The Puzzling Disappearance Of Walter Collins

  • Published on May 3, 2019
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    • Coley Turner
      Coley Turner Month ago

      #roastmortem I want to sue Shane for $10,800 dollars for subjecting me to the terrible visual pun that is the gene pin on his Jean jacket

    • Shye Natalia
      Shye Natalia Month ago

      1) what does Shane have against dogs?
      2) why is Canada only ever mentioned when it comes to bad things? Specifically my province (Alberta)
      Love you both equally. Good show.

    • Rinara Collins
      Rinara Collins Month ago

      BuzzFeed Unsolved Network the most heartbreaking thing is to see this and ask my grandmother about it. She shivered at the name Walter Collins and she never spoke of it again. My Papa told me not to ask about my family down south.
      My question for you is have you found any personal history from digging so much into history?

    • Triveni Shalla
      Triveni Shalla Month ago

      #postmortem. Didn't the mother say that she killed and buried Walter in the chicken coop.? Why didn't the police check that entire area for his remains or something.

    • Yonko Buggy
      Yonko Buggy Month ago

      The short guy should just stick to story telling and leave the jokes to the tall guy..its making me cringe to see him try to be funny...

  • Chelsea
    Chelsea 5 hours ago

    Anyone see the movie Changeling about this disappearance? Angelina Jolie plays the role of Walter’s mother... its haunting and very well done in my opinion

  • Angie Loves
    Angie Loves 6 hours ago

    There is actually a movie on this story "changeling" but i cried when the serial killer was hanged you guys this is not unsolved he was killed by the windvill chicken coop muderer
    The muderer will pick up little boys put them in his chicken coop and will chop of their heads
    In the movie walter was gonna escape but instead helped two brothers escape

  • rania_zahra
    rania_zahra 8 hours ago

    *”we’re gonna disappear his boy!”*

  • Phoebe Barrow
    Phoebe Barrow 10 hours ago

    could you look into the devils crossroads?

  • jade neary-lewis
    jade neary-lewis 15 hours ago +1

    I know the time lines don't add up but wouldn't it be strange if Walter was the boy in the box. Don't tell me you didnt think that I mean its 2 in 1 cases would be solved

  • Sarah Holdman
    Sarah Holdman 18 hours ago

    This is the most terrible one I have seenyet

  • deprofundis
    deprofundis 20 hours ago +1

    You all should watch the movie based on this story, "The Changeling", starring Angelina Jolie. It's really good. I'm glad the boyz covered it and are bringing attention to this very strange and creepy story!

  • shantasia haynes

    Mira Loma sounds like a form of cancer or sometype of plague that is very contagious and worse than ebola🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️

  • TheSquirrelKing1 `
    TheSquirrelKing1 ` Day ago +2


  • Cringy Tom
    Cringy Tom Day ago

    I actually live in Mira Loma and I always see the chicken coop to go to target at Eastvale

  • Artemis Rose
    Artemis Rose Day ago

    My dad upon hearing "never returned home" chuckles and goes 'the movie must've been really bad' smh

  • Sierah S.M.
    Sierah S.M. Day ago +2

    $161,742.32 is the inflation cost that J.J. should have paid ┌∩┐(ಠ_ಠ)┌∩┐

  • Josue Galan
    Josue Galan Day ago

    I love the unsolved mysteries videos but I got to say the jokes kill the mood

  • Zach Murphy
    Zach Murphy 2 days ago +2

    Wikipedia says Walter Collins was murdered by Gordon. That he was one of the 3 he was charged for

  • Just King
    Just King 2 days ago +1

    there is a movie based on this on netflix. Its called "changeling". i recommend it.

  • Savannah A person
    Savannah A person 2 days ago +15

    Imagine dying on your way to Endgame without knowing what happened

    • VARUECHE !
      VARUECHE ! Day ago

      Savannah A person LMAOOOO you bogus

  • Evil Potato
    Evil Potato 2 days ago

    What if the mom smuggled the boy to the farm without her son knowing & she put him with the kids so that’s where the boy said he saw the Walter but in the morning she took him out & killed him that’s why the guy says he didn’t meet him & that’s why the mom says she killed him. Honestly it’s just a theory don’t attack me plz 💀

  • Hunter-McKinné
    Hunter-McKinné 2 days ago

    Christine Collins didn't later 'realize' it wasn't her son. When the boy was presented to her by the police, she knew then and insisted it was not Walter, but Captain JJ Jones told her to 'try him out' for a few days. He desperately wanted to close the case.

  • Star Wars
    Star Wars 2 days ago

    “oh look it’s a little man let me lick em”

  • King Jay
    King Jay 2 days ago

    Angelina Jolie started in the movie about this case

  • Krissy S
    Krissy S 2 days ago

    I dont trust chicken farmers and i sure as hell dont trust pig farmers

  • Will Wellspeak
    Will Wellspeak 2 days ago +1

    I have become a new fan, and would love to see a Buzzfeed Unsolved for Princess Diana!

