A quick review of the basics of what rigor mortis is, what it is not, and what it can tell us about a case. The second half of the episode is more scientifically intensive and is intended to answer questions we received from adults about rigor mortis.
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Often you hear it mentioned in cases-- like the "Jack the Ripper" killings-- that a perpetrator exhibited "surgical skill". There are a few problems with this and it can easily lead investigators (professional and avocational alike) away from the guilty party if they are not careful.
A quick and straightforward general explanation for why aircraft go missing and why we have to put up with nonsense like the "Bermuda Triangle", etc.
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Caution: There are a couple instances of mild swearing in this so if you don't want your kids to hear the use of the word "bull****", you might want to listen when they are not around.
What happens when you have a young woman die in a low-rent hotel in the seedy part of Los Angeles? Conspiracy nonsense, of course. The actual story of the disappearance and death of Elisa Lam is far more nuanced and interesting than many people think. The evidence will provide the right answers and allow the case to be viewed in a way that is not disrespectful to the memory of Miss Lam.
The Sodder family home burned on Christmas Eve in 1945. The majority of the children were never found and, according to the legend that has built up around the case, they were kidnapped. The actual facts in the case bear little resemblance to the way the story is often told.
NOTE: This was the first Skelecast episode so it is completely unedited. I am planning to rerecord this episode in the near future.
I love a good spy novel as much as the next person but it does not mean I can stand a real case being turned into something that it is not. The Isdal Woman, the unidentified body found outside Bergen, Norway is one case where that has happened. The actual identity of the woman is unknown and, like nature, the Internet abhors a vacuum so a myth has been built up around this poor victim. Often it bears little resemblance to the actual facts in the case.
NOTE: This was one of the early Skelecast episode so it is largely unedited.
The urban legend involving the misrepresentations of the unrelated deaths of college age men in bodies of waters has become a popular diversion for many. However, the actual evidence bears little resemblance to the way it has most often been presented online and in television.
One of the most often discussed cases in the "UFO community", the loss of Frederick Valentich on a flight off the south coast of Australia is often viewed as mysterious or other worldly. What does the evidence actually indicate though?