Willie MacRae?

Jun 07, 2018
Thinking Sideways: DTR-The Witchcraft

Down the Rabbit Hole, a sneak peak at the bonus content available on Stitcher Premium-Daniel Burack was on his boat, the Witchcraft, just offshore from Miami Beach, when he radioed the Coast Guard asking for a tow because of boat trouble. When the Coast Guard arrived 19 minutes later the boat and crew had vanished without a trace.

Jun 05, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Disappearance of Ronald Tammen?

All American Ronald Tammen disappeared without a trace from his dorm room on an abnormally cold night on April, 1953 after finding a dead fish in his bed. Was the fish an unrelated, harmless frat prank? Or did something very sinister happen to Ron that night?

May 31, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Who was Colonel Tomb?

During the Vietnam War the US military recorded the feats of Vietnamese flying ace Colonel Tomb. However after the war it was discovered that the Vietnamese People's Air Force had no record of this pilot. Did he exist, and if so who was he?

May 24, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Live-Ade Family Murder

Live from CrimeCon 2018: On March 24, 1897 the Ade family was brutally murdered. Accounts conflict but between two to four heads were removed with an axe. Who committed this horrible crime? Team Sideways discusses the case and reviews the theories with the help of their live audience.

May 17, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The Impossible Murder of Isidor Fink

In March 1929, Isidor Fink was shot to death in his Manhattan apartment. But the doors had been bolted from the inside, the windows nailed shut... and no gun, nor gunman, was there. Who killed Isidor Fink and how the hell did he do it?

May 10, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Bohemian Grove

Established in 1878, Bohemian Grove is a camp nestled in the Redwoods of California which hosts an annual retreat of over 2,500 highly influential men. With names as big as George H.W. Bush and Henry Kissinger in the ranks, events like the Cremation of Care have spurred conspiracy theories for decades.

May 03, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The Madden Curse

John Madden Football (now Madden NFL) hit consoles in 1988. The "curse" began when it began featuring players on the cover. Does this game really have the power to destroy players' careers, or is it just a lot of audibles?

Apr 26, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The Annecy Shootings

A British family and a French bicyclist are murdered on a mountain road in the French Alps. Accusations of nuclear espionage and secret stashes of Saddam Hussein's millions begin to fly. But despite a huge investigation on both sides of the Channel, the murderer, and his motive, remain unknown.

Apr 19, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Tunguska Event

On June 30th 1908, 770 square miles of forest in Eastern Siberia were flattened by a massive explosion. 100 years later, we still don't know what caused it.

Apr 12, 2018
Thinking Sideways: What is the Mapinguari?

The native peoples of South America have reported seeing a giant, hair, and bad smelling creature in the Amazon forest for generations. Is this cryptid real or is it just a local legend?

Apr 05, 2018
Thinking Sideways BONUS: Disappearance of Mike Williams

In December 2000, Jerry "Mike" Williams left his house early to go duck hunting. His boat was found floating on a nearby lake days later, but Mike was never seen again. Happy April Fools.

Apr 01, 2018
Thinking Sideways: What happened to Kenny Veach?

In October 2014, Kenny Veach posted a video on YouTube about his search for a strange creepy cave he'd found on a hike in the Sheep Mountain Range in Nevada. Not long after that he left to search again--and vanished without a trace. What happened to Kenny Veach?

Mar 29, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Disappearance of Brian Shaffer

A guy walks into a bar... and disappears forever. 27 year old Brian Shaffer disappeared from inside the Ugly Tuna Saloona in March 2006. He has never been heard from since.

Mar 22, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The Falling Soldier

Robert Capa captured the iconic image of a soldier being shot and killed during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. But was it real or was it staged? Did it happen how he said it did or was it all a fabrication?

Mar 15, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The Murder of Catrine da Costa

In 1984 the dismembered, headless remains of Catrine da Costa were discovered in Stockholm, Sweden. Although the case has become one of the most notorious murders in Swedish history, no one has ever been convicted of the crime.

Mar 08, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The Disappearance of Amy Billig

March 5th, 1974, 17 year old Amy Billig disappeared while hitchhiking to her father's office in Coconut Grove, Florida. What has followed is a 44 year search full of false leads and biker gangs.

Mar 01, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Death of Singer Sam Cooke

Legendary R&B singer Sam Cooke was shot and killed in a seedy hotel in 1964. Was it really a booze-fueled tirade that cost him his life? Or was he set up? Or was it some kind of hit?

Feb 22, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Michael Meiring—Treasure Hunter or Terrorist?

In May 2002, in Davao, Philippines, a bomb went off in the hotel room of Michael Meiring, an American treasure hunter. Days later he fled the country--assisted by the FBI, according to the Philippine president. What was he up to? And why was the US government involved?

Feb 15, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The Persian Princess

In October 2000, a video surfaced in which a man claimed to have the mummified remains of a Persian Princess. The investigation revealed that not only might the mummy be a forgery, but there might also be a murder in the mix.

Feb 08, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The Zip-Gun Bomber

Between 1982 and 1996 five packages were mailed to seemingly unrelated New Yorker's, each containing a homemade explosive. Who was the bomber and why were these people targeted?

Feb 01, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Campden Wonder

In 17th-century England, three people were hanged for the murder of William Harrison. But, to paraphrase some famous British historians, Harrison wasn't QUITE dead...

Jan 25, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Gareth Williams

When police conducting a welfare check on Gareth Williams discovered his decomposing body in a locked red North Face bag in the bathroom, they ruled it an accidental death. Though this alone is a sufficient mystery, Gareth happened to have been found in a Secret Services safe house. What really happened to Gareth Williams?

Jan 18, 2018
Thinking Sideways BONUS: Pimlico Poisoning Mystery

This bonus episode is brought to you by TNT’s new Limited Series, The Alienist. On January 1st 1886 Thomas Edwin Bartlett was found dead in bed. Doctors discovered chloroform in his stomach and determined it was the cause of death. How did it get there? Did he drink it willingly? Did his wife give it to him? Did her lover? To this day no one knows.

Jan 16, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Miracle of the Sun

On September 13, 1917 a crowd gathered in Fatima Portugal to witness a predicted miracle. They said they saw the sun changing colors, dancing in the sky, and heating the area so quickly that the rain that had just fallen dried up. Did they really see this or did they just wish they had?

Jan 11, 2018
Thinking Sideways: The Murder of Bob Chappell

Bob Chappell disappeared off his sailboat in Tasmania in 2009, and his wife went to prison for murder. But did she really do it? A lot of people have their doubts.

Jan 04, 2018
Thinking Sideways: Operation Highjump

Operation Highjump was one of 11 official expositions the US embarked upon to Antarctica. However, due to the proximity to the end of WWII and some odd comments by the Commander in Charge, some people think there is more behind this mission than publicly stated.

Dec 28, 2017
Thinking Sideways BONUS: The Bumble

Continuing the holiday tradition Team Sideways talks about the villainous character from many holiday stories known across the world as the Bumble, aka the Abominable Snowman. Was he real, was he fake, was he simply a patsy?

Dec 25, 2017
Thinking Sideways: TWA Flight 800

On July 17th 1996 TWA Flight 800 exploded. The official cause was an electrical issue in a fuel tank but this doesn't line up with what witnesses say they saw just before the explosion. Was TWA Flight 800 intentionally downed or was it truly an accident?

Dec 21, 2017
Thinking Sideways: The Secret of Plum Island

Shrouded in secrecy, the heavily-guarded government research center on Plum Island, off the US east coast, is suspected to be the origin of Lyme Disease, genetic aberrations like the hideous Montauk Monster, and more. What's going on on Plum Island?

Dec 14, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Lyle Stevik

Lyle Stevik hung himself in September 2001. When police discovered that there was no such person, a massive mystery that has captivated the internet began. As of 2017, Lyle's true identity, and reason for suicide, remain a mystery.

Dec 07, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Vitrified Forts

Primarily found in Scotland ancient forts have been located where the rock walls have been exposed to enough heat to melt it into a glass state and fuse the individual pieces together. How did our ancestors do this and more importantly why?

Nov 30, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Death of Col. Philip Shue

In 2003, Philip Shue's car crashed in Texas, fatally injuring him. But his body showed signs of torture and mutilation, and despite an initial ruling of suicide, many believe he was murdered.

Nov 23, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Disappearance of Stephanie Stewart

18 year veteran fire watcher Stephanie Stewart disappeared from her post just outside of Alberta, Canada in 2006. In 2010, a couple was murdered just miles away. Is there a connection, or is Stewart's disappearance as mysterious as it seems?

Nov 16, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Kentucky Meat Shower

On March 3, 1876 a strange meat-like substance rained from the sky for several minutes over a home in Olympian Springs Kentucky. No one knows what the material was or more importantly where it came from.

Nov 09, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Disappearance of Jim Gray

In 2007 computer guru Jim Gray left San Francisco Bay in his sailboat for a day trip. He never returned, and despite one of the most comprehensive sea searches in history, no trace of him was ever found.

Nov 02, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Halloween Extravaganza

This week we take a look at three different scary stories for Halloween; the murder of Leroy Carter, the strange death of Christopher Case, and La Pascualita.

