A reboot of the original 1980s show, Unsolved Mysteries explores six puzzling cases of murder and disappearance that have baffled investigators over the last twenty years. Those old enough will remember the show that ran from 1987 to 2000 when it was hosted by Robert Stack.
Some changes have been made, namely that there isn't a host or narrator in this version. Instead, this documentary-style show pieces together the timeline of each case from interviews with those closest to it. And it is fascinating.
Episode one focuses on the untimely and unexplainable death of Rey Rivera. A happy, outgoing and married young man, Rey and his wife Allison moved to Baltimore to accept a job offer from Rey's friend Porter Stansberry. One evening, after receiving a phone call, Rey runs out of the house and goes missing.
Weeks later Rey's body is found in an unused room of a hotel having apparently come through the ceiling. The theory is that he fell but absolutely nobody can figure out how. To add even more mystery to an already tragic case, Rey's Friend Stansberry lawyers up, makes all of the employees sign a gag order, and refuses to speak to the police. And he was his best friend!
The next episode of Unsolved Mysteries is called '13 Minutes' and looks at the disappearance and subsequent murder of Patrice Endres. She was a local hairdresser who simply vanished from her salon over a period of 13 unaccounted for minutes. Her body was recovered but with little or no evidence, investigators have no idea who killed her.
Episode three is as horrifying as it is mind-blowing. Taking place in Nantes, France, a seemingly perfect family are all murdered, except for the father. Xavier DuPont De Ligonnes is alleged to have killed his four children, his wife and two dogs, buried them under the house and walked away, never to be seen again.
Investigators even have footage of him actually walking away, into the mountains. They searched high and low but the general theory is that DuPont escaped arrest and is hiding somewhere in the world. If anybody can find him, Netflix viewers can!
The three remaining cases involve Alonzo Brooks who disappeared from a party in Kansas, an alleged UFO sighting in Massachusetts, and the disappearance of a young woman who believed her mother had murdered her stepfather.
Unsolved Mysteries is a really good watch, even if at times it is incredibly upsetting. While in most cases the bodies of the missing were recovered it is the unknowns that continue to torment the families and friends.
My guess is that those watching the show will potentially be able to provide some tips to help solve some of them. In fact, the Chicago Sun Times has stated that credible tips have already come in regarding the whereabouts of Xavier DuPont.
With more episodes due to drop later this year, maybe we'll even get a recap on the current batch of cases.