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|Posted: Sat Aug 18th, 2018 06:24 am||
Parents hovered over their children. Catholic schoolboys had become central characters in a real-life whodunit that stretched from Philadelphia to Phoenixville. It felt like everyone was a suspect.
More than four decades ago, 11-year-old Terry Bowers was stabbed to death while on a Boy Scout camping trip in Chester County.
Terry had been on a camping trip with Troop 275 from Darby's Blessed Virgin Mary parish. On April 24, 1970, the two dozen boys and six instructors had traveled to St. Basil the Great church, about 30 miles away in Chester County's East Pikeland Township, where they camped on an open field on church grounds — about 200 yards from the church buildings.
In the early hours of April 26, 1970, Terry was stabbed about four or five times while in his sleeping bag, according to news reports. Police at the time said they believed the weapon was a "Boy Scout knife or an ordinary pocket knife with a three-inch blade," the Inquirer reported.
Terry's sister, Maureen, who was 12 when Terry was killed, told the Daily News in 2012: "How did this happen? How does a boy get stabbed to death on the grounds of a Catholic church on a Boy Scout trip and nobody hears anything. The poor little guy came home in a body bag."
Numerous theories have abounded about who killed Terry. After the stabbing, Boy Scouts in Darby Borough were hooked up to polygraph machines and interrogated, the Daily News reported. Crime-scene investigators drained the pond outside St. Basil and swept the church's property with metal detectors.
Leads turned to dead ends.
A former scout and convicted rapist, Lawrence Wakely, who served time in state prison, once confessed to killing Terry in retaliation for being kicked out of the Boy Scouts. Wakely, according to documents, was a scout in Spring City, Chester County, around 1958 to 1960. But according to a state police investigator, who has since retired, Wakely had mental issues and did not know answers about the case that only the killer would have known, the Daily News reported. He was dismissed as a suspect.
A man found dead in unusual circumstances last month after expressing fear he was the target of a witch's curse died of heart failure, medical examiners reported yesterday.
The death of Christopher Case, 35, had drawn wide interest because he had told friends he feared he was under a witch's curse. The cause of death was acute myocarditis, said Rich Garner, a medical investigator with the King County Medical Examiner's office.
Officers found Case's clothed body April 18 in the waterless tub of his apartment in the 1300 block of North 152nd Avenue in North King County after they were asked to check on him by a woman friend in Fayetteville, N.C.
The woman, whose name was not disclosed, said Case, a former radio broadcaster in Raleigh, N.C., told her in phone calls that he was afraid a witch in San Francisco had put a curse on him.
The Fayetteville woman said Case told her the witch had cast a spell on him because he would not return her affections, according to King County police.
"There was no sign of a crime, no sign of violence, robbery or foul play," Garner said.
About 10 burned-down candles and crucifixes were found by investigating officers in Case's apartment, and lines of salt had been poured along the base of the apartment walls.
Another Fayetteville woman, Sammye Souder, a psychic and a teacher who was a friend of Case, said he expressed his fear to her in several phone calls a few days before his body was found.
Souder said Case was stable and healthy and did not believe in witchcraft. She said she advised him to get help.
|Posted: Sun Aug 19th, 2018 05:43 pm||
|I bet it was one of the other boy scouts that did it.
|Posted: Thu Aug 30th, 2018 03:21 pm||
This is one of those cases I never expected to see resolved!
“After 25 years a coroner using new DNA technology has identified the body of a man who was discovered crucified at the bottom of the Hawkesbury River in NSW. True Crime Australia's Charles Miranda has told Sky News known gambler Max Tancevski left his Sydney house in 1993 on a betting spree but has no known links to the underworld, despite investigations pursuing the possibility at the time he went missing. Mr Miranda says police still have no idea who committed the murder, but the information has been passed on to the cold case homicide squad to investigate further.”
|Posted: Sat Sep 1st, 2018 08:41 am||
On December 13, 1977, the Purple Aces, the men’s basketball team at the University of Evansville, were headed to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for a game. Shortly after takeoff, their twin-engine plane lost control and crashed in a nearby field. All 29 people aboard died.
