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Murder of JonBenet Ramsey to Get a Fresh Look

Colorado Bureau of Investigation team to take up the cold case in 2023

(Newser) - The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will take a fresh look at the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey next year. The CBI's Cold Case Review Team—a group of "investigative, analytical, and forensic experts from across the state" who meet two to four times a year—will take up...

Rate of Unsolved Murders Has 'Never Been This Bad'

Almost half of US murders now going unsolved

(Newser) - Relatives of murder victims in the US are less likely than ever to see their loved one's killer face justice. According to FBI data, the "clearance rate"—the proportion of murder cases solved or otherwise closed per year—for homicides nationwide has fallen to a record low...

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...

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:...

His Parents' Deaths Unsolved, Son Flags 'Eerily Similar' Case
His Parents' Deaths Unsolved,
Son Flags 'Eerily Similar' Case
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His Parents' Deaths Unsolved, Son Flags 'Eerily Similar' Case

John and Joyce Sheridan were found dead in 2014

(Newser) - John and Joyce Sheridan's children didn't buy the official explanation of their deaths. The couple of 47 years were found dead in the burning master bedroom of their New Jersey home early on Sept. 28, 2014. It was ruled a murder-suicide, with the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office...

$150K Reward Offered in Lake Tahoe Killing

Shooter hid in home for 4 hours, police say

(Newser) - The daughter of a Lake Tahoe, Calif., man shot to death in a June home invasion is offering 150,000 reasons for someone to come forward about the crime, FOX 40 reports. A man shown on surveillance video sneaked into the home of Robert Spohr and Wendy Wood, hid until...

1963 Killing May Be Solved— but Suspect May Not Be Alive

Authorities have been searching for months with no luck

(Newser) - Margaret "Peggy" Beck was serving as a counselor for the first time at a Girl Scout camp in Colorado on the night of Aug. 18, 1963, when her tent mate got sick and went to the infirmary for the rest of the evening. So Beck, 16, was alone in...

After Suicide, Police Seek Connection to Murder of 2 Girls

Paul Etter lived near where Indiana teens were kidnapped

(Newser) - Police have a new suspect in the 2017 murder of two 13-year-old girls in Indiana—but they're never going to be able to question him. Paul Etter, 55, killed himself June 27 after an hours-long standoff with police in Boone County, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reports. He lived...

Algorithm Finds 51 Eerily Similar Chicago Murders

'It just screams serial killer'

(Newser) - The bodies turned up in some of Chicago's most derelict places: alleys, abandoned buildings, weed-choked lots, and garbage containers, per the AP . The victims were mostly black women who had been strangled or suffocated. Authorities believed many were prostitutes or drug addicts or both. There was evidence of sexual...

Public Urged to Keep Providing Tips in Killing of 2 Girls

Indiana murders not a cold case, police say

(Newser) - Indiana authorities urged the public Wednesday to keep passing on tips in the slayings of two teenage girls killed during a hike , saying on the 2-year anniversary of the crime that the next tip could help solve the case. Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, vanished on Feb. 13,...

Informant's Reference to 'GH' May Be Black Dahlia Clue

Steve Hodel says initials refer to his physician father, who he thinks is the legendary killer

(Newser) - A retired Los Angeles detective who's long claimed to have solved one of the most vile murders in American history says he has new evidence pointing the finger squarely at … his father. Steve Hodel has spent decades researching the 1947 murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, dubbed the...

Twin Sister's Billboard: 'Find My Killer'

Jennifer Carrieri continues to seek justice

(Newser) - Killed more than 20 years ago, Jody LeCornu will soon rise above Baltimore County—on a billboard asking people to help find her killer, the Baltimore Sun reports. "I don't know that everybody watches the news or TV so I'm hoping it reaches someone who doesn't...

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...

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...

DB Cooper Case Could Still Be Solved —With Your Help
DB Cooper
Case Could
Still Be Solved
—With Your Help
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DB Cooper Case Could Still Be Solved —With Your Help

True Ink releasing case files for citizen sleuths

(Newser) - A man identifying himself as Dan Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient jet, jumped from the airliner with $200,000 in ransom money and a parachute, and seemingly disappeared in 1971 in what has endured as one of the great American crime mysteries—one an online magazine now hopes to solve....

NYPD Baffled by Case of Baby Thrown From Building in 1993

They hope a sketch will lead to tips

(Newser) - She was less than 24 hours old when police say she was thrown from the second floor of an apartment building, a red and white dish towel tied around her neck and her umbilical cord and placenta still attached. She died from strangulation and a superintendent found her body, in...

Vanished Cal Poly Student May Be Buried on Campus

Police aim to find Kristin Smart's remains

(Newser) - Police in San Luis Obispo, Calif., are following the "most promising lead we've had in years" in the hopes of finding some trace of a California Polytechnic State University freshman who vanished 20 years ago. Human decomposition dogs "and other information" led police and the FBI to...

In Old Interview, JonBenet's Brother Recalls Day of Killing

A&E documentary includes police interview with Burke

(Newser) - A&E kicked off what Rolling Stone calls "television's most anticipated true-crime event of the season" with its documentary re-examining JonBenet Ramsey's murder as the 20th anniversary of her death approaches. One new bit was a never-before-seen police interview with brother Burke from 1998, two years after...

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...

DNA Leads to Arrest in 1990s Serial Rapes in French Forest

The suspect is married with children

(Newser) - DNA traces helped police identify, arrest, and jail a Frenchman suspected of 34 rapes or attempted rapes in a suburban Paris forest from 1995 to 2001. Deputy prosecutor Bertrand Daillie told the AP the victims were between the ages of 27 and 72. The 40-year-old man was arrested Monday at...

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