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IN History & Culture ON 02 Oct, 2015
Throughout the history of civilisations, criminals have infested streets and induced fear. Laws have been made to control, systems established to enforce yet they have achieved their ends. Though most have been caught and punished, some have run free, incognito among the crowds.
3-months-old little Diane was out shopping with her mother Dorothy in August of 1937 when she was taken from her carriage. A day later, police got a call directing them to an apartment where she was found safe and in new clothes even. 3-days after her return came a letter, It stated that she (abductor) saw the baby and took her to raise her as her own. Though she had a change of heart. She also told that she lost her husband and child in different situations in last six months. The letter was considered conclusive motive and the writer was never found. The writer also said, "My only crime, if you can call it such, was too much mother love."
December 1999, Lynn, 44, was out with friends. Hicksville, New York was the place, she got hit by a car and then by another while crossing a street. She died of injuries, but uncertain of which car caused it. After the police's public appeal, the second driver responded anonymously. He told he drove over her thinking it was a garbage bag as the street was not well lit and surprised when it felt like a speed bump. The car though was not damaged and it was during an oil change, after a short while, the mechanic found blood, hair and dent that they realized. The mechanic went on with the service and cleaned the remnants as well.
March 1977, Dirscherl family was getting ready when Robert went into his bedroom. When her wife went in to check on him, she found a shotgun wound open on his chest and blood all over. It was put away as a suicide, but the aiming angle of the gun had a problem and also with a handgun present it seemed all odd. It was 15-years later, they received a letter, it said that the writer had killed Robert and is himself dying of AIDS. He also asked to pray for him.
December 2014, Larry was out hunting in Ohio, and he called his wife gasping of help and air. The police later found his body, he was shot from behind. Few weeks later, Gallia County Sheriff got a letter written with trembling hands, taking responsibility for the murder, which according to him was an accident as he took aim at a deer he was tracking but instead. He heard a scream and out of fear, ran away. He had learned about Bradleys and sympathized with them but didn't come forward himself.
December 1991, Greg was riding back to his car to repair it but never made to it. 3-weeks later in January 1992, his body was found floating in a ditch close to his house. It was 13 years later, March 2005, that a letter confessed for a man's crime, accidental. He felt guilty and told it was when his brother went missing for some time during a fishing trip did he realise what he had done and wrote the letter, although he never came forward.
June 1965, Arnfin returned home to find his wife hanging, stabbed, badly beaten with her temple smashed in and jaw broken and the whole kitchen in blood. 20$ from a piggy bank were missing and the mother-in-law and daughter were safe and unaware of the event. 4-days later a letter arrived stating that murderer was a co-worker and killed her out of obsessive attraction to her. 20-year old handyman Harry Solberg was arrested later, and he admitted to writing the letter but not the murder. Further investigation made him say that he might have beaten her. The investigation method used made the court drop murder charges and sentence him for writing the letter. Although mother-in-law was speculated to have been involved but never charged.
September 1965, 22-year old Judith withdrew 300$ from her bank, next day was seen at work and disappeared. Another day and 1000 miles away her car was found left there by a light crew cut haired man with a bad complexion. A young brunette was also seen later with him matching Hyams' description but couldn't be identified. She had recently had a pregnancy test whose report were to be sent to a dentist Lucien Gordon under a false name. Another George Hadju was suspected of carrying out illegal abortion and convicted 2-years later, he fled. 23-years later, 1990, Omaha police got anonymous calls telling them of Hyams being alive and in Omaha and Hadju being in Budapest. Interpol was informed, but nothing came out of it. Later when it was made public, a letter arrived stating that she died during the abortion and was dumped in a bay near Miami. Files were closed based on that.
November 1985, Doris came out of the bathroom to find his husband at gunpoint of a masked man. She was left tied as they left for the bank, and Roger was shot. Injured he ran out, and was chased and shot 5 more times after which the killer fled. After the murder, his daughter Tamara received threats on call due to which she moved out of town with husband. Later when she came, threats started again as letters for $100,000 against Doris' life. Later it all went cold but the family was in constant fear for years.
Since childhood, she was physically and mentally harassed and was moved to foster care from where she ran to the streets, reaching Vancouver. She got into prostitution to support her siblings and drug-use. November 2002, she disappeared from the streets and only clue was a letter describing an unknown girl matching her description adn stating simply that she is dead. The writer also asked the identity to be aired and family informed and that he would visit her grave every year with flowers until he can. No location of burial was specified.
New Year's Eve 1921, Melbourne, 12-year old Nell went out for some work but never returned nor saw 1922. She was found naked, strangled and raped in an alleyway. Her clothes were not found ever. Under immense pressure, bar owner Colin Campbell Ross was convicted with false proofs and sentenced to death. A day before his execution, he received a letter from the killer taking responsibilities of his crime but remaining anonymous due to his family. Although it didn't stop his execution and his 86 years of sentence was completed in 2008 when his remains were returned to his family. The actual killer was, in the meantime