This is my second Take about unsolved murders; I am planning to do a lot of creepy Takes this month as I'm feeling the Halloween spirit. Anyway, we like to think murders usually get solved but in a lot of the developed world, the homicide solution rate is around 50 percent. Then add in the inherently creepy crimes and you get a bunch of unsolved and creepy crimes that will never be solved.
The Chicago Tylenol Murders
In 1982 the Chicago Metropolitan area had a strange series of murders that claimed the lives of seven victims. The murder weapon happened to be poisoned Tylenol. This is the reason that medication these days comes in bottles that show signs if they have been tampered with. Now what is interesting is that the Tylenol had come from different production plants. These days the belief is that someone had bought and returned the bottles after poisoning the medication inside with cyanide.
To this day this it's still unsolved and will never be solved. We don't have a motive or any suspects for these murders. They were killings for some unknown reason by some unknown person and it doesn't get scarier than that.
The Brabant Killers
From 13 March 1982 through 9 November 1985, a gang of remorseless killers was operating in Belgium. They went after retail outlets and killed 28 people and wounded 40 others. Now you think that with the whole modus operandi of going around and shooting lots of people they'd be easy to catch. What is strange is that they weren't caught. We have absolutely no idea who they were or what they wanted. They just stole from low value targets with automatic weaponry and killed lots of people and after their last hit they just vanished. Now Belgium has a Statute of Limitations on murder and guess what? It's up. These monsters could come forward with evidence that they murdered 28 people and they couldn't be prosecuted.
Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?
In 1943 during the middle of the second world war, four teenage boys were poaching in a forest in England. They came across a hollow and large Wych Elm and they reached inside to look for a bird's nest. What they found instead was a woman's skull. Now two years prior to this, graffiti had been popping up that read, "Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?" so after two years they finally find Bella.
Now what is interesting is that nothing came of an investigation; they couldn't identify the victim or any suspects. The fact is the war was sucking up most of the resources and they couldn't find the killer. To this day, no one knows who put Bella in the Wych Elm.