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.

Papin Sisters: The Shocking Housemaids’ Crime That Shook France

Papin Sisters: The Shocking Housemaids’ Crime That Shook France

The middle-class home of the Lancelin family in Le Mans, France, became the scene of a savage double murder by the quiet housemaid duo, the Papin sisters.

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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 ...

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The Disappearance of Paula Jean Welden

The Disappearance of Paula Jean Welden

Paula Jean Welden vanished into nowhere on December 1, 1946, in Bennington Vermont. This is a mystery that would haunt the sleepy town forever.

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Seemingly Normal Photos with Terrifying Backstories

Seemingly Normal Photos with Terrifying Backstories

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but not these images. Here are some seemingly normal photos with terrifying backstories.

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The Bizarre Murder of Roland T. Owen in the Kansas City Hotel

The Bizarre Murder of Roland T. Owen in the Kansas City Hotel

Could this odd murder of Roland T. Owen be the result of a love triangle gone wrong? Who sent the card to the funeral that read "Love forever - Lousie"?

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The Disturbing Crimes of a Father and Son

The Disturbing Crimes of a Father and Son

Does the propensity to kill run in families? Florea and Ion Rimaru, father and son, both committed serial murders that were very similar.

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The Charles Walton Witchcraft Murder

The Charles Walton Witchcraft Murder

Was he killed with a pitchfork because they thought he was a witch? Who murdered Charles Walton and why? This unsolved murder remains open to this day.

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Gao Chengyong – Jack the Ripper of China

Gao Chengyong – Jack the Ripper of China

Gao Chengyong was nicknamed China's Jack the Ripper after he raped, killed and mutilated 11 females in China. Finally, he was arrested after 28 years.

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Chris Benoit – The Murder Suicide of a Champion Wrestler

Chris Benoit – The Murder Suicide of a Champion Wrestler

Chris Benoit was a champion WWE wrestler. In 2007 he brutally murdered his family and committed suicide. Read about what happened and theories as to why.

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German Baby Deaths of Eight Newborns

German Baby Deaths of Eight Newborns

Andrea smothered eight of her newborn babies after delivering them in her kitchen. The German baby deaths are an extreme case of infanticide.

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Richard Chase – The Vampire of Sacramento

Richard Chase – The Vampire of Sacramento

Earning the nickname, "Vampire of Sacramento", Richard Chase terrorized California and drank the blood of his victims to satisfy a persistent delusion.

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Corriann Cervantes Was Brutally Slain in a Satanic Ritual

Corriann Cervantes Was Brutally Slain in a Satanic Ritual

Horrifyingly brutal acts are typical in satanic ritual murders. What happened to the 15-year-old girl, Corriann Cervantes, is no exception.

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Rodney Alcala – The Dating Game Serial Killer

Rodney Alcala – The Dating Game Serial Killer

Rodney Alcala is a convicted rapist and serial killer sometimes called “The Dating Game Killer.” Alcala may have committed up to 130 murders.

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Grady Stiles – The Evil Lobster Boy

Grady Stiles – The Evil Lobster Boy

Grady Stiles Jr. led an interesting life and suffered a death that was just as intriguing. He was known as the Lobster Boy and had even committed murder.

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Celebrity Stalkers – When Obsession Goes Too Far

Celebrity Stalkers – When Obsession Goes Too Far

There is nothing wrong with being someone's fan. But what happens when obsession goes too far? See our list of the creepiest celebrity stalkers.

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