As the movie The Strangers chillingly demonstrated, a home invasion is one of the most terrifying experiences a person can endure. Home invasions are all the more frightening when they remain unsolved mysteries, even decades later. These real, unsolved murders are some of the most gruesome examples of what can happen during a home invasion. Some of them are horrendously brutal; others are borderline supernatural. All of them illustrate how vulnerable people are, even in the apparent safety of their home.
These stories are why the home security industry exists.When a stranger breaks into your house in the dead of night, you want to be prepared. The motive might not be simply robbery. As these home invasion deaths illustrate, there might not even be any motive at all. Worst of all, if evidence is found, it doesn't always lead to the killer being brought to justice. In some of these cases, even D.N.A. evidence was not enough to identify the murderers. Perhaps no one will ever know the true identities of these killers.
The Kansas State Serial RapistVideo: YouTube
Between 2000 and 2008 a serial rapist terrorized the Kansas State and Kansas University communities. 13 victims are linked to the rapist during that time, and he still remains at large. The crimes all followed the same pattern: he would break into a residence between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. and overpower his victims. Sometimes he would use a knife or gun, and at least one victim was blindfolded.
The Setagaya Family Massacre
On December 30, 2000, a gruesome murder occurred in the Setagaya ward of Tokyo, Japan. That night, Mikio Miyazawa (age 44), Yasuko (age 41), and their children Niina (age 10) and Rei (age 6) were all stabbed to death by an unknown assailant. The killer stayed in the house for several hours after the killing, even using the restroom. Despite finding a great deal of evidence, including the killer's D.N.A., police still have not been able to identify him.
The Orchard Apartment Killer
In 1979 a series of horrific murders swept through Houston, Texas. On July 27, the body of Alys Elaine Rankin (age 33) was found by a coworker who had offered to give her a ride while Rankin's car was in the shop. Rankin was found naked in her bed, feet bound, and headless. Police said that she had been sexually assaulted. The head has never been found.
Fourteen days later, the body of Mary Michael Calcutta (age 27) was found two floors above in the same Orchard Apartment complex. She too had been sexually assaulted. On the same day Calcutta's body was found, the body of Doris Lynn Threadgill (age 26) was discovered in northwest Houston and linked to the killer.
On October 3, gunshots were heard 5 blocks from Threadgill's townhouse. The next day the body of Joann Huffman (age 16) was found four miles away with gunshot wounds. That day the headless body of Huffman's boyfriend, Robert Spangenberger (age 18) was found in the trunk of a white Dodge. The case is still unsolved.
The Sun Family MurdersVideo: YouTube
In late January, 2014, a Chinese-American family of four was murdered in their Houston home. Maoye Sun (age 50) his wife, Mei Xie (age 49) and their sons, Timothy (age 9) and Titus (age 7) were all found shot to death in their bedrooms by an unknown gunman. To this day, no motive has been discovered, and the case remains unsolved.