Jose Ferreira was 16 when 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek went missing from a Milwaukee house party they both attended in 1982; her body was found 17 months later buried beneath the home’s porch. Though he was considered a suspect at the time, he denied any knowledge of her death. Until now.
It was a Sunday in October 1955 when three Chicago boys (from left in the photo: Robert Peterson, 14; John Schuessler, 13; and his brother, Anton, 11) decided to venture downtown for a matinee. Peterson’s mother helped them pick out a film (Disney doc The African Lion) and sent them on their way. They never returned.
It started with a string of inexplicable occurrences. Footprints in the snow coming from the woods to the back door, but not leading back; creaking in the attic; an unfamiliar newspaper in the kitchen. Then house keys went missing, and someone tried to break the lock on the tool shed.
In 1993, a 23-year-old woman went missing, leaving her young son behind. The only clues to Jacksonville, Fla. resident Bonnie Haim’s disappearance were her purse, found tossed in a dumpster, and her car, which was abandoned at the Jacksonville airport. For two decades, the mystery persisted.
Amos Shook was in his mid-40s when he went missing February 19, 1972. His daughter, Pamela, was just 14 at the time of his disappearance, and her father’s fate haunted her over the years. In June, she urged authorities to reopen the case. This time, the results were swift and startling.
The coldest case ever? The discovery of a 430,000-year-old skull in Spain’s “Pit of Bones” may offer “the earliest evidence of lethal interpersonal violence,” a.k.a. murder. Pieced together from 50 fragments, the skull has two lesions above one eye, implying a series of blows and “an intention to kill.”