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April 22, 2015

Reward Increased in Cold Case

A year after a mother and her teenage daughter were murdered in their Kentucky home, a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case has been raised to $50,000. Kathy Netherland, a 48-year-old special education teacher at an elementary school, and her 16-year-old daughter Samantha - a high school sophomore - were found slain in their Botland home on April 22. Investigators say the two were killed around 8 p.m. the night before. Their causes of death have not been released and no arrests have been made. Read more...

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April 07, 2015

Man Arrested in 2004 Cold Case

A 32-year-old Southern California man has been arrested in the 2004 strangulation and sexual assault of a Reno preschool teacher in her home. Police said that Francisco Merino-Ojeda of Santa Ana was extradited and booked into jail in Reno in the death of Kyla Annan, 28. Merino-Ojeda, a landscaper, is accused of killing her 10 days after breaking into her home and being scared off by her boyfriend. She was found dead on her bed Sept. 23, 2004. Read more...

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April 01, 2015

Truck Driver Arrested in Cold Case

A 61-year-old Wisconsin truck driver has been charged with first-degree murder in the 1990 death of Berit Beck, a case authorities called a "bold stranger abduction." Dennis J. Brantner was linked to the case through fingerprints found on items in Beck's van and other evidence. Read more...

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March 26, 2015

Cold Case Indictment Tossed

A Bronx judge tossed an indictment against a man nabbed in a 1993 cold case murder because the accused killer didn't get a chance to tell his tale to a grand jury. Jonathan Jolivert, 46, was arrested by city detectives on Feb. 14 after police said DNA evidence linked him to the killing of Michelle Page, his son's mother. Police said Page, 21, was found dead on the floor of her Bronx apartment with a knife stuck in her neck. Read more...

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March 24, 2015

New Search Set for Lyon Sisters

Virginia authorities said new information has led to a new search effort for the remains of Sheila and Katherine Lyon, who vanished in 1975. Bedford County Sheriff's Office said new leads prompted a renewed search on Taylor's Mountain, but would not release further details. Read more...

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March 23, 2015

New Lead in Holloway Case?

Natalee Holloway's father is trying to get Aruban officials to investigate a witness' report that the missing Alabama teen is buried under the floor of a hotel. Dave Holloway says an Amsterdam man claims to have seen Joran Van der Sloot place Natalee's body at the construction site. Read more...

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March 16, 2015

Robert Durst Arrested for Homicide

Real estate scion and recent HBO documentary subject Robert Durst was busted in the Big Easy Saturday night on an extradition warrant out of Los Angeles tied to the death of his friend and informal spokeswoman. FBI agents arrested the cross-dressing multimillionaire around 11 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans on a first degree warrant for the murder of his close friend Susan Berman15 years ago. Read more...

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March 02, 2015

Murder Linked to Baby Selling?

For most of her 35 years, Amanda Jones repressed the urge to explore the grim events at the genesis of her life. "My family would tell me, 'We aren't going to talk about this because it makes daddy sad," Jones said. " 'And you don't want to make daddy cry, do you?'" Today, Jones is a mother of three who lives in the Finger Lakes. But in 1980, the infant Amanda and her mother, Cheryl Jones, were victims of a deadly con by Jackie Schut, one of the more pitiless figures in the deep roster of American depravity. Read more...



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February 26, 2015

JonBenet Crime Scene Botched

A former Boulder, Colorado police chief says his officers should have done a better job of securing the crime scene at the home where JonBenet Ramsey was found killed. Mark Beckner said a lack of manpower due to the Christmas holiday was partially to blame for the confusion at the scene. In an online question and answer session, Beckner said detectives should have separated the parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, and taken full statements from each of them on day one. Read more...

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February 23, 2015

Confession Heats up Lyon Cold Case

New revelations from a convicted sex offender, who was named as a person of interest in the 1975 disappearance of two young Maryland girls, have prompted investigators to seek information from anyone who might collaborate his story. Lloyd Welch, who is serving time in prison for the sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl, has told more than one detective that he was in the station wagon with the girls on the day they were abducted from a shopping mall near their home on March 25, 1975. Read more...

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February 20, 2015

Man Arrested in 1974 Cold Case

Cold case investigators in western Pennsylvania have arrested a childhood friend in the 1974 death of a boy killed while running a bike errand for his mother. Police believe then-17-year-old Joseph Leos shot 14-year-old John David Watson Jr. (pictured) in Dunbar Township, about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. A police affidavit says Watson had biked to a motel to buy cigarettes for his mother but never made it home that night. Read more...

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February 12, 2015

1987 Murder Victim Identified

It's been almost three decades since a decomposed body was found in a culvert underneath a southern Arizona freeway. Now, Marana police have identified the victim — a teenage girl from Spokane, Washington, who was fatally shot in 1987 after taking a bus trip to Arizona with a ticket possibly bought by her killer. Police also believe they know who the murderer is. But he died in a Tucson prison in 2005, six years before being connected to the cold case. Read more...

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January 30, 2015

Lover Charged in Woman's 1991 Murder

Authorities say they have filed murder charges against the colleague-turned-lover of a Pennsylvania woman 23 years after she disappeared. Police arrested 65-year-old Loyd Groves on Thursday in connection with Kathy Heckel's June 1991 disappearance in Lock Haven. Her body has never been found. Prosecutors say Groves killed Heckel after she told him she wanted to end their relationship. They say co-workers recalled them fighting at work hours before she disappeared. Read more...

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January 29, 2015

'Caledonia Jane Doe' Identified

In November 1979, a teenage girl was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a cornfield in Upstate New York in what became known as the Caledonia Jane Doe Case. After 36 years, the victim was finally identified after an old Florida high school classmate became curious about what happened to her friend, Tammy Jo Alexander. Read more...

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January 23, 2015

Man Charged in Gypsy Hill Killings

A career criminal who has been incarcerated for the past 38 years has been linked to a series of California murders that took place over four months in 1976 when he was escaped from a Nevada prison. Rodney Halbower, 66, has been extradited to San Mateo to face murder charges in the Gypsy Hill Killings cold case. Read more...

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January 15, 2015

Arrest Made in 1990 Cold Case

Authorities say DNA evidence led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man in the killings of two young women whose bodies were found in northwest Phoenix in the early 1990s. Police arrested Bryan Patrick Miller in the murders of 22-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas. His home was the subject of an overnight search. Read more...

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January 13, 2015

Forensic Dig Begins in Lyon Case

A task force including an FBI evidence recovery team is conducting a forensic dig on a central Virginia mountain in hopes of finding out what happened to two sisters who vanished 40 years ago, officials said. Sheila Lyon, 12, and her sister Katherine, 10, were last seen walking to the Wheaton Plaza mall in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Wheaton, Md., from their home in nearby Kensington in 1975. They were never seen again. Read more...

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January 08, 2015

FBI Ends Honeymooner Probe

The FBI in Connecticut has closed its investigation into the disappearance of George Smith IV, a Greenwich man who vanished from his honeymoon cruise in July 2005 and whose family believes he was intentionally sent overboard. "We were told by the Connecticut FBI that there was not enough evidence to prove George had been murdered and that his death may have been the result of an accident," the Smith family said. Read more...

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December 17, 2014

Remains Linked to 1993 Cold Case?

Possible remains have been discovered at the former Jacksonville home of a mother who vanished in 1993, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Excavation workers uncovered what appeared to be a piece of a human skull. It hasn't been determined whether the remains are human or what kind of bone was uncovered, and a medical examiner is being called in to investigate, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hancock said. Read more...

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December 05, 2014

Clues Sought in 1998 Murder

Investigators are asking the public to come forward with information in the haunting unsolved 1998 killing of Yale University student Suzanne Jovin, sixteen years ago. Police plan to hold a community meeting in New Haven in an attempt to glean any information from people who may have lived in the area at the time. Jovin was stabbed to death about two miles from campus. Jovin, 21, was a senior majoring in political science and international studies when she was found mortally wounded, suffering from 17 stab wounds on East Rock Road. Read more...

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November 25, 2014

Station Wagon Sought in 1975 Cold Case

Investigators are seeking the public's help in the case of two young sisters who have been missing from Wheaton, Maryland since 1975. Police want help in locating a late 1960s or 1970s model station wagon that might be connected to the disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon. Read more...

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Rapist Charged in 1981 Murder

A convicted rapist serving an 80-year prison term has been linked by DNA evidence to the 1981 stabbing death of a Chicago woman and charged with first-degree murder, prosecutors announced. Eugene Booker, 59, appeared in Cook County court on charges he fatally stabbed Carol Novak, 35, and was ordered held without bond in the murder. He previously was convicted of sexually assaulting women on the Chicago's North Side in the 1980s. Novak's body was discovered Oct. 2, 1981, in her North Side home after an attack in which she was stabbed 50 times in the back, right side and right eye. Her dog also was found stabbed in the head. Read more...

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November 24, 2014

Man Arrested in Cold Case Murder

A man who became an early suspect in the case of Paige Birgfeld has been arrested and charged with her murder after an investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's cold case team. Lester Ralph Jones has been charged with murder, kidnapping and arson in the death of 34-year-old Birgfeld. Read more...

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November 12, 2014

Lake Murders Remain a Mystery

Six months after the gruesome murders of an elderly couple living along Lake Oconee, the violent crimes remain unsolved. Russell and Shirley Dermond, both in their late 80s, were living in a high-end resort community when they died in early May. Neighbors found Mr. Dermond's decapitated body in his home. A fisherman found Mrs. Dermond's body in the lake days later. Read more...

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October 20, 2014

DNA Nabs Cold Case Killer

In the spring of 1974, Mary Jayne Jones, 17, was raped, beaten, and shot at close range in the face and heart with a high-powered rifle. On April 9, 1974, her body was found, naked on a bed, in an isolated farmhouse near Blakesburg, Iowa. From the start, police had strong suspicions about who had snuffed out her life, but they failed to put together a strong enough case for an arrest. Read more...

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October 17, 2014

Task Force Focuses on 3 Missing Girls

A task force made up of investigators from Connecticut state and local police and the state attorney's office has been established to probe the disappearance of three girls from the same area of the state decades ago, in the 1960s and '70s. Police and prosecutors announced the formation of the Tolland County Cold Case Task Force. Michael Foley, who investigated one of the cases as a member of the Eastern District Crime Squad, has been hired as a consultant. Read more...

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October 14, 2014

Evidence Found in 1990 Cold Case

Investigators in Fond du Lac County, Wis. linked a suspect to a 24-year-old murder case through fingerprints found on items in the victim's van, according to search warrants. In April, sheriff's officials said a Kenosha man was the prime suspect in the 1990 slaying of 18-year-old Berit Beck. Officials would say little about evidence, except there was tangible evidence to put him in Beck's van. Her van was discovered in a parking lot three days after she disappeared, but her body was not found until about six weeks later in a ditch in rural western Fond du Lac County. Read more...

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October 05, 2014

Inmate Admits to 2 Other Murders

A Utah prison inmate serving a life sentence for murdering a Salt Lake City chef has pleaded guilty to strangling a 17-year-old girl and confessed to a third murder in the state. Thomas Noffsinger pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the April 1989 death of teenager Felicia Pappas of Millcreek in Salt Lake City. As part of a plea bargain, the 47-year-old Noffsinger confessed but did not enter a plea to strangling 38-year-old Annette Hill of Sandy about a month later. Read more...

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October 03, 2014

Jesse Matthew Linked to Another Case

Officials in Virginia want "scientific testing" to rule out the suspect in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in yet another case of a missing teen. The Nelson County commonwealth's attorney says he'll order the tests after a lawyer for Randy Taylor, who was convicted in the murder of missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy, asked investigators to check for any possible links between Murphy and 32-year-old Jesse Matthew Jr. Read more...

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October 02, 2014

Matthew Linked to More Cold Cases?

