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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.

The Disappearance of Mary Rogers

On July 25, 1841, Mary Rogers, the well-known “beautiful cigar girl” of a Manhattan tobacconist’s frequented by authors and newspapermen, disappeared, sparking an unprecedented media frenzy. Though her murdered body was found three days later, this famous case was never solved. The enduring mystery inspired a short story by frequent customer Edgar Allan Poe, who knew her.

A Year Later, Shooting of Texas Teen Couple Remains Unsolved

This Sunday marked one year since Portland, Texas, couple Mollie Olgin, 19, and Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, were shot by an unidentified gunman in Violet Andrews Park. Despite an influx of leads, no suspect has been apprehended in the shooting.

America’s Unknown Child: The Boy in the Box

The badly beaten body of this murder victim, 4-6 years old, was found naked, wrapped in a worn blanket that had a green, white and rusty red block and diamond pattern, stuffed into a cardboard box that had once held a white bassinet purchased at JC Penney. He was dumped in a garbage-filled area on Susquehanna Road in Philadelphia in February 1957, and remains unidentified.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: April Marie Tinsley

April Marie Tinsley was 8 years old on Good Friday in 1988 when she was abducted while walking home from a friend’s house in Fort Wayne, Ind. Three days later, her body was found some 20 miles away, in an area of farmland. Mysterious notes found in 1990 and 2004 have given police more information, but Tinsley’s killer has not been found.

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