The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

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Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438119143

Category: Crime

Page: 449

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Over 800 entries examine the facts, evidence, and leading theories of a variety of unsolved murders, robberies, kidnappings, serial killings, disappearances, and other crimes.

The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes, Checkmark Books, 2004

The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

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Author: Michael Newton-Fact on File

Publisher: Bukupedia

ISBN: 0816049807

Category: True Crime

Page: 350

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It is not true, as pop star Bonnie Tyler suggests in her hit song “Driving Me Wild,” that everyone loves a mystery. While fictional enigmas exert an enduring appeal, from the Sherlock Holmes adventures penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the best-selling novels of Patricia Cornwell, real-life mysteries are something else entirely. Police officers and prosecutors hate mysteries, preferring their criminal cases tied up into neat, easily explained packages. Defense attorneys generally share that sentiment—unless a phantom suspect helps win an acquittal in court. Friends and family of crime victims or missing persons crave nothing more than an absence of doubt. Archaeologists, psychologists, medical researchers, “intelligence” agents—all these and more devote their lives to the proposition that no riddle should remain unsolved. And yet . . . These plentiful exceptions notwithstanding, there is something in an unsolved mystery that appeals to many of us. Some go so far as to publicly hope that this or that classic case will never be solved, comparing mysterious cases to gaily wrapped presents forever unopened, never losing their appeal for armchair detectives. When the package is opened, its contents revealed, no amount of excitement or pleasure can ward off the inevitable letdown. We want to see the gift, possess it . . . but perhaps not yet. In the real world, as it happens, unsolved mysteries are distressingly common. The solution rate for U.S. murders has declined from 90-odd percent in the late 1950s to an average 70 percent (and less, in some regions) a half century later. Lesser crimes are even more likely to go unsolved. Fewer than half of all rapes are reported to authorities, much less “cleared” by arrest and conviction. Thousands of thefts go unsolved every year; the number unreported (or unnoticed, for that matter) is unknown. Authorities cannot agree on the number of children who vanish yearly in America, much less on what has become of them. As for missing adults, barring obvious signs of foul play, no agency even attempts to keep track of the lost. In the face of those odds, a curious researcher may be startled to learn how many cases do get solved (albeit slowly in some cases, taking years or even decades). During preparation of this volume, latebreaking investigations forced deletion of various tantalizing cases, including (but not limited to) the following: • A stalker of prostitutes in Vancouver, British Columbia, theoretically linked to the disappearance of 67 victims since the 1970s; • Seattle’s “Green River Killer,” blamed for the deaths of 49 women between 1982 and 1984; • The stabbing deaths of at least eight gay men, murdered around Chesapeake, Virginia, between 1987 and 1995; • A series of hit-and-run murders that claimed two female joggers and a male bicyclist during 1991, in Porterville, California; • New York’s “Last Call Killer,” linked to the slayings of five men, lured from gay bars and dismembered before their remains were scattered along New Jersey highways in 1991–92; • The mysterious deaths of 48 patients at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, between January and August 1992; • The grisly deaths of three Minneapolis prostitutes in 1996, stabbed and beaten before they were doused with gasoline and set afire in Theodore Wirth Park; • The kidnap-murders of three adolescent girls at Spotsylvania, Virginia, in 1996–97. Homicide investigators frequently remind us that the first 24 to 48 hours are critical to solving a crime, but these cases and others like them, cracked long after the fact, serve as a daily reminder that justice is often delayed. “Cold” cases can be solved by discovery of new evidence, by confession—and, increasingly, by the scientific miracle of DNA profiling. That said, what constitutes an unsolved case? Typically, the term applies to a crime in which no suspects are identified, but that need not be the case. Some crimes are “cleared” by arrest and conviction of an innocent suspect, whether by chance or through a deliberate frame-up, thus leaving the real offender at large. Others, some notorious, remain technically unsolved after a known offender was acquitted by a biased or dim-witted jury. In some cases, authorities have branded a suspect as guilty on the flimsiest of evidence and without benefit of trial. Other crimes are “solved” by confessions that, upon closer examination, seem to be the product of police coercion or disordered minds. For purposes of this volume, we shall consider unsolved cases to include: • Crimes in which no suspect is identified; • Cases in which the offender is known to police or the public but cannot be charged for lack of concrete evidence; • Miscarriages of justice, including cases wherein innocent suspects are convicted (or otherwise officially blamed), and those in which guilty parties are wrongfully acquitted. Cases in the text are alphabetically arranged, most often by the victim’s name, although some headers refer to an event (e.g., St. Valentine’s Day Massacre) or to the popular nickname of an unidentified offender (e.g., “Jack the Ripper”). Cases with multiple victims are identified either by the geographical location (e.g., Atlanta child murders) or by some recognized media label (e.g., “Golden Years murders”). Blind entries link individual victims to entries profiling a serial murder or similar crimes (e.g., Eddowes, Catherine: See “Jack the Ripper”). References within the text to subjects possessing their own discrete entries appear in SMALL-CAPITAL LETTERS. Special thanks are owed to David Frasier, friend, author, and reference librarian extraordinaire at Indiana University in Bloomington; to William A. Kingman, for sharing his insight on the case of the New Orleans Axeman; and to Heather Locken. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in the text that follows. Anyone with further knowledge of the cases covered—or of unsolved crimes in general—is invited to contact the author, in care of Facts On File. The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes x Entries

