30 Of The Darkest True Crime Stories You've Probably Never Heard Before

We previously asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about a true crime story we haven't already heard a million times before. There were SO many comments and responses to that post and a follow-up post that we decided to do a part three. Here are more intense stories people shared:

Warning: Graphic and disturbing content ahead including mentions of abuse, rape, and murder.

1.The vicious unsolved murder of 16-year-old Beverly Jarosz in Garfield Heights, Ohio in December 1964 that appeared to be so specifically planned that authorities actually called it an "assassination."

newspaper with the murders as the front page story

2.The inexplicable Chen family killings in Guilderland, New York on Oct. 8, 2014, where Jin Feng Chen, his wife, Hai Yan Li, and their two young boys, Anthony and Eddy, were murdered in their home. It was the first quadruple homicide of a Chinese family in New York's Capital Region, which has a large Asian American community.

police car and black vans outside of the home

3.The 2020 Nova Scotia attacks, the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history, where 22 people (and some dogs) were killed by gunman Gabriel Wortman. Wortman went on a 12-hour rampage through rural communities before being shot and killed by police.

burned vehicles abandoned in the woods and firemen with water hoses

4.The death of Amber Tuccaro, a Canadian First Nations woman who went missing in 2010 and was last seen hitchhiking near Edmonton. In 2012, her remains were found in the same area. Although authorities have claimed to be looking into the murder, the case is still unsolved.

<div><p>"The one that always stresses me is the case in Canada where a woman took a ride into town from a stranger and realized he was shady and not driving to town. She either left a voicemail or a phone call to a friend detailing what roads they were on and asking him where he was going. Her name was Amber Tuccaro and the <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fcrystalro%2Flittle-known-true-crime-stories-june-2023&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DE7dL1Qro46g&xcust=7409228%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:audio is online;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">audio is online</a>."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/caakle" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:caakle;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">caakle</a></p></div><span> CBC News / Via <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fcrystalro%2Flittle-known-true-crime-stories-june-2023&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DmwqZcfJN6gs&xcust=7409228%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:youtube.com;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">youtube.com</a></span>

5.The brutal murder of Kimberly Cates, a nurse living in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire in 2009. The killers, 17-year-old Steven Spader and 19-year-old Christopher Gribble, used a machete to hack Cates to death.

<div><p>"She was killed by four teenagers while her daughter, who was also attacked, slept in the same room. Her daughter miraculously survived and the four teens are in prison, but there was no reason other than they said they wanted to know what it was like to kill. Terrible."</p><p>—Anonymous</p><p>According to <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fcrystalro%2Flittle-known-true-crime-stories-june-2023&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nbcnews.com%2Fid%2Fwbna34705825&xcust=7409228%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:NBC News;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">NBC News</a>, "Five men [including the killers], ages 18 to 20, were charged in connection with the early morning home invasion."</p></div><span> WMUR-TV / Via <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fcrystalro%2Flittle-known-true-crime-stories-june-2023&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DuElR1G4Crcg&xcust=7409228%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:youtube.com;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">youtube.com</a></span>

6.The "Ripper Crew" or the "Chicago Rippers," a group of four men who terrorized, abducted, mutilated, and murdered many women in the Chicago, Illinois area in the early 1980s.

mug shots of the ripper crew

7.The unsolved and suspicious disappearance of Daniel Robinson, a geologist in Arizona who was reported missing in June 2021. Robinson's Jeep was found, crashed, just a few miles away from his job site.

—AnonymousAccording to Fox10,

8.Bob Ward, a Florida millionaire who was convicted, twice, of killing his wife in 2009. Ward's wife, Diane, was shot to death, but exactly what happened is unknown. The prosecution argued that it was an intentional act, while the defense argued that the couple struggled over the gun.

