We all have a little bit of hometown pride, something that makes us all proud to claim our history plus it's fun to brag a little about what makes your city different or special.
But with every good state comes a dark side that we don't get too excited to tell tourists or visiting friends. Each state comes with its own baggage and stories, some much darker than others.
These are some well-known crimes that happened in every state. Heads up, some of these are a little disturbing.
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AlaskaWhat I'm about to say will just solidify every hesitation might have ever had about wanting to visit Alaska. In 1984, Robert Hanson, a husband, father and local business owner, pleaded guilty to killing four women and was sentenced to 400 years in prison. He confessed to killing 17 women, many of them prostitutes and exotic dancers. They called him the "Butcher Baker". Hansen died in prison at the age of 75 in 2014. A movie was made inspired by the story called Frozen Ground starring Nicholas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens.
via: Getty ImagesBob Crane was a Hollywood actor known for his role in Hogan's Heroes. He was found dead in his apartment in 1978. No one was ever charged with his death and this murder case still remains unsolved to this day.
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CaliforniaThe list for California is quite long. But in my opinion, one of the most famous crimes in this state has to be the Zodiac Killer. If you have seen the movie, you know how truly creepy it is. If you haven't, well you need to. The Zodiac Killer preyed on young couples in secluded areas. He would send cryptic messages to newspapers and threaten if they didn't publish them, he would kill more people. Terror spread in San Francisco in the 60s and 70s and it is still a chilling mystery because he was never caught.
via: Getty ImagesJonBenét Ramsey was six years old when she was found dead in her basement the day after Christmas in 1996. The cause of death was asphyxiation. No one was ever arrested and her death remains an unsolved case.
via: Getty ImagesThe first case in Connecticut where a person was charged with murder, even though the body was never found, was coined as the "Wood-chipper Murderer." In 1986, Richard Crafts murdered his wife and disposed of the body using a wood-chipper. Private investigator Keith Mayo (photo above) was hired by Mrs. Crafts to determine if her husband was having an affair. He later helped in the investigation of her death, informing police that Mrs. Craft often talked about how the couple was having marital issues.
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via: Getty ImagesEric Robert Rudolph was known for his terrorist acts in the United States. His first bombing was in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. He also confessed to bombing an abortion clinic and a lesbian bar in Georgia. Rudolph plead guilty to all charges and is currently serving four life sentences.
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via: Getty ImagesFamous boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of raping a Miss Black America Pageant contestant in 1991. This took place in his hotel room in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was sentenced to six years in prison despite his complete and total denial of the incident. His career continued to plummet after he was released from prison. Yes, I am referring to him biting off the ear of another boxer.
IowaAnna Ecklund was a normal girl from Iowa until she started acting a little, well, possessed. The year was 1928 when an exorcism was performed on Anna that lasted 23 days. The exorcism inspired the movie The Exorcist and became one of the most famous exorcisms in the United States. Heads up, this trailer is a little freaky.
KansasWolf Rimann, a professional golfer, country club owner, and small-town celebrity was shot in the middle of the day in Kansas City in 1949. Many people saw his murder, but the shooters were never identified or arrested.
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LouisianaAnother American Horror Story inspired story. Madame Delphine LaLaurie, a New Orleans socialite, was known for her unspeakable treatment of her slaves. After word got out of the torture chamber she kept her slaves in, an angry mob broke into her house and tore apart everything they could get their hands on. Delphine LaLaurie escaped and her whereabouts were never discovered, nor was her death ever recorded.
MaineIn 2008, Matthew Cushing murdered his mother, step-father and step-brother, then lit his house on fire. His motives were never fully understood or explained. He was found guilty of the three murders in 2013 and is serving three life sentences.
via: Getty ImagesSamuel Sheinbein was only 17 when he killed one of his classmates that had been involved in a fight. He recruited the other student involved in the altercation and the two killed and dismembered the body of Alfredo Tello Jr. in 1997. When the evidence of the murder led a clear trail to Sheinbein, he fled to Israel to avoid persecution and gained instant citizenship. He was extradited and sentenced to 24 years in prison but got shot in a police stand-off in 2014, just one year before he was eligible for parole.
via: Getty ImagesMichael McDermott is serving seven consecutive life sentences for the Wakefield massacre of 2000. The day after Christmas, McDermott entered the offices of Edgewater Technology and fatally shot seven employees. The prosecution found that McDermott's motives were traced back to his employer's garnishment of his wages.
via: Getty ImagesJimmy Hoffa, a famous American labor union leader and the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He disappeared in 1975 when he was 62 years old. He was on his way to meet with two mafia leaders. He was presumed dead even though no one ever found his body and no one was ever convicted of his murder.
