Category Archives: Other Mysterious Crimes

Johnny Stompanato – 1958

“I’m deathly afraid of him” THE CRIME: Glamorous Lana Turner appeared in films and gossip columns, married seven times and had one child, a daughter, Cheryl Crane, on 25 July 1943. Lana’s choice of men was not always wise and in the late 1950s she took up with small-time hoodlum Johnny Stompanato. He had first… Read More »

Adam Walsh – 1981

“[There is] no evidence linking my son’s unsolved slaying to Jeffrey Dahmer” THE CRIME: Adam Walsh was born on 14 November 1974, the son of John Walsh, future host of the television programme, America’s Most Wanted. In the summer of 1981 Adam was visiting the Hollywood Mall in Hollywood, Florida with his mother, Reve. She… Read More »

Helen Duncan – 1944

“I didn’t do anything” THE CRIME: Born in Scotland on 25 November 1897, Helen Duncan was a tomboy who was nicknamed “Hellish Nell” when she was a young girl. Even her mother said that one day she would be burned as a witch. In 1916 Helen married Henry Duncan, an invalided soldier she had “first… Read More »

Philby, Burgess, Maclean & Blunt – 1934-1963

“I have no reason to conclude that Mr Philby has betrayed the interests of this country” THE CRIME: In 1929 Kim Philby went up to Trinity College, Cambridge to read history and economics, followed a year later by Guy Burgess and in 1931 by Donald Maclean. Maclean wrote an article calling capitalism a “crack-brained criminal… Read More »

Mata Hari – 1915-1917

“I have never loved any but officers” THE CRIME: The myths around Mata Hari are multifarious and mostly wrong. Her scandalous life with men began at the age of 16, when she had sex with 51-year-old Wybrandus Haanstra, the headmaster of her school. She married Rudolf MacLeod, a syphilitic soldier 20 years her senior, on… Read More »

Enrico Caruso – 1906

“Italian pervert” THE CRIME: Italian singer extraordinaire Enrico Caruso was born on 25 February 1873 in Naples, Italy. Caruso was a tenor celebrated for his strong, romantic voice. He was able to captivate audiences with his depth of feeling and musical range. He is recognized to have been the first person to understand the value… Read More »

Salem Witch Trials – 1692

“I know not what a witch is” THE CRIME: One of the most shameful incidents in American history resulted in 14 women, six men and two dogs being executed. Of the 20 human executions, 19 people were hanged and one pressed to death. The witch trials in Salem were not the first in America —… Read More »

Ranulf Flambard – 1100

Ranulf was the first prisoner in the newly built Tower of London THE CRIME: Ranulf Flambard was born at Bayeux in Normandy about 1060; his father was a priest. He moved to England and joined the court of William the Conqueror. Ranulf was a skilled financier and, although he enjoyed William’s favour, the nobility disliked… Read More »

Joseph Fritzl – 1984

“Born to rape” THE CRIME: Electrical engineer, Josef Fritzl ,was no ordinary father. He had been born an only child in Amstetten, Austria on 9 April 1935. In 1956 he married 17-year-old Rosemarie. In September 1967 he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for rape. When his daughter Elisabeth was just 11 years old… Read More »

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg – 1953

Albert Einstein and Pope Pius XII urged the death sentence be set aside THE CRIME: The so-called Atom Bomb spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were electrocuted for supposedly passing secrets to the Soviet Union. Both were born on the Lower East Side of New York, the children of Jewish immigrants, Ethel Greenglass on 28 September… Read More »