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The Most Sensational Unsolved Murders in History

Several unsolved murders which are sensational, caused many controversies and speculations and remain mystery to this date.

There are many unsolved murder in the world. The cases that are presented here are the most sensational cases that the writer ever knows. These cases, which remain mystery to this date, have been the inspiration of many books, movies and even other copycat murders. Here is the list.

The Zodiac Killer

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This serial killer named himself Zodiac. He claimed to have murdered 37 peoples, but only 7 are confirmed by the authority. What make this killer sensational? Fist: the fact that his identity is never revealed to this date. Secondly his actions of making contact with the police and the media using letters written in cryptogram, 3 of which are never successfully decipher until today. Third: his infamous threats to do a mass killing, the threats which were never realized, but nonetheless had caused hysteria and make him even more famous. Fourth: the emergence of many false claim of the Zodiac, including a sensational claim made by a man from Sacramento accusing his stepfather to be the Zodiac. Lastly: the latest DNA test result that cannot confirm the police’s main suspect as the Zodiac.

The first confirmed killing was occurred in 1968. The victims were David Arthur Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen. Both were shot on Lake Herman Road, Benicia. The second murder took place on 4th July 1969 at Blue Rock Springs, Vallejo when 2 victims, Michael Mageau and Darlene Elizabeth Ferrin were shot. Mageau survived. The third murder occurred in Lake Berrynessa, Napa County. Bryan Calvin Hartnell and Cecilia Ann Shepard were stabbed to death. The latest confirmed victim was Paul Lee Stine who was shot and killed in Presidio Heights, San Francisco on 11 October 1969.

There are others that were suspected to be the victims of the Zodiac. The first unconfirmed murder occurred as early as 1963. The Zodiac was also suspected of abducting Kathleen Johns in 1970, but this suspicion was never confirmed by the police.

In 1969 The Zodiac started to write letters in symbol to the media. In several of his letters which had been deciphering, the Zodiac admitted the killing and claim that he had murdered others. In his letter, Zodiac challenged the police that should the police was able to decode his letter; they will find the Zodiac true identity. However, no name appears in the letters. To authenticate his claim the Zodiac included details in his letter which are unknown to the media. The final letters come in 1974. Afterward, several letters were received by the media which suspected to be written by the Zodiac but never confirmed.

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  1. denus

    On January 30, 2009 at 4:50 am

    ive heard a bit about zodiac and seen the movie on zodiac, was very interesting, and a little bit about the black dahlia murders, very gruesome.

    good article.


  2. F J McCarthy

    On January 30, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Good article,There were a couple spelling errors that you might want to fix, Nothing major .I am guilty of mis spelling so I try to use the spell checker before submitting,Some times I forget, So please don’t think I’m being critical, I’m Not. I Liked the article. I think it was well written and informative.Thanks for writing it.

  3. Emma J Kerry

    On January 30, 2009 at 6:31 am

    I thought this was a really fascinating article. I love anything like this.

  4. S M Blomker

    On January 30, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Two of them I knew the others I didn’t.Good article.

  5. Shari86

    On January 30, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Really interesting article, but I do agree with the above comment that if it had been proof-read it would have flowed more smoothly. This is not a criticism, simply a suggestion, because the article itself was obviously very well researched and I found it quite informative.
    Well done!

  6. Darla Smith

    On January 30, 2009 at 7:10 am

    A very interesting article. I’ve only heard about a couple of them though.

  7. K Kristie

    On January 30, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I’ve never heard any of this before. I agree, this is a well researched, informative and interesting post.

  8. Joni Keith

    On January 30, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Very interesting subject. I lived in California at the time of the Zodiac killings so I remember the case well. You did a great job presenting the facts in this article.

  9. Jenny Heart

    On January 30, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I never knew about this incident, and it informed me greatly about a subject I hardly think about, except if it’s on the news. These crimes are such a waste. Great writing!

  10. Betty Carew

    On January 30, 2009 at 8:21 am

    you did an excellent job on this article Yovita, It is very well written and presented. Good going!

  11. nico

    On January 30, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Yovi, cool article. Thanks for sharing. How did you know all of these? I thought you’re an insurance expert?! Well done.

  12. Westbrook

    On January 30, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Quite informative. I was aware of most of these crimes. Very good research. Thanks for putting it together.

  13. PR Mace

    On January 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Good well written, well research article. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Olivia Reason

    On January 30, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    True crime is so fascinating. Good topic.

  15. Chambo

    On January 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Very interesting topic Yovita. Well done.


