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How DJ Was Busted in Old Cold Case: Gum, a Water Bottle

Raymond Rowe charged in 1992 murder thanks to new DNA technique called genetic genealogy

(Newser) - More than a quarter century had passed since the murder of a 25-year-old Pennsylvania teacher before an arrest was made in June, and now the suspect, a disc jockey known as "DJ Freez," has admitted his culpability. ABC News reports Raymond Rowe, 50, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges... More »

39 Years Later, Man Charged in Teen's Fatal Stabbing

Michelle Martinko was found dead in a mall parking lot, inside her family's vehicle

(Newser) - Nearly 40 years ago, 18-year-old Michelle Marie Martinko attended a school choir banquet, then went to an Iowa mall to shop for a new coat. She was never seen alive again. Police found the high school senior dead of stab wounds to her face and chest in the mall parking... More »

He Was Cleared of Girls' Murder in 1987. Now, a Conviction

Witness in Russell Bishop case who flipped in 1987 could face perjury investigation

(Newser) - Nothing can bring back Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, 9-year-old girls murdered in the UK in 1986. "But we know that other children are now safe from the hands of Russell Bishop," family members said Monday as the 52-year-old convicted pedophile was found guilty of sexually assaulting and... More »

A Mother Has Been Searching for Her Son, Here, for 30 Years

Denise Horvath-Allan has flown from the UK to Kelowna 15 times

(Newser) - In November, Denise Horvath-Allan flew for the 15th time from the UK to Kelowna, British Columbia. The 69-year-old says it will be her last such trip, but not because her business there is finished. As James McMahon explains in a piece for MEL Magazine , Kelowna is where her 20-year-old son... More »

Murder Charges Follow Hit True-Crime Podcast

Chris Dawson allegedly killed wife in 1982 amid affairs

(Newser) - Police in Australia say they've solved a 36-year-old murder that fascinated worldwide listeners of a true-crime podcast. More than 27 million people have listened to The Teacher's Pet produced by The Australian—which hit No. 1 in the US, Canada, and the UK—since it began in May... More »

Authorities Identify Woman Found Dead 20 Years Ago

A suspect in the murder committed suicide, they say

(Newser) - Some two decades ago, a passing motorist found the remains of a woman near Lake Powell in southeastern Utah. She had been killed with a gunshot to the head, and her body was wrapped in duct tape, tied with rope, and put inside of a sleeping bag that was wrapped... More »

Killer Hoped to Move Prisons, Made Astounding Confession

So far, 34 murders have been confirmed and attributed to Samuel Little

(Newser) - If Samuel Little hadn't wanted a change of scenery, scores of murders across the US might have remained unsolved. The FBI says the 78-year-old man suspected of being America's most prolific killer wasn't happy in California, where he was serving three life sentences for the murders of... More »

Almost 50 Years Later, We Know Who Killed Her

DNA evidence used to solve 1969 cold case murder

(Newser) - Harvard graduate student Jane Britton, 23, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death in the Cambridge apartment where she lived alone in 1969. For nearly half a century, the case went unsolved, but on Tuesday, officials announced Britton's killer had been identified thanks to DNA evidence: convicted rapist Michael... More »

Dad Who Vanished in 1961 Might Never Have Left Home

Family suspects bones buried in basement belong to George Carroll

(Newser) - Throughout childhood, brothers Steven and Michael Carroll were told their father "went out and just never came back." It turns out he might never have left the family's Lake Grove, NY, home after all. Steven Carroll's adult sons were digging in the basement on the eve... More »

32 Years After Likely Murder, Cops Dig Up Concrete Floor

Search for Suzy Lamplugh takes police to former home of suspect's mom

(Newser) - UK police are digging up a property previously owned by the mother of a convicted killer in the hope of solving a 32-year-old cold case. Real estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, then 25, vanished on July 28, 1986, after leaving her London offices to meet an unknown "Mr. Kipper" at... More »

Man Charged in Wife's 1975 Disappearance

Richard Pierce "had motive and opportunity," authorities say

(Newser) - Richard Gale Pierce said he arrived home on Sept. 8, 1975, to the trailer he shared with his wife in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and found that she had left him. Eighty-two days passed before he reported Carol Jean Pierce, 35, missing, telling police that she had left before and returned... More »

Man Confesses to 2014 Murder of Connecticut Jogger

He said he couldn't live with what he done, sources say

(Newser) - Almost four years after insurance exec Melissa Millan was fatally stabbed on a Connecticut jogging trail, a suspect walked into a police station and confessed to the killing, law enforcement sources say. William Winters Leverett, 27, has been charged with murder and will appear in court Monday, police in Simsbury... More »

After Podcast Revisits Woman's Disappearance, Cops Do Too

Police are searching for the remains of Lynette Dawson

(Newser) - The disappearance of an Australian mother more than 35 years ago is getting renewed attention thanks to the case being featured on a popular true crime podcast. Police in New South Wales on Wednesday began what they say will be a five-day forensic search of the former home of Lynette... More »

14K Men Gave Up Their DNA, and It Led to One Who Didn't

Arrest made in 1998 murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen

(Newser) - In August 1998, 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen disappeared from his summer camp tent; his body was found the next day. Now, an arrest in a case that has been major news in the Netherlands and that involved a massive DNA undertaking. The Guardian reports that as the 20th anniversary of Nicky'... More »

A Decade Later, Serial Rapist Sunk by Family Ties: Cops

Genealogy data identifies NC's Darold Bowden, accused in 6 rapes

(Newser) - Online genealogical data led authorities to the suspected Golden State Killer. Now it may have identified the "Ramsey Street Rapist" responsible for at least six rapes in Fayetteville, NC, from March 2006 to January 2008, most following apartment break-ins in the area of Ramsey Street. Arrested shirtless at his... More »

Stephen King's Son Thinks He's Found Murder Victim in Jaws

'If nothing else, it's a pretty good little ghost story'

(Newser) - "What if the young murder victim no one has ever been able to identify has been seen by hundreds of millions of people in a beloved summer classic?" It's a wild idea, but one Joe Hill just can't shake since seeing Jaws on the big screen in... More »

They Were Under Gacy's Home. Now, a Push to ID Them

John Does No. 10 and 13 are some of the 6 who remain unidentified

(Newser) - The quest to identify all of John Wayne Gacy's victims has not flagged. Authorities on Monday released facial reconstructions of what John Doe No. 10 and John Doe No. 13 may have looked like in a bid to erase the John Doe part of the equation, reports CBS News... More »

How a Student's Diligence Helped Solve 1975 Mystery

A cemetery index entry of 'Unknown Female White Bones' bothered her too much to ignore

(Newser) - For 40 years, the skeleton with a bullet hole in its left temple carried the title of "Unknown White Female Bones." No longer , thanks to an Ohio college student and the Californian forensic artist she inspired. The Washington Post has new details on the case: Christina Scates, 23,... More »

Arrest Finally Made in Notorious 1988 Murder

Cops say suspect taunted them for years

(Newser) - Police in Indiana believe they have finally caught a suspect whose sickening crime has haunted investigators for more than 30 years. Grabill resident John D. Miller, 59, was arrested early Sunday and police say he has confessed to kidnapping, raping, and strangling 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl April Tinsley on Good... More »

Body of Missing Girl Identified After 44 Years

Relatives thought they would die wondering

(Newser) - After Akron 17-year-old Linda Pagano vanished in 1974, her family spent 44 years wondering what had happened to her. Now they know she was murdered. Stepfather Byron Claflin reported her missing a day after he kicked her out of his apartment for coming home late from a concert. The Cuyahoga... More »

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