Twenty-five died immediately on impact. Three people died later at the crash scene, and one individual died at the hospital. The whole team was gone . . . except for one player. Freshman David Furr had survived because he had not traveled with the team due to an ankle injury.
Some may call him lucky, but it didn’t last long. Two weeks after the crash, David Furr and his brother were killed after getting hit by a drunk driver. His death meant that all members of the Purple Aces basketball team had passed away by the end of 1977.
Curtis Pishon, 40, was working as a security guard for Venture Corporation in Seabrook when he disappeared during the early-morning hours of July 5, 2000.
Shortly before he went missing, Pishon's car caught fire.
"A few things happened that night," Chief Michael Gallagher said. "One was that Mr. Pishon's car was caught on fire. No. 2, which we discovered later, was that there were vending machines and a change machine that was broken into using a forklift that was on the property."
At about 3:20 a.m. July 5, Pishon's supervisor checked on him at his guard shack.
"Around 3:45, it was noticed that he was missing from his position, and two cars were seen driving away at a high rate of speed leaving the factory," Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said.
Pishon served in the Army and was a retired police officer. He retired from the Concord Police Department after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a diagnosis that crushed him, family members said.
Pishon's cigarettes, lighter and lunch were in his guard shack, and his apartment was untouched. His credit card and bank activity stopped.
His body has never been found. The family had Pishon legally declared dead in 2008.
As of 2015, the family had offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of Pishon's body and the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for his death.
|Posted: Sat Sep 8th, 2018 10:24 pm||
On August 24, 1989 a police officer was stopped by a citizen in Anchorage, Alaska who told him about a man running down the road completely naked. As the officer arrived in the area of the McDonald's restaurant on Mt. View Drive, he saw the man running through the parking lot, then climb up a center flagpole all the way to the top. The nude man looked around as if he was surveying the area. The officer called up to him, but did not get a response. A witness said he shimmied up the flagpole "like a squirrel" then once on top he seemed to have a conversation with the eagle topper. He next spread his arms and kicked off as if to try to fly. He landed on his face as a result.
The police were never able to find his clothing or figure out from where he came. Fingerprints were sent out to all states, FBI and Canada with negative results. The autopsy showed no drugs in his system. A theory is that he may have jumped ship near Anchorage.
In September 1989 the John Doe was buried in a simple wooden coffin covered in gray felt at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. "John Doe 1989-1989," the grave marker reads
New Orleans police have opened an investigation into the disappearance of a 3-year-old child following an Algiers house fire in 1984.
Remona Brown, who went missing on March 6, 1984, had just escaped a house fire that killed two of her brothers when she was last seen by her family.
The NOPD released an image of what Brown is believed to resemble in the present day at age 37. Brown was one of several siblings to escape from a fire in the 2600 block of Memorial Park Drive the day she went missing, according to her sister, who was 8 years old at the time.
Brown walked away from the scene, her sister said. At that point a vehicle occupied by a man and a woman stopped and asked the children if they needed assistance. The pair offered to watch Brown, her sister said, and Brown entered the vehicle.
The vehicle left the scene, and Brown has not been heard from since. A search of the home and the immediate area after Brown's disappearance didn't yield any results, according to the report from New Orleans police.
A WWL-TV investigative report identified the sister as Simona Brown, who filed a missing persons report this week.
Police did not open a missing person case at the time of Remona's disappearance, although investigators told the family they could open one, but that was never done, according to the report.
|Posted: Sat Sep 15th, 2018 03:37 pm||
In May 2008, a film crew was shadowing police and expecting to see a routine call on the M6 Motorway in London. Instead, the crew of the reality show “Motorway Cops” was stunned by the bizarre situation that would play out before their cameras when they arrived to see two women, Sabina and Ursula Eriksson, dashing into oncoming traffic.
The Swedish twins had reunited only hours before the strange event. From the moment they were together they started behaving strangely, and embarked on a spontaneous trip to Liverpool. The sisters were kicked off a tour bus when they refused to check their bags and began acting suspiciously. It was then that they decided to take a shortcut across the busy freeway.
