27 Extremely Dark True Crime Stories People Never, Ever, Ever Seem To Talk About

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There are a lot of true crime stories that are so infamous it feels like we hear about them all the time — Ted Bundy, the Zodiac Killer, Jeffrey Dahmer...the list goes on, and on. But there are actually just as many (if not more) little-known true crime stories from history you may not have heard about.

Ted Bundy in court
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So when we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about a true crime story we haven't already heard 100x before, they came back with some truly bone-chilling examples. Here's what they shared:

Warning: Disturbing and graphic content ahead.

1.The story of Terry Jo Duperrault, aka the "Sea Orphan" from 1961.

Terry in bed after being found, sleeping

2.The disappearance of Theresa Ann Bier in 1987.

a road heading towards the sierra nevada mountains

3.The Wednesday Strangler, aka the Saga Prefecture Strangler who was active from 1975–1989 in Japan.

a busy road with cars and a tram in 1970 japan

4.The murder of Skylar Neese by her two best friends in 2012.

A memorial for Skylar with a stone marker and gifts

5.The "Who put Bella down the Wych Elm?" graffiti message from 1944.

Graffiti on an obelisk that says who put bella in the witch elm

6.The Satanic Verses murder of Hitoshi Igarashi in 1991.

a protestor holding a sign that says down with satanic verses

7.The murder of Peace Corps volunteer, Kate Puzey, in 2009.

Home video of Kate

8.The "Hangman" or "Killer Cop", aka Gerard John Schaefer Jr., a former sheriff's deputy and suspected serial killer active in Florida in the '70s.

Gerard in an interview wearing glasses, balding

9.The Ant Hill Kids cult, which was active from the '70s to the '80s.

group of hands raised in the air

10.The Pizza Killers, aka Thomas Koskovich & Jayson Vreeland from 1997.

a car driving on a remote road at night

11.The brutal murder of Timothy Coggins in 1983.

home photo of Timothy, smiling

12.The Somerton Man, an unidentified man found on a beach in Australia in 1948.

<div><p>"Maybe it’s well known in Australia, but in the States, you barely hear about it. The basic gist is that the body of an unidentified man was found on Dec.1, 1948, at Somerton beach near Adelaide, South Australia. He had nothing in his pockets, aside from a scrap of paper from the book <i>The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám</i>, and the phrase roughly translated to, 'is over.' The police found the book from which the message was torn, and there was a coded message in it. To this day, the message has not been decoded. But there are rumors that he may have been identified."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/aroace_fromouterspace" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:aroace_fromouterspace;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">aroace_fromouterspace</a></p><p>"Recent DNA analysis suggests he was a man named Carl 'Charles' Webb. And his mysterious scraps of paper are thought to be from poetry books, some of which were his own poems — although there's still a lot of mystery surrounding his death!"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/justsomerandom1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:justsomerandom1;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">justsomerandom1</a></p></div><span> ABC News / Via <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fcrystalro%2Flittle-known-true-crime-stories&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D9wL1t3A-uHo&xcust=7357112%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:youtube.com;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">youtube.com</a></span>

13.The Bender family, aka the "Bloody Benders," a family of serial killers.

1800s illustration of an old town

14.The Hachioji Supermarket Triple Murder in 1995.

Tokyo skyline in the 90s

15.Michael Ryan and the “Church of Yahweh” Cult murders in 1980s Nebraska.

Ryan standing at a gate doing interviews

16.The murder of Tair Rada in 2006.

police footage of the crime scene from 2006

17.The Monster of Miramichi, aka Allan Joseph Legere, a serial killer active in the 1980s.

Outside a convenience store at night

18.David Parker Ray, aka the Toybox Killer, who was active in the '90s.

David Parker Ray in court, resting his chin on his hands

19.The Shankill Butchers, a gang active between 1975–1982 in Northern Ireland, that was responsible for dozens of deaths.

Jacket worn by one of the gang members showing explosive burn marks

20.The Hendricks family murders in Bloomington, Illinois in 1983.

<div><p>"In November 1983, mother Susan Hendricks and children Becky (9), Grace (7), and Benjamin (5) were found murdered by an ax in their beds. The investigation quickly zeroed in on husband and father David Hendricks to the exclusion of all other possibilities. He was tried, convicted, overturned, and released. Officially, the murders are unsolved, and the court of public opinion is very divided. The book <i>Reasonable Doubt </i>by local journalist Steve Vogel chronicles the investigations and trial. I've read it multiple times, and each time I have more questions than answers about the case."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/arflurer87" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:arflurer87;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">arflurer87</a></p></div><span> Yorkfoto / Getty Images/iStockphoto</span>

21.The unsolved murder of Frank Little in 1917.

old photo of the railway embankment where Little was hanged

22.The Lester street murders in 2008.

Crime scene

23.The disappearance of Ray Gricar in 2005.

Gricar talking at a news convference

24.The disappearance of Traci Pittman Kegley in 1998.

abandoned car in woods

25.Bruce McArthur, a serial killer active in the 2010s in Toronto, Canada.

Forensic investigators remove evidence from inside a home in the snow

26.Richard Wershe Jr., aka "White Boy Rick," a former drug trafficker and FBI informant active in the 1980s.

Richard being taken to court

27.Finally, the unsolved Santa Rosa hitchhiker murders that took place from 1972–1973 in Northern California.

old photo of a woman hitchhiking in the 70s

Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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