  • RD JR
    RD JR 2 days ago

    hey i had family in San Quentin :P

  • Jeanne Ester Gonzales
    Jeanne Ester Gonzales 2 days ago +1

    A movie was made based on this story actually. It's called Changeling starring Angelina Jolie as Walter's mom.

  • Allison Schneider
    Allison Schneider 3 days ago

    They should do the Gary, Indiana Demon House

  • BowlingBall Animatics

    I grew up a pathological liar and didn’t even know it until I was in Med school learning about different illnesses and I was like, “Hey that sounds like me.”

  • Blair Dow
    Blair Dow 3 days ago

    Was this not made into a film

  • Antoniooo
    Antoniooo 3 days ago

    Christine: I just want my son

    J.J Jones: *puts her in a mental ward*

  • Ray Archer
    Ray Archer 3 days ago

    go investigate the wolfman of land between the lakes!! it’s in my hometown!

  • Donna Post
    Donna Post 3 days ago

    theres a movie based on this case! its called changeling. its really good!

  • niggs niggs
    niggs niggs 3 days ago

    In the book “Road Out of Hell” the nephew of the chicken coop killer said that his grandma had admitted to killing Walter to help her son from being in jail.

  • Lemons !!
    Lemons !! 3 days ago +3

    JJ Jones: you are a fool
    Arthur Hutchins: I’m about to ruin this whole mans career

  • Lex Veryan
    Lex Veryan 3 days ago

    *does an all mightier and then decides to binge buzzfeed unsolved befor i sleep*
    *gets irrationally scared that I can’t sleep, then knocks something over and scares myself even more*

  • Elysian
    Elysian 3 days ago

    ccan you make a video about the “GIVE UP TOMORROW DOCUMENTARY” about Paco Larranaga who is mistakenly accused of raped. please make a video about it, it is so mysterious and depressing.

  • Isabel Anderson
    Isabel Anderson 4 days ago

    I have been to Mira Loma and I am now unnerved

  • Golden Rose
    Golden Rose 4 days ago

    You’ve got egg on your face

  • Dabestatgaming 1223454
    Dabestatgaming 1223454 4 days ago +1

    Theory 1 is pretty believable

  • Lauren Heidenrich
    Lauren Heidenrich 4 days ago +1

    You should do Slender man or the Jersey Devil

  • Becky Ptacek
    Becky Ptacek 4 days ago +1

    Will you do the Franklin cover up story please? It is a crazy story with everything...murder, corruption, and scandal at the highest level of government allegedly. I would love to hear your thoughts!

  • MildlyAggressive
    MildlyAggressive 4 days ago +4

    There was a movie about this I saw years ago. Very sad. I believe it was called Changeling(s)?? Good film. Definitely should see it if this story captured your interest.

  • Snapple49 -
    Snapple49 - 4 days ago +1

    “Identity theft is not a joke jim!”

  • Anushree Ghosh
    Anushree Ghosh 4 days ago

    So the movie Changeling was about this.

  • SkunkLungs
    SkunkLungs 5 days ago


  • Sraa. sraa
    Sraa. sraa 5 days ago

    nice to know this is how my town is known adkjklfjafb

    i found out about this like 10 months ago? and i've lived here for my whole life lmao

  • Yayablue2828 Derp
    Yayablue2828 Derp 5 days ago

    I like fire trucks and moster trucks

  • Mr. Patronus
    Mr. Patronus 5 days ago

    I like his initials JJJ

  • Trinity Mills
    Trinity Mills 5 days ago

    You guys should do an unsolved on the polllock twins or reincarnation next

  • emma fitzgerald
    emma fitzgerald 5 days ago


  • emma fitzgerald
    emma fitzgerald 5 days ago

    wheres walter

  • the tonist
    the tonist 5 days ago

    Dekalb is close to Chicago not in the middle of the cornfields

  • EM Te
    EM Te 5 days ago

    This story can be a great movie

  • Lili Hernandez
    Lili Hernandez 5 days ago +1

    The murder of Teresa Halbach

  • Gianna Saborio
    Gianna Saborio 6 days ago

    i live in mt. washington...

  • Richard Sheehy
    Richard Sheehy 6 days ago

    Will the real Walter Collins please stand up

  • Paul K
    Paul K 6 days ago +1

    Them trying to be funny ruined it for me

  • Anri Malherbe
    Anri Malherbe 6 days ago

    I've only now started watching this, but does anyone know if they did the mystery of Daisy de Malker?

  • Henry Storey
    Henry Storey 6 days ago

    Am i the only one on an unsolved binge?

  • DeathWalker420
    DeathWalker420 6 days ago +1

    Easy .

    Human Trafficking

  • EA
    EA 6 days ago +1

    Walters mom took 5 days to report him missing, and 3 weeks to identify her own son? Wtf?

  • Oscarlee0131-2
    Oscarlee0131-2 6 days ago


  • Jwalant J
    Jwalant J 7 days ago +3

    you need to do the mysterious masacar of the Royal Family of Nepal

  • Asher Wiegartz
    Asher Wiegartz 7 days ago

    I live right by Dekalb😵

  • Willa Hale
    Willa Hale 7 days ago

    "He's nine years old that's a full person!"

