Major Unsolved Crimes

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Despite the tireless work of crime investigators, and the wealth of modern forensic techniques available to them, a disturbing number of crimes remain unsolved. This may be because the perpetrator cannot be identified - or, if identified, cannot be traced - or because the evidence is insufficient to bring the case to trial. A major proportion of these cases, unfortunately, are of murder, or suspected murder, and this book takes a look at six of the most challenging cases that have frustrated investigators in ...

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Overview

Despite the tireless work of crime investigators, and the wealth of modern forensic techniques available to them, a disturbing number of crimes remain unsolved. This may be because the perpetrator cannot be identified - or, if identified, cannot be traced - or because the evidence is insufficient to bring the case to trial. A major proportion of these cases, unfortunately, are of murder, or suspected murder, and this book takes a look at six of the most challenging cases that have frustrated investigators in recent years. In "Major Unsolved Crimes", you will learn about the following cases: Jimmy Hoffa, the President of the Teamsters' Union, disappeared on the afternoon of July 30, 1975; his body has never been found and, although a number of suspects have been named, and the influence of the Mob alleged, no one has ever been charged with his murder. The killing of Elizabeth Short, the 'Black Dahlia', in Los Angeles on January 15, 1947, is another case that has provoked widespread speculation, and even the naming of the probable murderer, who was found dead before the investigation could proceed further. The case of 'Bible John', responsible for at least three murders in 1960s Glasgow, Scotland, led to the recent exhumation of the body of a suspect, but, after a lengthy DNA analysis, he was declared innocent. Now, yet another suspect has been suggested, but the case remains open. Lord Lucan, accused of the murder of his children's care giver in London in 1974, has never been traced, and may still be alive in some distant country. The vicious San Francisco killer who signed himself 'Zodiac', and may have been responsible for the murder of more than 40 innocent people between 1966 and 1973, is perhaps still at large.

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Children's Literature
Readers sometimes have a macabre fascination with violent crime. For some reason people may be drawn to reading about acts of criminal behavior that are quite chilling. In Major Unsolved Crimes author Brian Innes traces seven instances where murder was committed with no clues ever leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. As part of the broader "Crime and Detection" series, this work follows a pattern very typical of that multi-volume set of books. As in other books in this series, this particular work features very graphic descriptions of some of the crimes in question. Examples of this somewhat disturbing content include descriptions of torture, body disposal, rape, and mutilation. Also included is one explicit photo of the dead body of a young woman who was murdered and has come down to the modern day via her nickname, the "Black Dahlia." Considering that this book is geared to adolescents and school-aged youth, the appropriateness of the content is highly questionable. Indeed, like other books in the series, this one appears to be a somewhat voyeuristic approach to events that resulted in the torment and murder of human beings. As such, the purchase of this text for library, school, or personal use is not recommended. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 14 up.
— Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-These titles examine the diversity of crimes committed around the world. Each lavishly illustrated, oversized volume has a photograph or reproduction on every spread, many times taking up a full page. Numerous fact boxes expand on the topics mentioned in the texts. Black gives an overview of the history and operation of Mafia in the U.S. and profiles organized crime in China, Japan, Russia, and Britain. One chapter is devoted to the criminal activities of biker gangs in the U.S. and in Canada. Grant-Adamson looks at hackers, viruses, and computer crimes that have come to light in the age of the Internet. Innes includes famous cases from Scotland and London along with the Zodiac murders, the Black Dahlia case, and the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. The subject matter and presentations will appeal to reluctant readers, and may lead readers to further research.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590843826
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Crime and Detection Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa 9
Murder in the Bahamas 23
The Black Dahlia 31
Who Was Bible John? 43
The Vanished Lord 55
Zodiac 65
Karen Silkwood 77
Glossary 90
Chronology 92
Further Information 94
Index 96
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