Cold Case

Inset: An artist’s rendering of stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst.
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Driver’s Secret

Charley Parkhurst was one of the rootin’, tootin’-est stagecoach driver in Gold Rush-era California. But Charley had a secret that became known only after death: he was actually a she.

A scene from Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.”
COURTSEY OF THE DUNES CENTER
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DeMille’s Lost City

Once thought lost to sea and sand, Cecil B. De Mille’s Egyptian “City of the Pharaoh” is emerging on a beach on the central coast.

The airship that passed over Sacramento Tuesday evening, as described by scores of eyewitnesses.
ILLUSTRATION BY JONATHAN BURTON
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Sacramento’s E.T.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… what IS that thing? In 1896, it was the talk of Sacramento, and it remains a mystery to this day.

Ronni Chasen with director Danny Boyle.
TODD WILLIAMSON/WIREIMAGE
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Hollywood Mystery

Seven years after Ronni Chasen's murder, despite the suicide of a suspect and a closed case for Beverly Hills police, the crime remains shrouded in mystery.

Minus its crew, U.S. Navy blimp L-8 floats over Daly City, Calif., on Aug, 16, 1942, several hours after taking off from Treasure Island on a sub-hunting mission.
U.S. NAVY
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Misled Zeppelin

In the early days of WWII, a Navy sub-hunting blimp left Treasure Island for a routine flight with two experienced pilots aboard. Hours later, it came back — empty.