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Unsolved Mysteries

Every season of Unsolved Mysteries is on YouTube for free. The soundtrack to my childhood. Which episode is your favorite? I like the one where the church blows up during choir practice but every member randomly called in sick that day.

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by Anonymousreply 96January 18, 2022 10:30 AM

The McBongo episode.

by Anonymousreply 1December 28, 2019 4:38 AM

My favorite episodes is the one where all the black men have HIV but none of them had GAY SEX

Looking at you Magic and Arthur amongst others, Prince.

by Anonymousreply 2December 28, 2019 6:01 AM

My favorite episode was about The Countess. She was a plump blonde woman in who arrived in 1980s Cleveland, opened a luxury lakefront restaurant, convinced many big-wigs to invest with her, as she was European royalty. Less than a year later she was gone and low and behold she wasn't royalty.

My other favorite was Andolina Gonzalez. She worked as a live-in housekeeper for an LA judge in a big Spanish house. He was old and going blind so she sold his valuable antique furniture, pocketed the money, replaced it with cheap reproductions and he couldn't tell. While later looking into the story, the judge, Leland Gieiler was removed from the bench for among other things, "thrusting a battery operated dildo into the buttocks of a public defender" and grabbing a traffic commissioner by the testicles in a courthouse hallway. He seemed like such a sweet old man in his segment.

Both of these segments are gone. They were both on YouTube for several years but now aren't available on any platform. In searching for an answer, the best I got was that the producers behind the show permanently delete segments if one of the suspects hires lawyers. Apparently a suspsect who has served their time could claim damages from the exposure they would get from their re-run Unsolved Mysteries segment.

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by Anonymousreply 3December 28, 2019 6:23 AM

The Andolina Gonzalez case had such a strange and unsatisfying footnote: she was finally captured in Mexico six years after her segment aired, but the following month Judge Geiler died, and the authorities decided that a conviction was unlikely without their prime witness to testify, so all charges were dropped. Personally, I felt that if they really wanted to, or if they had outside pressure from someone aside from Geiler, they could have pursued the charges without him, but with Judge Geiler turning out to not be such a good person, there wasn't all that much interest in seeking justice for him, especially after he passed away.

I have a lot of favorites from this show. One that stands out is the segment with a then-unknown Matthew McConaughey, portraying a man who was gunned down, in full view of his mother, trying to stop a pervert from getting away after exposing himself to a group of boys in front of his mother's house. The fugitive was captured in Panama.

Another was the first segment of the first episode Robert Stack hosted - a man on the run after murdering his wife for the insurance money, by injecting her with horse tranquilizer and concocting a story of her falling off a horse. He ended up getting captured in American Samoa after two airings of his segment. They later made a TV movie about the case, with the victim's mother portrayed by the same actress who portrayed Barbara Thorndyke, one-time character on the Golden Girls and DL favorite.

by Anonymousreply 4December 28, 2019 6:50 AM

There are too many to count, really. That show really fucked with my head as a kid, but I was still obsessed with watching it. I've revisited it on Amazon Prime and it doesn't frighten me anymore as most of the segments are so dated, but my childhood memories of them are the stuff of nightmares.

One that burned into my memory as a kid involved a truck driver who went missing and was seen by several campers driving his double-wide semi through forest where there were no roads. Later, an elderly couple came across him standing in the woods, talking to himself, saying he had to make a fire while rubbing sticks together. His truck was found abandoned, but he was missing for quite awhile IIRC. I remember reading up on the case awhile back and seeing they'd found his remains years ago, but I don't recall there being a definitive answer as to what happened. It sounded like some sort of psychosis, possibly drug-induced. The reenactment was very creepy and I remember being spooked by it as a kid.

The Angela Hammond disappearance is another, which I believe occurred in Missouri. She was abducted from a payphone in a shopping complex at night while talking to her boyfriend. She described the man who was outside, apparently waiting to use the phone, and her boyfriend hear him break into the book and grab her. The boyfriend was a short distance away, so he raced to the shopping center and saw the truck pull out. By some sick twist of fate, his tire blew out while he was trying to pursue the truck. She has never been found.

