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  • Dogged Cemetery Worker Helps Solve 43-Year-Old Cold Case

    08/17/2016 1:28:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 16, 2016
    The fate of a Mississippi teen missing for more than four decades has finally been revealed, thanks to the efforts of a tenacious cemetery worker who sought closure for strangers, police said Monday. Joseph “Joey” Norman Spears, originally of Harrison County, was identified by his mother from faded photos of his body, taken after he was hit by a car in Texas City, Texas, in 1973, according to the The sad confirmation brought to an end a process begun when a worker at Hayes Grace Memorial Park in the nearby town of Hitchcock took an interest in the John...
  • $50,000 Reward in California Serial Killer Cold Case

    06/15/2016 4:58:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/15 | Don Thompson
    Authorities announced a $50,000 reward Wednesday as they renewed their search for an elusive serial killer they say committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California in the 1970s and 1980s. The case has grown cold for the killer known by at least four nicknames over the decades. He was dubbed the East Area Rapist after his start in Northern California. The Original Night Stalker after a series of Southern California slayings. The Diamond Knot Killer for using the elaborate knot to bind two of his victims. And most recently the Golden State Killer.
  • "Jane Doe" found in Ohio may be from West Virginia

    04/29/2016 3:32:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies ^ | April 29, 2016 | wowk
    Police in Ohio along with The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children are hoping the public can help solve a 35-year-old mystery. "Jane Doe" was found deceased in Miami County, Ohio in April of 1981. New testing was just completed on the pollen that was found on the clothing she was wearing and it indicates that she may have been from West Virginia. *****PICTURE ON LINK*******
  • Remains of 18-year-old missing for 7 years found in Colorado chimney

    10/01/2015 6:00:49 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 30 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | October 01, 2015 | Unattributed
    -snip- Family members say Maddux was bright and doing well in school and not sure why he went into the cabin. -snip
  • Charges Dismissed Against Cathy Woods for 1976 Murder

    03/08/2015 6:30:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    KOLO-TV ^ | Mar 07, 2015 | Colin Lygren
    Justice has been served. After fighting a murder conviction for more than 30 years, Cathy Woods has finally had the charges against her dropped. She has been living with her brother since having her conviction overturned last September, but she still had murder charges against her, and was supposed to have a trial this summer. That changed on Friday, March 6, 2014. Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks announced he is filing a motion to dismiss the case against Woods because DNA evidence has made it clear that Woods didn't kill 19-year-old Michelle Mitchell in 1976. It's a day Cathy...
  • Evelyn Miller's father testifies in Casey Frederiksen trial

    03/03/2015 10:46:38 AM PST · by newgeezer · 7 replies
    KCCI TV ^ | 12:37 PM CST Mar 03, 2015 | Vanessa Peng
    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa —Opening statements started Tuesday in the trial for a man accused of killing his former girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter. Prosecutors say 35-year-old Casey Frederiksen was watching Evelyn Miller for her mother in July 2005 when he sexually abused the girl and stabbed her to death. He is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. Prosecutors say all the evidence points to Frederiksen as the person who killed Miller. During opening statements, Iowa Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown told jurors this is a case about innocence shattered. He said Frederiksen had the opportunity and motive to kill Miller. Brown...
  • New information surfaces in Lyon Sisters case

    02/21/2015 4:50:17 PM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    wdbj7 ^ | 02.21.2015
    Multiple reports say the main person of interest in the case, Lloyd Welch, told authorities he did in fact leave a Montgomery County Maryland mall with Katherine and Sheila Lyon in 1975. He also said he saw his uncle Richard Welch sexually assaulting one of the girls.
  • Juarez's "Dr. Frankenstein" Is Breathing New Life Into Unsolved Murders

