Most Fascinating Unsolved Serial Killer Cases of the 20th Century Poll

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20th century unsolved serial killer of most interest

  1. Cincinnnati Streetcar Killer 1904-10

    2 vote(s)
    0.8%
  2. New Orleans Axeman 1918-19

    10 vote(s)
    4.1%
  3. Cleveland Torso Slayer 1934-38

    14 vote(s)
    5.8%
  4. Texarkana Phantom 1946

    6 vote(s)
    2.5%
  5. Boston Strangler 1962-64

    7 vote(s)
    2.9%
  6. Jack the Stripper 1963-65

    4 vote(s)
    1.7%
  7. Bible John 1968-69

    5 vote(s)
    2.1%
  8. Zodiac 1968-69

    104 vote(s)
    43.2%
  9. Babysitter 1976-77

    11 vote(s)
    4.6%
  10. Original Night Stalker 1979-85

    58 vote(s)
    24.1%
  11. Another please explain

    20 vote(s)
    8.3%
  1. kilahchris

    kilahchris New Member

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    Without a doubt. The Original Night Stalker is the case that boggles my mind. It is a case where I could lose sleep thinking about it at night.
    The original night stalker aka started out as serial burglar, who then graduated to serial rapist. 50+ rapes alone in Sacramento and has never been caught!?

    He graduated on and started to invade homes in Irvine and Goleta. Where couples lived, he would tie up the man and proceed to rape the wife. He would then bash their heads in. This animal was so brazen he would bring a bicycle to escape the crime scene! He even brought a dog to one crime scene. He would often stay in the house for hours (after the raping) eating the food in the refrigerator while the couples are tied up.

    So many victims and law enforcement 40 years later have not caught him. What strikes me the most about this killer is how cool, brazen and calculating he was. His MO, how he tied up his victims (Diamond Knot) how he was able to escape law enforcement twice!

    You all should read a book called Sudden Terror. It is a great recollection of this Monster's crimes. The thing that bothers me the most about this guy was how calculating he was and how he waited 5 years to commit his last murder (in 1986).

    I have no doubt this monster still lives amongst us. He is in his late 50's early 60's laughing and living a normal life. This monster must be caught!

    I hope familial DNA will be the Key to catching him. I wish all the DNA Databases are combined state, federal and international.
     
  2. Dragonfyree

    Dragonfyree Member

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    I think a lot of these cases are going to be solved in the future by all the younger people who are putting their DNA on places like ancestry.com.

    If the police send in a sample of old DNA they may get a hit on some killers distant relative and at least get a start in the right direction to look.

    Or simply from a distant relative getting arrest and having their DNA taken and put into a database.
     
  3. chlban

    chlban Well-Known Member

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    This is really close to my only real "theory" regarding the Zodiac. Although I don't know who he was, I am pretty convinced he was not any of the known suspects. I believe he was far more similar to Gary Ridgeway or Dennis Rader in that I think he was married, may well have had children and lived a pretty normal life when not committing brutal murders.

    I believe he is dead and that he absolutely left souveniers. Most likely the remaining pieces of the shirt and probably other little momentos. I cannot believe that he did not want it known who he was, but the faimly almost certainly did not.

    We will almost certainly never know, but for me the logic is that Zodiac would have wanted his identity known in the end. If he died single and without family, then the "evidence" would have been discoverd by now by LE, medical workers, landlords or whoever would have cleared out his home. The fact that the evidence never surfaced indicates to me that someone hid it.
     
  4. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    Zodiac is the only one where we get a new suspect every couple of months.
     
  5. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    Just speaking about 20th century sks
     
  6. corey

    corey New Member

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    IMO the ONS is the most fascinating and smartest serial killer to date, he got away with 50+ rapes, 10 murders and who knows how many burglaries. He even called a victim in 1991.
     
  7. Tempst

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    I still think we got the police to blame.
     
  8. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    There had to be plenty of opportunities with that number of crimes.
     
  9. Dragonfyree

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    I'm not sure we can blame the police.

    These were before DNA and I believe there were multiple counties involved.

    They didn't have computer data bases at the time to easily locate the similar crimes - although they did match up some of them because of the similarity.

    The last murder was in 1986 and they weren't able to match the DNA until 1996.

    They were able to eliminate suspects, which makes me believe the killer isn't in the database, and if you can't find someone with matching DNA - I don't see how the police could have done anything better ten years before, when all they may have had was some dog hairs and fingerprints - which must not match anyone either.

    I think this is also a case where it may be solved by a member of the killer's family getting arrested and their DNA will get a hit.
     
  10. Tempst

    Tempst New Member

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    1. They didn't test most of the suspects' DNA, only a few major ones.

    2. 50 homes invasions in a few areas, the police should have captured him.
     
  11. billthom56

    billthom56 Verified Insider - Colonial Parkway Murders

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    Had a great hourlong conversation yesterday (2/27/15) with the FBI Agent in charge of my sister Cathy Thomas and her friend Rebecca Dowski's murder as part of the Colonial Parkway Murders. They are also responsible for investigating the disappearance of Keith Call and Cassandra Hailey, which occurred on the Colonial Parkway near Williamsburg, VA. They are still actively checking out leads and submitting evidence to the FBI crime lab in Quantico, VA as new tests are approved and come on line, interviewing suspects, and conducting searches.

    Hope springs eternal.

    Bill Thomas
    Brother of Cathleen Thomas
    Los Angeles, CA
     
  12. guardian1234

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    I going with the person in AC who murders women and has not been caught yet but leaves clues.
     
  13. Sutton

    Sutton New Member

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    Is this case discussed on WS? I'm not familiar with it, but will try to learn more about your sister and her friend. Thanks for updating us and I hope the investigators are able to find some answers.
    Edit to add: Here is the the WS discussion
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85425
     
  14. Jacie Estes

    Jacie Estes Medical Marijuana Advocate

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    Sutton New Member

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    I don't think this is the most fascinating serial killer case, but I would love to know more about Israel Keys and his possible crimes.
    There are really a lot of unsolved cases and missing people that might be serial killer victims but who have not been classified as such. I don't know who the most fascinating killer is. I am going to read through the thread and see who has been discussed.
     
  16. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    Cincinnati is the oldest and somewhat obscure so it is in last place as I would expect.
     
  17. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    Essentially it's down to Zodiac vs. non-Zodiac
     
  18. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    The majority had at least one claimed survivor.
     
  19. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    The 4 who have no suspected survivor are all below 5%. I wonder if having a survivor somehow generates interest in a case.
     
  20. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    I believe at least two of the cases have their own websites.
     

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