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Arrest Is Made in Spate of Hospital Deaths in 2002

Jennifer Anne Hall's lawyer says she is being wrongly accused—again

(Newser) - In the five months that Jennifer Anne Hall was a respiratory therapist at Hedrick Medical Center in 2002, the rural Missouri hospital experienced 18 "code blue" incidents—an alarming increase in sudden cardiac arrest events for a hospital that historically averaged one of them a year, according to a...

Police: DNA Match Solves Murder After 34 Years

But it won't be possible to prosecute the suspect

(Newser) - Almost exactly 34 years ago—May 23, 1988—two of Lucille Hultgren's many friends stopped by her house to check on her after she didn’t show up for church, only to find her body. The 79-year-old was a recent widow and mother of two adult sons. The coroner...

26 Years After Murder, Note to Cops Leads to Arrest

Jade Benning accused of stabbing boyfriend Christopher Harvey in Santa Ana, California

(Newser) - For more than two decades, police in Southern California wondered who killed 22-year-old Christopher Harvey in his own apartment. Then they got a major hint contained in an anonymous note. The letter, submitted to police in January 2020, implicated Harvey's live-in girlfriend Jade Benning, who'd pointed the finger...

'I Pushed a Bloke. He Went Over the Edge'

Australian court hears confession in 1988 murder of American Scott Johnson

(Newser) - A man told police he killed American mathematician Scott Johnson in 1988 by pushing the 27-year-old off a Sydney cliff in what prosecutors describe as a gay hate crime, a court heard on Monday. Scott White, 51, appeared in the New South Wales state Supreme Court for a sentencing hearing...

Madeleine McCann: Suspect Declared Ahead of Deadline

German national Christian Brueckner is currently incarcerated

(Newser) - Portuguese prosecutors have identified a formal suspect in the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Prosecutors in Faro, the main city of the Algarve region, said Thursday that a suspect had been formally identified a day earlier, per the BBC . Though prosecutors didn't name the individual, they said he had...

She Went Out for a Run in 1998 and Never Came Home

'Dateline' resurfaces the case of Tera Smith

(Newser) - The case of a California 16-year-old who vanished after going out for a run in 1998 is back in the spotlight thanks to Dateline , which has delved into the case of Tera Smith. NBC News reports mother Marilyn told Dateline her recollection of August 22, 1998: The two had run...

Victim of 'Happy Face Killer' Identified, 29 Years Later

Patricia Skiple was found dead in 1993

(Newser) - A victim of the Happy Face Killer has been identified nearly 30 years after her body was left near a California highway, authorities said Monday. Patricia Skiple of Colton, Ore., had been known only as “Blue Pacheco" for the color of her clothing until genetic genealogy was used to...

30 Years Later, Female Found in Ditch Has a Name

Margaret Ann Sniegowski Jr., 17, IDed thanks to DNA evidence; now it's a homicide investigation

(Newser) - For three decades, the identity of a body found along an Indiana highway remained unknown, a cold case that stumped Boone County officials. Now, a name to that body, thanks to a curious sister and advances in genetic genealogy. FOX59 details the case of 17-year-old Ohioan Margaret Ann Sniegowski Jr....

Mystery of Her 1982 Murder May Be Solved

Authorities in Georgia charge Marcellus McCluster in death of Rene Dawn Blackmore

(Newser) - A long-unsolved murder of an Army private in Georgia may have been cracked. Authorities in Georgia have charged Marcellus McCluster, 64, with killing Rene Dawn Blackmore in 1982, when she was a private at Fort Benning, reports Fox 8 . The 20-year-old Blackmore vanished while returning to her barracks on the...

33 Years Later, 'Days Inn Killer' Has Been Identified

DNA analysis leads to cold case resolution, points finger at a dead man

(Newser) - In 1987, Vicki Heath was murdered in Kentucky; two years later, Margaret "Peggy" Gill and Jeanne Gilbert were killed in Indiana. More than three decades later, Indiana State Police say they've identified the man who murdered them and sexually assaulted another woman in Indiana in 1989, CNN reports....

