Every murder is a tragedy for someone, but most go ignored by the general public.
There are however some cases for which people never seem to lose interest.
Some have been solved long ago, but some are still shrouded in mystery.
Let’s have a look at 11 of the most famous murders in American history, the names and the faces that still haunt us.
11 The Boy In The Box
He is sometimes called America’s Unknown Child, as his identity was never established. The naked body of the small, malnourished child was found in 1957, in a cardboard box in the woods just outside Philadelphia.
His age was impossible to determine, somewhere between 3 and 7. Hard to tell how long the boy had suffered on this Earth, as it was obvious he’d had a miserable life.
There were multiple scars on his little body and someone had attempted to cut his hair at the time of his death. Clumps of hair still clung to the body.
The cause of death was not established, maybe he just died following years of neglect, and whoever his parents were wrapped the dead body in a box and dumped him in the woods.
The investigation followed every lead but came up with nothing, a crime that remained unpunished, at least in this world.
10 The Black Dahlia
This is the name of one of the most gruesome murders in American history, but her real name was Elizabeth Short, a 22-year old trying to make her way to the silver screen.
Her life was cut short in 1943 when her mutilated body was discovered by the side of the road in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth had been the victim of a meticulous killer who took his time. He cut the body in half, drained it of blood, took out her guts, and folded them before reinserting them in the lower half of the body.
And he carved a Joker smile on her face. The killer was brazen enough to call the police and admit to the murder, sending the girl’s documents as proof, but unfortunately, he was never caught.
9 The Infamous Lizzie Borden
To this day, people still wonder whether Lizzie Borden killed her parents with a hatchet or not. The year was 1892 and the setting a house in rural Massachusetts.
Lizzie Borden was a 32-year-old unmarried Sunday school teacher, living with her parents, Andrew and Abby. The father left the house in the morning and it is believed his wife was murdered sometimes during his absence.
The maid, Bridget, was apparently sleeping. She woke up to Lizzie’s screams that she’d just discovered her father dead on the couch, in a pool of blood.
Nobody knows when the man came back or what happened in that house. The man had received 11 blows and his wife 19.
Suspicions fell on Lizzie when someone saw her burning a dress stained with blood. Still, at her highly-publicized trial in 1893, there was not enough evidence to convict her.
To this day many believe she did do it, while others think Lizzie and the maid acted together.
8 The JonBenet Case
The murder of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey still crops up in the news, 24 years after the six-year-old girl’s death.
In December 1996, right after Christmas, her parents called the police to report the kidnap of the girl. They said they’d found a ransom note, asking them to pay $118,000.
However, the girl was not missing at all. She was found in the basement. JonBenet had been sexually assaulted and strangled.
The case gripped the nation and suspicions quickly fell on the parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, accused of forging the ransom note.
They were never charged. Others blamed the murder on the girls’ brother, Burke, aged 9 at the time, while others believed the girl had been killed by an intruder. The case remains unsolved.