Fanart by SherlocksScarf @ DeviantArt Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a brilliant character in Shrrlock Holmes, and while it's fun to dive into the fantasy of the genius detective that can solve anything, it might have been nice to have a real Sherlock on the case a few times.
On November 24, 1971 a man calling himself D.B. Cooper hijaked a Boeing 727 flying between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. He extorted $200,000 in ransom, parachuted out of the plane, and was never seen again. The details of the case are exactly the kind of bizarre adventure you'd expect of the eccentric detective.
The Axeman of New Orleans
From 1918 to 1919, New Orleans was haunted by a gruesome, axe-wielding serial killer. The murders seemed completely random, and even today the victims trouble profilers looking for a predictable pattern. The killer also wrote to local newspapers, warning residents of an upcoming spree and promising anywhere playing jazz music would be spared.
The Missing Roanoke Colony
In 1587, English settlers built a town in Roanoke (in what we now call North Carolina). In 1590 they disappewred snd were never heard from again. The town was empty, and the only clue left behind was the name of the Croatoan tribe carved into a tree. While a few theories have been presented (including disease and clashes with the native residents of the American continent), there is still not a definitive answer to the centuries-old mystery: how did over a hundred settlers disappear, with barely a trace?
Jack the Stripper
No, that's not a typo. It's the macabre nickname given to a serial killer active between 1964 and 1965. Like the more famous Jack the Ripper, this murderer targeted sex workers, and while investigators had a few suspects, there was very little evidence to work with, and the case was never solved. Sounds like the kind of thing you'd want a tireless detective for.
The Isabella Stuart Gardner Heist
In 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers gained entry to the Isabella Stuart Gardner museum and stole thirteen works of art, together worth approximately $500 million (not to mention the cultural vakuse if the works). The FBI has yet to make any arrests, but they have sttributed the crime to a syndicate active in New England, and suspect that some of the paintings may have been sold in Philadelphia in the early 2000s. In the meantime, empty frames hang in the museum.