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My Extremely Naive And Innocent Brain Wept After Learning About These Dark True Crime Cases

A little while back we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about a more obscure true crime story they felt more people should be talking about. Here are their bone-chilling responses:

Note: Mentions of extreme violence, abuse, rape, and murder ahead.

1.The shocking case of Katherine Knight, who was convicted for the gruesome murder of her boyfriend, John Charles Thomas Price in February 2000 in New South Wales, Australia. She became the first one in Australian history to be given a life sentence without parole.

her during a police interview

2.The disappearance of Ann Mineko Racz in Newhall, California in 1991. Although Ann's body has never been found, she is believed to have been murdered by her estranged husband, a former LA County Sheriff’s sergeant, John Racz.

a highway along a mountain range

3.The cryptic case of Franchesca Alvarado, who disappeared while on a trip to Atlantic City with an unidentified older man in 2012.

her missin person posters

4.The highly disturbing case of seven-year-old Ondrej and nine-year-old Jakub Mauerova who were severely abused by their mother Klara (pictured below), which included feeding their flesh to relatives, in the Czech Republic in 2008.

<div><p>"It's scary how this was only discovered because a baby monitor at a neighbor's house showed video from the wrong house (the Mauerova house), and that neighbor saw the boy naked and tied up and then called police. It's way too long and complicated to explain thoroughly in a single comment, but basically, a mentally unwell woman adopts a 13-year-old child who was actually in her 30s, gets into a cult, abuses her two sons because people tell her to do so — this abuse includes locking them up in cages where they were eventually discovered and partially skinning at least one of the sons. The mother had set up a baby monitor to watch them suffer."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/sperkeles" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sperkeles;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">sperkeles</a></p></div><span> Afp / AFP via Getty Images</span>

5.The violent murder of Katie Janness and her partner's dog Bowie who were found stabbed to death outside the entrance to Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia in 2021.

the news segment with camera visual of her walking a dog

6.The ongoing case of Dahlia Bolin, a 16-year-old teen in rural Illinois who is facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, solicitation of murder for hire, solicitation of murder, and conspiracy to commit murder in the deadly shooting of her mother, Rebecca Bolin on Oct. 22, 2021.

bullets, money, and a gun

7.The appalling death of five-year-old Logan Marr in Maine in 2001. Logan, and her younger sister Bailey, had been in the care of a woman named Sally Schofield (pictured below) at the time. Schofield was eventually convicted of manslaughter in Logan's death.

<div><p>"She was removed from a good home then murdered by her foster mom. She was acting out, upset she had been removed from her mother again for bogus reasons. Maine placed her with a DHS (Department of Human Services) employee, Sally Schofield. Schofield wrapped her in duct tape and taped her to a high chair then left her alone in the basement. After a bit, Schofield checked on her and Logan was dead. Schofield is currently out and free."</p><p>—Anonymous</p><p>According to <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fcrystalro%2Flesser-known-true-crime-stories-january-2024&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newscentermaine.com%2Farticle%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fportland%2Fjustice-failed-logan-mom-of-child-who-died-in-foster-care-sickened-by-convicts-release%2F97-434014171&xcust=7598992%7C0%7CRSS%7C42472070&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:News Center Maine;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">News Center Maine</a>, "It was later discovered that the girls should never have been at Schofield's home in the first place because she was a supervisor in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and the placement violated state rules."</p></div><span> Portland Press Herald / Getty Images</span>

8.The strange disappearance of 16-year-old Ruth Wilson in Box Hill, Surrey, England in 1995.

school photo of her

9.The controversial and highly suspicious death of Private First Class LaVena Lynn Johnson who was found dead in her tent in Iraq in July 2005. Although her death was ruled a suicide by the Department of Defense, her family argues there was evidence suggesting she'd been raped and murdered.

banner made in remembrance of her

10.The Port Arthur massacre, a mass shooting that happened in Tasmania, Australia on April 28, 1996. The killer, Martin Bryant, killed 35 people, including children, and wounded 23 more.

the small house surrounded by trees

11.The gruesome triple homicide of an elderly couple, who were tortured before their death, and their deaf and nearly-blind son in the Boise foothills of Idaho in 2015.

news story with people in court

12.The case of Anna Maciejewska from Malvern, Pennsylvania who has been missing since 2017 and whose case is being investigated as a homicide.

closeup of her on a news segment

13.The terrible Parker-Hulme murder case in Christchurch, New Zealand in June 1954, which actually inspired the Peter Jackson film Heavenly Creatures.

black and white photo of women walking out of a home

14.The mysterious and upsetting death of a young girl named Sara Keesling in Riverside, California in 1988 that didn't get enough attention.

aerial view of the city

15.The horrifying case of mass murderer John List who methodically killed his wife, three children, and mother at their home in Westfield, New Jersey in 1971 believing it was "the only way to ensure their safe arrival in heaven."