    02/26/2014 7:15:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    KFOX 14 ^ | Tuesday, February 25 2014 | Stephanie Guadian
    Juarez's 'Dr. Frankenstein' is breathing new life into unsolved murders Just outside of Juarez a group of mothers frustrated by local law enforcement and desperate to find their missing loved ones --- decides to search the outskirts of their neighborhood themselves. They are looking for unmarked graves. And it doesn't take long before fears are realized. The wave of violence that at one time made Juarez the most dangerous city in the world is washing away. But, there are painful reminders: unidentified bodies, unsolved murders and reports of people who have simply disappeared. Marta Rincon’s daughter disappeared five years ago....
  • Police get break, identify sex offender, in 1975 missing girls' cold case [Lyon sisters]

    02/13/2014 3:39:04 AM PST · by deks · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | February 11. 2014 | Ben Brumfield
    The two little girls [Katherine and Sheila Lyon] vanished nearly 40 years ago, their disappearance long faded from the public consciousness, their names etched in a stone marker their hope-sapped parents placed in a local cemetery. But Maryland police have been tenacious about solving this cold case. And on Tuesday they breathed new life into it, when they announced a possible breakthrough. Convicted sex offender Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., 57, who's been serving a prison sentence in Delaware since 1997, was near Sheila and Katherine Lyon on that March day in 1975 when they went missing, Montgomery County Police Chief...
  • Kelly Siegler & Yolanda McClary: Crime-Solving Duo Seeks Cold Case Closures on TNT's "Cold Justice"

    01/19/2014 2:20:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Smashing Interviews Magazine ^ | THURSDAY 16 JANUARY 2014
    TNT’s fascinating real-life crime series Cold Justice follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they dig into murder cases throughout towns in America that have lingered for years without answers or closure. Executive-produced by Emmy winners Dick Wolf (Law & Order, Chicago Fire), Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz (Top Chef) and Tom Thayer (Hitchcock, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee), Cold Justice is slated to launch its second season Friday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET. In season one of Cold Justice, Siegler and McClary assisted local law enforcement in securing a total of five...
  • Two Chevys Full Of Bodies Found In Oklahoma Lake

    09/25/2013 12:16:43 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Chevy Hardcore ^ | 9/23/123 | Chris Demorro
    Cold cases are those murder or missing persons cases that go unsolved for years, or even decades. Some of these cases, like the disappearance of union leader Jimmy Hoffa, have inspired countless books and movies, while others never gain any traction until an accidental discovery or confession. NBC News reports that Oklahoma State Troopers who were testing new sonar equipment in Foss Lake stumbled across not one, but two cars. What they first thought was merely a couple of stolen cars came with a grisly discovery; six bodies, potentially solving two cold cases that had long gone unsolved. Troopers pulled...
  • Car Believed Tied to '71 Cold Case Pulled From S.D. Waterway

    09/24/2013 4:19:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    State and local investigators on Tuesday will continue excavating material from a submerged car believed to be tied to the 42-year-old disappearance of two Vermillion, S.D., girls. Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson, both 17, were last seen in a beige 1960 Studebaker Lark on their way to party with classmates from Vermillion High School on May 29, 1971. Their bodies were never found. Officials believe they found the Studebaker in Brule Creek in rural Beresford, S.D., on Monday. It was about a half mile from the gravel pit Jackson and Miller were believed to be going to when they disappeared....
  • Nicholas County, WV woman arrested on forgery charges connected to Alabama cold case

    07/10/2013 4:59:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    WOWK ^ | April Kaull
    A West Virginia woman has been arrested on 17 counts of forgery connected to two elderly Alabama women who have been missing for more than a decade. Wanda Kiser, a former neighbor of the missing women, was arrested Tuesday, July 9 in Nicholas County, WV. In July 2012, a human skull was discovered underneath the women's Alabama home. The skull, the only bones found to this point, was sent to the State of Alabama Department of Forensic Science but investigators have not yet been able to identify the skull.
  • Cold-Case Murders of 4 Females Brought Back to Life by New Images, DNA Tests