<div><p>"After his second trial, his daughters found what they believed was a suicide note [written by Diane] when they were emptying out their house to sell to pay for the trial. It’s been speculated that evidence was falsified in order to get a conviction because he was tried immediately after Casey Anthony in the same courtroom and people were angry. There was no physical evidence saying Bob did it, but no one cares about a rich old white man."</p><p>—Anonymous</p><p>According to <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fcrystalro%2Flittle-known-true-crime-stories-june-2023&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fox35orlando.com%2Fnews%2Fattorneys-for-bob-ward-a-millionaire-convicted-of-killing-his-wife-denied-bond&xcust=7409228%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fox 35;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Fox 35</a>, "Ward was originally convicted of second-degree murder in 2011, being sentenced to 30 years in prison. However, the trial judge overturned this verdict and Ward stood trial a second time in February 2018. The new jury also found him guilty but of a lesser charge of manslaughter with a firearm. In June, Ward was once again sentenced to 30 years in prison."</p></div><span> Orlando Sentinel / Tribune News Service via Getty Images</span>

9.The brutal Robison family murders, aka the "Good Hart murders," that happened on June 25, 1968, near Good Hart, Michigan. The Robison family, Richard, his wife Shirley, and their four children; Ritchie, Gary, Randy, and Susan, were shot and killed while on vacation in their Lake Michigan cottage.

—AnonymousAccording to Michigan Live,

10.The 2011 Zanesville, Ohio animal massacre where the owner of an exotic animal farm released the captive animals — including rare tigers, lions, and bears — and then died by suicide. Nearly 50 of the animals were shot and killed as a result.

<div><p>"I don't know if this is technically a crime, but in 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio a guy who owned dozens of exotic animals released them all to wander the town and then shot himself. His body was found partially gnawed, and the sheriff's department hunted the animals. People from out of state always think I'm making this up until I show them the <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fcrystalro%2Flittle-known-true-crime-stories-june-2023&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dispatch.com%2Fpicture-gallery%2Fnews%2F2021%2F10%2F15%2Fphotos-octtober-2011-zanesville-exotic-animal-massacre-terry-thompson-farm%2F5956173001%2F&xcust=7409228%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Columbus Dispatch article;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Columbus Dispatch article</a> about it."</p><p>—Anonymous</p></div><span> ABC News / Via <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fcrystalro%2Flittle-known-true-crime-stories-june-2023&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Du4rnchDmGMU&xcust=7409228%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:youtube.com;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">youtube.com</a></span>

11.The gruesome and unsolved triple murder of three women, Karen Scarbrough, Sharon Lake, and Deborah Frank, at the site of a housing development in Dale City, Virginia in 1978 that left police "perplexed."

inside of a house being built

12.The hit-and-run killing of 11-year-old Dierdre Week in Wisconsin on March 24, 1995. Week had been riding home on her bike when she was hit and killed by a vehicle. She was so close to home that her father heard the crash.

news reporter with the image of the girl on a screen behind her

13.The disappearance of teenager Mary Lou Bostwick on July 17, 1972, in Waverly, New York, who was last seen just three days before her sixteenth birthday. Before she disappeared, Bostwick's father dropped her off at a friend's home for a babysitting job. According to authorities, foul play was believed to be involved and the case remains unsolved.

aerial view of a highway cutting through the woods

14.The disappearance of Jim Thompson, aka the "Silk King," an American businessman who "changed the Thai silk industry" during the 1950s and 1960s, then went missing one day.

man holding a silk fabric

15.The murder of Junko Furuta, a Japanese high school student who was abducted, raped, tortured, and then subsequently murdered in 1989 by four teenage boys.

<div><p>"Her case was called the 'concrete-encased high school girl murder case,' because her body was discovered in a concrete drum. She was essentially tortured to death and upon discovering her story I had to continuously stop because it was making me physically ill to read about the cruelty that she had to endure, and they did it in the home of one of their parents, but his parents were too scared of him to stop him or go to the police (nothing happened to the parents)."</p><p>—Anonymous</p><p>According to <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fcrystalro%2Flittle-known-true-crime-stories-june-2023&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tokyoreporter.com%2Fcrime%2Fjunko-furuta-killer-again-on-trial-chaos-in-the-courtroom%2F&xcust=7409228%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tokyo Reporter;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Tokyo Reporter</a>, "The case became widely known not only due to the graphic nature of the repeated beatings and sexual assaults endured by the victim but also the perception that the perpetrators received lenient sentences."</p></div><span> Gionnixxx / Getty Images/iStockphoto</span>

