26Murder of Georgia Crews
In 1980, a 12-year-old girl named Georgia Jane Crews went missing in the small town of Montverde in Florida. Two days later, the local police department, the girl’s grandmother and the police marshal’s wife all received an unidentified caller saying, “You know that 12-year-old girl you’re looking for? She’s dead.” Eight days later her decomposing body was found near a K-Mart parking lot, with a stab wound in the back. The killer was never found.
27. In 2013, guests staying at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles complained about problems with water pressure, it being black and having an unusual taste. Next morning, the body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam was found in the water tank atop the hotel. She was last seen on the hotel’s elevator security camera. In it, she was seen exiting and re-entering the elevator, talking and gesturing in the hallway outside, and sometimes seeming to hide within the elevator, which itself was malfunctioning. Her case still remains unsolved.
28. Manson Family was a cult led by Charles Manson. The group consisted of about 100 followers who were mostly young girls who were drawn to the commune by hippy culture and drug use. They were radicalized by Manson’s teaching and believed he was a manifestation of Jesus. In 1969, he sent five members of his “family” to two homes in Los Angeles to kill anyone who lived there. They killed actress Sharon Tate (who was 8-1/2 months pregnant) and four other people who were renting with her. They were also responsible for a number of other murders, assaults, petty crimes and thefts.
29. Amelia Dyer was a "baby farmer", i.e., she housed pregnant women with unwanted or illegitimate babies for an upfront fee. When the babies were delivered, the mothers would leave the baby with her. She would care for them until they were adopted. In reality, Dyer was only interested in collecting the upfront fee for housing the mother. She neglected the babies until they died of malnutrition. She was arrested when investigators found 50 bodies of babies in Thames, wrapped in paper with her address printed on it. She is suspected of killing as many as 400 infants. She was hanged in 1896 in London.
30. In 1995, 29-year-old Mary Ann Holmes was murdered in her home in Thatcher, Arizona. One of her daughters escaped and ran, naked and bound to tell her neighbor that her mother was murdered. Mary Holmes was found in her bathroom with her hands cuffed and her head bashed in. Investigators found that she was sexually assaulted after her death, while both her daughters were bound and forced to watch. In 2016, 53-year-old Phillip Turley was named a prime suspect though he wasn’t formally charged.