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  • Jack The Ripper
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    Jack the Ripper is the alias given to a serial killer who killed a number of prostitutes in the East End of London in 1888. He was also called the Whitechapel Murderer and “Leather Apron.” He comes from at night, kills violently, and disappears without a trace. His case remains a mystery even if hundreds have tried to solve it. The unsolved mystery is still one of the most popular and most discussed. In fact, there have been more books written on Jack The Ripper than all of the American Presidents combined.

    He Killed 5 prostitutes which were then called as “The five canonical murders”. How he killed those women? First, he strangles them until unconscious if not dead. Then he would cut their throat. In most of his crimes, he took body parts like internal organs such as the kidney. There were no signs of any sexual intercourse or masturbation. He just kills, rips off an internal organ and then disappears in the night. After more than 100 years, no one ever knew the identity of Jack the Ripper. The case remains an unsolved mystery.

  • Boston Strangler
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    The Boston Strangler is a name attributed to the murderer (or murderers) of several women in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, in the early 1960s. Though the crimes were attributed to Albert DeSalvo after his confession to the murders was revealed in court during a separate case , parties investigating the stranglings have since suggested the murders (sometimes known as the silk stocking murders) were not committed by one person.

    The initial sobriquet for the perpetrator or perpetrators of the crimes was "The Mad Strangler of Boston" The 8 July 1962 edition of the Sunday Herald, in an article entitled "Mad Strangler Kills Four Women in Boston," declared in its opening paragraph, "A mad strangler is loose in Boston."The killer (or killers) also was known initially as "The Phantom Fiend" or "The Phantom Strangler" due to the uncanny ability of the perpetrator (or perpetrators) to get women to allow him into their apartments. By the time DeSalvo's confession was aired in open court, the name "The Boston Strangler" had become part of crime lore.

  • The Black Dahlia
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    "The Black Dahlia" was a nickname given to Elizabeth Short (July 29, 1924 – January 15, 1947), an American woman who was the victim of a gruesome and much-publicized murder. Short acquired the moniker posthumously by newspapers in the habit of nicknaming crimes they found particularly colorful. Short was found mutilated, her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. Short's unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to many suspects, along with several books and film adaptations of the story.

  • Alexander Litvinenko
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    Alexander Litvinenko was a Russian KGB agent, turned dissident and possible MI6 agent. On November 1st 2006, Litvinenko fell ill after eating at the London sushi restaurant Itsu. He had been receiving evidence about another murder while he was eating at the restaurant. On November 3rd, Litvinenko’s condition deteriorated and he was rushed to Barnet General Hospital in London.

    He died three weeks after his hospitalisation suffering from acute radiation syndrome spawned from exposure to the radioactive polonium-210. The incident gained huge worldwide media coverage, probably due to the similarities in the case to Hollywood spy movies. It is now accepted that Litvinenko was poisoned by a cup of tea in his hotel room. No one has been convicted of the murder; however, there are suspicions of Russian government involvement. Litvinenko died aged 44.

  • John Lennon
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    John Lennon was one of the founding members of The Beatles, who had gone on to have worldwide success as a member of the band, and also as a peace activist. On December 8th 1980, Lennon was in New York City. As he was returning to his hotel that evening a man shouted his name. As Lennon turned around, the man shot Lennon four times. Lennon then stumbled into the hotel and collapsed. While this was taking place, the assassin Mark David Chapman dropped his weapon and sat on the street, waiting to be arrested. He was charged with murder and remains in prison to this day. His motivation for the murder is unclear.

  • D.B.Cooper
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    D. B. Cooper is the name popularly used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington on November 24, 1971. He extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and an exhaustive (and ongoing) FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located or positively identified. The case remains the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history.

    The suspect purchased his airline ticket under the alias Dan Cooper, but due to a news media miscommunication he became known in popular lore as "D. B. Cooper." Hundreds of leads have been pursued in the ensuing years but no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper's true identity or whereabouts, and the bulk of the ransom money has never been recovered. Numerous theories of widely varying plausibility have been proposed by experts, reporters, and amateur enthusiasts.

    While FBI investigators have insisted from the beginning that Cooper probably did not survive his risky jump,the agency maintains an active case file—which has grown to more than 60 volumes—and continues to solicit creative ideas and new leads from the public. "Maybe a hydrologist can use the latest technology to trace the $5,800 in ransom money found in 1980 to where Cooper landed upstream," suggested Special Agent Larry Carr, leader of the investigation team since 2006. "Or maybe someone just remembers that odd uncle."

    World Great Robberies

  • Iraq Central Bank
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    In March 2003, on several occasions beginning on March 18, the day before the United States began bombing Baghdad, nearly US$1 billion was stolen from the Central Bank of Iraq. This is considered the largest bank heist in history.

    Approximately $650 million was later found hidden in walls in Saddam Hussein's palace by US troops. It is believed that this was the bulk of the stolen money. The remaining money is currently unaccounted for. Diyaa Habib al-Khayoun, general manager of the state-owned al-Rafidain Bank, claims that $250 million and 18 billion now worthless Iraqi dinars were also stolen, but by professional robbers unconnected to Saddam.

