Welcome to Mexico’s eerie Island of the Dolls, where decomposing toys dangle from the trees in honor of a dead girl’s spirit.
It was a rainy night in October 1849 when the master of the macabre was found slumped in a gutter on the streets of Baltimore, delirious and dressed in ill-fitting clothes.
Peering into a darkened corner, Kate addressed the spirit. “Mr. Split-Foot,” she said, “do as I do.” She clapped her hands four times. Four raps responded.
She was the reigning queen of detective fiction’s Golden Age – but Agatha Christie’s most intriguing mystery remains her unsolved disappearance in 1926.
The men remained missing for two months… then, a strangely rosy-cheeked Packer turned up alone at a saloon.
Her skull peered out from the hollow trunk of a tree, a limp patch of hair still stuck to its crown.
On a cool summer night in 1912 someone broke into this peaceful Iowa homestead and bludgeoned all six family members plus two houseguests with an axe. The horrific scene was discovered the following morning by a concerned neighbor.