Cold cases. What exactly are they? The internet defines them as homicide cases that remain unsolved after a year or longer. It was shocking to learn what percentage of homicides end in an arrest and which ones do not.
Some of the more well-known cold cases include Tupac and Edgar Allen Poe. However, most involve more non-celebrity victims.
The scariest murders are the ones that essentially serve no purpose or cannot be explained. For example, finding your 6-year-old daughter’s dead body in the basement might be a little frightening.
This is exactly what happened for John and Patsy Ramsey. On Dec. 26, 1996, in Boulder, Colo., the couple received a ransom note that demanded $118,000 to ensure their daughter, JonBenet’s, safe return. They never received a call, and they found JonBenet, dead, eight hours later in their basement.
“Jesus, you raised Lazarus from the dead. Please raise my baby!” Patsy Ramsey shrieked while she sobbed and collapsed right on her daughter’s lifeless body.
To this day, the murderer has still not been found.
Another disturbing murder case took place in Franklin, Tenn. on Feb. 1, 1991. 49-year-old Peggy Cox was working late one night at Hardee’s. The last customer of the night pulled up to the Hardee’s drive-thru to order a roast-beef sandwich.
A few seconds later, gunshots rang through the window. Peggy fell to ground, and the killer drove off. They did not steal anything or make any demands.
Peggy later died in the hospital from a gunshot to the neck.
“We will always remember Peggy Cox and her family. We will never stop hunting for her killer, and the answers that Peggy’s family and our community deserve,” says Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner.
From 1991 to 1996, 137,566 homicides took place in the United States. 35% of those homicides were uncleared, which means they had no arrest. That means 47,413 murder cases have not been solved from just those six years.
It is mind-boggling to think about how many unsolved murders there have been from 1980 until now. There will continue to be homicides, and the murderers will continue to get away with their horrific crimes. They may even end up taking their crimes to the grave.