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The Chilling Case of the Carbon Copy Murders 157 Years Apart On 27 May 1817, the body of a murder victim - 20-year-old Mary Ashford was found in a flooded sandpit at Erdington, a village lying five miles outside of Birmingham in England. Exactly 157 years afterwards to the very day and hour of the Ashford murder, history repeated itself in a most brutal and chilling way when 20-year-old Barbara Forrest was strangled and left in the long grass near to the children's home in Erdington w
Mark David Chapman-- Imprisoned at Attica C.F for the murder of John Lennon on December 8, 1980. He shot Lennon 4 times in the back. He later claimed it was through the Will of God and said the book The Catcher In the Rye (found on his person) was his statement. He was sentenced to 20 years to life and has been denied parole 6 times
In the early 1960s, several women in Boston were raped and murdered in what became known as the Boston Strangler and Silk Stocking murders. Albert De Salvo confessed to 13 of the murders, but due to a plea bargain, was only convicted of sexual assaults and robberies. He was given a life sentence, but was killed in his cell in 1973. In 2002, DNA tests of one of his victims, Mary Sullivan, did not match De Salvo, giving support to his family's claim that he was not the Boston Strangler.
Sometime during the night of Sunday, June 9, 1912, a person or persons unknown entered a modest house in Villisca, Iowa and bludgeoned to death the eight people sleeping there. These killings, known thereafter as the “Villisca Axe Murders, is easily the most notorious murder in Iowa history. The murder spawned nearly ten years of investigations, repeated grand jury hearings, a spectacular slander suit, and murder trial, and numerous minor litigations and trials.
More serial killer victims? Families of missing women watch serial killer case with interest. For the loved ones of two young Manitoba women missing for many years, the capture of a suspected serial killer brings mixed emotions. Hope that the families of the three victims, Tanya Jane Nepinak, 31, Carolyn Sinclair, 25, and Lorna Blacksmith, 18, might have some sense of closure. And worry over whether their loved ones may have met a similar, tragic fate.
Aug 9, 1969: Actress Sharon Tate found murdered By Manson In1969, the 26-year-old actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of movie director Roman Polanski,is found murdered along with four other people at her LA home. The gruesome crime, in which the killers scrawled messages on the walls with the victims’ blood, sent Hollywood into a state of panic. The cult leader Charles Manson& his followers,were later convicted for the murders.
Jean Spangler was a bit-part actress in Hollywood. She left her young daughter in the care of her sister-in-law on October 7, 1949. She said she was going to meet her ex-husband to talk about an overdue child support payment and later, to work at a movie set. Two days later, her purse was found near the entrance of Griffith Park. It contained a note addressed to a “Kirk,” which read, “Can’t wait any longer, Going to see Dr. Scott. It will work best this way while mother is away,” Unsolved
Judith Barsi (1978-1988) was a child actress whose most famous for her voice-over work as Ducky in The Land Before Time. She and her mother were shot to death by her abusive and jealous father after shooting them he burned them alive and committed suicide on July 25, 1988. Barsi's final film, All Dogs Go to Heaven, in which she voices the orphaned Anne-Marie, was released a year after her death and the song Love Survives, used in the movie, was dedicated to her memory.
Katherine Walsh (April 11, 1947 – October 7, 1970) was an American actress best known for her performance as Lulu in Jack Nicholson's movie The Trip (1967). On October 7, 1970, Walsh was found dead in her flat in Kensington, an affluent area in London, England. Although her death was cited as murder, no details have ever been known to be released, and the case remains unsolved.
On October 2, 1973, an extremely shocking murder took place on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. A 24-year old woman ran out of gas and was returning to her car from a filling station, when six teenagers forced her to douse herself with gasoline, and then set her on fire. She died four hours later. The murder remains unsolved to this day.