Thinking Sideways Podcast

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Devin, Joe and Steve have always been curious. Though they don’t have any formal education to guide them, they sit down every week to discuss unsolved mysteries of all kinds: weird noises, strange website and horrific suicides that look a lot like murders. They take a skeptical approach, but never d… read more

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The "Steve Is Dead" Hoax

April 1st, 2019


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.

Introducing Over My Dead Body

February 12th, 2019


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

Miss us yet?

December 10th, 2018


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.

Part II of The American Beauty Murder Mystery

October 18th, 2018


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

The American Beauty Murder

October 16th, 2018


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

So long and thanks for all the f*cking fish

August 30th, 2018


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.

Down the Rabbit Hole: The Sunken City of Akakor

August 23rd, 2018


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, …

Down the Rabbit Hole: The Stonehenge campers

August 16th, 2018


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.

Down the Rabbit Hole: Steve’s Vietnam Excursion

August 9th, 2018


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 …

Down the Rabbit Hole: Phantom Ruby Tuesdays in New Mexico

August 2nd, 2018


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

El Chupacabra!

July 26th, 2018


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 …

The suspicious death of Jonathan Luna

July 19th, 2018


Federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna left his office to go on a long solitary midnight drive, and then was discovered dead the following morning, under …

The disappearance of little Anna Waters

July 12th, 2018


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 …

Is spontaneous human combustion real?

July 5th, 2018


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 …

The fate of the ship Freedon

June 28th, 2018


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 …

The Missing Postman of Stradbally

June 21st, 2018


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 …

Did Frank Finkel survive the Battle of the Little Bighorn?

June 14th, 2018


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 …

Who killed Willie MacRae?

June 7th, 2018


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 …

DTR-The Witchcraft

June 5th, 2018


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 …

Disappearance of Ronald Tammen?

May 31st, 2018


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 …

Who was Colonel Tomb?

May 24th, 2018


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 …

TSP Live-Ade Family Murder

May 17th, 2018


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 …

The Impossible Murder of Isidor Fink

May 10th, 2018


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... …

Bohemian Grove

May 3rd, 2018


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 …

The Madden Curse

April 26th, 2018


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 …

The Annecy Shootings

April 19th, 2018


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 …

Tunguska Event

April 12th, 2018


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.

What is the Mapinguari?

April 5th, 2018


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?

Disappearance of Mike Williams

April 1st, 2018


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 …

What happened to Kenny Veach?

March 29th, 2018


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 …

Disappearance of Brian Shaffer

March 22nd, 2018


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 …

The Falling Soldier

March 15th, 2018


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 …

The Murder of Catrine da Costa

March 8th, 2018


In 1984 the dismembered, headless remains of Catrine da Costa were discovered in Stockholm, Sweden. Although the case has become one of the most …

The Disappearance of Amy Billig

March 1st, 2018


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 …

Death of Singer Sam Cooke

February 22nd, 2018


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?

Michael Meiring—Treasure Hunter or Terrorist?

February 15th, 2018


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 …

The Persian Princess

February 8th, 2018


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 Zip-Gun Bomber

February 1st, 2018


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?

Campden Wonder

January 25th, 2018


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...

Gareth Williams

January 18th, 2018


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 …

Pimlico Poisoning Mystery

January 16th, 2018


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 …

Miracle of the Sun

January 11th, 2018


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 …

The Murder of Bob Chappell

January 4th, 2018


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.

Operation Highjump

December 28th, 2017


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 …

The Bumble

December 25th, 2017


Continuing the holiday tradition Team Sideways talks about the villainous character from many holiday stories known across the world as the Bumble, …

TWA Flight 800

December 21st, 2017


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 …

The Secret of Plum Island

December 14th, 2017


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. …

Lyle Stevik

December 7th, 2017


Lyle Stevik hung himself in September 2001. When police discovered that there was no such person, a massive mystery that has captivated the internet …

Vitrified Forts

November 30th, 2017


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 …

Death of Col. Philip Shue

November 23rd, 2017


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 …

Disappearance of Stephanie Stewart

November 16th, 2017


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 …

Kentucky Meat Shower

November 9th, 2017


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.