  • Jerry last name not available

    The start of the story sounds like stranger things to me

  • Britney Chase
    Britney Chase 7 days ago

    I think there's a movie based off of this. The Changeling?

  • Omar Avila
    Omar Avila 7 days ago

    Y’all should go to the farm

  • Audrey Norton
    Audrey Norton 7 days ago

    You should really do Belle Gunness next

  • Riahusna Arya Fitri
    Riahusna Arya Fitri 7 days ago +5

    Isn't this one made into a movie "Changeling?" played by Angelina Jolie? I knew the names were familiar

    • Biltons Gruff
      Biltons Gruff 3 days ago

      Yes it was

  • Arath GM
    Arath GM 7 days ago

    I think there is a movie about this, right?

  • Space Vendetta
    Space Vendetta 8 days ago +1

    the movie Changeling is based on this story, and it's AWESOME

  • Nujoisawake
    Nujoisawake 8 days ago +4

    I be binge watching all of these videos like it’s my favorite show.

  • skinny legend
    skinny legend 8 days ago +4

    sksk this is bobby dunbar all over again

  • Angelica Martinez
    Angelica Martinez 8 days ago


  • Omertha Davos
    Omertha Davos 8 days ago

    The maniquin behind creeps me more than anything.

  • The Table
    The Table 8 days ago

    Shout out from Mira Loma!

  • Sexy Face _Jacob
    Sexy Face _Jacob 8 days ago

    Master plan: say you don’t remember from a hard hit and then boom you’re that child

  • Fruit by the yard
    Fruit by the yard 8 days ago

    Why didn’t they check where his mom said he axed him to death and buried his body in the chicken coop.

  • rhadawn bibby
    rhadawn bibby 8 days ago

    Big head boy😂😂😂

  • Yesenia Salinas
    Yesenia Salinas 8 days ago

    So back then it was normal for a 9 year old to go to the movies alone? (Sarcasm).. Then not alert athorities for 5 days? I think that should of been a huge red flag for the cops to suspect that the mom had something to do with her sons dissaperance.

  • zanthe
    zanthe 8 days ago

    I watched i movie about this and legit gave me nightmares for weekz cuz it really did happen

  • kingbasebow 69
    kingbasebow 69 8 days ago

    Theres a movie about this..with Angelina jolie

  • Ronaldo John
    Ronaldo John 8 days ago +2

    How do this hosts walk at night 🤣🤣🤣🤣😁

  • Shadow Storm12
    Shadow Storm12 8 days ago +1

    I think the reason why you guys think J.J.Jones sounds like a comic character is because his name is so close to J. Jonah. Jameson, from Spiderman 😏

  • Eva Ilyankova
    Eva Ilyankova 8 days ago

    doooood the movie is based off of this story

  • Note Book
    Note Book 8 days ago +1

    their backs must hurt from carrying buzzfeed after the try guys left

  • Miss Kiesha
    Miss Kiesha 9 days ago +1

    Is this what the movie Changeling with Angelina Jolie was based upon or inspired by?

  • standkit is confused and not happy

    Hang on- the mom said she buried walter under a chicken coop so why didnt they see if it was true?

  • Nick Auns
    Nick Auns 9 days ago

    10800$ in 1928 is about 156 thousand $ today

  • Jay P
    Jay P 9 days ago

    I’ve been to Mira loma thousands of times wtf I didn’t know this.

  • Juliette Zhang
    Juliette Zhang 9 days ago +1

    is this the story that inspired changeling?

  • Pearl Munoz
    Pearl Munoz 9 days ago

    Off to google Gordon northcott

  • Tina Tini
    Tina Tini 9 days ago +1

    Are we not gonna talk about the fact that the mother reported her son missing 5 days later? Super weird. It did seem like she's all innocent and stuff, but idk, calling the police this late is such a big off to me.

    • Paul Lannister
      Paul Lannister 7 days ago

      Walter's dad was behind bars at the time I can only guess she maybe believed he was behind Walter's disappearance.

  • OoGa bOoGa ToOgA gOoGa

    It was aliens.
    It's always aliens.

  • Chris Hood
    Chris Hood 10 days ago +1


  • jess
    jess 10 days ago

    they changed the name of the city but the street the house is located on is still called "Wineville" and people still live in the house but theres no farm around it, just more houses. the director of the changeling movie apparently visited it while filming the movie but the owners at the time didnt want to be associated with it or something like that.

  • brianna jimenez
    brianna jimenez 10 days ago

    So is this the Chicken Coop murders?

  • Sydney F
    Sydney F 10 days ago +9

    dental records: not the same as walters
    everyone: it’s walter

  • Sydney F
    Sydney F 10 days ago +197

    sees a boy wrapped in newspaper only leaving his head out... continues on with their day as usual

  • That One
    That One 10 days ago

    They really let children do whatever they wanted, huh. No parental supervision whatsoever.

    • Paul Lannister
      Paul Lannister 7 days ago

      90 years ago kids were more independent back then. My grandad started working full-time when he was 12.