Since its occurrence in January 1947, the murder of the Black Dahlia has captivated the public and remained one of the most infamous and enigmatic in American history. The body of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short was discovered in a Los Angeles vacant lot. Her body had been cut in half at the waist, and
Chowchilla, California, was the site of a terrifying kidnapping in 1976, in which 26 students and their bus driver disappeared. Three men carried out the heinous crime of sealing the victims inside a moving van before burying it in a quarry. The prisoners were confined for 16 hours below before they escaped by clearing a
The disappearance and tragic fate of Kristin Smart, a student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO), is a haunting and unsolved mystery that continues to capture public attention. In 1996, Kristin Smart vanished without a trace while walking back to her dormitory after an off-campus party.
Manson Family Murders The followers of cult leader Charles Manson were responsible for a string of horrific killings known as the Manson Family Murders in the late 1960s. Charles Manson, a charismatic but unstable figure, attracted a group of ardent followers who saw him as a messianic figure and set up a commune to rule
One of the most infamous and mysterious events in the history of organized crime is the assassination of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. Los Angeles mobster Bugsy Siegel was murdered on the evening of June 20, 1947, in his Beverly Hills home. Someone opened shot through the window when he was reading the newspaper in the living
North Hollywood Shootout The gunfire in North Hollywood, California, on February 28, 1997, was a spectacular and furious event. Larry Phillips Jr. and Emil Mătăsăreanu, armed and armored, robbed a bank in a brutal and bloody attack. The gunmen and law enforcement authorities, including those from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los
The O.J. Simpson trial, which lasted from 1994 until 1995, was a watershed moment in the development of American law. The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her companion Ronald Goldman led to the arrest of former football star O.J. Simpson. A powerful blend of evidence, including racial tensions and the defendant’s celebrity status, helped
Patty Hearst Kidnapping The abduction of Patty Hearst, often known as the Hearst Affair, is a fascinating true crime story from the 1970s. Hearst family heiress Patricia “Patty” Hearst was the granddaughter of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The revolutionary left-wing Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) kidnapped her from her Berkeley, California, residence on February 4,
The Unabomber Theodore John Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, is a mathematician and domestic terrorist who launched a deadly bombing campaign via the mail in the United States from 1978 until 1995. Kaczynski was born on May 22, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. He received a scholarship to Harvard University at the age of 16.
One of the most mysterious and notorious serial killers in U.S. history is known only as “Zodiac.” In the late 1960s, the spree of terror started in Northern California. The killer, who has never been caught, sent cryptic letters full of ciphers and threats to the police and the media. His victims were typically young