CCTV cameras capture the images of Sabina and Ursula creeping into the frame, hopping over the guard rail and running into the road without hesitation. Panic and chaos ensue as cars attempt to swerve out of the way to avoid the women; however, the sisters were unable to escape the fenders of the speeding cars.
Police and paramedics soon came and as they assessed the situation, it became progressively worse. As police stood with the twins on the side of the road, Ursula suddenly dashed back out into traffic as an officer tried his best to stop her. She managed to get out of his grip and was struck by a car. She suffered serious injuries to her legs.
Seconds later, Sabina followed in her sister’s footsteps and darted out into traffic too. Her body slammed into an oncoming car, rolled up the hood and flung into the air before smashing back onto the ground with a thud. The sound of screeching tires and screams rang in the wind as Sabina got right back up, rushed to the center median, and jumped back out into traffic again.
Surprisingly, both twins survived the incident and were taken to a hospital for treatment and evaluation—but not without putting up a fight. The duo fought police and paramedics, insisting someone was trying to take their organs, and shouted at the individuals who were trying to help them.
Doctors couldn’t explain why the twins persistently ran into oncoming traffic, but some believed Sabina and Ursula had experienced a shared psychosis. The psychological disorder begins in the mind of one individual whose delusions are transmitted into another person.
Following the shared psychotic episode, Ursula was hospitalized in a mental facility for three months. Sabina on the other hand, was released back into society shortly after. Within hours of her release, she would murder a man.
Sabina was strolling down the street, still experiencing delusions, when she encountered two men. One of the men, Glenn Hollinshead, felt sorry for Sabina and wanted to help. He invited her to stay at his place, and even aided her in her search for her sister. The following day, Sabina stabbed Hollinshead five times and killed him.
The mentally unfit woman fled the scene with a hammer, and began striking herself in the head with it. Paramedics chased Sabina through the neighborhood and watched in horror as she leapt from a bridge. Miraculously, she survived the fall and was hospitalized.
Immediately following her hospitalization, she was charged with murder. She was sentenced to five years in prison. Hollinshead’s brother Gary blamed police for failing his brother by releasing Sabina out into society so quickly.
On October 9, 1994 a teen looking for a knife in an outhouse pit at Allison Lake Provincial Park, north of Princeton, made a tragic discovery.
He found a black garbage bag that had the bodies of two baby girls inside. Police said the twins were still attached to their umbilical cords and placenta.
“The autopsy confirmed that the pair were alive and healthy when they were left, and would have weighed in at around 6 lbs. each,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk in a media release.
“The infants were breathing when born and both would have survived if proper care had been provided following the birth.”
Police said officials looked through B.C. medical records for twin pregnancies but never found the girls’ mother.
RCMP said that could mean the woman didn’t receive medical care in the province for her pregnancy and may have been from another country or another part of Canada.
“It has never been determined if the newborns’ mother was involved in their death or whether she may have been a victim herself,” Moskaluk said.
“Someone is culpable for the two deaths and for 23 years now we have lacked the information to establish the evidence to make someone accountable for the infants’ deaths.”
Initial news reports indicated police were looking for two individuals – one described as heavily pregnant, 18-20 years old, 5’ 3” tall, and blond. A man in her company was described as a 20-year-old Caucasian with blond hair and a slim build.
That couple had been seen at Aspen Grove five days before the bodies were discovered, driving a white car with round taillights, that had boxes covered by a blue tarp in the backseat.
The police investigation extended across British Columbia, but an exhaustive review of medical records turned up no twin pregnancy that could have accounted for the babies.
The babies were ultimately buried in the Princeton Cemetery.
|Posted: Sat Sep 22nd, 2018 09:32 am||
In one of Knoxville's most horrific crimes, Channon Christian, 21, and boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, were carjacked, kidnapped, raped and slain in January 2007. Five suspects were identified. One was tried federally as an accessory. Four others were tried in Knox County Criminal Court.
