Christmas is a time of peace, joy, love, and, for many people, one of the happiest days of the year. It is a time when families come together, enemies put aside their differences, and, of course, children open up the presents they have waited all year for. For some people however, the last couple days of blistery cold December is a great deal darker. Christmastime is just as susceptible to dark and mysterious events as any other time of the year, and to prove it here are 25 Disturbing Unsolved Christmastime Mysteries.
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The Pleasant Valley Jane Doe
On the morning of December 18th, 1996, an unidentified woman’s body was found in the Pleasant Valley Memorial Park in Annandale, Virgina. The woman had apparently committed suicide by tying a plastic grocery bag over her face, and her only possessions included some cash, a portable cassette player and comedy tapes, and a small 8″ Christmas tree adorned with ribbon and golden ornaments. The woman had a small note on her body, claiming her death was a suicide and that she wanted to be cremated with no autopsy. The note was anonymously signed “Jane Doe”, and nearly 20 years later today no advancements have been made in uncovering her identity.
The Death of JonBenét Ramsey
JonBenét Patricia Ramsey was a six-year-old American child beauty queen who was killed in her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado on December 25, 1996. The girls father, John Ramsey, found her body in the basement with a broken arm, fractured skull, and a garrote tied around her neck. A lengthy ransom note was also found, however many suspicious investigators believed this was placed by JonBenét’s parents after they killed her themselves. Despite this, the family was never charged, and DNA samples later taken from JonBenét’s clothing showed that of an unidentified male.
The Hit-And-Run Of Kevin Showalter
A 20-year-old college student named Kevin Showalter was driving with his girlfriend on Christmas Eve, 1973, when their car got a flat tire. While attempting to swap in the spare, Kevin was struck and killed by a passing vehicle, however the car did not stop and Kevin’s girlfriend never saw the driver. Many suspects were investigated, but due to shoddy detective work, questionable confessions, and a potential police cover up, nobody was ever charged and the case was left open.
Tommy Ziegler was accused of murdering four people including his wife and her parents inside his furniture store in Winter Garden, Florida, on Christmas Eve in 1975. He was subsequently found guilty of quadruple homicide and sentenced to death row. However Tommy and those close to him have fought the conviction ever since, claiming that a key witness lied under oath to implicate him and that evidence was handled poorly. Tommy has many times been denied DNA testing, and the general populace remains divided on whether he actually committed the murders.
Los Feliz Murder Mansion
On the night of December 6, 1959, in a mansion that sits on a Los Feliz hilltop in Los Angeles, Dr. Harold Perelson killed his wife with a hammer and severely beat his 18-year-old daughter before ending his own life by drinking a potent acid. Nobody knows what caused Dr. Perelson to do what he did, as he seemed perfectly normal and reasonable up until he snapped. His surviving children moved out of the house after the attack and, since then, the building has remained unoccupied and unchanged. Even many of the Christmas decorations are still up and unmoved to this day.
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