25 Most Frustrating Unsolved Crimes Ever

There are not many things worse than a brutal crime…except maybe a brutal crime that has yet to be solved. Of course, while not all of the crimes on this list would be classified as brutal, they are all equally unsolved. From the violent murders of Jack the Ripper to the largest diamond heist in history, millions of dollars and man hours have gone into trying to solve them. Here are the 25 most frustrating unsolved crimes ever.

25. Whitechapel Killings

Possibly one of the most famous unsolved crimes ever, in 1888 there were eleven brutal murders committed in the Whitechapel District of London’s east end. All of the victims were prostitutes murdered by the same killer who became known as “Jack the Ripper” and who’s identity has never been uncovered.

24. John Middleton Clayton Murder

The notorious murder of John Middleton Clayton on January 29, 1889 in Pinkerton, Arkansas happened while he was contesting his defeat for a seat in congress. He was gunned down in front of his home and despite the $5,000 reward, an investigation by the Pinkerton detectives, and strong suspicions, no one was charged or implicated. After his death, the House of Representatives found that his opponent had in fact committed election fraud.

23. Andrew and Abby Borden

The murder of husband and wife Andrew and Abby Borden on August 4, 1892 attracted media attention not only due to their affluence in Fall River, Massachusetts, but also for the fact that the suspect who was tried and acquitted was a family member named Lizzie Borden. Andrew sustained 11 blows from an axe on his head while taking a nap on the couch, while Abby, who died an hour or so before him, had suffered 18 or 19 blows. Speculations about properties, strained relationships, and food poisoning abounded.

22. The Axeman of New Orleans

The feared “boogeyman,” who created a mass hysteria in New Orleans around the turn of the 20th century, first appeared on May 23, 1918 when a local grocer named Joseph Maggio and his wife were found butchered in their sleep with an axe which was found in the room still covered with the couple’s blood. The entryway was a chiseled panel in the rear door and the only clue to the murder, as no valuables were taken, was a message written in chalk near the couple’s home. The Axeman killed at least 8 more people until it stopped and the killer was never found.

21. The Atlas Vampire Case

In 1932 in Stockholm, Sweden, an unnamed 32-year-old prostitute was found dead approximately 48 hours after her murder. Though murders of prostitute weren’t that rare at the time, the woman who had been killed by a crushing blow to the skull had attracted significant media attention as it appeared in the autopsy note that the killer had apparently been drinking the woman’s blood. Due to the absence of forensic technology and the lack of witnesses, this spine-chilling mystery remained unsolved.

20. The Black Dahlia

This is a moniker given to a 22-year old aspiring starlet named Elizabeth Short, due to her dark hair and wardrobe, who was the victim of a gruesome and much-publicized murder. Her body was found mutilated, sliced with surgical precision and drained of blood on January 15, 1947 in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. The oldest unsolved case in LA was the subject of widespread speculations that led to a number of suspects but no convictions.

19. The Taman Shud Case

This unsolved case that received world wide attention involved an unidentified man that was found dead on the morning of December 1, 1948 on Somertonebeach in Adelaide, South Australia. Despite the best efforts of numerous agencies and governments around the world the man was never identified and the only clue was a piece of scrap paper in his pocket that had two words written on it from the final page of the Rubaiyat: “taman shud”, which translates to “ended”.

18. Marilyn Sheppard

The killing of Marilyn Sheppard in her family’s home on July 1954 in Cleveland led to the conviction of her husband, neurosurgeon Dr. Sam Sheppard. However, he maintained his innocence throughout and always claimed it was a “dark-hair intruder.” Dr.Sheppard was acquitted when the US Supreme Court overturned his convictions due to the excessive media hype that may have influenced his trial, and was still seeking his wife’s killer until his death in 1970. His son, who was 7 years-old at the time of the brutal killing and was just sleeping next door when it happened, continues his family’s quest up until this day.

