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    17 Shocking, Unsettling, And Wild True Crime Stories That DON'T Involve Murder

    "'Tania Head' joined a network for 9/11 survivors and eventually became the president of that group, a poster woman for survivors, and often talked about her experience. Then, the truth came out; it turned out Tania wasn't in the WTC on the day of the attacks. She had actually been in class in Barcelona, Spain."

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about a true crime story that DOESN'T involve murder. Here are their wild and fascinating responses:

    1. Belle Gibson, an Australian con artist who lied about having cancer (among many other things) in order to scam people into believing she was a wellness expert.

    Belle in an interview wearing a pink turtleneck sweater and her hair in a ponytail

    2. The baffling disappearance of Lars Mittank who was last seen on security footage running out of an airport and into a nearby forest.

    CCTV footage of Lars running down the hallway

    3. The dark story of the Final Fantasy VII cult, also known as the Final Fantasy House, that started sometime in 2002 in Pennsylvania and involved fans of the popular role-playing video game.

    View of houses in State College, Pennsylvanie=a

    4. The unsettling Max Headroom TV signal hijacking in 1987 that actually remains unsolved to this day.

    Image of max headroom mask on a fuzzy TV

    You can watch the bizarre incident here, if you feel like being creeped out (the first interruption starts at the :33 mark):

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    WGN Channel 9 / The Museum of Classic Chicago Television / Via

    5. The shocking story of Tania Head (real name, Alicia Esteve Head), a Spanish woman who tricked everyone into believing she was a survivor of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.

    Tania at a rally

    6. The unbelievable Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist in 1990, which remains unsolved and still has a $10 million reward to this day.

    7. The unsolved disappearance of international passenger flight Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which resulted in the loss of all 239 people on board.

    satellite imagery of possible plane debris

    8. The wild Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos saga, which saw Holmes rise to the top of Silicon Valley, being named Forbes's youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in the US, then fall after it was revealed Holmes and her company had committed massive fraud.

    Elizabeth holmes wearing her signature black turtleneck

    9. The case of Mary Willcocks, who posed as "Princess Caraboo of Javasu" and pretended to be from a fake island kingdom in the early 1800s.

    1800s drawing of england

    10. The upsetting disappearance of Native American girl Anthonette Cayedito, a case that actually had a couple of suspicious leads that sadly never panned out.

    Photo of Anthonette in the news

    11. The stressful story of Dr. Isaac Herschkopf, a psychiatrist who got very close to one of his patients, Martin Markowitz, and eventually abused their relationship in order to exploit Markowitz.

    scene from the shrink next door show in the hamptons outside a large house

    12. The truly unbelievable D. B. Cooper hijacking, which remains the only unsolved case of air piracy in the history of aviation.

    13. The headline-grabbing story of Anna Delvey/Sorokin, a Russian con artist who pretended to be a wealthy heiress in order to be a part of New York's social and art scenes, and defrauded $275,000 out of businesses and people.

    Anna in court

    14. The very mysterious disappearance of Asha Degree, a young girl who went missing on February 14, 2000, in Shelby, North Carolina.

    News report with Asha's missing persons poster

    15. The messy-as-all-heck (and very popular) story of Joe Exotic and all the Tiger King madness.

    Joe with a tiger

    16. Rollen Stewart, also known as the Rainbow Man, who used to hold up "John 3:16" signs at sports stadiums in the '70s and '80s. He was later arrested in 1992 and charged with several felonies including kidnapping and hostage-taking.

    Rollen at a game with a rainbow afro styled wig and a jesus saves t shirt

    17. Finally, the bizarre story of Edwin Rist, an American studying in London who was also the mastermind behind a feather heist in 2009. Yes, a case of stolen feathers.

    overhead view of London

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    If you or anyone you know has information on a missing person case, call local law enforcement first. You can also contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (THE-LOST) or visit the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System site for regional case assistance.

    Do you know of a particularly interesting or dark true crime story that DOESN'T involve murder? Tell us in the comments below and, who knows, maybe there'll be a part two!