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Five of the Most Gruesome Headless Unsolved Murder Cases of All TimesCold cases are fascinating because they have all the ingredients of a nail-biting murder mystery. Except there’s no ending. And what’s a book without an ending except an endless source of frustration and speculation?
It’s even worse when the victim is unidentified. “Unknown” man/woman/ child murders send a chill through us and can even cause a little sadness. How could a person be so alone in the world that absolutely no one came forward to give them a name and a burial?
This volume examines five instances of a single or serial killing involving victims who were beheaded by their killers:
The Thames Torso Murders: Known as the “Thames Mysteries" or "Embankment Murders," this series of gruesome killings was overshadowed by the terror surrounding Jack the Ripper’s crimes but were also very fascinating.
The August 8, 1886 discovery of a decomposing male torso outside Wallingford, Connecticut. The victim was never identified, and a woman who claimed that she knew the whole story behind the murder committed suicide.
The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run: Between 1935 and 1938, a still-unidentified serial killer murdered and dismembered at least twelve victims in Cleveland, Ohio. All but three remain unidentified. Eliot Ness, the man who was partly responsible for taking down Al Capone, headed the investigations.
Beth Doe: On December 20, 1976, a young boy made a gruesome discovery on the banks of the Lehigh River in White Haven, Pennsylvania. The dismembered and mutilated remains of a young, white woman and her unborn child had been stuffed into three suitcases and thrown from a bridge along Interstate 80 over the Lehigh River.
The February 28, 1983 discovery of the headless body of a little girl between the ages of 8 and 11, decomposing in an abandoned home on the north side of St. Louis, MO. Her head was never found. Despite heavy publicity, nobody identified her.
What do these cases have in common, besides the fact that they are cold and involve headless, unidentified victims? Somebody got away with murder...
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