Over the course of many years, murder mysteries have come to be one of the most enjoyed genres of fiction storytelling. In reel or in text, people enjoy a gripping murder mystery. The reason behind it may be unknown, but something about the shock value and thrilling nature of the story garner a massive audience. ZEE5’s latest film, 47 Days starring Satyadev Kancharana, is one such film. If you enjoyed watching it, here are some real-life stories that will blow your mind.
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The assassination of John F. Kennedy
We all know John F. Kennedy is the 35th President of the United States of America. In 1963, during his third year in the office, Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. On November 22nd of the same year, Oswald was arrested for the President’s assassination. And, on November 24th, Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby, while he was being escorted to the police van on his way to jail. This assassination made an entire nation which used to be a superpower, feel weak in the knees.
Nicole Brown Simpson Murder Case
Popular football player turned actor, OJ Simpson has been a regular name in the international news circuit. His life went upside down on the night of June 12, 1994. Outside his Los Angeles home, two dead bodies were found – one of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and second, a waiter named Ron Goldman. After days of accusation, Simpson was acquitted. However, in a few months, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison for several felonies committed in Las Vegas.
Having applied for parole a few times, Simpsons got his bail in 2017 on the account of good behaviour. As he stepped out to normalcy, the football star mentioned, “I was always a good guy” and made a commitment to be a better Christian. His story draws multiple conspiracy theories and has also inspired many TV shows and crime fictions.
Jessica Lall Murder Case
Jessical Lall was a regular girl trying to make it big in the modelling industry, in New Delhi. She worked as a bartender to make ends meet. On the night of April 29, 1999, she was shot dead by a man named Manu Sharma. Jessica was killed by Manu, who happens to be the son of former Union Minister Venod Sharma, for refusing to serve him alcohol after the bar was closed. The tragic event took place at a reputed restaurant owned by a socialite.
This murder picked up momentum and people came to the streets, demanding justice for Jessica. Going on for years and years, Manu Sharma was acquitted by the trial court in 2006. But people raised their voice and the fast track court convicted him on the grounds of murder and sentenced him for life.
Aarushi Talwar Murder Case
India has seen many twisted tales of murder in the recent past. One which always makes it to list is Aarushi Talwar’s double murder case. In 2008, Aarushi was only a teenager when she was found dead in her own room. Around the same time, her househelp named Hemraj went missing and hence, became a prime suspect in the case. However, Hemraj’s corpse was found decomposing on the terrace three days later. Eventually, her parents, professional dentists, became the suspects.
Indian media picked up the news and ran several conspiracy theories, from linking extra marital affairs of both parents to calling it an honour killing. Media also ‘tried’ the parents as convicts. CBI followed along these lines and arrested Aarushi’s parents, who pleaded innocent for four years before being released. A popular film directed by Meghna Gulzar gave this case more prominence later.
Said to be the most “infamous and notorious killer”, Ted Bundy’s stories can send a chill down your spine. He was a fitness enthusiast, who used his good looks to lure young damsels towards him. He used to kill them and vanish into thin air. Ted’s fiance had disappeared after a cherry meeting with her friends. Her dead body, bruised and bloodied, was found a month later. A similar instance had happened with another young woman.
Ted became the convict and was sentenced for a term of 15 years. As he served his term in the jail, cops found his link to 30 different murders, committed during the ’70s and ’80s, spanning across seven states in America. Ted confessed his crimes and was sentenced to death. Eventually, he was executed on January 24, 1989. Even today, it is believed that Ted only confessed 30 murders while he may have committed many more.
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