More than Flowers in the Garden

Weekend Renters at a Parisian Airbnb get a little more than they bargained for in the backyard. Link

French authorities are currently investigating the death of a woman whose corpse was found in the garden of an Airbnb rental in suburban Paris.

According to the deputy prosecutor for Evry, Bertrand Daillie, a group of young people were renting the house for the weekend and discovered the badly decomposed body in the unfenced forest on the property. The corpse had been covered by tree branches that were deliberately placed there.

The woman, who remains unidentified, was in the early forties, was wearing clothing, but without a winter jacket or winter accessories.

The house belongs to a family of seven who were vacationing in another region for a few days. They returned Wednesday and were questioned by police.

The autopsy on Monday did not establish cause of death, but did confirm that the death took place one or more months ago.

The listing has since been removed from Airbnb.


The above picture is not related to the story and was taken by Flickr User Dave Walker and it is licensed under Creative Commons.

Modern Day Ghost Ships in Japan

Link to Original Article The Mary Celeste and The Flying Dutchman often conjure up ghostly images of eerie ships adrift on wine dark seas. However, the mysterious far-off wonder of ghost ships is getting a little too real.


A new mystery is brewing on Japan’s shores. Beginning in October, and continuing into November, over ten wooden boats have been found adrift. These boats have been full of cargo and, unfortunately, corpses. According to Japan’s coast guard, there have been over twenty bodies found.


But these bodies are not simply the typical remains. Some of the bodies were “partially skeletonized” and two were found with the head completely missing. Additionally, one boat strangely contained six skulls.


What’s even strange is the coast guard has yet to find out what happened to those on board, and where they came from. Currently, they believe they are from North Korean due to the hull of a boat, containing ten decomposing bodies, had writing that said “Korean People’s Army”. The hints continue with another boat containing a tattered scrap of cloth that appears to be part of the North Korean flag. Another theory is that they are fishing boats that have strayed off course.


However, nothing is really known about those aboard, nor how and why they perished. Speculation remains the only link between the dead abroad the ships and the living that continue to pace out this mystery.


*this picture does not depict any of the ships found in Japan


Image: Flickr User Hollywata, licensed under Creative Commons.

Search for Missing AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 at Tomnod Now

Sometimes all a mystery needs to keep from becoming a mystery is a fast, effective search. We've mentioned Tomnod before. It's a website we love that has crowd-sourced satellite search capabilities for unfolding mysteries and disappearances nearly as soon as they have happened.

They've set up a campaign for AirAsia Flight QZ 8501. As far as we can tell they usually strive for a 500% search, allowing at least 5 folks to view each grid looking for wreckage or oil slicks (in this case).

It's kind of a neat way to tune out and do something both mindless and good for the world, so if you've got a little OCD and like to do this sort of stuff, head over to Tomnod.com and get involved!

UPDATE, Debris field found.



Is someone killing off high-powered bankers?

Be warned, this article is translated somewhat poorly from Dutch. (ADDING TO THE MYSTERY! Cue dramatic music.)


Dead Banker List – Number 36 Geert Tack

Link to the Original Blog Post at Brother John F's Blog.

The 52-year-old private banker from Haaltert was described as flawless, sporty, sleek and successful.

The 52-year-old Geert Tack on 5 November left from his home in Haaltert to his work, but he never arrived. A detection message was distributed and there was a search location near the Zwin, which was found his abandoned car.

On December 3, the body was found on the coast of Ostend and removed from the water. The prosecutor confirmed today that it is Geert Tack, but it is still awaiting further results of the autopsy for the exact cause of death. The results of toxicological testing are not yet known. Parquet floor states that the body showed no outward signs of violence.

Geert Tack was reported missing in the following on November 15 :

Nobody then could have guessed that the man would not return on Wednesday, November 5th at his wife in their villa Vondelen. Or played there anyway things he had kept hidden from the outside world?

Why he had in the weeks before the disappearance sometimes so difficult to get to sleep? Why he did that Wednesday morning his laptop and cell phone at home? Geert Tack worked as a private banker for ING and managed portfolios of wealthy clients.

The Belgian had a lot of respect in the financial world and was known as a top professional. His sudden disappearance was also smashed like a bomb. “If Tack himself was having trouble he has managed to keep it well hidden”, say colleagues .. What makes the matter is that the extra mysterious circumstances under which he disappeared are rather peculiar. Tack had a few weeks earlier his car and drove inelkaar if the garage then take away a replacement car. Oddly enough, he made it much later, shortly before he disappeared, use. The car, a Renault Espace, has been found in Knokke, but Tack missing to date each track. .

