Ripped From the Headlines: 10 of the Most Talked About Unsolved and Solved Cases

There have been a lot of murder mysteries and missing people never found, over the years. So, I decided to make a Take on some of the most headline-breaking cases. I imagine you'll remember most of them but with so many new cases popping up every day, it never hurts to remember those from the past because they are certainly ones never to be forgotten.

Elizabeth Short aka The Black Dahlia- Murdered in 1947

Her name was Elizabeth Short and she was given the nickname "The Black Dahlia;" she was a waitress whose body was found mutilated in Leimert Park in Los Angeles CA in 1947. The case has sparked many books and movies because of the mystery surrounding it. However, still to this day the identity of the murderer is unknown.

Nicole Brown Simpson- Murdered in 1994

Nicole Brown Simpson was model who married former football player, OJ Simpson. They had a very rocky marriage and there were many reports that he had abused her. So, it's no surprise that he was the number one suspect in her murder. Nicole was found stabbed outside of her home in Brentwood CA, along with her friend Ron Goldman. OJ went on trial for the murders but was acquitted. However, he was later found liable for the deaths in civil court.

JonBenet Ramsey- Murdered in 1996

JonBenet was six year old little girl who did beauty pageants but unfortunately, she would never see the age of seven. This little girl was reported missing on Christmas day by her mother Patsy and later found dead in the basement by her father John. JonBenet was murdered December 25th or 26th, 1996 in her home in Boulder CO. There are many people who think the Boulder PD didn't handle the case properly because they spent much of the time focusing on the parents and the brother. This is still an unsolved case and the murderer has never been found.

Chandra Levy- Murdered in 2001

Chandra was an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington D.C. and she went missing in 2001 and her remains were found in Rock Creek Park in 2002. They had thought congressmen Gary Condit may have had something to do with it, since they were having an affair. However, he was eventually cleared of involvement. In 2009 an arrest warrant was obtained for Ingmar Guandique, he was an illegal immigrant from El Salvador and he had been convicted of assaulting two other women in that same park. He was convicted of murdering her but later was granted a new trial and deported back to his country.

Elizabeth Smart- Kidnapped in 2002

Elizabeth was kidnapped from her bedroom that she shared with her sister, at age of 14 from her home in Salt Lake City, UT. They spend a lot of time focusing on her father as the suspect but it wasn't until their daughter remembered that she had seen who kidnapped her sister before, that they were able to find her nine mouths later. She had been kidnapped by Brain David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, and she was found with them in Sandy Utah. I'm happy to say that not only was she found but her life seems to be doing well now, she's a contributor for ABC news. She's married and has one child. At least this one has a happy ending.

Laci Peterson- Murdered 2002

Laci was a substitute teacher in Modesto CA. She was married to Scott Peterson and eight months pregnant with their first child. She went missing on December 24th 2002 and was presumably murdered the same day. Her husband Scott was prime suspect number one, especially when they found out he was having an affair with a woman by the name of Amber Frye.

Laci's unborn child's fetus was found washed up on shore in April 2003 and a day later the body of a recently pregnant woman was found washed up on shore, where the baby's body had been found. Scott was charged and convicted of the murders of his wife and unborn child, he's now on death row in San Quentin State Prison.

Natalee Holloway- Missing 2005

Natalee went missing while on post high school graduation trip to Aruba. One of the suspects in her disappearance was Joran van der Sloot and two brothers, she was last seen with. Van der Sloot once said Natalee died on the morning of May 30th 2005 but later took that statement back. To this day Natalee has not been found but she was declared legally dead by a judge in her home state of Alabama.

Madeleine McCann- Missing 2007

Madeleine is 3yr old girl who went missing from the hotel room she, her parents and her twin siblings were staying at while vacationing in Praia de Luz a resort in Algarve a region in Portugal. She had been left sleeping with her twin siblings on the ground floor apartment alone, while her parents were at dinner with some friends just 50 meters away. They would go check on the kids throughout the evening but when the mom went to check on the kids again, Madeleine was gone. They searched high and low, dropped and reopened the case many times but no matter what Madeleine still remains missing to this day.

Stacy Peterson- Missing 2007

Stacy is the fourth wife of Bolingbrook police officer, Drew Peterson. Stacy went missing on October 28th, 2007. She was supposed to show up somewhere but she never came, so her friends got worried and called the police. Drew was the prime suspect in her disappearance, though he maintains she's not missing "she's just ran away with another man and they are off on an island somewhere."

She had two children with Drew and her family knows, not having had a mother herself, she would never leave her children. Stacy is still missing to this day and her husband has never been charged with her disappearance, however he has been charged with the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio and is currently in prison.

Meredith Kercher- Murdered 2007

Meredith was a British exchange student from Leeds University, who was murdered in Perugia Italy.

The suspects in her murder were her roommate Amanda Knox and her Amanda's boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. The notoriety of this crime is mainly based on Amanda because she was an American exchange student who was tried and convicted of murder in Italy.

Amanda and her boyfriend spent sometime in prison before they were finally acquitted and Amanda was allowed to come home. Someone by the name of Guede, who was tried apart from Amanda and her boyfriend was found guilty of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith.

Those are my top headline breaking stories, any that you think should be on there? Let me know.

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  • O. J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown. That's not unsolved at all, as far as I'm concerned.

    I still remember hearing about the JonBenet thing... just about everyone thought it was the parents. Terrible thing, either way. The Black Dahlia has always been intriguing just because of how little we know about it.


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  • Nice take 👍🏻
    JonBenet's killer may never be brought to justice and there were a lot of suspects and I think anyone of them was more than capable of doing it. OJ killed Nicole as far as Im concerned, along with many others. It is outrageous that they found him not guilty. I have always believed that Van der sloot killed Natalee especially when he became a suspect a short time later in another friggin case! The Black Dahlia is a mystery that I believe will never be solved sadly. The way she was killed and placed is pretty crazy especially for the time. I heard that the little girl who Elizabeth Short babysat would like justice for Short and its sad she may not get that. Very sad cases you mentioned. Sad and disturbing.

    • Thanks and yes, they most certainly are. At least the Elizabeth Smart case had a happy ending.

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  • With the laci case come on clearly its a serial killer. Not the husband two different pregnant women murdered? and having their fetuses dump in the ocean?