For anyone who has credible information on any of the cases mentioned, there will be contact information for the agencies involved in that specific case at the end of each story, or you can submit your tip at the Unsolved Mysteries website.
Hello there everyone, I hope you’re having a good Thursday!
This past Monday was the premiere of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries Pt. 2, but before talking about the new episodes, I wanted to discuss the first part of season one (which premiered earlier this summer), and any recent developments in the cases.
Check out the trailer for Unsolved Mysteries pt. 2:
I’m excited to watch because it looks like they’ll be doing a lot more episodes discussing more international cases, which will be really interesting! By the way, if you aren’t familiar with Unsolved Mysteries, the show discusses mysterious cases, not just in true crime, but also more paranormal or alien/UFO events, but I just say cases to cover all of it 🤷♂️
On that note, let’s get into the six cases from part one!
Rey Rivera was 32 years old, just got married and had moved to Baltimore, Maryland when he went missing on May 16, 2006. On May 24, his body was found in a conference room of the Belvedere Hotel, having apparently fallen from above, due to the hole in the ceiling. Although the Baltimore police ruled his death a suicide, the medical examiner deemed the his death, ‘undetermined’, and according to those interviewed for the show, the evidence didn’t add up. So then the question was, “If Rey didn’t kill himself, then who did?”
Since the Unsolved Mysteries episode aired, much of the scrutiny turned towards Rivera’s former friend and boss Porter Stansberry, as it was claimed he was uncooperative with the case after a certain point, and placed a gag order on his employees when discussing the case. According to an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Stansberry claims the show completely misconstrued his involvement with the case, and are sensationalizing it. Stansberry isn’t the only one who has spoken out against the show, as an Mikita Brottman who wrote a book about the case, An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere also thought the coverage of the case was subpar.
Another interesting point that was brought up was about one of the detectives interviewed for the show, Detective Bier. On the show, he claimed he was taken off the case, after being the main investigator. However, according to WBAL TV-11,
Detective Bier, featured in the film, was not the primary investigator on the case. He was not reassigned to get him off the case. His transfer to SAFE Streets taskforce was his request and investigation into this case continued after his transfer. Bier’s view/opinion of the incident are not the official view of the BPD.
Other than a lot of pushback from people involving the accuracy of The Mystery on the Rooftop, the only other update given to the case was the revelation of there being a second caller, which showrunner Terry Dunn Meurer discussed in an article from the Radio Times. Apparently, while Rivera’s computers were being searched by police, a mysterious caller asking about the status of the computers, and expressed interest in obtaining them. Rey’s wife Allison, was disconcerted by the news, as she doesn’t know who it could possibly be.
Besides the backlash and the second caller, there have been no new tips in Rey Rivera’s case.
If you, or anyone you know, has credible tips on the case, you can submit them online at unsolved.com
In 2004, Patrice Endres was taken from her hair salon in Cumming, Georgia, between 11:37 am (last call she answered) and 11:50am (first called she missed), or in the span of 13 minutes. Her body was later found in December of 2005, behind Lebanon Baptist Church in Dawson County, Georgia, about a few miles from where she was taken. Over the past 16 years since she disappeared, two different serial killers, Jeremy Brian Jones and Gary Michael Hilton were suspected of the murder (Jones even confessed to the murder), but there wasn’t any evidence to definitively tie them to the case. Patrice’s husband, Rob, was also a prime suspect, with her son Pistol and her friends sure that he had some part in it. Although Rob has an alibi and couldn’t have committed the murder himself, there isn’t enough to rule out murder for hire. The key piece of this investigation is eye witness testimony from two separate people about having seen a blue car (which could be a Chevy Lumina or Malibu) around 11:45am in front of Patrice’s shop.
An interesting aspect of this episode is that there are a few pieces of evidence that aren’t discussed, as they are considered “guilty knowledge”, or knowledge only law enforcement or the perpetrators would know. Even though this might be the case in the other episodes as well, it was never explicitly stated as it was here.
As of right now, there haven’t been any updates on the case. For any credible tips, you can contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Tip Line at 800-597-8477 or online at unsolved.com
(Sorry, this one is a little long, as there is a lot of background to discuss with the case)
In Nantes, France there lived the Dupont Family, which consisted of the father, Xavier, the mother, Anne, and their children, Thomas, Arthur, Anne, and Benoit. Xavier was the son of the prestigious Count Dupont de Ligonnès; in other words, he was from a rich, well known family, while Agnes was from a more conservative and traditional background.
