Murderers have been living among us since the dawn of time, hiding in plain sight, mingling with the rest of us “normal” folk. When a murder happens the whole society is affected, and even more so when the murder is left unsolved. We are left wondering who was that person, what happened to him, will he ever strike again? Here are 10 of the most disturbing unsolved murders that still haunt policemen.
February 9th Killer
Simply known as the Feb 9. Killer, this murderer raped and killed two women of Latin-American origin, both on the same day two years apart on the 9th of February, hence the name. The women were strangled and the investigators even got the DNA samples from the killer, which is now kept in the national database, but he was never found.
Albert de Salva was arrested in 1964 for rape and later, in the psychiatric facility, he confessed to being the infamous ‘Boston Strangler’. Yet many investigators doubt that he’s responsible for all the murders and some of the women were actually killed by another man.
The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run
Also known as the Cleveland Torso Murderer, this man was active in Cleveland during the 30s where he killed and decapitated around 12 victims. Recent research shows that there might have been more people he had killed. The identities of many of his victims have remained unknown until today. Some of the postmortem masks of the deceased were put on display in the Cleveland Police Museum.
Texarkana Moonlight Murders still remain one of the most disturbing crimes that have ever happened in Texas. The Phantom Killer attacked 8 people, mostly young couples that were getting intimate in their cars outside the city. Survivors could only describe his approximate height (around 180 cm) and that he was wearing a mask covering his face. The killer was never caught despite the help of Texas rangers that came to aid the investigation.
The Mysterious Unsolved Murders of Hinterkaifeck Farm
Six people were killed under mysterious circumstances at the Hinterkaifeck Farm back in 1922. The murders that happened just 70 km from Munich have shocked the whole country. The family of Andreas and Cecilia Gruber was killed right in their own homes along with servants and helpers. Having finished off everyone at the farm, the killer spent a weekend there, but has never been caught by the police.
Axe-Man of New Orleans
The identity of the Axe-man murderer from New Orleans still remains unknown. He operated during 1918 and 1919, killing men and women of all ages right in the street. He used an axe (which often belonged to the victims themselves). He would break into houses and attack people either with an axe or a razor.
Dyatlov Pass Mystery
A weird incident happened on February 2nd, 1959 on the mountain Kholat Syakhl in the Siberian region of Russia. The place was not called “Mountain of the Dead” for nothing! Soon the 9 ski hikers that ventured into the wild started turning up dead. Their campground was what actually made the whole story spine-chilling. It was found all in shreds with dead bodies lying around wearing very sparse clothing. Some say there were even traces of radiation found on the bodies. Until today no one knows what happened to them and who (or what) is responsible for their deaths.
The ‘Black Dahlia’ murder
The murder of Elizabeth Short who was writing under the pseudonym ‘Black Dahlia’ is still considered one of the most gruesome crimes ever committed. Her severely mutilated body was found in a vacant lot in Leimert Park and was drained of all blood. The killer even contacted the press, offering to send things that belonged to the deceased woman. Yet despite that, he has never been caught.
‘Zodiac’ is a pseudonym the killer took upon himself when he contacted the local press. He has sent numerous cryptograms that supposedly contained information about him, but only 1 out of 4 was decrypted. He was killing young couples at parking lots during 1968 and 1969. He confessed to killing 37 people, but investigators can attest to only 7 attacks. Two of his victims survived, yet the killer was never found.
Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper appeared in Whitechapel mid-year 1888. He attacked prostitutes late at night by slicing their throats. He then cut open their abdomens and removed internal organs. His surgical precision led investigators to believe that he was somehow connected with the medical community. All in all 11 murders were included in a London Metropolitan Police Service investigation under the name ‘Whitechapel Murders’. Yet most researchers believe that only 5 of them were committed by Jack the Ripper.