Robert Durst was arrested Monday and will face murder charges in a 15-year-old cold case after he muttered he “killed them all, of course’’ in the finale of a six-part HBO documentary. Authorities hope the development will lead to a conviction of Durst, who was acquitted of one murder and long suspected in two others over three decades in three states.
The arrest also comes near the 25th anniversary of one of Massachusetts’ biggest unsolved mysteries: The 1990 art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in which 13 prized works were stolen. Over the years, the case has spawned thousands of false leads, prompting investigators to hunt the art from Boston to Japan, Ireland to France. On the 25th anniversary of the theft, take a
Here’s a look back at some other unsolved mysteries and cold cases that haunt Massachusetts.
The socialite disappeared from her home in Lincoln on Oct. 24, 1961, leaving behind a phone ripped from the wall, a phone book open to the emergency numbers section, and a trail of blood leading from the kitchen to the end of the driveway. The investigation remains unresolved to this day.
At the time, it was the single largest cash heist in history, a whopping $1.5 million in unmarked bills pulled from a mail truck on its way to the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston. Its sheer magnitude, combined with the apparent skill of the robbers, made the Plymouth Mail Truck Robbery a national story in the summer of 1962. The money was never recovered, and to this day, the crime remains unsolved. > > Read more.
In July 1974, the badly decomposed body of the so-called Lady of the Dunes was found about a mile east of Provincetown’s Race Point Beach by a little girl walking her beagle. Her hands were amputated, and she had been nearly decapitated. At the time — and in the decades since then —police have periodically appealed for the public’s help in identifying the woman. > > Read more.
In the early morning hours of June 5, 1982, 21-year-old Judy Chartier of Chelmsford dropped her boyfriend off at his house after a party and drove toward her home on the next street. Neither she nor the 1977 black Dodge she was driving were seen again. > > Read more.
The 10-year-old disappeared after she and her brother went to a neighbor’s house in Sturbridge to play with puppies. Her brother returned without her, and all that was found that summer afternoon was one of the girl’s red shoes. Three months later on Oct. 23, 1993, hunters found her skeletal remains in Brimfield, 5 miles from where she was last seen. > > Read more.
The Swedish nanny’s body was sawed in half in a highly publicized slaying in 1996. The slaying of Holmer, a 20-year-old whose upper torso was found in a Fenway dumpster, riveted the city and perplexed investigators. > > Read more
Bish, a lifeguard, vanished from Comins Pond in Warren on June 27, 2000. The 16-year-old’s remains were found three years later in a wooded area not far from the pond. The Bish family’s search for answers in her murder continues. > > Read more.