Patricia Meehan's disappearance was also very bizarre, and the reenactments for that were creepy; she got in a car accident in rural Montana and fled the scene in a bizarre manner, but essentially vanished into thin air.

by Anonymousreply 5December 28, 2019 6:59 AM

Way too many. This show got me through a Summer of depression. I don't know why but Robert Stack's voice really cheers me up.

Katherine Korzelius. I think she fell off the back of her mother's car.

The football player who was gunned down in an apparent random act of violence, while on a date, after confronting the driver. Road rage?

The white lady who got shot in her home, in front of her Native American husband. She worked as a casino manager on the reservation.

TAMMY LYNN LEPPERT!

by Anonymousreply 6December 28, 2019 7:02 AM

Of all they shows they reboot, but not this one.

by Anonymousreply 7December 28, 2019 7:12 AM

The Ghost Blimp!

by Anonymousreply 8December 28, 2019 7:12 AM

R7 it is silly that they haven't rebooted it--it's not like there will ever be a lack of material. Given that the show ended nearly 2 decades ago, there is a wealth of cases to be covered. The Dennis Farina episodes were a joke as they literally recycled the old footage and placed Farina in a phony call center set--but worst of all, they changed the musical theme, which completely altered the tone of the show.

by Anonymousreply 9December 28, 2019 7:14 AM

I watched it religiously as a kid, yet I only vaguely recall it. The only episode that comes to mine was one that dealt with teenage and early twentysomething Satanists in the Bay-area who loved heavy metal music. I think someone was murdered. I was creeped out. Maybe it was because my brother was around their age and listened to heavy metal music (and we were born in the Bay-area). He's a Trump-voter now. I guess that's scarier. Unfortunately, I know a lot of words to many Motley Crue songs.

Oh wait. I also remember the D.B. Cooper one. That's probably because I grew up in Washington state. He jumped out of plane over the Cascades with all that money and probably didn't survive. But, I always thought, what if he did! He was also dressed in a shoot and the artist rendering of him made him look so slick.

I loved Robert Stack, though. What a host. And what an opening instrumental and soundtrack for the show as well.

by Anonymousreply 10December 28, 2019 7:15 AM

^dressed in a suit

by Anonymousreply 11December 28, 2019 7:17 AM

[quote] I don't know why but Robert Stack's voice really cheers me up.

This is strange. Robert Stack's voice scared the ever-loving craps out of millions of people for years.

by Anonymousreply 12December 28, 2019 7:19 AM

In Unsolved Mysteries reboot news...

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by Anonymousreply 13December 28, 2019 7:26 AM

Does anyone remember the episode of the elderly John Doe in the steamer trunk? For some reason they thought it was a good idea to show his contorted, bloodied face on the coroner's slab in the segment on him. They gave a brief warning before showing the photo, but it was absolutely HORRIFYING. I saw it while home alone, sick from school, during a rainstorm. It was traumatizing. They later discovered he was a man who had been taken advantage of and killed by his caregiver. It was a sad story, but I will NEVER forget that photograph. It was macabre.

by Anonymousreply 14December 28, 2019 7:29 AM

The thing about Unsolved Mysteries was that it made every domestic violence tragedy sound supernatural: it wasn't just that Billy Bob shot his wife and probably buried her in the backyard, it was that she "disappeared into thin air..." But disappearing like that is hard to do these days--plus there is massive DNA evidence for anyone who wants to find it. It will never be as downright spooky as it was in the 1980s: it will just be another true crime show.

by Anonymousreply 15December 28, 2019 7:31 AM

I hear they're looking for a person to host the reboot. I think they should cast me. I have an air of old Hollywood and a distinctive voice which carries a certain gravitas. I can also talk to the dead.

The kids might know me. My shocked, emotional reaction to my brother fucking up on stage went viral at the Academy Awards a few years ago. I could really use the work.

by Anonymousreply 16December 28, 2019 7:34 AM

R14--this is him. They identified him using his fingerprints and caught the woman who killed him.

by Anonymousreply 17December 28, 2019 7:41 AM

Sorry--here's the link

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by Anonymousreply 18December 28, 2019 7:42 AM

The World War 2 Christmas Truce was a memorable episode. A boy and his mother welcomed enemy soldiers (Germans and Americans) into their home for Christmas dinner. Years later, the boy (grown-up and living in the U.S.) met up with one of the American soldiers, who did remember that Christmas truce.

by Anonymousreply 19December 28, 2019 7:47 AM

So creepy---if I looked like this I'd disappear too

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by Anonymousreply 20December 28, 2019 7:49 AM

Dennis Farina was so random as a host. Feathered hair, moustache, shirt unbuttoned. He may as well have been wearing a pinky ring and holding a scotch on the rocks.

