Crime scene investigation has spawned plenty of hit TV shows, but it’s the shocking real-life cases that have really captivated the public over the years. Some of the most shocking investigations have involved Hollywood stars. Other tragic crimes have made martyrs of the innocent victims — while certain murderers have found their own sick celebrity after their homicidal rampages. Shocking and troubling photos taken from crime scenes, as seen here, cover a wide range of sick attacks that have captivated America, but also preserve important evidence — even for murders that remain unsolved. [GRAPHIC IMAGES FOLLOW…]
JonBenet Ramsey’s Christmas Murder Scene
6-year-old beauty JonBenet Ramsey was reported missing early on Dec. 26, 1996, from her Boulder, Colo., home — in a bizarre case that would become one of America’s most enduring unsolved murder cases. Her parents originally reported finding a ransom note, but the doomed girl’s body was found hours later wrapped in a blanket in the basement of the house. Boulder police would be blasted for bungling the investigation, and the ensuing years have produced a disturbing amount of suspects in the horrific crime.
Prince’s Lonely Final Bow In Paisley Park
Prince’s tragic end in his Paisley Park complex in Minnesota in April 2016 turned into a police investigation after cops began to unearth his massive drug stash. His lonely death fit into the bizarre life of the reclusive pop star, who’d once boasted of subsisting on “angel food” and hid his destructive habits by licking on drug-laced lollipops. Police finally announced they wouldn’t investigate Prince’s drug sources, although insiders blamed the star’s death on a Chinese drug cartel selling deadly fake medications.
Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold Attack Columbine High
The nation was horrified on April 20, 1999, after gun-crazed students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold staged a homicidal raid at Columbine High School — murdering 12 students and one teacher before finally turning their weapons on themselves after setting off explosives throughout the school. Dr. Dwayne Fuselier, the FBI supervisor in charge of the investigation, later said: “I believe Eric went to the school to kill and didn’t care if he died, while Dylan wanted to die and didn’t care if others died as well.”
Nicole Brown Simpson & Ron Goldman’s Brutal End
O.J. Simpson became one of the biggest stars to ever face a murder trial — with prosecutors convinced that the NFL legend and film star had slaughtered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ron Goldman on the night of June 12, 1994. Simpson would beat the rap, but experts insisted that the autopsy reports on Ron and Nicole showed that the vicious murders on Nicole’s property had a very personal motivation!
Oscar Pistorius Guns Down His Model Girlfriend
Oscar Pistorius had found fame as a Paralympics runner who was even set to move on to the Olympics. Sadly, his years as a role model were quickly forgotten after he was convicted of shooting his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the night of Feb. 14, 2013.Pistorius insisted he’d mistaken Reeva for a burglar when he grabbed his pistol on the night of Feb. 14, 2013, and hobbled on his stumps to fire blindly into a bathroom. During the trial, Reeva’s parents asked for her daughter’s death photos to be publicized to show her tragic end at Pistorious’ hands!
Jodi Arias’ ‘Psycho’-Inspired Shower Killing
Jodi Arias entranced millions of TV viewers when she went on trial for the murder of Travis Alexander in June 2008 — finally being convicted of first-degree murder. Before the ruling, however, it was revealed how the brutal brunette beauty had accumulated a stash of X-rated photos while obsessively pursuing her uninterested ex-lover. She had even shot final photos of Travis in the shower after a final seduction and before viciously slashing him to death!
Jeffrey Dahmer’s Refrigerator Of Horrors
Jeffrey Dahmer was able to hid his secret cannibal appetite for years while innocently working in a chocolate factory in Milwaukee, Wisc. Then it all went wrong when Tracy Edwards was able to escape his apartment on July 22, 1991. Sickened cops found a fridge full of body parts — and it was later revealed that Dahmer had charmed local police into returning one terrified victim back into his clutches after having escaped the apartment just months before his arrest!
Chris Farley’s Tragic Overdose
“Saturday Night Live” funnyman Chris Farley followed his idol John Belushi to an early death via a drug overdose. And, just like with Belushi, his tragic demise in December 1997 turned into a police investigation after it was learned that a woman had witnessed the struggling star’s final drug-fueled hours. A Chicago prostitute later admitted that she had left Chris alone in his apartment as he had began to pass out on the floor!
Earth Day Founder’s Grisly Girlfriend Murder
Ira Einhorn wanted to be famous as the founder of Earth Day. Instead, the self-promoting hippie became famous for a 1981 murder where he turned his girlfriend into mulch. The sicko kept the body of Holly Maddux decomposing in his Philadelphia apartment for 18 months, before later fleeing to Paris and enjoying life as an exiled hippie — before finally being extradited in 2001 to face justice!
‘Hogan’s Heroes’ Star Bob Crane’s Kinky End
Bob Crane was a fading sitcom star when the former “Hogan’s Heroes” actor was bludgeoned to death in Arizona while working the dinner-theater circuit. The murder investigation would expose the sex addict’s kinky swinging lifestyle, with cops believing there was a personal motivation — partly based on the brutal attack that left his pillow soaking in blood. There were even suggestions that Bob’s old costar Richard Dawson had helped cover for his alleged murderer!
Charles Manson’s Cult Murders Sharon Tate
Charles Manson put an end to peace and love in Los Angeles after sending out his homicidal hippies to slaughter pregnant actress Sharon Tate — and her friends Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, and Wojciech Frykowski — on August 8, 1969. Then the cult leader’s deadly disciples set out again the next night to slaughter suburbanites Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, and once again carved bizarre messages into the bodies of their victims!
Las Vegas Psycho’s Sin City Sniper’s Nest
Second-generation psycho Stephen Paddock terrorized Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, when he opened fire on a country music festival from his suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel — after decadent final days spent with his favorite hooker. 58 people would die from the vicious attack. The ENQUIRER soon revealed the layout of the suite that became Paddock’s own murder scene after the cowardly sniper turned his arsenal onto himself!