Criminologists believe a perfect crime to go undetected not because of the authorities’ incompetence but because of the sheer brilliance of the perpetrator. If you believe yourself to be the next Sherlock Holmes or Hercules Poirot, then here’s a list of 7 unsolved crazy murder cases for you to use your detective skills on:
1. Snehal Gaware Murder Case – Unsolved Crazy Murder Case
Snehal, a resident of Mumbai, was a final-year engineering student. On July 20, 2007, she was alone at home recovering from a leg injury when her friends, including the perpetrator, visited her. When her mother came home in the evening, she could not find Snehal anywhere. Her parents filed a missing person’s report.
The next day Snehal’s mother discovered her dead body in the drawer under her bed. In addition, Snehal’s cell phone has been missing since the murder. The residents who lived in the same building as Snehal reported that no suspicious person was seen anywhere near her place.
The police tracked the cell phone to a mobile dealer who told them he had bought it from a young man. However, he was not able to describe him.
In 2010 the police arrested Snehal’s boyfriend Hiten Rathod on strong suspicion that he was the one who killed her, stole the phone, and destroyed the SIM card, but they later had to let him go as there was no evidence against him.
To date, there has been no clue as to who murdered Snehal. This unsolved murder case is crazy.
2. Mystery of the Somerton Man – Unsolved Crazy Murder Cases
That is the point after which it gets even more bizarre. On December 1, 1948, a dead body was found in Somerton Beach, Australia. They found a scrap of paper in the dead man’s body, “Tamam Shud,” which means ‘finished’ or ‘ended’ in Persian.
When the police checked through the records to know the man’s identity, they could not find even a single proof of his existence, he did not have any wallet on him, and his teeth did not match the dental records of any living person.
Later the book was seen by the police. The book was full of unbreakable codes. Many believed this would help solve the murder, but it only made it complicated. This case is considered one of the most bizarre murder mysteries in Australia, even today.
3. The Boy In The Box – Unsolved Crazy Murder Cases
A boy of 4-6 years old, in a box wrapped in a plaid blanket, was buried in Philadelphia. The boy’s hair appeared to be freshly cut hastily, and clumps of hair sticking on his body were also found. His face and body also had several bruises. The police had no information regarding his identity, and this case is still open. Shortly after the discovery of the body, two theories came up:
- He was from the foster, only half a kilometer away from where the murderer buried his body. In addition to this, he was the child of the stepdaughter of the foster owner. The owner had killed him to hide that she was an unwed mother. They couldn’t find evidence to substantiate this theory.
- A woman named ‘M’ testified that her mother had bought the boy from his birth parents and that she physically and sexually abused the boy for two years before killing him. ‘M’ said that her mother had given the boy a haircut and buried him in a box. When ‘M’ and her mother were burying the boy, a man passing by had asked if they needed any help. While this seemed like a plausible theory, it wasn’t as ‘M’ was mentally ill. Her neighbors denied that any boy was living in her house.
After being reburied, a headstone that read “America’s Unknown Child” was placed on the boy’s grave.
4. Jack the Stripper – Unsolved Crazy Murder Cases
Everyone must have heard of the infamous, unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper, who had created a reign of terror in the U.K. with his brutal manner of killing. Jack the Stripper is the name given to another unidentified serial killer with the same victimology as Jack the Ripper, except that his victims are naked.
Like Jack the Ripper, he too stopped killing as suddenly as he had started. He killed five prostitutes whose bodies were discovered around London or dumped in the Thames river. Despite numerous speculations, they could not identify the killer. These cases were also known as the Hammersmith cases.
5. The Atlas Vampire Case – Unsolved Crazy Murder Cases
On May 4, 1932, a 32-year-old prostitute was found dead in her apartment in the Atlas area of Stockholm. The killing of prostitutes was common at that time. However, this case stood out because the victim was drained out of her blood by the killer.
They also found a gravel ladle at the crime scene, and no blood was found anywhere at the crime scene. A blunt force on the victim’s head a blunt force trauma was seen, and she had died 48 hours after the infliction of the wound. From its looks, it seemed that the killer had used the spoon to drink the victim’s blood.
Due to the modus operandi of the unidentified killer, he was called the Atlas Vampire.
6. Black Dahlia case – Unsolved Crazy Murder Cases
Elizabeth Short was found dead on the morning of January 15, 1947. Her naked body was cut into half around the waist and thrown in Leimert Park, L.A., California. At first, a resident who discovered the body thought it was a discarded mannequin, but she informed the police upon realizing that it was a corpse.
This case is a perfect example of Press gone wild. The murderer mutilated Short’s body badly and drained her out of her blood. He also cut her mouth around the corner to create an effect called the Glasgow smile. They manipulated the victim’s mother to get personal information, and in fact, it was the media who had come up with the nickname Black Dahlia for the victim.
Short’s murder is one of the oldest unsolved cases in the history of L.A. Due to this case’s limelight, almost 50 people confessed to committing the crime. However, that turned out to be a complete fluke upon investigation.
7.JonBenet Patricia Ramsey – Unsolved Crazy Murder Cases
A 6-year-old beauty pageant winner, JonBenet, was found dead in her house in Colorado in 1996. She had been struck on the head and strangulated while there were no signs of a conventional rape. They found her body in the basement of her home in a police search, 8 hours after being reported missing.
Just after Ramsey’s disappearance, her mother had found a ransom note on their table, after which she called the police, who did not find any signs of a break-in. The police suspected Ramsey’s parents and her brother. This case is similar to the Aarushi murder case, where her parents, too, were suspected of killing their daughter. However, unlike that case wherein the parents were convicted based on circumstantial evidence, in this case, the parents were acquitted because their DNA did not match the one found on their daughter’s clothes.
In 2010, they reinvestigated the case, and in 2013 the grand jury declared that they had enough evidence to indict the parents. Still, the District Attorney refused to sign the paper for indictment. Which consequently gave the impression that the grand jury’s findings were inconclusive.