Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 is a mystery documentary show and comes 3 months after the first instalment. It is a two-part series, each six episodes long, and as the title suggests, none of the mysteries in this series were solved.
The series is a mix of real-life incidents and supernatural stories, although the former outweighs the latter. The six episodes are: Washington Inside Murder, A Death in Oslo, Death Row Fugitive, Tsunami Spirits, Lady in the Lake and Stolen Kids.
The documentary-style show is dramatic and eerie, although I must say that I enjoyed the first volume more. This one, although with foreboding music and entertaining re-enactments, is not able to imbibe that mystery and fear that the incidents of the first volume were able to achieve. Once again, there are no narrators, and the stories in themselves are quite interesting and will make you scratch your head. There’s police neglect in some, and others are just too odd for anyone to make any sense of.
As with the first part, Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 is a testament as to how fast situations can change from good to bad to horrifying. The retelling of the stories the first time around had resulted in an influx of tips and leads on some of the cases, most notably the Alonzo Brooks case. The police, after reopening the case, had agreed that it was a hate crime. So hopefully, Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 would also have the same effect.
Now, coming to the episodes, episode lengths vary this season, although all of them are over 35 minutes. There’s some good recreation, there’s a lot of facts and figures, crime scene photos, long sweeping shots, maps and ofcourse, interviews. Similar to the first volume, Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 intercuts its re-enactments with crime scene photos, news clips, interviews and some eerie music.
Washington Inside Murder
The first tale of the six in Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 follows the mysterious murder of White House aide John P Wheeler III. Wheeler’s body was found in the Cherry Island Landfill in Delaware. However, what is more mysterious was the time leading up to the discovery of the body. Throughout the course of the episode, we see Wheeler in several CCTV footage shuffling around disoriented wearing one shoe and (probably) sleeping in a dirty basement. The case is baffling, and inspite of law enforcement trying its best to find the answers, none have turned up so far.
A Death in Oslo
The second episode follows the mysterious death of “Jennifer Fergate”, an unidentified woman whose body was found in the Plaza Hotel in Oslo, Norway. At first seeming like a suicide, the sheer number of inconsistencies make the investigators turn to secret service agents and conspiracy theories. Every theory, however, feels like a possibility since there was nothing ever discovered. “Jennifer’s” body, too, was never truly identified.
Death Row Fugitive
Probably one of the most infuriating in Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2, this episode shows the mysterious disappearance of death row convict Lester Eubanks, who had received the death penalty for murdering 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener. However, due to his charismatic personality and the abolition of the death penalty, he was allowed to go for Christmas shopping in 1973. Eubanks was a serial sex offender and it is harrowing to see how the police department was negligent to keep an eye on him. However, more harrowing is the fact that, 20 years after his disappearance, it was discovered that the files on Eubanks was never properly processed and thus he was never on the crime archives.
Eubanks remains a free man to this day.
This is the lone “supernatural” episode of Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 and follows the mass ghost sightings after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan and killed thousands of people. The footage taken at the time is horrifying – because it’s one thing to fight against human beings, but how do you escape nature?
Lady in the Lake
Another baffling case – when JoAnn Matouk Romain disappears after attending a church service, and all evidence initially points to suicide, her family is devastated. However, when her body is discovered after 70 days 35 miles from the apparent suicide spot, it brings forth more questions than answers.
Probably one of the most emotional cases of Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2. When Christopher Dansby and Shane Walker disappear months from each other from the same park, their families are devastated. However, even after extensive search, nothing ever comes out of it, although their families are still holding on to hope.
Summing up: Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2
Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 has a good range of confusing and twisted cases that, to this day, baffle investigators. However, the show feels a bit exploitative and that’s probably because of how it deals with the grief that the families of these unfortunate victims go through. More often than not, we zoom into their faces during an emotional moment which feels too uncomfortable for the audience.
The mysteries are truly mysterious. However, I still stick to my opinion that Unsolved Mysteries Volume 1 was more interesting.
Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 is streaming on Netflix.