There are a lot of true crime stories that are so infamous it feels like we hear about them all the time — Ted Bundy, the Zodiac Killer, Jeffrey Dahmer...the list goes on, and on. But there are actually just as many (if not more) little-known true crime stories from history you may not have heard about.
So when we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about a true crime story we haven't already heard 100x before, they came back with some truly bone-chilling examples. Here's what they shared:
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3. The Wednesday Strangler, aka the Saga Prefecture Strangler who was active from 1975–1989 in Japan.
8. The "Hangman" or "Killer Cop", aka Gerard John Schaefer Jr., a former sheriff's deputy and suspected serial killer active in Florida in the '70s.
19. The Shankill Butchers, a gang active between 1975–1982 in Northern Ireland, that was responsible for dozens of deaths.
26. Richard Wershe Jr., aka "White Boy Rick," a former drug trafficker and FBI informant active in the 1980s.
27. Finally, the unsolved Santa Rosa hitchhiker murders that took place from 1972–1973 in Northern California.
Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.