Updated 10th June with episode and host details
Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, the original creators of the mystery docu-series, have teamed up with the producers of “Stranger Things” (21 Laps) to bring back the popular “Unsolved Mysteries” as a new Netflix Original and we now know that the first half will launch on July 1st. The 12-episode series will be split into two volumes of 6 episodes and maintain the chilling feeling viewers loved about the original, while also telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series. Each episode will focus on one mystery and once again will look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases.
The revamped show will use the same, original theme tune but will take a slightly different format. The original series was hosted by Robert Stack, who passed away in 2003, but the new Netflix version will take on a hostless format with the creators stating that this is “because the late, legendary Robert Stack was a singular and irreplaceable presence” and that “no one could fill Bob’s shoes”.
The older series also fit four stories into each episode but the revamped show will dedicate an entire episode to each story allowing deeper storytelling and a more intimate connection between the viewers and the show. Viewers can also submit information about any of the cases via the website at https://unsolved.com/ instead of calling in.
The original “Unsolved Mysteries” ran for 11 seasons and 260 episodes chronicling over 1,000 stories, and received six Emmy nominations. Details of the first 6 episodes of Volume 1 are shown below:
“Mystery on the Rooftop,” directed by Marcus A. Clarke
The body of newlywed Rey Rivera was found in an abandoned conference room at Baltimore’s historic Belvedere Hotel in May 2006, eight days after he mysteriously disappeared. While the Baltimore Police maintained that the 32-year-old committed suicide by jumping from the hotel’s roof, the medical examiner declared Rey’s death “unexplained.” Many, including his devastated wife, Allison, suspect foul play.
“13 Minutes,” directed by Jimmy Goldblum
Patrice Endres, 38, mysteriously vanished from her Cumming, Georgia, hair salon in broad daylight, during a 13-minute timeframe, leaving behind her teenage son, Pistol. Patrice’s disappearance intensified the existing tensions between Pistol and his stepfather as they dealt with the loss and searched for answers.
“House of Terror,” directed by Clay Jeter
In April 2011, French police discovered the wife and four children of Count Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès buried under the back porch of their home in Nantes. Xavier, the family patriarch, was not among the dead and nowhere to be found. Investigators gradually pieced together clues and a timeline that pointed to Xavier as a devious, pre-meditate killer. For instance, they now know that shortly before the crimes occurred, Xavier inherited a gun that was the same model as the murder weapon.
“No Ride Home,” directed by Marcus A. Clarke
Alonzo Brooks, 23, never returned home from a party he attended with friends in the predominantly white town of La Cygne, Kansas. A month later, a search party led by his family locates Alonzo’s body — in an area that law enforcement had already canvassed multiple times.
“Berkshire’s UFO,” directed by Marcus A. Clarke
On September 1, 1969, many residents in Berkshire County, Massachusetts were traumatized by a sighting of a UFO. Eyewitnesses — many just children at the time — have spent their lives trying to convince the world that what they saw was real.
“Missing Witness,” directed by Clay Jeter
At age 17, a guilt-ridden Lena Chapin confessed to helping her mother dispose of her murdered stepfather’s body four years prior. In 2012, Lena was issued a subpoena to testify against her mother in court, but the authorities were never able to deliver the summons — because Lena had disappeared, leaving behind a young son.