Month: October 2021

Enigma: Vatican Archives

One of the topics that garnered much interest towards this institution in the last couple of years is the existence of the highly secretive Vatican Apostolic Archives. The Archives were off-limits to everyone but the Pope, that is until 1981 when it opened to select scholars, who were chosen after a thorough screening process. In March  of 2020 however, the Archives opened to a wider audience as long as they could document their qualifications and research needs. The Vatican Apostolic Archives, which contain many historical documents relating to the church, also contain records that include the correspondence in each Pope’s era since its conception. The Vatican Apostolic Archives known famously as the Vatican Secret Archives is the central repository that…

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Enigma: The Watcher House

Imagine you work hard and buy your dream house and a random creep decides to terrorize you with strange letters to the point that you can’t even move in. That’s what happened to the Broaddus family.  In 2014, Derek and Maria Broaddus brought a house in Westfield, New Jersey for around 1.4 million dollars. It was located on 657 Boulevard. Before they decided to move in, they found a letter addressed to “the new owner in their mail box. The letter read, "Dearest new neighbour at 657 Boulevard, allow me to welcome you to the neighbourhood. 657 Boulevard has been the subject of my family for decades now and as it approaches its 110th birthday, I have been put in…

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Enigma: Tabby’s Star

The universe is an amazing place. It contains gas clouds, asteroids, moons, planets, stars, and black holes among other fascinating things. In fact, the universe we inhabit is huge! So much so that we can’t even begin to imagine the actual size of it. Even our home galaxy, the Milky Way, spreads one hundred thousand light-years across, which means even if you were to hypothetically travel at the speed of light (299 792 458 m/s), it would still take you 100,000 years to go from one end to the other! In this mysterious place, in the year 2015 NASA announced an interesting piece of news regarding a star that could have an alien civilization orbiting it. It is this very…

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Enigma: The Zodiac Killer

“I’m not afraid of the gas chamber because it will send me to the paradise all the sooner because I now have enough slaves to work for me.” The above quote was identified as a part of the hidden message that the newspapers received from the Zodiac Killer, a brutal and notorious murderer who terrorized Northern California, USA in the late ‘60s and early 70’s. The first known attack took place on 20th December, 1968, on Lake Hermon Road in California. A young couple named David Faraday and Betty Lou Jonsen had been shot using a .22 handgun, and unfortunately neither survived. No direct evidence was ever found on the case that could lead the police to the murderer. After…

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