They say that nothing stays hidden forever. Indeed, we’re finding the answers to long-running questions on a seemingly regular basis. Even the truth behind the world’s most enduring secrets might someday see the light of day.
It’s impossible to predict when new developments will happen in old mysteries. A chance discovery here, a deathbed confession there, and you have a hot new lead in a case that has lain dormant for decades. Other times, you just need a fresh pair of eyes that might see things everyone else missed.
10The Claremont Serial Murders
For over two decades, the Claremont serial murders remained one of Australia’s most harrowing mysteries. However, the arrest of a suspect and subsequent charging with all three murders might finally bring it to a close in the coming months.
In 1996 and 1997, three young women disappeared in the Claremont suburb of Perth after going out clubbing with friends. The remains of two of the victims were recovered weeks later, while the third is still missing and presumed dead. The police were convinced they were dealing with a serial killer and set up a task force to find him. Their biggest lead was CCTV footageof a man approaching one of the women, 23-year-old Jane Rimmer, on the night of her disappearance. However, that man remains unidentified.
Authorities investigated multiple suspects without any success, and for roughly 20 years, it looked as if this mystery was destined for the “Unsolved” pile. However, in 2016, police stormed the house of 48-year-old Bradley Robert Edwards, a man with no previous (publicized) connection to the case. A day later, they charged him with the murders of the two women whose bodies were recovered as well as two unconnected sexual assaults. In February 2018, police also charged him with the third murder, that of missing person Sarah Spiers. His trial will begin soon.
9The Missing Sailor Of The USS Indianapolis
Although it sank in 1945, the USS Indianapolis has made a few headlines in recent times. First, it was announced last year that an expedition led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discovered the shipwreck after it was lost at sea during World War II. And last month, the US Navy admitted to an error which caused confusion regarding the number of survivors for over 70 years.
The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on its way to the Philippines. It sank in 12 minutes, and many sailors who survived the sinking later succumbed to dehydration or shark attacks. Out of 1,196 men aboard the ship, 880 died. That would leave 316 survivors, famously including Captain Quint from Jaws. However, other sources soon began to say that 317 people survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. There was a discrepancy somewhere, and it wasn’t uncovered until recently.
That discrepancy was radio technician Clarence Donnor. Although he was aboard the USS Indianapolis, he received word to report immediately to Fort Schuyler for officer training shortly before the ship left on its mission.Through some kind of clerical error, his departure wasn’t officially recorded. Therefore, the final crew list named 1,196 sailors instead of 1,195.
As word got out that Donnor was still alive, his name started popping up on lists of survivors that said that 317 people made it off the Indianapolis. The Navy, however, was standing firm at 316 although, for some reason, it never amended the list of sailors aboard the ship until March 2018.