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 I'm fascinated by //​mysteries//​ - questions unanswered and puzzles unsolved even though it seems that they should have been by now. The following is a list of interesting real-world mysteries, organized into rough categories and with a reference or two if you want to read further. I have also taken the liberty of marking a few of my favorites, these are a good starting point if you want to spend an evening feeling puzzled or frustrated that we don't know more. I'm fascinated by //​mysteries//​ - questions unanswered and puzzles unsolved even though it seems that they should have been by now. The following is a list of interesting real-world mysteries, organized into rough categories and with a reference or two if you want to read further. I have also taken the liberty of marking a few of my favorites, these are a good starting point if you want to spend an evening feeling puzzled or frustrated that we don't know more.
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 It's difficult to get away with murder, and it's even more difficult to get away with it a bunch of times. A few notable people have pulled it off, though. It's difficult to get away with murder, and it's even more difficult to get away with it a bunch of times. A few notable people have pulled it off, though.
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 +**West Mesa Killer** //​(2001-2005)//:​ Here's some local flavor. The West Mesa Killer refers to the murderer of 11 women found in 2009 on the (at the time) sparsely populated West Mesa of Albuquerque. Albuquerque PD continues to work the case, and seems to have accumulated various bits of additional evidence in recent years, but it remains unsolved. Recently, the frontier of new housing development construction on the West Mesa has reached the site the bodies were found, driving renewed attention to the case including a series of billboards appealing for information. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​West_Mesa_murders|WP]]
  
 **Long Island** //​(1996-present)//:​ This serial killer has claimed as many as 18 victims, possibly including several extremely recent cases. The victims are generally sex workers. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Long_Island_serial_killer#​Other_possible_victims|WP]] **Long Island** //​(1996-present)//:​ This serial killer has claimed as many as 18 victims, possibly including several extremely recent cases. The victims are generally sex workers. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Long_Island_serial_killer#​Other_possible_victims|WP]]
  
-**Tylenol Murders** //(1982)//: Medication bottles are now fitted with tamper-evident seals because of this incident, in which seven people died from cyanide added to Tylenol pills before sale. There have been suspects (even including ​the Ted Kaczynski), but the case remains unsolved. I personally suspect that the tampering occurred in the factory rather than in stores, as a former Johnson and Johnson employee suggested in 2011. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Chicago_Tylenol_murders|WP]]+**Tylenol Murders** //(1982)//: Medication bottles are now fitted with tamper-evident seals because of this incident, in which seven people died from cyanide added to Tylenol pills before sale. There have been suspects (including Ted Kaczynski), but the case remains unsolved. I personally suspect that the tampering occurred in the factory rather than in stores, as a former Johnson and Johnson employee suggested in 2011. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Chicago_Tylenol_murders|WP]]
  
 **Brabant Gang** //​(1982-1985)//:​ This group of three people with various others assisting terrorized the nation of Belgium for several years, conducting brazen robberies and often killing in the process. Despite killing 28, they'​ve never been caught, perhaps in part because of complicit police. The case is wrapped up in several events of Belgian politics and helped lead to national police reforms. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Brabant_killers|WP]] **Brabant Gang** //​(1982-1985)//:​ This group of three people with various others assisting terrorized the nation of Belgium for several years, conducting brazen robberies and often killing in the process. Despite killing 28, they'​ve never been caught, perhaps in part because of complicit police. The case is wrapped up in several events of Belgian politics and helped lead to national police reforms. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Brabant_killers|WP]]
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 ==== World War II ==== ==== World War II ====
  
-There are several different layers of reasons that WWII produced a variety of mystiers. Of course, it was an event of large-scale global significance,​ so historians have devoted a great deal of time and effort to the war. There was a significant element of intelligence and counter-intelligence ​during the way, resulting in rampant rumors flying during combat. And perhaps most interestingly,​ the Nazis intentionally destroyed evidence of their exact activities, particularly Operation Reinhardt (the well-known mass extermination program for Jews at three death camps), leaving ​ manyquestions about the particulars of the holocaust.+There are several different layers of reasons that WWII produced a variety of mystiers. Of course, it was an event of large-scale global significance,​ so historians have devoted a great deal of time and effort to the war. There was a significant element of intelligence and counter-intelligence,​ resulting in rampant rumors flying during combat. And perhaps most interestingly,​ the Nazis intentionally destroyed evidence of their exact activities, particularly Operation Reinhardt (the well-known mass extermination program for Jews at three death camps), leaving ​ manyquestions about the particulars of the holocaust.
  
   * Die Glocke: Die Glocke, or "The Bell," was reportedly the codename for a secret research project near the end of WWII. This information came largely from a single source and so may be completely fabricated, although there is some light circumstantial evidence validating an actual project. The nature of the project is unknown and theories are often quite conspiratorial,​ ranging from nuclear weapons to a time machine. It remains unclear if Die Glocke was ever real and, if so, what exactly it was. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Die_Glocke|WP]]   * Die Glocke: Die Glocke, or "The Bell," was reportedly the codename for a secret research project near the end of WWII. This information came largely from a single source and so may be completely fabricated, although there is some light circumstantial evidence validating an actual project. The nature of the project is unknown and theories are often quite conspiratorial,​ ranging from nuclear weapons to a time machine. It remains unclear if Die Glocke was ever real and, if so, what exactly it was. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Die_Glocke|WP]]
   * Nazi Gold Trains: The Nazis seized a huge amount of valuables, primarily gold, from various populations that they subjugated. Much of this was transported by train to evade the approaching allied forces near the end of the war, and it's widely believed that in some cases those trains were hidden away in tunnels. The best-known case is in Poland, where several explorers claim to have located the train, so perhaps there will be some resolution to this mystery soon. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Nazi_gold_train|WP]]   * Nazi Gold Trains: The Nazis seized a huge amount of valuables, primarily gold, from various populations that they subjugated. Much of this was transported by train to evade the approaching allied forces near the end of the war, and it's widely believed that in some cases those trains were hidden away in tunnels. The best-known case is in Poland, where several explorers claim to have located the train, so perhaps there will be some resolution to this mystery soon. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Nazi_gold_train|WP]]
   * The Amber Room: The Amber Room was a Russian national treasure, an incredibly intricate set of wall panels and decorations originally produced for a lavish palace. The Nazis looted the Amber Room and transported it to Konigsburg, its whereabouts after that point remain a mystery. It is a distinct possibility that it was destroyed as collateral damage of allied bombing operations, although there is also some evidence that it may have been moved out of Konigsburg and hidden. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Amber_Room#​Last_days_in_K.C3.B6nigsberg|WP]]   * The Amber Room: The Amber Room was a Russian national treasure, an incredibly intricate set of wall panels and decorations originally produced for a lavish palace. The Nazis looted the Amber Room and transported it to Konigsburg, its whereabouts after that point remain a mystery. It is a distinct possibility that it was destroyed as collateral damage of allied bombing operations, although there is also some evidence that it may have been moved out of Konigsburg and hidden. [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Amber_Room#​Last_days_in_K.C3.B6nigsberg|WP]]