10 Major Crimes That Shocked The Nation (SLIDESHOW)

Throughout America’s storied history of crime, a handful of particularly unsettling homicides have not only made, but transcended headlines, shaking our nation to its core.

Notwithstanding the variety in M.O., what these cases share in commonality is their weight in American crime history—not to mention column inches in news coverage. It stands to reason, fewer stories have become so ingrained in our nation's collective conscience.

These aren’t the work of textbook serial killers, either. As the following crimes testify: Anyone from the most ordinary, suburban background to public figures alike are not immune to making headlines for all the worst reasons.

What stories shock you most? Share the cases you think made the most profound headlines in the comments below, and to further your crime fix, be sure to tune in for the premiere of Major Crimes, TNT’s new series from the creators of The Closer, August 13 at 10/9c.”

10 Major Crimes That Shocked the Nation (SLIDESHOW)