Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Unsolved murder spotlight: Earl Cossey, the man who packed D.B. Cooper’s chute

Earl Cossey, the sky diving instructor who packed the chutes for hijacker D.B. Cooper just before he jumped off a plane and into mystery, was found murdered in his Washington State home last April. Over a year later, there is still no movement on the case. A look back at Cossey’s murder and his connection to the infamous Cooper.

The Murder of Lord Darnley

The handsome 6-foot-two, 19-year-old king was married to Europe’s most beautiful queen, Mary Queen of Scots, but he was a syphilitic, disgruntled libertine. His unsolved murder with a half a dozen suspects changed history and the future of England.

Girl in the photograph: The Tara Calico disappearance

University of New Mexico sophomore Tara Calico disappeared riding her bike almost 26 years ago; her unsolved case still inspires rumors. Months after she vanished, a photo discovered in a Florida parking lot gave Tara’s family new hope of finding the popular and active young woman. But is that really her in the picture?

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: Shondra May

On February 4, 1986, 17-year-old Shondra May disappeared. Her ’85 Isuzu was found less than 100 yards away from her home in Scott County, Miss. A path of three footprints in the snow led out of the vehicle and then abruptly stopped. Three weeks later, on February 26, Shondra’s body was found, naked, bound with tape, and wrapped in garbage bags, floating in Baker Creek outside Bolton. It was her 18th birthday.

Unsolved murder spotlight: The Caledonia Jane Doe

On November 9, 1979, the body of a teenage girl was discovered by a motorist in Caledonia, New York. She was believed to have died the day prior, of brain hemorrhage resulting from a gunshot to the head.

Author Stephen Singular Interviewed on the JonBenet Ramsey case

The day after Christmas, 1996, little pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered in the basement of her Boulder, Colorado, home. The case quickly became a media circus, the investigation was botched and the murder remains. Stephen Singular author of Presumed Guilty An Investigation into the JonBenet Ramsey Case discusses the controversial case.

Today in Crime History: Zodiac Kills Two Teens on a Date

On December 20, 1968, the Zodiac killer claimed his first confirmed victims, David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16, who were shot dead while out on a date in Benicia, Calif. Though Zodiac claimed responsibility for 37 murders in his taunting letters to police, Faraday and Jensen are two of only seven victims authorities agree are the Zodiac’s work.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Clark County Jane Doe

In early 2008, police in Clark County, Nevada, received an anonymous letter that included maps of the area around US 93 & Boulder Highway. Police conducted a search and on January 23 discovered a woman’s skull.

Your Daily Creepout: The Body of the Black Dahlia

On January 15, 1947, the body of actress Elizabeth Short was found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The case was never solved. Even today a clinically dispassionate description of the condition of the body as it was found still shocks the mind, begging the questions: Who could do such a thing, and why?

Do you recognize these people? Photographs found in serial killer Rodney Alcala’s storage unit

In 1979, police in Seattle discovered a storage locker belonging to serial killer Rodney Alcala. Inside were over 100 photographs of women and children taken by Alcala. Police have released the photographs in hopes that the public can help identify the persons pictured. If you recognize someone in these photographs, call Huntington Beach police detective Patrick Ellis at 714-375-5066 or email pellis@hbpd.org.

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