Hey y'all! I'm assuming by now you've learned that I am a criminal justice major and LOVE what I study. I thought it would be interesting to turn one of the tabs on my blog into one of my biggest passions: the study of criminal cases. Don't worry of course, I won't be treating this side of my blog like I do my assignments. My hope for these blog posts is to discuss interesting crime cases, talk about unsolved cases and my personal view on them, and maybe even feature a crime of the week or month that was mind-boggling and crazy in every way. I also hope to share a bit of knowledge with you all, but make it interesting! To start this section of the blog off, I thought what better way to introduce it then to share with you 5 cases I am personally fascinated by!
1. The zodiac Killer
For 11 months, between December of 1968 and October of 1969, the "Zodiac Killer" went on a serial rampage around the San Francisco area. He killed four men and three women that we know of during this spree, as well as injured two others, and the identity of the killer still remains a mystery. He was nicknamed the "Zodiac Killer" due to a series of taunting letters sent to the local press from what was perceived to be the killer. These letters included four cryptograms, which is basically a fancy word for a riddle (only one of which has been definitively solved). The case was marked "inactive" in April of 2004, but since March of 2007 it has remained open.
2. The oklahoma city bombing
As tragic as this event was and is, it doesn't change the fact that this case is so layered and interesting. The OKC bombing was a domestic terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. The bomb was located in a truck parked right outside of the building. When the trial was going on, no one could imagine that anyone raised on American soil could do such a thing. To the shock of many, it was (at the time) 27 year old Timothy McVeigh who was born and raised in New York and Indiana. He was put to death on June 11, 2001 at the age of 33 for the crime that killed 168 innocent government workers. I recently watched a documentary with my mom on Netflix called "Oklahoma City", and it gave such an interesting perspecitve, as well as a lot of background on why this bombing ever happened in the first place. I truly recommend it if you're into crime documentaries (also a post coming soon about my personal favorites)!
3. The death of brian wells
Imagine that, another case I got interested in via Netflix documentary-series. But really, I'm thankful for them because without them, I'm not sure if I would have ever heard of this case and all its twists and turns. This case follows the death of Brian Wells, an American man who died after becoming a hostage plot involving a bank robbery, a scavenger hunt, and a bomb strapped around his neck. Wells was killed after the bank heist when the explosive device detonated while he was surrounded by police in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. You make think this is it, but no friends, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Because this case is SO jam packed and interesting, I won't spoil it for you just incase you're intrigued enough to check it out on Netflix. The docu-series is called "Evil Genius", and it truly is one of the most fascinating things I've ever watched.
4. The mystery of the boy in the box
It's been over 60 years since this case was first discovered, and it still remains unsolved. In 1957, a young man found a cardboard box sitting upright in the chilly woods of Philadelphia, and when he opened it, he found the dead, naked body of a young boy. The man, who was an illegal muskrat hunter didn't tell a soul because he was terrified of being arrested for his illegal traps. Days later, another man found the box and eventually reported it to police. The boy was somewhere between three and seven years old, and it was clear he had gone under major neglect. He was small and malnourished, and his hair had been cut around the same time as his death. His body itself was covered in small scratches, bruises, and scars. The police fingerprinted the boy in hopes of identifying him, but no one came forward, and to this day, no one ever has. Investigators have tried everything they could; they analyzed the crime scene for evidence, propped him up for pictures, and even in 2016 he was added to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's database after investigators created a facial reconstruction of what he would've looked like. Still to this day, he is known as "America's Unknown Boy".
5. The death of adam walsh
*GRAPHIC CASE WARNING* This case makes me angry more than anything, but I learned about it from one of my favorite shows hosted by Adam's father John Walsh called "The Hunt with John Walsh". Adam Walsh was a 7 year old boy who was abducted from a Sears department store in Hollywood, Florida while shopping with his mom on July 27, 1981. Two weeks later, Adam's severed head was found in a drainage canal alongside a highway. Serial killer Ottis Toole confessed to his murder, but he was never convicted for this specific crime due to the loss of evidence and a recanted confession. Toole died in prison due to liver failure in 1996, and now new evidence has surfaced since December 16, 2008. Police announced that the Walsh case was closed on that date and that they believed Toole was the murderer. His death drew national attention and interest, and inspired his father to become an advocate for victims of violent crimes and make a point for television series to cover and put out information about wanted criminals.