Murder can be a tricky thing to prove: just listen to a few episodes of Serial and you’ll learn just how hard it can be to get the evidence to match up to the crime. Unreliable witnesses, questionable motives, and confusing timelines can all make pinning down the bad guy harder than it seems.
And, as we all know, you need a body in order to have a murder: sometimes, though, those bodies are found in some…”unique” places. Here are some of the weirdest places they’ve ever found a body.
1.) Blair Adams
In 1966, Blair Adams suddenly became convinced that someone was trying to kill him. He drove from his home in British Columbia to Seattle. He then flew from the airport there to Washington D.C and rented a car that he drove to Knoxville. There he checked into a motel where his body was later found naked from the waist down. Police are still unsure if his death was due to a mental breakdown, or there was some legitimacy to Adams’ fears.
2.) Tim Molnar
In 1984, 19-year-old Floridian Tim Molnar left to pick up his little brother from school. He never returned, and his body was never found. Two years later his case was featured on an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries.” After the show, someone called in to say that the unidentified body of the young man had been found freezing in Wisconsin. His body still had the keys to the Molnar family house.
3.) Jonathan Luna
In 2003, Baltimore attorney Jonathan Luna’s body was found underneath his car in a creek in Lancaster, PA. There were stab wounds all over Luna’s body and a significant amount of blood in the back seat. Authorities believe that Luna was not the one driving when the car went into the creek. The case was never truly solved.
4.) Ada Constance
In 1939, aging actress Ada Constance disappeared without a trace. Authorities diligently searched her vacation cottage, but found no sign of her body. A decade later, the bank inquired about her whereabouts and the police decided to have another look at the cottage. They found a skeleton waiting for them in her bed. Even more shocking? It wasn’t Ada Constance’s skeleton.
5.) The Shoebox
In 1886, someone found a shoebox in the woods in Connecticut. Inside was a man’s torso. There were no arms, legs or even a head. The box was traced to a shoe company in Chicago, whose owner said a mysterious man had purchased the box several months prior. How the box ended up in Connecticut with its grotesque contents remains a mystery.
6.) The John Doe Of The Georgia-Pacific West Inc. Paper Mill
In 1987, a John Doe was found in one of the chimneys of a paper mill in Bellingham County in Washington State. It seemed like a strange place in which to dispose a body, requiring the murderer to climb several flights of stairs. But because of the severe heat damage the body suffered, police were unable to determine the identity of the victim, let alone the criminal.
7.) Bella Baldwin
In 1972, the body of Bella Baldwin was found in an unmarked grave in the island town of Vinalhaven, Maine. The problem is Bella was last seen all the way down in Reisertown, Maryland. In a letter to a friend, she said she had taken a trip to Rockland, Maine, but police never figured out how her body ended up in Vinalhaven. Police believe she possibly drowned.