Mysteries

  • Crimes,  Mysteries

    When malice generates fear and resentment: three mysterious cases

    Whatever the country or culture, epistolary backbiting is commonplace. In some cases, anonymous letters are so full of resentment and hatred that the consequences are disastrous for the recipients and their families. The following three cases illustrate just as much the fear generated in victims as the vice of feisty authors. Tulle’s Poison-Pen Letter Writer: The Anonymous Letters Of Discord Tulle’s poison-pen letter writer is a French criminal case that took place from 1917 to 1922 in Tulle, Corrèze. During this period, the town’s inhabitants were the victims of an avalanche of anonymous letters, some of them particularly saucy, signed “The Eye Of The Tiger”, denouncing the doings of one…

  • Crimes,  Mysteries

    10 Weird True Crime Mysteries

    As a Frenchman living in the United States, I always argue with my European friends that daily life is much safer here than in some of the old continent’s megalopolises such as Paris, Brussels or Birmingham, for example. However, it has to be said that the volume of serious and even appalling criminal cases in the USA is incomparable to that in Europe. In this article, I review ten particularly bizarre crime puzzles. *** The bike and the Polaroid. The chilling disappearance of Tara Calico On September 20, 1988, Tara Calico, an athletic 19-year-old American girl, left her home in Belen, New Mexico, to go cycling on Route 47. She…

  • Cold cases,  Mysteries

    The Disappearance Of The Méchinaud Family, Analysis Of France’s Longest-Running Cold Case

    The Cold Cases Department, that has no equivalent in the world and which came into being in March 2022, has in its files the Méchinaud case, France’s oldest cold case. The parents and their two children disappeared on December 25, 1972, after a New Year’s Eve party with friends in Cognac. Five decades later, there is no trace of the Méchinaud family. The Méchinauds’ last Christmas Eve On December 24, 1972, the entire Méchinaud family travelled from their home in Boutiers-Saint Trojan, Charente, to Cognac to celebrate New Year’s Eve with their friends. At around one o’clock in the morning, after a pleasant evening, Jacques, 31, Pierrette, 29, and their…

  • Mysteries

    Five Mind Blowing Criminal Cases

    We all love mysteries. However, when it comes to criminal cases, our desire for justice is thwarted. History is littered with legal mysteries that leave us with a taste of unfinished business. From bloody crimes to unexplained disappearances and enigmatic deaths, let’s dive into five murky investigations that challenge our understanding and our feelings. Terror on New Orleans Between 1910 and 1920, an elusive ax murderer terrorized the Italian-American community of New Orleans. All twelve victims were attacked at night, often in their sleep. It seems this bogeyman had a predilection for grocers of Italian descent. After the murder of grocer Joe Davi in June 1911, the killer disappeared for…