In a book I was reading I found some neat stories about unsolved crimes. Usually I could care less about unsolved crimes, for some reason. I guess most of the time they aren't very interesting to me. But these actually did catch my attention. The book I read them out of is called "Mysteries of the Unexplained". Here are the stories:How it changed my life:
An Impossible Suicide?- In 1872 Capt. George M. Colvocoresses body was found shot to death on a well-frequented street in Bridgeport, Connecticut. A pistol and a satchel lay besides the body, and the police at first assumed they had a clear case of murder. When they examined the body more closely, however they discovered that no bullet hole was to be found in his jacket or vest, while the hole and powder burn in his shirt indicated that the pistol had been inserted beneath the outer garments before being fired. No one could explain why this might have happened. The next conclusion was that he killed himself. Yet there was also no reasonable explanation of why he would do that, and in such the manner that he died. Besides that there are some difficulties he would have faced while killing himself also. First of all why would he have carefully placed his hand under his own jacket and vest to kill himself? Not to mention the fact it was early in the evening on a street many people frequently walked on (how ever it doesn't mention any witnesses) Also since his autopsy concluded that he died almost instantly because he shot himself in the heart, how did he have enough time to remove his hand out from jacket and vest to place the gun and satchel beside him. It most likely would have been in his hand or nearer to him. Plus if he really did kill himself the question arises of why he would want to do it in such a way.
How did it Happen?- Similar to the above story, in July 1891 Carl Gros was shot dead near Maspeth Long Island. The bullet had penetrated his body, but left no holes in his clothing. [This story didn't mention where he was shot, but I'm assuming his chest or abdomen.]
No Verdict- The death of 72 year old Lavinia Farrar, a woman of independent means, was reported in the Cambridge Daily News in England on March 16, 1901. She had been found on the floor of her kitchen, fully dressed, her face bruised, and her nose broken. Beside her were a blood stained knife and a few drops of blood. An examination revealed she had been stabbed in the heart. At the inquest an open verdict was returned for these reasons: Although the dead woman had been stabbed, her clothing had not been penetrated by the knife and was unmarked by blood except for her innermost garment, which was only slightly bloodstained. Since death had been almost instantaneous, she could not possibly have first stabbed herself and then dressed before dying. Moreover, the blood on the knife and one the floor besides her seemed not to be hers, since the wound was almost bloodless.
A Heavy Question- At the end of a day's work in 1974, workers for the Dowing Construction Company of Indianapolis left a 5 ton steel wrecking ball hanging from a crane 200 feet above the ground. When they came back the next morning the ball was gone. Police and all concerned were baffled, and the ball was never found.
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