Category Archives: Other Mysterious Crimes

Lake Bodom Murders – 1960

Nils Gustafsson went on trial more than 45 years after the murders THE CRIME: In June 1960 four Finnish teenagers — Maila Irmeli Bjorklund, 15, Anja Tuulikki Maki, 15, Seppo Antero Boisman, 18, and Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson, 18 — went camping on the shores of Lake Bodom, a small lake by the city of Espoo… Read More »

Zodiac Killer – 1968-1969

“Vallejo/12-20-68/7-4-69/Sept 27-69-6:30/by knife” THE CRIME: The Zodiac Killer — the way the killer signed himself in letters to San Francisco newspapers from 7 August 1969 —struck for the first time at 11pm on 20 December 1968. David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16, were shot on Lake Herman Road in Vallejo, California as… Read More »

D.B. Cooper – 1971

“I have a bomb in my briefcase. You are being hijacked.” THE CRIME: On the day before Thanksgiving in 1971 a man calling himself Dan Cooper boarded a Boeing 727-100, Northwest Orient (now Northwest Airlines) Flight 305, at Portland International Airport in Oregon, bound for Seattle, Washington. He was in his mid 40s, about 1.82… Read More »

Helen Smith – 1979

“If I was to say Helen Smith’s death was an accident, I would be a liar” THE CRIME: Helen Linda Smith was born on 3 January 1956, the daughter of a former policeman. Having failed the exams needed to become a police officer, Helen chose nursing and landed a job at St George’s Hospital in… Read More »

Roberto Calvi – 1982

“If the whole thing comes out it will be enough to start World War III” THE CRIME: The body of Roberto Calvi, the 62-year-old chairman of the Banco Ambrosiano, who had gone missing from his London home the day before, was spotted hanging from scaffolding under Blackfriars Bridge on 18 June 1982. In his pockets… Read More »

Colonial Parkway Killer – 1986

Robin’s belt was undone and her bra was around her neck. THE CRIME: The Colonial Parkway Killer struck for the first time on 12 October 1986. His first two victims were a lesbian couple, stockbroker and former sailor Cathleen Marian Thomas, 27, and student Rebecca Ann Dowski, 21. Their corpses were discovered by a jogger… Read More »

Nicole Brown Simpson & Ronald Goldman – 1994

“[Nicole] was virtually decapitated. Her jugular was all but completely severed” THE CRIME: O.J. Simpson was a popular American football player who, on his retirement in 1978, became a popular actor and a spokesman for various organizations. Having divorced his first wife by whom he had three children, Simpson married Nicole Brown, 12 years his… Read More »

JonBenet Ramsey – 1996

John found his daughter’s corpse covered by a white blanket THE CRIME: JonBenet Ramsey was born on 6 August 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her parents began entering her into beauty contests, her mother, Patsy, having been Miss West Virginia 1977. JonBenet won several of the competitions she entered. On Boxing Day 1996 Patsy discovered her… Read More »

Oscar Romero – 1980

“If they have killed him for doing what he did, then I too have to walk the same path” THE CRIME: Archbishop Romero, more properly Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, was born in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador on 15 August 1917 and joined the seminary of the Claretian Order when he was 13. When he… Read More »

Shergar – 1983

“It was several minutes before the horse, which was in agony, slowly bled to death” THE CRIME: On 3 June 1981 Shergar, ridden by 19-year-old Walter Swinburn, won the Derby by a record ten lengths. The horse’s odds were 11/10 on. That November the thoroughbred was retired to stud at Ballmany Stud, near Newbridge in… Read More »