10 Mysteries Solved By Reddit

10 Subway Cipher Your mum probably told you not to take gifts from strangers when you were a kid

But apparently reddit user Delverofsecrets never got that particular message The redditor made a post on July 11th 2012 claiming that a homeless-looking man had given him $50 with markings on it, as well as this strangely coded piece of paper Fellow redditors soon found that it was a Bifid Cipher, which is essentially a message coded into a square It said “There's plenty more money to make Figure this out and prepare to meet: July 19, fifty sixth and sixth hot dog stand outside rue57 cafe, ask for Mister Input”

Soon after, Delverofsecrets received all kinds of messages – some cryptic, some even personally threatening him and his family Predictably, theories about what was going on flooded the website – including some speculating that it originated from a Department of Defense employee or that the whole thing was an elaborate marketing ploy for the Dark Knight Rises Eventually redditors met up in New York on the agreed date but nothing really ever came from it, except marketing allegations and months of possibly wasted time 9 Post-it note mystery Everyone forgets things sometimes

Hell, you might have even forgotten to click that subscribe button But sometimes there’s a little more to a simple memory lapse than meets the eye Redditor Rbradbury1920 found that out for himself in May 2015, when he started noticing post-it notes appearing in his apartment They were pretty harmless things like reminders to get groceries or save some documents, but he had no recollection of writing them A few days in, he saw one that said “Our landlord isn't letting me talk to you, but it's important we do”

That’s kind of creepy, and made him think his Landlord was doing something pretty shady So Rbradbury1920 installed a webcam to see just what the hell was going on, but upon checking he found all of the footage deleted Understandably freaked out, he took to the r/Legaladvice subreddit to ask if he had any recourse But instead of advice on suing, a comment from a user named Kakkerlak suggested that he might be suffering from memory issues brought on by Carbon Monoxide poisoning That assessment wasn’t just correct, it prevented death

The original poster took the advice and bought a detector, only to learn that his apartment had 100 parts per million of the deadly gas, 11 times the safe maximum 8 Strongsville Jane Doe Back in February 1975, three kids in Strongsville, Ohio found the body of an unidentified woman who was missing a jaw and had been shot in the head It went down as a cold case for over 40 years until a redditor by the name of Callmeice stumbled upon the Jane Doe’s cemetery records Callmeice enlisted the help of the Unsolved Mysteries subreddit and the websleuths website to get to the bottom of the case

After obtaining autopsy data and pictures of the bones, a forensic artist recreated the face That artist recognized it as a possible match for Linda Pagano, a woman who went missing in 1974 after an argument with her stepfather, Byron Claflin A lot of people suspected Claflin murdered her but there was no real evidence to prove it by the time he died in 1990, so this represented a major break in the case Pagano’s brother Michael even called her an “angel from heaven” for what she did As of August 2017, police believe they had a tentative match, but extensive DNA testing has yet to be completed so it’s not definitive

7 Reddit’s Stonehenge Most things on Reddit are posted for that sweet, sweet meaningless karma So it’s intriguing when something goes on completely under the radar, especially when it’s a bizarre code that to this day has all-but gone uncracked That was the case in 2011 when a user by the name of A858DE45F56D9BC9 started posting seemingly random strings of numbers and letters to a subreddit of the same name Eventually users created a subreddit to crack the code, and some managed to decipher messages like “Happy New Year 2001”, an ASCII Stonehenge, and what appeared to be coordinates in North Korea

Speculation went wild of course, with everything from social experiments to aliens to the internet becoming sentient The subreddit would frequently close and reopen, but one time the fun stopped when it just posted the message “The A858 Project Has Concluded You may unsubscribe” Even now, no one ever figured out the majority of the code – so if you feel like wasting months of your life, be my guest 6

Hit and Run Expertise is crucial when it comes to solving crimes Just knowing something obscure that other people missed might be the difference between putting a criminal behind bars or letting them escape the law So it helps to have the people of the internet, who are armed with pretty much every expertise in the world In this case, it was the smallest possible details of old cars Reddit user Meatheaded found this headlight fragment after a witnessing a hit and run

So he took to the Whatisthisthing subreddit to find out, well, what the thing was Incredibly, they managed to figure out that the fragment came exactly from a grey 1991 Cadillac Broughams just based on the image Using that lead, Meatheaded got in touch with the police auto theft unit, where they were actually able to pin a car of that description to the scene and trace it back to a theft conviction 5 Grateful Doe The police only have so many resources

So it makes sense that when a case goes cold, they move on But luckily we have the internet, whose obsession with even the smallest tidbits can crack even seemingly hopeless investigations wide open That was the case for the Grateful Doe, an anonymous car crash victim found in 1995 and named after the ticket stub for a Grateful Dead concert found in his pocket Reddit’s cold-case enthusiasts took an intense interest in the case Using evidence from the time along with reconstructions of the mystery man’s face, Redditors spread the word online and managed to reach the attention of some people who recognized it