Now that the suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been linked to another high-profile unsolved case, investigators are reportedly probing whether he could be tied to more unsolved murders and disappearances in the state. Jesse Matthew, Jr., 32, is charged with abduction with intent to defile in Graham's Sept. 13 disappearance. Graham, 18, vanished after attending two off-campus house parties and sending a text to a friend that she was lost. Read more...

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September 24, 2014

Body of Stephanie Low Found

Police in north-central Wisconsin say they have found the body of a woman missing for nearly four years. Police Chief Jeff Hardel said Monday that the body of Stephanie Low was found Friday in a shallow grave in the national forest near Wabeno, about 80 miles northeast of the Wausau apartment where Low vanished on Oct. 10, 2010. Read more...

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September 09, 2014

Jack the Ripper Identified?

An author claims he has "definitely, categorically and absolutely" identified the real killer through DNA evidence extracted from a shawl that was found near the bodies of one of the Whitechapel victims. Read more...

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W. Va. Man Charged in 3 Murders

A West Virginia man has been charged in three unsolved Alexandria, Va., murders spanning over a decade. Alexandria police announced that Charles Severance, 53, is charged with murder in the deaths of Ruthanne Lodato, Ron Kirby and Nancy Dunning. The victims were shot on separate occasions with a small-caliber weapon. All three were killed just inside the front door of their homes. Read more...

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September 02, 2014

Coach Charged in 19-Year-Old Homicide

Police have charged a Texas youth soccer trainer in connection with a 19-year-old homicide case. Chad Bujano was arrested and accused of the broad-daylight shooting of 18-year-old Kristian Gaona in 1995 on a Houston street. Investigators say Gaona was walking with friends when a sport utility vehicle approached. Its occupants harassed Gaona and someone inside the vehicle eventually began shooting. Read more...

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September 01, 2014

Legos Help Solve Utah Cold Case

Police say fingerprints left on Legos 23 years ago helped solve the cold case homicide of Holladay, Utah grandmother Lucille Johnson. Johnson was found dead in her home by a family member on Feb. 2, 1991. She had suffered significant trauma to her head. While investigating detectives found Legos -- colorful interlocking toy bricks --­ on the floor of the living room, in the home entryway and in the driveway. Read more...

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August 18, 2014

Man Charged in 1984 Death of Wife

Portage County authorities have filed a charge of first-degree homicide against a 55-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man already facing a first-degree intentional homicide charge in Wood County. Joseph B. Reinwand, who currently is in prison on unrelated burglary charges, was charged in Portage County Circuit Court in the May 13, 1984, shooting death of his wife. He's scheduled to make his initial appearance on the case Tuesday. Read more...

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August 14, 2014

Man Arrested in 1980s Texas Killing

A 53-year-old Lakeville husband and father who has lived in the Twin Cities for 25 years or more is in jail on suspicion of fatally stabbing a man in a Texas hotel more than 30 years ago. Police arrested Robert A. Otteson at his home, and he was booked into the Dakota County jail in Hastings. A court appearance will address whether the defendant will challenge his extradition to Texas. Read more...

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August 08, 2014

Reform School Body Identified

A boy buried in an unmarked grave at a reform school with a history of unsanitary and decrepit conditions was the first of 55 sets of remains found there to be positively identified, researchers said. Researchers from the University of South Florida said they used DNA and other tests to identify the remains of George Owen Smith, who was 14 when he disappeared in 1940 from the now-closed school. They couldn't say how he died. Read more...

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August 07, 2014

Woman Charged in Son's 1991 Death

A Florida woman was arrested and faces extradition to New Jersey to stand trial on a charge of murdering her young son more than two decades ago. Michelle Lodzinski, 47, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., was taken into custody by local and Middlesex County, N.J. authorities. A grand jury indicted Lodzinski on one count of murder last week in connection with the death of her son, Timothy (Timmy) Wiltsey, whom Lodzinski reported missing on May 25, 1991. Read more...

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July 30, 2014

5 Held in Connection to 2011 Murder

The nearly three year investigation into the shooting death of a Sudanese immigrant in Araphoe County resulted in five indictments. A grand jury linked five men to the 2011 murder of father of five, Malual Youn, 43. Devon Grand-Washington, 22; Brandon Jackson, 28; Urocca Guyton, 27; and Amin El-Howeris, 26, were charged with first-degree murder. Bruce Roberts, 26, was charged as an accessory. Read more...

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July 28, 2014

Police ID Killer in 2002 Murder

Though Loudoun County police say they discovered who killed an Ashburn teenager back in 2002, authorities also say the victim's family may never know who was responsible for her murder. sheriff's investigators contacted the Smiths, saying they had linked a suspect to their daughter's death, but that he had committed suicide and was not being identified. Read more...

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July 25, 2014

Arrest Made in 1992 Cold Case

A 71-year-old man has been arrested in California in connection with the 1992 strangling death of an Illinois teenager. Cook County authorities say Robert Serritella was arrested this week in Los Angeles County. The mother of 15-year-old victim David Chereck told CBS Chicago she was relieved to hear the news about the arrest of a suspect in the 22-year-old case but said she was angry that it took so long. Read more...

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Father Charged In 1995 Slayings

The man accused of killing his daughter and wife in 1995 and leaving their bodies in New Britain and Massachusetts is being held in Ohio without bond and is scheduled for an extradition hearing next month, court records show. Robert Honsch appeared in court in Ohio on a felony fugitive from justice charge related to the murder charge in Massachusetts, and he is likely to be sent there first for prosecution. Read more...

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July 24, 2014

Man Arrested for 1995 Murder

Investigators have made an arrest in a Hampden County murder case that dates back to 1995. Hampden County District Attorney James Orenstein said that 70-year-old Robert Honsch of Dalton, Ohio was arrested and has been charged in the murder of Marcia Honsch. On October 6, 1995, hikers found the body of a woman near the entrance of the Tolland State Forest in Tolland. Investigators determined that that woman, who had no identifying information, had been shot in the head. Read more...

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July 23, 2014

DNA Cracks 1990s Cold Cases

DNA evidence led to a break in the cold-case murders of two women found beaten and strangled in wooded areas of Long Island in the 1990s, authorities said. Homicide detectives arrested John Bittrolff, 48 years old, a father of two from Manorville, on Monday and charged him with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of the two women, whose bodies were found nude, strangled and beaten. Read more...

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July 21, 2014

No Arrests in Celina Cass Case

As the third anniversary of the disappearance of Celina Cass approaches, no memorial services are planned in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, because residents said, past services have drawn so much media coverage it upset the children who are still dealing with the tragedy. Three years into the investigation of her death, no arrests have been made and no persons of interest have been named, according to lead investigator Jane Young, director of the state attorney general's criminal bureau. Read more...

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June 30, 2014

Remains Identified After 20 Years

A skeleton found dumped in a ditch along a Washington state highway nearly twenty years ago has finally been identified as a missing Los Angeles man. Authorities this week identified the remains, discovered along State Route 16 in Purdy, Wash., on December 23, 1994, as those of 30-year-old Darrell J. Hill. He had been shot in the head several times. In March 1993, Hill was reported missing from Los Angeles under what police called suspicious circumstances. Read more...

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Bones Are Girl's Who Vanished in 1976

Authorities have identified a set of bones as a Florida teenager who disappeared nearly 40 years ago -- and are now pleading for the public's help to figure out what happened to her. Nancy Grace Daniel was last seen on Sept. 6, 1976 leaving the Wooden Nickel game room in Orlando, according to her cousin, Eugenia Oliver. The 14-year-old talked to someone inside a car before getting in at around 12:30 a.m., Oliver said. Read more...




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June 16, 2014

Man Charged in 2004 Double Murder

Baytown police say three brothers have confessed to their part in a double murder mystery from a decade ago. It's been 10 painful years, but time has not healed the pain of two Baytown families. On Sept. 11, 2004, their loved ones -- 19-year-old Juan Grimaldo and 19-year-old Fernando Salinas -- were found shot to death. They were shot multiple times. Now they welcome news of the arrests of three suspects and, police say, a confession. Read more...

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June 13, 2014

Suspect Arrested in 1989 Cold Case

More than a quarter-century after her body was found in a ravine, police believe they have Sheila Lorraine Hatcher's killer in custody. Sheriff's deputies arrested Brisbane resident Gabriel Rey O'Neill, 45, on suspicion of killing Hatcher and dumping her body on San Bruno Mountain. The investigation into her death was reopened last year at the request of her family. Read more...

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June 09, 2014

Josh Powell Suspected of Child Porn

Susan Cox Powell's husband was under an active investigation by the FBI for possession of child pornography for at least 17 months before he killed the couple's two sons and himself in a house fire Feb. 5, 2012. If the local authorities had known about the investigation, they may have limited Josh Powell's access to the children, a spokesperson for Susan's family said. Read more...

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June 03, 2014

The Death of Shirley Seitz

On March 1, 2010, Michael Wohlschlaeger said he found his fifth wife unresponsive in their Alabama home. More than four years later, he was indicted for her murder. Prosecutors said the motive was financial gain. Read more...

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May 22, 2014

Home to Be Searched in Susan Powell Case

Private investigators using cadaver dogs are planning to search the home of a missing Utah woman's father-in-law in hopes of finding clues to her disappearance. They plan to search the home of Susan Powell's father-in-law, Steve Powell, from which he videotaped his young neighbor girls undressing and using the bathroom. Read more...

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Kidnap Victim Found 10 Years Later

A woman who disappeared as a teenager a decade ago was reunited with her family after she went to police and told them her mother's ex-boyfriend drugged and kidnapped her in 2004, forced her to marry him and fathered her child. Isidro Garcia, 41, of Bell Gardens, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment, the Santa Ana Police Department said. Read more...

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May 20, 2014

Police Search Home 25 Years Later

Police in Minnesota are back investigating the home of a family 25 years after their 13-year-old daughter disappeared. The Maple Grove Police Department responded to the home of the family of Amy Sue Pagnac, who was last seen at a gas station in Osseo, Minn., on Aug. 5, 1989. Maple Grove Police Captain Keith Terlinden said authorities planned to be at the scene for several days. Read more...

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May 16, 2014

Man Arrested in Pregnant Woman's Death

An arrest has reportedly been made in the 2011 murder of a pregnant Tennessee woman and her unborn child. Three years after 25-year-old Brittany Eldridge was found dead in her Knoxville apartment, police have arrested a man described by police as the father of her slain, unborn child.
Norman Clark was taken into custody before charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of felony murder for the death of Eldridge's child. Read more...

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May 13, 2014

Police Make Arrest in 2007 Cold Case

Fort Worth police say they've made an arrest in a murder case from seven years ago. Thirty-six-year-old Dredick Wayne Thomas is jailed and held on $75,000 bond on charges that tie him to the April 2007 shooting death of 21-year-old Clinton Miller. Investigators aren't saying how they've linked Thomas to Miller's slaying. Read more...

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April 22, 2014

Arrest Made in Jodi Parrack Case

A former reserve police officer, who authorities said was a person of interest from the first day an 11-year-old Michigan girl vanished in 2007, has been charged with perjury in connection with the case. Raymond Emmett McCann has been arrested for lying to police during the Jodi Parrack investigation. Read more...

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April 09, 2014

Suspect Charged in Amber Creek's Murder

Fingerprint and DNA evidence has lead to the arrest of a 36-year-old Wisconsin man in connection with the death of a 14-year-old runaway girl who was killed in 1997. James Eaton has been charged with first degree intentional homicide in the death of Amber Gail Creek. Read more...

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April 08, 2014

Suspect Found in 1990 Cold Case

Wisconsin police have linked newly analyzed evidence from the 1990 murder of a Sturtevant 18-year-old teen who vanished in July 1990. Investigators said an unnamed 60-year-old Kenosha truck driver is the main suspect in the death of Berit Beck. Read more...

