Cold Cases: Famous Unsolved Mysteries, Crimes, and Disappearances in America

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Social Science - 401 pages
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Murders and other violent crimes often leave an indelible mark on society. The 18th-century murder of "Beautiful Cigar Girl" Mary Rogers helped the then newly emerging tabloid papers become a fixture in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration was spurred into requiring electronic screening of passengers and carry-on luggage by a series of highly-publicized hijackings. Abductions of youth gave birth to Amber Alerts and advertising missing children on milk cartons. And popular TV shows like Law and Order, CSI, and Cold Case document our fascination with police investigations, heinous criminals, and the complicated aftermath of their actions.

This book examines 40 well-known cases of unsolved murders and suspected abductions over a period of over 160 years. Cases are organized chronologically to give readers insight into the evolution of criminal investigation techniques and forensics in the last century and a half. Later chapters detail how modern forensics were used in attempts to solve old cold cases or helped generate new leads.

 

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Contents

Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Polar Poisoning The Death of Charles Francis Hall 1871
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Bloody Murder The Death of Abby and Andrew Borden 1892
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Help Wanted The Murder of Nora Fuller 1902
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Missing Socialite The Mysterious Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold 1910
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Killing Spree The Axeman of New Orleans 19181919
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Wizard of Whist The Murder of Joseph Bowne Elwell 1920
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Married Lovers The Murders of Edward Wheeler Hall and Eleanor Mills 1922
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Hollywood Murder The Case of William Desmond Taylor 1922
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Material Man The Disappearance of Jim Thompson 1967
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Cryptic Killer The Case of the Zodiac Killer 19681969
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Vanishing Hijacker The Disappearance of D B Cooper 1971
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Missing Sisters The Disappearance of Katherine and Sheila Lyon 1975
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Union and the Mafia The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa 1975
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America No Hero The Murder of Actor Robert Crane 1978
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Milk Carton Kid The Disappearance of Etan Patz 1979
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Missing Medic Kathleen Durst 1982
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Wrong Man The Murder of Father Hubert Dahme 1924
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Pull a Crater The Disappearance of Judge Joseph Force Crater 1930
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Mad Trapper Who Was Albert Johnson? 1931
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Preying on the Poor The Cleveland Torso Killer 19341938
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Downed The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart 1937
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Case of the Missing Activist Lloyd L Gaines 1939
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Millionaire Murder The Case of Sir Harry Oakes 1943
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Georgette Bauerdorf The Mysterious Death of an Oil Executives Daughter 1944
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Black Dahlia The Murder of Elizabeth Short 1946
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Unknown Child The Boy in the Box 1957
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Escape from Alcatraz Frank Morris and the Anglin Brothers 1962
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Presidential Friend The Murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer 1964
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Millionaires Daughter The Murder of Valerie Percy 1966
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Paper Boy The Disappearance of Johnny Gosch 1982
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Fishing for a Killer The Murder of Matthew Margolies 1984
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Dog Breeder The Case of Camilla Lyman 1987
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Amber Alert The Murder of Amber Hagerman 1996
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Child Beauty Queen The Murder of JonBenet Ramsey 1996
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Rap Race The Death of Tupac Amaru Shakur 1996
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Rap Race Part Two The Murder of Biggie Smalls 1997
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Bringing Down a Congressman The Death of Chandra Levy 2001
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Murder on the High Seas The Case of Basketball Player Bison Dele 2002
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America The Collar Bomber The Death of Brian Wells 2003
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Selected Bibliography
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Famous Unsolved Mysteries Crimes and Disappearances in America Index
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Helena Katz is an award-winning Canadian journalist with a master's degree in criminology from the Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec. She is the author of The Mad Trapper: The Incredible Tale of a Famous Canadian Manhunt and Gang Wars: Blood and Guts on the Streets of Early New York, and lives in Canada's Northwest Territories

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