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(Keith Carter)

The O Files

In a world where everything has a rational explanation, nature still has the power to keep her secrets. These true stories of dark doings, loose ends, and unexplained terror keep us up at night, defy all reason, and scare the living daylights out of us.

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Murder. Shocking disappearances. Haunting riddles. Although we all love to head into the wild in search of inspiration, sometimes what we find are dark enigmas. To explore this eerie side of things, we investigate 13 haunting true-life tales of crime and enduring mystery.

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Things That Go Bump in the Wild

By Ian Frazier


A Watery Grave: Queensland Australia

Eileen and Tom Lonergan went out for a day of scuba diving, and never came back


Summit Shot: Mount Everest

Mountaineering’s greatest debate—who reached the top of Everest first?—rages on


Lost Scion

Was Michael Rockefeller eaten by cannibals?


End Run

Amy Bechtel was there, and then she simply wasn’t


Stranded

Roanoke Colony vanishes forever


Chainsaw Massacre

Accused tree-killer Grant Hadwin may still be armed and dangerous


Escape Artist

How one make faked his death—twice One Giant Leap

With $200,000 strapped to his body, D.B. Cooper stepped out the back of a plane and into history


Gold Fever Dreams

Buried treasure beckons on the Atlantic coast


No One Knows

Was 20-year-old Everett Ruess a suicide, murder victim, or something else?


Without a Trace

The moutain gods swallow another life


An Untimely End

A photographer turns up dead in placid Isabella Lake, and there’s no explanation


Forever Wild

We don’t know where Edward Abbey is buried. Maybe it’s better that way.


PLUS:

It’s Weird Out There

From Sasquatch to the Mothman, Bruce Barcott takes on the supernatural


Enduring Enigmas

John Glavin looks at the classic cases that have stumped investigators for years—and perhaps always will


Case Closed?

After years of investigation, these fatal mysteries—from a trailside murder to the fate of a missing snowboarder—are now filed under “solved”

From Outside Magazine, Oct 2003 Lead Photo: Keith Carter
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