Robert Stack was perfect as the host. His voice and demeanor were perfect.

by Anonymousreply 21December 28, 2019 7:56 AM

R12 His voice cheers me up as an adult. It just calms me. As a child, though, it certainly scared me.

I remember watching an episode as a kid where a man was killed by a motorcycle assassin.

For years, I would duck in the backseat of our car anytime a motorcycle passed by.

by Anonymousreply 22December 28, 2019 8:02 AM

If you're in the mood for a little Robert Stack nostalgia, you'll want to see this.

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by Anonymousreply 23December 28, 2019 8:19 AM

You can get various versions of the soundtrack on vinyl

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by Anonymousreply 24December 28, 2019 4:56 PM

I remember the UFO/paranormal cases more than any of the regular stories.

The NY Hudson Valley lights case & the black military officer abduction case.

by Anonymousreply 25December 29, 2019 5:49 PM

The theme song was terrifying to me as a kid. I used to get really scared of the police composite sketches for some reason. They always reeked of evil to me.

There was one episode that seemed to inspire the first act of Jeepers Creepers where two people driving in the middle of nowhere saw someone carrying a body in blood stained sheets into a building or something. Really creepy.

by Anonymousreply 26December 29, 2019 9:07 PM

My mom was adopted as a baby, but has zero interest in finding her birth family. I get it, but the solved adoption mysteries always get to me. Its always so sad when they find out their parent had wanted to meet them but had died without getting to.

by Anonymousreply 27December 29, 2019 10:03 PM

R23, and don't forget Elliot Ness, baby:

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by Anonymousreply 28December 29, 2019 10:20 PM

Or Airplane!

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by Anonymousreply 29December 29, 2019 10:29 PM

OP you bitch! Ever since reading this thread on Friday night, I’ve been binging on UM episodes for the past two days!

by Anonymousreply 30December 29, 2019 10:31 PM

The Lost Connection stories that don't end well always make me so sad. They'll be like "Judy Berensen has made it her life's mission to locate her birth parents." and it turns out they died 40 years ago in a fire somewhere. It's even more depressing with the "Update" section they've tagged on to some of these stories. It's been 20 years since this story was on the air and they still haven't located their parents or caught the killer who murdered their sister. Those still freak me out.

by Anonymousreply 31December 29, 2019 11:31 PM

R31 There are two that made me sad so far (I’m only on episode 9). The first is the lady in Maine that was a lonely mother of two that couldn’t find love, so one day she told her kids she was going to be going on a date that evening, but really she flew to another state to kill herself. The other was the old man whose childhood sweetheart married someone else while he was away at war, and his heart was so broken he never tried to find love again and lived all alone as a recluse and died alone with over $200,000 and no heirs.

by Anonymousreply 32December 29, 2019 11:37 PM

I remember those R32. Those haunted me for a while. So depressing.

by Anonymousreply 33December 29, 2019 11:42 PM

Just finished with the second season, and I think the first season was definitely better than the second. Going to start on the third.

The episode about the girl and the New Kids On The Block video was so sad and depressing.

by Anonymousreply 34January 5, 2020 2:59 AM

I’m now a few episodes into the 8th season and it’s obvious the best seasons were 1-5. The 6th season was decent, but season 7 was boring and the 8th season is just terrible. In these later seasons, they start getting lame with an increase in UFO, lost treasure, “medical miracles”, and cheesy stories like that. I probably won’t watch anymore seasons after season 8.

by Anonymousreply 35February 20, 2020 7:31 AM

R34 I’m watching the NKOTB one now.

by Anonymousreply 36February 20, 2020 1:07 PM

I started tuning out a bit after season 6 as well. The stories got less and less creepy and more cheesy. If I saw one more show about a fucking UFO, I was going to throw something at my TV.

by Anonymousreply 37February 20, 2020 6:11 PM

There was also something about the film quality itself in those later seasons. The reenactments don't have that gritty, low budget horror movie feel and the new intros aren't as creepy.

by Anonymousreply 38February 20, 2020 6:12 PM

The Wackers. Elderly couple harassed for no apparent reason over a 10 year period but no one is ever caught. It was almost unintentionally comical and reading online about the case, a lot of people suspect the husband was behind it all the whole time.

