Welcome to day 13 of blogmas.
True crime is something that continues to grip people around the world, myself included. There are always those specific cases that stick with you so today I will be giving a brief overview of 4 different cases. If you want more information, I highly recommend doing some research.
The Zodiac Killer
The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer active in the late 60s and early 70s in Northern California. They were directly linked to at least 5 murders but there is a possibility there could be more committed by him. They were also known for taunting police and making threats via letters sent to the media. What was strange was the way communication abruptly stopped. Police never heard from them again and they were never identified.
What fascinates me about this case is the possibilities surrounding who it could be. There were a few unconfirmed murders and/or attempted murders of the Zodiac Killer in the early 70s which makes me think there could have been two killers, like in a copycat kind of style. The communication from the killer via the letters was horrifying, with various ciphers that they claimed contained their identity. I hope the identity is discovered one day.
JonBenét Ramsey was an American child beauty queen. She was murdered in her Colorado home on 26th December 1996. Her Mother called the police after discovering a ransom note and JonBenét missing but unfortunately, her body was found in the basement later that day. Suspicion surrounded her parents due to the amount of ransom the note wanted, as well as the way it was written, However, the murder remains unsolved.
I don’t necessarily know if her parents murdered her but I think they are involved in some way. It’s heart-breaking to think of what that 6 year old child went through and I hope one day her murder is solved.
Ken McElroy lived in Missouri and was known as the town bully. A vast criminal record, McElroy was indicted over 20 times for various crimes including assault, arson and burglary to name a few but he always escaped conviction apart from one time. In 1981, he was convicted of shooting and seriously injuring a grocer. He appealed and was successful and as a result, was released on bond. He then would continuously harass the grocer and his family. He soon appeared in a local bar with a rifle and threatened to kill the grocer once again. He was shot to death the next day in daylight in front of a crowd of around 40ish people. The shooter was never found.
What fascinates me with this case is not wondering who done it but the town’s effort to conceal the identity of the perpetrator. There were witnesses to the shooting but no one came forward and told the authorities who fired the gun. This is a case of vigilant justice and you have to admire the population of the town for doing so well to make sure this case is never solved.
On 24th November 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper boarded a flight from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. Whilst on board, he showed a flight attendant a note which said he had a bomb. He then showed the flight attendant a case containing wires. Cooper demanded $200,000 in $20 bills along with 4 parachutes. After the plane landed in Seattle, his requests were met and the plane took off for Mexico City. During the flight, Cooper jumped out of the plane and has never been found. Some of the money was found but Cooper was never seen or identified again.
I first heard of this from Buzzfeed Unsolved and I was absolutely fascinated by this case. What’s strange is we don’t know whether Cooper surivived the fall or not and if he did, who is he? Why did he want the money? Why did he want the money in $20 bills? There are so many questions I have about this case.
So there are 4 unsolved cases that fascinate me for different reasons. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. What unsolved case fascinates you? Let me know.