    06/15/2013 11:37:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat June 15, 2013 | Phil Gast
    The woman was related to at least two of the three children. Was she their doting mother? An adoring aunt? Or, given her relative youth, perhaps a much older sister? "That leaves you with so many possibilities," says New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Joe Ebert. All four females are long dead, their bodies crammed into two 55-gallon barrels, the first barrel discovered by a hunter in 1985, the other 15 years later. They have never been identified. Now, there's a new push to solve a cold case that has stymied determined investigators.
  • Cold Case: 1977 Texas Army Officer’s Killing Finally Leads to Arrests

    02/08/2013 4:05:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 8, 2013
    For 30 years the trail had been cold — Major Chester Garrett, a decorated U.S. Army officer, found murdered in the desert near El Paso, Texas in January 1977. Now, police say they have arrested his stepson and estranged wife. Maj. Garrett was 36 when he was found dead. He had suffered blunt force trauma to the head, and stab wounds as well. At the time, local authorities pursued leads, but eventually the case went cold. It was only in 2006 that the case was reopened after family members contacted the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to review the case....
  • Cold case love triangle headed for court

    01/04/2013 11:30:30 PM PST · by thecodont · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 10:45 pm, Thursday, January 3, 2013 | Demian Bulwa
    Even in the messy world of love triangles, the predicament that Raymond Edward Wong faced in November 1999 was a tight spot. Girlfriend No. 1, who lived with the computer systems expert in Pinole, had announced she was four months pregnant with the couple's second child. But in a Sacramento maternity ward lay a newborn girl, Wong's first child with Girlfriend No. 2. And she was itching to settle down as well. According to authorities preparing to prosecute the 41-year-old Wong for murder, he fixed his dilemma by uniting the two women - each of whom knew of the other...
  • Dying Man’s Confession in 1989 Swedish Tourists cold Case

    12/17/2012 7:45:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    InvestigateDaily ^ | Monday, December 17, 2012
    The first book to thoroughly investigate the 1989 murders of Swedish tourists Heidi Paakkonen and Urban Hoglin will name a new suspect – a mentally unstable and violent man who escaped into the Coromandel bush around the time the Swedes disappeared. Missing Pieces by investigative journalist Ian Wishart, goes onsale this coming weekend, and is the first book dedicated to the case, which saw David Wayne Tamihere convicted of double murder in 1990. [Extract of book available here] Tamihere’s 1990 conviction came despite no bodies being found, and was based on a Crown argument that 21 year old Heidi and...
  • John Wayne Gacy's DNA May Help Solve Cold-Case Murders

    12/04/2012 3:12:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | December 03, 2012
    Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed -- mostly whether they had other unknown victims. Now, in a game of scientific catch-up, the Cook County Sheriff's Department is trying to be creative: They've created DNA profiles of Gacy and others and figured out they could get the executed men entered in a national database shared with other law enforcement agencies because the murderers were technically listed as homicide victims when they were put to death by the state.
  • Cold Case: Detective Makes Finding Killer Personal Mission

    06/20/2012 6:49:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    KPTV ^ | Jun 20, 2012 | Nicole Doll
    Dan Frakes said there aren't enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe his beloved dad. "He was funny, he was very charismatic, outgoing, kind, understanding," he said. In the 1980s, Clyde Frakes ran a small car dealership on Northeast Union, which is now Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Frakes family lot specialized in trucks and vans for working-class people not unlike themselves. On Dec. 21, 1985, Portland homicide detective Molly Daul said Clyde Frakes, who was 40 years old, arrived at the lot in the afternoon. "He went into work as usual, by himself," Daul said. "We were...
  • Man Admits to Double Murder Committed in 1981

    05/13/2012 1:14:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC33 ^ | May 12, 2012
    A 1981 Iowa double murder has been solved after a shocking confession. 66-year-old Jack Pursel walked into the Waterloo Police Department and admitted to the murders of Robert and Goldie Huntbach. Investigators say his faith made him travel from California to Iowa to confess to the crime in person. "He became a Christian," said Dan Trelka, Waterloo Director of Safety Services. "He said he needed to cleanse his soul by confessing." Pursel is charged with two counts of murder in the first degree, each count carrying a life term. Bond was set for one million dollars on each count. Captain...
  • Man Sentenced to 24 Years for 1979 Murder After Long-Held Secret Revealed

