On November 24, 1971, the eve of Thanksgiving “Dan Cooper” entered into infamy and mystery when he parachuted from the plane he had just hijacked with 21 lbs. of $20 bills and disappeared into the night, forever. This case remains one of the most enduring mysteries of the 20th century.
On September 27, 1969, the Zodiac claimed his fifth and sixth confirmed victims: Bryan Calvin Hartnell, 20, and Cecelia Ann Shepard, 22. Hartnell survived, but Shepard succumbed to the 15 savage stab wounds inflicted by her killer. Now over 40 years later, the case is still unsolved.
David Selepe confessed to a series of murders of young, black, middle-class women outside Johannesburg, South Africa, but was shot and killed by police during an escape attempt. Was he innocent, guilty, or merely was an accomplice? And who was he really, because his real name turns out not to have been David Selepe.
Tammy disappeared on August 23, 1992, after dropping her brother off in Evanston, Illinois. She was on her way to Grinnell College in Iowa, but never got there. Her body was found a week later along a Missouri stretch of highway. Though there were suspects, there were never any arrests. The FBI’s investigation remains unsolved.
On December 30, 1984, the skeletal remains of a female victim were found in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. The victim is believed to have been 18-25 years of age at the time of death. She is believed to have died over a year before being discovered. Cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head.
Three Girls Scouts are sexually assaulted and brutally murdered while camping in Oklahoma. An escaped inmate with a penchant for kidnapping, rape and women’s eyeglasses is charged with the crimes, but is acquitted when the physical evidence at the scene doesn’t match up.
A man suspected of killing two wives and a girlfriend has been captured in Canyon Lake, Texas, where he has been living a quiet life at age 73. Authorities in Comal County arrested Felix Vail over the weekend. He is now charged with the 1962 drowning death of his first wife, Mary Horton Vail.
Do you recognize this woman? Police in Sumter County, Florida, are hoping this composite sketch will help identify a murder victim whose remains were discovered in Wildwood near State Road 44 and Interstate 75 on April 22. Police say she was shot to death two to four weeks prior to being found.
Steven Soden was 16 when he disappeared while on a camping trip with his orphanage in April 1972. He and another boy, 12-year-old Donald Caldwell, were never seen again after the trip. This week, Soden’s family was relieved to learn that the young man’s death was not at the hands of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Eight-year-old Kyron Horman has been missing since June 4, 2010. Investigators focused on his stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, but no suspects have been named and the case remains unsolved.