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This Old Photo Led to a Murder Trial

Suspect charged with killing boy in 1968 after a witness who was just 3 comes forward

(Newser) - The crime is awful: A man is accused of murdering his girlfriend's toddler son by smashing the boy's head against a fireplace in a fit of anger. But the circumstances surrounding the murder trial of David Dearlove in England are drawing even more attention. The alleged murder of... More »

Old Crime Scene Photos Crack Teen's 1979 Slaying

Leads to retesting of evidence, DNA match to killer of Janie Landers

(Newser) - The persistence of both a detective and the victim's sister has solved a murder in Oregon—38 years after it happened. On March 9, 1979, Janie Landers disappeared outside the Fairview Training Center for the developmentally disabled where she lived in Salem, per the AP . Five days later, the... More »

Woman Missing Since 1975 Found, With No Clues on Life

Flora Stevens disappeared 42 years ago after being dropped off at a doctor's appointment

(Newser) - A woman who disappeared from upstate New York 42 years ago has been found suffering from dementia and living in a Massachusetts assisted-living facility, authorities say. The sheriff's office in Sullivan County, NY, says Flora Stevens, 78, was using the last name Harris when detectives tracked her down this... More »

Author Claims to Solve Notorious 'Black Dahlia' Murder

Killer was a sadistic accused pimp, says Piu Eatwell

(Newser) - It wasn't a doctor who tortured, killed, and carved a clown-like smile in the face of the Black Dahlia, but an accused pimp who escaped punishment as part of a police cover-up, according to a new book. After three years of scouring official documents and grand jury files, British... More »

The Clay Bust Looked Just Like Her Sister, Missing Since 1978

Inside a cold case in Tampa, Fla.

(Newser) - Sheila Williams loves watching the news, and a local segment caught her attention: Florida law enforcement and other officials would soon gather in Tampa for a symposium on cold cases. Maybe, she thought, they'd be able to talk with detectives there about Brenda, her sister who had been missing... More »

2 Cops Arrested in Murder of Black Man 34 Years Ago

3 others were also arrested in the Georgia cold case

(Newser) - Five white people—including two law enforcement officers—were arrested Friday in Georgia in connection with the murder of a black man 34 years ago, NBC News reports. Timothy Coggins was 23 when his body was found in a grassy area 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta in 1983. Spalding... More »

Resolution Possible in Brutal 1998 Slaying of Yale Student

Charges could come in future, says FOI officer

(Newser) - Suzanne Jovin was found near the Yale campus in New Haven, Conn., with 17 stab wounds to her neck and head and the tip of a knife lodged in her skull. Nineteen years later, investigators and an assistant state's attorney are still devoting eight hours each week to the... More »

Arrest in 'Killer Clown' Murder, 27 Years Later

New wife of victim's husband was suspect almost from day one

(Newser) - On May 26, 1990, Marlene Warren answered the front door of her Florida home to see a woman wearing a clown costume, complete with wig and bulb nose, and carrying flowers and balloons—one of which said "You're the greatest!" The clown-costumed woman shot Warren in the... More »

'We Have a Sense of Why He Did It': Arrest in 1992 Murder

Police say they obtained written confession from alleged murderer

(Newser) - Authorities say a man has been charged with killing a Massachusetts middle school teacher's aide 25 years ago, the AP reports. Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Monday that Gary Schara, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, was arrested in Connecticut and charged with the April 1992 death of Lisa Ziegert.... More »

42 Years After Girls Vanish From Mall, a Guilty Plea

Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. sentenced to 48 years in prison

(Newser) - A 60-year-old man who pleaded guilty in the killing of two young sisters from Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to 48 years in prison, more than four decades after the girls vanished during a trip to a local shopping mall, the AP reports. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. entered his plea in... More »

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 »

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