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April 07, 2014

Remains Found in 1988 Identified

Human remains found by a hunter in rural Arizona in 1988 have now been identified as Northern Michigan woman who moved to Phoenix with her ex-husband in 1985 and was reported missing a year later. The remains were identified as Julie Grubaugh who was reported missing by family members on Nov. 27, 1986. Read more...

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March 31, 2014

Woman Arrested in 1992 Murders

A 67-year-old Oklahoma woman has been arrested in connection with a 1992 cold case involving a triple homicide apparently linked to a custody dispute. Beverly Noe was arrested by Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation agents for the death of two women and a 6-year-old girl. Read more...

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Bones Found in 1952 Cold Case

Authorities in New Mexico say bones found during excavation of a home's garage may help solve the disappearance of a woman who has not been seen since 1952. Santa Fe police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt said that officers reviewing cold cases decided to investigate the home in connection with the disappearance of 27-year-old Inez Garcia. Read more...

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March 12, 2014

Peru Agrees to Extradite Van der Sloot

Peru has agreed to extradite Joran Van der Sloot to the United States but it won't happen anytime soon. Currently serving a 28-year-old sentence for killing Stephany Flores, Van der Sloot will not be sent to the U.S.A. until after he finishes that prison term. Read more...

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March 10, 2014

Two Arrested in Mystery Quilt Case

A California man and his brother have been arrested almost 25 years after the wife of one of them was found dead in her car in an airport parking lot under a unique quilt that became a clue in the case. David Zimmer and his brother Robert Zimmer have both been charged with the murder of Cathy Zimmer in 1989. Read more...

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March 07, 2014

FBI Probes 1976 'Gypsy Hill' Case

New DNA evidence from a Nevada murder in 1976 linked to a series of murders in San Mateo County, California around the same time has prompted the FBI to launch a new task force to investigate what is known as the "Gypsy Hill" killings. DNA evidence from the murder of Michelle Mitchell (left) in Reno has been linked to samples from the Gypsy Hill cases. Read more...

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Cold Case Suspect Commits Suicide

The suspect in a 30-year-old cold case murder committed suicide days after learning that he'd been linked to the crime through fingerprint and DNA evidence, authorities said. Robert Hathaway, 48, of Fairfield, Calif., hanged himself four days after police interviewed him about the killing and collected a DNA sample. Hathaway was a suspect in the Aug. 31, 1983 murder and sexual assault of 40-year-old Priscilla Strole. Read more...

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March 05, 2014

Woman Arrested in 1983 Iowa Murders

An Iowa woman has been charged in the 1983 slayings of her estranged husband and his girlfriend, who were found bludgeoned to death at a horse ranch. Theresa Lynn Supino's arrest in the March 3, 1983, deaths of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory came on the 31st anniversary of the killings. Read more...

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February 26, 2014

Florida Police Crack 1990 Murder Case

Authorities in Florida say they have solved the 23-year-old mystery of a woman's strangulation death in Broward County and linked the crime to a convicted killer who was executed in 2011 for a triple murder. DNA evidence identified Oba Chandler as the suspect in the murder of Ivelisse Berrios-Beguerisse, who was found dead in a quiet Coral Springs neighborhood on Nov. 27, 1990, police said. Read more...

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February 12, 2014

Cops Get Break in 1975 Case

A former drifter, carnival worker and convicted sex offender has been named by detectives as a person-of-interest in the case of two little Maryland girls who vanished in 1975. Police are seeking more information about Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. in connection with the disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon. Read more...

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February 10, 2014

Man Gets Death in Cold Case Rape, Murder

A 43-year-old man has been given a death sentence in the case of the rape and murder of a pregnant newlywed in her apartment when he was 18 years old. Jason Michael Balcom was sentenced to death for the sexual assault and stabbing death of Malinda Gibbons of Costa Mesa. Read more...

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Albuquerque Killings Remain Unsolved

The haunting images of 11 women stare back from the City of Albuquerque website as if to remind the world that five years after their bodies turned up in a mass grave on the outskirts of town, a killer likely remains on the loose. It was early February 2009 when Christine Ross, walking her dog Ruca in a field atop a mesa, spied what turned out to be a human femur. By the time authorities were done excavating the 92-acre site -- once dubbed the biggest crime scene in American history – 11 sets of remains had been unearthed. Read more...

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Hawaii Man Convicted in 1989 Rape, Murder

A Hawaii man is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole after his conviction last week of raping and fatally strangling an 81-year-old woman in 1989 at a Honolulu senior citizens complex. Hawaii News Now reports a jury found Gerald Austin, 52, guilty of second-degree murder in the violent death of Edith Skinner in 1989 – some eight years after police reopened a cold case in 2006 on the strength of recent advances in DNA technology. Read more...

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Hawaii Man Convicted in 1989 Rape, Murder

A Hawaii man is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole after his conviction last week of raping and fatally strangling an 81-year-old woman in 1989 at a Honolulu senior citizens complex. Hawaii News Now reports a jury found Gerald Austin, 52, guilty of second-degree murder in the violent death of Edith Skinner in 1989 – some eight years after police reopened a cold case in 2006 on the strength of recent advances in DNA technology. Read more...

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February 07, 2014

Quilt May Help Solve Zimmer Murder




Anyone with information on the orgin of this quilt or Cathy Zimmer’s 1989 murder is asked to contact the Santa Clara County District's Attorney's Office at 408-808-3760.

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Serial Killer Linked to 1989 Cold Case

A serial killer who died in prison in 2013 has been linked to a 20-year-old University of Florida student who vanished in 1989. Authorities said Raul Rowles is linked to the disappearance of Tiffany Sessions who disappeared while taking an evening walk 25 years ago this week. Read more...

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February 06, 2014

Georgia Man Arrested in 1974 Killing

Prosecutors say a Georgia man has been arrested in the killing of a young Shrewsbury, Mass., woman, a few weeks before the 40th anniversary of her death. Tim Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early, said 69-year-old Lonzo Guthrie of Austell, Ga., was arrested. DNA evidence linked Guthrie to the slaying of 21-year-old Eileen Ferro, found fatally stabbed at her home on Feb. 22, 1974. Read more...

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January 30, 2014

55 Found Buried at Boys School

Researchers have uncovered the remains of 55 bodies at a former Florida reform school where only 31 official burials were reported during the school's 111-year history. The remains were found in and around a graveyard at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. Read more...

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January 29, 2014

More Remains Found at Reformatory

The remains of 55 people have been unearthed from a graveyard at a former reform school with a history of abuse, researchers said. University of South Florida researchers began excavating the graveyard at the now-closed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in September. The dig finished in December. Official records indicated 31 burials at the Marianna site, but researchers had estimated there would be about 50 graves. Read more...

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January 27, 2014

Iowa Man Arrested in 1998 Cold Case

Authorities in Indiana have charged an Iowa man with murder in connection with the 1998 killing of a 19-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in a western Indiana home where she had been housesitting. Clinton Mackey, 33, of Vinton, Iowa, was being held without bond at the Vigo County Jail less than six months after authorities reopened the investigation into the murder of Erika Case, the Vigo County Sheriff's Office said. Read more...

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January 24, 2014

Feds Charge 5 in 1978 Lufthansa Heist

The infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist became a case so cold that investigators once needed two days to thaw the frozen body of a murdered suspect. Thirty-five years later, with the help of four informants, the feds finally busted the last "Goodfella" standing in the $6 million robbery immortalized in the Martin Scorsese mob movie. Old-school gangster Vincent Asaro, 78, was among five Bonanno family members rounded up Thursday morning in an FBI organized crime sweep. Read more...

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January 23, 2014

Suicide Note Solves Homicide Case

The mystery behind the 2013 murder of a pregnant woman in Hawaii has been solved, police say, after authorities found a note left behind by her boyfriend confessing to the killing before he hanged himself. The body of Brittany-Jane Royal, 25, was discovered floating in the waters off Kalapana, Hawaii, on May 28, 2013, and authorities suspected that her boyfriend, 22-year-old Boaz Johnson, was behind the murder. Read more...

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January 13, 2014

DNA Links Executed Killer to Triple Murder

A killer who was executed in Missouri for the 1987 murder of a 12-year-old girl was also responsible for a long-unsolved triple homicide in Iowa three years earlier, investigators announced. New DNA evidence implicates Andrew W. Six in the 1984 bludgeoning deaths of 20-year-old Justin Hook Jr.; Hook's fiancee, 19-year-old Tina Lade; and Hook's mother, 41-year-old Sara Link, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Wapello County Sheriff Mark Miller announced. Read more...

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January 08, 2014

Sex Offender Linked to 1986 Cold Case

A Missouri registered sex offender linked by DNA to a Las Vegas cold case involving the 1986 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl has entered not guilty pleas in Nevada state court. Jasper Everett Goddard has been charged with murder and other counts related to the November 1986 death of April Marie Rhodes. Read more...

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January 06, 2014

Man Charged in Florida Cold Case

A Seminole County man is has been arrested in connection to a 1981 murder in St. Marys, Ohio. Paul Hoover, 52, was indicted and arrested on murder charges from a cold case homicide 32 years ago. "I'm broken. My heart is broken. I don't believe he did it, cause he was never that kind of a man or a young boy. He wouldn't even hurt an animal," said his mother, Evelyn Hoover. Read more...

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December 20, 2013

Man Thought to Be Gacy Victim Found

A man presumed dead for decades as a potential victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been reunited with his family after investigators found him alive and well in Montana. Robert Hutton was located in April after his sister submitted his name as a possible Gacy victim, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said. Investigators in Dart's office collected DNA samples two years ago from the remains of eight unnamed victims in an effort to identify them. Read more...

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December 16, 2013

DNA Leads to Arrest in 1985 Case

A Georgia man has been charged with strangling his estranged wife inside her Syracuse apartment nearly 30 years ago, authorities said. Ronald Meadow was arrested Monday by police in Douglas County, Ga., on an arrest warrant for second-degree murder, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler told local media. Meadow, whose age wasn't available, was arrested at his job at a Mitsubishi plant west of Atlanta, the officials said. Read more...

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December 13, 2013

DNA Links Man to 1988 Murder

DNA evidence helped Chicago police arrest a convicted felon in the cold-case murder of an elderly woman in her Rogers Park apartment more than 25 years ago. Prentice Phillips, 48, of Evanston, was charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of Margaret Blair, who was 81. Investigators were able to have DNA evidence collected at the time of the attack analyzed this year using a cold-case grant, and it matched Phillips, police said. Read more...

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December 05, 2013

How Michael Morton Lost 25 Years

Christine, Michael Morton's wife, was attacked and killed at their home in Williamson County, Texas, just outside Austin. Michael Morton was at work at the time. Still, authorities suspected him. "Innocent people think that if you just tell the truth then you've got nothing to fear from the police," Morton says now. "If you just stick to it that the system will work, it'll all come to light, everything will be fine." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:25 AM

DNA IDs New Suspect in 1996 Killing

A law clinic established to seek freedom for convicts it believes are innocent says new DNA evidence tying another man to the 1996 rape-slaying of a northern Michigan woman discredits the confession of a mentally ill man now serving life in prison without parole. Statements by Jamie Peterson were used to obtain his 1998 conviction on first-degree murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in the death of Geraldine Montgomery, 68, in her Kalkaska home. Read more...

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November 27, 2013

Police Make Arrest in 1997 Case

DNA and hair evidence has linked a former University of Iowa researcher now living in St. Paul to the 1997 murder of his wife. According to a news release from the Iowa City Police Department, 73-year-old John Richard Bloomfield was arrested at his St. Paul, Minn. home for the murder of his wife, Frances Bloomfield. He is in custody in Minnesota awaiting extradition to Iowa City. Read more...

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November 18, 2013

Baby Hope's Name Added to Headstone

The name of the 4-year-old New York City murder victim known for 22 years only as "Baby Hope" has been added to her headstone. Family members and investigators gathered at St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx at a graveside dedication for Anjelica Castillo. Read more...

