When the secret never became clear: the loudest unsolved crimes

There are precedents in the history of forensic science when a criminal was tried to track down the entire city, when a reward of several million dollars was assigned to his head. However, today Diletant talks about those cases where justice has proven to be absolutely powerless.

"Woodcutter from New Orleans"

March 19, 1919 all the institutions of New Orleans were overcrowded, jazz was playing from everywhere. Even those who could somehow play jazz melodies took to the streets and played there. Crowds of people surrounded them, the whole city was listening to one music that day. The only exceptions were some brave men who hid at home, hiding children and women, and levied weapons. New Orleans has long lived in fear: every now and then in the mornings the police found the bodies of people dressed in gigantic sizes with an ax.

The cover of the record "Jazz mysterious woodcutter", released by a local musician

Loud music can be misleading - on this day the city did not celebrate the deliverance from the serial killer. The thing is that the day before a letter arrived in the city newspapers, in which someone - who presented himself as a “demon from hell” - promised after midnight on March 19 to deal with those who would not listen to jazz at that time. Kill this night did not happen.

Writer Julie Smith in 1991 wrote the novel "Jazz Woodman"

On account of the "Orleansky woodcutter" six murders and more than a dozen attacks, after which the victims were able to survive. The bloodthirsty and, apparently, distraught killer broke into the houses of his victims, cutting through the doors with a huge ax, and hacked at everyone (including pregnant women and children) whom he had just seen. The "woodcutter" was never found.

"Chicago Poisoner"

In 1982, Mary Kellerman from Chicago turned 12. She managed to catch a cold: at dawn she went into her parents' room and complained of a sore throat. Caring mother gave the child a pill "Talainola" (well known to us "paracetamol"). A few hours later, Mary was found dead in her own bed. On the same day, ambulance crews left for accidents throughout the city: for example, the postman Adam Janus was found lying on the floor in his apartment. His relatives gathered to discuss the upcoming funeral, and at that time, Adam's brother, Sanley, had a headache. Stanley found an open pack of Talainola in his brother's house, ate the pill himself and gave one to his wife. They both died the same day in the same house.

The Chicago Poisoner was searched by over a hundred investigators.

The investigation suspected that something was wrong with Talainol: killer doses of potassium cyanide were found in its composition. Although drugs of the same series were distributed throughout the country, poisoning occurred only in Chicago. Soon, a mysterious chain allegedly unleashed: a letter came to the plant producing Talainol, in which an unknown person threatened to continue mass poisonings if he was not paid $ 1 million. The secret letter sender was found very quickly; it turned out to be James Lewis, who, however, refused to be involved in this case. The investigation really did not find any evidence against Lewis, he was sent to prison for 20 years for extortion.

At the same time, another serial killer-poisoner Valery Nekhaev was operating in the USSR


The Chicago Poisoner was searched by more than a hundred investigators who had worked thousands of versions and 400 suspects; there are more than 20 thousand pages in his case reports, but the results did not work. In the USSR, information about the "Chicago Poisoner" was given in the television program "Their morals".

"Valentine's Day Massacre"

The point was again in Chicago. In the 1930s — the heyday of the Al Capone mafia group — the United States operated a dry law. The Italian mafia at this time, naturally, was engaged in the illegal importation and sale of alcohol. However, in this business they had competitors from Ireland - the Bugs Moran group.

Assistant Al Capone had to marry so that his wife was silent in court

On Valentine's Day, February 14, 1929, in the garage, not far from Lincoln Park in the north of Chicago, seven neatly lying corpses were found near the wall - all those killed were part of the Bugs Moran gang. The main suspect, Al Capone, whose involvement was obvious, found an iron alibi. His right hand - Jack McGurn, nicknamed "The Machine Gun" - was in a luxury hotel with Louise Rolf at the time of the murder. By the way, he had to marry her so that Rolf could not testify against her husband. The press so called her - "Blond alibi."

A similar story is played up in computer games "Mafia-2 ”and“ Grand Theft Auto Online ”

The Al Capone group, pretending to be smuggling distributors, appointed the Moran gang to meet in the same garage under the pretext that they needed to hand over another batch of whiskey to the Irish. When the people of Moran came inside, a police car drove up to the garage door, actually hijacked by al Capone associates. Two Italian mafiosi, dressed in police uniforms, forced unsuspecting Irish people to stand up against the wall and raise their hands. Gang Moran believed that this is just an ordinary test. The sound of an automaton burst out - six Irish were killed at one moment. When the real police arrived, Frank Gusenberg, who received 22 bullet wounds, was still alive. On the question of who made the shooting, Frank succinctly replied: "No one."

"Zodiac" became the most famous not caught the serial killer of the XX century in the US

“Dear Editor. Says Zodiac ... "

At the end of the 1960s, cryptograms began to arrive in the editorial offices of newspapers in Northern California and San Francisco — encrypted messages from a person under the pseudonym Zodiac. Three of the four cryptograms still remain undeciphered, the first one begins with the words: “I like to kill people because it’s so fun.” In the event that the newspapers did not publish his appeal, Zodiac promised to kill 12 people in one weekend. The author of the letter reported that the police would immediately be able to delay him as soon as he cracked the cryptogram cipher. Thanks to its mystery and cruelty, the Zodiac became the most famous not caught by the 20th century serial killer in the United States. According to the statements of the Zodiac itself, the number of its victims is 37, however, the police are confident only in seven of them, and two after the attack of the attacker were able to survive.

Some “Zodiac” cryptograms are still unsolved

School teacher Donald Garden and his wife Betty were able to decipher one cryptogram. It contained the killer’s spelling statement: he claimed that he was collecting slaves for the afterlife. The mysterious killer invented his own sign - a crossed out circle in the form of a sight - with which he signed all his letters. In one of the letters, he expressed his distress at the fact that people do not wear badges with his symbol.

Identikit "Zodiac"

From the moment of the first murder, December 20, 1968, when Zodiac brutally murdered a girl and a guy who went on their first date, the criminal wrote mysterious letters (including in Old Norse) to local newspapers until 1974. His last letter ended like this: “I = 37, San Francisco Police Department = 0”. The Zodiac affair has remained open since 1969 to this day.

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