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One Last Hope for Learning Identity of 'Precious Jane Doe'

Snohomish County, Wash., detectives hope genealogy sites can help

(Newser) - She's called "Snohomish County's precious Jane Doe" by one of the Washington state detectives on the case, and the how and the whodunit of her death have long been established. David Roth spent nearly three decades in prison for killing the young woman, a hitchhiker he picked... More »

Cops: Writer Who Dreamed Up Tale of Murders Committed Some

Liu Yongbiao accused of bludgeoning 4 people to death

(Newser) - Police in China have arrested a well-known author who had already chosen the title for his next novel, reports the Guardian : The Beautiful Writer Who Killed. And that's what authorities allege Liu Yongbiao did more than 20 years ago. The Times of London reports Liu had been born into... More »

Police: Man Killed His Own Son During Custody Battle

13-year-old Dylan Redwine went missing in 2012

(Newser) - Nearly five years after the disappearance of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine in Colorado stirred national concern, the police have arrested his father for his murder. Mark Redwine was charged on Saturday with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death, CBS News reports. Dylan disappeared in 2012 while visiting his father... More »

Police Now Believe That Mom Not Seen in 28 Years Was Killed

Cops reopen California cold case based on new evidence

(Newser) - Nearly 30 years after a California mother disappeared—her body has never been found—police got a break in the case. "About six months ago, we got a couple contacts from people who really wanted to get some things off their chest," Det. Jacob Blass of the Fremont... More »

French Police May Have Break in Notorious Cold Case

Relatives questioned in 1984 death of Gregory Villemin

(Newser) - A convoluted cold case that has fascinated France for decades may have taken a big step toward resolution. Authorities say three family members have been detained for questioning in the 32-year-old murder of 4-year-old Gregory Villemin. Gregory's body was found tied up in the Vologne River in eastern France... More »

Girl Missing 33 Years Tweets via Sheriff's Account

Fla. cops use 'eerily unorthodox campaign' to refocus attention on cold case

(Newser) - Florida authorities have let the imagined voice of an 8-year-old girl who went missing on Memorial Day Weekend in 1984 take over the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department Twitter account. Through a series of tweets with the hashtag #Justice4Luna, they led a social media campaign that included the tweets... More »

Alleged Killer's Mistake: He Spit on a Sidewalk

Geovanni Borjas accused of raping, killing 2 women in 2011

(Newser) - For more than five years, a killer has been on the loose in California. No longer, say police. Authorities in Los Angeles say they've arrested a man believed to have raped and killed two women, then dumped their bodies near freeways in 2011, reports the Los Angeles Times . Michelle... More »

'Major Breakthrough' Claimed in Grisly Norwegian Mystery

Reporters may now know where the Isdal Woman came from

(Newser) - The team of Norwegian journalists investigating a decades-old grisly mystery believe they've made a "major breakthrough," the BBC reports. Reporters from NRK, Norway's national broadcaster, have spent the past year investigating the 1970 death of the "Isdal Woman." Now they say a chemical analysis... More »

DNA Results Revealed as Netflix Revisits Nun's Murder

DNA at scene of Catherine Cesnik's murder doesn't match Rev. Joseph Maskell: cops

(Newser) - The murder of a nun shook Baltimore in 1969. Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik disappeared in November of that year before her body turned up in a field in January with blunt force trauma to the head. The murder remains unsolved, though a seven-part Netflix documentary series out Friday points the... More »

Norway Reopens Grisly Mystery of the Isdal Woman

Badly burned corpse found in 1970 was followed by string of bizarre clues

(Newser) - A gruesome scene, false identities, coded messages, and a suitcase of disguises—but no answers. Now, 47 years after her badly burned corpse was discovered in a remote part of the Isdalen valley, journalists with Norway's public broadcaster are reopening the unsolved case of the Isdal Woman. The BBC... More »

