The Pollock Sisters

Time to wrap up another year of Mystery Monday posts. This month we’re going across the pond to the town of Hexham, Northumberland, England. Beaumont Street in Hexham (Public Domain) Florence and John Pollock were married in the 1940s. Florence gave birth to two sons before welcoming their first daughter, Joanna, in 1946. In 1951,... Continue Reading →

The Vanishing of Orion Williamson

The deep south is home to a passel of legends, folklore, and ghost stories. There are dozens told by my ancestors alone, some of which they purported to have witnessed. Others are passed down from family to family or neighbor to neighbor. The following is a story I recall one of my Alabama relatives talking... Continue Reading →

No Grass on My Grave

The more I read about legends, folklore, and ghost stories, the more I find there are many variations. Storytellers have adapted these tales to fit the part of the country where they live, but they all have commonalities. As a child and into my adolescent years, I often visited relatives in Alabama. I even went... Continue Reading →

The Watcher House

Westfield, New Jersey is a town that many residents compare to the idyllic Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show. Only forty-five minutes from New York City, it’s a nice community in which to raise a family. For one couple, their dream of living there turned into a nightmare. On a June night in 2014, Derek... Continue Reading →

The Airport Movies

When selecting a topic for Mystery Monday, I look at several sources for ideas. Those early posts, such as D. B. Cooper, Amelia Earhart, and the Marfa Lights are mysteries that have intrigued me for years. Other times, I’ve found fascinating stories from reading a news article. Often the most interesting topics come from the... Continue Reading →

The Murder of Marilyn Sheppard

“I didn’t kill my wife.” “I don’t care!” Some of you might recognize those lines from the 1993 film, The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Ford plays Dr. Richard Kimble, a prominent Chicago vascular surgeon accused of murdering his wife. He claims he’s innocent and that the killer was a one-armed man... Continue Reading →

The Disappearance of Walter Collins

I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a missing child. Perhaps even worse is spending the rest of your life not knowing the child’s fate. But that is exactly what happened to Los Angeles resident Christine Collins. Public Domain photo of Christine Collins On March 10, 1928, Christine’s son, nine-year-old Walter, went... Continue Reading →

The Flannan Lighthouse Keepers

I love lighthouses. For centuries, these towering structures marked dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, and guided ships to safe harbors. With cheaper and more sophisticated navigational systems, few lighthouses are in use these days. A lighthouse was the setting of my short story, The Keeper’s House which is included in the anthology Macabre Sanctuary. Two friends... Continue Reading →

Texarkana’s Phantom Killer

This month's Mystery Monday is about a series of murders that took place in 1946. Almost eighty years later, the mystery is still unsolved. Interested? Read on. Texarkana is a city in Northeast Texas. Along with its twin city, Texarkana, Arkansas, it’s home to around 65,000 people. In the 1940s, the combined population was less... Continue Reading →

The Fate of The USS Cyclops

Two years ago I wrote about the mysterious disappearance of Flight 19 in 1945 near the Bermuda Triangle. This month’s Mystery Monday post takes us back to the Atlantic for another strange occurrence. In March 1918, the biggest ship in the United States Navy vanished without a trace. The collier USS Cyclops was on a... Continue Reading →

The Bizarre Deaths at Dyatlov Pass

Hey, readers. This month’s Mystery Monday post also takes us over the waters of the Atlantic to the continent of Europe and the country of Russia. A little warning if you’re a little squeamish. In 1959 Igor Dyatlov, a 23-year-old radio engineering student at the Ural Polytechnical Institute assembled a group of nine other hikers... Continue Reading →

Overtoun Bridge #MysteryMonday

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season. Time to kick of 2022 with a new Mystery Monday post. This month, we’re going across the pond to the country of Scotland. Overtoun House is a nineteenth-century country mansion built between 1860 and 1863 near West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Originally owned by James White,... Continue Reading →

Bobby Fuller #MysteryMonday

Hey, everyone. It’s time for another Mystery Monday post. You may not recognize the name Bobby Fuller but many will remember the mid-1960s hit single, “I Fought the Law (And the Law Won).” The Bobby Fuller Four. Left to right, Randy Fuller, Bobby Fuller, DeWayne Quirico, and Jim Reese. (Fair use photo) The Bobby Fuller... Continue Reading →

The Haunted Queen Mary #MysteryMonday

Hey everyone. October is the time to talk about ghosts and hauntings, right? This month’s Mystery Monday is about the retired British ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary. The Queen Mary in New York City (Public Domain) The ship first sailed on May 27, 1936, as part of the Cunard-White Star Line. During World War II,... Continue Reading →

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