Chipman Street resident Lemaricus Davidson was broke and angry. His girlfriend, Daphne Sutton, had left him. He had no car and no way to earn money.
"Selling dope, that's what I do," Davidson would later tell law enforcement.
Law enforcers knew, however, that Davidson was not simply a drug dealer. He was on parole for carjacking and, in the days leading up to the abduction of Christian and Newsom, was suspected in a series of robberies.
In the days before the couple's abduction, Davidson's brother Letalvis Cobbins came to Knoxville from Kentucky to stay with him. He brought along friend George Thomas and girlfriend Vanessa Coleman.
None of the three had jobs, money or vehicles. Cobbins and Thomas were homeless. Coleman had a salt-of-the-earth family to turn to for help but chose not to.
Davidson grew increasingly angry over what he viewed as the freeloading of his brother and his guests. He turned that anger on Sutton. She left him on Jan. 5, 2007.
A day later, Davidson had concocted a plan to solve all his woes. He, with help from Cobbins and a buddy, Eric Boyd, would carjack someone. Cobbins insisted that he wasn't happy with the idea.
Christian and Newsom disappeared Jan. 6, 2007, from the Washington Ridge apartment complex where Christian's best friend lived.
Hours later, Newsom's body was found alongside railroad tracks near Chipman Street in East Knoxville. He had been raped with an object and then shot three times. The final shot was delivered execution style.
He had been gagged with a sock stuffed in his mouth. His ankles were bound with his own belt. His hands were secured behind his back. His face was wrapped in a bandanna. His head was covered with a sweatshirt tied around his neck with shoestrings.
Forensic evidence showed that he had been raped in the final hours of his life. He was forced to walk barefoot to the railroad tracks that ran parallel to Chipman Street and shot in the neck and back. As Newsom lay paralyzed on the ground, the muzzle of a .22-caliber gun was placed against his covered head and fired. His body would later be wrapped up in a comforter, doused in gasoline and set afire.
Christian, meanwhile, was tied up inside the Chipman Street house of Davidson, a stranger to her. She was repeatedly raped orally, vaginally and rectally. At some point, she was savagely attacked in her genital region, either kicked or beaten with an object.
She suffered two blows to the head and was dragged into the carpeted living room of Davidson's Chipman Street home. Bleach was sprayed down her throat, an apparent effort to destroy DNA evidence.
She was hogtied with strips of fabric from a bedding set. Still alive, her body was encased in black garbage bags and her head wrapped in a white plastic grocery bag. Christian was then stuffed inside a trash can and left to die, slowly suffocating.
See link for trial info and aftermath. Too much info to C+P
On March 31, 2005, an elderly man was shopping at a thrift store in San Angelo when he suddenly dropped dead of a heart attack. Identification showed that his name was “Roger Smith.”
However, it turned out that his ID was fake and that he had lived in Texas under three other false identities over the years. Amazingly, the man had deliberately smoothed off and done damage to his own fingerprints.
Since fingerprint identification could not be made, this man was suspected of hiding some sort of criminal history. At one point, facial recognition experts believed that he might be the wanted Australian fugitive Elmer Crawford, who vanished after murdering his wife and three children in 1970.
However, DNA testing ruled out this possibility. Until he can be identified, the man will simply be known as “San Angelo John Doe
|Posted: Sun Sep 30th, 2018 01:29 pm||
Jill (Russell) Cahill was a mom who dedicated her life to her young children. She was a landscape artist. A sister. A daughter. And a victim of domestic violence. Abused at the hands of her husband, Jeff Cahill. It was a torturous time for the City of Tonawanda native living the Skaneateles area. Once Jill found strength to leave her abusive husband, things turned even more violent.
In April of 1998 – Cahill was beaten by her husband, James "Jeff" Cahill, with a baseball bat in front of their children at their Skaneateles home. Jill's older sister Debbie Jaeger remembers hearing the gruesome details of the April beating . "She was out to the mudroom to the backyard when he hit her for the first time with the baseball bat. He then dragged her into the kitchen and hit the her five, six or seven times altogether." The family prayed for her survival, but did not know what to expect because the injuries were so severe Debbie Jaeger said, "her head was swollen like a pumpkin. A fractured eye sockets, broken arm from defense wounds. She took numerous blows to the head." It was a terrible beating, but Jill, so strong, survived. She was slowly recovering in the hospital.
