recent rash of tuba thefts in schools in the Los Angeles area. It seems that in the last year, 23 tubas have been stolen from eight different schools. While authorities think they know why the tubas are being stolen--for either scrap metal or to supply Mexican polka bands (I am NOT making this up!)--the mystery writer in me can't help but think that maybe there's more to the story.
Kristen Kittscher: This past week in Dublin someone stole a man's heart -- literally! Authorities are studying closed circuit footage to determine who sneaked into Christ Church Cathedral, cut the iron bars of the cage that housed the heart of Dublin's patron saint, and fled. I always troll for news items about odd crimes, but this is one of the strangest I've happened upon lately. It's interesting to think about the criminal's motivation. Did he/she imagine having the heart would help them through a trying time? Was it a lover of puns who couldn't wait to read the "stolen heart" headlines? Is there a Da Vinci Code-esque story lurking there?
L.R. Giles: There's a mystery I stumbled upon while planning a vacation. In 1968 divers discovered an odd formation off the coast of North Bimini Island in the Bahamas. The pattern seemed to suggest some sort of primitive thoroughfare and was given the name The Bimini Road. Let's back up a sec. It's a road. Underwater. Which begs several questions. Road to where? Who built it? Why? Could this be a lost civilization similar to legends of Atlantis? I suppose it could be all of those things or none of them. The possibilities are fun to consider, though. Don't be surprised if you see some of my thoughts on the matter pop up in a future story or two. This one is just too good to leave alone."