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October 24, 2013

Judge Orders Release of JonBenet Papers

A Colorado judge has ordered the release of the 1999 grand jury indictment in the killing of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey. The order was issued by Senior District Court Judge J. Robert Lowenbach. He ruled that the indictment signed by the grand jury foreman constituted an official action and must be released under state law. The indictment will be released Friday in response to a lawsuit filed by a Daily Camera reporter and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Read more...

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October 23, 2013

Juarez Indicted in 'Baby Hope' Case

A man accused of killing a 4-year-old girl known for two decades only as "Baby Hope" has been indicted in one of New York City's most haunting cold cases. The Manhattan district attorney's office told a judge that Conrado Juarez has been indicted on an unspecified charge. Juarez was initially arraigned on a murder charge following his Oct. 12 arrest. Read more...

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October 22, 2013

Offender Pleads Not Guilty to 1990s Slayings

A Cleveland man who is a convicted sex offender has pleaded not guilty to nearly 300 counts including aggravated murder and rape charges that date back to the mid-1990s. Elias Acevedo appeared in court and a Cuyahoga County judge set his bond at $5 million. The 49-year-old Acevedo is accused in the death of his neighbor in 1994 and another woman in 1995. Read more...

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October 15, 2013

3 Charged in 2009 Fatal Shooting

Three people have been charged in the 2009 fatal shooting of a man during a robbery in southwest Houston. Larinda Lynn Allen, 31, was the most recent to be charged in the slaying of Noe Uribe. Allen, now in the Smith County Jail, was charged. In November 2009, Uribe had been beaten and shot during a suspected robbery at an apartment complex in the 9300 block of Woodfair, police said. Read more...

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October 14, 2013

Cousin Arrested in 'Baby Hope' Case

More than 22 years after her body was found stuffed in a cooler along side a Manhattan highway, the child known as "Baby Hope" has been identified and her cousin arrested for her murder. Conrado Juarez has been charged with the killing of Anjelica Castillo in 1991. Read more...

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October 07, 2013

Police Make Arrest in 2011 Murder

Oakland police have arrested one suspect for the murder of a young man nearly two years ago and they're looking for a second. Charles Butler Jr., 23, was shot to death near his West Oakland home in December 2011. Butler had just completed a training program to become a merchant seaman. Surveillance video shows Butler bumping another car as he parallel parked outside a store. Detectives believe someone from that car killed Butler a short time later. Read more...

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October 01, 2013

Couple Charged in 1980 Family Murders

An elderly Missouri couple have been charged with killing their former spouses and children in Wyoming more than three decades ago. Gerald Uden, 71, and Alice Louise Uden, 74, face first-degree murder charges for the death of her husband in 1974 and his wife and children in 1980. The couple hid the bodies, moved to Missouri and married each other, authorities said. Read more...

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September 27, 2013

Boxer Arrested For 1987 Murder

Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Cold Case Homicide Unit have announced the arrest of a former pro boxer for the murder of his manager in 1987. Members of the FBI-LAPD Fugitive Task Force arrested 50-year-old Exum Speight in the city of San Fernando. Speight was charged with one count of murder for killing Douglas Stumler, then 30. Read more...

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Florida Mom Solves Son's Murder

It took eight years and a mother's intuition and determination, but this week Florida police arrested Jason Gailey and charged him with the 2005 murder of Ronald Johnson. Judy Weaver, Johnson's mother, did everything except put the cuffs on Gailey despite years of resistance by police who classified Johnson's death as a bicycle accident. "It was really all my mom," said Deborah Murray who helped her mother crack the case. Read more...

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September 25, 2013

Skeletal Remains Found in Buried Car

Investigators found skeletal remains inside an old Studebaker believed to be tied to the 1971 disappearance of two 17-year-old girls, authorities in South Dakota said. Crews lifted the rusted, mangled hulk from an embankment in Brule Creek near Elk Point, which isn't far from the South Dakota town of Vermillion where Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson were from. Read more...

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September 24, 2013

Media Wants JonBenet Indictment Unsealed

A media group and a newspaper reporter have filed a lawsuit in Boulder, Colorado to try to force the district attorney to release a 1999 indictment returned in the JonBenet Ramsey case. The indictment was never made public or prosecuted in spite of pressure at the time from the public and the media to solve the case. Read more...

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Car Connected to 1971 Case Found

Authorities have found a car believed to be related to the 1971 disappearance of two 17-year-old South Dakota girls, officials said. Attorney General Marty Jackley and Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges said the car recovered from an embankment in Brule Creek is believed to be related to the disappearance of Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson. The girls were last seen on May 29, 1971, driving a 1960 Studebaker Lark on their way to a party. Read more...

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September 20, 2013

Media Wants JonBenet Indictment Unsealed

A press advocacy group and a Boulder Daily Camera reporter are suing Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett seeking the release of an indictment that was secretly voted on by the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury in 1999 but never prosecuted. The existence of the indictment was revealed in January. Reporter Charlie Brennan and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed the lawsuit in Boulder District Court on Wednesday, citing the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act in an effort to compel Garnett to release the indictment. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:43 AM

Arrest Made in 18-Year-Old Cold Case

Todd Bonner was a sheriff's deputy when he was dispatched in the cold, morning hours of Dec. 15, 1995 to the scene of a dead body on a bank of the Provo River. The nude body of Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch, 17, was lying face down in the rocks, bloody and broken. For two years Bonner served as the lead investigator of a team that went all over the state in hopes of solving the Salt Lake teen's murder. But the trail went cold. Read more...

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September 18, 2013

Cars in Lake May Solve Cold Cases

Authorities in Oklahoma on Tuesday recovered two vehicles from a lake that contain the bodies of five people who may have been missing for decades. The cars recovered from Foss Lake in western Oklahoma may solve cold cases from the late 1950s and 1970. The vehicles appear to match a Camaro missing with three Sayre teenagers since 1970 and an older Chevrolet with two Canute residents missing since the late 1950s or early 1960s. Read more...

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September 17, 2013

Coach Arrested in 1972 Cold Case

More than 40 years after a baby boy was found dead, an Indiana grandfather will appear in court, charged with the 1-year-old's murder. Gary Warwick, 62, is being charged by Illinois prosecutors in the Dec. 30, 1972, murder of Joseph Henry Abernathy III. Authorities allege Warwick was dating the child's mother, but is not the father of the child. Read more...

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September 10, 2013

'Original Night Stalker' Case Probed

California authorities are seeking the public's help with a decades old cold case known as the "Original Night Stalker" murders. DNA evidence from murder scenes in 1979 and 1981 have also been linked to a serial rapist known as the "East Area Rapist." Read more...

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August 26, 2013

Man Charged in 1993 Cold Case Murder

A northern Indiana man was arraigned on murder charges in the 1993 strangulation of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend, five years after prosecutors got the break in the case that eventually led them to him. Judge Tom Alevizos entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 38-year-old Jason Tibbs in the slaying of Rayna Rison and ordered the LaPorte man held without bond. Rison's disappearance on March 26, 1993, garnered widespread attention. It was featured on "America's Most Wanted" Read more...

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August 20, 2013

Suspect Arrested in 1999 Murder

It was a bittersweet day for Kristin Twilla. On one hand, Twilla, 29, of West Liberty, learned that an arrest was made in the 1999 murder of her mother, Judith Weeks. On the other hand, Twilla was faced once again with the memories of that 14-year-old crime. The Cedar Rapids Police Department announced that 34-year-old Deshaun L. Phillips had been arrested for Weeks' murder. He faces one count of first-degree murder - Read more...

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August 14, 2013

'In Cold Blood' DNA Not Matched

DNA testing on the two men who killed a Kansas family and were profiled in the book "In Cold Blood" does not link them to a quadruple murder in Florida more than 50 years ago. Capt. Jeff Bell of the Sarasota Sheriff's Office said they were unable to make a match between killers Perry Smith or Richard Hickock to Christine Walker, who was killed in Sarasota in 1959 with her husband and two children. Read more...

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August 08, 2013

FBI Reopens 1964 Kidnapping Case

The FBI has reopened its investigation of the 1964 kidnapping from a Chicago hospital of an infant who was seemingly reunited with his parents more than a year later. That's what everyone thought until that boy — now a 49-year-old Henderson, Nev., college administrator — got his and his parents' DNA tested this year. Paul Fronczak says the tests showed he's not his parents' biological son. Read more...

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August 07, 2013

State to Exhume Reform School Boys

After years of allegations of cruelty and abuse, researchers have been given the authority to seek answers at a notorious North Florida reform school. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet issued a permit allowing the excavation of the graves of young boys who died at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:47 AM

Authorities Dig for Clues in 1947 Case

Investigators are digging up an empty lot in Janesville after receiving a tip about a cold case dating back to 1947 from neighboring Jefferson County. The Rock County Sheriff's Department says an individual provided some information to detectives last month, and they're checking it out. The case involves an 8-year-old girl who had gone missing May 1, 1947. Georgia Jean Weckler was last seen after being dropped off by a neighbor after school at her parents' farm near Fort Atkinson. The driver saw her get mail from the mailbox, but the girl also said she wanted to go into the woods to pick flowers for a May basket. Read more...

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August 01, 2013

Suspect Sought in 30-Year-Old Murder

Boulder police say they need the public's help to find the killer of University of Colorado student Sid Wells, who was murdered 30 years ago this week. Investigators shared never-before-seen crime scene photos with 9Wants to Know in hopes of solving the case once and for all. "Those last few minutes in the tower that August 1, there were only two people who know what happened and one of them is dead," Boulder Police Deputy Chief Dave Hayes said. Read more...

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July 29, 2013

Cold Case Suspect Already in Prison

Relatives of a Texas woman beaten to death in her bed 25 years ago long feared her killer never would be caught. Now they worry he'll never go to trial for her slaying. Debra Masters Baker's family members discussed their lengthy search for justice in an interview. The 34-year-old property manager was bludgeoned to death before dawn in 1988 in her Austin home. Her family remains haunted by thoughts that if authorities hadn't wrongfully pursued and convicted an innocent man in an eerily similar case 17 months earlier, the real killer never would have been free to take another life. Read more...

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July 26, 2013

Reward Offered in 'Baby Hope' Case

Twenty-two years after finding her body in a cooler on the side of a highway, New York Police Department is offering a $12,000 reward in the case known as "Baby Hope." The child's body was found hogtied in a blue and white cooler near Inwood Park in Washington Heights on July 23, 1991. No missing persons report was ever filed in connection with the case, police said. Read more...

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July 25, 2013

Police Reopen 1976 Murder Investigation

Authorities have reopened an investigation into the 1976 killing of a Northern California teenager and have sent material collected at the time of the girl's death to the state's DNA lab for testing. Investigators hope that advances in DNA technology will help identify a suspect in the slaying of 15-year-old Terri Lynn Ray. Ray's body was found at a popular swimming hole near a creek off Highway 273. She had been stabbed more than a dozen times. Read more...

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July 12, 2013

Boston Strangler Case Solved?

Years of doubt and speculation may have been put to rest when DNA evidence linked the confessed killer to the last victim in what is known as the Boston Strangler case. Authorities said DNA found on 19-year-old Mary Sullivan matched that of a relative of Albert DeSalvo. DeSalvo, who was killed by another inmate in prison in 1973, confessed to the 11 Boston Strangler-related murders. Read more...

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July 11, 2013

DNA Leads to Charges in '86 Murder

Prosecutors say modern police technology, DNA and a pack of cigarettes has helped them solve a 27-year long murder case in Tacoma. Pierce County prosecutors have charged Christopher Leon Smith, 50, with first degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Carol Davidson. "Justice has been a long timing coming for Carol Davidson's family," said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. "This is one of those few cases that actually played out as cases do on CSI and other television shows." Read more...

