Some mysteries will haunt us for all time. The finest investigative minds have fallen short of the impenetrable search for the truth... These cases are so famous, so universally baffling that movies have been made from every one...
1. The Black Dahlia
January 14, 1947, Elizabeth Short's murder shocked L.A. and America as a whole. 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.
Leading Theories: Recent evidence links the murder to a Dr. Hodel.
Immortalized on Screen: The Black Dahlia (2006)
2. The Zodiac Killer
Zodiac, the mysterious killer who chillingly taunted police, "I like killing people because it is so much fun," 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.
Leading Theories: The 'Joseph Chandler' theory is prevalent.
Immortalized on Screen: Zodiac (2007)
3. The Borden Family Axe Murders
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.
Leading Theories: Lizzie Borden is still the prime suspect, but the case was never truly solved.
Immortalized on Screen: Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)
4. JonBenét Ramsey
Boxing Day, 1996. 6-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.
Leading Theories: Suspicion was repeatedly thrown upon the Ramsey family, who have always maintained that the murder was committed by an intruder. The case remains unsolved.
Immortalized on Screen: Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (2000)
5. 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.
Leading Theories: There are many convincing theories about the Ripper, actually.
Immortalized on Screen: From Hell (2001)