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

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




Lyle Stevik

Lyle Stevik hung himself in September 2001. When police discovered that there was no such person, a massive mystery that has captivated the internet began. As of 2017, Lyle's true identity, and reason for suicide, remain a mystery.

Duration: 01:17:32

Vitrified Forts

Primarily found in Scotland ancient forts have been located where the rock walls have been exposed to enough heat to melt it into a glass state and fuse the individual pieces together. How did our ancestors do this and more importantly why?

Duration: 01:06:03

Death of Col. Philip Shue

In 2003, Philip Shue's car crashed in Texas, fatally injuring him. But his body showed signs of torture and mutilation, and despite an initial ruling of suicide, many believe he was murdered.

Duration: 01:42:08

Disappearance of Stephanie Stewart

18 year veteran fire watcher Stephanie Stewart disappeared from her post just outside of Alberta, Canada in 2006. In 2010, a couple was murdered just miles away. Is there a connection, or is Stewart's disappearance as mysterious as it seems?

Duration: 01:02:15

Kentucky Meat Shower

On March 3, 1876 a strange meat-like substance rained from the sky for several minutes over a home in Olympian Springs Kentucky. No one knows what the material was or more importantly where it came from.

Duration: 01:03:09

Disappearance of Jim Gray

In 2007 computer guru Jim Gray left San Francisco Bay in his sailboat for a day trip. He never returned, and despite one of the most comprehensive sea searches in history, no trace of him was ever found.

Duration: 01:26:15

Halloween Extravaganza

This week we take a look at three different scary stories for Halloween; the murder of Leroy Carter, the strange death of Christopher Case, and La Pascualita.

Duration: 01:07:47

What the heck was

From 1995 to 2009, was, well, a “private parallel web”, a members only, invite only website. Was what lay behind the member's login as described, or something more sinister?

Duration: 01:07:56

Miyazawa Family Murders

On December 30th 2000 an unknown suspect entered the Miyazawa home and murdered the entire family. The suspect stayed in the home for up to 10 hours before finally leaving. Hardly anything was take from the home so what motivated the killings?

Duration: 01:38:12

The London Torso Murders

In 1887-89, around the time that Jack the Ripper was terrorizing London, another serial killer was committing some even more horrifying murders. For some reason, Jack is the only one who's remembered.

Duration: 01:04:08

Death of George Reeves

On June 16, 1959, TV's Superman George Reeves was found dead by gunshot wound to the head. While police ruled it an immediate suicide, there are many who still believe he was murdered.

Duration: 01:02:33

Rebecca Zahau, suicide or murder?

Officially Rebecca Zahau committed suicide on July 13th, 2011. A strange a cryptic message was painted at the scene and her hands and feet were bound using intricate knots. Did this woman truly take her life in a complex and well-planned way, or did someone stage it to look that?

Duration: 01:32:14

The Strange Death of Zigmund Adamski

Zigmund Adamski left his home in Tingley, England on June 6, 1980, and never returned. His lifeless body was found 5 days later in a village 20 miles away--and that's when things started to get strange.

Duration: 00:56:13

The Disappearance of Lauren Spierer

In June of 2011, 20-year-old Lauren Spierer left her apartment in Bloomington, Indiana for a night of partying. At 4:30am she left a friend's house to look for her cell phone, and to this day remains missing.

Duration: 01:00:33

Baron 52

On February 5th 1973 a US EC-47 crashed into the jungles of Laos while eavesdropping on the North Vietnamese army. Only 4 of the 8 crew members were accounted for in the wreckage. Did the others die in the crash or did they manage to bail out and if so what happened to them?

Duration: 01:10:23

Cartoon Conspiracies

This week Team Sideways tackles conspiracy theories based in our favorite childhood cartoons.

Duration: 01:19:06

Harassing of Bill and Dorothy Wacker

For years the Wackers, an elderly Ohio couple, were harassed by an unknown person. Who was their tormentor, and why did he pursue them?

Duration: 01:08:33

Publius Enigma

In June of 1994, a cryptic message was posted to a Usenet board for Pink Floyd fans. What followed has been more than 23 years of investigation into this mysterious puzzle.

Duration: 01:02:56

Bonus: Christine Pelisek interview

Following up on our episode about the Daytona Beach Serial Killer, we’re releasing the rest of our conversation with Christine Pelisek, author of The Grim Sleeper, The lost women of South Central. Christine spent many years chasing the case of the man she dubbed The Grim Sleeper who's identity would eventually be discovered as that of Lonnie David Franklin Jr. He had been killing women in South Central for years then suddenly took a 14 year break. Why did he do it? Did he really stop? We...

Duration: 00:47:54

Daytona Beach Serial Killer

Between December 2005 and February 2006 the bodies of three women were found shot in the head. Two years later another body was found with matching circumstances. Who is killing these women and where did he go? We speak with Christine Pelisek about this and a similar case.

Duration: 01:07:33

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