The Curse of Buddy Holly

On February 3, 1959, a chartered plane took off from a small Iowa airport in less than ideal conditions. Onboard the aircraft that wintry were popular musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Jiles Perry Richardson (aka “The Big Bopper”), who had been traveling the country together under what was called the Winter Dance Party tour.…

Rare Ship Burials Discovered in Iceland

Archaeologists have recently discovered a series of Viking burials in a fjord in North Iceland. So far, a total of four burials have been uncovered, with two being ship burials. Boat burials are often associated with Viking funerals in the popular imagination, but they are actually quite rare. This is because they were reserved only…

The Mystery of the Mary Celeste

On December 5, 1872, the crew aboard the British ship Dei Gratia saw another ship floating in the water. No crew was visible on the other boat, which was recognized as the Mary Celeste, so the captain ordered that the Dei Gratia see if the people on the other ship needed help. What the boarding…

The Impostor Princess

On a spring day in 1817, in the small town of Almondsbury in Gloucestershire, England, a local cobbler encountered a confused and disoriented young woman. Although she was English in appearance, she was wearing strange clothing, including a turban, and she did not speak or understand English. No one knew who she was, and she…

America’s Most Haunted House

When most people think about San Diego, they imagine beautiful beaches, cultural attractions like their world-famous zoo and Balboa Park, and endless sunshine. But the city has a darker side, including what has been billed as America’s most haunted house. Located in the area now called Old Town, it was once at the heart of…