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The Disappearance of Agatha Christie

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, better known as Agatha Christie, has been named one of the greatest mystery writers of all times and is affectionately known to all as the Queen of Crime. Born in England to an American stockbroker and the English daughter of a British army captain, the young Agatha grew up in the United Kingdom and penned her first novel (The Mysterious Affair at Styles) as a result of a challenge by her sister Madge. Although happily married to Colonel Archibald Christie at the time, events would foretell an even greater mystery involving her husband– this time a real-life mystery involving the strange disappearance of Mrs. Agatha Christie herself. After only six years of marriage, Archibald Christie revealed to Agatha that he was having

The Mysterious Piano Man

On May 17, 2006, a man dressed nicely in a stylish black jacket, white shirt and tie was found dripping wet near the ocean on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent (about 5 miles east of London). The man spoke not a word. All labels had been removed from every item of clothing that he wore. He had no identification. He was immediately taken to the maritime Hospital in Gillingham. Officials questioned the man for hours but he would simply stare blankly at the wall. When they approached him, he would roll himself into a ball and crawl into a corner. Someone had the idea of leaving a blank piece of paper with him and leaving the room. When they returned, they found he had drawn an

Jack the Ripper Timeline (Complete)

Timeline Below is an extensive timeline of Ripper-related events covering over 100 years. It is a supplement to the Jack the Ripper article. APRIL 1887 April 6, 1887 -- Elizabeth Stride brings charges of assault against her lover, Michael Kidney. April 8, 1887 -- Joseph Barnett and Mary Kelly meet for the first time. JUNE 1887 Severin Klosowski arrives in London from Poland. June 10, 1887 -- Elizabeth Stride, using the name 'Annie Fitzgerald', is brought before Thames Magistrates Court for drunk and disorderly conduct. June 28, 1887 -- Israel Lipski poisons Miriam Angel at 16 Batty Street. AUGUST 1887 Mary Ann Cox charged on assault charges in front of Thames Magistrates Court. August 22, 1887 -- Israel Lipski is hanged for the murder of Miriam Angel. SEPTEMBER 1887 Michael Ostrog sent into Surrey Pauper Lunatic Asylum, suffering

Enfield Poltergeist haunting – ghost terrifies mother and four children in their Enfield, England home

The Enfield Poltergeist event (also known as the Enfield Haunting) was a period of apparent poltergeist activity in England that took place at 284 Green Street Brimsdown, Enfield, England between August 1977 and September 1978, with an added outburst of poltergeist activity in August 1980.  During the span of three years, a terrifying entity haunted the Hodgson family – a mother and her four children.  Paranormal investigators, including infamous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, assisted the family and witnessed many of the strange and inexplicable activity the family claimed to experience.  For several years after, the haunting held the nation spellbound, puzzling policemen, psychics, experts in the occult, and hardened reporters alike.  It became one of Britain's most notorious haunting cases, spawning TV shows, books, and

The Proctor Haunting (or the Haunting of Willington (Katy) Mill)

It was the autumn of 1834 when the Proctors, a Quaker family, began to notice disturbances in their house near Tyneside in northern England. It began with the sound of dull, heavy treading upstairs. Every member of the family complained of hearing footsteps and whistling that could not be accounted for. The sound of a clock being wound could not be explained. Over a six-year period, the intensity of the haunting increased. The stomping of angry footsteps echoed throughout the house, contrasted by faint whisperings. And then there were the apparitions. The white figure of a strange woman was seen in a window by a neighbor, and then seen in other rooms of the house by the Proctors. A disembodied white face appeared over a