Category: Major Crimes in History

Major Crimes in History

When you look into the twisted mind of a killer, something is different. Something has snapped. But what is it? What pushes some people to lose all sense of humanity and decency?

Over 200,000 cases of murder remain unsolved since 1980. It is estimated that 1 out of every 3 murders will never come to justice in the U.S. alone. Major crimes fascinate us. We all want the murderers to be found so they can pay for what they do. And it’s always daunting and disturbing when they elude justice. Are some murderers just highly intelligent and very good at covering their tracks? Who were the people who committed these crimes? How did they get away with murder? Is there really such a thing as the perfect crime? This section is a vast compilation of some of the most interesting major crimes in history. Read about how they were committed and why the stories still resonate with us today. But proceed with caution: some of these stories are heinous and very gory, and may include dismemberment, cannibalism, and organ removal.

The Story of Ken McElroy and the Vigilantes of Skidmore, Missouri

In front of 30-45 people, Ken McElroy was shot dead. He was so hated for terrorizing the entire town, but justice never seemed to find him. So, the town took matters into their own hands. Nobody made a peep about the identity of the vigilante shooters and to this very day, the case remains unsolved.

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Murder of Banker Roberto Calvi: Vatican, Mafia, or Secret Society?

In 1981, the powerful chairman of Italy's Banco Ambrosiano, Roberto Calvi, found himself in the midst of a financial scandal involving the Vatican, Italian mafia, and the Propaganda Due secret society. This led to one of London’s most controversial deaths and an investigation that would rock Italy ...

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The Kidnapping of Charley Ross

The Kidnapping of Charley Ross

American crime lore has made the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., the most infamous of kidnappings for ransom in history. But it was not the first. The first kidnapping linked to ransom demands is most likely the July 1874 disappearance of 4-year-old Charley Ross from Philadelphia. If not the ...

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Richard Chase – The Vampire of Sacramento

Born on May 23, 1950, Richard Chase was later to become one of America's most notorious serial killers due to the depravity of his acts. Earning the nickname, "Vampire of Sacramento," he terrorized California and drank the blood of his victims to satisfy a persistent delusion.

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Historic Mysteries