On April 11, 2011, a neighbor of the Dupont family, Estelle Chapon, noticed the window shutters of their house were closed. It was unusual for the family, as even when they were on vacation, they would leave the windows open. After a few days of there being no activity around the house, Chapon called the police, who went to check on the family. After getting a locksmith to open the door, they went inside and found everything pretty much in place, except for sheets missing on some of the beds. There was no sign of any struggle, as well as no sign of the family, so the police believed the Dupont’s left voluntarily. The following day, friends and relatives received letters from Xavier and Agnes, stating they left France for the United States, as Xavier was recruited to infiltrate an international drug ring. Although the letter’s confused those who received them, due to Xavier’s reputation and prestige, there was no suspicion of anything out of the ordinary. However, Agnes’ family didn’t believe the story, as Agnes would not leave the country without notifying her family. They insisted the police continue investigating, and multiple visits were made to the home between April 18th and April 20th. On April 21st, the bodies of Agnes, Arthur, Benoit, Anne and the two family dogs were found buried together, with religious icons and crosses attached to each body. Later on, the body of the eldest son, Thomas, was found buried in a separate grave. However, they didn’t end up finding Xavier’s body.
At first, friends and family found it hard to believe that Xavier would kill his family, as he was considered a proud dad who loved his family. It was later uncovered that Xavier was facing financial issues, to the point that there was no money left to the family name, and there were debt collectors hounding Xavier.
Eventually, the police found evidence of Xavier being alive, as he used his credit cards, and didn’t hide from security camera’s, despite being on the run. He was visiting significant places in his life, and was last spotted at a hotel in Roquebrune-sur-Argens. From there, investigators believed he went into the nearby mountains and killed himself, but a body was never found. At this point, Xavier is still a fugitive, and it’s believed he might have went to Latin America, as he was fluent in Spanish as well as English. The most difficult thing about searching for Xavier is that he has no remarkable features that would make it easy identify him, so it’s easy for him to blend into a crowd. There have been supposed sightings of him in Scotland (later it was determined it was not him) and Chicago (this lead seems the most promising, as there were a significant amount of tips from the area). There are many theories about Xavier’s whereabouts, what happened in the case, and why it happened, but otherwise no significant leads have been made since the episode aired.
For any credible tips, you can contact the FBI at tip.fbi.gov or through unsolved.com
On the night of April 3, 2004, Alonzo Brooks was seen for the last time at a house party in La Cygne, Kansas, until his body was discovered a month later. Brooks had been left behind, as all the friends who went to the party with him had assumed he had gone home with someone else. Brooks’ family and friends started a search party, and later received help from local authorities. His body was found by a creek law enforcement insisted they searched multiple times, and when the autopsy was performed, the medical examiner was unable to determine cause of death. His friends and family believe it was a racially motivated crime, as he was one of three Black people at a house party with around 100 people, and had already had racial slurs thrown at him early on in the night by other party goers. La Cygne also has a reputation of being the stereotypical “racist small towns of the South” kind of place.
With the airing of No Ride Home, interest in Alonzo Brooks’ case was reignited. On July 21, 2020 Alonzno Brooks’ body was exhumed for further examination, and the FBI has put up a $100,000 reward. The case is being investigated as a hate crime, as the FBI commented,
Some said Brooks may have flirted with a girl, some said drunken white men wanted to fight an African American male, and some said racist whites simply resented Brooks’ presence.
Although no one knows the specific events leading to his death, it seems to have been racially motivated.
For any credible tips on the Alonzo Brooks case, you can contact the FBI at tip.fbi.gov or through unsolved.com
This isn’t a true crime case, but rather a case involving aliens and UFO’s. On September 1st, 1969, in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, residents witnessed a strange phenomenon involving a bright light, UFO sightings, and experiencing the “Missing Time” phenomenon (based on an episode from the original Unsolved Mysteries series). The witnesses included in the series are: Jane Green, Tom Warner, Thom Reed and Melanie Kirchdorfer.
The event was significant enough to be recognized as a historical event in 2015, and is a well known event in UFO communities. This isn’t necessarily a case that will have a lot of updates, but nothing new has come out since the episode aired.
Lena Chapin went missing in 2006, after talking to the police about her mom’s involvement in the disappearance of Gary McCullough in 1999. At the time, Gary’s case had been a missing person’s case, since a body was never found. However, Lena said she saw her mom, Sandy Klemp, shoot Gary, then had Lena help clean up and dispose of the body. After the admission, she was issued a subpoena to testify against her mother. When Lena’s sister, Robin, went to get Lena, she was nowhere to be found, and her boyfriend at the time, Jason, said Lena had ran off with someone else to Florida.
This sparked suspicion right away, as that would mean Lena had left her son Colter behind, which didn’t match up with how much she loved her son. It became even more suspicious when Sandy filed for abandonment charges against Lena, so that she could adopt Colter. Colter was always a point of contention between Lena and Sandy, since Sandy had an obsession with Colter, to the point she would take Colter out and claim he was her son, as well as insist that he call her “mom”.
No one has found Lena or Gary, and there have been no charges pressed against Sandy. She has since remarried to Joe Wink, and is now Sandy Wink. After Lena’s disappearance, Sandy adopted Colter and has been raising him as her own son.
For any credible tips concerning Lena Chaplin, you can contact the Dent County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office at 573-729-3241 or online at unsolved.com
That’s about all I have for today’s post! The showrunner, Terry Dunn Meurer, also did an interview with Newsweek about updates to the cases, if you want to check that out as well.
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