There’s nothing more tantalizing in the news than sex, scandal, and murder. Each and every day, we see the newspapers plastered with new killings and new sex crimes, as well as possible scandals. The news loves to ply us with the worst sorts of human sins and vices, and murder and sex scandals are their favourites. It’s hard to look away from the mysterious and the strange. Some of these incredibly thought-provoking mysteries remain unsolved for years, decades, or even centuries. But there is something that draws us all into a great murder story – a mystery revolving around sex, some crazy hidden scandal or a little dash of all three.
Over the last few decades (and even before then, too) there have been hundreds of unsolved cases ranging from lovemaking to assault, and even murder. Many of these crimes and mysteries are solved by the police or historians, and the victims are given closure as the bad guys are exposed or put away. But sometimes, the bad guys don’t get caught, the victims never get closure, and the public is left to ponder over who could have been responsible or what could have actually happened. We may never have a clear story, but a good mystery is still somehow incredibly intriguing.
Here is our top 10 most mysterious and weird cases involving sex, murder or scandal that haunt our thoughts and keeps us up at night, pondering the possibilities.
10. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle – Career Ruined
Fatty Arbuckle was a big funny guy who was popular in the early 1900s on the big screen. His on-screen antics made him a crowd favourite. However, in 1921, the big guy found himself in big trouble. He was found sexually abusing a fellow Hollywood actor, Virginia Rappe, who was a fairly healthy young woman in her 30s. The woman died mysteriously of a ruptured bladder three days later, most likely from their encounter. Although Fatty was charged with her murder and his career was ruined, he was never charged. The cause of her ruptured bladder that killed her was determined. Although some people still blame Fatty for somehow doing the deed, some think the problem could have been caused by a venereal disease or long-term alcoholism, exacerbated by the rough hands of Fatty Arbuckle.
9. Marilyn Monroe – Affair With The President
On August 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead from an apparent suicide in her apartment. She overdosed on sleeping pills and never woke up. However, there were a few questions surrounding her death that remain unanswered, making the world wonder if the superstar really took her own life (or if someone helped). Several items were removed from her house the day of the murder. Also, there was her connection to the Kennedy family, who were rumoured to have mob connections. How about a murderous, political sex scandal anyone? However, to this day, nothing has been conclusively proven, and Monroe’s death is still considered a suicide.
8. Bob Crane – A Flair For Weirdness
Bob Crane was famous for his funny-guy role in the show Hogan’s Heroes. In 1978, the actor was found beaten to death inside of his apartment. No one has ever been able to solve his murder, and whoever is responsible is roaming free. However, we do know one thing: his murder was almost guaranteed to have something to do with his crazy sex addiction. He and his buddy John Carpenter would seduce women, and John would film Crane having sex with them. Their weird, sex addiction spiral seemed to be getting worse when Crane was found dead. Although Carpenter was always the prime suspect, no one could ever prove he did it. He still maintains his innocence.
7. Virginia’s Colonial Parkway Killers – Make-Out Gone Wrong
Colonial Parkway is a scenic road that runs from the James River to the Bay in eastern Virginia, just north of Newport News. The Colonial Parkway Killer took advantage of the fact that, on certain parts of the highway, couples would pull over to make out along the quiet highway at night. The killer presumably would wait until the couples were distracted, then stabbed or shot the pair to death, usually leaving their bodies naked and mutilated. These murders happened in a short stretch in the late 1980s and have been unresolved since. They are the biggest unsolved cases in Virginia, and remain a tantalizing mystery to this day.
6. The Black Doodler – A Deadly Lure
This killer was known for drawing his victims in bars before murdering them. The Black Doodler killed or attempted to kill 14 men in the late 1970s in San Francisco. The man, who was good at doodling, would flirt with his victims in a gay bar, sketch pictures of them, then take them away to a more intimate location. After he had sex with the victims, he murdered them, stabbing the bodies until they were almost unrecognizable. The police believe the man was embarrassed by his homosexual tendencies, and sought to erase those who had witnessed them. The Doodler was never caught, although several of his victims remain alive.
5. The Atlas Vampire – Taste Of Blood
Lilly Lindström was a sex worker who used her apartment to host clients. In 1932, this 32-year-old Swedish native entertained her last client. She took off her clothes, folded them neatly by the bed, and had sex with her client (they found a condom inside of her, proving she and a man had sex before her death). Immediately afterward, it is presumed whoever the client was beat her to death, drained all of her blood into a bucket, drank some of it with a gravy ladle, and then walked out of her apartment into the street with the rest of it. Neither the blood, nor the killer, was ever found.
4. David Carradine – Alone In Darkness
Best known for his role in Kung Fu, David Carradine was an actor and a martial artist. He began his acting career in the 1940s and was in his 70s when he was found dead in 2009. Although his death was ruled a suicide, it left a ton of unanswered questions. He was found in a hotel closet, his hands tied above his head and a rope tied around his neck and genitals. The scene looked like a sex accident, as Carradine was into autoerotic asphyxiation. According to his fourth wife, actress Marina Anderson, he never did anything like that alone. It is presumed there was most likely a sex partner that accidentally led him to his death. But if so, why was his death ruled a suicide, and who did the deed? Was it accidental, or was it murder? Perhaps we’ll never know.
3. Princess Louise – Punished For Love
Princess Louise was one of Queen Victoria’s many children. She was rumoured to have a child out of wedlock, covered up before she was married off to a man she didn’t love. But the royal family still has their lips sealed about Louise’s love life (and that of her eccentric husband). It’s believed that she had love affairs with both the Queen’s artist and her brother’s tutor, who got her pregnant. Her mother, desperate to keep the baby hush-hush, gave the child away, and imprisoned her daughter in a loveless marriage with the allegedly homosexual Marquess of Lorne (who was rumoured to sneak out at night to find lovers). When a young man stepped forward, claiming to be a descendant of Louise’s and asked the court to prove it with a DNA test, the court refused. Was it to cover up the illegitimate child, or was it something else?
2. Original Night Stalker – Forever Free
During the late 1970s, Sacramento felt the wrath of one of the deadliest and most mysterious serial killers and rapists even known. The man never let anyone see his face. He would tie up his victims with complex knots, abuse them, and murder them. Known as the Original Night Stalker or the East Area Rapist, this man has more than 40 victims, and almost no clues to his identity. After the attacks, the killer vanished into thin air. The last known contact was when he called one of his surviving victims in the early 1990s. He could still be alive and well out there in California! Scary!
1. Jack The Ripper – The Original Assassin
One of the most mysterious murder cases of all time happened in east London during 1888. Jack the Ripper killed at least five prostitutes in his tenure as a serial killer, but was never caught. The man, whoever he was, mutilated his victims, carving up each of the five women and taking off their skin (and stealing another part of their body, too). Jack the Ripper could have also been responsible for several murders before, and two after, though definitive connections have never been made. All the victims were female sex workers, and he picked them for a very specific reason. Whether it had something to do with sex, their profession, or something entirely different, we’ll never know. All we know for sure is that Jack is dead, and all of his secrets have presumably died with him.