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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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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.

Deadly Love: The Mystery of the Hall-Mills Murder

Who killed the Reverend and his pretty choir singer?

St. Aubin Street Massacre: The Benny Evangelist Family Murders

On a quiet summer night in 1929, a mystic healer and his family were slaughtered in their home by a mysterious axe-wielding killer.

The Disappearance of Charley Ross

In 1874, little Charley Ross followed two strangers into a buggy and vanished from the streets of Philadelphia, never to be seen again.

The Axeman of New Orleans Murders

An axe-wielding maniac stalked the streets of the Big Easy, and the only way to avoid slaughter was to play jazz.

Star Wars ’76: Who Killed Tom Bush?

In the 1970s, Fred and Tom were two ambitious film students catching an advance screening of Star Wars. But their high times were about to come crashing down...

YOGTZE-Fall: The Perplexing Death of Günther Stoll

In 1984, Günther Stoll scribbled down a cryptic message then disappeared into the night to his death. Could his final note be the key to his killing?

Ghost Ships Full of Decomposing Bodies Wash Up on Japan’s Shore

Mysterious fishing boats strewn with rotting corpses are washing up along the shores of Japan, and officials are baffled.

Who Killed Karen Silkwood?

She fought to expose the hazardous conditions of the Kerr-McGee nuclear facility—and just may have paid for it with her life.

Cold, Starving, and Alone: The Lost Franklin Expedition

In 1845, the doomed Franklin expedition set sail for the Northwest Passage, never to be seen again.

FBI Names Person of Interest in 1989 Disappearance of Jacob Wetterling

In 1989, Jacob Wetterling vanished without a trace. 26 years later, authorities have finally announced a person of interest in the case.