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‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Creator Has Weighed In On Fan Theories On The Rey Rivera Case

‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Creator Has Weighed In On Fan Theories On The Rey Rivera Case

Anyone who's watched Netflix's Unsolved Mysteries will have a lot to say about the unexplained death of Rey Rivera - and now show creator Terry Dunn Meurer has weighed in on the debate too.

Covered in episode one of the true crime series - which is a reboot of the original hosted by the late Robert Stack and cracks open an unsolved case each episode - Rey's death is a total conundrum.

In 2006, the finance journalist quickly left his house in the middle of the night after receiving a phone call - and was never seen alive again.

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Six days later, his body found on the site of the grand Belvedere Hotel, having seemingly plummeted from the hotel's roof and into an unused conference room.

The cause of Rey's death remains undetermined - but at the time, the police suspected he had died by suicide.

However, his family didn't accept the suicide theory and insist Rey was caught up in some kind of foul play.

Added to that, there are multiple factors in the late journalist's death that remain unexplained.

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The hole in the conference room roof - which Rey seemingly fell through - is positioned improbably far from the rooftop of the Belvedere.

Even if he took a running jump from the hotel roof (which, given that he was wearing flip flips, seems unlikely) it is highly unlikely that Rey's body would have landed where it did.

The location of the hole that Rey seemingly fell through is improbably far from the Belvedere rooftop (Credit: Netflix)
The location of the hole that Rey seemingly fell through is improbably far from the Belvedere rooftop (Credit: Netflix)

There's a chance that he could have jumped from alternate spots on a precarious ledge which ran around the outside of the hotel, but that would have involved him entering a private room.

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No one saw or heard Rey jump, or spotted him at the Belvedere Hotel that night.

And while Rey's body sustained multiple injuries, his glasses and mobile phone, found close to his body, didn't have a scratch on them.

All of which lead to questions as to whether the journalist's death could have been staged.

Speaking in episode one, Rey's wife Allison says she believes her husband "turned over some rock" that he shouldn't have.

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Over on social media, fans have been giving their own theories on Rey's death, with one popular theory hinging on a puzzling pieces of evidence - a cryptic note taped to the back of Rey's home computer.

Rey left behind a cryptic note which was found cellotaped to the back of his computer (Credit: Unsolved Mysteries)
Rey left behind a cryptic note which was found cellotaped to the back of his computer (Credit: Unsolved Mysteries)

The undecipherable note mentioned the Freemasons (the world's largest secret society) as well as various books, TV shows, and movies.

One of the most up-ticked theories on Reddit suggests that Rey could have been acting out the plot of one of his favourite movies mentioned in the note, The Game, as part of a Freemasons initiation game gone wrong.

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In the 1997 movie, a man is caught up in an elaborate corporate scheme and ends up leaping from the roof of a building and falling through a glass ceiling - similar to how Rey was found.

Now, show co-creator Terry Dunn Meurer has weighed in on the theory, saying Rey's wife Allison and the FBI don't believe The Game has anything to do with his death.

"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," Meurer told Entertainment Weekly. "[Rivera] kept so many journals full of random writing.

Porter Stansberry declined to cooperate with authorities or be interviewed for 'Unsolved Mysteries' (Credit: Netflix)
Porter Stansberry declined to cooperate with authorities or be interviewed for 'Unsolved Mysteries' (Credit: Netflix)

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 theory is that Rey was caught up in some kind of financial fraud.

A finance writer, Rey had previously worked for his friend Porter Stansberry's company, Stansberry Research, which was sued for fraudulent stock advice by the Securities and Exchange Commission and ordered to pay $1.5 million.

After Rey's body was found, Stansberry gagged his company employees from talking to police and hired a lawyer. He also refused to talk to filmmakers for Unsolved Mysteries.

The first six episodes of Unsolved Mysteries are available to watch on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime, TV Entertainment

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.

 

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