Then, tragically, six months later, while out on bail, Jeff Cahill put on a wig and a phony janitor uniform and walked into University Hospital in Syracuse armed with cyanide. He entered his estranged wife Jill's room and forced the poison into her mouth, killing her.
Cahill was sentenced to 25 years to life for second-degree murder and 12 to 25 years for first degree assault in the murder of his wife Jill Cahill in October 1998. He will be eligible for parole in 2036.
A man who claimed in a controversial documentary that he was U.S. Special Forces soldier lost during the Vietnam War is an imposter, according to the missing soldier’s family, which cited DNA test results.
In “Unclaimed,” Dang Tan Ngoc alleged he was Army Sgt. 1st Class John Hartley Robertson, who went missing following a helicopter crash over Laos in 1968. The film, which premiered in the U.S. last year at the annual GI Film Festival, evoked impassioned responses from all sides of the POW/MIA issue.
Directed by Emmy Award winner Michael Jorgensen, it followed the journey of Vietnam veteran Tom Faunce as he looked into Ngoc’s claims and laid out an intriguing circumstantial case that he could be Robertson, despite government denials.
At the time of the documentary, friends and members of Robertson’s family were convinced he was the missing GI. But, it was not to be.
“We have received the results of the [nuclear] DNA test, and sadly there was NOT a match,” Robertson’s niece, Cyndi Hanna, wrote on her GoFundMe webpage that raised money for the test. “This is very disappointing.”
Hanna could not be reached for comment, but wrote that an Alabama-based forensics laboratory compared a recent sample from Robertson’s nephew with a blood stain collected from Ngoc.
Gail Metcalf, daughter of Robertson’s sole surviving sister, Jean Robertson-Holley, who was featured during an emotional reunion with Ngoc in the film, thanked Faunce and others for bringing Ngoc to their attention, something they have accused the government of neglecting to do. The family members reiterated that they believe the man is an American and will continue to seek his U.S. family.
“Regardless of DNA test results, my family does believe the man we’ve met is an American, a strong likelihood bolstered by the oxygen isotope analysis performed on his tooth” Metcalf wrote in a statement on behalf of her mother.
“As my mother has said, we only want to do right by my Uncle John, and if that means exploring the possibility that the U.S. government has made a mistake or that the man claiming to be my uncle is actually another lost American and doesn’t know who he is, we intend to seek the truth on our own terms.”
She said the family would not speak publicly again.
During filming for “Unclaimed,” Ngoc had a tooth removed and provided it to Faunce and the filmmaking team. The tooth was analyzed by Lesley Chesson, senior scientist at Salt Lake City’s IsoForensics Inc., which stated it is “very likely” that Ngoc grew up in America.
Tooth enamel stores a chemical record of childhood living environment, such as local climate and geology. This can be analyzed and matched against factors in different regions around the world.
However, there is a margin of error, and certain characteristics of the analysis matched other places, from the Scandinavian peninsula to the Tibetan plateau.
The controversy surrounding Robertson began during a 2008 humanitarian mission when Vietnam veteran Tom Faunce heard about a man claiming to be Robertson. Tormented by his own memories of the war and plagued by survivor’s guilt, Faunce made it his mission to investigate. He formed a team and returned to Vietnam to meet with Ngoc, who bore a striking resemblance to Robertson.
Robertson was last seen on May 20, 1968, aboard a Vietnamese Air Force H-34 helicopter that came under heavy enemy ground fire, according to a Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office statement released earlier this year. The helicopter struck a row of trees, exploded into flames and crashed. American servicemembers who witnessed the crash reported there were no survivors, but Robertson’s body was never found.