Dad Reveals Location of Son's Body— 20 Years Later

Peter Kema Jr. disappeared in 1997

(Newser) - The father of a boy who became the face of a Hawaii campaign for missing and abused children after his 1997 disappearance rode in a van with police and prosecutors last weekend, leading them to the site where he says he dumped his dead son's remains. Peter Kema Sr.... More »

Man, 74, Confesses 'Out of the Blue' to 1993 Murder

He went to cops on 24th anniversary of NC killing

(Newser) - On the 24th anniversary of the crime, a 74-year-old Louisiana man confessed to killing his son-in-law in North Carolina, officials say. Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Goldsboro, NC, said that on Feb. 7, Allen Deaver told authorities he'd killed Sydney Maurice Gregory on... More »

New Clues Cometh in the Murder of an Iceman

Copper Age man Oetzi was probably in physical fight days before his demise

(Newser) - It's one of the world's oldest murder mysteries—or what the director of an Italian archaeological museum calls "the coldest case of all"—but per the New York Times , there may be new clues to help figure out the details of Oetzi the Iceman's demise.... More »

Arrest Made in 47-Year-Old Australian Murder Mystery

Cheryl Grimmer was 3 when she disappeared from the beach

(Newser) - Nearly 50 years after a 3-year-old girl disappeared from an Australian beach, police may have finally cracked the case. In January 1970, Cheryl Grimmer visited Fairy Meadow beach in Wollongong with her mother and three young brothers, the BBC reports. As the visit wound down, the children went to shower... More »

Few Think Mom Was Shot by Her Son—Except the Son

Police originally blamed a 6-year-old back in 2001, but now they're not so sure

(Newser) - What's not in dispute is this: On March 28, 2001, 37-year-old Jill Wells was fatally struck in the head by a bullet. What's very much in dispute is the original explanation by police: They said Wells' 6-year-old son, Tanner, accidentally shot his mom as they were target shooting... More »

A Murder Charge 11 Years After Teacher Disappeared

Ryan Duke was arrested Wednesday in connection with Tara Grinstead's murder

(Newser) - Eleven years after a high-school teacher and former beauty queen went missing in rural Georgia, an arrest has been made, CBS News reports. Ryan Duke, 33, was charged with murder Thursday in connection with the disappearance of Tara Grinstead in October 2005. According to WSB-TV , someone came into the sheriff'... More »

New Twist in Cold Case That Was 'Solved,' Then Unsolved

Investigation that resulted in now-vacated conviction is itself being investigated

(Newser) - In 1957, Illinois 7-year-old Maria Ridulph was abducted and murdered. In 2011, a suspect was arrested and convicted the following year. Then, in 2016, he was set free after a prosecutor and a judge determined he could not have committed the crime. Now, the investigation into that man, Jack Daniel... More »

After 41 Years, Righteous Brothers' Singer Learns Who Killed Ex-Wife

Police say Kenneth Troyer raped, killed Karen Klaas

(Newser) - The 1976 murder of Karen Klaas, the ex-wife of Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, transfixed the nation before becoming Hermosa Beach's longest-running cold case. But the 41st anniversary of her death Monday finally brought "closure." Los Angeles police say Klaas' killer has been identified as Kenneth... More »

Family Braces for Trial in Daughter's 1984 Murder

Candace Derkson was 13 when she was abducted in Canada

(Newser) - When Candace Derksen went missing on her way home from school in Winnipeg in the fall of 1984, it took six weeks for volunteers to find her body—just a few hundred yards from her home, in a storage shed, where the 13-year-old who loved horses had been bound with... More »

They Starved Her, Kept Her in a Dog Crate—and Then She Died

The short, tragic life of 3-year-old Crystal Reyes, and how her cold case got reopened

(Newser) - "Dig deeper." Those were the last two words Anna Reyes said to Avelino Tamala before the tiny body of her daughter, Crystal, was lowered into the ground in April 1997, and a chilling glimpse into the tragic life and death of the 3-year-old at the hands of her... More »

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