America's Most Famous Murders

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America's Most Famous Murders


Death is inevitable. And it happens practically every day around the world. However, there are certain deaths that stick with us and haunt us in the most unforgettable way. This is because they didn’t happen naturally but were the result of murders most bizarre. Some of the details of these cases are frightening and fascinating at the same time. That’s why even if they are gruesome and strange, a lot of people are still interested in them. The following are some of the most popular murder cases in history.


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The Case of JonBenét

On December 26, 1996, Patsy Ramsey reported to the Colorado police that her 6-year-old daughter JonBenét was missing. She found a handwritten ransom note that demanded $118,000 for the girl’s safe return. However, the body of JonBenét was later discovered that day by her father, John. The lifeless body was in the basement of their house. Her mouth was duct-taped and her wrists were bound. She also had a head injury and had been strangled with a cord. Twenty-two years since the crime happened, JonBenét’s killer was still unidentified. 


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The Boy in the Box

In 1957, a young hunter was checking his traps when he stumbled upon a cardboard box in the woods. The box contained a young boy, who was somewhere between three and seven years old, stripped naked and mutilated. However, he left the body and didn’t report what he saw. Luckily, a braver soul found the box as well and reported it to the authorities. There were several signs that showed how he was abused when he was alive. According to an article by All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they saw on the news or read in history books, the boy was small, malnourished, and unkempt. His hair had been cut and his body was covered in small scars. More than 60 years since he was found, nobody still had a clue on who the child was and how he ended up there.


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The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson

Nicole Brown Simpson, the former wife of football star O.J. Simpson, was found slaughtered outside her Brentwood home along with her friend Ron Goldman. She had a slit throat that nearly decapitated her. The authorities reported that the victims were killed by “sharp force injuries.” However, no murder weapon had been located but they concluded that the murder was committed by someone who was trying to prove a point. Thus, they hunted O.J. Simpson as one of their suspects. Although there was overwhelming evidence against him, the football player was acquitted by a jury. 


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The Murder of “The Black Dahlia”

Elizabeth Short, widely known as “The Black Dahlia,” was found dead on Jan. 15, 1947 at a Los Angeles residential neighborhood by a young woman and her three-year-old daughter. The aspiring actress was mutilated and her body was completely chopped in half. Pieces of her skin had been removed, there were ligature marks on her wrists, her intestines were missing, and her body had been completely drained of blood. The murderer also cut her face open from the corners of both sides of her mouth to her ears. Until now, Short’s killer is still unidentified. 


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The Harvard Medical School Murder

In the fall of 1849, the dismembered remains of Dr. George Parkman, a prominent physician, was found by a janitor inside the office of Dr. John White Webster, a rich professor and philanthropist. According to an article by Ranker, a digital media company located in Los Angeles that features polls on entertainment, brands, sports and culture, Parkman’s teeth and bone fragments were located in several places: in the furnace, the bathroom, and even in the trunk. Dr. Webster was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death by hanging in August 1850. 


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The Lindbergh Baby

For more than two months, 20-month-old Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. had been missing. His father, Lindbergh Sr., found a ransom note demanding $50,000 in exchange for his son’s return. Over the next months, the family searched for baby Charles with the help of the FBI. However, on May 12, 1932, the Lindbergh baby was found dead just over a mile from his family’s mansion. It was believed that he had been dead for at least two months. His bones had endured several other fractures while his skull had a hole in it. Some of his body parts had been chewed off by animals. The suspect was Richard Hauptmann, a German immigrant, who was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to death. The trial was chaotic that people considered it the “Trial of the Century.”


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The Murder of Sharon Tate

The murder of actress Sharon Tate terrified Hollywood and the rest of America for decades. Tate was with her friends in a glamorous house in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles when Charles Manson, an infamous cult leader, instructed a few of his loyal followers to enter the house and kill everyone inside “as gruesomely as you can.” The actress, who was eight months pregnant at that time, was stabbed to death. The murderers used her blood to write the word “Pig” on the home’s front door. Eventually, all of them were sentenced to life in prison. 




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