In early 2008, police in Clark County, Nevada, received an anonymous letter that included maps of the area around US 93 & Boulder Highway. Police conducted a search and on January 23 discovered a woman’s skull.
On January 15, 1947, the body of actress Elizabeth Short was found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The case was never solved. Even today a clinically dispassionate description of the condition of the body as it was found still shocks the mind, begging the questions: Who could do such a thing, and why?
In 1979, police in Seattle discovered a storage locker belonging to serial killer Rodney Alcala. Inside were over 100 photographs of women and children taken by Alcala. Police have released the photographs in hopes that the public can help identify the persons pictured. If you recognize someone in these photographs, call Huntington Beach police detective Patrick Ellis at 714-375-5066 or email email@example.com.
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.
This Sunday marked one year since Portland, Texas, couple Mollie Olgin, 19, and Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, were shot by an unidentified gunman in Violet Andrews Park. Despite an influx of leads, no suspect has been apprehended in the shooting.
The badly beaten body of this murder victim, 4-6 years old, was found naked, wrapped in a worn blanket that had a green, white and rusty red block and diamond pattern, stuffed into a cardboard box that had once held a white bassinet purchased at JC Penney. He was dumped in a garbage-filled area on Susquehanna Road in Philadelphia in February 1957, and remains unidentified.
April Marie Tinsley was 8 years old on Good Friday in 1988 when she was abducted while walking home from a friend’s house in Fort Wayne, Ind. Three days later, her body was found some 20 miles away, in an area of farmland. Mysterious notes found in 1990 and 2004 have given police more information, but Tinsley’s killer has not been found.
Not much is known about the young woman whose body was discovered on the edge of a cornfield in rural Racine, Wisconsin. She had been murdered just hours before a man walking his dog discovered her just after 6 a.m. on July 21,1999. Cause of death was determined to be multiple injuries; she showed signs of torture.
University of New Mexico sophomore Tara Calico disappeared riding her bike almost 25 years ago; her unsolved case still inspires rumors. Months after she vanished, a photo discovered in a Florida parking lot gave Tara’s family new hope of finding the popular and active young woman. But is that really her in the picture?
On the evening of June 24th, 2005, gunshots rang out on La Mesa street in Yuma, Arizona. When police arrived, they found 35-year-old Luis Rios in the backyard, struggling to stay alive after suffering multiple gunshots. He died later at the hospital. Inside the house, police found five more victims, four of them children.