Disappearance of Jim Gray

November 2nd, 2017


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.

Halloween Extravaganza

October 26th, 2017


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.

What the heck was

October 19th, 2017


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?

Miyazawa Family Murders

October 12th, 2017


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 …

The London Torso Murders

October 5th, 2017


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.

Death of George Reeves

September 28th, 2017


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 …

Rebecca Zahau, suicide or murder?

September 21st, 2017


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 …

The Strange Death of Zigmund Adamski

September 14th, 2017


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.

The Disappearance of Lauren Spierer

September 7th, 2017


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 …

Baron 52

August 31st, 2017


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 …

Cartoon Conspiracies

August 24th, 2017


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

Harassing of Bill and Dorothy Wacker

August 17th, 2017


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

Publius Enigma

August 10th, 2017


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 …

Bonus: Christine Pelisek interview

August 4th, 2017


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 …

Daytona Beach Serial Killer

August 3rd, 2017


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 …

Villisca Axe Murders

July 27th, 2017


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 …

The Strange Death Of Dave Bocks

July 20th, 2017


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...?

Princess Doe

July 13th, 2017


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 …

Project Lucifer

July 6th, 2017


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 …

TSP Live-Clarence Roberts

June 29th, 2017


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 …

Tina Watson

June 22nd, 2017


Tina Watson drowned while scuba diving in Australia on her honeymoon. An accident? Or... murder?

Mr. Cruel

June 15th, 2017


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 …

Texas Killing Fields

June 8th, 2017


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?

Murder on the Herbert Fuller

June 1st, 2017


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 …

Karin Waldegrave

May 25th, 2017


In April 2010, a Facebook account named Karin Catherine Waldegrave (Von Berg Habsburg) appeared and started posting mysteriously prolific posts, only …

Washington's Eagle

May 18th, 2017


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 …


May 11th, 2017


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 …

Pluckley Ghosts

May 4th, 2017


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? …

Richey Edwards

April 27th, 2017


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 …

Monster of Florence

April 20th, 2017


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.


April 13th, 2017


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 …

Moorgate Tube Crash

April 6th, 2017


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?

Goat Blood Soup

April 1st, 2017


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 …

Death of Hugues de la Plaza

March 30th, 2017


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 …

Death of Mary Anderson

March 23rd, 2017


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 …

Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp

March 16th, 2017


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 …

Bennington Triangle

March 9th, 2017


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 …

The Grimes Sisters

March 2nd, 2017


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 …

The Murders of Mary Morris

February 23rd, 2017


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 …

Argo 16

February 16th, 2017


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 …

Indiana Dunes disappearance

February 9th, 2017


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?

Archambeau-Bruguier disappearance

February 2nd, 2017


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 …

Witchcraft Murder

January 26th, 2017


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...

Markovian Parallax Denigrate

January 19th, 2017


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 …

Disappearance of Harold Holt

January 12th, 2017


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 …

Hall-Mills Murders

January 5th, 2017


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 …

Asha Degree Disappearance

December 29th, 2016


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 …

The Nutcracker

December 25th, 2016


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 …

The Lost Dutchmans Mine

December 22nd, 2016


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 …

Harold Wilson Resignation Conspiracy

December 15th, 2016


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 …

The Disappearance of Benjamin Bathurst

December 8th, 2016


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 …

Craig D. Button

December 1st, 2016


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 …

Death of Alexander Litvinenko

November 24th, 2016


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.

Tecaxic-Calixtlauaca head

November 17th, 2016


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 …

Death of Samora Machel

November 10th, 2016


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 …

The Murder of Martha Moxley

November 3rd, 2016


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 …

October 27th, 2016


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, …

Min Min Lights

October 20th, 2016


Australians have been seeing strange glowing lights in the Outback for decades. Some stories say they approach, others say that they keep a …

Sabrina Aisenberg disappearance

October 13th, 2016


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 …

GEC-Marconi deaths

October 6th, 2016


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 …

Long Island Serial Killer

September 29th, 2016


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 …

The crew of the Carroll A. Deering

September 22nd, 2016


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. …

Paul is dead

September 15th, 2016


The September 1969 edition of the Drake Times-Delphic contained an article titled "Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?" This article may have been the …

Wonderland Murders

September 8th, 2016


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 …

Brandon Swanson

September 1st, 2016


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, …

Gloomy Sunday

August 25th, 2016


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.