17. Boy in the Box

This was a name given to an unidentified murdered boy, about 4 to 6 years old, whose naked body was found in a cardboard box on the edge of the Susquehanna Road in Northeast Philadelphia on February 25, 1957. He had numerous bruises on his entire body and in spite of being featured on a television series such as “America’s Most Wanted,” his identity remains unknown.

16. Jack the Stripper

copycat of “Jack the Ripper,” this serial killer was nicknamed “Jack the Stripper” for the killings of eight prostitutes between 1964 and 1965 whose bodies were dumped in the River Thames. Though a young man who committed suicide was implicated in the murder, there was no solid evidence to link him to the crimes and just like the crimes of Jack the Ripper, the Stripper’s reign of panic seem to cease on its own.

15. The Lead Masks Case

On August 17, 1966 two repairmen, Miguel Jose Viana and Manoel Pereira da Cruz, leftCampos dos Gostacazes, Brazilto buy some supplies for a car. Three days later they were found dead by a teenager in Vintem Hill. The odd thing about the case was the fact that both men were wearing identical impermeable suits and lead eye masks with no holes like the one worn to protect from radiation. Found on the scene were empty water bottles, two towels, and notebook containing the words: “16:30 be at agreed place, 18:30 swallow capsules after effect protect metals wait for mask signal.” The money for the car was not found and these items did not present any clues but led to more questions that up to now are unanswered.

14. The Zodiac Killings

These bizarre and notorious killings are one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all time, second only to the top contender Jack the Ripper. The ‘Zodiac Killer,’ as the assailant came to be known, was involved in the killings around the San Francisco area from December 1968 to October 1969, though he may have slain others before and after this as well. He had killed seven people, four men and three women and taunted the police with coded, clue-laden messages that he sent out to San Francisco newspapers for over a decade. Although over 2,500 suspects were investigated by the police, it was never officially solved and still remains open until today.

13. D.B. Cooper

D.B. Cooper was just a media epithet given to an unidentified passenger who hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington on November 24, 1971 and demanded a ransom of $200,000 that he received at the Seattle airport. He demanded the pilot to fly back to Oregon and en route opened the rear door and parachuted into the dark with 21 lbs of $20 bills strapped to his body. Neither he nor the money was ever found, except for $5,580 that was found years later at the Columbia River. This is the only unsolved airplane hijacking in American aviation history.

12. Jimmy Hoffa

The gangster and labor union president was last seen in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Michigan on July 30, 1975 waiting to meet someone at 2am. Finally declared dead seven years later in 1982, his body was never recovered and to this day,speculations abound as to what happened.

11. The Glico-Morinaga Case

The Glico-Morinaga case, also known by its official designation Metropolitan Designated Case 114, was a famous extortion case in 1980s Japan, primarily directed at the Japanese industrial confectioneries Ezaki Glico and Morinaga and currently remains unsolved. The entire case spanned 17 months from the initial kidnapping of the president of Glico to the last known communication from the prime suspect, a person or group known only as the “The Monster with 21 Faces”. The case captured the Japanese public’s imagination and many commentators refer to this incident as a turning point in Japanese society in which the image of a crime-free and safe Japan was dispelled.

10. Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero, a bishop in El Salvador, was shot on 24 March 1980 while celebrating Mass at a small chapel located in a hospital called “La Divina Providencia,” one day after a sermon in which he had called on Salvadoran soldiers, as Christians, to obey God’s higher order and to stop carrying out the government’s repression and violations of basic human rights. The killers were said to be government affiliated, but no one ever claimed responsibility.

9. Olof Palme

Swedish politician and a prime minister from 1982 to 1986, Olof Palme was known for his referendum to remove all nuclear reactors from Sweden. When elected as prime minister, he tried to restore socialist economic polices and had been very outspoken on his stance in European security. He was assassinated on February 28, 1986 while walking home with his wife after a visit to the cinema. Though a number of conspiracy theories had been proposed on the motive of the murder, the killer was not found.

8. Gardner Museum

The Gardner Museum, named after Isabella Stewart Gardner experienced the world’s biggest art heist ever on St. Patrick’s Day in 1990. Two men, who posed as policemen sent to purportedly investigate something stole 13 paintings worth an estimated $300 million. The artworks, which were hacked from their frames, were apparently uninsured and in spite of a $5 million reward, they were never found.

7. Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls

Tupac Shakur, listed as one of the most successful gangsta rappers ever, was killed in a drive-by shooting a few hours away after the Mike Tyson-Bruce Sheldon match in September 1996 that he attended with his record producer Suge Knight in Las Vegas. He died from injuries six days later and six months later, his rival Biggie Smalls, 24, was also gunned down in Los Angeles. Rumors have it that the two former friends became entangled in hip-hop’s East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry when Shakur switched teams. Investigations made by the Los Angeles Times suggested that it was Smalls who paid the Southside Crips to gun down Shakur. Meanwhile, a documentarian named Nick Broomfield, implicated Suge Knight, who allegedly got rid of Smalls to confuse authorities. Whatever the truth is, no one knows as both cases remains open.

6. JonBenet Ramsey

six-year-old beauty queen of a wealthy Boulder, Colorado executive was found bludgeoned and strangled to death in the basement of her family home around Christmas of 1996. Clashes between the family and the police and district attorney fed the media frenzy while public speculations centered on her parents John and Patsy Ramsey. They appeared in media channels for years defending their innocence and demanded justice for their daughter, until they were cleared from any involvement in 2008 through the newly-discovered DNA evidence. Who the real culprit was, however, remains a mystery.

5. Amber Hagerman

Amber Hagerman, 9, and her little brother Ricky, 5, were pedaling their bikes to an abandoned grocery store on the afternoon of January 13, 1996. Ricky went home alone, and an eyewitness, a 78-year old retiree, accounted that Amber was biking alone when a man in a dark pickup grabbed her and pulled her into the vehicle. He contacted the police, who did a massive search along with some volunteers in the area. She was found four days later on a creek bed, dead and sexually assaulted for the two days she had been kept alive. No suspects had been found but this led to the start of the now well known Amber Alert, an international child abduction alert bulletin.

4. Ciudad Juarez

On July 27, 2004, the body of Alma Brisa Molina Baca, a 34-year old factory worker, was found dead in an empty lot in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She has been raped and strangled just like the 1,000 women or so, who “disappeared” since 1993, most of them dumped in the desert. This decade-long killing spree, which targets the poor workers at nearby ‘maquiladoras’ or factories, has sparked Amnesty International and other human rights advocates worldwide to urge the Mexican authorities to find the killers.

3. The Amsterdam Diamond Heist

This is not as disturbing as some of the other crimes, but what is crazy about this heist is the fact that it was pulled off in broad daylight before multiple witnesses. Two men disguised as KLM employees rode a stolen car from the cargo terminal of Amsterdam Schipol Airport and hijacked a truck carrying uncut diamonds estimated at US $118 million bound for Antwerp. The police hinted at an inside job though they have yet to solve the case.

2. Alexander Litvinenko

you like spy stories, this will definitely captivate you. A former officer of the Russian Federal Security Officer, FSB and KGB, Alexander Litvinenko had received political asylum in the United Kingdom. However, on November 1, 2006, he became the first person ever to be poisoned with polonium. He died a few days later and speculations on who could inflict such merciless murder became rampant though no one was charged. The mystery only fanned the fear and mass hysteria regarding the use of biological and chemical weapons.

1. The Salish Sea Foot Mystery

When several detached feet washed up on the shores of the Salish Sea in British Columbia, some officials didn’t think it too odd as they may have come from boating accidents or plane crashes. What was strange about these feet, however, was the fact that they kept washing up and every single one of them had running shoes on. Speculations range from suicides to tsunami victims but as of yet, there has been no official conclusion.

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This Infamous, Decades-Old Murder Case Was Solved Far Too Late

You might not have heard about the murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh, but you certainly have seen the legacy that this tragedy left in its wake.

Through the activism of Adam’s father, John Walsh, milk cartons across the country started telling consumers about missing children. Police departments formed their own missing persons departments, and “America’s Most Wanted” played on Fox for 25 seasons with Walsh as the host.