    03/24/2012 3:54:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Republic (Indiana) ^ | March 24, 2012 | Diana Hefley
    Her name was written in the thick murder book. Three decades later Snohomish County sheriff's detectives came knocking on her door. She knew why the two men were there. The moment finally had come to share the secret she'd been lugging around since she was 18 years old. She could tell them who killed Susan Schwarz. The words eventually tumbled out. She had been in the small Lynnwood-area home in 1979 when Gregory Johnson grabbed a pretty, young woman out of her shower, tied her up and put a bullet in her head. Johnson, then 26, looked up to find...
  • Police ID Body of Marine, Once Thought AWOL, From 1974 East Long Beach Murder

    03/20/2012 3:28:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | 03/20/2012 | Tracy Manzer
    For the past 37 years, Oral Alfred Stuart Jr. was classified as AWOL and a Marine Corps deserter. But his family never believed it. Even if Stuart had left his beloved Corps, which he voluntarily joined in 1974 and proudly tattooed on his arm, he never would have left his parents without so much as a goodbye. "I always believed something must have happened to him. He loved the Marine Corps ... (and) he would have been in touch with our mother," insisted Carl Stuart, Stuart's older brother and one of only a few surviving family members. Now, after all...
  • Police ID body of Marine, once thought AWOL, from 1974 East Long Beach murder

    03/20/2012 3:04:10 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Press-Telegram [Long Beach, CA] ^ | Posted: 03/19/2012 10:02:05 AM PDT Updated: 03/20/2012 09:20:31 AM PDT | Tracy Manzer
    LONG BEACH — For the past 37 years, Oral Alfred Stuart Jr. was classified as AWOL and a Marine Corps deserter. But his family never believed it. Even if Stuart had left his beloved Corps, which he voluntarily joined in 1974 and proudly tattooed on his arm, he never would have left his parents without so much as a goodbye. "I always believed something must have happened to him. He loved the Marine Corps ... (and) he would have been in touch with our mother," insisted Carl Stuart, Stuart's older brother and one of only a few surviving family members....
  • DNA Links Man to 1974 Murder of 13 Year Old

    03/14/2012 8:51:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012
    Curtis Tucker is being held without bail at the county jail in Dublin and is scheduled to return to court Friday to have an attorney assigned and possibly enter a plea.DNA evidence has allowed Alameda County prosecutors to file charges against a man suspected of sexually assaulting and murdering a 13-year-old Oakland girl 38 years ago. Curtis Tucker, now 63, was charged with murder Monday for the killing of Julie McElhiney on Aug. 9, 1974. He has also been charged with the special-circumstance allegations of committing murder while carrying out lewd or lascivious acts on a child and committing murder...
  • Faces of Civil War sailors from sunken USS Monitor reconstructed in hopes of identifying them

    03/04/2012 3:58:49 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Saturday Mar 3, 2012 | Steve Szkotak
    Faces of Civil War sailors from sunken USS Monitor reconstructed in hopes of identifying them Faces of 2 USS Monitor crewmembers reconstructed Recovery: The turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor is lifted out of the ocean off the coast of Hatteras, N.C. on August 5, 2002 RICHMOND, Va. — When the turret of the Civil War ironclad Monitor was raised from the ocean bottom, two skeletons and the tattered remnants of their uniforms were discovered in the rusted hulk of the Union Civil War ironclad, mute and nameless witnesses to the cost of war. A rubber comb was...
  • Santa Clara Man Arrested in 1983 Union City Cold Case

    02/29/2012 2:27:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 02/28/2012 | Chris De Benedetti
    Investigators say they have solved a cold case that had vexed East Bay detectives for decades, arresting a Santa Clara man on suspicion of killing a Hayward cocaine dealer whose body was found in a vintage car nearly 30 years ago. Donald Wilson, 68, was taken into custody Feb. 16 at his residence in the 3500 block of Mauricia Avenue, east of the Lawrence Expressway, said Union City police Cmdr. Ben Horner. Wilson is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. The arrest is part of a Union City police investigation that began May 9, 1983, when...
  • Cold Case Success Leads to Calls for Unit's Comeback