Tsavo Man-Eaters

August 18th, 2016


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 …

Pont Saint Esprit poisoning

August 11th, 2016


In an incident suspiciously similar to the Ken McElroy episode--except that there was no bullying redneck, no pickup truck and no gunfire--hundreds …

Bermeja Island

August 4th, 2016


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 …

Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter

July 28th, 2016


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 …

The death of Morgan Ingram

July 21st, 2016


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 …

The disappearance of Rebecca Coriam

July 14th, 2016


On March 22nd, 2011, Disney Wonder crew member Rebecca Coriam went missing. Disney's handling of the case has been anything but perfect and …

Lake Huron boater disappearance

July 7th, 2016


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 …

Bonus: Mark Adams Interview

July 1st, 2016


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 …


June 30th, 2016


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 …

Joseph Newton Chandler III

June 23rd, 2016


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 …

Andy Kaufmans greatest joke?

June 16th, 2016


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 …

Rudolph Hess

June 9th, 2016


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 …

Ray Gricar

June 2nd, 2016


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 …

Abismo Negro

May 26th, 2016


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 …

Bonus: Seth Margolis Interview

May 20th, 2016


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, …

Did Elizabeth 1 have a child?

May 19th, 2016


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 …

Phobos 2 Incident

May 12th, 2016


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 …

The Disappearance of Ben McDaniels

May 5th, 2016


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... …

The disappearance of Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan

April 28th, 2016


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 …

Short: The Casie Nicole

April 26th, 2016


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 …

The Death of Kurt Cobain

April 21st, 2016


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 …

Sunset Limited Derailment

April 14th, 2016


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.

Louis Le Prince

April 7th, 2016


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 …

Ken McElroy

April 1st, 2016


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 …

The Naked Murders

March 31st, 2016


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 …

The Glasgow Effect

March 24th, 2016


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?

The Atlanta Ripper

March 17th, 2016


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.

The Disappearance of Andrew Gosden

March 10th, 2016


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 …

Blair Adams

March 3rd, 2016


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 …

Disappearance of the USS Cyclops

February 25th, 2016


On March 4, 1918, the US Navy ship Cyclops left Barbados to sail to Baltimore--and vanished without a trace.

Atacama Skeleton

February 18th, 2016


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 …

Who tried to kill Bob Marley?

February 11th, 2016


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?

Death of Annie Börjesson

February 4th, 2016


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 …

Area 51 Broadcast Interruption

January 28th, 2016


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 …

Crash of South African Airlines flight 295

January 21st, 2016


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 …

Disappearance of Hale Boggs

January 14th, 2016


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?

The Murder of Julia Wallace

January 7th, 2016


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 …

Danny Casolaro and The Octopus

December 31st, 2015


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 …


December 24th, 2015


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 …

Lost Treasures

December 17th, 2015


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.

The White House Farm Murders

December 10th, 2015


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 …

Lake City Quiet Pills

December 3rd, 2015


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 …

Josh Gibson's Yankee Stadium Home Run

November 26th, 2015


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?

Who Finked on the Franks

November 19th, 2015


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 …

Skinwalker Ranch

November 12th, 2015


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 …

Lost Cosmonauts

November 5th, 2015


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 …

The Beaumont Children

October 29th, 2015


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 …

Hinterkaifeck Murders

October 22nd, 2015


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?

The Smiley Face Murders

October 20th, 2015


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 …

The Sodder Children

October 15th, 2015


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 Lake Bodom Murders

October 8th, 2015


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 …

The Springfield Three

October 1st, 2015


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 …

Lord Lucan

September 24th, 2015


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 …

Who was Peter Bergmann

September 17th, 2015


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 …

Agatha Christie Disappearance

September 10th, 2015


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 …

Frederick A. Cook

September 3rd, 2015


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 …

David Sneddon

August 27th, 2015


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 …

The Grinning Man

August 20th, 2015


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 …

Kubrick's The Shining

August 13th, 2015


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 …

Roberto Calvi

August 6th, 2015


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. …

Short: Theft of Shergar

August 4th, 2015


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 …

The Kensington Runestone

July 30th, 2015


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 …

Fate of the IXth Roman Legion

July 23rd, 2015


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?

