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.
An eight year old is killed ... and the murderer is never found.
On a warm July night in 1919, the body of young Bella Wright was found with a bullet hole in her head.
These cold cases chill us to the bone.
What really happened on that fateful June night in 1992?
These mysterious cases continue to terrify.
After signing the biggest deal of his life, Ambrose Small walked into a snowstorm and was never seen again.
By Gary Sweeney
Two barrels. Four bodies. A decades-long murder mystery.
By Gary Sweeney
Redditors have been trying to solve these cases for years.
The killers behind these terrifying crimes remain unidentified to this day.
Justice was finally served.
By John Freund
Decades later, the question remains: Who pulled the trigger?
Bringing doom to the once-powerful Lemp family, this mansion’s history will fascinate any spirit seeker.
He walked into a pub and was never seen again.
In 1981, a cabin in the woods played host to a brutal family murder.
Chocolates and flowers might not satisfy these vicious “caretakers.”
Haunting the halls of this classic Hollywood home is a bloody murder mystery.
Lock your doors.
What really happened to the five Sodder children?
By Adam Karlin
What dark secret made Charlie Lawson slaughter his family on Christmas Day?
A group of college kids went hiking, only to be found slaughtered and scattered across the landscape.