In 2008, police finally solved the case.

In 1981, Adam’s mother left him to play alone in a toy store, but when she returned, he was gone. Two weeks later, the severed head of the boy was found in a canal near Vero Beach, Florida.

Frustrated by the police department’s incompetence in finding his son’s killer, John Walsh became an anti-crime activist. He’s best known for his role as host on “America’s Most Wanted.”

Already a convicted serial killer, Ottis Toole admitted to the murder of Adam Walsh, but due to lack of evidence (and the fact that he quickly recanted his statement), police couldn’t officially charge him.

Police had evidence in the Walsh case, including the blood-stained carpet inside Toole’s car, but the carpet — and the car itself — mysteriously disappeared.

Toole and his associate, Henry Lee Lucas, claimed to have killed over 100 people together. The two were eventually caught, and both were given several life sentences in prison. Toole died of cirrhosis in 1996 at the age of 49.

John Walsh long suspected that it was Ottis Toole who killed his son, pointing to the fact that investigators found a pair of green shorts in Toole’s apartment that looked similar to the ones Adam was wearing on the day he disappeared. It’s just unfortunate that the conviction came so late.

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Listening To The BTK Killer Describe His Murderous Fantasies Is Pure Nightmare Fuel

For nearly two decades, Wichita, Kansas, was plagued by a killer who left a bizarre calling card in the treatment of his victims. Between 1974 and 1991, ten people were bound and tortured before eventually being killed, hence the killer’s nickname, the “BTK killer.”

Dennis Rader was arrested in 2005 and openly admitted he was behind the BTK killings. After his arrest, NBC’s Dateline gained access to an exclusive interview with Rader by Harvard-trained forensic psychologist Robert Mendoza. During their discussion, Rader explained his obsession with killing and his inability to control his actions once his mind had fixated on a victim.

Despite pleading guilty to the charges, Rader shies away from blaming himself for the killings, instead choosing to point the finger at potential demons that dwell within him. Rader is currently serving ten consecutive life sentences.

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The Brief Life And Baffling Death Of John Crawford III

“How does somebody go into a Walmart and not come out alive?”

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John Crawford Jr. would regularly make the 400-mile drive from his home in Jackson, Tennessee, to Fairfield, Ohio, to see his son, John Crawford III. Sometimes they would plan a week in advance to meet up. Sometimes Crawford would call his son along the way. On Aug. 5, he decided to surprise him. He got in his car and made the trek to the home of Tressa Sherrod, John’s mother.

When Crawford arrived in Fairfield he saw LeeCee Johnson, the mother of John Crawford III’s two children, outside on her cell phone. She looked perplexed, Crawford thought. He just waved and walked into Sherrod’s house.

“Where’s Trey?” Crawford asked her about their son John, using his nickname.

Sherrod said John had gone out with a friend. Crawford figured he’d be back soon, so he sat down on the couch and started playing with his two grandsons, nearly 2-year-old John Henry IV and 5-month-old Jayden.

Then Crawford heard Johnson scream to him from outside, “Oh. Mr. John, Mr. John! They shot him! They shot him!”

Crawford ran out to the front yard when he heard the cry. Johnson had been on the phone with John the whole time. She heard the shots ring out, and said John screamed: “Dad! Dad!”

Once Crawford got outside, Johnson put the phone on speaker.

“I heard him scream,” Crawford told BuzzFeed News. “Some more voices were saying stuff like, ‘Try to hold your arms up, sir. We need you to try to stay with us.'”

Crawford stood there stunned, listening to the tragedy play out over the phone and unable to help his dying son. Johnson was jumping up and down. John, on the other end of the phone, was gasping, trying to breathe, sucking for air.

And then, suddenly, there was silence.

“That was it,” Crawford said.

That was the day 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police inside a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, near Dayton.

Surveillance video shows John Crawford III walking around the store with a pellet gun that he picked up inside the store.

