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.

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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

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

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