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  • Shots Through a Curtained Window Killed Two People During Thanksgiving Dinner on Random Unsolved Crimes and Disappearances That Happened on Thanksgiving

    (#8) Shots Through a Curtained Window Killed Two People During Thanksgiving Dinner

    Shortly after 10 pm on Thanksgiving night, 2002, an unknown assailant fired shots through the curtained windows of Joseph and Evangeline Britt's home in Tacoma, WA. The Britts had been hosting a large Thanksgiving dinner gathering, with about 25 people attending. When the shooting stopped, two of those people - 19-year-old Kimberly Riley and 5-year-old Jermey Britt-Bayinthavong - were dead. Two other attendees were wounded but survived their injuries.

    Witnesses saw a man with dark hair fleeing the scene in a pick-up truck, but he was never identified, and his motive for firing into a house full of Thanksgiving revelers remains a mystery, as well.

  • Young Beth Lynn Barr Disappeared on Her Thanksgiving Walk Home on Random Unsolved Crimes and Disappearances That Happened on Thanksgiving

    (#7) Young Beth Lynn Barr Disappeared on Her Thanksgiving Walk Home

    On Thanksgiving Day, 1977, six-year-old Beth Lynn Barr was walking home from school in Wilkinsberg, PA, to spend the holiday with her family - but she never arrived. Because Beth's father was a local cop, the police leapt immediately into action when Beth didn't come home. But it was all to no avail. Beth was never found.

    A witness later reported seeing Beth being carried to a blue sedan driven by an older white man, and the car was traced to a local rental agency. But the agency's records showed that the car had not been loaned out that day; it was possible that the perpetrator had stolen the car for use in his crime, and returned it to the agency before anyone noticed it was gone.

    Sadly, Beth's skeletal remains were discovered in a shallow, unmarked grave near Monroeville, PA, two years later.  She had been stabbed several times in the chest.

    Her killer remains at large, identity unknown.

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    (#6) The Thanksgiving Murder of a Prominent Portland Attorney May Never Be Solved

    At first glance, the Thanksgiving death of Portland, OR, public defender Nancy Bergeson looked like natural causes. There were no signs of trauma or other marks on her body, which was discovered in her living room.  But an autopsy determined that she had been strangled to death with a soft object, possibly a scarf, on Thanksgiving Day, 2009.

    The circumstances of her murder are unknown, and because police initially acted on the assumption that her death had been natural, crucial evidence was likely lost from the crime scene in the early days of the investigation.

    Her case remains open, with a high probability of never being solved.

  • The Blount Family Was Killed by a Briefcase Bomb on Thanksgiving Day on Random Unsolved Crimes and Disappearances That Happened on Thanksgiving

    (#3) The Blount Family Was Killed by a Briefcase Bomb on Thanksgiving Day

    The Blount family of Lake Worth, TX, were returning from a Thanksgiving outing in 1985, when 15-year-old daughter Angela Blount found a briefcase on the porch of their mobile home.  When opened, the briefcase exploded, killing Angela, her father Joe, and her cousin, Michael Columbus. Ten years later, a man named Michael Toney was convicted of the crime, but his conviction was overturned because the prosecution withheld evidence that contradicted witness testimony and exonerated Toney.

    Some have speculated that the Blounts weren't the intended targets of the mystery bomber, and that the device was intended for one of their neighbors instead. Nonetheless, no further evidence has been produced in the case, and the entire affair remains a total mystery.

  • Shane Montgomery Might Have Been a Victim of the "Smiley Face Killer" on Random Unsolved Crimes and Disappearances That Happened on Thanksgiving

    (#2) Shane Montgomery Might Have Been a Victim of the "Smiley Face Killer"

    The popular Smiley Face Killer theory claims that a cabal of serial murderers is operating across the United States, targeting white male college students, dumping their bodies in rivers, lakes, or ponds to erase physical evidence, and drawing smiley faces at the dump sites in order to taunt police. These deaths are normally written off as drunken drownings, but proponents of the theory maintain that there are remarkable similarities among the victims that can't be accounted for by mere chance.

    One of the Smiley Face cabal's possible victims was Shane Montgomery, a West Chester University student who disappeared from the streets of Philadelphia during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2014. Shane's body was discovered several days later in the Schuylkill River, and his death was ruled an accidental drowning by the medical examiner. But the circumstances of his death --who (if anyone) he met with after leaving a bar after 2 a.m., how he wound up in the river to begin with - remain shrouded in mystery, lending credence to the proponents of the Smiley Face killer theory.

  • A Pennsylvania Bird-Watcher Made a Grisly Discovery on Thanksgiving Day on Random Unsolved Crimes and Disappearances That Happened on Thanksgiving

    (#9) A Pennsylvania Bird-Watcher Made a Grisly Discovery on Thanksgiving Day

    Many people enjoy spending time in nature on Thanksgiving Day, but for one woman in Bucks County, PA, this time of peace and serenity was interrupted by a grisly discovery.

    She had spent the day at her boyfriend's home, indulging her passion for bird-watching while there.  But what she at first thought was a heron in Neshaminy Creek turned out to actually be a pair of sneakers. And those sneakers were attached to the decomposing body of a black male wedged between some of the creek's rocks.

    The man appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s, and was wearing Tommy Hilfiger clothing. And that's the most anyone seems to know about him. To this day, both his identity and his cause of death remain unknown.

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Thanksgiving is a happy holiday when families gather to enjoy a turkey meal, but in some cases, the holiday is scary. Thanksgiving sometimes marks the beginning of the most dangerous time of the year. The fact is that the crime rate has soared during the holiday. When people are sharing a hearty meal and grateful for their lives, some murders and disappearances are still mysterious.

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