In 1587, a colony of 114 men, women, and children became one of the earliest attempts to colonize the new world – America. Traveling from Britain to Roanake Island, on North Carolina’s coast, they were the first true attempt at colonization of the New World. They also became one of the Nation’s first great mysteries.
Amelia Earhart, or ‘Lady Lindy’, had produced more aerial accomplishments than any female pilot in history. She had already crossed the Gulf of Mexico and flown the Atlantic alone. But on July 2, 1937, while flying what she described to a close friend as ‘her last flight’, the 2,556 mile, last leg of a trek around the world ended mysteriously.
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, better known as Agatha Christie, has been named one of the greatest mystery writers of all times and is affectionately known to all as the Queen of Crime. Born in England to an American stockbroker and the English daughter of a British army captain, the young Agatha grew up in the United Kingdom and penned her first novel (The Mysterious Affair at Styles) as a result of a challenge by her sister Madge. Although happily married to Colonel Archibald Christie at the time, events would foretell an even greater mystery involving her husband– this time a real-life mystery involving the strange disappearance of Mrs. Agatha Christie herself.
Eilean More, meaning “big island” in Gaelic, is one of the Flannen Islands and is located 15 miles west of the Lewis in Scotland. In 1895 construction of the lighthouse began on the deserted island and 4 years later, it was opened for business. Staffed by three men, James Ducat, Donald McArthur, and Thomas Marshall, the lighthouse served as a beacon of safety – until December 15, 1900 when the light mysteriously stopped burning.