10 Most Controversial Unsolved Crimes

10 Most Controversial Unsolved Crimes

#10 Jack the Ripper

In 1888, London was terrorized by a serial killer who murdered prostitutes. The victims were found with their throats slit. A kidney was mailed to the police. The nation was riveted, but the killer was never caught. Jack the Ripper was one of the first publicized mass killers, and has spawned hundreds of movies, books, and articles.

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#9 The Zodiac Killings

Only Jack the Ripper has seen more cinematic retellings than the Zodiac Killer. In 1969, a serial killer terrorized the nation by sending coded messages to San Francisco newspapers. His chilling statements (“I like killing people because killing people is so much fun”) were accompanied by a creepy zodiac symbol. The Zodiac Killer murdered and attacked couples parking along Lovers Lane. He was never caught.

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#8 Tupac Shakur

On September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur was shot and killed after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He was in the passenger seat of a car driven by Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row Records. Rumors persist that Knight had something to do with it, but today the crime is still unsolved.

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#7 Tylenol Poisonings

In September and October of 1982, seven people in the greater Chicago area died from taking Tylenol pills laced with cyanide. Although a man was arrested, he was never charged with the crime. It remains unsolved. The poisoning led to the adoption of safety caps.

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#6 The Women of Ciudad Juaréz

Juarez, Mexico is a rough border town called the City of the Lost Girls. Hundreds (and potentially more than a thousand) women and girls have been found raped, tortured and killed during the last 15 years. Although many have urged the Mexican police to make the case a priority, police are completely consumed with the drug war. They believe the women and girls are casualties of the narco-traffickers.

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#5 Death of Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe died in Baltimore when he was en route to Richmond. He was found slouched in front of a bar, wearing someone else’s clothing, on October 3, 1849. Poe died four days later. The newspapers of the time said he died from alcohol poisoning, since he was incoherent when he was found. Still, today many believe that the reports of his drug and alcohol use are exaggerated. They claim Poe may have been kidnapped and drugged, or that he died from syphilis, rabies or cholera.

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#4 The Case of the Disembodied Feet

August 2007, five human feet have washed ashore near Vancouver, British Columbia. No bodies, no heads, no clothes, just feet (4 left, 1 right). The feet were still wearing shoes. Only four of the people who belonged to the feet have been identified, two of whom committed suicide. However, the currents make separation by decomposition unlikely. Who – or what – is responsible for detaching the feet from the bodies, is still not determined. Some believe that the 2004 Tsunami could have caused bodies to float great distances. But why they washed up in BC is unclear.

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#3 Disappearance of the Merchant Vessel Joyita

The Joyita was found adrift in 1955 in the middle of the South Pacific. The crew was gone. Although the ship was in bad shape, with corroded pipes and a broken radio, it was not close to sinking. This finding confused investigators, who could not understand why the crew apparently abandoned a seaworthy vessel. The crew was never found. Theories include the idea that the Captain died or fell overboard, that the Captain did something to make the crew mutiny, that the Japanese intercepted and killed the crew, or that the occupants were kidnapped by the Soviet Union.

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#2 The Jamison Family Disappearance

The disappearance of three members of the Jamison family – Bobby, Sherilyn, and Madyson – has stumped investigators ever since they went missing in 2009. The dog was left in the family truck, nearly dead from malnutrition. The parents’ IDs, cell phones, wallets and more than $31,00 in cash were also found in the truck. The bodies were found dead together in 2013, but the crime is unsolved.

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#1 The 2001 Anthrax Attacks

Unbelievably, the 2001 anthrax attacks, which killed five people and infected 17 others, remains unsolved. Although suspect Bruce Ivins committed suicide in 2008, the National Academy of Sciences later cast doubt on the FBI’s conclusion that he was the culprit. Senator Patrick Leahy received an anthrax-tainted letter, but aid the FBI has not produced convincing evidence that Ivins was responsible for that act, or that he acted alone.

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