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As Americans, we sometimes find ourselves drawn to all manner of true crime. Whether it be murder, kidnapping or missing persons, some of these horrific crimes achieved a notoriety beyond all others. In some instances, the crimes themselves were so dastardly they gripped us collectively as a nation. From the grisly slaying of “Black Dahlia” Elizabeth Short in 1947 and the Manson murders in the ’60s to the tragic killing of John Lennon in 1980 and the infamous O.J. Simpson “trial of the century” in the mid-1990s, here are ten shocking true crime cases ripped from the headlines.

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