YouTube Divers Say They Found Man Missing Since 2003

Family called in 'Adventures With Purpose' team

(Newser) - James Amabile was on his way to pick up his daughters from a babysitter in Dec. 2003, and had told the babysitter he was running late. The 38-year-old never arrived, and was never seen again, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Now, a scuba diving team that is dedicated to helping families...

15 Years After Teen's Murder, Her Roommate Is Charged

Police arrest Nichole Rice, 34, in connection with fatal stabbing of Anita Knutson, 18, in Minot, ND

(Newser) - Nearly 15 years after a North Dakota teen was found murdered in her home, a crack has finally been made in the case. Police in Minot say that Nichole Rice, 34, has been arrested in connection with 18-year-old Anita Knutson's killing, after more than 10 years in which "...

34 Years After Murder, Killer Identified From a Single Hair

'Closure is everything,' says son who was 2 when Diane Dahn was killed

(Newser) - On May 2, 1988, 2-year-old Mark Beyer was found wandering on his own in a San Diego-area apartment complex. His mother had been stabbed to death in their apartment. After 34 years, police have identified the killer, and Beyer, now 36, says he finally has closure—"and closure is...

'Little Miss Nobody' Identified as Girl Abducted in 1960

Body of little girl found in 1960 identified as Sharon Lee Gallegos

(Newser) - “Little Miss Nobody” finally has a name. The Yavapai County Sheriff's office said Tuesday the previously unidentified little girl whose burned remains were found over 60 years ago in the Arizona desert was 4-year-old Sharon Lee Gallegos of New Mexico, the AP reports. The child's remains were...

One Mystery Solved, Another Reopened in Grisly Find

Decapitated head found in Illinois in 1993 identified as Susan Lund of Tennessee

(Newser) - Forensic sleuthing has solved one 29-year-old mystery—the identity of a woman whose head was found in an Illinois park in 1993. But the development has raised a new question: Who killed the woman newly identified as Susan Lund of Tennessee? As Clarksville Now reports, Lund was a 25-year-old mother...

Boys Identified 70 Years After Bludgeoning by Hatchet

David and Derek D'Alton named as Vancouver's 'Babes in the Woods'

(Newser) - For almost 70 years, they've been known as the "Babes in the Woods." Now, thanks to DNA, police in Vancouver, Canada, say they finally know the names of two young victims who were found bludgeoned to death by a hatchet in Vancouver's Stanley Park in 1953....

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58-Year-Old Murder Case Cracked by College Student

Finding Marise Chiverella's killer was 'hardest thing that I've ever done,' says Eric Schubert

(Newser) - Pennsylvania state police have identified a man who raped and murdered a 9-year-old girl 58 years ago—with help from a college student. Marise Ann Chiverella was abducted while walking to school in Hazleton, 80 miles north of Philadelphia, on March 18, 1964. Her raped and strangled body was found...

He Recalled a Story His Dad Told Him, Helped Solved Case

Sheriff's office says the 1972 Durham case is now closed

(Newser) - A crack in the decades-old case came in 2019. Shane Birt agreed to be interviewed for a book on notorious Georgia crimes, including a case his father had participated in, reports the Watauga Democrat . He recounted a story his father, Billy Sunday Birt, had told him during a prison visit:...

2008 'Lane Bryant' Murders Receive New Interest

2 new detectives have been put on the case

(Newser) - A mass murder that took place at a Chicago-area Lane Bryant 14 years ago remains unsolved, but authorities hope a new pair of detectives will change that, FOX 32 reports. Four customers and two employees—all women—were shot at close range during what was likely an attempted robbery at...

He Plunged From Cliff in 1988. 34 Years Later, an Admission

Australia's Scott White confesses in court to killing American Scott Johnson

(Newser) - Update: An Australian man has admitted to murdering an American mathematician who fell to his death from a cliff in Sydney in 1988, reports the AP . Scott White admitted in court that he killed Scott Johnson, whose death was initially ruled a suicide. The 27-year-old Johnson was gay, and prosecutors...

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