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The 20 Coolest Unsolved Mysteries in History

By Becky Ferreira Sep 18, 2013

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The Princes in the Tower

While we're on the subject of Shakespeare, did you hear that Richard III's body was found earlier this year under a freakin' parking lot? Many new revelations about the reviled king have resulted from the find, but it still doesn't settle the question of what happened to Richard's two nephews, Edward V of England and Richard of Shrewsbury. At 12 and 9, the boys were locked in the Tower of London in 1483, supposedly for their own protection. They were never seen again. While there is no direct evidence that they were murdered, it's certainly the obvious conclusion. Richard III is the prime suspect, but he's far from the only candidate, as there were plenty of people in the boys' lives with motive. Poor little kids didn't have a chance. This eerie Paul Delaroche portrait of them perfectly captures their haunting disappearance.

Tags: history, slideshows, puzzles, mysteries, unsolved mysteries

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Becky Ferreira

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

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