Oct 26, 2017
Thinking Sideways: What the heck was

From 1995 to 2009, was, well, a “private parallel web”, a members only, invite only website. Was what lay behind the member's login as described, or something more sinister?

Oct 19, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Miyazawa Family Murders

On December 30th 2000 an unknown suspect entered the Miyazawa home and murdered the entire family. The suspect stayed in the home for up to 10 hours before finally leaving. Hardly anything was take from the home so what motivated the killings?

Oct 12, 2017
Thinking Sideways: The London Torso Murders

In 1887-89, around the time that Jack the Ripper was terrorizing London, another serial killer was committing some even more horrifying murders. For some reason, Jack is the only one who's remembered.

Oct 05, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Death of George Reeves

On June 16, 1959, TV's Superman George Reeves was found dead by gunshot wound to the head. While police ruled it an immediate suicide, there are many who still believe he was murdered.

Sep 28, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Rebecca Zahau, suicide or murder?

Officially Rebecca Zahau committed suicide on July 13th, 2011. A strange a cryptic message was painted at the scene and her hands and feet were bound using intricate knots. Did this woman truly take her life in a complex and well-planned way, or did someone stage it to look that?

Sep 21, 2017
Thinking Sideways: The Strange Death of Zigmund Adamski

Zigmund Adamski left his home in Tingley, England on June 6, 1980, and never returned. His lifeless body was found 5 days later in a village 20 miles away--and that's when things started to get strange.

Sep 14, 2017
Thinking Sideways: The Disappearance of Lauren Spierer

In June of 2011, 20-year-old Lauren Spierer left her apartment in Bloomington, Indiana for a night of partying. At 4:30am she left a friend's house to look for her cell phone, and to this day remains missing.

Sep 07, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Baron 52

On February 5th 1973 a US EC-47 crashed into the jungles of Laos while eavesdropping on the North Vietnamese army. Only 4 of the 8 crew members were accounted for in the wreckage. Did the others die in the crash or did they manage to bail out and if so what happened to them?

Aug 31, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Cartoon Conspiracies

This week Team Sideways tackles conspiracy theories based in our favorite childhood cartoons.

Aug 24, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Harassing of Bill and Dorothy Wacker

For years the Wackers, an elderly Ohio couple, were harassed by an unknown person. Who was their tormentor, and why did he pursue them?

Aug 17, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Publius Enigma

In June of 1994, a cryptic message was posted to a Usenet board for Pink Floyd fans. What followed has been more than 23 years of investigation into this mysterious puzzle.

Aug 10, 2017
Thinking Sideways BONUS: Christine Pelisek interview

Following up on our episode about the Daytona Beach Serial Killer, we’re releasing the rest of our conversation with Christine Pelisek, author of The Grim Sleeper, The lost women of South Central. Christine spent many years chasing the case of the man she dubbed The Grim Sleeper who's identity would eventually be discovered as that of Lonnie David Franklin Jr. He had been killing women in South Central for years then suddenly took a 14 year break. Why did he do it? Did he really stop? We ask Christine these and other questions.

Aug 04, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Daytona Beach Serial Killer

Between December 2005 and February 2006 the bodies of three women were found shot in the head. Two years later another body was found with matching circumstances. Who is killing these women and where did he go? We speak with Christine Pelisek about this and a similar case.

Aug 03, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Villisca Axe Murders

In June 1912 eight people were brutally murdered in their beds in a home in Villisca, Iowa. Despite a long list of suspects and a massive police investigation, one of the most heinous crimes in American history has never been solved.

Jul 27, 2017
Thinking Sideways: The Strange Death Of Dave Bocks

In 1984 Dave Bocks, a pipe fitter at a uranium processing factory, disappeared while working the graveyard shift, and days later his remains were found inside a uranium furnace. An accident? Suicide? Or... Murder...?

Jul 20, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Princess Doe

On July 15, 1982, a grave digger found the battered body of a teenage girl on the grounds. Despite DNA analysis and the confession of a married couple, Princess Doe has never been identified.

Jul 13, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Project Lucifer

There is a supposed plan to transform one of the gas giants in our solar systems into a second sun. Is it possible, how would it happen, and why do it?

Jul 06, 2017
Thinking Sideways: TSP Live-Clarence Roberts

Live from CrimeCon: Clarence Roberts tragically died in a fire on November 18th, 1970. 10 years later he tragically died in a second fire. How could he have died in both fires? If he died in the first fire then who died in the second fire? Team Sideways digs into the case in a live recording held at CrimeCon in Indianapolis, Indiana this June.

