Unsolved Crimes: Follow the Trail of the World's Most Notorious Cold Cases

Overview

In 1990 two men wearing police uniforms took over the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. They stole works by Degas, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Manet and got away with the biggest art heist in history. In 1997 Christopher Wallace, the influential rapper known as Notorious B.I.G., was gunned down in Los Angeles. His killer remains free. And these cases are just two among many.

When a major crime is committed, investigators search for recent "hot" clues to track down the ...

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Overview

In 1990 two men wearing police uniforms took over the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. They stole works by Degas, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Manet and got away with the biggest art heist in history. In 1997 Christopher Wallace, the influential rapper known as Notorious B.I.G., was gunned down in Los Angeles. His killer remains free. And these cases are just two among many.

When a major crime is committed, investigators search for recent "hot" clues to track down the culprit. But what happens when the trail turns cold? Many unsolved criminal cases are closed and left dormant for years. On top of that, recent DNA advances and new forensic technologies are overturning guilty verdicts and creating more unsolved cases. Unsolved Crimes presents the victims, the details of the investigation, and the suspects in each case, and "Lingering Doubts" sidebars ask unanswered questions and let you assess the situation.

Included are sections such as:

Murder: High-school student Natalee Holloway; California's Zodiac Killer; the Black Dahlia; Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane
Political Assassinations: Communist defector Alexander Litvinenko; investigative Russian journalist Anna Politkovskava; Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme; Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto
Kidnapping: British child Madeleine McCann; Minneapolis socialite Virginia Piper: Moroccan leader Mehdi Ben Barka
Robbery: Airplane hijacker D. B. Cooper: the heist of the Irish "Crown Jewels"
White Collar Crime: Tainted Chinese toothpaste; the Vatican Bank Scandal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606522073
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,445,634
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Wright is a book packager as well as an author of reference books.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Well.......

    It was a quick and ok read. You learn about some of the world's most famous cold cases, however, it leaves you wanting to learn more.

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