More than 210,000 homicides committed since 1980 remain unsolved. Unlike what TV crime dramas will have us believe, it does take more than 48 hours to catch a criminal. Decode DC reported: “The FBI estimates that the homicide clearance rate in 2012 was only 64 percent, down from 90 percent reported in 1965 when the government first reported statistics.”
Even with forensic anthropology, serial killer profiling, and expert detective work all playing a role in solving these cases, still the FBI just can’t seem to close the case.
These following ten murders and mysteries had everyone in the world speculating what had actually happened. Despite the mounting pressure and increased media attention, they still remain unsolved and their perpetrators roam free.
10. The Murder of Tupac Shakur
On September 7th, 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur left a boxing match between Bruce Seldon and Mike Tyson at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and got in his car with CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight. Shortly after they left, one of Knight’s associates said he had spotted Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, an alleged Crips gang member from Compton, California, in the MGM Grand lobby. Shakur’s entourage, as well as Knight’s followers had previously assaulted Anderson during a brawl.
At around 11pm, Shakur and Knight were stopped on Las Vegas Boulevard by bicycle police for playing the car stereo too loudly and not having license plates, they were released without being fined. 15 minutes later, a white Cadillac rolled down a window and fired gunshots at Shakur. He was hit four times, twice in the chest, once in the arm, and once in the thigh. One of the bullets pierced his right lung.
On Friday, September 13th, 1996, Shakur died from internal bleeding at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Who actually fired the gun and who was in the Cadillac was never discovered.
Many believe that Tupac faked the drive-by in order to make a quiet escape from an increasingly violent and menacing rap industry but these suggestions have been dismissed as nothing more than conspiracy theories.