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June 26, 2013

Letter Sparks Cold Case Investigation

Arkansas authorities are taking another look at a cold case involving the disappearance in 2006 of a 15-year-old girl. An anonymous letter sent to the Benton County Sheriff's office set off a renewed probe into the case of April Andrews, who vanished while walking to church. The letter told investigators that they would find new evidence in a pond. Read more...

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Identifying a Headless Girl

Two men scavenging for scrap metal in an abandoned St. Louis apartment building 30 years ago came upon a ghastly discovery that would become one of the city's most haunting mysteries -- the headless body of a young girl, nude from the waist down. The identity of the little "Jane Doe" was never determined. About all that forensic anthropologists could tell about her at the time was that she was African-American, somewhere between 8 and 11 years old, and tall for her age. No suspects were arrested and efforts to match her to missing children were futile. She was buried in an unmarked grave in a decrepit cemetery, as anonymous in death as she had been in life. Read more...

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June 25, 2013

Testing Finds Human Remains

Test results on material found at the former New York home of late gangster Jimmy "The Gent" Burke have come back positive for human remains, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner's office said. An anthropological investigation is now under way on the material, said office spokeswoman Grace Brugess. She said investigators will try to extract DNA from the remains to try to identify who was buried there. On Wednesday night, investigators at Ozone Park in Queens finished the search for remains possibly connected to a case that happened before 1996, said a law enforcement source who spoke on condition of anonymity last week. Read more...

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June 24, 2013

Suspect Arrested in 1996 Cold Case Murder

Nearly seventeen years ago, 20-year-old Joseph Anthony Anguiano was fatally shot in the front yard of his southern California home. Now police have reportedly employed DNA evidence to crack the longstanding cold case and finally apprehend a suspect in Anguiano's murder. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department announced the arrest of Gabriel Ralph Bencomo, 35, in Riverside. Read more...

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May 31, 2013

Susan Powell's Family Launches Search

The father of missing Utah mom Susan Powell has launched his own search this week after police said the case is at a standstill after they've run out of tips. Susan's father Chuck Cox announced on the Susan Cox Powell Foundation's website that he was starting a search Tuesday on a 400-mile stretch of Interstate 84 from Pendleton, Ore. to Tremonton in northern Utah. Susan Powell disappeared in 2009 and has never been found. Read more...

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May 27, 2013

Susan Powell's Diary Foreshadows Tragedy

Susan Powell had been married about a year when she started writing a journal. She was a love-struck, 20-year-old newlywed, dreaming of the future she would build with her husband. "I just feel incredibly lucky to have Josh," she wrote in 2002. Before long, however, she found herself torn. A growing sense of danger was telling her to grab her kids and flee, but her strong religious faith led her to believe she could save her young family. The journal entries turned grim. Read more...

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May 24, 2013

LAPD Analyzes 'Tex' Watson's Tapes

Los Angeles police have obtained the decades-old taped conversations between a Manson family disciple and his attorney. Detective David Holmes says the department has had the tapes for a couple of weeks and Robbery-Homicide Division and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office are analyzing them. The tapes are being reviewed to determine whether there's evidence that could resolve unsolved murders. Read more...

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May 21, 2013

Susan Powell Case Closed

A police agency is closing the active investigation of the disappearance of Susan Powell, a Utah mother whose now-dead husband was a prime suspect, citing a lack of leads. West Valley City police are also releasing the case file, with details that have been kept under wraps since Powell vanished in 2009. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Josh Powell Had an Affair

Newly released police files say Josh Powell had an affair with a Utah woman just months before his wife disappeared. Investigators contacted the woman, whose full name is redacted, in August 2010, after her phone number was discovered in connection with the case. She told police she had a sexual relationship with Powell after meeting him through a dating service about six or seven months before Susan Powell disappeared. The woman said she knew Powell by the name John Staley, and she didn't know he was married. Read more...

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May 18, 2013

Husband's Body Parts Found in Ex-Wife's Home

Six years after Danny Burroughs went missing from his New Jersey home, investigators say they have found his body parts in the home of his ex-wife, Loretta Burroughs. The remains were found in two containers in Loretta's home in Ventnor, N.J. Loretta Burroughs, 61, wept quietly this afternoon as she was formally charged with Danny's murder. Burroughs went missing on August 14, 2007, from the couple's home on Leipzig Avenue in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township, N.J. He was last seen on his riding lawnmower. Read more...

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May 16, 2013

Police Search Farm for Susan Cox Powell

Authorities were searching for missing mom Susan Cox Powell at a farm near Salem, Oregon, according to reports. Police, with numerous cadaver dogs in tow, toured the rural property, looking to see if they could pick up the scent of human remains. Investigators said they were calling off the search for the night after scouring the area. Susan Cox Powell's father, Chuck Cox, had said that when he was tipped off about the heavily wooded area earlier this year, he notified West Valley Police. Read more...

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May 09, 2013

Woman Charged With Husband's 1979 Murder

A woman has been arrested and charged with the 1979 murder of her husband, a commodities broker who was shot in their Inverness home by intruders. Authorities now allege that Jacquelyn Greco, 66, plotted the killing and made it look like a burglary – even directing the intruders to tie up her and three of her children to add to the ruse. Greco, who has been living in Michigan, was ordered today held without bail in Cook County Jail. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:32 AM

Police Arrest Man in 1976 Tucson Murder

Investigators in Arizona have arrested a man suspected of killing a woman in Tucson more than 35 years ago. Tucson police say 66-year-old Bruce McCullough has been charged with first-degree murder in the March 1976 death of 20-year-old Donna Smith. Authorities say the two had been living together as a couple. Read more...

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May 04, 2013

Arrest Made in 1992 Murder

Oklahoma authorities said that bodies found last month in a hole initially dug for a septic tank were likely those of three females missing since 1992 and that police had arrested a man who sprinkled black pepper on the impromptu grave in an apparent attempt to cover any odor. Remains found beneath 8 feet of dirt near Jennings were likely those of Wendy Camp, 23; her daughter Cynthia Britto, 6; and Lisa Kregear, 22, who was Camp's sister-in-law, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said. Clothing, a backpack and a purse found in the hole matched items the women had when they disappeared May 29, 1992. Grover J. Prewitt Jr., 60, of Bristow, used to own the land where the bodies were found and was charged Thursday with being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder. Read more...

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April 27, 2013

Man Charged in 1977 Cold Case

An Indianapolis man has been arrested and charged with murder in the beating death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son 36 years ago. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said 57-year-old Michael V. Ackerman was arrested in connection with the Jan. 17, 1977, death of William T. (Billy) Wood, whom Ackerman was babysitting at the time of the child's death. Read more...

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April 25, 2013

1968 Hit-and-Run Driver Identified

Authorities say a Facebook posting has helped police figure out who was driving a car that fatally struck a 4-year-old upstate New York girl 45 years ago. The Fulton Police Department says that 62-year-old Douglas Parkhurst has been identified as the driver of a car that failed to stop after hitting Carolee Sadie Ashby on Halloween night in 1968. Police say he won't be charged because the statute of limitations has expired. Police say Carolee was crossing a street with her 15-year-old sister and cousin when she was hit. The driver was never caught. Read more...

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April 18, 2013

Ethan Patz Suspect Wants Charges Dropped

Saying his client is insane and his confession was false, the attorney for the man accused of killing a 6-year-old boy in New York in 1979 has asked that the murder charges be dropped. Harvey Fishbein, the lawyer for Pedro Hernandez, said there is no evidence to support the claims his client made in his confession. Read more...

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Man Charged in 1996 Murder

A man serving time in a Missouri prison has confessed to the 1996 murder of a Raytown woman whose body was discovered near a cemetery in northwest Missouri. Michael R. Wilson, 55, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Therese Campen. Andrew County Prosecutor Steve Stevenson announced that Wilson said Campen picked him up in a vehicle in Raytown. He allegedly confessed to strangling her with a rubber hose and drug her body into woods in the small town of Amazonia. Read more...

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April 16, 2013

Lauren Spierer Billboards Rebuilt

Bloomington firefighters are rebuilding weathered signs featuring the image of an Indiana University student who disappeared nearly two years ago. The 20 large, wooden-framed signs were constructed after Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 3, 2011, following a night of partying with friends in downtown Bloomington. City firefighters are also hanging new posters of the apparel merchandising student from Greenburgh, N.Y., who vanished when she was 20. Bloomington firefighter Lee Chapman said Spierer's mother wrote firefighters a letter thanking them for their efforts to keep Lauren's image prominent in Bloomington. Read more...

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April 15, 2013

Texas Lab Examines Molly Bish Evidence

Massachusetts authorities are sending evidence from the Molly Bish murder investigation to a Texas lab for forensic testing, the Telegram and Gazette reported. Bish was 16 in 2000 and working as a lifeguard at Comins Pond in Warren when she disappeared. Investigators have said she was abducted and then killed. The murder remains unsolved. Timothy J. Connolly, a spokesman for District Attorney Joseph D. Early, declined to tell the Telegram what items would be sent to the Dallas lab for testing, but did say that some of the evidence gathered in connection with the investigation has been tested in the past. Read more...

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April 04, 2013

Man Admits to Killing Teen 23 Years Ago

A New Jersey man told a judge in his first court appearance since turning himself in to police that he would plead guilty to the killing a teen 23 years ago. "I did the crime. I'm prepared to do whatever I got to do," said Steven L. Goff, 41, of Ventnor. But the hearing in Superior Court was not to accept a plea, and the judge warned him anything he said could be used against him. He also told him he needed to get a lawyer. Read more...

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March 27, 2013

LAPD to Hear 'Tex' Watson Tapes

The Los Angeles Police Department will be able to take possession of tape recordings of conversations between a Manson Family member and his attorney, a judge has ruled. Judge Richard A. Schell ruled that Charles "Tex" Watson would not be able to keep the tapes away from LAPD detectives. Detectives want to listen to the tapes to see if there is evidence of other, unknown Manson-related murders. Read more...

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March 26, 2013

Trail Going Cold in Triple Killings

Police say the trail is going cold in the effort to find out who shot and killed three friends after a party in central Kentucky three years ago. Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue said it has been a while since he's had any sort of tip regarding the March 21, 2010 deaths of 23-year-old Clayton Edge, 24-year-old Robbie Reese, 21-year-old and Dustin Browning. The three men stayed in Edge's home about 15 miles southeast of Winchester and held a party there that weekend. Party-goers told police nothing unusual happened at the gathering. Read more...

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March 18, 2013

Civil Rights Era Suspect Dies

A man who was acquitted of conspiracy charges in connection with the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi has died at age 82. Olen Burrage died Friday at a Philadelphia, Mississippi hospital, according to a funeral home obituary. Burrage was found not guilty of conspiracy in the "Mississippi Burning" case in 1967. Read more...

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March 13, 2013

Florida Requests Exhumations at Boys' School

Ovell Smith Krell has spent the better part of her 84 years wondering how her brother died at a Florida reform school in 1940, and where he may be buried. Today, she appears to be one step closer to finding out. Florida's attorney general filed a petition asking a state court to approve the exhumation of an unknown number of bodies believed to be buried at the now-defunct school in the Florida panhandle town of Marianna. Read more...

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March 11, 2013

DNA Leads to Arrest in 1983 Cold Case

Authorities say DNA evidence has tied a 48-year-old man to the 1983 cold case killing of a businessman in North Texas. Benjamin Bewley is a prison parolee who was arrested in November in a West Texas DWI case. Jail officials in Abilene say Bewley was being held without bond on charges of driving while intoxicated and violating his parole. He's now also facing a charge of capital murder. Fort Worth pawnshop owner Melvin Lavine was fatally shot in March 1983 when his house was robbed. Read more...

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March 01, 2013

DNA Leads to Arrest in 1982 Cold Case

More than 30 years after a high school student was found dead in a drainage ditch west of Portland, authorities this week charged her former neighbor with aggravated murder -- a case cracked through advances in DNA technology, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Kenneth Lee Hicks, 49, of St. Helens, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the county jail. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. Hicks was 19 when Lori Billingsley's body was found Oct. 10, 1982, in a drainage ditch in the community of Aloha. The 17-year-old had been beaten, stabbed, strangled and sexually assaulted. Read more...

