We're only a few centuries into the era of detective work. 19th century criminologists like Eugene Vidocq invented modern forensic techniques, standardized criminal databases, and the basic approach that underpins police investigations to this day. You would think this revolutionary shift would make our lives less spooky. But what if we told you history is full of mysteries that received diligent investigations, only to turn up stranger scarier questions?

On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by writers/comedians/history mystery superfans Jenny Jaffe and Carey O'Donnell to rediscover history's strangest disappearances, murders, and more. They'll explore all kinds of baffling tales that confounded professional investigators from the past through today. And stick around for some plain ol' fun new theories on these old cases.

Footnotes:

Jenny Jaffe's website

Carey O'Donnell on Twitter

The 5 Creepiest Unsolved Crimes Nobody Can Explain (Cracked)

5 Creepy Unsolved Disappearances That Nobody Can Explain (Cracked)

The 11 Creepiest Unsolved Crimes No One Can Explain (Cracked)

5 Dark Historical Mysteries We'll Probably Never Solve (Cracked)

What Were the Mysterious "Foo Fighters" Sighted by WWII Night Flyers? (Air And Space)

The Butcher's Row Suspect - Was He Jack the Ripper? (Casebook.org)

The Chilling Story of the Hinterkaifeck Killings, Germany's Most Famous Unsolved Crime (Mental Floss)

What was the dancing plague of 1518? (History.com)

The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Snopes)

Notes For Unsolved: The Bizarre Death Of Elisa Lam (Buzzfeed)

The mystery of the vanishing gun inventor (BBC)

The History of Pocky Sticks (Tasting Table)

Triple split screen in Pillow Talk (Critical Commons)

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