A 911 caller would indicate that John Crawford III was pointing the pellet gun — which police would later discover to be a toy — at other shoppers, though there’s no way to tell if that’s true based on the video. The caller later recanted this statement. After the 911 call came in, Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams and Sgt. David Darkow responded to the scene.

Darkow said in an official statement that once he was inside the store, he yelled for John Crawford III to get on the ground, but that he made a “quick movement.”

Williams said in his official statement that he shot John Crawford III twice after he didn’t respond to multiple commands to drop his weapon and turned toward police in an “aggressive manner.”

The video, finally released to the public last week, doesn’t seem to support this. Williams appears to shoot John Crawford III right after commanding him to drop his weapon.

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John Henry Crawford III was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 29, 1992, to John Crawford Jr. and Tressa Sherrod, who were both in their mid-twenties. The couple never married, but they were always a family.

“We were young. The timing just wasn’t there,” Crawford Jr. said. “We kind of laugh about it. We were together so much that people would often call her Mrs. Crawford.”

Crawford Jr. worked in the Tennessee criminal justice system as a probation officer and criminal counselor and eventually relocated south for work, but his various jobs kept him in and out of the Cincinnati area frequently. The couple’s only son, John, would frequently visit his father too. Crawford could always tell if his son was there if the Weather Channel or History Channel were on the television.

“I could tell if he had been there while I was gone if the TV was on one of those two channels,” Crawford said. “It got to the point, I would just leave it on the Weather Channel if I’m not there.”

“He and I had a conversation the night before [John was killed] about him getting back into school,” Crawford said. “If I had to argue, he was probably going into the sciences. Maybe he would have been a meteorologist.”

Growing up, John Crawford III was in and out of different public and private schools in the Cincinnati area. As a teenager, his dad remembers John getting “stressed out” and worried about the direction he was going. Sensing his son was in a rut, Crawford started calling around to various academies that could be an alternative to John’s normal high school. They made the decision for John to register at Greensburg Christian Academy, which offered a program where students pay a fee and take a test to receive their high school diploma rather than go to class. At age 20, John passed the test and got his high school diploma.

Following his death, stories attempting to raise questions about John Crawford III’s character began to surface in the media.

The Cincinnati Enquirer published a report on John Crawford III’s criminal record, stating that he had minor offenses for marijuana possession and disorderly conduct. The article citing Hamilton County Court records also said in 2013 John Crawford III was charged with a felony for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon and for aggravated robbery. A grand jury declined to indict John III on the felony charges and his dad told the Cincinnati Enquirer his son was only initially charged because he was in his cousin’s car at the time.

The scrutiny of John Crawford III was reminiscent of how the character of other young black men shot under controversial circumstances has been litigated in the media.

Photos of Trayvon Martin giving the middle finger were widely circulated following his February 2012 shooting death. Reports surfaced nine days after he was killed in August that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system at the time of his death. The attorney for Michael Dunn, the man recently convicted of murder for shooting unarmed black teenager Jordan Davis, said the case was really about “a subculture thug issue.”

After receiving his high school diploma from Greensburg, Crawford III worked a number of odd jobs. He would pick up telemarketing gigs through a temp agency and manual labor jobs through some guys that his dad knew.

Soon, LeeCee Johnson and John Crawford III had their first son: John Henry Crawford IV. On John deciding to give his son the family name, John Crawford Jr. said, “I didn’t really expect that. That showed me that he really thought a lot of me.” The family gave John IV the nickname “Quatto” — just like his family had nicknamed John Crawford III “Trey.”

A year later, Johnson would give birth to their second child, Jayden. John was growing increasingly frustrated with his job prospects — he had two sons and needed a steady income. And he was tired of asking his parents to help him financially.

“The night before everything transpired we had a conversation about him wanting to get back into school,” Crawford said. “I was trying to expedite that, get him going in the spring somewhere — Kentucky State maybe, that’s my alma mater.”

John was, as his dad put it, “getting on track.”

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After the phone went silent, Crawford and Sherrod jumped in the car, barely speaking as they made the 25-minute trip from Fairfield to Dayton. All they knew was that their son had been shot and was being taken to the hospital.