That lead came up with the name of Jason Callahan, a 19-year-old from Virginia who went missing in 1995 but was never reported, since he recently left to follow the Grateful Dead on tour 11 months after that identification, DNA testing showed that it was indeed Callahan While a tragic loss, it went to show just what Reddit is capable of when it uses its powers for good 4 ‘Box of Crazy’ People have thrown out some weird things over the years

Trash men have reported finding brand new clothes, taxidermy animals and even a shiny Charizard, which if you didn’t know, is worth as much as $50,000 But the so-called ‘box of crazy’ blows all of them away One redditor by the name of TramstopDan claimed to find this rather bizarre box in some bins near him, posting pictures to the whatsinthisthing subreddit, as well as4chan’s /x/ board It contained some pretty damn strange contents, like maps, designs, detailed descriptions and sketches of aliens and, uh, a train with a puma for a face Some redditors got a little bit obsessed with the contents, even starting their own subreddit to theorize and figure out what the hell was going on

It’s thought the materials belonged to someone called Daniel Christiansen, a Danish immigrant who’s now believed deceased Based on the sketches, Christiansen became obsessed with the idea that the stories of the bible depicted ancient encounters with extraterrestrials Sounds more like one for Mulder and Scully than Reddit and 4Chan if you ask me 3 Surveillance Device Have you ever felt like someone’s keeping tabs on you? It’s probably paranoia, right? Well, maybe not

If this case is anything to go by, your house just might be bugged Redditor Shadybusiness15 posted on the Reddit Bureau of Investigation saying that he “violently blew a fuse” and found this device in his extension cord Reddit got to work and discovered that the tech was a Global Positioning System tracker with microphone and a cellular uplink, hence the SIM card That means it was most likely a covert surveillance device Some redditors suggested it was the government, and others that it was the poster’s parents because of the consumer-level parts

Shadybusiness15 later posted an update after the original post blew up, explaining that he put the the SIM card in a phone to see what might happen And that was the last we heard Who knows, it could be happening to anyone, though I don’t suggest you go unscrewing all your electronics in search of microphones 2 Boston Bombing There’s a lot to be said for the power of sleuths on the internet

Where the police and the justice system fails, Redditors succeed… or they don’t In fact, sometimes they fail badly enough to make national headlines Back in 2012, a bomb was detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon – the blast 3 and injuring 280, going down as a modern American tragedy Reddit took a particular interest in the attack, so as with other cases, users scoured the evidence en masse to try and find something the authorities missed – and they thought they had it with Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old student who went missing a month before the bombing Users made detailed posts analyzing footage feeds to find small hints suggesting the involvements of Tripathi along with several others, which some news outlets mistakenly picked up

That caused the student’s family to suffer a torrent of online abuse for their son’s supposed involvement, even as far as death threats But soon after the bombing, the authorities apprehended what turned out to be real culprits – leading to an apology from Reddit and a public discussion over the ethics of crowdsourced crime fighting 1 Frame 394 You might have heard of the Walter Scott shooting in 2015 The case became an infamous civil rights rallying call over police brutality that got Michael Slager, the police officer involved, fired and eventually imprisoned after pleading guilty in 2017

After stopping Scott for a broken tail light, Slager shot him multiple times from behind, supposedly in fear of his life That enraged civil rights activists and fueled the Black Lives Matter movement, especially after video of the act that appeared to conflict with police statement was posted online In the furor immediately after the shooting, Redditor and cinematographer Daniel Voshart stabilized the shaky footage to better analyze what was going on The process even had a documentary made about it in 2016 In that documentary, Voshart hit a moral quandary when deeper analysis of the finer details started to show a more difficult picture than he originally saw

Voshart’s journey was affecting enough to have an Oscar-shortlisted documentary made about it, which is absolutely worth watching

1 Comment

  1. I believe Linda Marie Pagano’s (1974 now Akron, Ohio US) argument with her Step Father might was Saturday evening about 7 PM and not that Saturday morning near four AM from her Step Father’s account. If Linda’s Step Father, Mom Ann arrived at Police Station at about seven PM Sunday night and was 24 hours.(Webslueth) Reports young adults maybe four cruising around and the leader could had been Eddie. Eddie was a drug dealer and boyfriend (from outside of Ohio) to a Springfield High School student and no doubt had a criminal record. While Linda was too smart for any of this it was this exact scene to some degree caused Linda’s Homicide. If anyone has any significant information please ask an Attorney (representative) to contact Akron Police and thank you.

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