Jun 29, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Tina Watson
Tina Watson drowned while scuba diving in Australia on her honeymoon. An accident? Or... murder?
Jun 22, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Mr. Cruel
Over the span of 3 years, Mr. Cruel is credited with 4 pedophilic attacks on young girls. Dozens more attacks are loosely connected to him, so why hasn't he been caught? His meticulous planning and total lack of forensic evidence.
Jun 15, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Texas Killing Fields
Young women's bodies have been showing up along interstate 45 between Houston and Galveston Texas since the early 70's. Who is killing them? Is it just one person or is this the dumping grounds for several killers?
Jun 08, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Murder on the Herbert Fuller
In July 1896, three people were brutally murdered aboard the sailing ship Herbert Fuller, leaving the survivors far from home, in the middle of a vast ocean, and wondering: who is the killer among us?
Jun 01, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Karin Waldegrave
In April 2010, a Facebook account named Karin Catherine Waldegrave (Von Berg Habsburg) appeared and started posting mysteriously prolific posts, only to be removed a year later. What were these posts about? And was Karin even real?
May 25, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Washington's Eagle
In 1836 John Audubon included the Washington Eagle in his book The Birds of America. Initially accepted as a new species of eagle critics began questioning the claim when they couldn't find the bird in the natural world themselves. Was it real or did Audubon make it up?
May 18, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Kryptos
Unveiled in November 1990, Kryptos has baffled cryptographers for almost three decades, with two of its five messages still unbroken, and a promise of further mysteries after the last message is decrypted. What's the final answer to Kryptos? Nobody even knows the question yet.
May 11, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Pluckley Ghosts
With over 18 distinct entities, Pluckley was once in the Guinness Book of World records as the most haunted village in the UK. Is it really haunted? Is there another explanation for the experiences that people report? We bring in an expert to help figure it out.
May 04, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Richey Edwards
On February 1, 1995, Richey Edwards was supposed to leave on a promotional tour in America for his band the Manic Street Preachers. Richey didn't get on the plane, he was sighted several times locally over the course of two weeks before his car was found abandoned. Richey was never officially seen again and no body has ever been found.
Apr 27, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Monster of Florence
A series of murders of young couples terrorized the Italian city of Florence in the early 1980s. The last murder was in 1985--but the real craziness was only just beginning.
Apr 20, 2017
Thinking Sideways: GhostNet
In June 2008, a representative of the Dalai Lama approached an investigator from InfoWar Monitor in Geneva to request an investigation- they were sure that someone was spying on their computers. What investigators found was far more wide reaching than anyone could have guessed.
Apr 13, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Moorgate Tube Crash
On February 28, 1976 a London Underground train barreled through Moorgate station and slammed into the end of the tunnel. Why? Was it driver error or a mechanical failure or something else?
Apr 06, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Goat Blood Soup
Having run out of mysteries, the team takes on the task they've always discussed: a cooking show! They start with a Choopie favorite, Goat Blood Soup! (PS, happy April fools!)
Apr 01, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Death of Hugues de la Plaza
In June 2007 Hugues de la Plaza was found stabbed to death in his San Francisco apartment, doors locked from the inside, weapon missing. Police consider the cause of death to be unknown, but his family and friends think otherwise. Who murdered Hugues, and why?
Mar 30, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Death of Mary Anderson
In 1996, a woman named Mary Anderson paid cash for two nights in a hotel in Seattle. Three days later, when she didn't check out, hotel staff found her peacefully dead by apparent suicide. Problem is, Mary Anderson doesn't exist.
Mar 23, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp
In 1987 a 7 to 8 foot tall reptilian creature was sighted for the first time in Scape Ore Swamp in South Carolina. Since then many people have claimed to have seen the Lizard Man and even charged it with damaging their property. Is it real or not?
Mar 16, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Bennington Triangle
A man vanishes from a bus; a college student sets out on a mountain trail and is never seen again... plus some others, and all in a small geographical area. Something's going on...
Mar 09, 2017
Thinking Sideways: The Grimes Sisters
It's every parents worst nightmare, a missing child. Multiply it by two, and make it a few days after Christmas in 1956, and you have the mysterious disappearance of the Grimes sisters. When their bodies showed up on the side of a road, the questions just got bigger.
Mar 02, 2017
Thinking Sideways: The Murders of Mary Morris
On October 12th, 2000 Mary Morris was killed with no apparent motive and her body burned in her car. Three days later Mary Morris was abducted, beaten, and shot in the head in her car with possible motives. Did Mary Morris die because a killer picked the wrong Mary Morris or were the deaths really unrelated?
Feb 23, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Argo 16
In November 1973 a secret spy plane, code-named Argo 16, crashed just after takeoff from Venice airport in Italy, killing its crew. Despite an initial conclusion of pilot error, allegations of more sinister causes have refused to go away, and to this day the actual cause of the crash is a mystery.
Feb 16, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Indiana Dunes disappearance
In 1966, three young women were enjoying a day at the Indiana Dunes State park, then mysteriously vanished. Did they drown or was something more sinister at play?
Feb 09, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Archambeau-Bruguier disappearance
On December 12th, 1992 Arnold Archambeau and Ruby Bruguier were involved in a car accident. For some unknown reason they both left the scene. Police searched the area but found nothing, three months later Arnold and Ruby's bodies were found in the ditch just 75 feet away. Where had they been that whole time?
Feb 02, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Witchcraft Murder
In February 1945 farm worker Charlie Walton was brutally murdered in the tiny English village of Lower Quinton. And the manner of the killing suggested something more than just murder...
Jan 26, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Markovian Parallax Denigrate
In the 1990s, a pre-internet called Usenet developed a bit of a spam problem. Hundreds of messages titled Markovian Parallax Denigrate were posted over the course of one day, but decades later something more interesting was discovered about them.
Jan 19, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Disappearance of Harold Holt
On December 17, 1967 Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt waded into the ocean for a swim while the rest of his party watched from the beach. He disappeared in the waves and was never seen again. Was it an accident, murder, suicide, or a well executed defection?
Jan 12, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Hall-Mills Murders
A New Jersey pastor and his lover were brutally murdered, their bodies found posed in ritualistic fashion beneath a tree. The most shocking crime of early 20th century America culminated in a trial that ended with a fizzle, with several suspects and no obvious answers.
Jan 05, 2017
Thinking Sideways: Asha Degree Disappearance
February 14, 2000, Asha Degree's packed a bag and left the house, seemingly of her own free will, never to return home. Did Asha really leave on her own? Did she run away or was she compelled by someone? And what happened to her?
Dec 29, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Nutcracker
Each year those decorative wooden soldiers are put on display during the holiday season but never seem to get used. All they do is sit there looking dusty and creepy. In this special holiday episode Team Sideways discusses their individual theories about the origin of these rarely used decorations.
Dec 25, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Lost Dutchmans Mine
According to legend a German immigrant named Jacob Waltz wandered out of the Superstition Mountains with a sack of high grade gold. Ever since his death in the 1890's people have been searching for his mine and the mother lode. So far nobody has found it.
Dec 22, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Harold Wilson Resignation Conspiracy
In 1976 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson abruptly announced that he was resigning his office... and he didn't say why. And to this day people are wondering why.
Dec 15, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Disappearance of Benjamin Bathurst
Now you see him, now you don't. A minor British diplomat named Benjamin Bathurst vanished literally into thin air while traveling under an assumed name with an attendant in 1809. Was it thieves, aliens, or an elaborate ploy?
Dec 08, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Craig D. Button
On April 2, 1997 USAF Captain Craig Button broke formation during a training mission and flew his A-10 Thunderbolt II NE for almost 800 miles before crashing into the side of Gold Dust Peak. The four 500lb Mk-82 bombs that were on the plane when it took off were not found at the crash site. Did Captain Button commit suicide and where are the bombs?
Dec 01, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Death of Alexander Litvinenko
In 2006 journalist Alexander Litvenenko was murdered by poison, perpetrator unknown. His death was one of several mysterious killings--which appear to have been connected by one thing.
Nov 24, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Tecaxic-Calixtlauaca head
The Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca Head is a terracotta head which was likely part of a larger statue, discovered in 1933 near Mexico City. What makes this discovery so strange is that it was found with Pre-Colombian artifacts, but seems to be of Roman origin. Did the Romans have Pre-Columbian contact with America? Or is there a different explanation to be had?
Nov 17, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Death of Samora Machel
On October 19th 1986 Mozambican president Samora Machel and his staff were flying to the capital city when their plane changed course and subsequently crashed in South Africa. The crash killed Machel and 33 others who were on-board. Was it an accident or was it an amazingly executed assassination plot straight out of a Die Hard movie?
Nov 10, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Murder of Martha Moxley
On the night of October 30, 1975, 15-year-old Martha Moxley was brutally bludgeoned to death in her yard in Greenwich, Connecticut. Despite years of police investigations, and one actual conviction, the identity of Martha's killer is still up for grabs in the minds of many people.
Nov 03, 2016
Thinking Sideways:
Registered on August 7th, 2011, a website that loaded a dark page with white text is at the heart of this mystery. Who ran it, what was is it for, and what was meant to happen on October 28th, 2011? A cult? A hoax? The cryptic clues on the site leave almost all to the imagination.
Oct 27, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Min Min Lights
Australians have been seeing strange glowing lights in the Outback for decades. Some stories say they approach, others say that they keep a consistent distance, and yet others say they change color and make noise. What has been lighting up the Outback for at least the last 150 years?
Oct 20, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Sabrina Aisenberg disappearance
In November 1997, 5-month-old Sabrina Aisenberg was taken from her crib in the dead of night and has not been seen since. Her parents believe that she's still alive somewhere, the police however are convinced that the parents were involved in her disappearance. What really happened to baby Sabrina?
Oct 13, 2016
Thinking Sideways: GEC-Marconi deaths
In March 1982, a GEC-Marconi scientist who had worked on the project code-named Star Wars died in a fatal car accident. In the decade following, 25 other scientists employed by GEC-Marconi died or disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Was GEC-Marconi hiring a high volume of unstable people? Or did this group of scientist know too much?
