We are all fascinated by true crime stories. Who knows why, but reading about how different criminals were able to commit certain acts fascinates all of us. It’s just something that’s fascinated people.

We read about legendary figures like Al Capone with revulsion, but with a certain inquisitiveness as to how they were able to pull off such a brazen life of crime.

This article changes things up – these are some of the strangest unsolved mysteries in the world. While it is clear that a crime has been committed in every case, in none of them do we know who the killer was. Which is something that more than likely strikes a little fear in all of us.

In fact, in some of them, we don’t even know who the victim was! All of these stories share a common thread that the cases have not been solved to this day, and such they are sure to pique your interest.

Here are 10 of the most bizarre unsolved crimes in no particular order.

10 Charles Morgan’s “Meaningless” Death

This crime is much more recent—in 1977, Charles Morgan owned an escrow company, living a simple life with his family in Tucson, Arizona. Suddenly, he vanished on March 22, returning three days later. He told his wife he couldn’t speak, but wrote a note that someone had smeared a hallucinogen on his throat and urged her not to get in touch with the police.

After recovering, Morgan refused to talk any more about it, other than saying it had to do with his work as a secret agent of the Treasury Department. He disappeared once more two months later, only to be found dead in the desert with a bullet in the back of his head.

The mystery deepens. His death was ruled a suicide, despite the fact that he had been shot in the back of the head and was found wearing a bulletproof vest. He carried one of his own teeth in his pocket, along with a $2 in his underwear, on which he wrote “Ecclesiastes 12:1-8”.

Before he was discovered, Morgan’s wife received a call from an anonymous woman who identified herself as “Green Eyes” and said only “Ecclesiastes 12:1-8”. This passage reads “’Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Everything is meaningless!’” “Green Eyes” later told the police that Morgan had shown her a briefcase containing $60,000 in cash to pay off the hitman following him—obviously he was unsuccessful.



9 Murder In The Caribbean

British-Canadian millionaire, Sir Harry Oakes built his wealth through striking gold in the Klondike. While he lived a life of luxury, he was also known to be very generous with his money. Later in life, he moved to the Bahamas, choosing to live in Nassau.

By migrating to Nassau, he stimulated the local economy. With his vast wealth, he built mansions, golf courses, a hotel, and even a country club. He also contributed to improved public transportation on the island and built a hospital. These ventures also employed many natives of the island, causing him to become something of a local hero.

However, Oakes nonetheless had his enemies. On July 8, 1948, Oakes was alone in his mansion while the rest of his family was away on vacation. In the middle of that rainy night, Oakes was murdered.

A friend of his, Sir Harold Christie discovered the body. The murder had been brutal—Oakes’ body was covered in gasoline and lit on fire. His blood was spattered on the furniture nearby and some smudged handprints were also visible. Finally, there were four slight dents in Oakes’ head.

Although investigators initially accused the most likely suspect, Count Alfred de Marigny, he was proven innocent. The true murderer has never been identified.

8 An Actress Disappears

Aging actress Ada Constance Kent, who gained renown through her appearances on the stage and the screen, retired from acting in the early twentieth century. In her retirement, she lived in the small town of Fingringhoe, in Essex. In 1939, one of Kent’s friends reported her missing—she hadn’t been seen in three months.

Police investigated, but found no trace of Kent—the door of her cottage was unlocked, and they found a tray of food inside. Her coat hung on the hook on the door, and there was an opened copy of Romeo and Juliet on the chair, but still no trace of Kent.

Fast forward one decade to 1949, and a bank contacted the local police in Fingringhoe because there had been some recent large deposits into her account. The police returned to Kent’s cottage to see if she had reappeared. This time, upon entering her cottage, the police found a fully-clothed skeleton laying on her bed, with a bottle marked “poison” next to the skeleton.

Apart from the skeleton, the cottage looked just as it had when they first investigated ten years ago. Upon further examination, the skeleton on Kent’s bed belonged to a larger male, not Kent. No additional progress has been made on this case.

7 The Mystery Head

This story comes from just a few years ago in 2014. In Economy, Pennsylvania, a rural town, a boy went to school on December 12, just like any other day.

However, he made a gruesome discovery after getting off his bus. He found the severed head of an unknown woman. Using modern technology, investigators discovered that it was the head of an older woman native to the area and that it had been skillfully embalmed. Despite this, no mortuary, hospital, or graveyard in the area knew of any bodies missing a head.

The strangest thing about the embalmed head was that the woman’s original eyes had been replaced by rubber toys similar to the bouncy balls that children can buy in vending machines.

No one was able to find a satisfactory explanation for this other than that some unknown person had deliberately left the embalmed head where the boy eventually found it. However, the identity of this person, and that of the woman, are not known to this day.

6 Murder In Bavaria

70km north of Munich lies Hinterkaifeck, a small farm in the Bavarian woods. On Friday, March 31, 1922, all six residents of the farm were viciously killed with a mattock, a tool similar to a pickaxe.

The authorities concluded that most of the family had been lured to the farm’s barn one-by-one where the killer attacked them with the mattock. Later, the killer entered the house and killed the maid and the youngest child.

