Mysteries, Missing Persons

  • JD Crighton (Driver). Mini Grand Prix race, 2nd place

    My Bucket List Adventures

    As a bit of a daredevil in my younger days, I was blessed to check some fun and memorable items off my bucket list. One of my friends took me acrobatic flying in a Super Decathlon and I was hooked, parachute and all. Lazy eights, hammer-head stalls, and clover leafs made me feel like I was over the moon! While upside down, my friend keyed up the mic and yelled “Are you okay?” into my headphones. All I could say in response was, “Whooooo Hooooo!!!” Afterwards, I thought ‘what if something happened to the pilot and I had to land the plane by myself?’ I better sign up for an…

  • Georgi Markov Assassinated with Ricin in 1978
    Bioterrorism,  CBRNE,  Mysteries

    Unsolved Mystery: Novelist Georgi Markov Poisoned With Deadly Ricin

    News reports of envelopes tainted with the deadly biological agent, Ricin, got me thinking about the 1978 assassination of a Bulgarian dissident, Georgi Markov, who was an acclaimed novelist and playwright. Why was Markov murdered? Markov was outspoken of the Bulgarian government and communism and wrote about it in novels, short stories and playwrights. His writings angered the Bulgarian government, causing Markov to defect to Italy in 1969. He migrated to England and received political asylum in 1971. Following his Bulgarian defection, Markov was accused of being a traitor and tried and convicted in absentia, sentenced to six years, six months in prison. From 1975 until his death in 1978,…

  • Ray Gricar Missing (Source: FBI)

    District Attorney Ray Gricar: Mystery is Still Unsolved

    Ray Gricar, the Centre County district attorney who failed to prosecute Jerry Sandusky in 1998, is missing and his case is still unsolved. Conflicting theories proliferate the Internet about what happened to Gricar. Some say he intentionally disappeared. Others say he was murdered as a cover-up or that he committed suicide. Whatever the theory, authorities are no closer to discovering what actually happened to Gricar today than they were on April 15, 2005 when Gricar went missing. The last time the district attorney was seen was when he left his office and drove away in his red Mini Cooper. Around 11:30 a.m. that same day, he called his girlfriend, Patty…

  • Albert DeSalvo Source: FBI

    Do you think Albert DeSalvo is the Boston Strangler?

    Boston authorities announced a break in the Boston Strangler case. New DNA evidence linking Albert DeSalvo to one of the unsolved Boston Strangler victims, Mary Sullivan, nineteen, is key in exhuming DeSalvo’s body to determine once and for all his link to the victim. Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis announced new evidence that can now be linked with 99.9% certainty to the late Albert DeSalvo. Authorities concluded that DNA from semen collected in Mary Sullivan’s rape and murder produced a “familial match” with him. The Boston Police Commissioner said detectives followed relatives of DeSalvo, waiting to grab DNA for comparative purposes. That opportunity presented itself when a relative of DeSalvo…

  • Michaela Joy Garecht (Source: FBI)

    Bring Michaela Garecht Home – Missing Since 1988

    On the morning of November 19, 1988, Michaela Joy Garecht was nine years old when she was abducted by an unknown male in the Rainbow Market parking lot in Hayward, California. Michaela was trying to retrieve her friend’s scooter that had been moved near the abductor’s car when she was grabbed and forced into the vehicle. At the time of the abduction, the suspect was described as being between eighteen and twenty-four years old with a slender build. He was approximately 6’0″ and 180 pounds with dirty blond, shoulder-length hair. He had a pockmarked or pimpled face and was driving an older model, full-sized four-door sedan, possibly gold or tan…

  • Madeleine McCann Age Progression Image (age 9)

    Is Madeleine McCann Still Alive?

    The disappearance of Madeleine McCann captured headlines in 2007 when she vanished from the family’s vacation apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve coast, nine days before her fourth birthday. Numerous sightings of Madeleine were reported over the years. To further investigate the case, Scotland Yard launched Operation Grange in 2011 at the request of the British Home Secretary. After reviewing over 30,000 documents and making numerous visits to Portugal, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood recently said they continue to believe there is a possibility Madeleine is alive. Their review of the case has identified thirty-eight persons of interest, twelve of whom are British nationals. Madeleine’s parents are not…