Oct 06, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Long Island Serial Killer
In 2010 the bodies of four prostitutes were found wrapped in burlap and buried in the brush on Oak Island NY. The next year 6 more sets of remains would be found, most of them believed to also have been prostitutes. Is a single serial killer using Oak Island as a dumping ground? Is it multiple serial killers? Or are they all unrelated?
Sep 29, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The crew of the Carroll A. Deering
On January 31, 1921 the schooner Carroll A Deering was sighted hard aground and under full sail on Diamond Shoals, near Cape Hatteras North Carolina. When the Coast Guard was finally able to board the ship several days later, they found that the entire crew had vanished, without leaving so much as a goodbye note.
Sep 22, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Paul is dead
The September 1969 edition of the Drake Times-Delphic contained an article titled "Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?" This article may have been the first documented exposure of a very large conspiracy cover-up: the 1966 death of the real Paul McCartney.
Sep 15, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Wonderland Murders
On July 1st, 1981, someone entered at 8763 Wonderland Ave and beat all five of the people inside with pipes, four of them to death. Since then a stories revolving around drugs and porn star John Holmes have been circulating. How much of the stories are true and how much is drug-fueled fantasy?
Sep 08, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Brandon Swanson
In May 2008, 19-year-old Brandon Swanson was driving home when he got his car stuck in a ditch. As he walked toward the lights of a nearby town, speaking with his father on his cell phone, he suddenly said "Oh, s**t" and the line went dead. That was the last anyone's heard of Brandon.
Sep 01, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Gloomy Sunday
In 1933, Hungarian pianist Rezső Seress composed a song titled Gloomy Sunday, but is now known as the Hungarian Suicide Song due to the reportedly high number of people who commit suicide while listening to it.
Aug 25, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Tsavo Man-Eaters
For nine months in 1898 two Tsavo lions hunted and killed men working on the railroad being built in across the Tsavo river. But what drove them to view humans as food? Lack of their normal prey, injuries, or just a taste for human blood?
Aug 18, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Pont Saint Esprit poisoning
In an incident suspiciously similar to the Ken McElroy episode--except that there was no bullying redneck, no pickup truck and no gunfire--hundreds of residents of Pont St. Esprit in France found themselves hallucinating wildly. 7 died and many were institutionalized, and speculation is that it could have been ergot poisoning... or a CIA plot.
Aug 11, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Bermeja Island
In the 16th century, Spanish cartographers mapped an islet off the Yucatan peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. However, in a 1997 survey, the island had disappeared. Were the Spanish wrong? Or did the USA blow up the island for personal gain?
Aug 04, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter
On August 21st, 1955, unidentified creatures came to a farmhouse in Kentucky. The people in the house were so frightened that they opened fire and for 3 hours the creatures kept popping their heads up in front of the doors and windows until finally the family headed to town for reinforcements. No evidence of the creatures was ever found so did they really exist or was the whole thing made up?
Jul 28, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The death of Morgan Ingram
20-yr-old Morgan Ingram was stalked and tormented for 4 months until December 2011, when she was found dead of an apparent drug overdose. Police ruled it a suicide, but Morgan's parents say she was murdered.
Jul 21, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The disappearance of Rebecca Coriam
On March 22nd, 2011, Disney Wonder crew member Rebecca Coriam went missing. Disney's handling of the case has been anything but perfect and speculation still swirls around the mysteriously upsetting phone call she had when she was last seen on CCTV.
Jul 14, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Lake Huron boater disappearance
On August 11th 2005 Lana Stempien and Chuck Rutherford disappeared from their 27' boat several hours travel time from their intended destination. The US Coast Guard found the boat deserted, two weeks later Lana's body washed ashore. Chuck's body has never been found and nobody knows what happened to them.
Jul 07, 2016
Bonus: Mark Adams Interview
Following up on our episode about Atlantis, we’re releasing the rest of our conversation with Mark Adams, author of Meet Me In Atlantis, who knows a lot more about the subject than we do. Where did the story come from? Why are there so many potential sites? Whats the deal with the math? Mark gives us his take on these and other questions.
Jul 01, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Atlantis
In the 4th century BC, the Greek philosopher Plato revealed the existence of a lost continent called Atlantis. Was Plato's tale true? Or did he just make it up? A lot of people have been trying to figure that out for a long time now.
Jun 30, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Joseph Newton Chandler III
When police responded to the suicide of Joseph Newton Chandler III, they figured it would be pretty routine. He'd shot himself in the head in his apartment, case closed. However, when probate lawyers took hold of the case, they found out that the real Joseph Newton Chandler III had died 57 years prior in a car accident with his parents. This now John Doe has never been identified, but clues into his life are nothing if not intriguing.
Jun 23, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Andy Kaufmans greatest joke?
On May 16, 1984 comedian Andy Kaufman died from cancer. Or did he? Kaufman, the king of taking a joke so far that no one knew when it would end, or if it was even a joke, apparently told his friends that he wanted to stage his own death. Almost immediatly after his funeral people started seeing Andy everywhere. Was the dead man really him?
Jun 16, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Rudolph Hess
In May 1941 Rudolf Hess, the 3rd most powerful man in Nazi Germany and a close friend of Hitler, climbed into a Messerschmidt Bf 110 fighter and flew solo to Scotland, with the avowed intent of single-handedly brokering a peace deal with Britain. Hitler was reportedly furious and felt betrayed, and issued an order for Hess to be shot on sight if he returned to Germany. Why did Hess fly to Scotland? And was Hitler really totally in the dark?
Jun 09, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Ray Gricar
When a DA goes missing, the world takes notice. Ray Gricar was sitting DA in Centre Country, Pennsylvania when one day he simply did not return home. Theories at the time ranged from suicide to walk-off, but years later, a high profile case made people wonder if something more sinister had taken place.
Jun 02, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Abismo Negro
On March 22nd, 2009, the body of luchador Abismo Negro was found drown under a bridge near El Rosario Mexico. Appearing to be in an unusually agitated state he had demanded that the driver of the bus he was on pull over in seemingly the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. No one knows what happened to him between the time he exited the bus and when his body was found the next day.
May 26, 2016
Bonus: Seth Margolis Interview
Following up on our episode about Queen Elizabeth I, we’re releasing the rest of our conversation with Seth Margolis, author of The Semper Sonnet, who knows a lot more about Elizabeth and Elizabethan England than we do. Did Elizabeth secretly have a child? Or was she actually a guy? Seth gives us his take on these and other questions.
May 20, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Did Elizabeth 1 have a child?
When Queen Elizabeth I of England died in 1603, the Tudor line of monarchs ended. Though a lot of people have speculated that maybe it didn't quite... Did Elizabeth I have a child?
May 19, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Phobos 2 Incident
In January 1988, the then Soviet Union launched two probes to investigate Mars' largest satellite, Phobos. Only one of the probes made it to Mars, and just days before it was slated to land, it sent a few mysterious photos to mission control before going offline forever.
May 12, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Disappearance of Ben McDaniels
On August 18th 2010 Ben McDaniel dove into the cave in Vortex Spring in Ponce de Leon Florida. He was never seen again and after years of searching the cave no diver has ever found his body. Is his body in the cave... or somewhere else?
May 05, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The disappearance of Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan
On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan left Papua New Guinea in a twin-engine Lockheed airplane, bound for Howland Island, a tiny island 2,550 miles to the east. They were never seen again, and speculation as to their fate continues to this day.
Apr 28, 2016
Short: The Casie Nicole
In this special short, we discuss what happened in April 1990: four men set off in the boat Casie Nicole for a seven day fishing trip. Five days later, one of them was picked up floating, alive, in a wooden bait-box, but with no sign of the other three men. To this day their fate is unknown.
Apr 26, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Death of Kurt Cobain
When Kurt Cobain was found dead by a shotgun wound, police immediately classified it a suicide. However, the case is more complex than anyone could have anticipated, rife with suspicion and fear.
Apr 21, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Sunset Limited Derailment
In 1995 Amtrak's Sunset Limited derailed in the middle of the Arizona desert. It quickly became apparent that the train was deliberately derailed. Who did it and why have never been discovered.
Apr 14, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Louis Le Prince
In September 1890 Louis le Prince boarded a train in Dijon to go to Paris, along with luggage and a prototype of his new invention, a motion picture camera. When the train arrived in Paris, le Prince, his luggage and his camera had vanished.
Apr 07, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Ken McElroy
Happy April Fools! On July 10, 1981, Ken McElroy was shot dead on the main drag in Skidmore, Missouri, by two or possibly three gunmen. Despite dozens of witnesses, the murder remains unsolved. Happy April fools.
Apr 01, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Naked Murders
In 1964 the naked body of a murdered prostitute showed up on the banks of the Thames under the Hammersmith bridge. Two months later when an almost identical body showed up, police realized they might have a serial killer on their hands.
Mar 31, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Glasgow Effect
Starting around the late 2000's studies began to surface talking about the unexplained below average life expectancy of the residents of Scotland. Why is this happening and what's causing it?
Mar 24, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Atlanta Ripper
For two years in the early 20th century, the black community of Atlanta was terrorized by a serial killer whose crimes eerily resembled those of Jack the Ripper. The killer was never caught.
Mar 17, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Disappearance of Andrew Gosden
In September of 2007, 14 year old Andrew Gosden slept in a bit, then left for school like any other day. After his parents had left for work, he returned home, drained his savings account and bought a one way ticket to London. He was never seen again.
Mar 10, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Blair Adams
Canadian Blair Adams' body was found on July 11th, 1996 in the parking lot of a hotel that was under construction in Knoxville Tennessee, wearing a ripped shirt and nothing else. Somewhere between $4-6k in US, Canadian, and German currency was spread on the ground around the body. No one knows why Blair was in Knoxville or who is responsible for his death.
Mar 03, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Disappearance of the USS Cyclops
On March 4, 1918, the US Navy ship Cyclops left Barbados to sail to Baltimore--and vanished without a trace.
