On January 15, 1974 shortly before 4:00 PM, three young children arrived home from school in Wichita, Kansas to find their father, Joseph Otero, mother, Julie Otero, and their two siblings Josephine (age 11) and Joseph II (age 9) strangled to death in their home.
On September 29, 1982, 12-year-old Mary Kellerman of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, (a suburb of Chicago) woke up at dawn and went into her parents’ bedroom. She did not feel well and complained that she had a sore throat and a runny nose. Suspecting a cold was coming on, her parents gave her one Extra-Strength Tylenol capsule. At 7:00 AM the went into her room to check on her and found her laying on the bathroom floor.
The “Alphabet murders” (also known as the “double initial murders”) took place from 1971 to 1973 in the Rochester, New York area. Three young girls were raped and strangled. The case got its name from the fact that each of the three girls’ first and last names started with the same letters and that the bodies were found in towns that started with the same letter as the girls’ names. Each of the girls was found in or near an area matching their initials: Carmen Colon near Chili, Wanda Walkowicz in Webster, and Michelle Maenza in the town of Macedon.
Biggie Small went through the typical rapper life cycle – a life of crime at an early age followed by infamy and more criminal acts after that. Ending in the typical violent death, Biggie’s story deviates from the typical rapper tale in that his death was unsolved and riddled with conspiracy theory.
D. B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the United States on November 24, 1971, received $200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. The name he used to board the plane was Dan Cooper, but he became known as “D. B. Cooper”. No conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper’s true identity or whereabouts, and the bulk of the money has never been recovered. Several theories offer competing explanations of what happened after his famed jump. To date it remains the only unsolved U.S. aircraft hijacking case.
The Jack the Ripper murders occurred in London more than one hundred years ago. The methods used in the investigations were years before their time but the killer was never found. Since then, evidence has been lost and facts have been muddled. The true story of Jack the Ripper takes a careful, conscious effort to sort through the specifics to determine what happened, and why.
In the early 1970’s, ANACS (American Numismatic Association Certification Service) noticed an unusually high number of “high relief” coins entering the market. High relief coins are coins that are struck multiple times to produce extremely clear, concise contours. Suspicious that an unusually high quality counterfeiter could be the culprit, they began careful examination of the coins. If it weren’t for a minute “omega” symbol in the claw of the eagle on the coin, they would have never known they were counterfeits.