Though Hawaii is often called paradise, that isn’t always the case – the state has seen its fair share of murder, mayhem, and mysteries. These four disappearances and murders are some of the most infamous unsolved mysteries in the state of Hawaii.
1) The Honolulu Strangler
Hawaii’s first known serial killer, the Honolulu Strangler, was responsible for the murders of five women between 1985 and 1986. The victims ranged in ages between 17 and 36, but all were found with their hands bound, sexually assaulted and strangled. The killer has not been caught. Two of the victims were found at Keehi Lagoon, pictured above.
2) The Crew of the Sara Jo
In February 1979, five men set sail on a fishing expedition aboard the 17-foot Sara Jo. The men were caught in a storm, and disappeared. Ten years later, John Naughton found the Sara Jo, and remains of one of the crewmen on Taongi, an atoll in the Marschall Islands. The problem is, a government survey of the island four years after the disappearance should have yielded this evidence… So, where was the ship – and the five men aboard – during this time period?
3) The Murders of John & Michelle Klein
On March 25, 1981, John and Michelle Klein were found dead on the Kuilau Trail off Loop Road. The victims, who were vacationing on Kauai from California, were shot several times, but their personal effects were left undisturbed. An article published by the Associated Press in 1982, just six months after the couple’s death, stated that police harvested nearly a ton of weed within a mile of where the couple’s bodies were found. Rumor has it that the couple stumbled across the marijuana crop and were shot because of it…
4) Remains Found 34 Years After Abduction
In 2013, 34 years after she was abducted in the middle of the night, the remains of Nancy Ellen Baugh, of Hanalei, were found in the Waioli Stream after heavy rains caused flooding in the area. According to the Kauai office of the prosecuting attorney, “Baugh disappeared in the early morning hours of June 2, 1979. Witnesses reported that the woman had been dragged out of a house on Weke Road in Hanalei by force, screaming into the night.” The family received anonymous letters after the disappearance, which claimed they knew who was responsible for the crime, however, police have never been able to determine what actually happened.