Remember when Cal Ripken’s mom was kidnapped? Yeah, it’s still unsolved.


In August 2012 Cal and Billy Ripken’s mother Violet was kidnapped. She was, thankfully, returned unharmed after 24 hours, but the perpetrators have never been caught.

It was huge news at the time but since then it has mostly been forgotten, even by Orioles fans, I reckon. But the case still lingers. With, oddly for a case involving a victim as high profile as Vi Ripken, almost zero traction.

Dave McKenna of Deadspin recently went to Aberdeen, Maryland and spoke to the lead investigator in the all-but-dormant case to see what’s what. His report about it all is really, really fascinating.

I bet Banacek would’ve solved this one by now. He was great.