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Killer Clown Suspect to Cops: 'Is My Husband Under Arrest?'

Sheila Keen Warren is accused of killing her husband's late wife in 1990

(Newser) - Palm Beach County prosecutors released evidence Thursday in the 28-year-old so-called "killer clown case" that they say helped lead to the arrest of Sheila Keen Warren in September at the Virginia home she shared with her husband—Michael Warren, victim Marlene Warren's widower. Per the AP , the evidence... More »

37 Years Later, 'Buckskin Girl' Finally Identified

Her name was Marcia King, and she was just 21

(Newser) - A body that was discovered in a ditch along an Ohio roadway 37 years ago has been identified as an Arkansas woman, the AP reports. The woman had been known as the "Buckskin Girl" because of the distinctive buckskin jacket she was wearing. Her body was found in Troy... More »

Body of Woman Missing Since 1966 Found in Home of Late Cop

William Boken, Louise Pietrewicz were having an affair

(Newser) - "I'm happy. I'm sad. I'm angry. I want to smack somebody." Such is the reaction of a daughter to confirmation that the body of her mother, missing some 50 years, has been found buried beneath the home of her late boyfriend, a married police officer,... More »

Note on Dollar Bill Could Be Cold-Case Clue

It names 11-year-old girl who vanished in Arizona in 1999

(Newser) - It happened in the 90 seconds it took her younger sister to dash home and back. Where Mikelle Biggs had last been seen riding her bike, waiting for an ice cream truck to arrive, her sister found only a discarded bike and a sprinkling of quarters. Nineteen years later and... More »

Decades-Old Rapes Solved After Man Pees on Neighbor's Plant

'I’m so glad I reported him and these women have got justice'

(Newser) - A man who raped two women at knifepoint in Britain avoided capture for over 30 years. Then he peed on his neighbor's potted plant. The BBC reports a 21-year-old woman was raped by a man while walking alone in 1983. An 18-year-old woman was raped in a similar situation... More »

Cold Case Arrest Touches Head of Mass. State Police

Col. Kerry Gilpin's sister was murdered 31 years ago

(Newser) - Four months ago, Col. Kerry Gilpin took over as superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, but her name is getting national news now with the announcement that a suspect in her sister's 1986 murder has been arrested. Tracy Gilpin was 15 when she left a party in Kingston and... More »

Their Recollections of Mom's 1982 Death Led to Dad's Arrest

New information from the sisters, who were 11 and 13, led to murder charge

(Newser) - New information from two sisters who were 11 and 13 when their mother was killed in 1982 in northern Wisconsin resulted in a murder charge against their father more than 35 years later, a lead investigator in the case said Wednesday. Robin Mendez, 69, was charged with first-degree murder this... More »

New Claims on DB Cooper: FBI 'Flat-Out Lying' About Him

Investigative team say infamous skyjacker may have been CIA Black Ops operative

(Newser) - Last month, a team led by Tom Colbert claimed a Vietnam vet now in his 70s named Robert Rackstraw was DB Cooper, the bandit who hijacked a plane in the Pacific Northwest in November 1971, then parachuted out over southern Washington state with $200,000 in ransom cash. On Thursday... More »

Report: 75 Women Strangled in Chicago, Most Cases Unsolved

'Chicago Tribune' tracks deaths over last 17 years

(Newser) - An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has found that at least 75 women have been strangled or smothered over the last 17 years, though arrests have been made in just a third of the cases. The newspaper reports that the women's bodies were found in vacant buildings, alleys, garbage... More »

'Extremely Valuable' Cold Case Find: a Crate

New leads in 1999 disappearance follow discovery of case files

(Newser) - The disappearance of two teenage girls in Oklahoma 18 years ago is getting renewed attention—and the case is potentially making progress—thanks to the lucky discovery of an old crate. Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey was moving into the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 when he found a crate... More »

Cops: DNA From Coke Can Unravels Teen's 1989 Murder

It points to man who lived on same street as victim

(Newser) - Home from college for Thanksgiving, 18-year-old Amanda "Mandy" Stavik took her family dog for a jog near Bellingham, Wash., on Nov. 24, 1989. The dog returned home that day, but Stavik's body, showing evidence of rape and possible drowning, was later found in a river. DNA was collected,... More »

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 »

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