At last the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance is discovered. Well, no. Actually the group that uncovered the plane part has been searching that particular atoll for years and has turned up bits and pieces, a knife, a bit of shoe leather, that have kept them coming back to look for more.
So why have they been keeping it such a secret? Again, it has been no secret. The group actively fundraised for the search, and has publicized everything they have found.
About five years ago they convinced me that they were in the right place. But I live in Delaware and the group TIGHAR (look it up) is local so information turns up from time to time in the newspaper.
Just because something is a mystery to you, doesn't mean it is a mystery to everyone.
Years ago I was at a dinner party and one of the guests mentioned that SOMEONE is keeping the contents of the Dead Sea scrolls a secret. Who? She didn't know, just that elusive someone who keeps all the secrets and makes sure the public knows nothing. I invited her to borrow my copy of the translations that had been made from the scrolls they had unrolled and pieced together. The rest really is a mystery since the scrolls are delicate and have to be unrolled slowly and under strict conditions. Of course, there is more to the story. If you are interested, again, look it up.
No one can know everything, and yes, lots of things are mysteries. People and Governments are keeping secrets. But when I run into someone who is wondering why our government isn’t telling us about the things that interest us, I wonder if they have looked it up before they pass on this myth of secrecy.
The internet has made it possible to look into things, that before were mysteries because we didn't have access to the knowledge. That's why we have encyclopedias and now Wikipedia. Information is out there for people who are curious enough to look into it.
We all love a mystery. So much that we are willing to label something a mystery that really isn't.
That's what keeps us mystery writers in business. Writers are told over and over that there has to be motivation for someone to look into strange deaths odd coincidences and things that aren’t explained. The prime motivation for any sleuth, fictional or not is always curiosity.
Curiosity sends me to the texts when I read "Mysteries of the Bible Uncovered" or "Secrets of the Witch Trials" two subjects I actually know something about.
Curiosity keeps me writing when I am just a anxious to find out who did it as any of my readers.
Curiosity keeps readers at it to the bitter end.