On the 2nd of October, 1976, the body of a young woman was found in ditch along U.S. Route 6, around 1.4 miles east of the LaSelle County line in Illinois. She had been shot once in the back of the head.
Amber Hagerman, 9, was abducted while playing with her brother in an abandoned grocery store parking lot in Arlington Texas. Four days later, her body was found. Her killer had kept her alive for two days before killing her. Her brutal murder still remains unsolved.
On the 25th of June, 1983, Nyleen Marhsall, 4, disappeared while in the Elkhorn Mountains near Helena, Montana. Witnesses saw her speaking with an unidentified man wearing a jogging suit shortly before she disappeared.
Penny Bell, a successful business owner, was stabbed to death in her car after apparently making an appointment with a client. Her killer has never been identified and the motivation for the murder remains unknown.
On the 29th of February, 2000, 6-year-old Dedrick Owens took a gun school and shot dead 6-year-old Kayla Rolland. He subsequently became the youngest school shooter in a nation plagued by such tragedies.
In 1978, five mentally disabled men abandoned their car in the Yuba County wilderness & vanished without a trace. Months later, four of them would be found. What forced them to abandon their car and wander into the wilderness to their deaths?
Vishal Mehrotra, 8, vanished on the day of the 1981 Royal Wedding. Following his disappearance, rumours of a pedophile ring operating from a local guest house led to talks of a cover-up
In a bid to prove gastritis and gastric ulcers are caused by a simple bacterium, Dr. Barry Marshall risked his life and swallowed bacteria to make himself develop stomach ulcers before treating himself with an antibiotic.
Christian Choate was well known to child protection services yet the system designed to protect children failed him completely. He died alone in a dog cage at the hands of his abusive father and stepmother.
In this article, we look at five gruesome murder cases that took place around the most festive period of the year.