5 Nightmare Fuel Police Sketches
Mr. Cruel is the name police gave to this unidentified serial attacker who abducted at least 3 little girls in Australia. Active between 1987 and 1991, he is also suspected in an attack on another girl whose body was found 1 year after she went missing. Investigators described Mr. Cruel as a hyper-intelligent sadist who surveilled his victims and their families before attacking. His victims were taken to an unknown house, bathed “like a mother washing a baby,” put in a neck brace, and shackled to a bed. Mr. Cruel wore a mask at all times to hide his identity, but it is believed he videotaped a personal record of the attacks. His crimes were so carefully planned that there was no forensic evidence among the false leads he left planted for police. Investigators have spent decades searching for Mr. Cruel, but here is still roaming free despite a $1.3M reward for his arrest. In 2014, Wisconsin police released this digital reconstruction of an unknown female found in a badly decomposed state. Her remains were together with those of a 2nd victim, Laura Simonson, who was identified by her tattoos. Both women had been stuffed inside a suitcase that was left on the side of a road and discovered by highway workers. Officers in hazmat suits quickly descended upon the home of Steven Zelich, a suspect in Simonson’s disappearance for over a year. Confronted with the crime, Zelich confessed to choking both victims while acting out an online fantasy as “Mr. Handcuffs.” The unknown female was eventually identified by her sketch as Jenny Gamez, a runaway from Oregon who had vanished 2 years earlier. Known only as the “Lime Lady,” the body of this unidentified woman was found in 1980 on the bank of an Oklahoma river. She had been the victim of a terribly violent crime, the horror of which was conveyed through her unsettling expression. Her attacker tried to dissolve the body using quick lime, but accidentally preserved her when it mixed with water from the river. An autopsy revealed a bullet still in the woman’s chest with a dime embedded in the wound by the force of the impact. The preservation also kept a heart tattoo on her chest intact, but neither the sketch or that detail have led to her identity. DNA also failed to link her to any reported missing persons, leading police to believe she may have been a runaway. In 1993, a group of school children found the head of a Jane Doe hanging in a tree in Illinois’s Wayne Fitzgerald State Park. This facial reconstruction is the only evidence police were able to release in an attempt to determine her identity. Investigators believe that the head was tossed out of a vehicle on a nearby road and that it got tangled in the branches. A post-mortem uncovered that the woman had been living with an unusual condition that caused her head to tilt to the left. Despite the victim’s unique and strange appearance, no one has come forward with any clues in the cold case. Prior to his capture, the Night Stalker claimed at least 14 victims in California during the mid-1980s. Several police sketches of the culprit highlighted his creepy dark, penetrating eyes and his broken, rotting teeth. His few surviving victims vividly recalled smelling his terrible breath during his attacks as he demanded they swear to Satan. The Night Stalker was only caught when a boy near one of his attacks spotted a “weird-looking guy in black.” On a hunch, the boy wrote down the license plate of his car which was later found and linked to Richard Ramirez via a fingerprint. The Texas drifter was revealed to be an avowed Satanist who never expressed any remorse for his crimes.