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.
Watch out for axes.
Her death fascinated Poe and remains a mystery to this day.
Will the truth be discovered?
Was he running from the law or for his life?
By Robert Walsh
Secrets haunted her—and may have ended her life.
Mary Rose Craver knew something was terribly wrong...
On her very first day of college, Virginia disappeared without a trace.
They hit the road for a romantic summer adventure, and were never seen again.
In 1587, a group of men, women, and children settled on Roanoke Island ... only to vanish without a trace.
Our fascination with celebrities doesn’t end at the grave...
Aside from the family cat, the Patterson household was eerily devoid of life.
By Gary Sweeney
Get ready to lose some sleep.
It's one of the most shocking crimes imaginable...
Did you know that Laura Palmer's death was inspired by a real-life murder case?
The newlywed vanished after a night out with a friend.
By Gary Sweeney