Crimes of the 20th Century Quiz


Test your knowledge of the crimes of the 20th century and the individuals who perpetrated them.

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Question 1 of 10

There may be no other crime that has riveted the country as profoundly as that of the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindberg, the 20-month-old son of American aviator Charles Lindberg. Where were the baby's remains found?

On the sid eof the road near the Lindberg home
In a dumpster of a local hospital
Along the banks of a rive near the Lindberg home
In the basement of the Lindberg home

... The correct answer is A: On the side of the road near the Lindberg home. An autopsy revealed that the Lindberg baby had died from a blow to the head shortly after being taken from his home.


Question 2 of 10

In 1924, two wealthy University of Chicago students murdered a 14-year-old boy simply because they were bored and wondered whether they could get away with the perfect crime. Who were those two students?

Lyle and Erik Menendez
Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
None of the above

... The correct answer is B: Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. The two were convitcted and served several years in prison together. In 1936, Loeb was murdered by his cell mate. Leopold was released on parole in 1958, after 33 years in prison.


Question 3 of 10

The discovery of a nude female corpse severed at the waist put Hollywood and the nation on edge in 1947. What was the nickname given to the victim by the media?

Blue Velvet
Black Dahlia
Red Rose
Pink Lady

... The correct answer is B: Black Dahlia. The 22-year-old victim, Elizabeth Short, was nicknamed "Black Dahlia" because of her habit of wearing black clothing.


Question 4 of 10

In 1969, actress Sharon Tate and serveral others were savagely murdered in Tate's home. Despite being known as the Tate murders, the person responsible for the crime became infinitely more well-known. What is his name?

Ted Bundy
Charles Manson
Roman Polanski
None of the above

... The correct answer is B: Charles Manson. Tate was killed by Manson's followers despite being eight and a half months pregnant. Her unborn son also died.


Question 5 of 10

In the 1970s, Chicago businessman John Wane Gacy Jr. raped, tortured, and killed at least 33 men and boys. Where were the remains of most of his victims found?

In an abandoned well on his property
In a crawlspace under his house
In a larger trunk in his attic
In a freezer at his office

... The correct answer is B: In a crawlspace under his house. After his arrest, police pulled the remains of 27 bodies from beneath Gacy's house.


Question 6 of 10

Ted Kaczynska, also known as "The Unabomber," sent deadly mail bombs from the late 1970s through the mid-1990s. Where did Kaczynski teach before his bombing spree?

Harvard University
University of Michigan
Princeton University
University of California Berkeley

... The correct answer is D: University of California at Berkeley. Kaczynski was a Berkeley professor in the late 1960s. He left the position after only a few year, preferring to work menial jobs or to live off the land.


Question 7 of 10

The 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a 6-year-old winner of numerous beauty pageants, captured the attention of the American people, Where was JonBenet's lifeless body found?

On the ground beneath her third-story bedroom window
In a wooded area not far from the Ramsey home
In the basement of the Ramsey home
None of the above

... The correct answer is C: In the basement of the Ramsey home After she was discovered missing, the Ramseys called the police who initiated a search of the house. JonBeneet was found in a storage room of the basement. She had been strangled and there was evidence of sexual assault.


Question 8 of 10

Former NFL player O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her companion in 1994. Approximately what percentage of the U.S. population watched the verdict being read on televison?

10 percent
25 percent
50 percent
More than 65 percent

... The correct answer is C: 50 percent. This is correct! Approximately 142 million people tuned in to hear the verdict in the Simpson murder trial, making it one of the most watched moments in U.S. television history.


Question 9 of 10

In 1997, Andrew Cunanan, 27, went on a cross-country killing spree that left five people dead. Who was his most famous victim?

Gianni Versace
Valentinao Garavani
Giorgio Armani
Joey Ramone

... The correct answer is A. Gianni Versace. Versace was a billionaire clothing designer from Italy who was shot by Cunanan in front of his Miami Beach mansion.


Question 10 of 10

In 1999, a shooting rampage at Colorado's Columbin High School left 15 people dead and 24 wounded. Who was responsible for the massacre?

Jeffrey Weise
Chi Seung-Hui
Jamie Rouse
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebod

... The correct answer is D: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Harris and Klebold, both students at Columbine High School, were obsessed with guns and violent video games. In response to the Columbine tragedy, many schools across the country have implemented anti--bullying programs and adopted a zero tolerance policy regarding weapons in school.


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