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by Anonymousreply 39February 20, 2020 6:33 PM

Watching this episode now and at the beginning Robert Stack gives my favorite rendition of his different openings:

"For every mystery there is someone, somewhere who knows the truth. Perhaps that someone is watching. Perhaps it's you. Join me."

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by Anonymousreply 40February 20, 2020 11:06 PM

The Circleville Letters!

Citizens of the small town of Circleville, Ohio were plagued by messages that revealed their darkest secret.

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by Anonymousreply 41February 20, 2020 11:10 PM

They started moving away from their gritty film look that was so prevalent in their first few seasons to the (standard, but boring) video look at around Season 4. Season 7 was when the show was moved from Wednesdays and Fridays, and shockingly enough, the ratings dropped. In Season 8, they revamped the show completely, changing the trademark intro and a lot of other elements (I guess in an effort to give it a more 90s feel), but by then the show's charm and appeal was rapidly disappearing. Don't bother with Season 9, it contains a lot of their worst segments. After Season 9, NBC cancelled the show and it was moved to CBS.

by Anonymousreply 42February 20, 2020 11:18 PM

Wednesdays to* Fridays

by Anonymousreply 43February 20, 2020 11:19 PM

My favorite episodes were the ones where they re-united a child (grown-up now) and a special teacher. Or re-united a child with a very kind foster parent. Or reunions of siblings split up in foster care. I cried a lot watching those episodes. It was cathartic for me.

by Anonymousreply 44February 20, 2020 11:25 PM

I watched Unsolved Mysteries as a child all the time and it scared the Hell out of me. Robert Stack and Peter Thomas (of Forensic Files) both had very distinctive voices that absolutely chilled you to the bone and it just won't be the same hearing whoever's doing the voice work for both shows when they get rebooted this year.

by Anonymousreply 45February 20, 2020 11:40 PM

They're also on Amazon Prime and I think a bit higher quality there.

by Anonymousreply 46February 20, 2020 11:42 PM

First of all, (My) Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys will have a live premiere in Hollywood on March 9th. The night marks the eve of the tenth anniversary of Corey Haim's death.

by Anonymousreply 47February 21, 2020 12:00 AM

Some of those Lost Loves and reunited segments were really beautiful and it was also nice to have them to counteract some of the creepier segments. Anything with a UFO or some sort of lost treasure usually sucked, though. It's nice being able to fast forward through those stories on Amazon.

by Anonymousreply 48February 21, 2020 3:07 AM

I’m glad it’s not just me that was feeling the show went downhill in later seasons. And thank you R42 for letting me know not to bother with Season 9. I am struggling to get through Season 8 so I was imagining Season 9 would be worse.

And those of you that brought up the gritty film in earlier seasons made it more creepy and fun are right. The cleaner film in the later seasons makes the show seem too polished and takes away from the suspense.

by Anonymousreply 49February 21, 2020 3:42 AM

I also do not like how they added that female co-host that pops up during each episode. Wow, they sure did fuck up a lot of things in the later seasons. No wonder they lost viewers. The dynamics completely changed.

by Anonymousreply 50February 21, 2020 6:12 AM

Before the show existed as a regular weekly series, the were 7 or 8 two hour "specials." The first three or four featured Raymond Burr as the host, followed by Karl Malden for a couple of episodes. Then Stack took over. The specials were never included in the syndicated packages and haven't been seen since. I'd love to see them again.

by Anonymousreply 51February 21, 2020 6:38 AM

I always enjoyed when Keely Shaye Smith would pop in with the details.

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by Anonymousreply 52February 21, 2020 6:56 AM

R52 She was pointless. It was better with just Robert Stack.

by Anonymousreply 53February 21, 2020 2:44 PM

Even as a kid, I would inwardly groan when there was an update and Stack would say "here's Keely Shaye Smith with the details....".

