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10 Historical Unsolved Murders You Never Heard About

The Boy In The Box

The Boy In The Box


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In the Philadelphia suburb known as Fox Chase, very little ever happened. This working class town was known for a tight-knit community, a low crime rate, and a quiet neighborhood. That all changed in 1957, when local hunters discovered the body of a young boy stuffed in a box in the woods.

The boy was small, approximately four years old. He was totally naked, covered in bruises, and had pruned hands that suggested he was submerged in water before he died. What he didn’t have, though, was a name. No one knew who that boy was.

A massive hunt for the boy’s name, parents, and family ensued. Despite the discovery making national news, no one could place him. He became known as “America’s Unknown Child,” and it’s believed he died as a result of blunt trauma to the head.

The case itself remains unsolved, but there may be someone who knows what happened to the boy. A woman known only as “Mary” alerted authorities after several decades, claiming she had information on the boy’s identity.

Mary claimed her parents used the boy as a sex partner and beat him until he died. However, this has yet to be proven and investigators have yet to make a solid breakthrough in the case.


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