If you’re like me, there’s nothing more exciting than discovering a truly juicy Wikipedia page. I love mysteries, and the the more real the more immersed I get in the story. What happened??? What are all the strange little clues left behind by some ethereal historical figure who knows something we never will?
The Lineup is a digital destination of the world’s creepiest true crime stories. Every week they publish in-depth looks at particularly creepy cases. It’s a great place to find little hits of scary, whenever you’re in the mood. Here are seven of my favorite true crime writeups from The Lineup:
This is one that has kept every true crime reader up at night at least once. The facts surrounding her death are so strange and bizarre — surely there must be some hidden clue that would explain her inexplicable behavior.
This single man could be responsible for up to 200 murders. He constructed a home specifically to allow him to carry out murders in Chicago. The bedrooms were soundproofed, there were gas lines and hidden trapdoors in the bedrooms, and even a special chute for body disposal.
Fun fact: “In spite of more than 14 million DNA profiles in the FBI’s National DNA Index, no match has yet been found for the killer known as the Original Night Stalker.”
John Christie isn’t well known in the US. He was “injured” in WWI and claimed that he was blind and mute, though no evidence exists to support his claim. During WWII he worked as a police constable.. and moonlighted as a murderer of local women.
One of America’s most prolific serial killers, The Green River Killer stalked and killed at least 49 women over a twenty year span in the pacific northwest. At times Gary Ridgway was a door-to-door “do you have a minute to talk about Jesus” guy, at others he was raping and killing women and disposing of the bodies along the Green River. One of the creepiest tidbits is that in order to pick his victims, he would show women pictures of his son so that he could have a conversation with them.
For 35 years Tammy Jo Alexander was known as “Jane Doe.” Her body had been discovered in a cornfield in upstate New York when she was 16. Her body was finally identified last year, and tips continue to come in, but her killer remains unknown.
Kitty Genovese was stabbed and killed on a crowded New York City street while hundreds of people heard her screams, and did nothing. Widely studied as an example of “the bystander effect” this murder is absolutely chilling in it’s deconstruction of the common notion that there’s safety in numbers.