Co-creator of Unsolved Mysteries Terry Dunn Meurer is thrilled that people are engaging with the series. The rebooted version of the classic show dropped on Netflix on July 1 and the response has been great.
Tips related to the six cases of “volume one” have been pouring in since the show went live. Meurer is optimistic over the response that it’s been getting. (If you have any tips about any of the cases featured on Unsolved Mysteries, then check out unsolved.com)
While authorities are investigating the tips, fan theories are abounding on the Internet, which is what Meurer discussed with EW.
One of those fan theories hails from Reddit where they compared some of Rey Rivera (who died mysteriously in 2006) death and circumstances to that of the 1997 David Fincher film The Game, which was mentioned in a bizarre note that Rivera left behind his computer.
“I spoke to [his wife] Allison Rivera about that. She’s spent a lot of time with that note, as did the FBI, just going through the note trying to figure out if there were any clues or anything else in there. She doesn’t place any significance on the movie The Game. Rey liked a lot of different types of movies. He was just a guy who was interested in everything. If he had only ever left just that writing or if it was the only thing he had ever written randomly, then people would be a little bit more suspect. But this is what he did all the time. He kept so many journals full of random writing. Allison feels that she’s been through all the journals just trying to find any clue that could help her figure out what happened to him, and she couldn’t find any real or strong connections in The Game.”
Another case that’s drummed up fascination is the tragic and mysterious disappearance and death of Alonzo Brooks in 2004. Brooks was a black man who died under unknown circumstances in rural Kansas and his family (and the FBI) think there is more to the case.
Meurer said, “Alonzo’s story has been on our radar since 2017, before we even pitched Unsolved Mysteries to Netflix. We had been tracking that story for a while. The people who reopened the investigation said they really started looking at it again a year ago, when we were filming the episode in Kansas. Seeing them offering that $100K reward was a very happy surprise to us. We had no idea they had reopened the investigation until a couple of weeks before the show premiered. I think the fact we were producing this episode shined a light on the case and helped them want to take a look at this case again. These are important cases, and we really hope that the exposure brings renewed interest and encourages viewers to come forward.”
The first six episodes of Unsolved Mysteries are available to stream on Netflix.