10 Most Perfect Crimes Committed in History
The idea of a “perfect crime” has tantalized authors and criminals alike for decades. While the goal of almost every crime, from bank robbery to murder, is always to get away with it, very few criminals actually succeed. A few times in history, everything has lined up perfectly for a criminal to get away with something and not get caught. Sometimes it’s skill, sometimes it’s the incompetence of investigators, and sometimes it’s just dumb luck that lets them ride off into the sunset with sacks of cash, art or jewels.
1. The 300 Million Yen Robbery
On December 10, 1968, a Tokyo-based Nihon Shintaku Ginko Bank car that was transporting Toshiba employee bonuses amounting to 300 million Yen (worth $817,000 at the time), was pulled over by a policeman on a motorcycle. The cop warned the four passengers in the car that there was a bomb planted underneath, and they quickly vacated the vehicle after which he ra off. The ensuing investigation involved 120 pieces of evidence, 110,000 suspects, and 170,000 police detectives. But it was all in vain, as the phony cop was never caught.
2. The Murder of Ken Rex McElroy
In 1981, Ken Rex McElroy, a bully who had terrorized the citizens of tiny Skidmore, MO for years, was shot dead by at least two people in the middle of the day, in full view of dozens of people. When the police began investigating the murder, no one in the town came forward and the case went unsolved.
3. Banco Central Tunnel Heist
After a group of 19 Brazilian burglars dug a 200 meter long tunnel under Fortelaza’s Banco Central, they broke into the bank and stole around $65 million in cash. Some of it was recovered and other than one of the criminals turning up dead, the rest were never found.
4. DB Cooper’s Hijacking
In 1971, a man named Dan Cooper hijacked a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon in U.S. He demanded two parachutes, $200,000 in unmarked bills, and a fuel truck. He released the hostages when the plane landed in Seattle then took off again. But 30 minutes into it, he parachuted out of the plane along with his money only to never be found again.
5. Operation Goral
During the Nazi rule, the Polish people part of the resistance decided to rob a bank in Krakow. After a year of plotting and gathering information, they stole around $1 million ($20 million of today) and killed nine German soldiers. The German authorities could not figure out if it were the resistance members or common criminals.
6. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist
In 1990, two men dressed up as police officers broke into Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and cut out 13 paintings out of their frames. The paintings were from artists like Rembrandt, Degas, and Manet, rounding up to around $300 million in value. They were never recovered and the museum still has the empty frames up as a reminder.
7. The Twin Jewel Thieves
In 2009, 3 robbers broke into Kaufhaus Des Westens, into the second largest department store in Europe, and took $7 million worth of diamonds. Only one glove was found as evidence, in which the DNA matched to two people, a set of twins. German law only lets one person be convicted of the same crime at once so they could not figure out which twin it was and they were let go.
8. Jimmy Hoffa’s Murder
The famous labor leader and President of International Brotherhood of Teamsters vanished out of thin air. He was last seen leaving a restaurant in Detroit with members of the mafia and was never seen again. After seven years of investigation that turned up nothing but dead ends and wrong leads, the FBI declared him dead and his body has never been found either, contrary to rumors of it being buried in different places.
9. Jack The Ripper And His Many Victims
Jack the Ripper is quite possibly the most famous serial killer in history who committed gruesome murders in the 1800s in London. He was never caught probably due to lack of proper investigative tools, and even wrote letters to the police talking about his kills. He has never been identified either.
10. British Bank of the Middle East Robbery
In 1976, some robbers broke into the British Bank of the Middle East in Beirut, Lebanon. They simply walked in, gun blazing and had a grand old time spending days trying to get inside the vault. The made out with $20 million to $50 million worth of gold bars, currency, stocks, and jewels. Due to the ongoing civil war, they were never caught.Disclaimer:We do not allow users to post content which is copyright and We take strict actions against the users who post infringement content on our website.Although we do not host any content, users post embed videos from youtube, facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo and are moderated before posting but we still take strict action against the copyright videos posted.If you are an official representative of any company whose videos are posted illegally on our website or you think some video infringe the copyright then you can simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org