Crimelibrary takes a leisurely tour of the most famous murder in every city. What the most infamous murder that’s happened where you live?
When the quiet, yet eccentric Charalambos Christodoulides was found tortured and killed, no one imagined that the case, which took Scotland Yard eight years to untangle, would lead to a wealthy Greek playboy con artist living in a luxury mansion in Florida.
On October 2, 1995, the nude body of an unidentified white male was found in some woods near the East Fork Trinity River. That John Doe later turned out to be Danny Fry, an ex-con who had gone missing shortly after the O’Hairs, and the first solid link between the killer and the missing atheists.
On September 27, 1969, the Zodiac claimed his fifth and sixth confirmed victims: Bryan Calvin Hartnell, 20, and Cecelia Ann Shepard, 22. Hartnell survived, but Shepard succumbed to the 15 savage stab wounds inflicted by her killer. Now over 40 years later, the case is still unsolved.
Though her stepmother later said 10-year-old Zahra died on September 24, 2010, she didn’t report her missing until October 9. Read the tragic story of a young girl whose fight with cancer was an inspiration to those around her, and whose gruesome murder garnered international attention.
Good neighbor Guillory was brutally murdered by the white trash family that she often helped.
Troubled teen Ashley Burg was found dead of an overdose in an overgrown lot. The investigation revealed that she hadn’t been alone and raised the question of why she was dumped and allowed to die.
On September 14, 1987, Biloxi judge Vincent Sherry and his politician wife, Margaret, were found murdered gangland style. The investigation took over ten years to unfold and revealed an intricate web connecting organized crime with elected officials that reached all the way to City Hall.
The case of the murder of Ted Binion had it all: Sex, money, drugs and an illicit affair. Not surprisingly, the trial had it all too, including an error that led an appeals court to reverse the convictions of the casino mogul’s ex-girlfriend and her secret lover. A look at the case in photos.
Appledorf, a popular professor of nutrition at the University of Florida known for extolling the nutritional value of junk food on talk shows, was suffocated by two killers and a sixteen-year-old accomplice, bent on taking the doctor’s money, goods, car and life.