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You'll Be Seriously Spooked By These Murder Movies' Backstories

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    Movies and TV specials about crime are suspenseful enough on their own. But when they're based on true stories, it can be downright terrifying. That's especially true for movies and TV shows inspired by real-life unsolved murders.

    Stories about figures like Jack the Ripper and the Zodiac Killer have lived on for decades, inspiring multiple movies, TV episodes, and books. It's not just the serial killings that are frightening — it's the fact that the killers actually got away with it. Our human desire to pin their crimes on someone, anyone, has led to the ridiculous claims that Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders could be the Zodiac Killer, despite a wealth of evidence to the contrary.

    We've rounded up some of the most frightening unsolved murder stories throughout history and some of the movies and TV shows that they've inspired. Click through, if you dare.

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    Who Is the Black Dahlia (1975)

    Elizabeth Short, a.k.a. "Black Dahlia," was killed in 1947, and her death still intrigues countless people today. The 1975 film Who Is The Black Dahlia explored the fruitless investigation into Short's death, with actress Lucie Arnaz playing Short. The Black Dahlia (2006) was also based on Short’s life and death.

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    Zodiac (2007)

    There have been plenty of films inspired by the Zodiac Killer, a serial killer active in the 1960s and 1970s, but David Fincher's Zodiac may be the most well-known. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo. It explores the life of Robert Graysmith, a true crime author and cartoonist obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer.

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    From Hell (2001)

    There's no shortage of films inspired by Jack the Ripper to choose from, but this Johnny Depp film is one of the creepier ones. Based on Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's graphic novel of the same name, From Hell stars Depp as a detective investigating the unsolved murders in 19th-century London.