In most murder cases, the suspect is found and questioned within the first 48 hours, especially as forensic technology has increased tremendously. In years past, though, it was much more difficult to find a ruthless killer, and many cases left authorities stumped.
Some of these murder cases have become a thing of legend, with many having their theories as to who did it and what happened to the suspect. However, these cases (as far as the general public is concerned) are still wide open. Here are five of the most mysterious murder cases that are still unsolved to this day.
Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper is a case that stands out due to the brutal nature of the crimes and the presumably highly intelligent unknown individual serial killer behind the murders.
The killings took place in London England through 1888, more specifically within the Whitechapel district. Although the killer’s identity has never been discovered, there are at least five murders Jack the Ripper has been thought to have committed. The precise nature of the mutilation of the victims leaves people to believe he was an intelligent man with a surgical background.
The Zodiac Killer is a name most people have heard at least once in their life. The mysterious and odd nature of the case has gained the interest of many, including filmmakers. The notorious killer targeted younger couples for the most part and was known to be active in Southern California and possibly Nevada in the late 1960s.
He has sadly claimed the lives of at least five victims and injured two others that fortunately escaped. What really makes this case intriguing is that for the 60 years following, the killer’s identity still remains a mystery. With the threat of violence, the killer forced newspapers to print his cryptic messages. One code was cracked in 2020 and a couple, as well as the killer’s identity, still remain unknown.
Julie Ward was a bright woman with a kind nature. Her life, unfortunately, came to a brutal end when the wildlife photographer was murdered while on a trip to Kenya, Africa. She and her friend Dr. Glen Burns set out on a safari and while on their way to the Masai Mara game reserve, their vehicle broke down.
Dr. Burns made his way to Nairobi, while Ward stayed the night at a nearby lodge. After the vehicle was repaired, Ward left to retrieve some supplies from a nearby camp and was never seen again. Her father, a wealthy former hotelier, used almost £2 million of his fortune to investigate the disappearance of his daughter, who he sadly found murdered and mutilated on one of his many trips to Kenya. Sadly, the murder has yet to be solved, but her father continues to seek justice.
The Grimes Sisters
The disappearance and murder of the Grime sisters, Barbara and Patricia, is one that shook Chicago in December of 1956. The two girls, aged 12 and 15, went to a viewing of Love Me Tender at a theater in Brighton Park, promising to be back home before midnight. When the girls didn’t return, their mother filed a missing person report around 2 am that night.
It wasn’t until January 1957 that their bodies were discovered by a motorist driving down German Church road in Willow Springs, where the surrounding snow had melted and revealed the girls. The identity of the killer has never been found, although there had been some people of interest questioned by police.
The Boy in the Box
A sad story where not only is the identity of the killer unknown, but the identity of the victim also remains unknown. In February of 1957, a young boy was found deceased inside a cardboard box.
The discovery was made by two passersby, only one smart enough to report the body to the police. Although groomed, the young boy was malnourished and had injuries that led investigators to believe the sweet child had been severely beaten and abused. The despicable killer responsible for his death has never been identified.