Places You Don't Want To Go

July 16th, 2015


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.

Yamashita's Gold

July 9th, 2015


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 …

The Disappearance of Zebb Quinn

July 2nd, 2015


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 …

Charles Darwin's Health

June 25th, 2015


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 …

Short: The Vela Incident

June 23rd, 2015


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 …

Death of Huey Long

June 18th, 2015


In Sept. 1935, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was assassinated in the Louisiana State House by Dr. Karl Weiss. Or was he?

What's the Frequency Kenneth?

June 11th, 2015


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 …

The Death of Princess Diana

June 4th, 2015


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, …

Disappearance of Sneha Philip

May 28th, 2015


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 Mills Family

May 21st, 2015


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 …

Denver International Airport

May 14th, 2015


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 …

Tube Sock Killer?

May 7th, 2015


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 …

Vatican Murders

April 30th, 2015


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?

Tupac and Biggie

April 23rd, 2015


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 …

Black Knight Satellite

April 16th, 2015


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 …

Time Travelers

April 9th, 2015


In this episode we look into three popular stories of time travelers and try to see what is really there.

Keddie Murders

April 2nd, 2015


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 …

Gef the Talking Mongoose

April 1st, 2015


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 …

Madeleine McCann

March 26th, 2015


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 …

The Tylenol Murders

March 19th, 2015


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 …

B Traven

March 12th, 2015


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...

Arthur's Seat Dolls

March 5th, 2015


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 …

Mima Mounds

February 26th, 2015


The Mima mounds, located in southwestern Washington state, have been baffling scientists for decades. These strange domes of earth rise up out of the …

Dr. Bogle and Mrs. Chandler

February 19th, 2015


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 …

Short: Poe Toaster

February 17th, 2015


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.

The Count St. Germain

February 12th, 2015


The mysterious Count of St Germain traveled Europe in the 18th century, hob-knobbing with royalty, conducting diplomacy, fomenting …

The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

February 5th, 2015


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 …

Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion

January 29th, 2015


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 …

The Mull Air Mystery

January 22nd, 2015


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 …

Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers

January 15th, 2015


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 …

Short: Things that bob in the water

January 13th, 2015


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 …

Michele Miscavige

January 8th, 2015


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 …

Donald Crowhurst

December 30th, 2014


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 …


December 25th, 2014


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? …

The Truth about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

December 23rd, 2014


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 …

Rendlesham Forest Incident

December 18th, 2014


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 …

Jean Spangler

December 11th, 2014


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 …

Cicada 3301

December 4th, 2014


"Not all mysteries are solvable, but prize comes in the pursuit." Called "the most elaborate and mysterious puzzle of the internet", Cicada 3301 is …


November 27th, 2014


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 …

Who was Lori Erica Ruff

November 20th, 2014


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 …

Short: Isabella Art Theft

November 18th, 2014


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 …

Bill Brennan

November 13th, 2014


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 …

Who settled the New World first?

November 6th, 2014


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 …

Jack the Ripper

October 30th, 2014


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 …

The Mad Axeman of New Orleans

October 23rd, 2014


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 …

Cleveland Torso Murders

October 16th, 2014


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? …

Gateway to Hell

October 9th, 2014


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 …

Jim Thompson

October 2nd, 2014


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 …

Maura Murray

September 25th, 2014


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 …

Gary McKinnon

September 18th, 2014


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, …

Neta Fornario

September 11th, 2014


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 …

The Monster with 21 Faces

September 4th, 2014


Following a kidnapping of the president of Glico industries, a crime organization calling themselves the Monster with 21 Faces begins systematic …

Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels

August 28th, 2014


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 …

Lost Boats Found

August 21st, 2014


This week we look at three similar nautical mysteries and try to get to something to float to the top.