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MississippiCarla Ann Hughes is a teacher turned murderer. She is serving two life sentences for killing her lover's fiancée. She was romantically involved with another teacher who was engaged to Avis Banks, who was pregnant. Banks was found stabbed and shot in her own garage. Hughes pled the 5th at her trial and refused to speak. She was found guilty of two counts of capital murder.
Missouri"The Butcher of Kansas City" was Robert Berdella, a local business owner who had a giant secret. He kidnapped, raped and tortured young men in his apartment. After a detailed confession, Berdella was found guilty of five murders, sentencing him to five life sentences. He died in 1992 due to a heart attack at the age of 43.
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via: Getty ImagesCharles Starkweather went on a full-fledged killing spree in 1958. He was only 17 years old when he and his 14-year-old girlfriend Caril Anne Fugate committed crimes that still haunt Nebraska's history. Starkweather took 11 lives, three of them were Caril Anne's family members. He was given the death penalty by electric chair in 1959 and Caril Anne received a life sentence but was granted parole after serving almost 18 years in prison.
via: Getty ImagesThis might be the most famous one in my opinion. Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996. This case is famous for two obvious reasons: the celebrity status of Tupac and the fact that no one was ever charged with his murder. The rapper was only 25 when he was killed.
New HampshireCarl Drega had some serious tension with the law enforcement in Bow, New Hampshire. This tension that initially started with a code enforcement on his property led to Drega shooting and killing two state troopers, a judge and a newspaper editor. He was ultimately shot and killed by police officers in a stand off after Drega fled back to his home and setting it on fire.
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New YorkRichard Kuklinski, aka "Iceman," was a famous hitman hired by mobsters to do their dirty work in the concrete jungle. In a 36-year span, Kuklinski confessed to killing over 200 people. Prosecutors charged Kuklinski with five murder counts and six weapons violations. He was convicted and sentenced to consecutive life sentences. He died at the age of 70 in 2006 due to a heart attack.
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via: Getty ImagesAnthony Sowell, nicknamed the "Cleveland Strangler" was sentenced to death in 2009 after the bodies of 11 women were found in his home. Sowell sits on death row. The city of Cleveland ordered that his house be demolished.
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via: Getty ImagesJerry Sandusky was an assistant football coach at Penn State. He also started a charity called The Second Mile that was devoted to children with absentee families. Sandusky was living a double life; he was later charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys over a 15 year span of time. He was guilty of sexual assault and rape of minors. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison in 2012.
Rhode IslandIn 2003, Jeffrey Mailhot killed a woman and dismembered her body. Within the next year and a half, he murdered two other women in the same fashion, putting their body parts in different trash bags. Mailhot is currently serving two life sentences, plus 10 years.
via: Getty ImagesDylann Roof is known for the Charleston Church shooting in 2015. He shot and killed nine people. Roof was a neo-nazi that was targeting black Americans. The now 23-year-old waits on death row after he was sentenced to death by lethal injection.
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TexasCharles Albright was known as the "Eyeball Killer" because he removed the eyes of the three women he murdered. Albright was a teacher at one point, with a fake college degree and a history of petty theft and sexual assault to a minor in 1981. He was arrested and charged with the murder of three women but was only found guilty of one. He was sentenced to life in prison.
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via: Getty ImagesSeung-Hui Cho was the killer responsible for the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007 that killed 32 people and injured 17. Cho put chains on the doors of a campus building where he opened fire for nine minutes before he shot himself in the head. Cho sent a package to NBC News claiming that his reasoning for this massacre was because he wanted to condemn the "rich kids."
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via: Getty ImagesJeffrey Dahmer killed 17 men between 1978 and 1991. He was a cannibal and a necrophiliac that preyed on men that he would pick up at bars or on the side of freeways. He often kept body parts in his fridge and freezer. He was arrested in 1991 and was sentenced to 16 life terms. In 1994, he was beaten to death by a fellow inmate.
via: Getty ImagesIn 1974 across the span of seven weeks, four young girls went missing. Nine years later, one of the bodies was found. Since the other bodies were never discovered, it was difficult to collect evidence. The small town of Rawlins, Wyoming has not tied any loose ends or convicted anyone for the murder and disappearances of these girls.