“I don’t know if we said two or three words to each other,” Crawford remembered about the drive.

Crawford drove with a range of questions running through his head:

How could police run up in the place and shoot somebody?

Was it a shootout?

Did someone commit a crime?

Did they get the wrong guy?

How does one go inside a Walmart and not come out alive?

On Sept. 24, special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier announced that the grand jury — which received testimony from 18 witnesses and watched hours of audio and video — would not indict Sgt. David Darkow and officer Sean Williams for the fatal shooting of John Crawford III. The investigation is now out of the hands of local authorities, and under the control of the U.S. Department of Justice. The federal government is conducting a “thorough and independent review of the evidence” and will “take appropriate action if the evidence indicates a prosecutable violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes.”

At a Sept. 24 news conference to announce the grand jury’s decision, Piepmeier presented about 20 minutes of surveillance video from inside the store. The footage shows Crawford III holding the pellet gun, and then dropping it and collapsing as police confront him. It is unclear exactly when the officer shot, based on the angle of the video. On the tape, you can hear the officers yell something at Crawford III followed by a gunshot about a second later. The audio of what the officers said to Crawford III is indiscernible because the shot followed quickly, but presumably they commanded that he drop the weapon.

There are more than 200 cameras in the Beaver Creek Walmart, according to a spokesperson for the Ohio attorney general. That means there are hundreds of hours of footage from Aug. 5 alone. When asked why, if there were 200 cameras in the store, the video only contains one angle and fails to show footage of the first shot fired at Crawford or the proof of the allegations that Crawford was pointing the pellet gun at customers, the federal government officials now in control of the investigation had no response. At the news conference, regarding the tape he was making public, Piepmeier said, “Because of the grand jury secrecy I cannot show you everything that was shown to the grand jury.”

John Crawford III’s family asked to see the Walmart surveillance video the day after the shooting, but it would be two weeks before the family was allowed to see about four minutes of security footage on Aug. 19.

The state Attorney General Mike DeWine made the decision not to release the tape to the public, claiming that it was evidence that could possibly sway the grand jury in the case.

DeWine only led the investigation for a few days before turning it over to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), and recommending that special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier take over the case. The court officially appointed Piepmeier on Aug. 26.

The state attorney general’s office described Piepmeier as an experienced prosecutor they were happy to have lead the investigation. During the Sept. 24 news conference, Piepmeier said that his assistant, Stacy DeGraffenreid, had been “side by side with me in all of this.” In fact, for some time during the investigation, she had led the proceedings. Piepmeier was on vacation.

John Crawford Jr. said he first spoke with Piepmeier “on or around Thursday, Aug. 28.” He called Crawford’s cell and introduced himself and stated that he did not want the case but that he was “made to take it.” Piepmeier let Crawford know that he would be on vacation and would contact him upon his return to Ohio. Crawford told BuzzFeed News he did not meet with the special prosecutor again until several weeks later “on or around Monday, Sept. 15,” in Piepmeier’s office in downtown Cincinnati.

“He had a long-standing prior commitment,” Piepmeier’s spokesperson told BuzzFeed News during a phone call, refusing to use the word vacation. “Ms. DeGraffenreid took over the investigation in his absence.” Piepmeier’s office refused to comment on the dates of his absence. DeWine’s office refused to say if they knew that Piepmeier would be on vacation during the investigation when they recommended him to lead the case.

“Piepmeier did not want the case,” John Crawford Jr. told BuzzFeed News, saying that he was furious with how the investigation proceeded. “I have no idea where he went. I just know he went on vacation. We didn’t find this out until it was told to us right before he went on vacation we would have to wait until he got back.”

Like DeWine, Piepmeier chose not to release the video. In an editorial in a local paper last week, DeWine discussed how he and the special prosecutors saw eye to eye on the issue:

When Greene County Common Pleas Court appointed Mark Piepmeier as the special prosecutor in the Beavercreek case on Aug. 27, 2014, he could have changed course and released the videos to the public. He did not. He waited until the grand jury concluded its work. He determined that releasing the videos prematurely created too great of a risk of tainting the judicial process.

