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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 »

New Name Surfaces in Madeleine McCann Case

2 witnesses identify same person after image release

(Newser) - After airing computer-generated images of a possible figure in the Madeleine McCann case on a BBC show last night, London police have fielded more than 700 calls and 200 emails regarding the missing British girl, they say in a statement . What's more, two witnesses offered the same name after... More »

Dad's Relative Charged in Murder of Baby Hope

Conrado Juarez confesses to sexually assaulting, smothering child in 1991

(Newser) - Baby Hope got a step closer to justice yesterday, with the NYPD charging a relative of her father in her 1991 murder. Conrado Juarez, 52, confessed to sexually assaulting the little girl—who was recently identified as Anjelica Castillo —while he was drunk one night, and then smothering her,... More »

'Baby Hope' Is at Last Identified: Angelica

Angelica Ramirez 'was really an angel,' police source says

(Newser) - Just days after finding the mother of Baby Hope, the real name of the murdered toddler, found in a cooler in New York City in 1991, has finally been revealed. She was Angelica Ramirez—a fitting name, the New York Post reports, since "she was really an angel,"... More »

Cops ID Mom of Girl Found in Cooler 22 Years Ago

NYPD makes breakthrough in Baby Hope case

(Newser) - New York police have made a breakthrough in a case that horrified the city in the summer of 1991. Thanks to a tip and DNA evidence, they've identified and brought in for questioning the mother of the dead little girl who became known as "Baby Hope," the... More »

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