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Top Unsolved Crimes

Updated on August 16, 2014

Highly publicized Crimes

Crimes such as those that will be discussed below are some of the most publicized, mysterious, and captivating crimes and mysteries of all time that are still unsolved. Most people are familiar with them and many have been made into movies or had books written on them.

With TV shows like Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS, etc. Interest in crime fiction and non-fiction has increased in today's society. Why are people so interested in crime now? Each person has their own reasons, whether it be because it is the excitement of watching the good guys catch the bad guy or because it is a side of life the majority of people just do not know. Whether it is crimes that are so lurid that it makes you want to sleep with the lights on or just mysterious occurrences that still cannot be explained, crimes enthrall people.

With most of these cases such as with the Whitchapel murders there will never be an arrest and those victims will probably never get the justice they deserve. But with the more recent cases like the disembodied feet, if there has been foul play maybe the victims and their families will get much deserved justice and closure.

"From Hell" Letter


1. Whitechapel Murders

Probably one of the most well known and speculated crimes across the world is the Whitechapel Murders. This crime also has probably one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, Jack the Ripper. The Whitechapel murders were committed in or near the Whitechapel district in the East End of London, England between April 3 1888 and February 13 1891.


  • Emma Smith
  • Martha Tabram
  • Mary Ann Nichols
  • Annie Chapman
  • Elizabeth Stride
  • Catherine Eddowes
  • Mary Kelly
  • Rose Mylett
  • Alice McKenzie
  • Frances Coles

The identity of Jack the Ripper is still highly speculated and may never be known.

Will Zodiac Killer ever be known

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Symbol Used by Zodiac Killer


2. Zodiac Killings

The "Zodiac Killings" where committed in California by the unknown subject other than the monicker, The Zodiac Killer.


David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16

  • Shot and killed on December 20, 1968, on Lake Herman Road, within the city limits of Benicia.

Michael Renault Mageau, 19, and Darlene Elizabeth Ferrin, 22

  • Shot on July 4, 1969, in the parking lot of Blue Rock Springs Park in Vallejo.

Bryan Calvin Hartnell, 20, and Cecelia Ann Shepard, 22

  • Stabbed on September 27, 1969, at Lake Berryessa in Napa County.

Paul Lee Stine, 29

  • Shot and killed on October 11, 1969, in the Presidio Heights neighborhood in San Francisco.

Cyphers: 340-Character which has never been solved.


Books and Movies

  • The Black Dahlia (1987) - James Ellroy
  • The Black Dahlia movie (2006)

The Black Dahlia Movie

3. The Black Dhalia

Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short was found mutilated on January 15, 1947 in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. The case has received a lot of publicity and there have been many books and movies made about this murder.

The name "Black Dahlia" was given posthumously by newspapers as was common in that time period for particularly horrifying crimes.

Several suspects remain under discussion by various authors and experts, and they include: Walter Bayley, Norman Chandler, Leslie Dillon, Joseph A. Dumais, Mark Hansen, George Hill Hodel, George Knowlton, Robert M. "Red" Manley, Patrick S. O'Reilly, Woody Guthrie, Orson Welles, and Jack Anderson Wilson.

The Black Dahlia Movie Trailer (2006)

4. The Disembodied Feet

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, United States.

Although not known if some of the remains are from victims of a violent crime, several of the remains have been identified and found to be those of victims who died of natural causes. So will consider this a top possible crime/mystery.

In 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada another shoe was found that possibly contained human remains.

Still many questions:

Who are remains from those still unidentified?

Why are remains washing up on beaches in the northwest area?

Locations of Found Remains

Found Remains
Jedediah Island, British Columbia
August 20, 2007
A man's right foot; size 12 white-and-blue-mesh running shoe.
Gabriola Island, British Columbia
August 26, 2007
A man's right foot; size 12 white Reebok.
Valdes Island, British Columbia
February 8, 2008
A right foot in a size 11 Nike (same person as June 16 finding). The remains were identified as a 21-year-old Surrey man who died of natural causes.
Kirkland Island, British Columbia
May 22, 2008
A known woman's right foot; blue-and-white New Balance sneaker (same person as November 11 finding).
Westham Island, British Columbia
June 16, 2008
A man's left foot (same person as February 8 finding).
Near Pysht, Washington
August 1, 2008
A right foot inside a man's black size 11 shoe.
Richmond, British Columbia
November 11, 2008
A known woman's left foot (same person as May 22 finding).
Richmond, British Columbia
October 27, 2009
A right foot in a size 8 1/2 Nike shoe. The remains were identified as a Vancouver-area man who was reported missing in January 2008 and died of natural causes.
Whidbey Island, Washington
August 27, 2010
A juvenile or female's right foot.
Tacoma, Washington
December 5, 2010
A juvenile or a small adult's right foot inside a boy's size 6 Ozark Trail hiking boot.
False Creek, British Columbia
August 30, 2011
Sex unknown. The foot was found in a man's white and blue size 9 runner.
Sasamat Lake, British Columbia
November 4, 2011
A man's right foot inside a size 12 hiking boot. Both were identified as that of a local man who went missing in 1987. Foul play is not suspected.
Lake Union, Seattle, Washington
December 10, 2011
Human leg bone and foot in a black plastic bag under the Ship Canal Bridge.

Map of area where remains found



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