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John M. Clayton Died at 60 (1796-1856) 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 Died at 40 (1828-1868) 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
Benjamin Bathurst age 79 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.
William Desmond Taylor Died at 50 (1872-1922) 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
Rose Harsent Died at 22 (1879-1901) 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
William Goebel Died at 44 (1856-1900) 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
Emily Armstrong Died at 69 (1880-1949) 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
Georgette Bauerdorf Died at 20 (1924-1944) 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
Harry Oakes Died at 69 (1874-1943) 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
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
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
Betsy Aardsma Died at 22 (1947-1969) 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
Dian Fossey Died at 53 (1932-1985) 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
Archbishop Óscar Romero Died at 63 (1917-1980) 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
Raymond Washington Died at 26 (1953-1979) 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 Died at 18 (1980-1998) 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
Sophie Toscan du Plantier Died at 39 (1957-1996) 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
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
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
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
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,
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
Raymond Nels Nelson Died at 60 (1921-1981) 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
Evelyn Hernandez Died at 24 (1978-2002) 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,
Catrine da Costa Died at 28 (1956-1984) 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
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
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
Olof Palme Died at 59 (1927-1986) 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
Amber Hagerman Died at 10 (1986-1996) 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
Bob Crane Died at 50 (1928-1978) 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 Died at 38 (1961-1999) 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
Barbara Colby Died at 36 (1939-1975) 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
Big L Died at 25 (1974-1999) 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
The Black Dahlia Died at 23 (1924-1947) "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,
JonBenét Ramsey Died at 6 (1990-1996) 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
The Notorious B.I.G. Died at 25 (1972-1997) 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 Died at 25 (1971-1996) 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