True crime The 10 Strangest Twists in True Crime History  

Jacob Shelton
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As if tales of murder aren't weird enough, there are some slayings that get stranger as time keeps passing. 

Weird twists don't just happen in the movies. Strange true crimes often take brutal turns out of nowhere: the crooked juror, the letters from serial killers discovered only years later, a memory of something a murder said years ago that now is downright chilling. There are countless cases of weird murders that got weirder as more evidence came to light. 

It goes to prove that no matter how much people think they have something figured out, there‚Äôs always something else waiting around the corner - be it a living victim everyone thought was dead or a gruesome murderer who was more evil than anyone realized. 

Jeffrey Dahmer Human Meat Sandwiches

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Sometimes it takes a long time before a twist is finally recognized, and in the case of Jeffrey Dahmer, it took many years for his neighbors to realize the personal impact of Dahmer's killing spree. 

Pamela Bass was one of Jeffrey Dahmer's neighbors when he lived in Milwaukee. The two were congenial, so much so that when he offered her a sandwich one day before his arrest, she accepted it. After it was discovered that Dahmer was a cannibal as well as an amateur mad scientist, Bass began to worry that she might have eaten human meat. In the film The Jeffrey Dahmer Files she said, "I have probably eaten someone's body part." 

Ted Kaczynski's Brother Recognizes Some Familiar Handwriting

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Blood is thicker than water, unless your brother is the Unabomber.

Ted Kaczynski, more commonly referred to as the Unabomber, wrote a manifesto that he wanted published by the biggest US media outlets in 1995. In it, he stated that if his demands were not met, he would continue his bombing campaign. 

Unfortunately for Kaczynski, his life's work was also his life's undoing. His brother David read the manifesto, recognized his brother's handwriting and turned him into the federal authorities. To hear David tell it, he never planned on reading the manifesto, even after recognizing similarities between the bomber's theories and his brother's letters that were written while he was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Despite Ted's arrest, David had trouble believing his brother was the Unabomber. "I had never seen him violent, not toward me, not toward anyone. I tended to see his anger turned inward."

One of Charles Manson's Victims Returns from the Grave

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The story of Charles Manson, his life, murders, and his "family" is full of more strange twists than an M. Night Shyamalan retrospective, but one of the weirdest twists is the "murder" of Bernard Crowe. Before his infamous murders, Manson was in a dispute over drug money with Crowe. Worried about the money, and Crowe's affiliation with the Black Panthers, Manson went over to Crowe's apartment and shot him.

Manson thought he killed Crowe, and when he was arrested for the Tate and LaBianca murders of 1969, he included Crowe as one of his victims. Except Crowe was alive. He had never gone to the police about the shooting, never told any of his fellow Black Panthers about it, and never retaliated against Manson, leaving the cult leader to believe Crowe was dead.

Susan Atkins - a member of the Mason family - wrote in her book The Myth of Helter Skelter that Manson didn't realize Crowe was alive until he was arrested for a crime unrelated to Manson. 

Dean Corll Was Killed by His Own Henchman

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Dean Corll was a serial killer who preyed upon young men in the Houston area between 1970 to 1973. What ultimately brought him down was not a police investigation, but one of his own henchmen. 

Corll raped and murdered at least 28 young men with the help of David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley - two teenage henchmen. It's likely Corll would have continued to rape and murder until police finally caught on, but when Corll tried to kill Rhonda Williams, a 15-year-old friend of Henley's, his killing came to an end.  

Henley had invited Williams back to Corll's house after she had been attacked by her alcoholic father. The two drank and did drugs before going to sleep. After waking up in a stoned stupor, Henley discovered Corll had tied up Williams and a teen boy who Henley had brought for Corll the day before. Henley himself had been tied up, but Corll let him go after Henley agreed to rape and kill Williams. Instead, he shot and killed Corll. 

He later went to the police detailing Corll's crimes and showing them where they had gotten rid of the bodies.