    In March 2003, a hand-written note surfaced, signed by Saddam, ordering $920 million to be withdrawn and given to his son Qusay. Bank officials state that Qusay and another unidentified man oversaw the cash, boxes of $100 bills, being loaded into trucks during a five hour operation. Qusay was later killed by US troops in a firefight.

  • The Great Train Robbery (1963)
  • Bridego Railway Bridge, site of the Great Train Robbery, August 1963

    he great train robbery was made at Bridgego Railway Bridge in Buckinghamshire, England. The Royal Mails’ Travelling Post Office (TPO) train was stopped by signal tampering. Bruce Reynolds led his 15 member gang. They stole 2.3 million pounds in small currency notes. This incident was quite peaceful as only the driver was hit on the head and injured.

    The police tracked them soon from their fingerprints at their hideout at Leatherslade Farm. 13 robbers were caught, tried and imprisoned. One Ronnie Biggs escaped from prison and is still at large. The last of the lot, Charlie Wilson had settled in Canada on Rigaud Mountain in complete privacy. His wife made a mistake of calling her mother back in England, and was tracked down by Scotland Yard.

  • Dunbar Armored (1997) Robbery
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    The Dunbar Armored robbery is the largest cash robbery to have occurred in the United States. It occurred in 1997 at the Dunbar Armored facility in Los Angeles, California. The thieves made off with some 18.9 million U.S. Dollars.

    The robbery was masterminded by Allen Pace, who worked for Dunbar as a regional safety inspector. While on the job, Pace had time to photograph and examine the company's Los Angeles armored car depot. He recruited five of his childhood friends, and on the night of Friday, September 13, 1997, Pace used his keys to gain admittance to the facility. Pace had timed the security cameras and determined how they could be avoided. Once inside, they waited within the staff cafeteria, ambushing the guards one by one. Pace knew that on Friday nights the vault was open due to the large quantities of money being moved. Rushing the vault guards, the robbers managed to subdue them before they could signal any alarms. In half an hour, the robbers had loaded millions of dollars into a waiting U-Haul. Pace knew exactly which bags contained the highest denomination and non-sequential bills. He also knew where the recording devices for the security cameras were located and took these.

    The police immediately realized it was an inside job and closely examined Pace, but could find nothing. The gang worked hard to conceal their new wealth, laundering it through property deals and phony businesses. Eventually, one of the gang members, Eugene Lamar Hill, erred when he gave an unknowing associate a stack of bills still wrapped with the original cash straps. The associate went to the police and Hill was arrested. Hill soon confessed and named his associates. Allen Pace was arrested and sentenced to twenty-four years in jail. Only a fraction of the money was ever recovered. Some $10 million is still unaccounted for.

  • Mona Lisa
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    Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting was stolen from the Louvre Museum Paris, on 21 August 1911 by Vicenzo Peruggia. He kept it for two years, but when he tried to sell it he was caught and jailed

  • Kent Securities Depot (2006) Robbery
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    This robbery is stated to be the largest cash hype in England. This heist was well considered and planned. The depot manager was abducted when on way home on 21st February. The robbers were disguised and shifted to a seemingly police car. He was hand-cuffed and taken to an unknown farm. Simultaneously, his eight year old son and his wife were made hostage in their house. The wife was tricked by a misstated accident and was shifted to the unknown farm also. The depot manager was now fully under pressure for his family security and was forced to cooperate.

    The whole family was taken to the Securities Cash Management Ltd. Depot at Tonbridge, Kent, at 1.00 pm. They were allowed in and the thieves rounded up all the staff at gunpoint. The robbers took about an hour to complete the loot. The alarm was raised later and the police unbound them all. The heist totaled US$90

  • Lufthansa (1978) Burglary
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    The Lufthansa burglary was a pre planned one. The master mind was Jimmy Burke but the idea was generated by Martin Krugman. He had been tipped off by one Louis Werner, who owed Martin $20000 through gambling debt. He told him that huge amount of money is taken to West Germany for exchange and that it is stored at Kennedy Airport in card board vault.

    On 11th December at 3 AM. a van was noticed parking near the vault by a guard. He was struck, disarmed and told to disarm the silent alarm, and handcuffed there after. Another guard who heard noise was also overpowered and handcuffed. They took hold of more employees at gunpoint and rounded up all the rest at the cafeteria to clear their operation. The burglars then summoned Rudi Eirich by intercom on some emergency pretext. He was the only one who knew the codes to open the double door vault.

    At his first sight they surrounded him with guns and let him see the bounded employees in the cafeteria. They hurried him downstairs to open the vault. Eirich was surprised to see the burglars knew the security systems and the precautions. They did not let him open the vault second door until the outer door was closed to avoid the alarm. As soon the vault was open they sorted the invoices to select the parcels that contained money. Forty parcels were loaded. Eirich was asked to close the vault taking cautions and was tied down firmly.

    During loading one burglar’s mask slipped and showed his glimpse. All the employees were warned that their families would be hurt if they told police anything. The alarm was sounded at 4.30 AM. The burglary was reported to be worth US$5 million in cash and $875000 in jewels. The whole proceedings took one hour only. No arrests were made.