Every writer is looking for the one story that can make their career. While investigating even the smallest mystery they dig up and devour facts that can hopefully lead to a greater understanding of calamitous and horrifying events. Some stories take years to get to the bottom of, and a few of the journalists who solved crimes on this list spent most of their lives following one story in order to find a somewhat satisfying conclusion. Most of the stories that are covered here don’t have a happy ending, but with the help of the journalists involved the families of the people involved were to able to find closure in a horrible situation.This is an understatement, but crime investigation isn’t easy. No one wants to share information, you never know who’s telling the truth, and it takes forever to get anything done. People can spend their entire lives trying to solve one case, and more often than not they end up with unsatisfying results and 30 years worth of court transcripts in their garage. However, when a journalist is able to find a definitive answer to a mystery (local, worldwide, or otherwise), it’s inspiring to all the other writers out there who are looking for their big break. Put on your deerstalker, get out the Smith Corona, and get ready to go down a rabbit hole of unsolved mysteries that were unraveled by journalists following the story.