    01/31/2012 9:36:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 28, 2012
    The arrest of a man in connection with a murder that happened nearly 20 years ago has reignited calls for the police cold case unit to be reopened. Stephen Roy Standage was arrested over the 1993 murder of Ronald Frederick Jarvis after an investigation into the commercial fisherman's death by Tasmania Police's Cold Case Unit. The unit was disbanded a month ago because of state budget cuts. The families of murder victims are now urging the State Government to reopen it. Paul Barker's brother Shane was shot at close range in his Campbell Town home in August 2009. Mr Barker...
  • Boulder Police: Cold Case Murder Solved

    01/09/2012 3:49:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Boulder Weekly ^ | Thursday, January 5,2012
    Boulder police have arrested a suspect investigators believe is responsible for the 1994 death of 48-year-old Marty Grisham. According to police, Grisham was gunned down around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 1, 1994, as he answered a knock at his apartment door. When Grisham opened the door, an assailant shot him four times before fleeing the scene. He had been having dinner with his girlfriend at the time. Grisham lived in the 5600 block of Arapahoe. Grisham was rushed to the hospital, where he died of his injuries. Grisham was the city of Boulder’s data processing director at the time of...
  • Killer found after 23 years?

    01/07/2012 10:14:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 01/6/2012 | Matt Goerzen
    DNA evidence may have finally cracked a 23-year-old cold case in Texas involving a slain couple from Minnedosa. Detectives in Weslaco, Texas, believe they have found the man responsible for the shooting deaths of Evan and Wilda Squires, who were killed in a Texas mobile home on Nov. 13, 1988. A 41-year-old man is in custody in Grand Rapids, Mich., and faces extradition to Texas. "We didn't know if there was any closure there or not to be honest with you," said Minnedosa resident Erle Jury, Wilda's son from a first marriage. "It's sounding like this might put some closure...
  • LBPD Locates Suspect in 22-Year-Old Cold Case Murder

    12/23/2011 4:57:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    In 1989, Long Beach Police Department Homicide detectives began an investigation into the murder of a 15-year-old Wilson High School student who was found deceased in her residence. The case would go unsolved for 22 years until advances in DNA technology and a grant to help solve cold cases gave detectives the resources they needed to identify the suspect, who had since murdered another young female and attempted to murder a third. The case began on October 30, 1989, when officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the 1000 block of Coronado Avenue after a woman arrived...
  • Wrongfully Convicted Man Donates $10,000 to Help Find Cold Case Killer

    12/06/2011 1:53:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1+ views
    KFVS 12 ^ | Dec 05, 2011 | Holly Brantley
    A new twist in the hunt for the real killer of Mischelle Lawless: Joshua Kezer, the man wrongfully accused of the Scott County murder, now decides to give the investigation a big boost. "He wrote us a check for $10,000 to be used only to fund the Mischelle Lawless investigation," said Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter. "It has everything to do with justice and doing the right thing," said Josh Kezer. "It is not about vengeance; it's about closure." Kezer talked about his decision to make the donation Sunday. He says he wants closure for the family of the woman...
  • D.B. Cooper: 40 years later - November 24th, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary case

    11/25/2011 2:35:32 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 24, 2011 | Yahoo! News
    D.B. Cooper: 40 years later November 24th, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary Cooper case, an unsolved crime that has baffled agents, detectives and amateur sleuths, and spurned one of the greatest manhunts in law enforcement history. The FBI’s case file on D.B. Cooper runs some forty feet long. It is located in the basement archives of the Bureau’s field office in Seattle, where for four decades agents have hunted for the man who ransomed a passenger jet for a small fortune and parachutes, then jumped out the back over the rural Northwest, during the middle of a...
  • Toronto Lawyer Hopes to Crack Cold Case in Libya