No Bob. We want to see YOU in your trenchcoat and hear YOU with your dulcet tones providing the update. That's why we tune in, we don't care about this chick.

by Anonymousreply 54February 21, 2020 3:43 PM

It’s like by Season 8 they were just throwing anything and everything at the wall trying to see if something would stick when they were trying to revamp it, and ended up just making things worse.

by Anonymousreply 55February 21, 2020 3:50 PM

the show refuses the post their most talked about and popular segment

When a 300 pound woman ripped off a department store of over 100,000 dollars. And that was not just once, she traveled from city to city getting hired at a department store, working for a few weeks, then stealing 50K to 100K of money.

The show has used legal means to get that segment taken off the internet when bootleg copies get uploaded. I'm not sure why they spend so much time and energy erasing the internet of that segment. One person said that previously everytime a bootleg copy gets posted, the show (which still maintains an office) gets flooded with emails and phone calls saying they saw the woman. Even though she has already been caught, tried, convicted and released and is living a crime free life

Story in full at link

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by Anonymousreply 56February 21, 2020 4:06 PM

R56 about why the show wants to erase this segment - Private detective hired the departments stores said the police department eventually contacted Unsolved Mysteries and request they not air it anymore since (1) there was no longer a valid warrant out for her (2) they also get flooded with phone calls from people claiming to have seen the woman

by Anonymousreply 57February 21, 2020 4:11 PM

[quote]Before the show existed as a regular weekly series, the were 7 or 8 two hour "specials." The first three or four featured Raymond Burr as the host, followed by Karl Malden for a couple of episodes. Then Stack took over. The specials were never included in the syndicated packages and haven't been seen since. I'd love to see them again.

I’ve never heard of those specials. If they ever show up online, let us know!

by Anonymousreply 58February 21, 2020 6:55 PM

R57 I can see why - I know so many women that look like her.

by Anonymousreply 59February 23, 2020 12:21 AM

Yeah she has SFL —Standard Frau Look

by Anonymousreply 60February 23, 2020 5:44 AM

It makes me laugh thinking about the thousands of angry fraus who have been incorrectly reported to Unsolved Mysteries over the years LOL

by Anonymousreply 61February 23, 2020 5:45 AM

While the Bonnie Wilder segment didn't make it to Amazon Prime (and when Lifetime started airing reruns in the early 90s, they were also told to not air it either, since by then the store had already gone out of business and she was no longer wanted - her convictions came from other crimes), we do have this YouTube clip of a classic line from the segment.

The lady speaking is the HR manager who had hired her in the first place. She was fired as a result of the robbery because she didn't verify Bonnie's references during the hiring process. Love how bitter she sounds.

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by Anonymousreply 62March 11, 2020 3:59 AM

I foolishly tried to watch Season 9 and the poster who said don’t bother was correct. I ended up skipping through the majority of the segments they were so stupid (i.e. a fertility clinic with a “magical” statue that was good luck for women wanting to get pregnant 🙄). I can only imagine how terrible the following seasons are, and I have no idea how it dragged on for so many seasons.

Seasons 1-5 were definitely the best.

by Anonymousreply 63March 11, 2020 4:07 AM

I never watched this when it was on; I'm not American for a start nor was it on TV here in my country, and also I was too young even if it had been, BUT I can just tell if I had been in the right place at the right time I would've loved this show, and it would've been the kind of thing my friends and I would have a lot of nostalgia about now. Even now I can see how it would capture your imagination, and creep you out at the same time.

I wanted to check some of the episodes out on YouTube, but I get the sense those uploaded episodes are re-edited from the original broadcast. Is this true, does anybody know? Wikipedia has a detailed description of each episode, but when I go to the corresponding episode on YouTube, the stories are different or mixed. Sometimes they have some of the stories listed but not all of them. They NEVER seem to have the stories I'm actually interested in seeing (haha!). For example, I can't find any clip of Bashir Kouchacji and the story of L'enfant. A really weird one. I'd like to watch it to hear the recordings of the phone calls.

by Anonymousreply 64March 11, 2020 4:16 AM

The episodes on YouTube are from Amazon Prime and are, for the most part, unedited. Some segments were dropped entirely for a variety of reasons, and some segments were moved from other episodes to "fill in the blanks", but overall, I think they tried to do as little tinkering as possible.

The majority of the segments themselves are complete (with the exception of showing the toll-free number at the end for obvious reasons); Lifetime often cut parts of segments in their reruns but that isn't the case with the Amazon versions. I definitely recommend binge watching the show on YouTube.

