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Calling all amateur sleuths: These cold cases are begging to be solved.

Cold cases are some of the most fascinating of all true crime stories because they emulate a puzzle that has yet to be solved. They shed light on unsolved cases that have mystified law enforcement, lying dormant until a skilled detective or a true crime junkie comes along and solves it. These books present you with all the necessary details of a case and possibly offer a potential explanation. The appeal is in the potential. With fresh eyes, new ideas, and steadfast determination on an unsolved case, closure is always a possibility.

Delving into the most famous cold cases of all time, it becomes frustratingly clear that as more time passes, the less likely it is to be solved. Physical evidence in cases gets lost to time, and key suspects and witnesses pass away. Like the infamous Zodiac Killer of the late 1960s, who sent coded letters and ciphers to the police after murdering his victims. Despite countless investigations and several suspects, the case remains cold, with little evidence to crack it. Or the murder of young beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey in 1996, whose case was so badly mishandled by the police that no suspect was ever prosecuted and is still being investigated today.

New advances in forensics and crime-solving technologies can help close cold cases, but it's often not enough to bring justice to victims. Maybe you’ve got what it takes to unravel the mind of a criminal, find out what went wrong, and solve a cold case.

If you’re a fan of this mystifying sub-genre, here are some taunting good stories to start investigating:

And after you’ve worked your way through those, browse the stories below to discover the cold cases that continue to shock the world and puzzle law enforcement.


The Lava Lake Murders: One of Oregon’s Oldest Unsolved Crimes

How did the bodies of three fur trappers end up in a frozen lake?

Case Closed: 8 Books About Cold Cases That Finally Got Solved

After years of uncertainty, these cases were ultimately cracked.

The Unsolved Evansdale Murders of Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins

Was it the result of a deadly drug dispute, or the work of a serial killer?

Investigating Harvard's Sordid Cold Case Revealed More Than Just a Murderer

We Keep the Dead Close exposes the horrors behind a respected institution.

10 Eye-Opening Zodiac Killer Books Every True Crime Obsessive Needs to Read

Can these true crime authors crack the notorious unsolved case?

Lake Bodom Murders: 60 Years Later, Finland’s Infamous Unsolved Killings Remain a Mystery

The brutal, unsolved summer mystery continues to haunt Finland and beyond.

16 Haunting True Crime and Paranormal Books for Fans of Unsolved Mysteries

Dive into real-life cold cases, supernatural phenomena, and more.

Norway’s Greatest Mystery: The Isdal Woman

The mysterious death of Norway's Isdal Woman continues to transfix investigators across the globe.

Suspect Arrested in 25-Year-Old Cold Case Murder of Lisa Ziegert

For more than two decades, Massachusetts authorities have been hunting for a killer...

Join CrimeCon's Cold Case Club and You'll Investigate Real-Life Cold Cases

Now's your chance to put your sleuthing skills to the test.

Dressed in Yellow Silk: The Grisly Mystery of Australia’s “Pyjama Girl”

Her burned and beaten body was found along a lonely country road. Who was the "Pyjama Girl"?

Terror at Yale: The 1998 Murder of Suzanne Jovin

Her brutal slaying electrified the community with terror, sadness, and a demand for justice.

6 Mysterious People at the Heart of Unsolved Cases

Their lives (and deaths) remain a mystery to this day.

Who Killed Tammy Jo Alexander More Than 30 Years Ago?

She was only 16 years old when she was murdered and dumped in a cornfield.