Italy

Woman shot so killers could commit the “perfect murder,” according to prosecutors

May 9, 1997 Rome, Italy Marta Russo (22) is shot during a supposed “perfect pointless murder” Russo was walking with a friend and fellow student at La Sapienza University’s Institute of Legal Philosophy when she suddenly collapsed, blood pouring from a head wound. She slipped into a coma and died five days later, never regaining… Continue reading Woman shot so killers could commit the “perfect murder,” according to prosecutors

England · Newspaper clippings

Man beats, strangles woman to death to prove himself capable of the “perfect murder”

August 3, 1951 Nottingham, East Highlands, England 19-year-old Herbert Leonard Mills bludgeons and strangles Mabel Tattershaw (47) to prove he could commit a "perfect murder" Mills had met his victim the day before the murder. They scheduled to meet August 3 where Mills led Tattershaw to a secluded area, beat her head repeatedly, strangled her,… Continue reading Man beats, strangles woman to death to prove himself capable of the “perfect murder”

Illinois

Leopold and Loeb attempt a “perfect murder”

May 21, 1924 Chicago, Illinois Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnap and murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks (pictured with his father) to prove they were "Übermenschen" ("supermen," people whose intelligence far surpasses that of the masses and are thus above the law) Leopold (19) and Loeb (18), sons of millionaires and classmates at the University of… Continue reading Leopold and Loeb attempt a “perfect murder”