    08/29/2011 11:28:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 | Nathan Vanderklippe
    On April 17, 1984, Yvonne Fletcher, a 25-year-old British police constable, died of a single bullet to the abdomen while standing guard outside the Libyan embassy in London. The shot came from within the embassy. But her killer remained hidden, first inside the embassy during an 11-day armed siege by police and snipers and then, for the many years that followed, in Libya, where the embassy’s staff were spirited after claiming diplomatic immunity. Ms. Fletcher’s death would come to stand with the Lockerbie bombing as one of the signal events in turning the west against the regime of Colonel Moammar...
  • With New Lead, 1957 Murder Victim's Body Exhumed

    07/27/2011 5:30:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | July 27, 2011 | Dean Reynolds
    It is a mystery that has haunted a Chicago suburb for more than a half century. A little girl was found murdered, and the only suspect in the case had gone free, until now. CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds reports that police went to great lengths to try to close this cold case. For 53 years, the grave of seven-year-old Maria Ridulph was undisturbed. Her unsolved murder case as cold as the ground that held her coffin. On Wednesday morning, however, her remains were exhumed to see if modern science - and DNA - can support the authorities' belief that...
  • Woman's skull unearthed in BBC legend Attenborough's garden

    07/07/2011 2:56:40 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | 7-5-11 | unattributed
    LONDON - A murder mystery dating back to 1879 was finally resolved Tuesday when a skull unearthed in BBC legend David Attenborough's garden was formally recognized as that of a woman murdered by her maid 132 years ago. Julia Martha Thomas, a wealthy widow aged 55, was killed by her 29-year-old housekeeper Kate Webster very close to Park Road in well-to-do Richmond, but her head was never found. The case became known as the 'Barnes Mystery', which gripped London at the time. Webster, a convicted thief and fraudster, chopped up Thomas with an axe, boiled the remains and gave the...
  • Police: Unused train ticket led to Wash. man's arrest in 1957 killing of 7-year-old Ill. girl

    07/04/2011 5:35:01 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 07-02-2011 09:57 AM PDT
    An unused, unstamped train ticket helped lead to charges against a Seattle man in the abduction and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl in 1957. Prosecutors in northern Illinois' DeKalb County charged Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, on Friday with murdering Maria Ridulph, who was last seen playing with a friend near her home in Sycamore, about 50 miles west of Chicago. Mushroom hunters found Maria's remains five months later in a wooded area about 100 miles from her hometown. McCullough claimed he took the train from Rockford, Ill., to Chicago the day of the abduction. But The Seattle Times, citing...
  • Police: Train ticket helps crack 1957 Ill. killing

    07/03/2011 3:49:17 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2011 | BARBARA RODRIGUEZ
    SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — Charles "Chuck" Ridulph always assumed the person who stole his little sister from the neighborhood corner where she played and dumped her body in a wooded stretch some 100 miles away was a trucker or passing stranger — surely not anyone from the hometown he remembers as one big, friendly playground. And, after more than a half century passed since her death, he assumed the culprit also had died or was in prison for some other crime. On Saturday, he said he was stunned by the news that a one-time neighbor had been charged in the...
  • Suspect charged with murder of seven-year-old girl 53 YEARS after child was abducted

    07/02/2011 6:23:42 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 5 replies
    A man has been charged with the killing of a seven-year-old girl 53 YEARS after she was abducted in a case that gripped America. Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, is accused of murdering Maria Ridulph, who was kidnapped while playing with a friend near her home. As almost an entire community and law enforcement agencies searched for her, President Eisenhower and FBI director J Edgar Hoover demanded daily briefings on the hunt. McCullough, from Seattle, is being held at Washington's King County jail today awaiting extradition after being picked up for questioning last Wednesday. The crime has haunted the city of...
  • Winter Haven Detective Solves Brutal 34-Year-Old Murder

