Learn why members of the Lucchese crime family have inspired some of the most notable mob characters on film and TV, including “Goodfellas” and “The Sopranos.”
On July 25, 1841, Mary Rogers, the well-known “beautiful cigar girl” of a Manhattan tobacconist’s frequented by authors and newspapermen, disappeared, sparking an unprecedented media frenzy. Though her murdered body was found three days later, this famous case was never solved. The enduring mystery inspired a short story by frequent customer Edgar Allan Poe, who knew her.
On August 21, 1973, police followed up on a tip that a suspect matching the description of pedophile child killer Charlie Chop-off had been spotted. By the time it became clear that this was the wrong man, an angry mob gathered outside the police station. The unfortunate suspect had to leave the station dressed as a policeman for his own safety.
On August 14, 1948, Fernandez married Myrtle Young, while a jealous Beck posed as his sister. Young was penniless and dead within days, the marriage never consummated. This is the story of a desperately lonely overweight Beck, who fell for Fernandez, a man who robbed and murdered women that he met through the personals.
In their continuing efforts to solve the riddle of dead serial killer Israel Keyes, investigators for the FBI never stopped investigating the clues he gave them regarding more victims. Now they have posted a great number of the investigation’s details online, hoping that it will jog someone’s memory.
From our friends at the Daily Dot: The gift of life is so precious that it’s impossible to put a price on, but that didn’t stop one New York City man from trying. He decided a 2-month-old baby was worth at least $100 on Craigslist. The worst part: The baby wasn’t even his.
The following photographs were found in convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala’s storage unit. The unsolved mystery surrounding the identities of the people in these photos persists, and police fear, could eventually lead to still more victims. Do you recognize any of these people?
On the morning of July 29, 1976, David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam, took his first victim, Donna Lauria. Police thought it was a mob hit gone wrong or a lone psycho, but it was a serial killer, who, driven by demons, would terrorize the city of New York until he was stopped.
The Lonely Hearts Murders, which seductively entwined voodoo magic, kinky sex and personal ads, became one of the most sensational cases of the 1940s, and the inspiration for several Hollywood movies. Lonely Hearts Killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez were convicted of three murders, but suspected in as many as 20.
Altemio Sanchez, the Bike Path Rapist, was a seemingly faithful husband and father of two, who worked the same job as a machinist for 23 years. Sanchez is believed to have raped as many as 15 women; he confessed to killing three between 1981 and 2006.