16.The unsolved case of the "Mad Butcher" of West Virginia, a suspected serial killer active in the Fayette County area in the early 1960s who was never identified.

a long iron bridge standing tall over a wooded area

17.The disappearance of 12-year-old Celina Mays, who was also nine months pregnant when she went missing in December 1996. Although there have been hundreds of leads in the decades since, the case remains unsolved.

her photo during a news segment

18.The "Oakland County Child Killer," aka the "Babysitter Killer," who was active in Oakland County, Michigan between 1976 and 1977. The unidentified perpetrator (or perpetrators) is responsible for kidnapping, holding captive, and then violently killing at least four children.

newspaper with the news about the boy

19.The disappearance of 14-year-old Margaret Ellen Fox, who was last seen in Burlington, New Jersey in 1974. Fox went missing under strange circumstances which involved a babysitting job interview with an unknown man.

her photo shared on a news segment

20.Derrick Todd Lee, aka the "Baton Rouge serial killer," who was suspected of killing seven women between 1998 and 2003 in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana. Although he was linked to multiple deaths, he was ultimately convicted of two murders.

him handcuffed into a courtroom

21.The mysterious and unsolved disappearance of former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, who had a history with organized crime, in July 1975.

closeup of him sitting in a chair

22.The kidnapping and murder of Amy Mihaljevic in Bay Village, Ohio in 1989. Her story was featured on the TV show American's Most Wanted but still remains unsolved over 30 years later.

a blurry photo of her

23.The disappearance of 11-year-old Cody Haynes in 2004 from his father's home in Kittitas, Washington. It was reported that his father and his father's girlfriend were the last people to see Cody alive. The case is still an open investigation.

school photo of the boy used for a news segment

24.Ivan Milat, aka the "Wolf Creek serial killer," who was convicted of killing seven people near Sydney, Australia between 1992 and 1996. Milat's crimes inspired the 2005 horror film, Wolf Creek.

closeup of him smiling with a police officer next to him

25.The grisly murder of eight-year-old Sandra Cantù in Tracy, California in 2009. After going missing, Cantù's body was found inside a suitcase in an irrigation pond. A former Sunday school teacher was later charged with her brutal murder, which involved poisoning and "homicidal asphyxiation."

large group of people walking outside

26.The disappearance of medical student Brian Shaffer who was last seen in Ohio on CCTV at 2 a.m. on April 1, 2006. The video showed Shaffer going up an escalator to a popular campus bar but never showed him leaving. Foul play has still not been ruled out

arrow pointing to him in the cctv footage

27.The strange and unsolved disappearance of Leah Roberts in Bellingham, Washington in March 2000. Roberts had only just left home, in North Carolina, days earlier.

photo of her smiling used for the news segment

28.Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, a convicted child molester and suspected serial killer who was believed to have engaged in cannibalism. Bar-Jonah was convicted of attacking several young boys in Massachusetts in the '70s but was released in 1991. He later moved to Montana where he was eventually convicted in 2002 of the kidnapping and assault of a 15-year-old boy and his 12-year-old cousin in 1998 and 1999.

blurry photo of the road lit up with headlights

29.The Phillip Island murder mystery where 23-year-old Beth Barnard was found brutally murdered on Phillip Island in Australia in September 1986. Beth's body was found with an "A" carved into her chest and she was allegedly having an affair with a man named Fergus Cameron. Not long after, Fergus's wife Vivienne disappeared and has not been seen since.

photos and evidence from the case laid out

30.Finally, the killing of Henryk Siwiak, a Polish immigrant who was shot and killed in New York just hours after the two planes struck the Twin Towers on 9/11. Siwiak had been on his way to a new job that night but was given the wrong directions in a neighborhood known for heavy drug use and gang involvement. Siwiak "was engaged by a group" and shot dead.

news article about him

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