    06/17/2011 7:07:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Ledger ^ | Friday, June 17, 2011 | Rick Rousos
    In its mid-1900s heyday, the elegant Haven Hotel hosted dignitaries visiting Cypress Gardens. "At one time it was the crown jewel of places to stay," Winter Haven police Lt. Brad Coleman said. But by the 1970s, the Haven's best days were history. It was still an adequate hotel, but it had opened some of its space for the rehabilitation of alcohol and drug abusers. The building at 235 Sixth St. N.W now houses upscale condominiums. On April 9, 1977, the Haven Hotel was far from a crown jewel. It was the scene of a bloodbath. In the wee hours that...
  • Man Charged Over Newtown Cold Case (Murder of journalist 13 years ago)

    05/03/2011 12:20:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    A man remains in custody, charged with the bashing murder of a Sydney journalist more than 13 years ago. Wayne Castle, 52, from Forest Lodge is accused of attacking 32-year-old Jennifer Maree Smith, fracturing her skull during a street robbery at Newtown in 1998. An inquest the following year found there was enough evidence to lay charges. But police received subsequent legal advice that they had insufficient evidence. Her long-time friend, musician Tim Freedman from The Whitlams, gave evidence at the inquest. Castle was arrested yesterday, charged with Jennifer Smith's murder, as well as robbery and drug offences. He did...
  • 1981 Murder Suspect Caught in Ohio Faces LA Judge

    01/09/2011 10:38:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Authorities say a long-haul trucker suspected in a 1981 Southern California murder case has been returned to Los Angeles from Ohio. Sheriff's Capt. Michael Parker said Sunday that 55-year-old Christopher David Winter was arrested Nov. 6 while on a truck route in Tipp City, Ohio. Authorities brought him to Los Angeles last week, and he is being held without bail at Men's Central Jail. Winter is set for arraignment Monday on charges including one count of residential burglary and one count of murder. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. He is suspected in the killing of 50-year-old Joseph...
  • 1969 Cold Case Solved in Seaside

    12/28/2010 1:15:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thu, Oct 21, 2010 | SHAWN BROUWER
    A man has been arrested in Texas on murder charges in a 41-year-old cold case involving the death of a Seaside (CA)High School graduate. James Terry Mason, 58, was arrested Oct. 7 in connection with the killing of Chris Lopes, a former captain of the Seaside High School basketball team. Lopes was 19 years old when he was killed Dec. 21, 1969, during a melee that took place at Del Monte Manor at 1418 Yosemite St., prosecutors said. Detective Nick Borges said a packed party at Seaside's Del Monte Manor Apartment turned violent. Chris Lopes was stabbed in his neck,...
  • Suspect Charged in 1991 Cold Case Killing of San Jose Woman

    12/27/2010 10:07:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Nearly two decades after the discovery of Julie Bucalo's strangled body in a secluded San Jose cottage, prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 60-year-old prisoner in her death. Santa Clara County prosecutors filed charges against Ralph Baldenegro after DNA evidence linked him to the Feb. 4, 1991, strangulation of Bucalo. "We finally got some closure, which is really great, but it's still really sad that this person had to do this," said her brother, Charles Bucalo. "It's so emotional to just finally get this cleared out of the way. My dad is 93 years old and in a rest home. I'm...
  • Anonymous Letter May Solve Townsend Cold Case

    12/27/2010 10:10:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 1+ views
    WHDH ^ | 12/21/2010
    There may be a possible break in the case involving a teenage girl who disappeared more than 30 years ago. Deborah Quimby vanished in Townsend in 1977. It was a cold case, but detectives hope an anonymous letter will help solve the mystery. “We’ve just basically started rolling on this and doing the interviews and all of a sudden this letter comes out of the clear blue sky,” said Chief Erving Marshall from the Townsend Police Department. The anonymous letter is prompting investigators to do a ground search in the area where Quimby was supposed to be at when she...
  • Pasco Man Arrested on Warrant for 1983 Murder in Seattle

