Circus life can be perilous; whether malfunctioning high wires, animal tragedies, or fires, when something goes wrong, it can be life-threatening. Here, we count down five of the most horrific circus tragedies in history.
Michaela Joy Garecht, 9, was abducted from the front of a store in Hayward, California, on 19 November, 1988, by a young man with long blonde hair. She still hasn’t been found and her abductor still remains unidentified.
In 1992, two women were found in different locations in the Wyoming wilderness. The DNA found at each crime scene concluded that they were both killed by the same person. Their identity – and who killed them – has never been solved.
The thought of getting lost or disorientated while alone in the wilderness truly is a terrifying notion. Each and every year, people are reported missing after venturing out into the wild and here we share the story of five unlucky individuals who never made it home.
Teresa Sue Hilt, 22, was found murdered in her apartment in Maryville, Missouri, 1973. She had been stabbed in the chest, arm, and lower part of the body. Her killer has still not been identified.
Over the spring of 1946, a ruthless serial killer held the citizens of Texarkana in a state of perpetual fear. The identity of the so-called “Phantom Killer” who murdered 5 people in this sleepy town still remains unknown to this day.
Jodine Serrin, who suffered from mental disabilities, was found murdered in her apartment on Valentine’s Day of 2007. Despite the fact her parents saw her killer, he has still not been identified.
Katherine Korzilius, 6, was discovered unconscious at the side of the road four houses away from her own. She suffered a skull fracture which led to her death. Was she a victim of a hit-and-run or was she abducted and killed by a predator?
Joe Arridy, 23, who had an I.Q. of 46, was executed for a murder he did not commit. Unable to comprehend what was about to happen, he smiled as he entered the death chamber.
5-year-old Regina Mae Armstrong was abducted from outside her babysitter’s apartment in broad daylight.