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.
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?
By Adam Karlin
Mysterious fishing boats strewn with rotting corpses are washing up along the shores of Japan, and officials are baffled.
By Crime Feed
In 1845, the doomed Franklin expedition set sail for the Northwest Passage, never to be seen again.
In 1989, Jacob Wetterling vanished without a trace. 26 years later, authorities have finally announced a person of interest in the case.
By Crime Feed
This lonely ranch in Utah is haunted by ghostly voices, strange sightings, and UFO encounters.
For years, the residents of an Ohio town were plagued by messages that revealed their darkest secrets.
Frightened citizens sealed their windows when reports of mysterious gas attacks spread from house to house. Could a mad gasser be on the loose?
In 1958, Johnny Stompanato was stabbed to death in Lana Turner's Beverly Hills home. Was this a case of tinsel town murder or justifiable homicide?