But before Piepmeier left for his trip, he and DeGraffenreid met with DeWine, according to a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office.

“I can’t comment on everything they talked about,” DeWine’s spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “But I’m sure it [whether or not to release the video] was discussed.” It’s unclear whether or not DeWine encouraged or persuaded Piepmeier to remain consistent with his stance.

In the same editorial, DeWine describes that nobody in the media filed a “legal action seeking disclosure.” DeWine writes:

If anyone, including the media, had disagreed with my decision or the appointed special prosecutor’s decision not to release the videos, they could have filed a legal action seeking disclosure. I remain confident that had such an action been filed, the courts would have agreed that the video was not subject to disclosure.

BuzzFeed News filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Captain Eric Grile of the Beavercreek Police Department on Aug. 19. We requested all records including “Beavercreek police policies and procedures, personnel files of Officer Sean Williams and Sgt. David Darkow, all pertinent 911 calls, and the incident report and all related materials.”

Over a month later, after the grand jury decision, BuzzFeed News obtained the incident report, witness statements, statements from Williams and Darkow, and a Response to Resistance report signed by Williams and Darkow.

A number of details in the case remain unclear. In the news conference, Piepmeier stated that he told the Crawford family that he believed John Crawford III didn’t realize he was even carrying the pellet gun anymore, since he was on the phone.

Piepmeier told the Crawford family because Crawford III was on the phone, “he probably didn’t realize that he’s carrying that gun.”

“He’s still on the phone. He’s probably not paying attention to what he’s doing,” said Piepmeier. As previously mentioned, the police officers’ statements said that Crawford III acted aggressively and moved toward them in a threatening way.

Additionally, in the Resistance to Response report, the officers indicate that weapons were used against them. The video shows no indication of this.

The Department of Justice told BuzzFeed News they were following procedure by letting the local officials conduct the initial investigation. Crawford’s family, on the other hand, wanted them to take over from the beginning.

“Mike DeWine should have recused himself of the case,” said Crawford Jr., noting that the BCI and the special prosecutors both were technically working under the Ohio attorney general. “He should have handed it over to the U.S. attorney general’s office so that the Department of Justice can get involved. He cannot exercise his duty without being biased. That’s the upsetting part.”

DeWine says that after the case was handed to the special prosecutors, however, he had “no involvement.”

“The Bureau of Criminal Investigation remained the investigative agency,” a spokesperson for DeWine said. “And yes, the BCI works under the attorney general’s office. But other than that, DeWine had no involvement.”

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July 29, 2014, was John Crawford III’s 22nd birthday. On the night before, he called up his dad.

“Hey, Dad, I’m almost 22. Let’s do something,” Crawford Jr. remembered John saying to him on the phone. “I’ll miss that. That’s how he always started our conversations: ‘Hey, Dad…'”

The father and son then went to Memories Sports Bar in Fairfield. They played pool and talked. “I talked to him about the school situation, but for the most part we just enjoyed each other’s company,” Crawford said.

They stayed until midnight, so it was technically John’s 22nd birthday. The two played music, drank, and joked around. Crawford beat his son at pool. “Shooting wise, he couldn’t match me,” Crawford said. “He knew he couldn’t, he just liked to play.”

A week later, Crawford and Sherrod were in a Dayton hospital, searching for news about their son. They were taken to a room in the back where four doctors, a couple of nurses, and a hospital chaplain were waiting for them. Crawford knew it was bad.

A doctor began to tell Crawford and Sherrod what happened to their son: He was hit in the back of his left elbow. The bullet exited, breaking his arm. A second bullet hit him in the upper torso and went straight through his right side and through his right arm. He had a total of six holes in his body. The doctor said they attempted to resuscitate him.

“So I interjected and said, ‘Ma’am, are you trying to tell me my son is dead?'” Crawford said.

“And she said, ‘Mr. Crawford, I’m so sorry, he did not make it.'”

“Everything she said was in the past tense: ‘He tried to fight. He tried.'”

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