In several meetings with Faunce, Ngoc — who is forgetful and can’t speak English — told an interpreter he recalled jumping from a helicopter before it crashed and being taken prisoner. He showed Faunce serious scars he said were proof that he had been involved in the crash. After four or five years, he was put to work in the fields where a local nurse helped him escape and start over under a false identity. They later married and had children.
|Posted: Fri Oct 5th, 2018 05:31 pm||
Two stories this week:
The first covers 3 babies that were found dead over the course of almost 2 decades in the waters of Minnesota. The babies were born alive and healthy. A DNA test was done on the Baby Does and the results provided a surprising twist on the case.
The we look at the case of a bank manager who found a ransom note on her bank's door. Despite the warnings on the letter, she contacted the police. She later suffered a horrific fate and the police believe the would-be bank robbers are behind it. However, this investigation is turned on its head when a grandmother brings new information to the authorities.
|Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2018 06:04 pm||
|Here's a fresh one from this weekend:
Residents in an apartment block awoke to find a note had been stuck to their door using several knives.
The piece of A4 paper - bearing an "illegible" message scrawled in an unknown language - was found in David Place, St Helier, Jersey.
A picture shows three blades driven through the note, with a fourth plunged into the door itself.
Police said it was unclear who the message was for, but there was no history of threats on the building.
Let's hope it's a Halloween prank and not the start of something heinous!
Assistant US Attorney Jonathan Luna was found stabbed 36 times. His hands were slashed & his scrotum & throat was slashed. Nevertheless, the FBI theorized he committed suicide.
On December 3, 2003, Jonathan Luna was putting together the plea deal for Poindexter and Smith. Why he left his office at 11:38 PM is never actually explained, but he did leave his eyeglasses and phone before leaving the garage. This is crucial because Luna needed his glasses
Jonathan Luna’s final journey saw him arrive in Newark, DE where he pulled $200 from an ATM at 1 AM. He drove through New Jersey afterwards. A bloodstained toll ticket showed him arriving in Pennsylvania just past 4 AM. The blood on the ticket showed that Luna had been injured prior to when his body was found
DISCOVERY OF LUNA
The hour between when he arrived and when his body was found in Denver, PA is mired in mystery. At 5:30 AM, a Sensenig & Weaver Well Drilling employee found Jonathan Luna’s Honda Accord over a creek with the engine still running. There was blood on the front, the passenger’s seat on the driver’s side, and driver’s side door.
Luna had sustained 36 stab wounds with his own penknife. The pathologist, Dr. Gary Kirchner, said that his hands had been “shredded” and that his scrotum and throat had both been slashed. After the brutal attack, Luna drowned to death in the creek. Inside the car investigators found that the purchased toll tickets had blood smeared on them. Additionally, the puddle of blood in the back seat and footwell indicated that Luna hadn’t been driving the car, but somebody else. Inside the car was an unidentified fingerprint in the blood as well as blood from an unidentified source.
Dr. Barry Walp, at the time the Lancaster County coroner, found that it was a homicide by drowning. However, in an investigation of the scene, police eventually found what they believed to be the murder weapon—Luna’s pocket knife.
Going back to the missing $36,000 from 2002, one theory was that Jonathan Luna was stressed by his debt and committed suicide. The coroner that took over after Dr. Walp, Dr. G. Gary Kirchner, was rumored to have been pushed towards marking the death as a suicide. Since he didn’t, Luna’s death remains an open investigation almost 14 years later.
On November 6, 1987, a teenage boy stole a Corvette from a dealership in Clearwater, Florida and then stole a tank of gas from a local gas station. The police caught up with him soon thereafter, and the boy led them on a high speed chase down I-75, exceeding 120 mph.
Unfortunately the inevitable happened. He crashed through a guardrail, crossed the median, and hit a semi truck head-on. The gas tank ignited and anything that could have been used to identify him perished in the flames with him. Needless to say, his body was burned beyond recognition.
Witnesses at the gas station described the boy as white, between 16 and 18 years old, having Italian features, a slender build, and dark, medium-length hair. He stood between 5’9 and 6’1.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children put together a composite of what he might have looked like. However investigators concede that since the boy’s skull was shattered into fragments, there’s no way to know how accurate the composite is.
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