Anyway, Geert Tack is dead number 36 on our list of financial (top) people are killed in strange, unnatural and often inexplicably during the year 2014:

1) David Bird, 55, long-time reporter for the Wall Street Journal, working at the Dow Jones newsroom 2) Tim Dickenson, a UK-based communications director at Swiss Re AG 3) Trouser William Smith, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank 4) Ryan Henry Crane, age 37, JP Morgan 5) Li Junjie, 33 Hong Kong JP Morgan 6) Gabriel Magee, 39, age JP Morgan employee 7) Mike Dueker, 50, who had worked for Russell Investments 8) Richard Talley, 57, was the founder and CEO of American Title (real estate titles) 9) James Jr. Stuart 70 Former National Bank of Commerce CEO was found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz 10) Jason Alan Salaise, 34 year old IT Specialist at JPMorgan since 2008 11) Autumn Radtke, 28, CEO of First Meta, a Singapore-based virtual currency trading platform 12) Eddie Reilly, 47, an investment banker, Vertical Group, New York 13) Kenneth Ballando, 28, an investment banker, Capital Levy, New York 14) Joseph A. Giampapa, 55, corporate bankruptcy lawyer, JP Morgan Chase 15) Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, a former top administrator ANB / AMRO, Laren, Netherlands 16) Juergen Frick, 48, CEO of Bank Frick & Co. AG, Liechtenstein 17) Benoit Philippens, 37, director of BNP Paribas Fortis Bank, Ans, Belgium. 18) … Lydia, 52, banker-Bred Banque Populaire, Paris 19) Andrew Jarzyk, 27, banker, PNC Bank, New York 20) Carlos Six, 61, Head Tax and member CREDAF, Belgium 21) Jan Winkelhuijzen, 75, and Commissioner Fiscalist (former Deloitte), Netherlands. 22) Richard Rockefeller, 66, grandson elite banker John D. Rockefeller, America 23) Mahafarid Amir Khosravi (Amir Mansour Aria), 45, bank owner, businessman and derivatives trader, Iran 24) Lewis Katz, 76, businessman, lawyer and insider in the banking world, America 25) Julian Knott, Director of Global Operations Center JP Morgan, 45, America 26) Richard Gravino, IT Specialist JP Morgan, 49, America 27) Thomas James Schenkman, Managing Director, Global Infrastructure JP Morgan, 42, United States 28) Valtz Nicholas, 39, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, New York, America 29) Therese Brewer, 50, Managing Director ING Netherlands 30) Tod Robert Edward, 51, vice president of M & T Bank, America 31) Thierry Leyne, 48, an investment banker and owner Anatevka SA, Israel 32) Calogero Gambino, 41, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, America 33) Shawn D. Miller, 42, Managing Director of Citigroup, New York, America 34) Melissa Millian, 54, senior vice president of MassMutual, America 35) Thieu Leenen, 64, Relationship Manager ABN / AMRO, Eindhoven, Netherlands 36) Geert Tack, 52, Private Banker ING Haaltert, Belgium

Like a good mystery? Help solve one happening now.

As of my posting of this, 12 people are missing in eastern Siberia, along with an Mi-8 helicopter. If Tomnod had been around when Amelia disappeared we might just have found her alive. We know there's nothing to feed the imagination like an unsolved mystery, but with most of those, at least at the outset, lives are at stake and people are worried about missing family and friends. If you have the inclination you can personally search for that needle in a haystack in your free time. Most people are doing something on their computers these days whenever they watch TV anyway. Tomnod.com first came to our attention during the search for debris from MH370 which we did some active searching for. They make it pretty easy to get started.

Take a little time to visit their crowd-sourced website where you can actively go through satellite images and look for lost aircraft or illegal activities. It takes patience and a little bit of OCD, but I'm betting that many of our fans have one or both of those in spades. Right now they are looking for a lost helicopter in the Tyva Republic in Russia, as well as illegal fires being set in Sumatra.

Enjoy post-turkey convalescing with Amelia Earhart Part 2!

Yes it's a holiday in the States, but we're still gonna deliver, and on top of that get ready for a conclusion to Part 1 of Amelia Earhart that is bigger than that turkey your Uncle Jack stuffed into the fryer shortly before burning himself and having to go to the hospital. End of day tomorrow we will post a TWO HOUR conclusion to Amelia's disappearance. Those of you asking us to to do a show every week can just pause this show halfway through and save the 2nd half for next week right? We didn't intend it to be so long, but condensing a 70 year old mystery with a combined total of 120 years of separate research going into multiple hypotheses down to just two hours has made us feel like a few shots of Whiskey may be in order.

If you're subscribed to our feed in iTunes, Stitcher or TuneIn, you'll see it when it goes up and if not, look for it in the iTunes store Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Scott, Forrest & Ryan