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February 22, 2013

Coach Charged in 1996 Cold Case Murders

A former high school football coach has been charged with the murders of two 18-year-old women found stabbed to death 17 years ago in Tennessee. Patrick Lamonte Streater, who is currently serving time for robbery in a California prison, was formally indicted in the deaths of Tiffany Campbell and Melissa Dawn Chilton. The charge against Streater, 37, brings an end to the 17-year hunt for the women's killer. The two were found stabbed nearly 100 times in the back on Feb. 22, 1996, inside a business in Nashville called "Exotic Tan for Men." See photos...

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February 15, 2013

Police Revisit Teenager's Brutal 1978 Murder

San Diego police have ordered new DNA tests in the cold-case probe of the brutal murder of a teenager nearly 35 years ago while she camped on a beach with her boyfriend. Investigators are revisiting evidence from the 1978 death of Barbara Nantais, the 15-year-old who was found naked, beaten and strangled near a lifeguard tower at Torrey Pines State Beach. "We have put in requests on evidence," Lt. Ernie Herbert, of the San Diego Police Department, told the station. "We are sending through our lab requests in a very methodical way to see if there is anything new." Read more...

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February 14, 2013

Convict Charged in Unsolved 1982 Killing

A 67-year-old man already serving life sentences for two other murders has been linked by DNA evidence to a previously unsolved third killing from the early 1980s, Orange County prosecutors said. David Richard Campbell was charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder with a sentencing enhancement for multiple murders and the personal use of a firearm, according to Orange County prosecutors. Campbell is already serving a life sentence for the 1981 Halloween murder of his friend William Kimble Raber of Buena Park. Raber's headless torso was found in Riverside County at Vail Lake. Read more...

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February 12, 2013

1965 UNC Coed Murder Remains Unsolved

Say the names Eve Carson and Faith Hedgepeth to any UNC alum and they'll know right away you're talking about two young co-eds murdered just off campus However, there's another tragic name only longtime Tar Heels will remember -- Suellen Evans. She was a student killed on-campus and a crime never solved. It was a murder that shocked the state nearly 50 years ago, and it still haunts all involved. Read more...

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February 08, 2013

Person of Interest Named in 1984 Case

One of the best-known child kidnapping cases in the country is back in the news. San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr held a news conference to announce they now have a "person of interest" in the 1984 disappearance of 10-year-old Kevin Collins. He was last seen walking home from a basketball game and has not been since. His face was one of the earliest to be put on the back of milk cartons across the country in the search for missing children. Read more...

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February 06, 2013

Attorney: Many More Manson Murders

A new decades-old audio tape has surfaced in which at attorney for one of the Charles Manson Family members claims the cult killed many more victims other than the infamous Tate-LiBianca murders. Bill Boyd, attorney for Charles "Tex" Watson, told a writer on tape years ago that Manson Family members killed "a bunch" more people. A Los Angeles television station recently received a tape of the interview with Boyd and author Tom O'Neal. Read more...

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January 29, 2013

Jury Indicted JonBenet's Parents in 1999

The grand jury investigating the death of JonBenet Ramsey indicted both her parents in 1999, but the district attorney refused to sign the indictment and prosecute the case. District Attorney Alex Hunter did not believe he had enough evidence to convict John and Patsy Ramsey for child abuse resulting in a death, according to an investigative report by a Boulder newspaper. Read more...

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January 22, 2013

Man Arrested in 1987 Double Murder

A Michigan man has been arrested in the 1987 fatal shooting of his sister and brother-in-law. Authorities have charged 50-year-old Ryan Wyngarden in the deaths of Gail Brink, 22, and her husband, Rick Brink, 28, at their home in Park Township. Investigators would not say what led them to the arrest of Wyngarden after more than 25 years. Read more...

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January 19, 2013

Robert Wagner Declines to Be Interviewed

Robert Wagner has declined to be interviewed by detectives in a renewed inquiry into the drowning death of his wife Natalie Wood three decades ago, an investigator said. Wagner was interviewed by authorities soon after Wood's drowning in 1981, but the actor is the only person who was on the yacht the night Wood died who has not spoken to detectives as part of the latest inquiry, despite repeated requests and attempts, sheriff's Lt. John Corina said. Blair Berk, an attorney for Wagner and his family, said the actor had cooperated with authorities since his wife died. Read more...

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January 18, 2013

Natalie Wood Death Probe Found New Evidence

While the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department probe of Natalie Wood's death is far from complete, sources said this week that detectives have developed some new leads. A law enforcement source with knowledge of the case said the detectives have found new witnesses and uncovered evidence that was missed by the original detectives on the case. The source said officials now have a much clearer sense of what happened in the hours before Wood drowned off Santa Catalina Island. Read more...

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January 17, 2013

Police Arrest 1990 Murder Suspect

A man has been arrested in Oregon as a suspect in the murder that happened in Tustin in 1990. Kathleen Whitney Witkowski, 38, was found dead in her Tustin apartment on Nov. 29, 1990. She had been a waitress and had been living with Charles Lee Clark, then 52 and an ex-convict who had been in jail for armed robbery. At the time, he was wanted for questioning by the Tustin Police Department, and by the FBI for sentencing regarding an armed robbery in Placentia. Read more...

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January 15, 2013

Mobster Claims to Know Hoffa Burial Site

An aging mobster who was once a high-ranking member of Detroit's La Cosa Nostra organized crime family reportedly knows where labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa is buried. Tony Zerilli, 85, said Hoffa was buried in a field in suburban Detroit, about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen in July 1975. "All this speculation about where he is and he's not," Zerilli told the station. "They say he was in a meat grinder. It's all baloney." Read more...

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January 09, 2013

DNA Helps Catch Killer 28 Years Later

Twenty-eight years after a strangled Santa Clara County woman's body was found tossed into a supermarket Dumpster, a Fresno man was charged in a case that broke because of the DNA under the woman's fingernails. Mountain View police spokesman Sean Thompson said that investigators used a match on the state's DNA database to identify Daniel Garcia, now 53, as the alleged killer of Saba Girmai. After an investigation, Garcia was arrested and is now in custody without bail. Read more...

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January 04, 2013

Colorado Springs Cops Crack 1976 Murder

Colorado Springs police believe they have solved a 36-year-old cold case by linking a man serving time for a sexual assault to the 1976 murder of a hotel maid. Authorities said a DNA analysis led to the arrest of Robert Baillie, 58, who is already in the state's prison system serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for a sexual assault. On Dec. 3, 1976, the body of Janet Conrad, a maid at the Antlers Plaza Hotel, was discovered in a linen room on the tenth floor. Police said the 34-year-old woman had been strangled or suffocated. Read more...

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December 24, 2012

Investigation Running Out of Time

Al Gentry is running out of time to find his brother's killer. After years of chasing leads, he thought he'd found the person responsible for the 1986 murder — an elderly Georgia widow who was married to his brother and left a decades-long trail of five dead husbands in five states. Betty Neumar was charged in 2008 with three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder in the death of Harold Gentry. But weeks before her trial in 2011, Neumar, 79, died of cancer. Read more...

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December 19, 2012

Kansas Exhumes 'In Cold Blood' Killers

Kansas officials have exhumed the bodies of two men executed for the 1959 slayings of a Kansas family made infamous in Truman Capote's nonfiction novel, "In Cold Blood." The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said the bodies of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith were exhumed at the Mount Muncie Cemetery in Lansing at the request of Florida officials. Read more...

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December 13, 2012

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Etan Patz

The man charged with killing a 6-year-old New York City boy in 1979 pleaded not guilty to murder, even though police say he confessed in the sensational case -- an admission his lawyer says is false. Pedro Hernandez, 51, wore a gray sweatsuit and answered "not guilty" at the hearing in the notorious case of Etan Patz, whose disappearance helped spawn the movement to publicize cases of missing children. "My client had no motive and no history," defense attorney Harvey Fishbein said outside court after filing a motion to dismiss the case. Read more...

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December 11, 2012

Life Sentence Closes Oldest Cold Case

Fifty-five years after Maria Ridulph vanished from a small-town street corner while playing in the snow, a former neighbor was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing the brown-eyed second grader. Jack Daniel McCullough, who was 17 and known as John Tessier back in 1957, was finally identified two years ago by Maria's childhood companion as "Johnny," the blond man with the ducktail haircut who offered the girls piggyback rides and carried Maria off into oblivion. Read more...

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December 10, 2012

DNA Links 1989 Murder to Stateville Inmate

A man who was already serving time for another crime has been charged with murdering a woman in the Englewood neighborhood in 1989, police said. Michael A. Escort, 52, was charged with one count of first-degree murder for the Oct. 3, 1989 murder of a female in the 5800 block of South Lowe Avenue, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. Escort, from Joliet, is accused of beating and strangling to death a woman named Mary Smith. Read more...

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December 07, 2012

Man Confesses in Three Killings

A New York man was arraigned after police say he told them he killed three women -- two of them nearly 20 years ago and the third this week. The arrest of Lucius Crawford of Mount Vernon, New York, on Tuesday prompted the NYPD to notify authorities on Long Island, where investigators continue to search for a possible serial killer in the deaths of 10 women whose remains were found along beach areas in recent years. Read more...

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December 05, 2012

Florida Examines 'In Cold Blood' Connection

Perry Smith and Dick Hickock are notorious as the perpetrators of one of the most grisly mass murders of the twentieth century: the slaying of five members of the Clutter Family in Kansas in 1959. Now, Florida investigators are asking whether the duo, who were made famous by one of the greatest true-crime novels in history "In Cold Blood," could have killed another family that same year after escaping the scene of the murders. Read more...

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November 30, 2012

Arrest in 1993 Disappearance of Florida Girl

Police have arrested a 42-year-old man and charged him with murder in the case of a Florida girl who vanished almost 20 years ago. Andrea Gail Parsons, 10, of Port Salerno, Fla., was last seen on July 11, 1993, shortly after 6 p.m. She had just purchased candy and soda at a grocery store when she waved to a local couple as they drove by on an area street and honked, police said. Martin County Sheriff's Department officials arrested Chester Duane Price, 42, who recently lived in Haleyville, Ala., and charged him with first-degree murder and kidnapping of a child under the age of 13, after he was indicted by a grand jury. Read more...

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November 15, 2012

Man Indicted in Etan Patz Case

A former bodega clerk has been indicted on charges related to the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, the first missing child ever featured on a milk carton. Pedro Hernandez, who was arrested in May, faces murder and kidnapping charges in the 33-year-old case. Police said Hernandez confessed to the crime, but his attorney says Hernandez is mentally ill. Read more...

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November 12, 2012

Man Charged in 1993 Drowning

An arrest warrant has been issued for the former husband of a woman who was found drowned in the bottom of the couple's swimming pool in 1993. According to online court records, Jon Lang, 54, of Industry, is charged with homicide. Debbie Lang, 34, was found at the bottom of the swimming pool at the couple's Fourth Street home in June 1993. District Attorney Anthony Berosh said the case was revisited when a witness to the drowning -- Jamie Darlington, who was 16 at the time -- came forward earlier this year and confirmed what investigators had suspected. Read more...

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October 30, 2012

Men Arrested in 2001 Florida Homicide

Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives have made an arrest in connection with the homicide of a 19-year-old whose skeleton was found in a patch of Florida woods in 2001. Sheriff Bill Cameron said that arrest warrants for first degree murder were issued for 43-year-old Phillip Gavin Barr and 39-year-old David Ray McManni. They say McMannis was arrested in Cumberland, Md. The men are accused of killing Tara Danielle Sidarovich, who disappeared from her Punta Gorda, Fla., home in 2001. Read more...