    12/14/2010 10:12:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 1+ views
    St. Petersburg ^ | Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | Erin Sullivan
    If John Wayne Folds is what deputies say he is, a killer, then he's been on the lam for 27 years. The 45-year-old self-employed painter was arrested Tuesday morning at his home on Jenner Drive and charged with murdering a man in Seattle in 1983. The cold case squad at the King County Sheriff's Office got a DNA hit on evidence left at the scene, which led them to Folds. "These cases are never closed. They are never forgotten," said Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff's Office, "and we are going to do everything we can to solve...
  • Blood at Scene Pointed to Husband's Guilt (Man Convicted of 1983 Murder)

    10/13/2010 11:46:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Oct. 13, 2010 | RACHANEE SRISAVASDI and LARRY WELBORN
    SANTA ANA Jurors who convicted a Washington man Wednesday of killing his estranged wife 27 years ago said they were swayed to vote for guilt because of blood found at the crime scene. William Gregory Mordick, 64, faces a penalty of 25 years to life in prison after being found guilty of first-degree murder for the death of his estranged wife, Katherine O'Connell Mordick, 28, who was discovered with her throat slit inside her Anaheim Hills home on Jan. 23, 1983. Jurors, though, did not find that he committed the murder for financial gain – a special circumstance that would...
  • Hopewell Working to Extradite Las Vegas Man in Slaying Case (1964 Murder Solved)

    08/16/2010 12:21:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | August 16, 2010 | CHRIS YOUNG
    Hopewell police said today they are still working on extraditing a Las Vegas man who has been accused in the 1964 strangling of his wife. Hopewell Police Chief Steven Martin told reporters that new witness information came forward, allowing authorities to bring the first-degree murder indictment against Donald James Long in the death of Naomi Long. Martin, however, declined to elaborate on the new information. Several members of Naomi Long's family were present at the news conference and thanked Hopewell police and law enforcement for their work on the case. Butch Fulcher, a brother of the victim, said the new...
  • Police Nab Suspect in 1992 Killing

    08/04/2010 11:06:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 1+ views
    ABC ^ | Kristen Abraham
    After 18 years, a Saginaw cold case is closer to being solved. Detectives say they know who killed Lynette Gibson in 1992. The suspect was arraigned this afternoon on one count of first-degree murder. The Saginaw City Violent Crime Task Force reopened the case two years ago. New DNA technology that wasn't available in the 90s helped police find the suspect, 43-year-old Rodney Slayton. Related Content MORE: Michigan cold cases Slayton appeared in district court via video arraignment from the Saginaw Correctional facility in Freeland. He has five prior felony convictions dating back to the 1980s, including a prison escape,...
  • Former Police Chief Found Guilty in 1972 Murder Case

    05/26/2010 6:45:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 532+ views
    News14 ^ | 5/26/2010
    Jurors on Wednesday found former Cape Carteret police chief, 57-year-old George Hayden, guilty of murder. Hayden and two others are charged with killing Camp Lejeune Marine Sgt. William Miller 37 years ago. Prosecutors believe Hayden lured Miller to a shopping center on Western Boulevard in 1972 and shot him several times with a high-caliber rifle. Vickie Babbitt, Miller's wife at the time of the murder, and Rodger Gill also face murder charges in Miller's death. Prosecutors say a love triangle led to the shooting. Babbitt married Hayden four months after the murder.
  • Manhattan Woman Guilty in Husband’s 1990 Murder(Contract Killing With Lawyer Extradited From Mexico)

    04/29/2010 7:12:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 553+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/29/2010 | Anahad O'Connor
    A Manhattan woman pleaded guilty on Thursday to arranging the killing of her husband in a murder-for-hire that occurred two decades ago on the Upper East Side. The woman, Barbara Kogan, 67, had long been a suspect in the killing of her husband, George H. Kogan, 49, who was shot in front of his apartment building on East 69th Street in 1990. The couple were embroiled in a bitter divorce at the time, and, after the killing, Ms. Kogan refused to cooperate with investigators and fought to collect millions from her husband’s life insurance policies. Prosecutors accused Ms. Kogan of...