L'Enfant was a memorable segment to be sure, but just to let you know - they didn't play the actual recordings in it.

by Anonymousreply 65March 11, 2020 4:29 AM

Thanks R65! I'll dive in and watch them as they are then, I'm sure there's plenty to enjoy. Hopefully I find what I'm looking for along the way. I didn't realise they didn't play the recordings in the L'enfant case. I thought I'd heard they had, but maybe they faked them as an example of what they sounded like? Or I'm thinking of something else. Anyway, what a mindfuck of a case. Fascinating. My biggest question is still: where the hell was his wife the night he was kidnapped in Beirut?

by Anonymousreply 66March 11, 2020 4:35 AM

I'd like to know which big city the woman in r62 is referring to.

by Anonymousreply 67March 11, 2020 10:55 AM

She was referring to Atlanta, R67.

by Anonymousreply 68March 11, 2020 2:37 PM

I have seen all the Unsolved Mystery episodes on YouTube

What is the difference between the episodes posted on Amazon vs the ones on YouTube?

by Anonymousreply 69March 11, 2020 2:45 PM

I believe the ones posted on YouTube are the exact same as those on Amazon. I started watching this series on YouTube last night, and the first four episodes match up exactly to a podcast called Resolved Mysteries that is following along on Amazon.

Where the episodes differ slightly is from the original television broadcast. Comparing what I saw to the episode listing on Wikipedia as I watched last night, it's basically a case of moving all the updates that appeared in later episodes to be directly after the initial story, plus a couple of stories have been removed so far. For example Episode 1 on Amazon/YouTube equates to the Fourth Special, then Episode 2 equates mostly to the Fifth Special with part of the Sixth Special tacked on to the end, and so on. The only two major stories they seem to have dropped so far are on the psychic Dorothy Allison and the Gulf Breeze UFO incident, but who knows if these will turn up later? They also dropped one of the "Lost Heirs" cases (boring anyway) and a "Wanted" story on Steve Hadley.

by Anonymousreply 70April 8, 2020 1:25 AM

I always thought the Lost Heir and UFO cases were boring.

by Anonymousreply 71April 8, 2020 1:39 AM

Yeah, I can't say I was upset to see one of them was left off. The first episode does contain the update of one of them and it's not at all interesting. There was also a story about love letters being finally delivered years later. Lovely for the people involved but not at all interesting to watch. It's kinda fun though, as I can imagine loving this show if I had seen it back then, but being frustrated at the time by those stories and just wanting more creepy stuff, haha!

I wonder how many unsolved stories are like that of Gail DeLano that I saw last night. They seem mysterious because she was talking about an unknown man called John, then she disappears. A trucker called John also comes forward to say her saw her, and online sleuths would make a big deal out of this, but it's all just a red herring. She sadly committed suicide. I bet you more mysteries have these sorts of explanations than we realise.

by Anonymousreply 72April 8, 2020 1:44 AM

I'm not sure I enjoy the fraud stories so much; it's always elderly people being scammed and it makes me feel really sad. And they tend to be some of the longest and dullest cases as well.

by Anonymousreply 73April 8, 2020 9:16 AM

R62's clip shows just how old the show is. A 300lb person wouldn't stand out anywhere now.

Love that Robert Stack has such a great sense of humor to go with that voice.

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by Anonymousreply 74April 8, 2020 12:59 PM

It might be slightly controversial (and it was unexpected to me) but on watching these through from the start, I think the Lost Loves sections are actually pretty good. Often very emotional, but also interesting. I'm surprised, because I'm really only watching for creepy true crime, but stories like the Hungarian refugees with the American soldier, or the orphan train are quite compelling and bring a lump to the throat. I never thought I'd say this at the beginning of my watching, but I find I prefer these stories to those about fraud, or even the hauntings.

by Anonymousreply 75April 9, 2020 2:44 AM

This one is interesting, it's about Cindy James, a Canadian nurse who was stalked and harassed relentlessly for years - or was she? The authorities were never able to catch her stalker/killer.

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by Anonymousreply 76April 9, 2020 3:00 AM

I will say that I liked the Fraud cases because the show shone a light on that type of crime. They don't usually get the news headlines like the criminals wanted for murder or missing people do.