Dorothy Arnold

August 14th, 2014


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 …

Lost Boy Larry

August 7th, 2014


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 …

Mongolian Death Worm

July 31st, 2014


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 Eilean Mor Lighthouse Mystery

July 24th, 2014


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. …

The Montauk Project

July 17th, 2014


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 …

Coral Castle

July 10th, 2014


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 …

The Jefferson Davis Eight

July 3rd, 2014


Between 2005 and 2009 eight women were murdered, the police investigation has been focused on finding a serial murderer. Writer Ethan Brown reveals …

The Mad Trapper of Rat River

June 26th, 2014


A man calling himself Albert Johnson led the Mounties on their biggest manhunt ever, performing almost superhuman feats of evasion and survival …

Georgia Guidestones

June 19th, 2014


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. …


June 12th, 2014


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 …


June 5th, 2014


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 …

The Dancing Plague of 1518

May 29th, 2014


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 …

Battle Los Angeles

May 22nd, 2014


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 …


May 15th, 2014


This week we look at three smaller mysteries that are similar and try to get to the bottom of things.

Flight MH370 Update

May 14th, 2014


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 …

The Nazi Bell

May 8th, 2014


An old Polish intelligence file reveals the confession of a Nazi war criminal that the Germans were developing something which might have changed the …

The Hum

May 1st, 2014


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.

The Beale Cypher

April 24th, 2014


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 …

The Voynich Manuscript

April 17th, 2014


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? …

The Baltic Sea Anomaly

April 10th, 2014


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?

The "Wow!" Signal

April 3rd, 2014


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, …

Feline Overlords

April 1st, 2014


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.

Klerksdorp Spheres

March 27th, 2014


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, …

Flight MH370

March 20th, 2014


Team Sideways tackles the maddening mystery of how a jumbo jet loaded with hundreds of passengers could simply… vanish. Without a trace.

Toynbee Tiles

March 13th, 2014


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 …


March 6th, 2014


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.

Hagley Woods Mystery

February 27th, 2014


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 Salish Sea Feet

February 20th, 2014


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 …

The Princes in the Tower

February 13th, 2014


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 …

The Mary Celeste

February 6th, 2014


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 …

Jane Doe 245UFVA

January 30th, 2014


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 …

Elisa Lam

January 23rd, 2014


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 …

Yuri Nosenko

January 16th, 2014


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 …

Gobekli Tepe

January 9th, 2014


A discovery that "changes everything", Gobekli Tepe is a prolific discovery and dates to a time when humans were literally mere decades from being …


January 2nd, 2014


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 …


December 26th, 2013


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 …

Santa Claus

December 21st, 2013


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 …

Baghdad Battery

December 20th, 2013


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 …

1991 VG

December 12th, 2013


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 …

Isdal Woman

December 5th, 2013


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, …

Boy in the Box

November 28th, 2013


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, …


November 21st, 2013


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 …

Anjikuni Lake

November 15th, 2013


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 …

The Bloop

November 7th, 2013


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 …

Texarkana Moonlight Murders

October 29th, 2013


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 …

The Ourang Medan

October 24th, 2013


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 …

Dyatlov Pass Incident

October 17th, 2013


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. …

The Lead Mask case

October 10th, 2013


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 …

The Valentich Disappearance

October 3rd, 2013


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 …

The Spanish Flu

September 26th, 2013


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 …

Carnac Stones

September 19th, 2013


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? …

Baigong Pipes

September 12th, 2013


Pipes older than fire show up in a humanly inhospitable mountain top. Bonus talk of Aliens and a pyramid!

The Dog Suicide Bridge

September 5th, 2013


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?

Kaspar Hauser

August 29th, 2013


Kaspar's sudden appearance from nowhere in Nuremberg, Germany, touched off controversies that lasted for decades. Was he a child of royalty, stolen …


August 23rd, 2013


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.

The McCormick Cypher

August 15th, 2013


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 …

The Glomar Explorer

August 8th, 2013


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 …

Taman Shud

August 1st, 2013


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.

The Ghost Blimp

July 26th, 2013


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. …

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