Top 5 Unsolved Murder Mysteries

This post answers the following questions

1) How did Olof Palme die?
2) Who’s the suspect of Olof Palme Murder?
3) What is the cause of Jill Dando’s death?
4) What is the great unresolved serial killer mysteries of all time?
5) How did Jack the Ripper killed his victims?

Every year there are a large numbers of murders that go completely unsolved. For some of these, their infamy remains so great that they remain in the public mind for years after the crime occurred. Here, I have compiled a list of the top five murder mysteries in recorded history.

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Olof Palme Murder

Olof Palme was an internationally known Swedish politician and served as Prime Minister from 1969 to 1976 and again from 1982 until 1986. After a visit to the cinema, Palme was walking home with his wife when he was assassinated, shot in the back from close range by an unknown culprit. Two years after the murder, a small-time criminal named Christer Pettersson was arrested and subsequently convicted of the former Prime Ministers murder. Pettersson’s conviction was later overturned on appeal, meaning that the identity of the real killer has never been discovered. Olof Palme held many strong views and was a polarising figure all throughout the world. In particular, his criticism of both the USA and the Soviet Union during the Cold War has lead to many conspiracy theories revolving around the involvement of the American CIA and the Soviet KGB.

Jill Dando Murder

Jill Dando was and English journalist and television presenter. At the time of her death, she was one of the most recognisable faces on the BBC, presenting its flagship Breakfast programme, Crimewatch and various news slots. On the morning of 26 April 1999 she was shot once in the head at the steps of her front door. Due to her high profile, the hunt for her killer was intensely followed by the British press, whilst the Metropolitan Police launched a massive investigation. After a year of investigation, the police arrested a man named Barry George, who lived close to Dando and had a history of violence with women. Barry George convicted of the murder in 2001 and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, in 2007 he was released on appeal after faulty forensic evidence was thrown out of the case. To this day, the identity of the real killer has not been identified. Some conspiracy theorists have argued that the killing was ordered by hard-line Yugoslav’s, as a revenge killing for the NATO bombing of the Serbian television headquarters. However, this theory has always been rejected by police investigators.

Americas Unknown Child

In 1957, a child was found nude, wrapped in a flannel blanket and placed in a large cardboard box on the side of the Susquehanna Road in Philadelphia. The body was found clean and dry, with his arms carefully folded across his chest. The boy’s nails looked to have been cut recently trimmed short, whilst his hair had been cut close to the head, in a clumsy, hurried fashion. There were many bruises all over the body of the child, primarily on the head and face and seemingly inflicted all at the same time. Despite the huge publicity of the story at the time, as well as the sporadic re-interest in it, nobody has ever been charged or convicted with the murder.

The Zodiac

The Zodiac Killer is one of the great unresolved serial killer mysteries of all time. The killer operated throughout California in the 1960’s and 1970’s, claiming seven victims in that time. However, it is for the way he acted throughout these crimes that increased his infamy. The man sent a series of taunting letters to the investigating police bureau, which included four cryptograms that would reveal the identity of the killer. As of today, only one cryptogram has ever been definitely solved. Over 2,500 people have been investigated as potential suspects and the case is still open in San Francisco, Vallejo, Napa County and Solano County. Despite this, nobody has ever been convicted.

Jack the Ripper

Arguably the most famous unsolved murder mystery of all time, Jack the Ripper is still a well-known name. Operating in the Whitechapel district of East London during a 3 month spell in 1888, the Ripper exclusively targeted prostitutes, murdering five during his reign of terror. He generally killed his victims by strangling them to death and then mutilating their bodies, often extracting and keeping organs. His infamy became truly massive however, due to the vast number of people who wrote to police and newspapers, claiming to be the Ripper. One such letter was addressed ‘From Hell’, whilst another was accompanied with part of a kidney. Jack the Ripper was never found, despite the large amount of people who claimed to be him and a massive investigation, which carries on until today, if only by amateurs and enthusiasts.

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