Starring two veterans with over two decades of experience each, former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary have successfully tried 68 murder cases and assisted over 7,000 investigations in their prolific careers. Now, they're using their expert instincts to sort through the existing evidence on new cases each week, interviewing suspects and chasing down leads in order to close cases that have gone cold.
Some cases, however, seem destined to stay frozen. In honor of the show's premiere, we're taking a look at some of the coldest conundrums in history the crimes that continue to haunt us not only because of their heinous nature, but the ensuing obsession that exists long after for those looking to close the case.
The ZodiacDuring the late '60s and early '70s, fewer cases rattled and haunted police like the murders that occurred in the San Francisco area at the hands of the Zodiac killer. After shooting, stabbing Stevan Ridley Black Jersey and beating victims to death, the Unsub began taunting investigators by sending ciphers to The San Francisco Chronicle, revealing details of the crimes, as well as pieces of evidence, like bloodsoaked shirts, to prove that "this is the Zodiac speaking."
The Zodiac claimed to have a tally of 37 murders by the time the letters stopped coming in 1978, and just as elusive as the Unsub's identity are the letters that remain encrypted, despite the many obsessive attempts by professional and hobby Stevan Ridley Authentic Jersey code decrypters alike.
Tupac ShakurIn the culminating East CoastWest Coast feud that marred the hiphop community in the '90s, few tragedies shook the music scene as hard as the death of Tupac Shakur.
On the night of on Sept. 7, 1996, Shakur and his entourage were involved in an altercation with a gang member after attending the Mike TysonBruce Seldon fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Shortly after, Shakur and crew headed for a nightclub but never made it, having been shot four times in a driveby shooting. (Christopher Wallace, who would perish as a result of the ongoing tensions in another driveby a year later), and while it was rumored to have been the work of a Compton gang known as the Southside Crips, no one was ever arrested for the killing.
Elizabeth ShortLast seen alive on the night of Jan. 9, 1947, aspiring actress Elizabeth Short had come to Hollywood to make a name for herself, only to unwillingly become one of the most infamous names in Hollywood's dark history.
Dubbed "The Black Dahlia" thanks to her reputation for sporting a dahlia in her dark hair, the 22yearold's body was found six days later in a vacant Los Angeles lot. What made this case the stuff of tabloid sensation, however, was the Glasgow smile left on Short's face made with 3inch slashes on each side along with the arrangement of her corpse, which had been bisected and left suggestively posed.
What haunts case theorists to this day, apart from the gruesomeness of the murder, is that the case remains unsolved even after some 200 suspects were interviewed and ultimately cleared.
Jimmy HoffaLast seen in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant, the disappearance of labor leader and former Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa in 1975 continues to baffle investigators to this day.
With strong ties to the Mafia, numerous mobsters had suggested Hoffa got what was coming to him on their say so. Because a body was never found, however, there is little proof to back their claims.
The FBI dug up a Michigan farmland in as late as 2006, following up on what they believed to be a new lead, only to walk away emptyhanded.
JonBent Ramsey On the morning of Dec. 26, 1996, Patsy Ramsey reported her daughter, sixyearold JonBent, missing from their Boulder, Co. home. Hours later, the father, John Ramsey, found his little girl dead from a blow to the head and strangulation in the family basement.
Suspicion was cast immediately on the parents of the child beauty pageant queen, who were depicted as frustrated with their child's bed wetting, and had plenty of evidence stacked against them among the most damning being a ransom note written with the Ramsey's pen left on the staircase asking for $118,000 (nearly the same amount Mr. Ramsey received as a bonus that year). With the case growing ever colder, a judge in 2003 ruled an intruder had killed JonBent. A man, John Mark Karr, would later come forward in 2006 to confess to being with the girl when she died, but the DNA evidence failed to corroborate his story and he was never charged.
The case has since reopened in 2010, but critics cite poor handling of the crime scene in what remains a mystery regarding the true events of that tragic Christmas Day.
Jack the RipperThe oldest and the coldest of cases and killers: The mean streets of 1880s London belonged to Jack the Ripper, now recognized as the first modern serial killer.
Suspected to have been a physician or doctor through their meticulous attention to organs (often removing them) and dismemberment, the killer preyed on local prostitutes and was nearly caught, having been interrupted during their assault of Elizabeth Stride. Not only did the assailant escape, but also managed to add another body to their count the very same night.
The killer's last reported attack in 1888 was also their most brutal, with the body of Mary Kelly found to have been methodically cut into pieces in what must have taken no less than several hours.
Despite the many potential Jacks implicated and multiple letters sent taunting Scotland Yard and the media from those claiming to be the killer, the true identity of Jack the Ripper remains a mystery more than a century after the grisly massacres.
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Zodiac might still be alive today. Judging by estimates of his age, he'd be anywhere from his late 70's to his early 90's. But my personal notion is that after Jonestown and the Moscone/Milk shooting, then Reagan getting into www.patriotsfootballproshop.com/22_stevan_ridley_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html office, he lost his taste for provoking mass hysteria. Then he probably died in his bed www.patriotsfootballproshop.com by the end of the 1980's or mid90's.
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