6 Mystery Stories to Feed Your Morbid Curiosity
Death on a train, ritual-like murders, a highly contagious virus that seemingly came out of nowhere — sorry, too soon? These are the premises of some of our most suspenseful and eyebrow-raising mystery stories on Topic. Not your average whodunnits, these murder-mysteries tap into parts of the human psychology that would have made Agatha Christie clutch her pearls. But, personally, we don’t think there’s anything wrong with delighting in the sick and twisted. In fact, as long as the story is good, we say the sicker, the better. How sick are we talking? How about a statue of the Virgin Mary that cries human blood? Yup, we’ve got that covered. Read on for six of our most creepy mysteries to feed your morbid curiosity.
This series opens with two officers discovering a dying sex worker in the basement of a secluded cabin. And it only gets weirder from there! A highly contagious, deadly virus is discovered in the victim’s body. The series follows officer Nina Kautsalo and virologist Thomas Lorenz as they try to contain and identify the virus while tracking an active serial killer — which included more than one daring snowmobile chase! If the murder and epidemic themes don’t chill you, then the starkly white landscape of Finland’s icy Lapland certainly will.
They share a dark and painful past, but what bonds them together is their mission to f*ck up the patriarchy. “Honour” follows four female lawyers in Sweden who help sexual assault victims seek justice, but their jobs, and lives, are rudely interrupted when they enter an investigation that could expose a crime ring of the country’s most powerful men. But for four women who’ve already been through enough in their lives, they’re not going to let a little blackmail or emotional terrorism get in the way of their mission.
Ah, nothing like a good old-fashioned train mystery — not so fast. Set on the famous railway between China and Moscow, “Transsiberian” definitely colors outside of its genre lines. The film stars Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer as a traveling couple who meet a Russian narcotics officer (played by Ben Kingsley) and get themselves mixed up in murder, a drug deal gone wrong, and a train crash. It may sound like the vacation from hell, but it also makes for one deliciously twisty mystery movie.
When a series starts out with the discovery of a body forced into a strange pose, you know that things are going to get interesting. Set along the Austrian-German border, “Pagan Peak” follows two detectives, one from each side, who investigate a series of ritual-like murders that lead them into the dark depths of the Alpine wilderness, which can definitely be a scary place, but not nearly as terrifying as inside the killer’s mind. Fans of “The Bridge”/”Broen” will love this new twist on an old fave.
As promised, we give you the Virgin Mary crying human blood tears, and it’s a lot bloodier than you think. “The Miracle” opens with the Italian police raiding a mafia hideout and finding almost everything, including their suspect, covered in blood. Where did all that blood come from? From the eyes of a crying Madonna statuette, naturally. This miraculous discovery (if you can call it that) sets in motion a chain of events that will forever change religion and politics in Italy. In real life, some people have reported seeing similar weeping religious statues and claimed that they experienced religious healing as a result. That is definitely not the objective of our statue.
Imagine getting a postcard in the mail that said, “We want what you have,” with no other context or explanation. I don’t know about you, but I’d freak out. That’s what happens to a diverse group of London residents with nothing in common except for their connection to Pepys Road, a fictional street where the property value has skyrocketed over the years. When they all receive the same postcard, these very separate lives are forced to intertwine. At its core, “Capital” explores a truly terrifying modern theme that we can all relate to: the increasing economic divide caused by rapidly growing cities.