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The unanswered questions consume us...

Some crimes stay a mystery no matter how hard people try to solve them. Who was Jack the Ripper? What happened to Amelia Earhart? Who killed JonBenét Ramsey? Where did D.B. Cooper disappear to? People have been asking some of these questions for years—and while there are a lot of theories, so far, there’s been no luck in solving them. Are certain crimes impossible to solve, or are people not looking in the right places? Are the answers out there for these cold cases?

These stories explore unsolved crimes old and new. Is there evidence lost to history? Are there people out there keeping secrets? Are some people just really good at hiding? These stories feed into innate human curiosity. There’s something unsettling about not having all the answers and it’s only natural to try and find them. Some questions have become impossible to answer, but the stories are fascinating nonetheless.

If you’re as fascinated (and disturbed)  by unsolved true crime cases as we are, start with these stories: 

And when you’re done with those, peruse the stories below.

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Vanished: The Unsolved Disappearance of Paula Jean Welden

She hiked into the woods one winter afternoon and was never seen again.

The Shocking Murder of William Desmond Taylor in Hollywood’s Silent Era

He was one of the most prolific directors in Hollywood—until he was fatally shot by an unknown killer in his Westlake home.

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.

Police Gave This Child to the Wrong Family

In 1912, Little Bobby Dunbar went missing. Police found and returned a boy matching the missing child's description ... but was it really him?

Without a Trace: The Unsolved Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold

What happened to the vanished heiress on that fateful evening in 1910?

The Fight to Keep Her Sister’s Killer Behind Bars

Vicki Dill's older sister was murdered in 1973. After years of going unsolved, the case was finally closed ... and now the killer wants to be set free.

Bodies on the Hill: The Enduring Mystery of the Lead Masks Case

Their corpses were dressed in matching suits with homemade lead masks draped over their eyes...

Serial Suspects: Who Committed the Villisca Axe Murders?

One of these men might have committed one of the grisliest murders in American history.

The Unsolved Killing of Georgette Bauerdorf

Her screams went unanswered, and her murder remains a mystery.

The Unsolved DeFoor Family Murder of 1879

On a summer night in Georgia, a killer crept into the DeFoor family homestead and slaughtered them with an axe.

Gonna Kill You: The Original Night Stalker

There have been several Night Stalkers over the years . . . but few were as chilling as the first.

Missing Man Solves His Own Cold Case

Police assumed a man missing for 30 years was dead ... until the victim had his "Aha!" moment.

The Unsolved Killing of Margaret Martin

In 1938, a young woman's bright future came to an abrupt and brutal end.

New Evidence In Missing Mom Beverly England Cold Case Could Point to Deadly Affair

For 36 years Beverly England's killer has roamed free. Now police say they finally have a suspect in her murder.

Portrait of a Killer: 6 Chilling Jack the Ripper Theories

Who was the man (or woman) behind history's grisliest unsolved murder?

The Servant Girl Annihilator: America’s Jack the Ripper

Three years before Jack ripped through London, a madman stalked the streets of Austin, Texas, slaughtering women where they slept.

Who Killed Elizabeth Short? The Enduring Unsolved Mystery of the Black Dahlia Murder

In 1947, the butchered body of Elizabeth Short was discovered in a vacant lot outside downtown Los Angeles.