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  • 18 years later, finally answers: How investigators solved the murders of 2 Welch girls

    05/21/2018 2:35:16 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 34 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Apr 23, 2018 | Shelia Stogsdill
    VINITA — Eighteen years after two teenagers from Welch disappeared, police have arrested one of three men they say tortured and held the girls for days before strangling them to death. The killers bragged that the bodies of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible, both 16, are “in a pit in Picher,” according to an affidavit released at a news conference Monday. Ronnie Dean Busick, 66, of Wichita, Kansas, faces a host of charges in the 1999 deaths of the girls and Freeman’s parents, Kathy and Danny Freeman. He is in custody at the Harvey County, Kansas, jail. Two other suspects...
  • DNA Helps Solve Decades-Old Slaying Of Righteous Brothers Singer’s Ex-Wife

    01/31/2017 12:12:20 PM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies ^ | January 30, 2017 2:14 PM | Staff
    Authorities say familial DNA was used to solve the 1976 killing of the ex-wife of The Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley. Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Monday that investigators blame Kenneth Eugene Troyer for the slaying. Karen Klaas was strangled with her pantyhose in her home. Investigators say they collected a DNA sample from the coroner and matched it to forensic evidence from the crime scene. McDonnell says investigators ran a forensic sample collected at the crime scene through a state database and found a familial match to identify a close male relative of Troyer’s. Police in California...
  • 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 · 14 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.