Feb 25, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Atacama Skeleton
In 2003, a skeleton was found in an abandoned town in the Chilean desert of the Atacama. While this finding is not odd, the fact that the skeleton was just 6 inches (15 cm) long was. After DNA testing revealed the skeleton only shared 91% of it's DNA with humans, theories began to run wild as to what this skeleton belongs to.
Feb 18, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Who tried to kill Bob Marley?
In 1976 three gunmen came onto Bob Marley's estate at 56 Hope Road in Kingston Jamaica and opened fire. No one was killed but who sent them and why?
Feb 11, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Death of Annie Börjesson
In December 2005, the body of Annie Börjesson was found washed up on the beach at Prestwick, Scotland. Local police concluded that the death was suicide by drowning... but the evidence suggests something else.
Feb 04, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Area 51 Broadcast Interruption
On September 11, 1997, on Art Bell's Coast to Coast AM show, a frantic caller claiming to be a recent employee at Area 51 made some startling revelations. A few minutes into the call, the Coast to Coast AM broadcast is mysteriously disrupted. Seventeen years later, a man calls a different show called Fade to Black, claiming to have made the whole thing up. Was the call really a hoax? And if so, what took out the broadcast?
Jan 28, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Crash of South African Airlines flight 295
In 1987 South African Airways flight 295 crashed into the ocean after reporting smoke on board. The aircraft was found a year and a half later on the ocean floor, fire was ruled to be the cause of the crash. What caused it to go down though? What started the fire?
Jan 21, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Disappearance of Hale Boggs
In 1972 Congressmen Hale Boggs & Nick Begich boarded a Cessna to fly from Anchorage, AK to Juneau. The plane never made it, and no wreckage was ever found. Was it an accident... or murder?
Jan 14, 2016
Thinking Sideways: The Murder of Julia Wallace
In 1930, William Wallace found his wife beaten to death upon his return home from a wild goose chase. He was charged with the murder, as police found his alibi to be lacking at best. Wallace maintained his innocence and the court of criminal appeals agreed- clearing him of any guilt. The "real" murderer of Julia Wallace has never been caught.
Jan 07, 2016
Thinking Sideways: Danny Casolaro and The Octopus
In 1991 Danny Casolaro supposedly committed suicide in his hotel room. He had been researching a cabal that he had started calling the Octopus. Did they knock him off or did he take his own life after realizing that he had been chasing smoke for over a year?
Dec 31, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Frosty
For generations people have been singing the tale of Frosty the Snowman- but who was he really? We investigate a few avenues that might turn this cold case into a damp spot.
Dec 24, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Lost Treasures
The Lost Galleon of Pearls, the Poverty Island Treasure, Lasseter's Reef—three fabled tales of fantastic wealth which was, er, kind of lost track of.
Dec 17, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The White House Farm Murders
Three generations of the Bamber family died in the family farmhouse in August 1985, in a case which came to be called the White House Farm Murders, one of the most notorious crimes in modern British history. Was it a murder/suicide? Or just straight-up murder? Thirty years later, the case is still controversial, and still unsolved.
Dec 10, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Lake City Quiet Pills
In 2009, u/2-6 posted on Reddit that u/ReligionOfPeace had passed away. It was later discovered that u/ReligionOfPeace, aka "Milo" owned the domain for a site called "That Old Guy's Image Hosting". But when another Reddit user innocuously checked the source code of the site, it launched one of Reddit's longest-lived unsolved mysteries.
Dec 03, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Josh Gibson's Yankee Stadium Home Run
Josh Gibson is remembered as one of the best and strongest hitters in the National Negro League. The stories say he hit one out of Yankee Stadium in 1930 or 1934. Is it possible to do that and if so did he really do it?
Nov 26, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Who Finked on the Franks
For two years Anne Frank & her family, and four other people, lived in hiding in rooms behind a business in Amsterdam--until one day in August 1944 when German and Dutch police showed up and arrested them. Who was the rat?
Nov 19, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Skinwalker Ranch
Skinwalker Ranch in Utah is known as one of the weirdest places in the world, touting more than 100 paranormal reports in the last 20 years. Is this ranch as plagued with activity as some suggest? Or is the story blown wildly out of proportion?
Nov 12, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Lost Cosmonauts
According to lore the Soviet Union launched people into space who never made it back to earth alive. Not wanting to lose face in the space race the existence of these cosmonauts was covered up. Did the Soviet Union really send people into space never to return or is this all a flight of fancy?
Nov 05, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Beaumont Children
On January 26th 1966 Jane, Arnna, and Grant Beaumont left their home to go play on the beach. When the children didn't come home two hours later as expected their mother was unhappy but not overly concerned. When they hadn't returned home 5 hours later the family called the police. Though there were many witness reports of the children no evidence was ever found to explain what happened to them. Where did they go and, more importantly, who took them?
Oct 29, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Hinterkaifeck Murders
In March 1922, all 5 members of the Gruber family, and their maid, were brutally murdered with a pickax. Then the killer proceeded to hang out at the farm with 6 dead bodies for the next several days. Who did it and why?
Oct 22, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Smiley Face Murders
In 2008, a group of investigators went public with a story they'd been looking into since 1997, involving more than 45 deaths. If true, the theory is that one of the most prolific serial killers ever is currently on the loose, killing athletic college-aged men. But the links between these 45 deaths are thin, at best, and the argument for the Smiley Face Killer might not be as strong as many think.
Oct 20, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Sodder Children
On Christmas Eve 1945 the Sodder family home caught fire, only 4 of the 9 children made it out. After the fire was extinguished no bodies were found leading the family to believe that the children had been taken before the fire started. Were they or was this just the wishful thinking of grieving parents?
Oct 15, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Lake Bodom Murders
In September 1960, four teenagers camping on the shores of Lake Bodom in Finland were brutally attacked as they were sleeping in their tent, by a person or persons unknown. Three of them died. The murders remain unsolved to this day.
Oct 08, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Springfield Three
In June of 1992, recent high school grads Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall returned to Suzie's house at 2am after a night of post-graduation celebration. The plan was to stay the night with Suzie's mom, Sherill Levitt. Then all three vanished.
Oct 01, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Lord Lucan
John Bingham, known as Lord Lucan, was a charismatic noble with expensive tastes and a gambling habit who separated from his wife in 1972 and lost custody of his children in 1973. On November 7th, 1974 someone killed the children's nanny and attacked Binghams's wife. The Lord was heard from briefly the following day and then disappeared. Where did he go?
Sep 24, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Who was Peter Bergmann
A man calling himself Peter Bergmann showed up in the Irish coastal town of Sligo in June 2009. Over the following 3 days he carefully erased all evidence of his identity, after which point his body was found on a beach north of town, dead of unknown causes.
Sep 17, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Agatha Christie Disappearance
In 1926, Agatha Christie went missing for 11 days. The official report is that her disappearance was due to "out of body amnesia". Where did she go? What did she do? Those 10 days remain a mystery to this day, and questions swirl: does she really not remember anything?
Sep 10, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Frederick A. Cook
Frederick Cook claimed to be the first man to climb to the peak of Mt. McKinley in 1906, in 1909 he claimed to have made it to the North Pole in the spring of 1908. Arctic explorer Robert Peary launched a campaign against Cook and soon no one believed he had done it. In the last several decades people retracing their steps have begun wonder if he really did it. Was Cook really successful or was he a great fraud?
Sep 03, 2015
Thinking Sideways: David Sneddon
David Sneddon's last message to his family was an email from China saying that he was heading to Tiger Leaping Gorge. After an investigation several weeks later Chinese authorities concluded that Sneddon had died somewhere on the treacherous trail... but his family thinks otherwise.
Aug 27, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Grinning Man
In 1966, stories began to emerge coinciding with a slew of UFO sightings regarding a man named Ingrid Cold. Cold was said to have communicated with a number of people about a variety of topics. Telepathically. And never losing the giant, unsettling grin on his face.
Aug 20, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Kubrick's The Shining
Stanley Kubrick produced and directed the iconic film The Shining, released in 1980. Crowds at the time were terrified and/or confused by the film, today it is a classic. But what was really going on with Kubrick's version of the story? There are a host of theories suggesting why Kubrick produced the movie and what it's actually about. And we have an inside scoop.
Aug 13, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Roberto Calvi
Roberto Calvi, who was nicknamed "God's Banker" because of his ties to the Vatican, was found hanged beneath Blackfriar's Bridge in London in 1982. Police ruled it a suicide--but was it really?
Aug 06, 2015
Short: Theft of Shergar
In 1981 Shergar was named European Horse of the Year for his victories on the track. On February 8th, 1983, eight armed men showed up at the stables where Shergar was kept as a stud and stole him for ransom. They never got a single pound and the horse was never found. Why?
Aug 04, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Kensington Runestone
Discovered in 1898, the 200 lb Kensington Runestone is, as the name suggests, a stone covered in runes. What makes this stone so interesting is that it was found in Minnesota, USA. Though the authenticity of this out of place artifact has been hotly debated, if real, the stone provides evidence that in 1362, Scandinavian explorers would have been the "first" to discover the new world, almost 100 years before Columbus.
Jul 30, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Fate of the IXth Roman Legion
Somewhere between 100 to 120 AD the 9th Roman legion disappeared from the record books. Were they disbanded, defeated in a fierce battle (if so which one), or absorbed into another legion?
Jul 23, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Places You Don't Want To Go
It's summer and that means that you want to go on vacation. In this episode we tell you about three different places that you don't want to go to on that vacation.
Jul 16, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Yamashita's Gold
Prior to and continuing through WWII, Japanese forces occupied a huge swath of East Asia, from which they looted a fantastic amount of gold, silver and gems. Much of the treasure was shipped to the Philippines for re-shipment to Japan, but as the US Navy encircled Japan shipping became too risky. With allied forces prepared to invade the Philippines, General Tomoyuki Yamashita hatched a plan to hide the treasure from them.
Jul 09, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Disappearance of Zebb Quinn
After receiving a mysterious page on January 2, 2000, Zebb Quinn cancelled his plans with a friend and drove away, never to be seen again. His car was found two weeks later in a parking lot with lips drawn on the rear window. He has never been found, and despite other suspects, the last person to see him alive was arrested just this year for murdering a Food Network star.