<div><p>"Probably a more popular one but I'm still fascinated by John List. Killed his entire family and mother and went on the run for 18 years to 'save them from damnation.' As a note, his father who had passed before the murders, and his mother whom he killed are buried in my in-laws' hometown. There is a blank spot on their headstone and local lore says he's buried right next to her in an unmarked grave."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/thegassygoose" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:thegassygoose;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">thegassygoose</a></p></div><span> New York Daily News Archive / NY Daily News via Getty Images, Bettmann / Bettmann Archive</span>

16.The unthinkable and extremely violent killing and dismemberment of Aliahna Lemmon, a nine-year-old girl in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Michael Plumadore, a family friend who was babysitting her in 2011.

him handcuffed with officers walking behind him

17.David Parker Ray, aka the Toy-Box Killer, who was active in the '90s in New Mexico. The moniker came from the fact that he would chain and torture women in his soundproofed "toy box," a semi-trailer.

closeup of a man in a suit and tie in court

18.The tragic case of Keith Warren, a Black teenager who was found hanging from a tree in Maryland in 1986, and whose case was believed to be mishandled and "erroneously ruled a suicide."

closeup of his photo on a news segment

19.The horrible case of Seth Privacky, who shot and killed his parents, grandfather, brother, and his brother's girlfriend in November 1998 in Muskegon, Michigan.

him taking the stand in a courtroom

20.The deplorable case of Marcus Wesson, a mass murderer, abuser, and rapist — including the rape of his own underage daughters and nieces — who is responsible for one of Fresno, California's most horrific crimes. His crimes spanned several decades, from the 1970s until the mid-2000s.

closeup of him in court

21.The awful case of Jeff Pelo, a former Bloomington Police Sergeant who was convicted of repeatedly assaulting four women and stalking a fifth woman in Bloomington, Illinois from 2002–2006.

him in an interrogation room

22.The case of Robert Garrow, a serial rapist and spree killer who was active in upstate New York in the 1970s. The case turned a bizarre twist when his lawyers refused to disclose the location of the bodies of two of his victims in what became known as the "Buried Bodies Case."

police officers carrying him out on a wheelchair

23.The horrifying case of Anthony Sowell aka "The Cleveland Strangler" or "The Imperial Avenue Murderer," a serial killer who was active in Cleveland, Ohio in 2009.

the house with police tape around it

24.The disappearance of Wetumpka, Alabama resident Traci Pittman Kegley in 1998. Her car was found abandoned with her unharmed two-year-old daughter, purse, and ID still inside.

car in the woods

"She was due to start a new job the next day and it’s noted that her divorce was finalized 16 days before her disappearance."

—Anonymous

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25.The nightmarish case of Allan Legere, an arsonist, rapist, and serial killer who was active in New Brunswick, Canada in the 1980s.

his wanted poster

26.The awful case of Thomas Koskovich & Jayson Vreeland, aka the "Pizza Killers," who committed their crimes in Franklin, New Jersey in 1997.

—AnonymousNew Jersey teens Koskovich and Vreeland were just 18 and 19 years old, respectively, when they killed two randomly chosen pizza deliverymen — Georgio Gallara and Jeremy Giordano. The deliverymen were lured to an abandoned house in a remote location and violently shot to death, multiple times, in their car. According to law enforcement at the time, the teens' motivation was that

27.The horrible case of 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.

closeup of him smiling

28.The case of Bruce McArthur, a serial killer active in the 2010s in Toronto, Canada who targeted marginalized people, primarily gay men of color.

people in the snow carrying off evidence

"He buried their body parts in landscape pots at a client's home that he landscaped at, and police arrested him right before he was about to murder his next victim. They found the victim tied up when they entered his home."

—Anonymous

Bernard Weil / Toronto Star via Getty Images

29.The Ant Hill Kids cult, formed by Roch Thériault in Canada, which was active from the '70s to the '80s.

closeup of him

30.Finally, the terrifying case of Gary Lee Bullock, who had only been out of jail for a few hours when he committed the violent murder of a beloved priest in Eureka, California in 2014.

his mug shot on a news segment

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

If you or anyone you know has information on a missing person case, call local law enforcement first. You can also contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (THE-LOST) or visit the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System site for regional case assistance.

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