Stranger Things EP Shawn Levy, his company 21 Laps Entertainment, and original series creators Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove are bringing their take on popular mystery/cold case docuseries Unsolved Mysteries to Netflix, and now we know which cases will make up the first six episodes thanks to the series' official trailer. Based on the series that originated at NBC in 1985, this version will differ from the original in several ways. First, each episode will focus on a single case.
In addition, Netflix's edition will go without a host (no Robert Stack comparisons to worry about) direct anyone with relevant information on a case to a website (unsolved.com) as well as a law enforcement agency (if applicable). Here's a look at what viewers can expect, and our two cents? The trailer sets a nicely chilling tone, leaving us feeling a little creeped-out and forgetting that what we were watching was real (which is exactly what we were hoping for):
Fusing signature elements from the original series with contemporary immersive, character-driven storytelling, the 12 new episodes are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable — from the trauma of a loved one's unexplained disappearance or horrific death, to the shock of a bizarre paranormal encounter. Alongside detectives and journalists, family members offer clues, present theories, and identify suspects, hoping one viewer holds the key to solving the mystery.
Here's a look at the first six cases under the microscope when Unsolved Mysteries premieres on July 1 (originally a People exclusive):
"Mystery on the Rooftop": 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": 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": 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-meditated 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": 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. The FBI recently reopened the case and on June 11, announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any responsible parties in Alonzo's death.
"Berkshire's UFO": 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": 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.