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Mom Arrested in Son's Murder 23 Years Later

Michelle Lodzinski accused of killing her 5-year-old boy

(Newser) - The 23-year-old cold case of the murder of 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey may finally be solved. His mother, 47-year-old Michelle Lodzinski, was arrested in Florida this week—on what would have been Timothy's 29th birthday—and charged with killing her son, reports the AP . She initially claimed he had escaped... More »

Century-Old Mafia Murder Apparently Solved

Alleged Mafioso accidentally reveals that his father's uncle did it

(Newser) - After more than 100 years, Italian police believe they've solved the killing of a famed New York police detective, after an alleged modern Mafioso allegedly bragged about his relative's role in the killing. NYPD Lieutenant Joe Petrosino, who was something of a celebrity during his lifetime, was gunned... More »

My Dad Killed Black Dahlia, Says Retired Cop

Steve Hodel says he has new evidence his doctor father was a serial killer

(Newser) - A retired police detective suspects he's getting closer to solving a series of 1940s Hollywood murders, including that of the Black Dahlia —and the man he suspects to be the killer is his own father. Steve Hodel first began to suspect George Hodel while going through his belongings... More »

Woman, 75, Convicted for Killing Husband 40 Years Ago

Alice Uden's current husband faces separate murder charges

(Newser) - Jurors convicted a 75-year-old woman who shot her husband in the mid-1970s of second-degree murder, despite her defense that she acted in a desperate bid to defend her 2-year-old daughter from attack by an abusive man. Investigators last summer recovered Ronald Holtz's remains from an abandoned mine on a... More »

33 Years Later, Murder Suspect Found—Living as Church Deacon

Police say Joseph Lewis Miller confessed to 1981 murder

(Newser) - Joseph Lewis Miller, a disabled 78-year-old church deacon, has been living quietly in the small rural town of Mineola, Texas, since the 1980s, under the name of Roy Eubanks. He has arthritis and a Pacemaker and uses a cane; he's served on a number of boards in the community;... More »

Ex-Cop Convicted in 'Coldest Case Ever Solved' Appealing

Jack Daniel McCullough insists he didn't kill Maria Ridulph in 1957

(Newser) - Jack Daniel McCullough, the ex-cop serving a life sentence for a long-unsolved 1957 Illinois murder, is appealing his 2012 conviction. McCullough, 74, says his mother essentially accused him of Maria Ridulph's murder from the grave—she was sedated and lay dying in a hospital bed when she told McCullough'... More »

Drought May Solve Another Cold Case

Remains found in Texas lake believed to be of woman who vanished 35 years ago

(Newser) - Drought in Texas may have resolved a 35-year-old mystery. After a city worker in Granbury noticed a vehicle sticking out of the local lake, police pulled an old Chevy pickup out of the water and found a skeleton inside, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . Though DNA tests must still confirm... More »

S. Dakota Solves Case of Missing Girls 43 Years Later

Families get closure after drought exposes wreckage

(Newser) - After decades of mystery, the families of Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson finally know what happened to the two South Dakota girls one night in May 1971. Officials have confirmed that a 1960 Studebaker found in a creek last year contained the remains of the two 17-year-olds—and they appear... More »

Man Stuns Cops by Confessing Life as Hitman

Jose Manuel Martinez suspected in as many as 40 deaths

(Newser) - When police arrested Jose Manuel Martinez, they suspected him only of the 2013 shooting of a man who made the mistake of insulting his daughter. So they were taken aback and a bit skeptical when the 51-year-old said he'd been a cartel hitman since age 16, and a good... More »

Arrest in 17-Year-Old Cold Case, Thanks to Cigarette

And some very determined Oklahoma investigators

(Newser) - Police have been searching for 17 years for the killer of Amber Gail Creek, a 14-year-old runaway foster child from Illinois found strangled and beaten to death in Wisconsin in 1997, the word "Hi" written on her hand, a $5 price tag stuck to her arm, and a plastic... More »

Bones Found in Santa Fe Could Solve 62-Year Cold Case

Inez Garcia went missing in 1952; husband was suspect

(Newser) - It's been 62 years since then-26-year-old Inez Garcia went missing—and investigators may finally have some new clues. In digging up the floor of a garage at the center of the case, detectives on Monday found bone fragments, some charred, and they're having them tested to see if... More »

2 Arrests Made in 'Quilt' Murder From 25 Years Ago

Victim's husband and brother-in-law are charged

(Newser) - Police in San Jose say they've closed a cold-case murder from 25 years ago that involved a newly revealed clue : a quilt used to cover the victim. Cops arrested David Zimmer, 66, in the strangulation of his estranged, wife, Cathy, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . They also filed murder... More »

FBI Hunts Killer Behind Unsolved 1976 Murders

Murders of 5 SF Bay Area women linked to Reno killing, say authorities

(Newser) - The FBI is turning up the heat on a series of cold-case murders now almost 40 years old. Thanks to new DNA evidence, detectives say they suspect one killer is responsible for the murders of five young women around the San Francisco Bay Area in early 1976, and was an... More »

Murderer Caught 30 Years Later Kills Self

Californian commits suicide as DNA links him to old crime

(Newser) - As a teenager, Robert Hathaway raped and murdered his friend's mother in the summer of 1983 and got away with it all these years. Finally, a routine check of a fingerprint database in January of this year sent police to his door in Fairfield, California, to get a DNA... More »

39 Years After Sisters Vanished, Suspect Named

Police looking for information on carnival ride operator

(Newser) - Sheila Lyon, 12, and her sister Katherine, 10, went to see an Easter exhibit at a Maryland shopping mall on March 25, 1975, and were never seen again. Some 39 years later, police yesterday named a person of interest in the case, Reuters reports. Lloyd Lee Welch, now 57 and... More »

This Old Quilt Could Be Key to 25-Year-Old Cold Case Murder

Authorities want info on homemade quilt Cathy Zimmer was found wrapped in

(Newser) - Some 25 years after Cathy Zimmer was found strangled in her car in March 1989, San Jose authorities are asking for information on what may be the key to unlocking her murder: the handmade patchwork quilt her body was wrapped in. While police say they've kept information about the... More »

Arrest in Grisly '96 Killing, as Another Guy Does Time for It

Jason Ryan arrested in 1996 murder of Geraldine Montgomery

(Newser) - Police just yesterday arrested a man in a 17-year-old rape and murder case. Just one wrinkle: Another man is already serving life in prison for the crime. The horrific murder of Geraldine Montgomery shocked the small town of Kalkaska, Mich., in 1996, NBC News reports. The 68-year-old widow was beaten... More »

42 Years Later, a Break in 'Valentine's Day Killings'

'Person of interest' identified in 1971 murders

(Newser) - Authorities investigating a 42-year-old cold case murder of a young North Carolina couple say they've homed in on a "person of interest." Nineteen-year-old Jesse McBane and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Patricia Mann, were found tied up, strangled and beaten in Orange County on February 25, 1971, less than... More »

How Police Busted Castro's Neighbor in 1990s Murders

Elias Acevedo confessed to 2 murders

(Newser) - The capture of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro ultimately led police to clues in two more 1990s cold cases, and Castro's neighbor was charged last week with two murders and three rapes, Reuters reports. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has the crazy story: After Castro's arrest and the rescue of... More »

Woman Steps on Skull, 10-Year Mystery Begins

Police want help solving 'Members Only case'

(Newser) - In 2004, a young mother skidded off Long Island's Northern State Parkway—and, upon exiting her car to get help, stepped on a human skull. In the almost 10 years since, New York police have been mystified as to who the man is and what happened to him. Now... More »

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