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John M. Clayton Republican Congressman-elect John M. Clayton was assassinated in post-Civil War Arkansas in 1889. He was shot through the window of the boarding house where was staying and was killed instantly.
Thomas C. Hindman Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Jr. was a major general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. After the war, he avoided punishment by fleeing to Mexico City, where he eventually applied for pardon from President Johnson, but
Benjamin Bathurst Bathurst was a young British diplomatic envoy during the early nineteenth century Napoleonic Wars. He was traveling through Germany in 1809 when he suddenly vanished and was never heard from again. There was much debate over what
William Desmond Taylor William Desmond Taylor directed 59 silent films before his death in 1922. His murder became an instant Hollywood scandal. When neighbors found Taylor's body inside his home, a local doctor pronounced that he had died of a stomach
Rose Harsent Rose Harsent was a servant girl in a house in Peasenhall, England. She was unmarried but six months pregnant when she was stabbed to death. Police initially thought Harsent had committed suicide, but later arrested Methodist
William Goebel William Justus Goebel is the only American Governor to ever be assassinated while in office. Goebel was elected Governor of Kentucky in 1900. However, he was mortally wounded by an assassin the day before being sworn in. He served
Emily Armstrong Emily Armstrong was found beaten to death inside of the dry cleaner's shop where she worked in London in 1949. Police suspected that she had been bludgeoned more than 22 times, but were never able to track down a suspect.
Georgette Bauerdorf Oil heiress Georgette Beauerdorf was found murdered in her West Hollywood apartment in October 1944. Her body was found face-down in the overflowing bath tub, and it was suspected that her attacker had been lying in wait for the
Harry Oakes Sir Harry Oakes, an American born British-Canadian millionaire, was found murdered in his home in the Bahamas in 1943. His body had been set on fire. His son-in-law Count Alfred de Marigny was arrested for Oakes's murder, but
The Grimes Sisters Fifteen-year-old Barbara and 13-year-old Patricia Grimes went missing from their Chicago neighborhood in the winter of 1956. When they did not return home from a nearby movie theater, their mother become worried and eventually
Lynne Harper Lynne Harper was raped and strangled with her own blouse when she was 12 years old. Her body was found in a farm woodlot near Clinton, Ontario. Days after her murder, a classmate named Steven Truscott was arrested. He was later
Betsy Aardsma The cold case of Betsy Aardsma is over 44 years old. In 1969, the 22-year-old Penn State student was researching for a paper in the "stacks" area of Pattee Library when she was stabbed a single time through the
Dian Fossey American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist Dian Fossey was murdered in 1975 while working with gorillas in Rwanda. She was found bludgeoned to death in her apartment. Her last diary entry read, "when you realize
Archbishop Óscar Romero Óscar Romero, an archbishop in the Catholic church, was killed by a sniper while delivering mass in a church in San Salvador, El Salvador. His death become one of the most notorious murders in the Cold War. New evidence
Raymond Washington The original founder of the Los Angeles Crips, gang member Raymond Washington was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1979 when he was 25 years old.
Ita Martadinata Haryono Indonesian human rights activist Ita Haryono was stabbed to death in Jakarta in 1998. The 18-year-old had been part of a group calling for investigations into the gang-rapes, murder, and burning of Indonesian Chinese girls and
Sophie Toscan du Plantier French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier was beaten to death outside her holiday home in County Cork, Ireland in 1996. French police suspected Irishman Ian Bailey and requested that he be extradited to France for
Deanna Cremin In 1995, 17-year-old Deanna was found outside of a senior housing complex after being strangled to death. Three men were initially named persons of interest, but the case soon went cold. Her family erects a billboard every year to
Julie Ward British tourist Julie Ward was gang raped and murdered by three men on the on the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya in 1988. A clumsy cover up was attempted to make it look like Ward had been attacked by wild animals, but her
Suzanne Jovin Popular Yale student Suzanne Jovin was stabbed 17 times in a posh Yale neighborhood in 1998. Her thesis editor was initially suspected, but police could not find enough evidence to tie him to the case.
Jill-Lyn Euto Jill-Lyn was stabbed to death with her own kitchen knives in her Syracuse apartment in 2001. The 18-year-old was studying to be paramedic at the time. There was no evidence of a break in or robbery, and Jill-Lyn did not enter her
Rashawn Brazell Rashawn Brazell's dismembered body parts were found in trash bags across Brooklyn in the winter of 2005. The 19-year-old was scheduled to meet his accountant before having lunch with his mother, but went missing sometime during
Raymond Nels Nelson The bureau chief of The Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin was found murdered in his Washington, D.C. apartment on June 1, 1981. He was killed with a large office typewriter, and some speculated the murder was the result of a
Evelyn Hernandez Twenty four-year-old Salvadorian immigrant Evelyn Hernandez was nine months pregnant when she was abducted and killed. Her body was found after washing up on the shore of the San Francisco Bay, prompting comparisons to Laci
Catrine da Costa Catrine da Costa, a heroin addict and prostitute, was brutally murdered and dismembered in Malmskillnadsgatan, Sweden. Her body parts were two separate trash bags weeks after her murder, although some internal organs have never
Boy in the Box In 1957, a young boy's battered body was found wrapped in a blanket inside of a cardboard JC Penny box in Philadelphia. The child, who was approximately four to six years old when he was killed, was never identified and his murder
Mary Pinchot Meyer Mary Pinchot Meyer - ex-wife of a top CIA official, good friend of Jackie Kennedy, and mistress of President JFK - was murdered on October 12, 1964, two days before her 44th birthday. She was shot in the heart and head at close
Olof Palme Swedish Prime Minister Ofof Palme was assassinated while walking home from a movie theater with his wife in 1986. He was shot in the back at close range. His wife was also shot, but the bullet grazed her back and she recovered
Amber Hagerman Despite the fact that a neighbor witnessed the abduction of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman, the case has never been solved. Amber had been riding her bike up and down her block when someone in a dark pick up truck grabber her. Four
Bob Crane Famous for his roles on Hogan's Heroes and The Bob Crane Show, Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment while on tour for his play Beginner's Luck in June 1978.
Jill Dando Jill Dando was a presenter on the BBC show Crimewatch when she was fatally shot outside of her London home in 1999. Barry George was charged with and convicted of her murder, but was later acquitted on appeal.
Barbara Colby Colby, an actress most famous for her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, was murdered in a Venice, CA parking lot after teaching an acting class. She and her friend James Kiernan were talking near their cars when two men
Big L Twenty four-year-old hip hop prodigy Big L was murdered in a drive-by shooting on a Harlem block he famously called, "the Danger Zone." Gerard Woodley, 29, was charged with the murder, but was later released because of
The Black Dahlia "The Black Dahlia" is a name given to 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, a Los Angeles women who was gruesomely murdered and dismembered in 1947. Her body was found cut in half, drained of blood, and slashed multiple
JonBenét Ramsey Six-year-old pageant winner JonBenét became the subject of a nationwide media craze when she was found dead in the basement of her Boulder, CO home in 1996. Many suspected her parents, but DNA evidence exonerated the couple
The Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, was killed in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997.
Tupac Shakur Perhaps the most famous unsolved murder in recent history, rapper Tupac Shakur's death is still a mystery. The "most influential rapper of all time" was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada in