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, 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

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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

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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

The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

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Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Checkmark Books

ISBN: 9780816049813

Category: True Crime

Page: 340

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Provides a detailed overview of more than five hundred baffling unsolved crimes from the past two centuries, discussing each crime in depth, the evidence gathered, the parties involved, and law enforcement theories regarding such cases as that of the "Zodiac" Killer, Jimmy Hoffa, the Black Dahlia, Jack the Ripper, and the Tylenol murders. Simultaneous.

Vom Glück des Strebens

Warum der Weg oft glücklicher macht als das Ziel

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Author: Chris Guillebeau

Publisher: books4success

ISBN: 3864702674

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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Und jedem Streben wohnt ein Glück inne ... Zu Fuß quer durch die USA wandern oder so viele Vogelarten wie möglich beobachten - das sind nur zwei Beispiele für ungewöhnliche Herausforderungen, denen sich ganz gewöhnliche Menschen gestellt haben. Chris Guillebeau beschreibt, wie das Streben nach selbst gesteckten Zielen Sinn und Glück in das eigene Leben bringt. Chris Guillebeau hat sein Projekt, alle Länder dieser Erde zu bereisen, umgesetzt. Und er hat erkannt: Nicht das Ziel an sich ist am wichtigsten, sondern der Weg dorthin. Nach etwas streben, planen, äußere und innere Hürden überwinden - all dies macht uns oft glücklicher und lässt uns innerlich mehr wachsen als das Erreichen des Ziels selbst. Zahlreiche inspirierende Beispiele sowie praktische Ratschläge weisen dem Leser den Weg: So findet er seine ganz persönliche Herausforderung, so geht er sie an und verleiht damit seinem Leben mehr Bedeutung.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

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Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

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

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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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.

The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers

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Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0816069875

Category: True Crime

Page: 515

View: 8837

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.

Alan Turing, Enigma

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Author: Andrew Hodges

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783709158326

Category: Computers

Page: 662

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Alan Turing, Enigma ist die Biographie des legendären britischen Mathematikers, Logikers, Kryptoanalytikers und Computerkonstrukteurs Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954). Turing war einer der bedeutendsten Mathematiker dieses Jahrhunderts und eine höchst exzentrische Persönlichkeit. Er gilt seit seiner 1937 erschienenen Arbeit "On Computable Numbers", in der er das Prinzip des abstrakten Universalrechners entwickelte, als der Erfinder des Computers. Er legte auch die Grundlagen für das heute "Künstliche Intelligenz" genannte Forschungsgebiet. Turings zentrale Frage "Kann eine Maschine denken?" war das Motiv seiner Arbeit und wird die Schlüsselfrage des Umgangs mit dem Computer werden. Die bis 1975 geheimgehaltene Tätigkeit Turings für den britischen Geheimdienst, die zur Entschlüsselung des deutschen Funkverkehrs führte, trug entscheidend zum Verlauf und Ausgang des Zweiten Weltkriegs bei.

The Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement

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Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Checkmark Books

ISBN: 9780816062904

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.

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

View: 1924

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.

Kaltblütig

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Author: Truman Capote

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036992340

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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Im November 1959 wird in Holcomb, Kansas, die vierköpfige Familie Clutter brutal ermordet. Wenige Wochen später werden die Täter Dick Hickock und Perry Smith auf der Flucht geschnappt. Truman Capote erfährt aus der New York Times von dem Verbrechen und beschließt, am Tatort zu recherchieren. Er spricht mit Bekannten und Freunden der Familie, mit der Polizei. Schließlich erhält er Gelegenheit, mit den beiden Mördern zu reden. Mit der Zeit gelingt es ihm, so viel Nähe zu ihnen herzustellen, dass sie ihm präzise Innenansichten ihrer Seele erlauben. Fast sechs Jahre nach ihrer Tat begleitet er sie bis an den Galgen. Capotes herausragende Rekonstruktion eines Mordes wurde eine Sensation und begründete ein neues literarisches Genre: die "non-fiction novel", den Tatsachenroman. In einer atemberaubenden Sprache erzählt er, wie aus Menschen Mörder werden. Mit Kaltblütig landete Capote einen internationalen Bestseller.

Ice Man

Bekenntnisse eines Mafia-Killers

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Author: Philip Carlo

Publisher: Piper Spannungsvoll

ISBN: 3492983383

Category: True Crime

Page: 512

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Er führte ein schockierendes Doppelleben: Hinter dem liebevollen Familienvater Richard Kuklinski verbirgt sich einer der grausamsten Auftragsmörder der USA. In über vierzig Jahren ermordet er mehr als 200 Menschen im Auftrag der Mafia. Seine eiskalten und sadistischen Taten verleihen ihm den Namen »Ice Man«. Und das Unglaubliche: Seine Familie ahnt nichts ... Bestsellerautor Philip Carlo erzählt seine Lebensgeschichte: spannend, packend, rasant.