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October 29, 2012

Search Resumes for Tracy Ocasio

A search has resumed in the case of a Florida woman who disappeared in 2009. Tracy Ocasio, then 27, was last seen with a man named James Hataway after leaving a MetroWest bar. He told police he dropped her off and has not been charged with a crime in connection with the case. The group Search and Rescue of Central Florida focused on a piece of land Saturday that had previously been inaccessible. The search resumed Sunday in that area in a section not previously searched. Read more...

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Former Suspect in Etan Patz Case to Be Freed

While prosecutors weigh what to do about a suspect who surprisingly surfaced this spring in the landmark 1979 disappearance case of Etan Patz, the man who was the prime suspect for years is about to go free after more than two decades in prison for molesting other children. These two threads in the tangled story are set to cross next month, a twist that evokes decades of uncertainties and loose ends in the search for what happened to the sandy-haired 6-year-old last seen walking to his Manhattan school bus stop. Read more...

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October 26, 2012

DNA Proves Gacy Victim Was Misidentified

When Sherry Marino visited the grave marked with her son's name, she would ask, "Is this you, Michael?" Each time, she felt nothing, a feeling she brought to authorities, questioning whether the body in the grave belonged to her son, Michael Marino, a 14-year-old who went missing in 1976 who had long been labeled a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. On Wednesday, she was redeemed. She was on her way to the cemetery, marking the 36th year since the day her son disappeared, when her lawyers called her: The boy in the grave was not her son. Read more...

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October 19, 2012

LAPD Probing More Manson Homicides

The Los Angeles Police Department disclosed Thursday that it has open investigations on a dozen unsolved homicides that occurred near places where the Manson family operated during its slew of murders four decades ago. The Police Department made the revelation amid a legal battle to obtain hours of audio tapes recorded in 1969 between Charles Manson follower Charles "Tex" Watson and his attorney. The LAPD has said detectives believe tapes could shed more light on the activities of Manson's group. Read more...

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Manson Follower's Tape Recordings Off Limits

A federal judge in Texas has blocked a request by the Los Angeles Police Department to review recordings of a key Charles Manson follower and an attorney made decades ago. The tapes are of Manson follower Charles "Tex" Watson, who has said the recordings won't provide any new evidence about the infamous murders. Among Manson murder experts, there is much debate about what new revelations the Watson tapes might yield. At least three deaths have been considered as possible murders by those involved in the Manson investigations. Read more...

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October 17, 2012

Homeless Man Suspected in 1976 Killing

A homeless man who was lured into giving a DNA sample by a Seattle detective's unusual ruse has been arrested in connection with one of Maine's oldest cold-case slayings. Gary Sanford Raub, an original suspect in the 1976 slaying of Blanche M. Kimball in Augusta, Maine, was unwittingly tricked into providing a DNA sample by the undercover Seattle detective, who asked him to participate in a chewing gum survey. Read more...

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October 12, 2012

Bone Tested for Link to Missing Girl in 1988

Authorities are trying to figure out if a bone fragment found in California's Central Valley is connected to the 1988 disappearance of a 9-year-old Bay Area girl. Police in Hayward, Calif. confirmed that the three-inch bone fragment is being tested for identification. Investigators reportedly have had the bone for at least two weeks and believe the bone fragment is from a child aged 5 to 14 years old. Back in 1988, 9-year-old Michaela Garecht went missing near a neighborhood market in Hayward, Calif., and her remains were never found. Hayward is on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. Read more...

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October 11, 2012

Authorities Charge 3 in 'Baby Bones' Case

Authorities have charged three people in connection with a decade-old murder investigation of a young child from New York whose remains were found in Upper Freehold Township years after her death, the prosecutor's office said. Nine-year-old Jon-Niece Jones, of Harlem, N.Y., died in her aunt's house in New York, and her uncle and aunt's boyfriend set her body on fire and disposed of the remains in Upper Freehold Township, Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. Read more...

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October 01, 2012

Idaho Inmate Charged in 1983 Murder

A man in prison in Idaho has been charged with the 1983 death of an 11-year-old Ogden girl. An arrest warrant filed in 2nd District Court in Weber County alleges that Gregory L. Seamons, 48, was the person who killed Rebecca Lemberger, who went missing after walking to school on March 2, 1983 and was found dead the next day in a shed located in field. Evidence collected at the scene indicated Lemberger had been raped and beaten to death. Read more...

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September 21, 2012

Gacy Probe Solves 1978 Cold Case

An investigation into possible additional victims of an Illinois serial killer has lead to the resolution of an unrelated missing persons case from 1978. While researching possible victims of John Wayne Gacy, investigators matched up DNA with remains found in 2010 on the side of Mount Olympus in Utah. The remains belonged to Daniel Raymond Noe, who was 21 years old when he disappeared 34 years ago. Read more...

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September 10, 2012

Trial Begins in 1957 Murder

The street sign at the corner of Archie Place and Center Cross Street in Sycamore is covered by a flowering vine so thick with greenery and purple blossoms that the signpost itself is no longer visible. But for those old enough to recall, the beauty of the sign can't block out the memories of a crime that began on the corner almost 55 years ago when 7-year-old Maria Ridulph disappeared. Read more...

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September 07, 2012

Suspect Arrested in 1980 Murder of Teen

Oxnard police said a suspect has been arrested in the 1980 killing of a 15-year-old girl, news that brought relief to the teen's father, who said he had never given up hope. Thomas Young, 65, of Fairfield, Ala., was arrested more than 32 years after Stacy Knappenberger was found dead in her Oxnard home. Investigators said the Hueneme High School student died from blunt-force trauma and multiple stab wounds. They also think she had been sexually assaulted. Read more...

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August 27, 2012

Police Solve 40-Year-Old Murder Case

Police in Long Beach say recent advances in DNA technology have helped them solve a 40-year-old murder, the oldest cold case homicide on their books. In a statement, police say newly tested biological evidence collected at the crime scene has proven that Emanuel Miller sexually assaulted and stabbed 58-year-old Helen Sullivan to death on January 21, 1972. Read more...

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August 23, 2012

'Accidental' Removed From Natalie Wood's Death Certificate

Information gathered by a renewed investigation into actress Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning death has persuaded the Los Angeles coroner to remove "accidental" from her death certificate, a detective said. The death certificate was amended on August 7 to list her death as caused by "drowning and other undetermined factors" rather than "accidental drowning," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detective Kevin Lowe said. Read more...

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August 15, 2012

1998 Philadelphia Murder Suspect Arrested

Police in Canada say a man wanted for a 14-year-old homicide in Philadelphia was arrested after being busted for drunk driving. Toronto police say 35-year-old Kai-Guo Huang initially give investigators another name when he was arrested last week, but fingerprints later showed he was the man wanted in a 1998 killing in Philadelphia's Chinatown neighborhood. Authorities say Huang killed 27-year-old Hoi Yang, then decapitated and dismembered his body and dumped it in two Pemberton Township, New Jersey trash bins. Read more...

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August 09, 2012

Police Seek More Evidence in Etan Patz Case

New York City police have once again searched the site of a former grocery store for evidence in the 1979 disappearance of a 6-year-old boy. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne confirmed investigators returned Wednesday to where an alleged abductor once worked. He said the search wasn't based on new information, but wouldn't elaborate. The FBI, which also has investigated the case of Etan Patz, wasn't involved. Read more...

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August 07, 2012

DNA Links Man to 12-Year-Old Rape Case

A man already in jail for a kidnapping and rape that happened last month is facing more charges after a DNA match linked him to a rape more than a decade ago. Michael Rushing, 48, has been charged with kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl back in June of 2000. According to reports, Rushing allegedly grabbed the girl while she was walking in her neighborhood at night, forced her into a truck and blindfolded her. He then allegedly took her to a home and raped her before returning her to her neighborhood. Read more...

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August 02, 2012

Divorced Texas Couple Indicted in 1987 Killing

A Texas Panhandle grand jury has indicted a divorced couple in the 1987 shooting death of a friend. Potter County Detention Center records show 63-year-old Rosie Green was being held Wednesday on a murder charge. Bond was set at $10,000. The case involves the death of 23-year-old Arthur Campbell. Read more...

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July 31, 2012

Dogs Alert in Cold Case Search

Cadaver dogs searching for a Massachusetts girl who disappeared 23 years ago have zeroed in on a small patch of parkland close to where an anonymous tipster recently suggested authorities check. A private investigator leading the search for 14-year-old Melanie Melanson said that three dogs were alerted to a small area of land during a search of Middlesex Fells Reservation. The girl was five days shy of her 15th birthday when she vanished in October 1989, after attending a party with friends in a wooded area near the Woburn-Stoneham town line. Authorities believe the girl was killed, but her body has never been found and no suspects have ever been named in the case. Read more...

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July 25, 2012

Man Arrested in 1980 Killing of Grandmother, 73

DNA testing has linked an Austin man to the killing of an elderly grandmother found beaten and sexually assaulted three decades ago in her Central Texas home, authorities said. Steven Alan Thomas was arrested and accused of capital murder in the death of 73-year-old Mildred H. McKinney, according to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, north of Austin. A felony complaint says Thomas's DNA was matched to evidence found on McKinney's body through a search of the federal DNA database last month. Read more...

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July 20, 2012

Man Convicted of Murder in 1992 Cold Case

A Spokane judge has convicted a man of murdering a furniture store owner 20 years ago in a case that went unsolved until DNA from a fake beard led to an arrest. Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen convicted Patrick Kevin Gibson of first-degree murder in the Nov. 7, 1992, shooting death of Brian Cole. The now-60-year-old Gibson was arrested last year in Western Washington after investigators found his DNA on a piece of fake beard left behind at the crime scene. Read more...

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Convict Suspected in Molly Bish Case

Massachusetts authorities are traveling to Florida to re-interview a convicted killer possibly linked to the murder of 16-year-old Molly Bish, who was abducted from her lifeguard post 12 years ago, the Worcester district attorney's office confirmed. The decision was made after investigators recently seized items taken from the Summerfield, Fla., home of Rodney Stanger, who is serving a 25-year prison term for the 2008 stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend, Chrystal Morrison. Read more...

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July 18, 2012

Widow Revives 1991 Kentucky Murder Case

A Texas woman's push to reopen the probe into the 1991 slaying of her husband has resulted in charges against a Kentucky death row inmate and an Oklahoma prisoner serving life for other crimes. A grand jury in New Mexico handed up indictments of 55-year-old Michael St. Clair and 52-year-old Dennis Gene Reese in April. Prosecutors hope to extradite St. Clair from Kentucky's death row and Reese from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in the next few weeks. Read more...

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July 12, 2012

Man Charged in 1985 Murders

An Alaska man charged in the 1985 slayings of an elderly Washington couple has declined to waive extradition proceedings. Ricky Riffe appeared in an Anchorage court Wednesday. He is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping and other counts in the deaths of 81-year-old Edward Maurin and his 83-year-old wife, Wilhelmina Maurin. The couple died from shotgun blasts, and their bodies were found at the end of a road in Chehalis, Wash. Read more...

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July 11, 2012

Arrest Made in 1985 Slaying of Couple

A man was arrested in Alaska for a 1985 kidnap-robbery that left a couple in their 80s dead from shotgun blasts, authorities said. Rick Riffe, 53, of King Salmon, Alaska, a longtime suspect, was arrested Sunday in connection with the killings. His brother, John, another suspect, died the same week officers bought their tickets to Alaska, Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield said in a statement. Read more...

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July 09, 2012

DWI Leads to Man's Arrest in Cold Case Killing

A Missouri man forced to provide a DNA sample after pleading guilty in a drunken driving case has been charged in a 23-year-old killing. Prosecutors announced that Guy Shannon Jr., 43, of Odessa, faces charges of first-degree murder and forcible rape. Shannon is accused of strangling and assaulting Marcia Lynn Davis, 20, of Independence, in March 1989. Davis was last seen leaving the Jackson County Jail after visiting a friend. A homeless person found her partially clad body in an abandoned apartment building the next day, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case. Read more...

