American culture has a particular fascination with serial killers, to the point where they have been elevated to the level of myth: terrifying monsters that keep us up at night but ones we seemingly can’t stop learning about. While it’s chilling to read about the atrocious acts that serial killers such as John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy committed, it’s just as fascinating to speculate about the ones that have never been caught. There’s something uniquely frightening about the thought that many of these killers are probably still out there somewhere, walking among us. We crave answers to our questions but unfortunately, we’ll probably never know the true identities of most of these murderers. While there are numerous serial killers who have successfully evaded capture, the stories behind the following murderers are perhaps the greatest examples of the ones who got away.
10. The Babysitter
The Oakland County Child Killer, better known as “The Babysitter,” is an unidentified serial killer who murdered at least four children in Oakland County, Michigan between 1976 and 1977. The killer received their nickname because each child was bathed prior to their murder, suggesting the killer had some form of twisted parental instinct. Due to children being the only targets, the investigation set off a wave of mass hysteria in the state of Michigan at the time, with parents understandably obsessed with educating their children on “stranger danger” and instituting many neighborhood watch initiatives. The truly disturbing part of the whole case was that each of the children —Mark Stebbins, 12, Jill Robinson, 12, Kristine Mihelich, 10, and Timothy King, 11 — were discovered fully-clothed and washed, and were held anywhere from 4 to 19 days before being killed. Despite a few promising leads, including most recently the discovery of a Blue AMC Gremlin suspected of having been the killer’s car, the case remains open.