Unsolved Mysteries of the 1970s That Will Give You Chills

By Sarah Norman | September 13, 2023

Bob Crane's murder showed that his private life was more salacious than his fans knew 

The 1970s were full of glorious parties at Studio 54 and post Vietnam celebrations, but it was also a decade full of chilling crimes that remain unsolved to this day. From gruesome murders to raucous heists and supernatural sightings, the mysteries chronicled here will leave you scratching your head and wondering exactly what happened in each of these stories.

Many of these stories are too upsetting for younger readers, so keep younger eyes shielded from the gruesome stuff. Keep in mind that many of these unsolved mysteries are cases that remain open, if you or someone you know can shine a light on these eerie crimes from the '70s don't be afraid to reach out... you could change everything.

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Known to most Americans as the beloved lead of Hogan's Heroes, in his private life he was a libertine with an insatiable appetite for women as well as filming his escapades with friend and cohort John Henry Carpenter. By the late '70s Crane was performing in regional theater productions while attempting to work his way back to television when was murdered at the Winfield Place Apartments in Scottsdale, Arizona, on June 29, 1978.

Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his apartment with what local officials believe was a camera tripod, but with no physical evidence they were hamstrung. It's believe that Crane contacted Carpenter prior to his death to break off their friendship which had turned toxic, something that many theorists point to as a motive for Carpenter. However, no charges were filed against Carpenter even after police found smears of blood that match Crane's blood type on Carpenter's car. Carpenter was officially charged with Crane's murder in 1994, but after he was acquitted on all charges the case went cold.

The Dechmont Woods Encounter was either a UFO encounter of an epileptic seizure

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On November 9, 1979, a forester named Bob Taylor claims that he was abducted by a large spheroid object while he was parked along the M8 motorway. Taylor notes that the object was a "a dark metallic material with a rough texture like sandpaper" with a set of propellors. Along with the ship Taylor claims that he smelled an odor similar to that of "burning brakes" before passing out. When he awoke the craft was gone. In spite of an actual real deal criminal investigation into this sighting skeptics believe that Taylor simply suffered an epileptic seizure, but does that count for the propellor laced ships? We may never know if this story is science fiction or science fact.