Added on: 2nd Mar 2016
Lawton, Oklahoma, played host to the gruesome and unsolved death
of Aileen Conway in 1986. Aileen’s body was found in her flaming car
in what her husband (Pat) believes was murder. Though the cause
of death was initially ruled an accident, Pat found evidence which
seems to prove the contrary, including the car which was
smothered in gasoline and a few erratic instances at home such
as the iron being left on, her purse left behind, and the water
hose filling up the pool. The current assumption is that Aileen may
have walked in on burglars who were robbing the neighbourhood
and the burglars kidnapped her and tried to make her death
seem like a road accident.
Angie Housman was a normal fourth-grader living in the suburbs of
St. Louis, Missouri. Last seen alive eight houses away at her local
school bus stop, Angie mysteriously disappeared. Her limp, ice-dotted
body was found nine days later tied to a tree. The cause of death
believed to be exposure to the elements, medical examiners found
her kidnapper raped and tortured her for a week before duct-taping
her live body to the tree. Though police pulled DNA and fingerprints
from her body, they have never been able to identify their owner
and thus the killer in this murder mystery.
Su Taraskiewicz was a ramp supervisor at Northwest Airlines in the
early 1990’s, only the second female ground service worker for
Northwest. Though her death by stabbing and assault was ruled a
random act of violence when her body was discovered in the
trunk of her car, over a year later her mother was flipping
through her diary and found a complex tale of sexual harassment
and corruption at work. Su filed complaints with the airline for
sexual harassment by her co-workers, but the abuse only worsened.
The previous summer, baggage handlers were found to be
stealing packages of new credit cards sent in the cargo hold and
using or selling them. Some of Su’s co-workers are suspected in
her murder, but with little information, her murder remains unsolved.
CLEVELAND TORSO MURDERER
Twelve people among Cleveland, Ohio’s homeless population were
murdered in the late 1930’s and nobody knows who did it.
Also known as the Butcher of Kingsbury Run (a suburb of Cleveland),
the Cleveland Torso Murderer always beheaded his/her victims
and often cut them in half, even castrating most of the males.
Some of the victims’ bodies were found so long after (up to a year
in one case) that it was impossible to identify them. Though there
were two loose suspects, neither were ever truly linked to the murders.
The town of Gormania, West Virginia, was rocked by a yet unsolved
murder-disappearance in early 1998. Teenager Cathy Ford was having
an affair with a local police officer, Paul Ferrell. The day after
speaking to Paul on the phone, Cathy vanished. Paul found her
car near her trailer the next day, burnt to a crisp; police wouldn’t
find the car until two weeks later. Paul was later arrested and charged
as he did not report the car (and sent a fake letter to the police
purportedly from Cathy and as blood found in his bedroom
was “not inconsistent” with that from Cathy’s parents. Cathy’s
body was never found and an investigative journalist found two
witnesses who claimed to have seen Cathy long after her supposed
death. Paul was released on parole over 15 years later and some
believe he was innocent.
Happy newlyweds Su-Ya Kim and Su Young moved from Korea to
the U.S. in 1981. After having two children and opening two
successful stores, Su arrived home one day and found his wife
Su-Ya had not returned and the car engine was cold. The
following day, a security guard found a body in a trash
dumpster and reported a white man with round glasses had acted
strangely around the bin early that morning. Police identified
the body as Su-Ya’s but the evidence has not been sufficient
enough to find the killer. With the pain of his wife’s death too
hard to bear, Su moved back to Korea with his children a
few months later.
Rachael Runyan was like any typical three-year-old girl, playing in her
front yard one day when she was kidnapped by an unknown man.
Exactly 21 days later, her body was discovered in a rural creek
near her hometown. Little evidence existed then, but years later the
killer left a message in a market bathroom. He or she claimed that
Rachael’s murder was part of a Satanic ritual and police believe
she was filmed being molested, tortured, and murdered in a
snuff film (“a movie in a purported genre of movies in which an
actor is actually murdered or commits suicide”, American Heritage
Dictionary). No one has ever been charged with her murder and
the mystery remains unsolved.
It’s not unusual for couples to fight as Leroy Drieth and girlfriend
Patty did one night. What made it unusual was that after the argument,
Leroy’s car crashed into a tree upon leaving Patty’s house and his
death was initially ruled a suicide. (A witness said Leroy told him he
was going to kill himself after the argument.) Still unsure, his family
had his body exhumed 25 years later and knife marks were found on
his neck. His family believes Patty’s family may be to blame.