Jul 02, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Charles Darwin's Health
The theories of Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of natural selection, are known world wide. What isn't known is what caused his ill health. For much of his life Darwin suffered from varying chronic symptoms but to this day we still don't know what caused them.
Jun 25, 2015
Short: The Vela Incident
On September 22, 1979, a Vela satellite picked up a hallmark double flash, signifying that a 2-3 kiloton Nuclear bomb had been detonated. However, the people in charge of investigating this explosion have refused to confirm it was a detonation, instead suggesting it was a malfunction.
Jun 23, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Death of Huey Long
In Sept. 1935, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was assassinated in the Louisiana State House by Dr. Karl Weiss. Or was he?
Jun 18, 2015
Thinking Sideways: What's the Frequency Kenneth?
On October 5, 1986 Dan Rather was attacked on the street by a man who was reportedly yelling "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" While some say this mystery is solved, there's deeper layers than apparent at first glance.
Jun 11, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Death of Princess Diana
On August 31st, 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris. Theories abound as to why it happened. Was it really a random accident, was it the fault of her driver, were the paparazzi responsible, or was her death part of a sinister conspiracy?
Jun 04, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Disappearance of Sneha Philip
31 year old Sneha Philip left her apartment in Battery Park on the afternoon of September 10th, 2001 and was never seen again. Was she killed when the World Trade Center fell, was she murdered and her body simply never found, or did she take advantage of the chaos and simply disappear to start a new life somewhere else?
May 28, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Mills Family
Al and Jeannie Mills were devoted members of the People's Temple of San Francisco until 1975, when they "defected". For this they were excoriated by Jim Jones, leader of the Temple, who reportedly called for their deaths not long before his own, in Jonestown, Guyana, in November 1978. In February 1980, the Mills (f/k/a Mertles) and their daughter Daphene were found murdered in their Berkeley home. By a Temple hit squad?
May 21, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Denver International Airport
The Denver Airport has only been around for 20 years, and yet it is at the center of many stories. This week, we explore the idea of the Denver airport, from the Blue Mustang and odd runway layout to the defunct tunnels and claims of New World Order funding.
May 14, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Tube Sock Killer?
In 1985 two couples were killed in the woods south of Tacoma, Washington. The bodies of each the female victims were found with a knotted tube sock tied around their neck. Is this the hallmark of an unknown serial killer or just a set of coincidentally related murders?
May 07, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Vatican Murders
In 1998 the commandant of the Vatican's Swiss Guards was murdered, along with his wife, by another Swiss Guard, in an apparent murder/suicide. Or was it?
Apr 30, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Tupac and Biggie
Tupac Shakur and Christopher George Latore Wallace died just 6 months apart, both under similar mysterious circumstances. Likewise, both had albums released shortly after their deaths which contained references to faking death- to varying degrees of subtly. Did they fake their deaths? Were they offed by the Illuminati? Or is something even more sinister at play?
Apr 23, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Black Knight Satellite
Since the late 50's there have been numerous reports of something circling the earth in a polar orbit, something that was there before we could a satellite into orbit. Theories abound as to what it could be. Alien satellite, space junk, some other space junk, or possibly an alien invitation to visit?
Apr 16, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Time Travelers
In this episode we look into three popular stories of time travelers and try to see what is really there.
Apr 09, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Keddie Murders
In April 1981, three people were bludgeoned and stabbed to death in the tiny town of Keddie, California--and a fourth, a 12-year-old girl, was kidnapped. Parts of her skeleton were found three years later. The murders were never solved.
Apr 02, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Gef the Talking Mongoose
A family on the Isle of Man, in 1931, found that they had a rather strange house guest who called himself Gef. You guessed it, he was a talking mongoose who got up to all kinds of hijinks. Happy April fools.
Apr 01, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Madeleine McCann
While on holiday with her parents, British 3 year old Madeline McCann disappeared from her bedroom on the night of may 3rd, 2007. The search that ensued has been noted as one of the largest ever, and 8 years later, answers are still as illusive as ever. Was Madeline abducted? Was there an accident? Was her body found in 2013? Is she still alive? These questions have plagued every empathetic soul for years, and will likely continue to do so for years to come.
Mar 26, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Tylenol Murders
In 1982 someone laced bottles of Tylenol capsules with potassium cyanide and put the tampered bottles back on the shelf killing 7 people. While there have been a few suspects no one knows for sure who actually did it.
Mar 19, 2015
Thinking Sideways: B Traven
B. Traven was an author who wrote, among other things, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Thing is, nobody really knows for sure who he really was...
Mar 12, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Arthur's Seat Dolls
In Edinburgh in 1836, a group of boys who were hunting rabbits came across a small alcove and found something very peculiar- 17 small caskets containing 17 small dolls. Immediately thought to be connected to witchcraft, these dolls have been a mystery for the ages- with new theories cropping up as recently as the 1990's and suggestions of a possible connection to some very notorious serial killers.
Mar 05, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Mima Mounds
The Mima mounds, located in southwestern Washington state, have been baffling scientists for decades. These strange domes of earth rise up out of the landscape covering large areas in a loosely regular pattern. To date no one can seem to figure out what made them or why they are there.
Feb 26, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Dr. Bogle and Mrs. Chandler
On New Years day 1963 the bodies of Dr. Bogle and Mrs. Chandler were found on the bank of the Lane Cove River in Sydney. There were no outward signs of trauma and their cause of death has been speculated on for years. With so many questions about what they were doing there, why were they there, what happened to them, and who knew about it it's no wonder that this case has held peoples attention for so long.
Feb 19, 2015
Short: Poe Toaster
For nearly 80 years, someone (or someones) was seen toasting Poe with a glass of cognac, leaving the bottle and three roses on Poe's original grave. The identity of this someone is still a mystery.
Feb 17, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Count St. Germain
The mysterious Count of St Germain traveled Europe in the 18th century, hob-knobbing with royalty, conducting diplomacy, fomenting revolutions--shaping Europe to his, or someone's, liking. It's even rumored that he had a hand in the American Revolution. And along the way, he never aged a day. And after his death in 1784, he kept showing up....
Feb 12, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
October 7,1849, is a date many people are well acquainted with. Five days prior, renowned poet Edgar Allan Poe was found delirious and in need of "immediate assistance". On the 7th, he died. The events leading up to his October 3rd discovery are widely disputed, and Poe himself was never able to explain what had happened to him. His death remains a mystery to this day.
Feb 05, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion
On November 22, 1987 someone overpowered two different TV stations transmissions broadcasting a nearly unintelligible message using the guise of Max Headroom. Who it was, what it meant, and why they did it no one knows for sure.
Jan 29, 2015
Thinking Sideways: The Mull Air Mystery
A plane crash. A dead body. But.... they're in different places. On Christmas Eve 1975, Peter Gibbs, a former RAF pilot, took off from Glenforsa Airfield on the Isle of Mull, and never returned. 4 months later, his body was found on a hillside about a mile from the airfield. 11 years later, the plane was found in the ocean. Causing people to say, WHAT?
Jan 22, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers
On April 1 of 2014, Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers, young women from the Netherlands took off on an easy day hike in Panama near the town of Boquete. When they missed an appointment on the 2nd with a local guide, he checked with their host family, who had not seen them since the day prior. The girls were never found, save for some bones and a boot, however their backpack was found containing more questions than answers.
Jan 15, 2015
Short: Things that bob in the water
Mysterious things are washing up on shore. Tjipetir Tiles are washing up all over Europe. Two mysterious crates found floating off the coast of Florida--one filled with balloons. This one is still unexplained, but I've got an idea....
Jan 13, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Michele Miscavige
The wife of the head of the Church of Scientology disappeared from public in 2007. Since then lots of people have wondered where she was and what happened to her. She could be dead or locked away somewhere. Anyone who knows isn't telling.
Jan 08, 2015
Thinking Sideways: Donald Crowhurst
Donald Crowhurst, a 35-year-old British inventor and businessman, set out in October 1968 to sail around the world alone as part of a contest. In July 1969 his sailboat was discovered adrift and without its skipper. Then things got even stranger.
Dec 30, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Mothman
Possibly one of the most famous cryptids, Mothman is often dismissed as a bird, while others agree he is an alien. Do herons really get that big (and hairy)? Is it possible that Mothman is a real harbinger of disasters? And what is with the glowing red eyes?
Dec 25, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Truth about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
In a holiday tradition the Thinking Sideways crew takes a look at Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in an effort to try and figure out what actually makes him glow.
Dec 23, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Rendlesham Forest Incident
In December 1980 at RAF airbase Woodbridge an unidentified craft was spotted, on two different nights, by the US Airmen stationed there. The official reports indicate that nothing our of the ordinary actually happened while the witnesses advocate that something otherworldly was there. As the stories evolves it gets harder and harder to tell if aliens visited the UK in 1980 or if a bunch of green Airmen misinterpreted what they saw.
Dec 18, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Jean Spangler
In October 1949, Jean Spangler, a 26-year-old aspiring actress, left her home and never returned. Her purse turned up 2 days later, with a cryptic note in it; 2 days after that, a very famous movie star called the LAPD out of the blue to deny that he knew anything about it, or her. Jean was never found, where did she go and what happened to her?
Dec 11, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Cicada 3301
"Not all mysteries are solvable, but prize comes in the pursuit." Called "the most elaborate and mysterious puzzle of the internet", Cicada 3301 is the name given to an organization that posts complex puzzles for public consumption on or around the 5th of January every year. First surfacing in 2012 via a post on 4chan, users were given a month to solve a set of increasingly complex puzzles. Who is behind this group, what is the end goal of the puzzles, and how could anyone solve them?
Dec 04, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Skyquakes
For centuries strange "booming" noises have been heard in coastal regions all around the world. Some say they are part of a government conspiracy, others say it is the sound of the continental shelf shifting. What is making all the racket?
