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10 Grisly Unsolved Murders (PHOTOS)

Posted: 11/11/11 10:55 AM ET

To say that as a society we take an interest in murder is an understatement. From today's headlines to tomorrow's books, TV shows and movies, murder reigns supreme. And as if the more than half a million real-life murders a year around the globe (some 17,000 in 2010 in the United States alone) somehow constituted a lack of violent death, fiction novels add a never-ending supply of made-up stories of murder and mayhem to the count.

Among the most enduring murder mysteries are those that were never solved, those in which the perpetrators were suspected but never brought to trial, and those that ended in acquittal or mistrial, leaving the question, "Did someone get away with murder?"

A MISCELLANY OF MURDER: From History and Literature to True Crime and Television, a Killer Selection of Trivia (Adams Media, a division of F+W Media; October 2011) by The Monday Murder Club (Boston, MA).

Lizzie Borden's Family
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Who really killed the Bordens of Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892? According to the children's jump rope rhyme:

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.

But the 32-year-old spinster was found not guilty of murdering her father and stepmother with a hatchet by an all-male jury, and lived to be 66. The crime remains unsolved.
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