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July 03, 2012

California Inmate Charged in 1986 VT Killing

A man in a California prison is being charged in the 1986 strangling of a Vermont golf pro after DNA tests linked hair strands that had been found in suspect's car to the victim, police said. David Allan Morrison, 52, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sarah Hunter, 36, who disappeared in September 1986. The Manchester woman's body was found two months later. Read more...

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Utah Prisoner Charged in 1989 Cold Case Killing

The 23-year-old murder of a Salt Lake City high school student has been solved after a DNA match led investigators to a man in Utah State Prison, authorities said. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said his office has filed murder, rape and forcible sodomy charges against Thomas Evan Noffsinger for the 1989 murder of Felicia Pappas. Read more...

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June 30, 2012

Judge Blocks Release of Tex Watson's Tapes

A Texas judge has blocked the Los Angeles Police Department from obtaining decades-old tapes of conversations between a Charles Manson follower and his trial attorney while the matter is under appeal. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell granted a motion by Charles "Tex" Watson to stay a bankruptcy court ruling making the eight cassette tapes available to the LAPD. The Plano judge said he wants to hear arguments from Watson and the bankruptcy trustee before ruling on the Manson disciple's appeal of the bankruptcy court decision. Read more...

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June 28, 2012

Man Arrested on 1970s North Carolina Rape Charges

A man accused in a string of rapes in Charlotte in 1979 has been arrested in South Carolina. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say 62-year-old Jerry Lee Brooks was arrested in a rented condo in Surfside Beach, S.C. A cold case unit re-examined the rapes last year, and a DNA match linked Brooks to the decades-old crimes. Read more...

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June 25, 2012

Three Charged in 1980 Slaying of Hammond Officer

Three men are charged with murder in the 1980 slaying of an off-duty Hammond police officer after a bag used during the botched robbery attempt was linked to other incidents. Larry Mayes, 62, of Portage and James Hill, 49, of Gary were being held at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point. The third man charged, 62-year-old Pierre Catlett of Harvey, Ill., remained at large. Read more...

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June 21, 2012

Beth Holloway Sues National Enquirer

The mother of Natalee Holloway is suing The National Enquirer, saying the tabloid published untrue stories to profit from her daughter's 2005 disappearance in Aruba. Beth Holloway said in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that the magazine and its publisher, American Media Inc., published "false headlines, articles and statements" for nearly seven years. Read more...

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June 13, 2012

Escape From Alcatraz: Mystery Remains

For 20th-century crime buffs, few capers match the intrigue and ingenuity of the "Escape from Alcatraz," the 1962 prison break that three inmates pulled off with stolen spoons, dummy heads and a raincoat raft. For Marie Widner and Mearl Taylor, the fabled flight from the Rock is all about family. The two Florida women are the younger sisters of John and Clarence Anglin, who along with fellow prisoner Frank Morris, disappeared from the federal prison on Alcatraz Island 50 years ago. Whether the three men perished in chilly San Francisco Bay, as prison officials and federal agents insisted at the time, remains a subject of hot speculation because their bodies were never found. Read more...

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June 11, 2012

Tourists Look for Ghosts at 'Ax Murder House'

It's been a century since Josiah and Sarah Moore, their four children and two visiting children were hacked to death with an ax while they slept, and the tiny town where they lived in Iowa has never been the same. What remains the state's worst mass murder divided the community in 1912 between those who suspected a prominent businessman and others who blamed a traveling preacher or thought it was someone else going through the area. The case was never solved, and in some ways, the mystery still haunts Villisca. Read more...

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June 08, 2012

Former Head of Winter Hill Gang Arrested

Prosecutors say Boston-area gang boss Howie Winter, a predecessor of James "Whitey" Bulger as head of the Winter Hill Gang in the 1960s and '70s, has been arrested on attempted extortion and conspiracy charges. Prosecutor Gerry Leone announced the arrest of 83-year-old Winter along with 70-year-old James Melvin. Read more...

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May 30, 2012

LAPD to Get Tex Watson Tapes

A bankruptcy court judge has agreed to turn over audio tapes of conversations between Manson Family member Charles 'Tex' Watson and his former attorney to the Los Angeles Police Department. The tape recordings are part of the estate of deceased attorney Bill Boyd whose law firm is in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. The LAPD requested the tapes to determine if Watson may have discussed any unsolved murders during his conversations with Boyd. Read more...

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May 28, 2012

Patz Suspect Gave Detectives 'Intimate Details'

Pedro Hernandez provided detectives with "intimate details" about the murder of Etan Patz that only the killer could have known, sources said. NYPD detectives believe these key clues, kept secret for 33 years, are proof that the former SoHo bodega stockboy charged in the infamous abduction knew too much to not be involved. Sources said investigators were stunned to learn that Hernandez, 51, had this inside information, which cops never disclosed to the public despite intense public scrutiny and three decades of frustration in trying to unravel what happened to the six-year-old in 1979. Read more...

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May 26, 2012

Man Charged With Etan Patz Murder

On the 33rd anniversary of 6-year-old Etan Patz disappearance from a New York City neighborhood, prosecutors charged a former convenience store clerk with 2nd-degree murder in the boy's murder. Etan vanished in the two blocks between his Manhattan home and his school bus stop on May 25, 1979, prompting an intense, months long search and launching a national movement to find missing children. His photograph was among the first to appear on milk cartons. Read more...

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May 25, 2012

Arrest Made in Etan Patz Case

New York Police Department investigators have arrested a New Jersey man in connection with the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy who became the first missing child ever pictured on a milk carton. Pedro Hernadez has been charged for the murder of Etan Patz from a city street in 1979. Police said Hernadez confessed to strangling the boy and putting his body in the trash. Read more...

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New Evidence Possible in Manson Murders?

Eight hours of audio never before heard by law enforcement has been requested by the Los Angeles Police Department, and it could link followers of the Manson Family to unsolved murders. In a letter dated March 19, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck requested "eight hours or so" of audio recordings between attorney Bill Boyd and his then-client Charles "Tex" Watson, according to a U.S. bankruptcy filing. Read more...

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May 19, 2012

Arrest Made in 1981 LA Shooting Death

More than three decades after Charles McGhee was fatally shot in a vacant lot, an arrest has been made in the 36-year-old man's 1981 New Year's Day death, police said. Abraham Tovar, now 73, of Alhambra, was arrested Wednesday morning on an outstanding felony homicide warrant in connection with the killing, which happened shortly before midnight on Jan. 1, 1981, in the 2300 block of South Central Avenue. Read more...

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May 17, 2012

LAPD Detective Arrested in Death of Wife

A retired LAPD homicide detective was arrested this week in the fatal beating of his wife in Hawaii six years ago. He had been a suspect since her death. Dan DeJarnette, 59, was taken into custody without incident Monday night at his home on the Big Island in connection with the slaying of his wife, Yu Dejarnette. He appeared in a Hawaii courtroom to face formal charges. He said at the time of her November 2006 death that he had awakened and found her lying on a lava embankment about 20 feet from the couple's home in Ka'u on the southern end of the island. Read more...

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May 12, 2012

Man Confesses After 3 Decades

Three decades have passed since Robert and Goldie Huntbach were found tied up and shot to death in their Waterloo, Iowa, home, and no suspects were ever arrested in the elderly couple's murders -- until this week, when one of them voluntarily walked into police headquarters and confessed. Read more...

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May 04, 2012

Man in Jail for 1966 Slaying Commits Suicide

A coroner says a western Pennsylvania man behind bars for a notorious 1966 murder has committed suicide in his state prison cell in Greene County. Seventy-four-year-old Jon Yount took his own life just days before the 46-year anniversary of the rape and murder of Pamela Sue Rimer on April 28, 1966. Yount stopped the DuBois Area High School senior as she walked home from her school bus stop. The math teacher beat, raped and stabbed his 18-year-old student before slitting her throat and leaving her to die in the woods near her Luthersburg home. Read more...

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May 02, 2012

Husband Arrested After Wife's Body Found Under Barn

Police have arrested the husband of a woman whose body was found inside a well under a barn in Newtown, Conn. Elizabeth Gough Heath was reported missing in April 1984, just days after John Heath filed for divorce. She was 30 years old at the time. A father and son found Elizabeth Gough Heath's remains in April 2010 as they were renovating the barn at 89 Poverty Hallow Road in Newtown. Read more...

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April 25, 2012

Man Admits to Oklahoma Killing 25 Years Later

Clifford Eagle strolled into Billings, Mont., police station on April 18 and told police that he wanted to get something off his chest. As one of the officers was leaving the station house, Eagle allegedly told authorities that a quarter century ago, when he was 28 years old, he and another man got into a heated argument with a third man in Oklahoma about property, and he ended up shooting the man dead. He was then interviewed at the station and authorities in Oklahoma were alerted. The Billings Gazette reported that he stayed voluntarily until officers made the arrest. Read more...

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April 23, 2012

Man Arrested in 1981 Slaying

A 51-year-old Northern California man has been charged with murder after he was linked through DNA to the 1981 rape and strangulation of a Whittier woman who had been a high school classmate. Joseph Allen Thornton of Auburn, northeast of Sacramento, is expected to be arraigned in Superior Court in Whittier on a charge of murder with a special circumstance allegation of rape. He was taken into custody by Whittier police at his home. Read more...

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April 05, 2012

Man Accused of Involvement in 1976 Rape, Murder

For decades, Westfield police were baffled by the death of Lena Triano, a quiet secretary who lived alone in the Ripley Place home where she was killed in 1976. Now, nearly four decades after her death, police say they've used forensic evidence to solve her slaying, and that the truth may be more bizarre than anything they could have imagined. Read more...

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February 22, 2012

Body Found in 1975 Identified

A nude woman's body found floating in a Texas river 37 years ago has finally been identified by Houston forensic experts. The body has been identified Gloria Faye Stringer, a 22-year-old mother who disappeared shortly after moving to Texas City in 1975. The identification has prompted an investigation into the death of the former Tennessee woman. Read more...

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February 13, 2012

Ohio Coroner Changes Ruling in 1972 Death

A coroner in southeast Ohio has changed the ruling in the 1972 death of a woman after her widower killed three relatives and himself last month in front of his cancer-stricken second wife — the first wife's sister. Hocking County Coroner David Cummin said Friday that he changed the ruling of suicide in Carolyn Gilkey's death to undetermined after reviewing decades-old photos and reports. She suffered a shotgun wound to the head. Read more...

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February 08, 2012

Group Wants DNA Test in 1992 Killing

When Rhonda Sue Warford died in a rural field near Brandenburg, she had multiple stab wounds to her chest, back and neck, including one that destroyed her brain stem, and two gray hairs clenched in her right hand. Two decades later, those hairs are at the center of a legal battle over DNA testing that appellate attorneys hope will upend the convictions of two men serving life in prison for Warford's murder. Read more...

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February 02, 2012

Arrest Made in 1983 Murder

A man is set to be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court for allegedly killing another man in 1983. San Francisco District Attorney George Gasc—n announced this week that William Payne, 47, would be charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nikolaus Crumbley, a 41-year-old Texas resident. According to the DA's office, on November 16, 1983, Crumbley was found dead at the intersection of John Shelley Drive and Mansell Street in John McLaren Park. The San Francisco Medical Examiner's office ruled the death a homicide and the cause of death from ligature strangulation, the DA's staff said. Read more...

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January 23, 2012

Man Charged in 1989 Honolulu Murder

The 52-year-old man arrested in connection with a murder that happened more than 20 years ago has been charged with murder and sex assault. Gerald Austin remains in police custody unable to post a $200,000 bail. In 1989, 81-year-old Edith Skinner was found dead in her apartment on Kalakaua Avenue. Witnesses say they saw a man leaving the apartment that morning, but the case went cold. Authorities say DNA linked Austin to the case. Read more...

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