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Famous Unsolved Murders

What do JonBenet Ramsey, Tupac, and the Black Dahlia have in common? Their brutal, gruesome murders were never solved.

This list of the most famous unsolved murders includes some of the most high-profile unsolved murder cases in the world. Many are familiar to anyone who reads the news, but others may surprise you. Did you know Lizzie Borden was never convicted of killing her parents? In fact, their murders remain technically a mystery.

These famous unsolved cases are ordered by rank and can be copied or reordered to make your very own list of the most famous unsolved murder cases in history. We may not know who carried out these terrible crimes, but we’ve got enough conspiracy theories to last a lifetime. Perhaps a few American serial killers are involved…
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    1796 Republican Congressman-elect John M. Clayton was assassinated in post-Civil War Arkansas in ...

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    1828 Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Jr. was a major general in the Confederate Army during the Civil ...

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    1936 Bathurst was a young British diplomatic envoy during the early nineteenth century Napoleonic ...

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    1872 William Desmond Taylor directed 59 silent films before his death in 1922. His murder became an ...

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    J.B.Moore and the Villisca Murders On June 13, 1912, an axe murderer killed two adults and six kids in their home in Villisca, ...

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    1879 Rose Harsent was a servant girl in a house in Peasenhall, England. She was unmarried but six ...

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    1856 William Justus Goebel is the only American Governor to ever be assassinated while in office.

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    Lilly Lindeström and the Vampire Murder Case Thirty two-year-old prostitute Lilly Lindeström's body was found naked and drained of ...

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    1880 Emily Armstrong was found beaten to death inside of the dry cleaner's shop where she worked in ...

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    1924 Oil heiress Georgette Beauerdorf was found murdered in her West Hollywood apartment in October ...

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    1874 Sir Harry Oakes, an American born British-Canadian millionaire, was found murdered in his home ...

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    Fifteen-year-old Barbara and 13-year-old Patricia Grimes went missing from their Chicago ...

  13. 35

    Gail DeLay Freelance artist, illustrator, and motivational speaker Gail DeLay was found dead in her ...

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    The Lake Bodom Murders In 1960, four teenagers were camping on Lake Bodom, outside of Helsinki, Finland. Sometime in ...

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    Lynne Harper was raped and strangled with her own blouse when she was 12 years old. Her body ...

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    Marilyn Reese Sheppard Dr. Sam Sheppard was tried three separate times for the murder of his young, pregnant wife, ...

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    1947 The cold case of Betsy Aardsma is over 44 years old. In 1969, the 22-year-old Penn State ...

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    1932 American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist Dian Fossey was murdered in 1975 while ...

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    Robert Wone The body of 32-year-old Wone was found stabbed to death in the home of his college friend.

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    1917 Óscar Romero, an archbishop in the Catholic church, was killed by a sniper while ...

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    1953 The original founder of the Los Angeles Crips, gang member Raymond Washington was murdered in ...

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    Seewen murder case Five people were found dead in the home of Eugene and Elsa Siegrist-Säckinger in the ...

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    1980 Indonesian human rights activist Ita Haryono was stabbed to death in Jakarta in 1998. The ...

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    1957 French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier was beaten to death outside her holiday home in ...

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    1978 In 1995, 17-year-old Deanna was found outside of a senior housing complex after being ...

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    British tourist Julie Ward was gang raped and murdered by three men on the on the Masai Mara ...

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    Popular Yale student Suzanne Jovin was stabbed 17 times in a posh Yale neighborhood in 1998.

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    Raonaid Murray Raonaid Murray may be one of the most famous murder victims in Europe. The 17-year-old Irish ...

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    1982 Jill-Lyn was stabbed to death with her own kitchen knives in her Syracuse apartment in 2001.

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    Rashawn Brazell's dismembered body parts were found in trash bags across Brooklyn in the ...

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    Mary Jane Hanselman Sixteen-year-old Mary Jane Hanselman was brutally raped and murdered in 1958. Her body was ...

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    Raymond Nels Nelson 1921 The bureau chief of The Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin was found murdered in his ...

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    1978 Twenty four-year-old Salvadorian immigrant Evelyn Hernandez was nine months pregnant when she ...

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    1956 Catrine da Costa, a heroin addict and prostitute, was brutally murdered and dismembered in ...

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    In 1957, a young boy's battered body was found wrapped in a blanket inside of a cardboard JC ...

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    Mary Pinchot Meyer - ex-wife of a top CIA official, good friend of Jackie Kennedy, and ...

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    1927 Swedish Prime Minister Ofof Palme was assassinated while walking home from a movie theater ...

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    1986 Despite the fact that a neighbor witnessed the abduction of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman, the ...

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    1928 Famous for his roles on Hogan's Heroes and The Bob Crane Show, Crane was found bludgeoned to ...

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    1961 Jill Dando was a presenter on the BBC show Crimewatch when she was fatally shot outside of her ...

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    1939 Colby, an actress most famous for her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, was murdered in a ...

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    1974 Twenty four-year-old hip hop prodigy Big L was murdered in a drive-by shooting on a Harlem ...

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    Andrew and Abby Borden The parents of infamous axe murderer Lizzie Borden were hacked to death in their Massachusetts ...

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    1924 "The Black Dahlia" is a name given to 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, a Los Angeles ...

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    1990 Six-year-old pageant winner JonBenét became the subject of a nationwide media craze ...

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    1972 Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, was ...

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    1971 Perhaps the most famous unsolved murder in recent history, rapper Tupac Shakur's death is ...


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