Amber Rene Hagerman was just nine years old when she was abducted and murdered. Hagerman was riding her bike close to her grandparent’s residence in Arlington, Texas on January 13, 1996, when she was snatched. When they went a little further to an abandoned grocery store parking lot to ride on a ramp there that children regularly appreciated riding on Amber and her brother Ricky were riding around the block. Amber’s brother became worried that they were riding further than their mother had said to go so he told Amber. Ricky started back home and Amber stayed for an additional ride on the ramp.
The family sent him back to bring her house when Ricky got home when he said that she had stayed a little longer and the family asked about Amber. Ricky returned, however, he could not find his sister. Grandfather to Ricky and Amber, Jimmie Whitson jumped into his truck and went to find her himself. At the parking lot, Jimmie found a police car and pulled up next to it where the officer looked to see another man carrying a young girl into his pickup truck and told him that a guy close by had heard crying. The man who lived close by had telephoned 911 summoning the police officer but when the policeman arrived at the scene all he found was a cycle that Amber had been riding.
Amber’s family would appear on television pleading for her life and her safe return. Police believed that it was a stranger abduction that took place as the opportunity arose for the abductor. No witnesses were located other than the guy who called 911 at the time of the abduction. Regrettably, merely four days after her abduction, Amber’s body was found naked in a creek bed near an apartment complex. Her throat had been cut. The authorities released a profile of who they considered the killer to be, after finding Amber’s body; nevertheless, this did not assist in catching him.
While Amber’s killer has yet to be got her legacy remains. The abduction and murder of Amber Hagerman led to the development of today’s Amber alert system.
You like spy stories, this will definitely captivate you. A former officer of FSB, the Russian Federal Security Officer, and KGB, Alexander Litvinenko had received political asylum in the United Kingdom. Yet, on November 1, 2006, he became the first person ever to be poisoned with polonium. He died a few days later though no one was charged and guesses on who could inflict such merciless murder became wild. The mystery just fanned the anxiety and mass hysteria regarding the use of biological and chemical weapons.
On July 27, 2004, the body of Alma Brisa Molina Baca, a 34-year old factory worker, was found dead in an empty lot in Ciudad Juaréz, Mexico. She has been raped and strangled or so just like the 1,000, who “vanished” since 1993, most of them dumped in the desert. This decade-long killing spree, which targets the poor workers at nearby ‘maquiladoras’ or factories, has ignited Amnesty International and other human rights advocates worldwide to advocate the Mexican authorities to locate the killers.
Jack the Ripper
1888 was a bad year to be a prostitute. Between August 7 and November 10 of that year, five women were killed in the Whitechapel district of London’s East End, their throats slashed and their bodies mutilated in a way that signaled they all met their fates at the hands of the same man. One victim’s kidney was even mailed to the authorities, along with a series of taunting notes composed by someone calling himself Jack the Ripper. Serial homicide was a relatively new phenomenon along with the assaults were highly publicized. The law’s failure to identify the killer led to such an outcry that both the house secretary and London police commissioner resigned in disgrace.
Jack the Ripper, whoever he was, has been the subject of hundreds of publications and articles. The theories surrounding his identity vary from a covert Masonic scheme to an associate of the royal family. Here are the most likely suspects:
Montague Druitt, a barrister with knowledge of human anatomy. Rumored to be mad, he evaporated after the final murder. His body was later found floating in the River Thames.
George Chapman, a barber who lived in Whitechapel during the time of the murders and who was later found guilty of poisoning three of his wives.
Aaron Kosminski, a Whitechapel resident known for his affinity for hookers. He was hospitalized in an asylum after the last homicide.
The Zodiac Killings
“I like killing people since it is so much fun.”
So began one of the numerous encrypted letters sent to San Francisco newspapers by the man who called himself Zodiac. For most of 1969, a serial killer terrorized Bay Area residents, killing five and perhaps more. It began on Dec. 20, 1968, when a couple was shot to death while sitting in a car on a lover’s lane. The killer would strike at several more times over the next 10 months, trussing up shooting a couple in a public park and stabbing a woman and yet another guy near a peaceful lake, and shooting a cab driver in the head.
What made the case so fascinating, though, was the way he toyed with authorities and reporters. He called in several of the homicides and started to send coded letters to papers using a cross. At one point, he sent in a piece of bloodied shirt to prove he was who he claimed to be. Another time, he threatened to shoot up a school bus full of kids. The investigation went on for many years. Several suspects were considered and questioned but to no avail. The Zodiac was never caught. The storyline continues to terrorize people to this day.