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.
Three children left for a sunny day at a south Australian beach and were never heard from again.
In 1921, the body of a boy, dubbed "Little Lord Fauntleroy," was found floating in a Wisconsin quarry pond. Evidence suggested his death was not accidental.
Belle Gunness lured numerous suitors to her Indiana murder farm, where she killed them in cold blood and dumped their bodies in a hog pen.
How did he end up at the bottom of the Hawkesbury River, tied to a metal rack that seemed welded just for him?
Seemingly motiveless, riddled with rumors of occult practices.
By Robert Walsh
Were sinister forces behind the holiday tragedy?
By Orrin Grey
Decades later, her whereabouts remain a mystery.
Jim Barclay was found in a shallow grave in what was the Wonnangatta Murders. Authorities suspected the cook, John Bamford, until Bamford's body turned up.
By Orrin Grey
In December 1901, authorities found the body of young Nell Cropsey floating in North Carolina's Pasquotank River.
In 1961, Joan Risch vanished from her Massachusetts home, leaving behind two children, a distraught husband, and a kitchen streaked with blood.
Giulia Canella swore the photo depicted her long lost husband. Was it really him?
Her burned and beaten body was found along a lonely country road. Who was the "Pyjama Girl"?