The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes, Michael Newton, 2009

The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

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Author: Fact on File, Inc

Publisher: Bukupedia

ISBN: N.A

Category: True Crime

Page: 350

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Introduction It is not true, as pop star Bonnie Tyler suggests in her hit song “Driving Me Wild,” that everyone loves a mystery. While fictional enigmas exert an enduring appeal, from the Sherlock Holmes adventures penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the best-selling novels of Patricia Cornwell, real-life mysteries are something else entirely. Police officers and prosecutors hate mysteries, preferring their criminal cases tied up into neat, easily explained packages. Defense attorneys generally share that sentiment—unless a phantom suspect helps win an acquittal in court. Friends and family of crime victims or missing persons crave nothing more than an absence of doubt. Archaeologists, psychologists, medical researchers, “intelligence” agents—all these and more devote their lives to the proposition that no riddle should remain unsolved. And yet . . . These plentiful exceptions notwithstanding, there is something in an unsolved mystery that appeals to many of us. Some go so far as to publicly hope that this or that classic case will never be solved, comparing mysterious cases to gaily wrapped presents forever unopened, never losing their appeal for armchair detectives. When the package is opened, its contents revealed, no amount of excitement or pleasure can ward off the inevitable letdown. We want to see the gift, possess it . . . but perhaps not yet. In the real world, as it happens, unsolved mysteries are distressingly common. The solution rate for U.S. murders has declined from 90-odd percent in the late 1950s to an average 70 percent (and less, in some regions) a half century later. Lesser crimes are even more likely to go unsolved. Fewer than half of all rapes are reported to authorities, much less “cleared” by arrest and conviction. Thousands of thefts go unsolved every year; the number unreported (or unnoticed, for that matter) is unknown. Authorities cannot agree on the number of children who vanish yearly in America, much less on what has become of them. As for missing adults, barring obvious signs of foul play, no agency even attempts to keep track of the lost. In the face of those odds, a curious researcher may be startled to learn how many cases do get solved (albeit slowly in some cases, taking years or even decades). During preparation of this volume, latebreaking investigations forced deletion of various tantalizing cases, including (but not limited to) the following: • A stalker of prostitutes in Vancouver, British Columbia, theoretically linked to the disappearance of 67 victims since the 1970s; • Seattle’s “Green River Killer,” blamed for the deaths of 49 women between 1982 and 1984; • The stabbing deaths of at least eight gay men, murdered around Chesapeake, Virginia, between 1987 and 1995; • A series of hit-and-run murders that claimed two female joggers and a male bicyclist during 1991, in Porterville, California; • New York’s “Last Call Killer,” linked to the slayings of five men, lured from gay bars and dismembered before their remains were scattered along New Jersey highways in 1991–92; • The mysterious deaths of 48 patients at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, between January and August 1992; • The grisly deaths of three Minneapolis prostitutes in 1996, stabbed and beaten before they were doused with gasoline and set afire in Theodore Wirth Park; • The kidnap-murders of three adolescent girls at Spotsylvania, Virginia, in 1996–97. Homicide investigators frequently remind us that the first 24 to 48 hours are critical to solving a crime, but these cases and others like them, cracked long after the fact, serve as a daily reminder that justice is often delayed. “Cold” cases can be solved by discovery of new evidence, by confession—and, increasingly, by the scientific miracle of DNA profiling. That said, what constitutes an unsolved case? Typically, the term applies to a crime in which no suspects are identified, but that need not be the case. Some crimes are “cleared” by arrest and conviction of an innocent suspect, whether by chance or through a deliberate frame-up, thus leaving the real offender at large. Others, some notorious, remain technically unsolved after a known offender was acquitted by a biased or dim-witted jury. In some cases, authorities have branded a suspect as guilty on the flimsiest of evidence and without benefit of trial. Other crimes are “solved” by confessions that, upon closer examination, seem to be the product of police coercion or disordered minds. For purposes of this volume, we shall consider unsolved cases to include: • Crimes in which no suspect is identified; • Cases in which the offender is known to police or the public but cannot be charged for lack of concrete evidence; • Miscarriages of justice, including cases wherein innocent suspects are convicted (or otherwise officially blamed), and those in which guilty parties are wrongfully acquitted. Cases in the text are alphabetically arranged, most often by the victim’s name, although some headers refer to an event (e.g., St. Valentine’s Day Massacre) or to the popular nickname of an unidentified offender (e.g., “Jack the Ripper”). Cases with multiple victims are identified either by the geographical location (e.g., Atlanta child murders) or by some recognized media label (e.g., “Golden Years murders”). Blind entries link individual victims to entries profiling a serial murder or similar crimes (e.g., Eddowes, Catherine: See “Jack the Ripper”). References within the text to subjects possessing their own discrete entries appear in SMALL-CAPITAL LETTERS. Special thanks are owed to David Frasier, friend, author, and reference librarian extraordinaire at Indiana University in Bloomington; to William A. Kingman, for sharing his insight on the case of the New Orleans Axeman; and to Heather Locken. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in the text that follows. Anyone with further knowledge of the cases covered—or of unsolved crimes in general—is invited to contact the author, in care of Facts On File. The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

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Author: Daniel Cohen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 323

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This collection of unsolved mysteries include such cases as Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac murders, the destruction of the Hindenberg, and unexplained disappearances

Die große Enzyklopädie der Serienmörder

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Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 385365276X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 534

View: 9734

Sie sind Stoff für unzählige Verfilmungen: die Taten von Serienmördern. Auch wenn oder gerade weil ihre Handlungen immer unbegreiflich bleiben werden, üben sie eine große Faszination auf uns "normale" Menschen aus. Die erste Frage muss wohl lauten: Gibt es überhaupt so viele Serienmörder, dass damit eine ganze Enzyklopädie gefüllt werden kann? Die Antwort: Es gibt sie, wie die sechste ergänzte und überarbeitete Auflage der "Großen Enzyklopädie der Serienmörder" beweist. Und es sind nicht die Unbekanntesten, die in dieser Sammlung vermerkt sind: Jack the Ripper beispielsweise, dessen Treiben im nebeligen London schon so manche Verfilmung erlebt hat. Fritz Haarmann, dem Schauspieler Götz George in der Verfilmung seines Lebens sein kahlgeschorenes Haupt lieh. Oder Edward Gein, um ein Beispiel aus den USA zu nennen, der zum real existierenden und mordenden Vorbild für Alfred Hitchcocks wohl besten Film - "Psycho" - wurde. Jack Unterweger ist ebenso vertreten, wie der "Vampir von Düsseldorf" oder der "Menschenfresser von Duisburg". Die Geschichte der Serienmörder beginnt bereits bei Jeanne d'Arc - einer ihrer Kampfgefährten hatte hunderte Knaben auf dem Gewissen. Leider hat die Geschichte bis heute kein Ende. Zu den aktuellsten Beispielen gehören der BTK-Mörder ("Bind, Torture, Kill") und der Franzose Fourniret, der gemeinsam mit seiner Frau junge Mädchen misshandelte und tötete. Was treibt sie also an? Wir werden es nie verstehen. Aber wir können dank dieser Enzyklopädie ihre Lebensgeschichte nachlesen und gleichzeitig in die wahre Welt der Kriminalfälle eintauchen - eine Welt, die grausamer ist, als es jede erfundene Geschichte je sein kann.

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved

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Author: Colin Wilson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780337051

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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Now available in one tremendous volume is a compelling and remarkable history spanning over two thousand years of the greatest unsolved mysteries known to mankind, including: Atlantis • the Bermuda Triangle • Bigfoot • crop circles • crystal skulls • the Holy Shroud of Turin • the Hope Diamond and other cursed jewels • the mystery of the Mary Celeste • mummies and their curses • poltergeists • sea monsters • spontaneous human combustion • Tunguska and other falling meteors • vampires • zombies Includes a mystery never examined before - the missing maps of Atlantis Colin Wilson is an acknowledged expert in the field of the unexplained and is in constant demand by the media Colin has a track record of proven successes with the Mammoth series, including, most recently, The Mammoth Book of Murder

The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers

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Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0816069875

Category: True Crime

Page: 515

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The Encyclopaedia of Serial Killers, Second Edition provides accurate information on hundreds of serial murder cases - from early history to the present. Written in a non-sensational manner, this authoritative encyclopaedia debunks many of the myths surrounding this most notorious of criminal activities. New major serial killers have come to light since the first edition was published, and many older cases have been solved (such as the Green River Killer) or further investigated (like Jack the Ripper and the Zodiac Killer). Completely updated entries and appendixes pair with more than 30 new photographs and many new entries to make this new edition more fascinating than ever. New and updated entries include: Axe Man of New Orleans; BTK Strangler; Jack the Ripper; Cuidad Juarez, Mexico; John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the Sniper Killers; Gary Leon Ridgway, the Green River Killer; and Harold Frederick Shipman.

The Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement

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Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Checkmark Books

ISBN: 9780816062911

Category: Law

Page: 424

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Presents more than six hundred entries covering law enforcement topics from the colonial era to the present, including major law enforcement agencies, important people, law-enforcement techniques, and types of crime.

Zodiac

Auf der Spur eines Serienkillers

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Author: Robert Graysmith

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641028922

Category: Fiction

Page: 306

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„Ich töte Menschen, weil es mir so viel Spaß macht.“ Jahrelang versetzte ein als Zodiac berühmt gewordener Serienkiller Kalifornien in Angst und Schrecken und spielte mit der Polizei ein grausames Katz-und-Maus-Spiel. Regisseur David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) verfilmt die Geschichte einer unglaublichen Mordserie mit u. a. Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. und Gary Oldman.

Reinkarnation

Der Mensch im Wandel von Tod und Wiedergeburt. 20 überzeugende und wissenschaftlich bewiesene Fälle

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Author: Ian Stevenson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783899010190

Category:

Page: 414

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Die Argonauten

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Author: Maggie Nelson

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446257896

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Es ist die Geschichte einer Liebe: Maggie Nelson verliebt sich in Harry Dodge, einen Künstler – oder eine Künstlerin? – mit fluider Genderidentität. Harry hat bereits ein Kind, Maggie wird schwanger, zu viert bauen sie ein gemeinsames Leben. "Die Argonauten" ist eine ergreifende Geschichte queeren Familienlebens, zugleich erfindet Maggie Nelson eine ganz eigene Form der philosophischen Erkundung. Memoir, Theorie, Poesie: Es ist ein Buch, das sich nicht einordnen lässt und das unsere Einordnungen herausfordert mit seinem radikal offenen Denken. Im Geiste von Susan Sontag und Roland Barthes verbindet Maggie Nelson theoretische und persönliche Erkenntnissuche, um zu einer neuen Erzählung des Wesens von Liebe und Familie zu gelangen.

Unsolved Crimes

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Author: Michael Newton,John L. French

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791094146

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 120

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Discusses such well-known unsolved crimes as the identity of Jack the Ripper, JFK's killer, and the murderer of JonBenet Ramsey.

Open Files

A Narrative Encyclopedia of the World's Greatest Unsolved Crimes

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Author: Jay Robert Nash

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1590775244

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Here is a fascinating compendium of unsolved crimes—from murder to robbery, arson to forgery—presenting the most baffling cases on record, starting with the murder of Lord Darnely, Mary, Queen of Scots' husband in 1566 and ending in the 1980s. The hundreds of entries, arranged alphabetically, tell the stories of cases that include New York's first murder mystery, the bank heist of St. Albans, Vermont by Confederate raiders whose loot was never recovered, and the strangulation of British socialite Louisa Maud Steele, found in 1931 with teeth marks on her throat. Embodying mystery, suspense, and intrigue in a mix unique to the inimitable Jay Robert Nash, this book has all the elements to intrigue general readers and specialists alike—who are encouraged to draw their own conclusions from the author's presentation of the facts and possibilities. Scores of photos and lithographs add a special flavor to this indispensable volume.

Mein Leben als Stuntboy

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Author: Janet Tashjian

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3838726820

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 285

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Derek größter Traum wird wahr: Da schaut ihm nicht nur ein Stuntman zufällig beim Skateboarden zu, er engagiert ihn auch noch vom Fleck weg für einen Film! Und das an der Seite von Teeniestar Tanya Billlings. Dann stellt sich jedoch heraus, dass Derek die Stunts für Tanya übernehmen soll. Und um ihr ähnlich zu sehen, muss er eine Perücke tragen! Doch es kommt noch schlimmer: Auf YouTube taucht ein Film auf, der Derek dabei zeigt, wie er lautes Lesen übt. Ist das peinlich! Es scheint, als würde sein Leben schnurstracks in die Katastrophe führen. Aber Derek wäre nicht Derek, wenn er das einfach so hinnehmen würde ...

Historische Serienmörder

menschliche Ungeheuer vom späten Mittelalter bis zum Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts

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Author: Michael Kirchschlager,Stephan Harbort,Mark Benecke

Publisher: Kirchschlager Verlag

ISBN: 3934277136

Category: Crime

Page: 247

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