7. Evelyn Hernandez
In 2002, while California (and the rest of the nation) was enraptured with the murder of Laci Peterson, another pregnant woman in Northern California died under mysterious, disturbing circumstances. On July 24, 2002, the dismembered torso of Evelyn Hernandez washed up in the San Francisco Bay, about two months after the nine-months-pregnant mother and her five-year old son had been reported missing. This find was especially gruesome, as the woman’s torso had had her unborn fetus cut out of her body before it was discarded in the water.
Theories spread wildly, linking her murder to that of Laci Peterson. Many believed that the two women shared the same killer, with many, including a California congressman, believing that both women had been killed on Satanic holy days as ritual killings by a rogue group of Devil-worshipping madmen. Of course, that theory was disproved once Scott Peterson was ultimately found guilty for his wife’s murder.
While many leads have been chased in the Hernandez case, nothing noteworthy has transpired in years. Hernandez’s head and limbs never washed ashore, and her unborn fetus and five year-old son Alexis, remain missing to this day.
6. Jonathan Luna
At the time of his death in 2003, Jonathan Luna was a reputable Assistant United States Attorney living in Baltimore, Maryland. On the night of December 3, 2003, Luna left the Baltimore Courthouse late at night, and began a strange trip that ultimately ended in his death at the hands of his own penknife.
Through surveillance cameras and toll stations, authorities were able to piece together most of Luna’s erratic, mysterious evening. After leaving the courthouse, Luna began driving Northeast to Delaware, which was strange, since he lived in Baltimore. He used his EZ Pass toll permit at several stations, but as he traveled further North, he began to pay for paper toll tickets instead.
After making several other strange stops, such as withdrawing $200 from an ATM in Delaware in the early hours of the morning and purchasing gas in Pennsylvania, Luna’s car was eventually parked in a remote parking lot in Denver, Pennsylvania, where it was spotted by a witness.
Approximately two hours after this sighting, employees of a nearby business noticed Luna’s car, driven into a nearby creek, and his body, facedown in the creek and lifeless. Initially, authorities ruled his death a suicide. But this is where the story gets even more eerie.
During the investigation, coroners discovered that Luna had been stabbed 36 times with his own pen knife. He had head injuries as well, and there was evidence that drowning was the ultimate cause of death, to boot. Strangely, the blood in Luna’s car was mostly centered in the REAR seats of the car, lending credence to a theory that somebody else had been driving him around all night. Luna’s blood was found on several toll tickets obtained on the drive, indicating that he had been injured for some time, but in surveillance footage from the gas station he entered shortly before his death, he did not appear wounded. Stranger still, Luna’s glasses – which he needed to drive – and his cell phone were found untouched on his desk.
No evidence of DNA belonging to anyone but Luna has been found, and his case remains shrouded in mystery.