Lost Loves segments were kind of lame to me as a kid, but I've grown to appreciate them as an adult. The show probably liked doing them because they had high solve rates.

Lost Heir segments were rare after UM's first couple seasons, but some of them had interesting back stories, like the miserly pack rat from Michigan who lived at the YMCA, ate the same meals every day, had eight identical suits and hats, and left nearly a quarter of a million dollars after he died.

Treasure segments were quite boring overall. One exception was a Season 1 segment about Victorio Peak in New Mexico, mostly because of the two main characters, Doc and Babe Noss. "Babe, if that's all gold, we can call John D. Rockefeller a tramp!"

by Anonymousreply 77April 9, 2020 3:31 AM

I think it's definitely interesting to think what would've interested us more as kids as opposed to adults. I bet I would've hated Lost Loves as a kid too, but as an adult I appreciate them as well. I bet I would've loved hauntings and UFOs more as a kid than I do as an adult - I find those quite uninteresting and really very same-same. There are always exceptions though, as you say.

I'm currently watching the Alcatraz special and I have very little interest in it, so we'll see if anything comes out of it that I enjoy. The history may be interesting at least.

So far (Season 1 - Episode 17 on YouTube) the two creepiest cases to me have been Kurt Sova, and those two boys who were hit by a train and turned out to have been murdered before they were lain there. It seems to me that the man in fatigues must've been involved somehow, but who was he?

by Anonymousreply 78April 9, 2020 4:35 AM

Oh, and Matthew Chase and the man spotted standing next to him at the ATM. That one was chilling (it is one of the rare segments I've already seen somewhere before).

by Anonymousreply 79April 9, 2020 4:41 AM

I didn't see this episode until Amazon released all the seasons. It's season 12, episode 3 on there. A young female doctor went missing the night of September 10, 2001. She lived in Battery Park City and her husband couldn't reach her the night before the attack. That was how it was shown on Unsolved Mysteries. Now more has come out, messy stuff, lesbian affairs etc.

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by Anonymousreply 80April 9, 2020 9:25 PM

Just finished the first season of the original series (or at least, the slightly edited version on Amazon Prime) for the first time, and have enjoyed it. The retro aspect to it gives it a certain charm, I enjoy the campness, and it still manages to be creepy in parts. A few too many lost treasure stories for my taste though, although I will admit the Victorio Peak one kept my interest.

I have had a few giggles along the way too. Like in the re-enactment of that case where the man was killed and the woman disappeared while they were fucking by Lake Pontchartrain, where the grandfather and his grandson walk past and the grandson says: "What are they doing grandpa?" and he's like: "NEVER YOU MIND!" Hahaha.

Also, how times change - bless those Montana police in the Dexter Stefonek case, who find a "clue" in the men's bathroom at a rest stop: some graffiti in the cubicle, reading: HOT JOCK SHOT WAD FROM WISCONSIN 11/85 SATURDAY THE 3RD. "We think this was written by the killer, to taunt to police!" they claim. Oh, just bless them, hahaha!

by Anonymousreply 81July 28, 2020 5:52 AM

I'm about half way through season 2 now. If I have a slight complaint, it's that with the re-editing of the episodes, the updates are now put at the end of the original airing of the stories - which is a great thing - but when you get to the episode with the update later on, they replay it again, which seems to be a waste of time, and I personally find this annoying. Particularly as the show cuts certain really interesting segments for reasons I can't work out. The Tara Calico case was removed from the beginning of season 2 and that is a really creepy one, and still unsolved, so there is a chance (an outside one, maybe) that rerunning it would help in some way (I'm pleasantly surprised at how many of these cases have been solved thanks to the show existing).

I'm assuming the reason those cases are removed isn't to do with time though, but something else. At least I hope so, or that would make those updates REALLY annoying,

It's also worth reading up on the updated cases on the Unsolved Mysteries website, because the show often just says the case was solved and little more. The website goes in to further detail. So many of the murders are creepy solely due to bad witness reports to be honest. When they are solved, most if not all of what witnesses say they saw has no relevance to anything.

I'm turning in to such a sap watching these too. Some of those lost loves cases have me blubbing like anything; like the case of the girl who wanted to find her foster parents because they were the only ones who'd ever shown love to her.

by Anonymousreply 82August 1, 2020 7:32 AM

[quote]bless those Montana police in the Dexter Stefonek case, who find a "clue" in the men's bathroom at a rest stop: some graffiti in the cubicle, reading: HOT JOCK SHOT WAD FROM WISCONSIN 11/85 SATURDAY THE 3RD. "We think this was written by the killer, to taunt to police!" they claim.

