The Bizarre Disappearance (And Bizarre Return) of Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson

Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson became a superstar after founding her church in 1923 Los Angeles; her Foursquare Gospel teachings still have millions of followers today. But she made her mark on history beyond religion, too—by mysteriously vanishing for five weeks at the height of her fame. »11/20/15 6:40pm11/20/15 6:40pm


The Alarming Tale of a Stalker Whose Violent Urges Weren't Tempered By Time, Or By His Arrest

In May 1980, Taiwan-born, Minnesota-raised Ming Sen Shiue acted on a sick fantasy he’d been having for 15 years, kidnapping and sexually assaulting his former high-school math teacher, Mary Stauffer. The crime would have been nightmarish enough with just those facts ... but it was worse. »10/13/15 7:40pm10/13/15 7:40pm

A Mother’s Frantic Search for Her Son Led To a Savage Farmer With a Taste for Blood


On March 10, 1928, 9-year-old Walter Collins disappeared from his home in Los Angeles, California. His believed abduction triggered a massive manhunt—yet police were unable to find the boy. That is, until a mysterious child appeared five months later in DeKalb, Illinois, claiming to be Walter. »10/01/15 1:40pm10/01/15 1:40pm

Two Men and a Dalek Mask Arrested in Weird Ex-Girlfriend Kidnapping Plot

Poor James Wakefield just wanted to reawaken his ex-girlfriend's affections after she dumped him last December. And he figured the best way to do it would be to pay his friend James Rawson £20,000 to don a Dalek mask with voice-changer, kidnap his ex, and take her out to the woods. After the Dalek-masked Rawson had… »7/29/08 11:20am7/29/08 11:20am