It’s a haunting thought that we live in a world where groups of several people can go either missing, or be murdered, and we do not have a scrap of evidence to figure out what actually happened. How can whole villages just disappear? Who is capable of killing an entire family and getting away with it?
These following mind-blowing, unsolved criminal cases and disappearances often leave us wondering if we really know everything about this planet we live on…
11. The Hinterkaifeck Family Murders
On a small farm in Hinterkaifeck, located between the Bavarian towns of Ingolstadt and Schrobenhausen, north of Munich, six members of the Gruber Family were murdered, on March 31st, 1922. The victims were farmer Andreas Gruber, his wife Cäzilia, their widowed daughter Viktoria, and Victoria’s children; Cäzilia and Josef, and the maid, Maria Baumgartner. They were all slaughtered with a mattock – a hand tool used for digging, quite similar to a pickaxe – and the crime still remains unsolved.
Before his death, Andreas Gruber had already confided in neighbors that he began discovering footsteps leading from the surrounding forest to the farm, but none leading back. He also claimed to have heard footsteps coming from the attic and other unfamiliar items on the farm – such as a newspaper he didn’t recognise – although he never reported any of these events to the police.
Six months previous to the murders, their maid fled the farm claiming it was haunted and the date their new maid, Maria Baumgartner, arrived, was also the date of her death. Nobody knows exactly what happened during the events that followed. According to investigators , family members were “lured” to the barn one by one, where they were killed with the mattock. The killer then went into the house and killed young Josef and Maria in their bedchambers.
Over 100 suspects were questioned, even as recently as 1986, but to no avail. There were no signs of robbery as a large amount of money in the house had not been taken and even more mysteriously, the perpetrator appeared to have stayed at the farm for several days – feeding the cattle, building a fire and eating food from the kitchen.