5 Mysterious Murders To Haunt Your Nightmares

Amna Shoaib
Who's that knocking at the door? People have always had a sort of fascination with unsolved murder mysteries.

There seems to be something about grotesque, puzzling murders that feeds people's imagination and curiosity.

Here's a list of five gruesome murder mysteries that were sensationalized, pondered upon, but never fully solved. Beware.

Elisa Lam


Elisa Lam's body was found in a water tank of the hotel Cecil in the Skid Row neighborhood, Los Angeles on Feb. 19, 2013. The cause of death was eventually determined to be "accidental drowning."

However, Lam's disturbing behavior, as caught on the surveillance camera of the hotel, shows a different side of the picture. Lam is seen entering an elevator and pressing all the buttons. What is even more unsettling is that the door doesn't close. Elisa is then shown "cringing away" in the elevator, as if hiding from someone. She exits the elevator, gestures to some invisible being, before heading off to her death.

The autopsy did not find any traces of drugs or alcohol in her body, making her behavior even more unjustifiable and eerie. 


In 1922, the six inhabitants of Hinterkaifeck, a small farmstead in Germany, were murdered with a pickaxe. These included Andreas and Cäzilia Gruber, their widowed daughter Viktoria, her children Cäzilia and Joseph, and the maid, Maria Baumgartner. Their previous maid had left the house six months prior to the event, claiming that the house was haunted. A few days before the murders, Andreas reported seeing footprints in the snow leading inside the house, but not back.

On the night of March 31, each member of the house was lured into the barn, where they were murdered one by one.

The Mad Butcher Of Kingsbury Run

The Mad Butcher murdered and dismembered almost 12 victims in Kingsbury Run, Cleveland in the 1930s. The bodies of the victims suggested revealed the grotesque, sadistic tendencies of the Mad Butcher. Some of the victims were emasculated, one had a chemical experiment done on his skin, and one was systematically dismembered while alive. Again, no clue has been found regarding the Mad Butcher.

The Axeman of New Orleans

Between 1918 and 1919, eight people were murdered in New Orleans. The victims had two things in common: They were all killed with an axe, and they were almost all Italian-Americans. The so-called Axeman wrote a letter to a newspaper and the frightening proclamation read, "I am not a human being, but a spirit and a demon from the hottest hell. I am what you Orleanians and your foolish police call the Axeman. When I see fit, I shall come and claim other victims. I alone know whom they shall be. I shall leave no clue except my bloody axe, besmeared with blood and brains of he whom I have sent below to keep me company."  The Axeman was never identified, nor caught.

Shannan Gilbert

Back in 2010, Long Island found itself at the mercy of a serial killer. Panic spread when the killer murdered more than 15 women, almost all of them prostitutes, along a stretch of remote beach towns in Nassau Country, New York. This was when the news of Shannan Gilbert's bizarre death surfaced.

Gilbert was last seen alive in Gilgo Beach in Nassau Country. A sex worker, she was at a client's house. She was seen running from the client's house, looking extremely scared and disturbed. Her "pimp" tried to calm her down, but Gilbert ran into the dense bush nearby. In her panic-stricken escape, Gilbert called 911 to report threats to her life and someone wanting to kill her.

At around 5 in the morning, Gilbert reportedly turned up at the house of Gus Colletti, a retiree. She banged his door, and spoke nothing but "help me." Colletti tried to calm her down, and assured her that he will call the police. An agitated Gilbert then sprinted out of his home. It was the last time she was seen alive.

A few months later, Shannan Gilbert's decomposing corpse was found in a dense marsh. She had tripped, fallen and lost her life in her hysteria.

We might never know what caused Shannan to continually run: an abusive customer, a severe panic attack, or something even more dark and sinister.