In the end, Josef and Cäzilia Gruber were dead, along with their widowed daughter Viktoria, younger children, Josef and Cäzilia, and maid Maria Baumgartner.

Stranger still, the killer most likely stayed at the farm for the entire weekend. Neighbors reported seeing smoke from the fireplace.

When the bodies were found carefully stacked in the barn, the authorities also found that fresh food had been eaten in the kitchen and that the cattle on the farm had been fed. Nonetheless, we still do not know the identity of the Gruber’s killer.

5 The Priest And His Mistress

In 1922, the dead bodies of Edward W. Hall and Eleanor Hills were discovered in Somerset, New Jersey. The bodies had carefully been positioned next to each other and both Hall and Hills were found on their backs. Hall, an Episcopal priest, had been shot in his head with a .32 caliber pistol.

Hills, a member of his church choir, was discovered with her scarf wrapped around her neck, hiding the cut on her throat. She had also been shot by the same caliber pistol three times.

It was clear that the bodies of Hall and Hills had been deliberately arranged this way. Unfortunately, given the public attention of this grisly scene and the public setting of the bodies, members of the public trampled the scene and destroyed potentially crucial evidence.

Although the killer has never been discovered, most people suspected that Hall’s wife or her brothers were to blame.

4 The Death Of Joe Elwell

Wealthy New Yorker Joe Elwell was discovered dead in his fashionable apartment in New York City on June 11, 1920. He was discovered by his housekeeper when she let herself into his apartment in the morning.

Originally mistaking his dead body for that of some unknown stranger, she alerted the police who identified the body as that of Joe Elwell. His body was found having been shot in the head.

The crime scene itself raised even more questions. While the murder weapon was nowhere to be found, the bullet that killed Elwell was found on a nearby table. The cartridge was also found on the floor. Forensic analysts determined that the killer had most likely been crouching in front of Elwell when he or she fired the shot.

Moreover, there were no signs of a forced entry into the house. Although the identity of the killer is unknown, authorities at the time believed it to have been someone with whom Elwell was close.

3 The Monster With 21 Faces

This puzzling case took place in Japan. In 1984, the CEO of international food corporation Ezaki Glico, Katsuhisa Ezaki was kidnapped from his home.

Two armed and masked men entered his home using a stolen key, tied up his wife and children, and abducted Ezaki. Despite demanding a ransom of one billion yen and one hundred kilograms of gold bars, Ezaki was able to escape.

The story does not end here. Following Ezaki’s release, his abductors attempted to exact revenge. Multiple cars at his company’s headquarters were set aflame.

Furthermore, a container filled with dangerous hydrochloric acid and a threatening note were discovered at the company headquarters. The note was simply signed by “The Monster with 21 Faces.” Many warning letters followed, even going so far as to threaten to poison the food of Ezaki Glico.

Suddenly, the notes stopped after several months. However, this group continued to harass other food companies. Police chased the unknown criminals for a year, culminating with the suicide of the police superintendent pursuing the case.

After his death, the “Monster with 21 Faces” left one last note, offering condolences for the death of the police officer while criticizing the police for their shortcomings. The identity or identities of this figure was never discovered.

2 Who Was Roland T. Owen?

On January 2, 1935, one Roland T. Owen checked into Room 1046 of the Hotel President in Kansas City, Missouri. One of the hotel maids entered his room to clean, and noticed Owen looking anxious and nervous. She cleaned his room the next few days too, always to find Owen sitting alone in the dark with the same nervous demeanor.

Eventually, the hotel switchboard operator noticed that Owen’s phone was continually left off its hook, so a bellboy was sent to go see what the problem was.

When the bellboy entered Room 1046, he found Owen lying naked on his bed and the phone knocked off its hook. He replaced the phone and left. The problem arose again the next morning.

This time when the bellboy went to fix the phone, he found Owen again naked, but this time crouching and holding his bloody head in his hands.

There was also blood smeared on the walls. The police came to investigate, and Owen was only able to say that he had fallen in the bathtub, although it was clear that he had been tied to his bed, beaten brutally, and stabbed. It later came to light that his name must have been fake, but the identity of the killer was never discovered.

1 The Case Of Pauline Picard

In April of 1922 in the small town of Goas Al Ludu in France, Pauline Picard, a two-year-old toddler, suddenly disappeared from her home.

Despite an exhaustive search of the area, local officials were unable to located little Pauline. However, after several weeks had passed, word came to Goas Al Ludu that a young girl matching Pauline’s description had been found walking on her own in Cherbourg, a town three hundred miles away from Goas Al Ludu.

While her parents identified this girl as Pauline and brought her back home, Pauline behaved strangely and acted distantly with her parents.

Stranger still, she did not respond in the dialect local to her town. This all led her parents to think that they had taken back a child who looked very similar to Pauline.

The plot thickened when a farmer walked by the Picard farm and discovered the decapitated body of a young girl. Although the body had decayed, the clothes Pauline had been wearing when she disappeared were found nearby, along with a severed head.

The severed head, however, was too large to be that of a young girl and belonged instead to a man. The identity of the girl Pauline’s parents had taken in was never discovered, although she was sent away to an orphanage.

However, the identity of the body was never discovered either. The many questions of this case have, to this day, never been resolved.

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