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Those crimes that remain unsolved are always surrounded by an aura of secrecy. People can wonder for a long time who is the culprit and what was the reason for the crime. The attacker remains at large, possibly planning all new acts.
Investigators are pulling on different strings, the line between intent and chance, truth and lie is blurred. Although the technology of solving crimes has made great strides in recent years, there are many unsolved secrets in world history. Let's talk about the ten most famous unsolved crimes that remain in world history.
Dan Cooper and the hijacking of the plane. This story happened on November 24, 1971, when an obscure worker Dan Cooper boarded a Boeing 727 en route to Seattle. Shortly after takeoff, a passenger announced that he had a bomb. The offender did not intend to kill anyone, he simply demanded 4 parachutes and 200 thousand dollars. After receiving the required, Cooper forced the plane to take off and soon left with a parachute. Dan Cooper was never seen again. There was only a letter to the Los Angeles Times, in which Cooper claimed that he had 14 months left to live, and he needed money to live comfortably for this time. After 9 years, FBI officers found 9 thousand dollars near the Columbia River, immediately questions arose: "Did Cooper survive after his jump?" After all, the numbers on the banknotes coincided with those that were provided to the criminal. Four months later, Richard McCoy made a similar takeover attempt, claiming that he was Cooper. However, the police found out that on that day, November 24, McCoy was proven to be in a different location. Today, there are no clues in the case; all the FBI has at its disposal is the criminal's fingerprints and a drawn portrait of Cooper. Today, Boeing-727 aircraft are equipped with a special design that prevents the rear ladder from opening in flight. The device was named "Cooper's paddles".
Robbers of the Gardner Museum. The museum was opened back in 1903 by Isabella Stewart Gardner. The museum has over time become renowned for its large selection of both modern and classical works of art. The most famous robbery in the history of the country also brought fame to the institution. On March 18, 1990, thieves disguised as policemen entered the museum. They delivered 13 works with a total cost of $ 200 million. The most famous works were the paintings of the Dutch by Rembrandt and Jan Vermer. Although the criminals were never found, in 2005 information appeared about the involvement of the mafia in this case. The FBI began to spin this information back in 1999 with the arrest of Carmelo Merlino and David Turner in preparation for an armed robbery. During interrogation, it was suggested that this couple was directly involved in the robbery of the museum. The paintings were illegally sold to European buyers, thanks to the mafia connections. Although Turner denied any connection to the crime, Merlino hinted that he knew exactly where the stolen masterpieces were.
Japanese multimillion dollar robbery. The crime occurred on December 10, 1968, when four employees of the Nihon Shintaku Ginko bank were transporting 300 million yen for the employees of the Toshiba company. The car was stopped by a policeman who said that a bomb had been planted in the car, so everyone needs to leave the vehicle. The guards obediently left the car. The policeman began to examine it, then smoke appeared, and everyone was ordered to scatter. After that, the fake servant of the law himself got into the car and calmly left the scene. The case contained more than 100 pieces of evidence, including the attacker's motorcycle, and several thousand suspects were interviewed. As a result, the police went on the trail of the 19-year-old son of the robber, who immediately committed suicide. The thread was interrupted, and the statute of limitations for the crime expired. For another crime, a friend of the suicide was arrested, who possessed a significant amount of money. He could not explain their origin, but since he was in no way involved in the robbery, then this strange coincidence had no consequences.
The murder of Bob Crane. Bob Crane was a famous actor, famous for the series "Heroes of Hogan". The man was happily married, and he met his wife at school. Over time, popularity began to wane, and the once happy family fell apart. Bob began to drink, use drugs, in which a new acquaintance, John Carpenter, helped him a lot. As it turned out, he had his own company, which was officially engaged in electronics, but soon friends decided to try themselves in the production of porn. Bob Crane began to try himself in this genre, and Carpenter was the operator. But this "friendship" could not last long, and on June 29, 1978, Crane was murdered in cold blood. Although the weapon of the crime was never found, a lot of evidence pointed to Carpenter's guilt. For some reason, he called the police officers who were in Bob's house, although no one knew they were there. Carpenter did not even ask why the police suddenly appeared at his friend's house. And in a car rented by an unlucky operator, traces of blood of the same group as Crane's were found. Analysis of her DNA became possible only in 1992, but by that time she had already become unusable. The court emphasized the strange relationship between Crane and Carpenter, but could not prove the suspect's guilt for sure. In 1998, the operator died, and the case is likely to remain unsolved.
Death of JonBenet Ramsay. The six-year-old girl was the winner of several beauty contests among children. She lived in Boulder, Colorado. On December 26, 1996, just after Christmas, the girl's mother, also a former beauty queen, discovered a note demanding a ransom of $ 118,000. Despite the kidnappers' demands, the parents went to the police. An eight-hour search in the house revealed the body of the murdered JonBenet in the basement of the house. There were no signs of beatings on her body, and the note itself was written on a piece of paper that belonged to the victim's family. Curiously, the ransom amount exactly matched the amount on the last check received by the girl's father. Therefore, the version of the participation in the murder of the child's mother was considered. However, the investigators concluded that the offender was not a resident of the house - unknown footprints were found in the basement, a rope was found in the bedroom, along which the killer left the house, and the DNA traces of the offender did not match the data of the relatives. In 2006, John Mark Carr was arrested in Thailand, who stated that it was he who was next to JonBenet at the time of her death, but the DNA of the detainee did not match what the police had at their disposal. Therefore, no charges were brought against Karoo.
