ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Sixty-seven years ago today, the Black Dahlia murder shocked America. The subject of much speculation, the crime remains unsolved.

On the anniversary of this brutal murders, we take another look at the 5 most notorious unsolved cases.

1. The Black Dahlia

January 14, 1947, Elizabeth Short's murder shocked L.A. and America. Her body was cut in two at the waist, and three inch incisions were found at the edges of her mouth. The grisly crime splashed across headlines and garnered hundreds of false 'confessions', but a perpetrator was never jailed for the murder.

Immortalized in film: The Black Dahlia (2006)

2. Jack the Ripper

Possibly the most notorious of all unsolved crimes, 'Jack the Ripper' is the name given to the unknown perpetrator of five savage murders and mutilations of prostitutes in London's Whitechapel from 1888. Conspiracy theories - including the cover-up of an illegitimate heir to the British throne - abound, but the case remains a mystery.

Immortalised on film: From Hell (2001)

3. JonBenét Ramsey

Image: NBC news

Boxing Day, 1996. Six year-old beauty pageant star JonBenét Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her family home in Boulder, Colorado. Eight hours earlier, her mother had received a ransom note for $118,000. However, no follow-up call ever came. John Ramsey, his wife, and even his 9 year-old son were implicated in the case, but no charge was ever made.

Immortalized in film: Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (2000)

4. Lizzie Borden

1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found butchered to death with a hatchet. Andrew's daughter, Lizzie, although the subject of investigation, was eventually acquitted. The murders remain officially unsolved.

Immortalized in film: Lizzie Borden Took An Ax (2014)

5. Zodiac

The mysterious killer who chillingly taunted police, 'I like killing people because it is so much fun,' the Zodiac menaced the Bay Area with several murders circa 1969. His toying with law enforcement and use of complex coding in communications have cemented the case in the public imagination.

Immortalized in film: Zodiac (2007)


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