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    Everyone's Talking About The New "Unsolved Mysteries" On Netflix, So I Watched It And Here Are My Thoughts On The First Episode

    I really miss Robert Stack's creepy voice.

    So, there's a new Unsolved Mysteries reboot on Netflix and I am HERE for it. I couldn't be more excited to relive my childhood nightmares and attempt to solve mysteries from my couch.

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    Everyone is talking about the reboot, so I decided to check out the first episode. Here's what happened!


    Warning: This article contains disturbing content.

    Alright, here we go! So first, here's some bad news: There's no narrator (to be fair, who could EVER replace Robert Stack?) or cheesy reenactment scenes. The good news, though, is that the creepy-ass theme song is still mostly intact.

    The first episode, titled "Mystery on the Rooftop," deals with the mysterious death of 32-year-old Rey Rivera, whose body was found in a Baltimore hotel.


    Rey and his wife Allison moved to Baltimore after his high school best friend, Porter Stansberry, offered him a job writing financial newsletters for his investment strategy company. More on Stansberry and his company later!

    Rey and Stansberry together

    Now for context, Rey was an aspiring screenwriter and he and his wife were living in LA before the move. He had no previous knowledge of finance or stocks, according to Allison.

    On the morning of May 16, 2006, Rey received a phone call from work and reportedly ran out of the house in a hurry. He never came home. Eight days later, his decomposing body was found in a conference room of the Belvedere Hotel.


    Police never found out who made that phone call to Rey on the morning of May 16, only that it came from the company.

    Rey's autopsy showed a long list of traumatic injuries: multiple rib fractures, skull damage, punctured lungs, bone protrusion.

    Autopsy report

    Rey reportedly fell through the lower roof of the hotel, causing a small hole to form on the ceiling. Police believed he jumped from the very top roof and crashed several stories down.

    "He came vertical through that thing like a projectile"

    Here's where it gets really murky, though: That hole was approximately 45 feet outward from the top roof. Detective Michael Baier said jumping off the top roof and getting to that spot would have been "virtually impossible," even with a running start.

    Distance between top roof and hole

    Rey's cellphone and glasses were found on the lower roof without a single scratch on them. Now, I don't know about you, but I've cracked my phone screen multiple times just from dropping it out of the palm of my hand. So that just seems a bit...odd.

    Detective saying the items looked staged to him

    The Baltimore police ultimately ruled the case a suicide. However, the medical examiner left the cause of death "undetermined," citing not enough evidence for a firm conclusion. Rey's family also firmly believes it was not a suicide.

    Autopsy stating cause of death as undetermined

    Shortly after Rey's body was discovered, Rey's boss Stansberry put a gag order on the company, meaning nobody was allowed to speak to the police. Stansberry himself also did not speak to investigators or the media regarding Rey's death.

    Picture of Rey and Stansberry, text overlay of Allison saying "he's your friend and you have no comment?"

    When Rey first went missing, Stansberry put out a $1,000 reward for any information about his disappearance.

    Prior to Rey working there, Stansberry was sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission on the basis of fraud and ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution and civil penalties. Stansberry's company is still up and running today.

    Article alleging fabricated stock tips

    Also! There was a small, typed note taped to the back of Rey's computer monitor, allegedly written the same day he went missing. The note was filled with names of actors and family members, titles of Rey's favorite movies, cryptic prose, and uh, references to the Freemasons.

    Google search: "whom virtue unites, death will not separate"

    It also references the movie The Game, which has already sparked some theories on Reddit.

    Now, as a writer myself, I have to say that I also probably have some pretty weird notes lying around my desk. But others have suggested the the note was in code or an indication that something sinister was going on.

    Typed out "that was a well-played game"

    The home alarm also went off on two different occasions just before Rey's disappearance, suggesting someone was trying to break in. One of these incidents occurred the night before his disappearance.


    Allison also said that Rey seemed worried about something in the weeks leading up to his disappearance.

    So...yeah, this episode was a LOT to take in, and I think I have more questions than answers. How did Rey get on the roof? Did he jump or was he pushed? How did he get through that hole? Who made that phone call the morning of his disappearance? There are about a million different theories...which, I guess, is why it's on Unsolved.

    Go to if you have any info on Rey Rivera death

    I don't know exactly what I think about this case. But I'm sure of one thing: Unsolved still scares the heck out of me.

    Robert Stack from the original series
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    Unsolved Mysteries is streaming now on Netflix.

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