Death of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. These two stars of rap culture were the most popular at the time. They were killed several months apart. Tupac's death occurred on September 7, 1996, while attending a boxing match in Las Vegas. The rapper got out of the car along with the founder of the studio "Death Row Records" Suge Knight. However, suddenly a car stopped nearby, from which fire was opened. As a result, 4 bullets hit Shakur, 2 of which were fatal. After 6 days, Tupac died. Biggie's death occurred in a similar way on March 9, 1997. This singer took part in a party at the Paterson Automotive Museum. Smalls was informed that the party had ended earlier than scheduled. And on the way to his car, the rapper was met by two cars and masked people. One of them, wearing a bow tie, fired 4 times. Although both crimes were committed in public places, the suspects were never found. Most likely those who saw and knew something were simply afraid for their lives. Although a possible reason is corruption in the police environment. Many versions revolve around the murders, many believe that Suge Knight, a major rap tycoon, was involved in both deaths. Papa Daddy was also accused of involvement in crimes.
Death of the "Black Orchid". Elizabeth Short moved to Los Angeles after her fiancé, Matthew Gordon, suddenly died. The beautiful girl was filled with ambition and dreamed of fame, Hollywood. Elizabeth really showed hope, in her last letter she informed about the upcoming auditions for new films and about her participation in them. On January 9, 1974, Robert Manley took the girl to the Baltimore Hotel, from where she disappeared without a trace a few hours later. Only on January 15, Elizabeth's body, mutilated and with a disfigured face, was found. The victim's mouth was slit from ear to ear. In the course of the investigation, many suspects were interviewed, including 60 who voluntarily confessed to the murder. The crime received a wide response, it was nicknamed "The Black Orchid Affair", since the girl had black hair, and the act itself was surrounded by mystery and mystery. The first suspect was Manley, who saw the girl as the last one alive. Suspicion soon fell on Mark Hansen, the owner of the nightclub and the house where Short lived. It was he who gave the media some personal information about the murdered woman, which further fueled interest in the case. Woody Guthrie, Orson Welles, Bugsy Segal were suspected of the murder. There was also talk of the involvement of Dr. Walter Bailey, who lived nearby and whose daughter knew Short's sister. In 2006, a thriller about this story was released, in which Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Swank played the main roles. The film interprets the events of that time in its own way, offering its own version of what happened.
The disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Jimmy began his career in 1957, eventually becoming president of the Teamsters Union. Hoffa tried to unite employees in the transport sector, but he used his connections with the mafia to intimidate people, which completely ruined his reputation. Unsurprisingly, Hoffa soon found himself behind bars for bribing a judge, but was soon amnestied by Nixon. Jimmy was going to meet at the Michigan restaurant "Manchus Red Fox" with the mafiosi Antonio Giacalone and Antonio Provenzano, but mysteriously disappeared. Only recently did the first evidence of this tangled case emerge. It turns out that on the day he disappeared, Hoffa was in the car of Charles O'Brien, his union colleague, DNA analysis showed. Bandits Richard Powell, Louis Milito from the Gambino clan, and hitman Richard Kuklinsky are called the probable organizers of the kidnapping. Today, the most popular version is that the culprit behind Hoffa's disappearance is Frank Sheeran, a contract killer who told former prosecutor Charles Brandt in 2004 that he was the one who killed Hoffa for his disagreements with the mafia.
Jack the Ripper. The story of how in 1888 a murderer attacked prostitutes in London is known to almost everyone, it was often filmed. It is known for certain about five victims in the Whitechapel area, while the involvement in the rest of the deaths of the maniac remained unproven. A distinctive feature of the crimes of Jack the Ripper was their brutality, as well as the fact that they were committed in public areas that were always filled with people. On the one hand, this could help in catching the criminal, on the other hand, it completely confused the police. There were never any obvious suspects in the case, although the names of many suspects, including the most famous, were announced. Among them are the writer Lews Carroll and the artist Walter Sickert. Scotland Yard got a lot of letters that were written on behalf of Jack the Ripper, but no one can say which ones were really real. The very same name of the maniac appeared just from one such message. Then the detectives did not have modern capabilities and relied on volunteers who looked out for suspicious individuals on the streets. The detectives suggested that the killer was aware of anatomy, since only an experienced person (a doctor? A butcher?) Could shred a body so quickly. Today, DNA analysis of one of the letters, believed to be authentic, revealed that the writer was a woman. As a result, the Jack the Ripper case remains unsolved, but historians, observing the coverage of the case in the press of that time, see how the mass media of that time worked.
Murder according to the zodiac. A series of strange murders swept in 1968-1969. The murderer "according to the zodiac" is credited with 37 murders, but detectives can be proven to claim only five. After the murders in December 1968 and July 1969, the killer sent three letters to the Los Angeles newspapers, which contained 408 pieces of encrypted cryptogram. The police were able to solve the riddle, but they did not contain any clues to the identity of the killer. Later, after the murder was committed, letters with cryptograms continued to come, but they could no longer be solved. Police speculate that the killings ended in 1969, although cryptic messages continued until the mid-1970s. The greatest suspicion fell on Arthur Leigh Allen, a rapist who was captured with bloody knives in his own car on the same day one of the murders was committed. And the Zodiac, like Allen, loved the same story - "The Most Dangerous Game". It tells that one of the hunters realized that now he will enjoy chasing people more. Three warrants were issued to search Allen's apartment, but the prosecution was never able to press charges, since no analysis of Arthur's handwriting, DNA test, or fingerprints yielded any matches.