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Thinking Sideways Podcast

Investigating things we simply don't have the answer to. Sometimes, you have to think a little sideways to come up with a solution.
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Dec 1, 2016

On April 2, 1997 USAF Captain Craig Button broke formation during a training mission and flew his A-10 Thunderbolt II NE for almost 800 miles before crashing into the side of Gold Dust Peak. The four 500lb Mk-82 bombs that were on the plane when it took off were not found at the crash site. Did Captain Button commit suicide and where are the bombs?

Nov 24, 2016

In 2006 journalist Alexander Litvenenko was murdered by poison, perpetrator unknown. His death was one of several mysterious killings--which appear to have been connected by one thing.

Nov 17, 2016

The Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca Head is a terracotta head which was likely part of a larger statue, discovered in 1933 near Mexico City. What makes this discovery so strange is that it was found with Pre-Colombian artifacts, but seems to be of Roman origin. Did the Romans have Pre-Columbian contact with America? Or is there a different explanation to be had?

Nov 10, 2016

On October 19th 1986 Mozambican president Samora Machel and his staff were flying to the capital city when their plane changed course and subsequently crashed in South Africa. The crash killed Machel and 33 others who were on-board. Was it an accident or was it an amazingly executed assassination plot straight out of a Die Hard movie?

Nov 3, 2016

On the night of October 30, 1975, 15-year-old Martha Moxley was brutally bludgeoned to death in her yard in Greenwich, Connecticut. Despite years of police investigations, and one actual conviction, the identity of Martha's killer is still up for grabs in the minds of many people.

Oct 27, 2016

Registered on August 7th, 2011, a website that loaded a dark page with white text is at the heart of this mystery. Who ran it, what was is it for, and what was meant to happen on October 28th, 2011? A cult? A hoax? The cryptic clues on the site leave almost all to the imagination.

Oct 20, 2016

Australians have been seeing strange glowing lights in the Outback for decades. Some stories say they approach, others say that they keep a consistent distance, and yet others say they change color and make noise. What has been lighting up the Outback for at least the last 150 years?

Oct 13, 2016

In November 1997, 5-month-old Sabrina Aisenberg was taken from her crib in the dead of night and has not been seen since. Her parents believe that she's still alive somewhere, the police however are convinced that the parents were involved in her disappearance. What really happened to baby Sabrina?

Oct 6, 2016

In March 1982, a GEC-Marconi scientist who had worked on the project code-named Star Wars died in a fatal car accident. In the decade following, 25 other scientists employed by GEC-Marconi died or disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Was GEC-Marconi hiring a high volume of unstable people? Or did this group of scientist know too much?

Sep 29, 2016

In 2010 the bodies of four prostitutes were found wrapped in burlap and buried in the brush on Oak Island NY. The next year 6 more sets of remains would be found, most of them believed to also have been prostitutes. Is a single serial killer using Oak Island as a dumping ground? Is it multiple serial killers? Or are they all unrelated?

Sep 22, 2016

On January 31, 1921 the schooner Carroll A Deering was sighted hard aground and under full sail on Diamond Shoals, near Cape Hatteras North Carolina. When the Coast Guard was finally able to board the ship several days later, they found that the entire crew had vanished, without leaving so much as a goodbye note.

Sep 15, 2016

The September 1969 edition of the Drake Times-Delphic contained an article titled "Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?" This article may have been the first documented exposure of a very large conspiracy cover-up: the 1966 death of the real Paul McCartney.

Sep 8, 2016

On July 1st, 1981, someone entered at 8763 Wonderland Ave and beat all five of the people inside with pipes, four of them to death. Since then a stories revolving around drugs and porn star John Holmes have been circulating. How much of the stories are true and how much is drug-fueled fantasy?

Sep 1, 2016

In May 2008, 19-year-old Brandon Swanson was driving home when he got his car stuck in a ditch. As he walked toward the lights of a nearby town, speaking with his father on his cell phone, he suddenly said "Oh, s**t" and the line went dead. That was the last anyone's heard of Brandon.

Aug 25, 2016

In 1933, Hungarian pianist Rezső Seress composed a song titled Gloomy Sunday, but is now known as the Hungarian Suicide Song due to the reportedly high number of people who commit suicide while listening to it.

Aug 18, 2016

For nine months in 1898 two Tsavo lions hunted and killed men working on the railroad being built in across the Tsavo river. But what drove them to view humans as food? Lack of their normal prey, injuries, or just a taste for human blood?

Aug 11, 2016

In an incident suspiciously similar to the Ken McElroy episode--except that there was no bullying redneck, no pickup truck and no gunfire--hundreds of residents of Pont St. Esprit in France found themselves hallucinating wildly. 7 died and many were institutionalized, and speculation is that it could have been ergot poisoning... or a CIA plot.

Aug 4, 2016

In the 16th century, Spanish cartographers mapped an islet off the Yucatan peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. However, in a 1997 survey, the island had disappeared. Were the Spanish wrong? Or did the USA blow up the island for personal gain?

Jul 28, 2016

On August 21st, 1955, unidentified creatures came to a farmhouse in Kentucky. The people in the house were so frightened that they opened fire and for 3 hours the creatures kept popping their heads up in front of the doors and windows until finally the family headed to town for reinforcements. No evidence of the creatures was ever found so did they really exist or was the whole thing made up?

Jul 21, 2016

20-yr-old Morgan Ingram was stalked and tormented for 4 months until December 2011, when she was found dead of an apparent drug overdose. Police ruled it a suicide, but Morgan's parents say she was murdered.

Jul 14, 2016

On March 22nd, 2011, Disney Wonder crew member Rebecca Coriam went missing. Disney's handling of the case has been anything but perfect and speculation still swirls around the mysteriously upsetting phone call she had when she was last seen on CCTV.

Jul 7, 2016

On August 11th 2005 Lana Stempien and Chuck Rutherford disappeared from their 27' boat several hours travel time from their intended destination. The US Coast Guard found the boat deserted, two weeks later Lana's body washed ashore. Chuck's body has never been found and nobody knows what happened to them.

Jul 1, 2016

Following up on our episode about Atlantis, we’re releasing the rest of our conversation with Mark Adams, author of Meet Me In Atlantis, who knows a lot more about the subject than we do. Where did the story come from? Why are there so many potential sites? Whats the deal with the math? Mark gives us his take on these and other questions.

Jun 30, 2016

In the 4th century BC, the Greek philosopher Plato revealed the existence of a lost continent called Atlantis. Was Plato's tale true? Or did he just make it up? A lot of people have been trying to figure that out for a long time now.

Jun 23, 2016

When police responded to the suicide of Joseph Newton Chandler III, they figured it would be pretty routine. He'd shot himself in the head in his apartment, case closed. However, when probate lawyers took hold of the case, they found out that the real Joseph Newton Chandler III had died 57 years prior in a car accident with his parents. This now John Doe has never been identified, but clues into his life are nothing if not intriguing.

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