Nov 27, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Who was Lori Erica Ruff
After her death by suicide in 2010, Lori Erica Ruff (nee Kennedy) was discovered by her family to have been living under a false name, and that her real name was Becky Turner, except… Becky Turner died in 1971 at the age of 2. Who was Lori Ruff? Lots of people have been trying to find out, with no success.
Nov 20, 2014
Short: Isabella Art Theft
On the night of March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and roamed the Museum’s galleries, stealing thirteen works of art. None of the missing art has shown up and though the FBI says they have suspects no arrests have ever been made.
Nov 18, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Bill Brennan
In 1992, Stardust casino employee Bill Brennan walks out of work with half a million dollars belonging to the casino. He hasn't been heard from since. With that much money, did he chose to disappear? Or is it more than coincidence that the Stardust has strong ties to the Mob?
Nov 13, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Who settled the New World first?
Everyone knows that humans were in the New World long before Columbus arrived but no one knows exactly how they got there. On foot, in boats, across the Pacific or the Atlantic ocean? Is there only one option or could all the players be right?
Nov 06, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper terrorized London in 1888, 5 women are attributed to having died horrifically by his hand but no one is certain if that number is correct. Who was he, why did he do it, and where did he go? These are questions that have plagued everyone who has looked into this mystery for the last 120 years.
Oct 30, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Mad Axeman of New Orleans
For 18 months in the years 1918-19, a serial killer terrorized the citizens of New Orleans, his favored method of murder earning him a grisly nickname: "The Axeman". The murders have never been solved.
Oct 23, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Cleveland Torso Murders
Also known as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, this mystery circles around a still unidentified serial killer responsible for at least 12 grisly murders in the Cleveland area in the 1930's. The murder's MO? Dismemberment of low-class citizens, making the bodies often impossible to identify.
Oct 16, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Gateway to Hell
According to local legend a Gateway to Hell is located in Stull, Kansas. Each year on Halloween Satan uses this gateway to visit the earth. What is he doing and why is the gateway located in a tiny town in the middle of Kansas?
Oct 09, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Jim Thompson
In 1967 Jim Thompson, a former spy with the OSS, more recently a very successful businessman in Bangkok, left the house where he was staying (in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia)… and never returned. And no trace of him was ever found.
Oct 02, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Maura Murray
On February 9th, 2004, 21 year old Maura Murray set out on a car trip, telling her employer and professors it was because of a death in the family--a lie that puzzles investigators to this day. Despite many alleged sightings and bad tips, her disappearance has remained a mystery for the past decade. Was this a case of startlingly well planned out foul-play? Did she run away? Is she still alive?
Sep 25, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Gary McKinnon
Gary McKinnon hacked into NASA and several other government agencies' computers. He swears he found evidence that we have a fleet of space ships and that they are staffed by "non-terrestrial" officers-humans in space, not space aliens. Did he really find that kind of information or was it all in his head?
Sep 18, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Neta Fornario
Netta Fornario, a student of the occult, left her London home in 1929 for an extended stay on the tiny but storied island of Iona; months later, she died while apparently performing some sort of ritual, leading to accusations of, among other things, murder from beyond the grave.
Sep 11, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Monster with 21 Faces
Following a kidnapping of the president of Glico industries, a crime organization calling themselves the Monster with 21 Faces begins systematic extortion attempts on confectionery giants Glico and Morinaga, including lacing candy with potassium cyanide. The mystery behind who the Monster with 21 Faces is remains.
Sep 04, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels
The Irish Crown Jewels were discovered to be missing on July 11, 1907. No one knows who took them or why but for a century there has been plenty of finger pointing over who the thief must have been.
Aug 28, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Lost Boats Found
This week we look at three similar nautical mysteries and try to get to something to float to the top.
Aug 21, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Dorothy Arnold
In December 1910 Dorothy Arnold, a wealthy New York socialite, left her family's Manhattan home to go shopping, and never returned. Despite a massive search and extensive investigations, no trace of her was ever found.
Aug 14, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Lost Boy Larry
On August 7th, 1973, radio operators in California picked up the terrified cries of a young boy who identified himself as Larry. Larry was unable to tell authorities where he was, or even what state he lived in. As the days drew on, the signal from his radio became weaker, the search for Lost Boy Larry was called off as he was presumed dead. Was this a hoax, or did a young boy get cooked to death in an overturned truck?
Aug 07, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Mongolian Death Worm
The Mongolian Death Worm is a cryptid that has never officially been captured (though Westerners have been trying since 1922). The creature lives in the Gobi desert and only surfaces in the months of June and July, supposedly after heavy rains. It reportedly can spit acid at AND/OR electrocute anyone who gets near it. And someone wants to find it why?
Jul 31, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Eilean Mor Lighthouse Mystery
In December 1900 three lighthouse keepers were discovered to have vanished from the island of Eilean Mor. There were the usual inexplicable clues--a meal left uneaten, a chair knocked over--which indicated a hasty exit. Were they abducted by a UFO? Et by the Kraken? Murdered by pirates?
Jul 24, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Montauk Project
Often linked to the Philadelphia project, the Montauk project is an "all but the kitchen sink" series of conspiracy theories related to alleged secret projects starting in the 1980's... or the 1940's. Official reports claim they were "simply" working on psychological warfare, but there might also be a 50-story titanium pyramid below the radar building in which a yeti and the USS Eldridge from the Philadelphia Project manifested. We explore all theories in this riveting episode.
Jul 17, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Coral Castle
Coral castle was built by Edward Leedskalnin between 1923-1951 when he passed away. Ed quarried all of the stone himself and said that he moved the several ton stones single handedly around the property using the secrets of the ancient Egyptians. Over 1,100 tons of stone were erected without any mechanical assistance according to legend. So how did he move all that stone?
Jul 10, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Jefferson Davis Eight
Between 2005 and 2009 eight women were murdered, the police investigation has been focused on finding a serial murderer. Writer Ethan Brown reveals disturbing facts that point towards many residents of Jefferson Davis Parish and, even more disturbingly, the local police department.
Jul 03, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Mad Trapper of Rat River
A man calling himself Albert Johnson led the Mounties on their biggest manhunt ever, performing almost superhuman feats of evasion and survival before he was eventually brought down. And the RCMP was never able to solve the mystery of who he was and where he came from.
Jun 26, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Georgia Guidestones
Often referred to as America's stone henge, the Georgia Guidestones are a set of monolithic structures that were erected in Georgia in March of 1980. There are five slabs, which are astronomically aligned and have 10 "new world commandments" carved into their surface in several languages. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the structure, provides some notes on the history and purpose of the Guidestones. The stones were commissioned by a man who's identity has never been revealed.
Jun 19, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Fairies
A British professor has published photographs showing what he says are proof that fairies are real. Are they they though? Or did he take a blurry photo of something else? Could they be real or is this another case of the power of suggestion convincing people?
Jun 12, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Yogtze-Fall
A German man exclaims "Now I understand!" to his wife, scrawls an unintelligible word on a piece of paper. Hours later he's found naked and near death in his wrecked car. Turns out he was injured by being RUN OVER by a car...
Jun 05, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Dancing Plague of 1518
In 1518 in Strasbourg, Alsace, a woman began dancing in the street. She danced for 4 to 6 days and was joined by 34 others within a week. Within a month, 400 people were dancing in the streets. Many died from heart attacks, stroke or exhaustion. Why? NO ONE KNOWS!!!
May 29, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Battle Los Angeles
At around 3am on February 25th, 1942, the US Army began firing at an unknown object, or possibly multiple objects, over Los Angeles. After half an hour of intense shelling the firing stopped and when the smoke cleared nothing was found. No enemy aircraft. No enemy wreckage. No enemy casualties. If there was nothing there then what were they firing at?
May 22, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Holes!
This week we look at three smaller mysteries that are similar and try to get to the bottom of things.
May 15, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Flight MH370 Update
New theories have been brought forward about the actual path that Flight MH370 took and the are even backed up by math. In this mini episode we talk about these new theories about the course of the plane and what they mean to the search.
May 14, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Nazi Bell
An old Polish intelligence file reveals the confession of a Nazi war criminal that the Germans were developing something which might have changed the course of WWII. Was the Nazi Bell a super weapon? An anti-gravity device? A time machine? And where did it disappear to?
May 08, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Hum
A mysterious "humming" noise is being heard by people world wide. So far the source of this constant, and potentially maddening, noise remains undiscovered and unexplained.
May 01, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Beale Cypher
In the early 1800's a hotel owner was entrusted with a locked box, when he eventually opened it he found that it contained 3 coded messages. The coded messages were supposedly described the location of a buried treasure. Only one of the cyphers has been broken. The answer to the others, like the treasure itself, has never been found.
Apr 24, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich Manuscript, written about 500 years ago in an unknown script, has eluded all attempts at deciphering it. What does the text mean? What do the illustrations actually represent? Where did it come from? Thinking Sideways looks at it from every angle and enlists the help of Dr. Stephen Bax in trying to understand what it is all about.
Apr 17, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Baltic Sea Anomaly
In June 2011, a team of Swedish treasure hunters discovered a 200' wide saucer-shaped artifact at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Is the Baltic Sea Anomaly a natural formation, something man-made, or… a spaceship?
Apr 10, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The "Wow!" Signal
On August 15th, 1977, Jerry Ehman was working on a SETI project when he detected a 72-second long blast that crescendo-ed in a noise 30 times louder than the background. Jerry circled the text recording of this noise, commenting "Wow!" next to it in red pen, inadvertently naming the phenomenon. Nothing like it has been recorded since.
