Monthly Archives: March 2014

7 Times the Internet Teamed Up to Solve a Mystery

The Internet loves a good mystery. From cracking complicated codes to identifying obscure songs, web users love to solve the unsolvable.

Online communities such as Reddit and 4chan have entire threads devoted to picking apart riddles, while sites like Websleuths are created solely for the purpose of crime-solving.

See also: 6 Obscure NASA Sites Every Nerd Has to See

Though Internet detectives have sometimes gone too far (Redditors incorrectly identifying the Boston Marathon bomber, for example), there are quite a few times they’ve actually cracked the case.

From aiding investigations to saving lives, here are seven examples of Internet users banding together to solve a mystery.

1. Decoding a dying grandmother’s writings


When an elderly woman named Dorothy Holm was dying of cancer and her mental health began declining, she started to write scrambled

Read more at:

Husband arrested in 30-year mystery

A man who claimed that his wife disappeared in the middle of the night 30 years ago was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing her.

Michael Clark, 57, was taken into custody at his Huntington Beach town house when he walked outside to go to work about 8:30 a.m.

Clark, wearing a green shirt and beige shorts, appeared calm and said little to the Torrance police detectives as they handcuffed him.

Clark is suspected of killing 28-year-old Carol Jeanne Lubahn, who vanished on March 31, 1981. Lubahn’s credit cards and Social Security number have never been used, and her body has never been found.

“We don’t have any

Read more at:

Animal Instinct: How Cat-Loving Sleuths Found an Accused Killer Sadist

It’s five o’clock in the morning on May 26th, 2012, and John Green’s iPhone is buzzing with an incoming Facebook message.

“Hey, you might want to see this video,” it reads. “I think it’s that Luka guy you’ve been looking for.” 

Still under his covers, Green clicks on the link.

A man is laying face up tied spread eagle to a bed. He is nude, with a video camera positioned between his feet. New Order‘s “True Faith” is playing. A poster for the movie Casablanca hangs above the man’s head, which is shrouded with a white cloth. And a figure in dark clothing is standing next to him. The figure leans over the man and touches his blindfold. The video cuts. The dark figure is now straddling the man.

Tyler Hadley’s Killer Party: The Florida House Party Murders

Seconds later, the figure gets up, and the bound man

Read more at:

Grieving the Unknown: Families of the Missing Face Painful Limbo

We don’t know what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, which throws the families of the passengers of Flight 370 into a kind of painful in-between: Their loved ones aren’t here. But they’re also not certainly dead. They’re just … gone.

In the five days since the plane disappeared, these loved ones have been in anguished limbo — a state known as “ambiguous loss,” coined by psychologist and author Pauline Boss.

“That is, when somebody is missing or has vanished without a trace, and you don’t know their fate, or the whereabouts of their body, and whether they’re dead or alive,” Boss says. “So it becomes so uncanny, and strange, for the families; they’re never quite sure if the person is truly dead.”

It’s a feeling that can apply to dozens of experiences, like losing a pregnancy, or losing a family member, small pieces

Read more at: