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The 20 Coolest Unsolved Mysteries in History

By Becky Ferreira Sep 18, 2013

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The Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels

Only the Irish could give the world a tale this juicy. The Irish Crown Jewels, which were worn by the Grand Master of the Order of St. Patrick on special occasions, were pilfered from Dublin Castle in 1907. This was an impressive feat considering that the safe in which the jewels were kept had two locks, and the room in which it was stored required 7 keys for entry. Many colorful characters have been suspected of the crime, especially the jewels' custodian Arthur Vicars, who was said to have enjoyed getting drunk and parading around with the valuables (and who wouldn't?). But despite assistance from Scotland Yard, there was never enough evidence to convict and these prized possessions are still at large.

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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