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3 Kids Vanished in 1966. Police Still Get Hundreds of Tips

Case of missing Beaumont children rocked Australia

(Newser) - On Jan. 26, 1966, Australian Jane Beaumont, 9, had been tasked with watching her two younger siblings at the Glenelg beach, as she had done on past occasions. Except this time, Jane, 7-year-old Arnna, and 4-year-old Grant never returned to their suburban Adelaide home. Though police had some clues to... More »

Woman Became PI to Help Solve Her Friend's Murder

The case had been cold for 20 years

(Newser) - Angie Samota was raped and murdered in Texas in 1984, when she was 20 years old. Twenty years later, her case was still unsolved when her former college roommate, Sheila Wysocki, saw a vision of Samota standing at the edge of her bed. "I know it sounds crazy,"... More »

FBI on Hunt for Serial Killer Who Last Struck in 1986

'Original Night Stalker' was tied to at least 52 sex assaults in Sacramento County, Bay Area

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since a violent serial burglar, rapist, and killer started to terrorize Northern California, but the FBI this week announced there is a new, concerted push to find the so-called "East Area Rapist." Described as a white male about 5-foot-10 with blond or light... More »

'Surreal': Mob Victim's Body Found—23 Years Later

Former mob boss eyed in Steven DiSarro's 1993 murder

(Newser) - Nick DiSarro's father disappeared in 1993 when he was only 7. "We've waited 23 years for somebody from the FBI to call us and say we found him," he says. That call came Thursday when the FBI said it had identified a body unearthed in March... More »

Police May Have Suspect in 1989, 1994 Cold Cases

Murder of Sarah Jo DeLeon may be linked to slaying of Diana Marie Ault 2 years earlier

(Newser) - They aren't naming names yet, but police detectives in Kansas City, Kan., say they have identified a suspect in the unsolved murder of Sarah Jo DeLeon, who was 19 when her body was found in 1989. What's more, they say the suspect is a woman from the area,... More »

Ex-Cop: Why I Think My Dad Killed the 'Black Dahlia'

Thought murder 'masterpiece' would get him 'immortalized': Steve Hodel

(Newser) - Retired police detective Steve Hodel believes he's not only solved what the Guardian calls "one of the most brutal murders in American history," he's also come up with a motive. Hodel—who has long claimed his physician father killed 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, also known as the... More »

Parents Get Letter About Missing Son 39 Years Later

Police are taking a new look at case of Bernard 'Bunny' Ross

(Newser) - A cold case in Maine about a teen who vanished nearly 40 years ago is getting a fresh look from police after his parents received an anonymous letter out of the blue. Police are saying very little about the letter's contents, but they hope the author will reach out... More »

One of NJ's 'Most Notorious Cold Cases' Is Closed

Michelle Lodzinski guilty of murdering young son

(Newser) - Nearly a quarter-century after she reported him missing, Michelle Lodzinski has been found guilty of murdering her 5-year-old son. The conviction closes one of New Jersey's "most notorious cold cases," the New York Times reports. Lodzinski told police that her son, Timothy "Timmy" Wiltsey, disappeared from... More »

Mom's 10-Year Hunt for Daughter's Killers Is Over

She created fake social media profiles to find suspects

(Newser) - Murder suspect William Sotelo fell for a woman he met online and knew as "Angel"—but her profile picture was really of the woman whose killing he was wanted for, and the woman he had been exchanging messages was her mother. Belinda Lane spent 10 years using social... More »

Pollen May Help Solve 35-Year-Old Murder Mystery

Who is Ohio's 'Buckskin Girl'?

(Newser) - A few grains of pollen might help authorities solve a 35-year-old murder mystery, WKRN reports. According to CBS New York , a woman known as "Buckskin Girl" for the jacket she was wearing was found in a ditch alongside an Ohio road in 1981. She died from wounds to the... More »

Prosecutor: Man Convicted in 1957 Murder Is Innocent

Six-month review expected to lead to new trial

(Newser) - A man convicted in the 1957 abduction and killing of a 7-year-old girl in northern Illinois could not have committed the crime, a prosecutor announced Friday after reviewing new evidence in the case. DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack said his six-month review firmed up an alibi and convinced... More »

Pair's Mysterious Drowning Investigated 35 Years Later

Michelle, William Becker last seen at a dinner the night before their bodies were found

(Newser) - It's been exactly 35 years since the mysterious March 10, 1981, drowning of a Long Island couple, but their family and community are still calling on somebody—anybody—to come forward with information so they can finally piece together what happened, reports NBC News . The Department of Environmental Conservation... More »

Ex-Priest Charged in Beauty Queen's 1960 Murder

Irene Garza confessed to John Feit before she died

(Newser) - Schoolteacher and beauty queen Irene Garza was found raped and bludgeoned to death in a canal in 1960, days after confessing to a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. More than 50 years later, that priest has been charged with her murder. John Feit, the main suspect... More »

Case of Teen Girls Missing Since 1999 Gets Fresh Look

The night Ashley Freeman's parents were killed, she and Lauria Bible disappeared

(Newser) - On the penultimate evening of 1999, Danny and Kathy Freeman were shot to death in their mobile home just outside of Welch, Okla., and their home was set on fire. But when police arrived on the scene, the Freemans' daughter, Ashley, and her best friend Lauria Bible, both 16 and... More »

How a Reddit User Helped Solve a 20-Year-Old Mystery

Family members spotted shared photos of 'Grateful Doe'

(Newser) - For 20 years, he was known as "Grateful Doe." Now, police have confirmed a man killed in a car accident in Greensville County, Va., with two ticket stubs for a Grateful Dead concert in his pocket, was Jason Callahan, a 19-year-old from Myrtle Beach, SC, who'd set... More »

2 Eerily Similar Murders, 157 Years Apart

2 women, both 20, died in UK park on same day

(Newser) - Pype Hayes Park in the quiet Birmingham, UK, suburb of Erdington is a picturesque place, yet it conceals the truth behind two eerily similar murders. Mary Ashford and Barbara Forrest, both 20, spent their last hours alive dancing on May 27—but 157 years apart. In 1817, Ashford was spotted... More »

Teen's Disappearance May Be Solved After 25 Years

Remains linked to Rosemary Diaz found 2 miles from where she was last seen

(Newser) - Rosemary Diaz was just 15 when she vanished while working at a country store just a half-mile from her home in Texas' Wharton County on Nov. 24, 1990. Police were unable to solve her disappearance even after the case appeared on America's Most Wanted, but new evidence suggests the... More »

Prisoner Who Escaped in 1978 Is Caught

Ohio murderer was living quietly a few states away

(Newser) - A convicted murderer has been recaptured 37 years after he left a dummy in his bed and sawed through cell bars to make his getaway from Ohio's Marion Correctional Institution. Oscar Juarez, 66, who was just three years into a life sentence for the shooting death of a Toledo... More »

Texas Sheriff Trying to ID Girl Strangled 35 Years Ago

She was found naked on side of highway in Huntsville

(Newser) - Thirty-five years ago on Halloween, a young woman showed up in Huntsville, Texas, asking for directions to the Texas Department of Corrections' Ellis Prison Farm. The next morning, on Nov. 1, 1980, a passing trucker spotted her body on the side of the highway, reports ABC13 . Likely aged 15 to... More »

Police Reopen Investigation Into 1975 Officer Slaying

And they're offering a $50K reward for information

(Newser) - Late last month, the Long Beach Police Department reopened the investigation into a 28-year-old officer gunned down in front of his house in 1975, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports. Not only that, but the department is offering a $50,000 reward for any information that helps solve the case, according... More »

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