Apr 03, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Feline Overlords
The time has come for the Feline Overlords to show their power. How? By proving that the cast of TSP doesn't always get it right. Happy April fools.
Apr 01, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Klerksdorp Spheres
Strange round stones are being found in a mine in South Africa, they typically have 1 to 3 ridges around their circumference and predate the material surrounding them. Some say natural phenomena, out of place artifacts, or a sign that another form of intelligent life put them here.
Mar 27, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Flight MH370
Team Sideways tackles the maddening mystery of how a jumbo jet loaded with hundreds of passengers could simply… vanish. Without a trace.
Mar 20, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Toynbee Tiles
Since the early 1980's, linoleum tiles have been found embedded in asphalt all around the world. They bear the inscription "TOYNBEE IDEA, IN MOViE `2001,RESURRECT DEAD, ON PLANET JUPITER". Their origins are unknown.
Mar 13, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Ulfberht
The viking Ulfberht swords, made between 800-1000CE, were the most prized and advanced pieces of weaponry in the Viking arsenal. No one knows how the Vikings got them or who really made them.
Mar 06, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Hagley Woods Mystery
In April 1943 a woman's skeleton was discovered in a hole in a hollow tree in England; months later, mysterious graffiti began to appear which gave the corpse a name. The graffiti, and the investigation, continued for decades, but no one has ever identified the mysterious "Bella" in the Wych Elm… or her murderer.
Feb 27, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Salish Sea Feet
In August 2007, a severed foot in a running shoe washed up on a beach on the Salish Sea (in Canada). Since then, 12 more feet have been found. The likelihood of finding two feet in this situations is estimated at one in a million. Four of the feet have been identified, the rest belong to persons unknown. Why are these severed feet washing ashore in this location?
Feb 20, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Princes in the Tower
In the summer of 1483 the 12 year old boy king of England, Edward V, and his 9 year old brother Richard, Duke of York, were moved into the Tower of London by their uncle the future king Richard III. The boys were never seen alive again. Bones were found in the Tower of London 200 years later that are believed to be theirs but the real question is what happened to them and whodunnit?
Feb 13, 2014
Thinking Sideways: The Mary Celeste
The ghost ship Mary Celeste was found in December 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean west of Portugal, with her lifeboat gone and the crew missing. They had abandoned a perfectly seaworthy ship, and had apparently done so in a hurry, and left no sign as to why. They were never heard from again, and left behind one of the greatest mysteries of all time.
Feb 06, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Jane Doe 245UFVA
December 18th, 1996, an unidentified woman commits suicide in the children's section of a cemetery. She leaves two $50 bills to "cover the cost of cremation". She was found on a clear plastic sheet, next to the sheet was an 8" Christmas tree, adorned with gold balls and red ribbons. All signs point to her perhaps being well off. Despite this, she has never been identified.
Jan 30, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Elisa Lam
The body of Elisa Lam was discovered in a water tank on the top of the Hotel Cecil in Los Angles on February 19th, 2013. How she got there, why she was there, and what happened to her in the days before her death are still unknown. The only thing that is known for sure is that she was alive on the 1st of February exhibiting unusual behavior. What happened to this girl?
Jan 23, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Yuri Nosenko
Six weeks after the JFK assassination, a KGB agent who had been working for the CIA defected to the US, claiming to have information about Lee Harvey Oswald. Yuri Nosenko's defection eventually led to purges in the CIA and still haunts the agency, with allegations of cover-ups of information relating to the assassination, and hints at the possibility of a mole in US intelligence.
Jan 16, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Gobekli Tepe
A discovery that "changes everything", Gobekli Tepe is a prolific discovery and dates to a time when humans were literally mere decades from being cavemen. Who built these, how did they build them, why did they build them... even to the experts, there are far more questions than answers on this one.
Jan 09, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Polybius
A new arcade game arrived in Portland in 1981 but was pulled from arcades just weeks after it arrived. It's never been seen again. Was it having strange effects on the kids who play it? Was it a government test? Is it just an urban legend?
Jan 02, 2014
Thinking Sideways: Surcouf
In February 1942, the Free French Navy submarine Surcouf departed Bermuda for Australia, via the Panama Canal. She never reached the canal, and disappeared without a trace, leading to accusations of conspiracy and betrayal, along with the usual Bermuda Triangle angle.
Dec 26, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Santa Claus
One mystery has plagued us since childhood- how does he carry all those toys? How does he make it to everyone's house in one night? Why has no one seen him delivering toys? That's right, it's Santa! We take a look at the tough questions, and this time, we may have actually solved it!
Dec 21, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Baghdad Battery
Bagdahd, Iraq, 1939, a new curator takes over the National Museum of Iraq, bringing to light a confusing discovery- a ceramic pot with a metallic rod inside. Speculation over what this artifact is, what it was used for, and why it produces electricity has run rampant ever since.
Dec 20, 2013
Thinking Sideways: 1991 VG
A near-earth-object that was seemingly metallic and approximately 10 meters across went past the earth in 1991. Instead of looking like a piece of space rock it showed characteristics of a "made" object. It looks like it could have been made by an intelligent species, did we send it or did someone else?
Dec 12, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Isdal Woman
In November 1970, the partially burned corpse of a woman was discovered near Bergen, Norway, leading to one of the most intensive investigations in Norwegian history, which is still a source of controversy to this day, with allegations of espionage and cover-ups.
Dec 05, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Boy in the Box
In Philadelphia on February 25th, 1957 a would-be peeping tom discovers a box with the body of a young boy in it. The boy has never been identified, despite diligent work from many different organizations. Who was this boy, and why was he killed?
Nov 28, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Amikafer
In post WWII Germany the Colorado potato beetle began decimating crops. No one knows why they appeared in such great numbers that season. Did the US dropped them there as a form of biological warfare, did they just happen to accidentally invade, or was it someone else?
Nov 21, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Anjikuni Lake
In late 1930, the inhabitants of an Inuit village in Canada's Northwest Territories disappeared without a trace, leaving food, clothing, guns and more behind. What evil caused them to flee--or, perhaps… took them? And what about those mysterious blue lights seen in the night sky by trappers and Canadian Mounties in the area? Stay tuned…
Nov 15, 2013
Thinking Sideways: The Bloop
In 1997, in a remote point in the south Pacific Ocean, just west of the southern tip of South America an incredibly powerful ultra-low-frequency noise is picked up by hydrophones monitored by the NOAA. We think sideways in hopes that it will help us to discover the source of this unexplained sound.
Nov 07, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Texarkana Moonlight Murders
In the spring of 1946 an unidentified serial killer attacks 8 people in the small town of Texarkana. As every law enforcement agency available tries to track the murderer down he disappears without leaving any clues as to his identity.
Oct 29, 2013
Thinking Sideways: The Ourang Medan
The Ourang Medan was found with the entire crew dead by rescue ships then blew up and sank to the bottom of the sea. What killed the crew and what caused the explosion? Author Roy Bainton graciously takes the time to discuss this mystery ship and provides some much needed clues to what could have really happened.
Oct 24, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Dyatlov Pass Incident
In the late 1950s, a group of Russians who were very experienced ski-hikers were discovered to have died on the slopes of the Mountain of Death, some of them frozen to death and others dead from massive physical trauma. They left their camp in the middle of the night, some without clothing or shoes, in sub-zero weather. What terror caused them to flee to their deaths?
Oct 17, 2013
Thinking Sideways: The Lead Mask case
Two apparently healthy men are found dead, wearing very suspicious lead eye masks, near Rio de Janeiro. All signs pointing to their plan to return home, so what happened to them? This story is rife with reports of UFO's and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy jokes.
Oct 10, 2013
Thinking Sideways: The Valentich Disappearance
On October 21, 1978 20 year old Frederick Valentich piloted his Cessna across the Bass Strait. He and his plane were never seen again but the final six minutes of his life were recorded in a conversation with the airport tower. The recording and transcript of that conversation have sparked a controversy that is still unsettled today.
Oct 03, 2013
Thinking Sideways: The Spanish Flu
The 1918 flu pandemic, known as the Spanish Flu, killed 50-100 million people world wide, somewhere between 3%-5% of the worlds population at the time. What made this flu strain so deadly, how did it spread so fast, and where did this strain come from? In this extended show we dive deep into the possible origins, behaviors, and potential causes of this flu pandemic.
Sep 26, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Carnac Stones
The Stones of Carnac--a vast arrangement of menhirs in lines thousands of meters long, the purpose of the stones is an ancient mystery: necropolis? Calendar? Astronomical guide? Another mystery is the fate of the society that built them, which vanished without a trace.
Sep 19, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Baigong Pipes
Pipes older than fire show up in a humanly inhospitable mountain top. Bonus talk of Aliens and a pyramid!
Sep 12, 2013
Thinking Sideways: The Dog Suicide Bridge
In the last 50 years over 600 dogs have jumped from the Overtun bridge, many not surviving the fall. What is leading these animals to jump, from 50 feet up, to their doom?
Sep 05, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Kaspar Hauser
Kaspar's sudden appearance from nowhere in Nuremberg, Germany, touched off controversies that lasted for decades. Was he a child of royalty, stolen from the cradle and robbed of his birthright? Or a homeless kid who was kind of a con man?
Aug 29, 2013
Thinking Sideways: UVB76
An annoying buzzer sounds on an open mic for 40 years. Out of Russia. Often, the buzzer stops, and that's where we start Thinking Sideways.
Aug 23, 2013
Thinking Sideways: The McCormick Cypher
In 1999 Ricky McCormick was killed on the side of a freeway, 12 years later the FBI finally asks the public for help in decrypting a cypher found in his pants pocket. Ricky wrote them and to this day no one is really sure what them mean.
Aug 15, 2013
Thinking Sideways: The Glomar Explorer
A Cold War mystery, featuring the CIA, Howard Hughes, a sunken Soviet sub and quite possibly a sunken American sub too. With cover stories inside cover stories and weak government explanations for obvious questions, this one is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma zip-locked inside a mystery.
Aug 08, 2013
Thinking Sideways: Taman Shud
A man is found dead on the coast of Australia, of unknown causes with a mysterious code in a hidden pocket, causing an international, six decade long search for his identity, and for someone who can break the code.
Aug 01, 2013
Thinking Sideways: The Ghost Blimp
On August 16th, 1942 the US Navy airship the L-8 set off on a routine mission in the early hours of the morning. When the ship returned to the California coast nearly 5 hours later the crew had mysteriously disappeared. No one knows what ever happened to them.
Jul 26, 2013