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The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders

Three Girls Scouts are sexually assaulted and brutally murdered while camping in Oklahoma. An escaped inmate with a penchant for kidnapping, rape and women’s eyeglasses is charged with the crimes, but is acquitted when the physical evidence at the scene doesn’t match up.

Jack the Ripper

The latest of many theories as to the identity of historic serial killer Jack the Ripper implicates Lizzie Williams, the wife of physician and Ripper suspect Sir John Williams, in the infamous Whitechapel murders of 1888. This case has captured the public’s imagination ever since Jack disappeared after brutally slaughtering five English prostitutes, all the while taunting investigators from Scotland Yard.

Kyron Horman, the missing boy

Eight-year-old Kyron Horman has been missing since June 4, 2010. Initially, investigators focused on his stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, but no suspects were ever named. Though Kyron’s parents have not given up hope, and even plan a private search later this month, the case remains open and unsolved.

Five things we know about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

There is still much authorities do not know about what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Here’s a look at what we do know, as the search for the missing airliner continues.

The Texarkana Moonlight Murders

The Phantom Killer, a serial killer known for killing when the moon was full, is believed to have murdered five people in Texarkana, the last victim on May 4, 1946. The case remains unsolved.

Today in Crime History: Legendary daredevil DB Cooper vanishes with $200,000

On November 24, 1971, the eve of Thanksgiving “Dan Cooper” entered into infamy and mystery when he parachuted from the plane he had just hijacked with 21 lbs. of $20 bills and disappeared into the night, forever. This case remains one of the most enduring mysteries of the 20th century.

Today in Crime History: The Zodiac Claims his Fifth and Sixth Victims

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.

Today in Crime History: Police Find Body of Ntombi Maria Makhasi, Suspected Selepe Victim

David Selepe confessed to a series of murders of young, black, middle-class women outside Johannesburg, South Africa, but was shot and killed by police during an escape attempt. Was he innocent, guilty, or merely was an accomplice? And who was he really, because his real name turns out not to have been David Selepe.

Today in Crime History: Tammy Zywicki Disappears

Tammy disappeared on August 23, 1992, after dropping her brother off in Evanston, Illinois. She was on her way to Grinnell College in Iowa, but never got there. Her body was found a week later along a Missouri stretch of highway. Though there were suspects, there were never any arrests. The FBI’s investigation remains unsolved.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Napanee Jane Doe

On December 30, 1984, the skeletal remains of a female victim were found in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. The victim is believed to have been 18-25 years of age at the time of death. She is believed to have died over a year before being discovered. Cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head.

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