  16. monica55

    On January 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    A well written article. Keep up the good work.

  17. Leroy Altman

    On January 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Great article. I watched a special the other night on this topic. very interesting

  18. David Cartier

    On January 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    loved this article

  19. S Air

    On January 30, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I was hooked from start to finish, well done!

  20. nobert soloria bermosa

    On January 30, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    very interesting,great job my friend

  21. Maria Blazz

    On January 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Who needs mistery fiction when there are cases like those? Reality can be much harder.

  22. lostfairey24

    On January 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I know a lot about the un solved murders in the usa. I like your article, and eventhough the case of the zodiak killer has never been solved, i think they know who the killer was considering after the death of the prime suspect Arthur Leigh Allen, the killings and the murders stopped.

  23. Dee Gold

    On January 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm


  24. AC Hamilton III

    On January 30, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    You did a great job! Your work was very thorough. I was intrigued throughout.


  25. valli

    On January 30, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Fascinating article.

  26. seashell66

    On January 30, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Interesting. I didn’t know about Lord Darnley

  27. rutherfranc

    On January 30, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    good work on this one Yovita.. I`m familiar with some but others are a mystery before this article.

  28. nutuba

    On January 30, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Yovita, this is a fascinating and well researched article! Nicely done.

  29. Poetic Enigma

    On January 30, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Great article,
    well researched
    and put together!

  30. Inna Tysoe

    On January 31, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Fascinating article. Thanks.


  31. Kate Smedley

    On January 31, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Extremely well written and well researched has gone into it. Very informative and I liked it a lot.

  32. Kate Smedley

    On January 31, 2009 at 3:01 am

    And apologies for the badly typed comment above; the first sentence should have ended at well researched, sorry Yovita!


    On January 31, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Very cool article.

  34. Lisa Clayton Williams

    On January 31, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Interesting article! I agree with the others…this was well researched!

  35. Loreta Dorington

    On January 31, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Enjoyed reading it. I like the way you narrated the events. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Little Miss Lizzy

    On January 31, 2009 at 10:13 am

    You have put a lot of work into this and it has paid off. It is well written and informative – I like your writing style!

  37. R J Evans

    On January 31, 2009 at 11:09 am

    It was absolute MURDER reading this article!

    OK, bad jokes aside, an excellent read – I do like a little unsolved blood and gore occasionally!

  38. Lauren Axelrod

    On January 31, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Very fascinating. I especially liked the historical murder of Lord darnley.

  39. Denise Kawaii

    On February 1, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I enjoyed reading this piece. I do agree with some of the comments above – there are some areas where the tense throws the reader off, but overall this is a great article. Keep it up!

  40. OhSugar

    On February 3, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Kept my attention. Very interesting part of history. Thank you for sharing this article.

  41. eddiego65

    On February 4, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Very interesting article. Exceptional work!

  42. ShaFar

    On February 4, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Very interestind article. You put a lot of hard work into this one. A lot of research. This was a good read. Thank you. I am happy to be your new friend. I will looking forward to reading more of your work.

  43. marylou

    On February 6, 2009 at 6:37 am

    i also like mysteries and am a fan of crime and investigation shows. very informative.a1m45

  44. bjr

    On February 6, 2009 at 5:14 pm


  45. complexbanana

    On February 20, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Nice article, very informative

  46. anonymous

    On February 26, 2009 at 7:38 am

    i read that the LAPD knew the killer whom sent elizabeth short belongings he also sent several letters and notes the last one was before he commited suicide he stated that he was a coward and he was sorrey and blamed the LAPD for not tracing him and that he was not brave enaugh to surrender himself the killers name was ED burns he was very wealthy maybe thats why the LAPD protected his identity for their beneficial interest they did not even question or interviewe him even though they have fornd photographs in elizabeth short purse taken with the killer so it was a good reason for them to question him beacuase he knew her very well and was allegedly known to be her boyfriend at the time but she refused to be with him as a lover .

  47. Leonardo da Vinci E.

    On November 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I thought the fact that your selection of sampling spanned the centuries was good creative thinking.Surely I enjoy it when history is kept alive. But it’s murder on my own ego to be so human as to be drawn to the sensational (wink).

  48. mickkey

    On September 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    alright people, as far as the z odiac go, he was caught, and a guy that has same last name as my family identified him, it is over, has been………

  49. mickkey

    On September 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    alright people, as far as the z odiac go, he was caught, and a guy that has same last name as my family identified him, it is over, has been………

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