I remember commenting on that in a DL thread when Amazon Prime started releasing UM seasons. They really had to sanitize the message for 1989 prime time TV, didn't they. "It made a reference to 'shot'" - yeah, true, but the message writer wasn't talking about a gun! It was more likely a future DLer chronicling a rest stop hookup, not a cryptic message from a vicious killer. Dexter wasn't even murdered on November 3, it was on the 19th (and 11/3/85 was a Sunday, not a Saturday).

by Anonymousreply 83August 2, 2020 8:33 PM

The Lost Love segments used to bore me as a kid, but now a lot of them make me cry. The Lost Treasure stories are still just as boring as they ever were if not more so. The UFO stories don't do much for me either, but the some of the ghost/paranormal ones still freak me out.

by Anonymousreply 84August 2, 2020 9:13 PM

^I co-sign to all of that. Though I never saw this as a child, I know Lost Loves wouldn't have gotten to me as much then as it does now. Man, do I get weepy! How about that man who was a child in a concentration camp and after liberation there was an American soldier who helped him with food. "He didn't seem to mind touching me, he wasn't worried about catching my diseases, or my lice..." Oh man, oh man! Was I in tears! They seem to always get solved too, which is lovely, and it's just nice how many people out there just want to help others, or to thank others.

by Anonymousreply 85August 2, 2020 10:23 PM

R51 - the first three Unsolved Mysteries specials, hosted by Raymond Burr and then Karl Malden, have been posted to YouTube.

They are from the original 1987 airings, without commercials (but unedited otherwise).

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by Anonymousreply 86September 15, 2020 7:16 PM

The Elizabeth Campbell case is one of the ones I found most memorable. And it still hasn't been solved.

Also, her boyfriend who gets interviewed in the segment is really cute, even with his 80s mullet. Link to his interview below.

The other case that always stuck in my head, the one of the young Canadian couple who were brutally murdered while on a short trip into Washington state, was finally solved a few years ago with genealogical data using DNA from the crime scene.

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by Anonymousreply 87May 20, 2021 11:36 PM

The obese that were never even solved after decades are the creepiest ones.

by Anonymousreply 88May 20, 2021 11:37 PM

Does anyone remember a case where a young woman was on a motorcycle when she got struck from behind and became severely brain damaged? They were trying to find out who and why.

by Anonymousreply 89May 21, 2021 12:15 AM

One of the stories which I found memorable was the 'Wadada' segment. It has been deleted from the series as it's currently presented, supposedly because the statute of limitations on the assault has expired.

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by Anonymousreply 90May 21, 2021 7:08 AM

The mysterious death of Blair Adams has haunted me ever since I first saw it covered on Unsolved Mysteries. Truly bizarre case with a lot of details not mentioned in the UM segment. I think he probably had some kind of mental breakdown but I'm not 100% convinced it wasn't something more nefarious.

The segment starts at 19:35 if the video doesn't automatically cue up.

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by Anonymousreply 91May 21, 2021 9:06 AM

r14 I think I watched that episode! Or another episode that showed a dead body. Incidentally, I was also home from school that day (I can't remember why) and scared SHITLESS. I ended up calling my grandmother and talking for like an hour.

by Anonymousreply 92January 17, 2022 11:32 PM

A treasure

by Anonymousreply 93January 17, 2022 11:34 PM

I've been watching old episodes on YouTube. This show scared the shit out of me as a kid!!

Who remembers the Rain Boy episode? I watched this with my grandmother when I was in third grade. She must have been babysitting. Anyway, I remember specific quotes from the episode, like "I can make it rain." And a lot of details came back as I was watching. I remember having a long talk after the show with my grandmother before bed because I was so unsettled.

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by Anonymousreply 94January 17, 2022 11:39 PM

This thread gave me nightmares.

by Anonymousreply 95January 18, 2022 10:26 AM

Regarding the Blair Adams case, a detail that investigators held back until recently is that Adams was sexually assaulted.

by Anonymousreply 96January 18, 2022 10:30 AM
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