Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Jonelle Matthews was a 12-year-old girl, who disappeared on December 20, 1984. She remained missing for 34 years, until her remains were discovered on July 24, 2019 by workers constructing a new pipeline. Disappearance: Jonelle was a member of the Franklin Middle School Choir, which performed at IntraWest Bank of Denver in the evening of December 20, 1984. Jonelle's father was at his other daughter's basketball game. Jonelle's mother had flown east to be with Jonelle's grandfather, who was ill. At 8:15 PM, Jonelle arrived at her home in Greeley, Colorado, after getting a ride from her friend DeeAnn Ross and DeeAnn's father. Shortly after 8:30 PM, Jonelle answered a phone call and took a message for her father. That phone call was the last time anyone heard from Jonelle. Her father arrived home at 9:30 PM and found the garage door open, but no one was home, although Jonelle's shoes and a shawl were near a heater in the family room, where Jonelle often sat. Jonelle's sister got home at 10:00 PM, but had not seen her. Their father began to worry, and called police. The police arrived at 10:15 PM. They found footprints in the snow, indicating that someone had been looking in the windows. There were no signs of a struggle or of forced entry. With snow on the ground, her father thought it unlikely that she would go far without shoes. Family: Jonelle Matthews lived on the 300 block of 43rd Avenue Court in Greeley, Colorado (coordinates 40.431118°N 104.749082°W) with her adoptive parents Jim and Gloria Matthews, and her older sister Jennifer. Her father was the principal of Platte Valley Elementary School in Kersey, Colorado. For several weeks after the disappearance, the police placed Jonelle's birth mother Terri Vierra-Martinez under surveillance, without ever telling her that her daughter had gone missing. Ten years later and after Jonelle was declared legally dead, Gloria received a letter from the birth mother, requesting permission to visit the child she gave up for adoption, something Jonelle always wanted. The birth mother had used a search consultant to help locate the child. The adoptive parents notified the birth mother about what happened, and the families became friends. Jim and Gloria Matthews, retired and moved to Costa Rica. Jonelle's older sister moved to Washington state, living under the name Jennifer Morgensen. Public interest: The disappearance attracted public interest, including the president and members of congress. President Ronald Reagan mentioned Jonelle Matthews in a speech on March 7, 1985, in Room 450 of the Old Executive Office Building. She was mentioned in the Congressional Record for the United States House of Representatives on April 2, 1985, page 7224. In 2010, the Greeley Tribune published another summary of the missing child—still not found. As recently as 2018, Greeley Police have been re-contacting witnesses and applying the latest forensic advances to learn what happened to Jonelle. She appears in the International Center for Unidentified and Missing Persons' database. A chokecherry tree was planted nearly 30 years ago in front of Franklin Middle School. The tree is now gone, along with a plaque inscribed with Jonelle's name. Found: After almost 35 years, excavators installing a pipeline discovered human remains at 4:50 PM on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 near the intersection of county roads 34.5 and 49, at coordinates 40.239848°N 104.602514°W, about 15 mi (24 km) southeast of Jonelle's home. Based on DNA evidence, the Weld County Coroner’s Office positively identified the remains as Jonelle Matthews. As of July 29, 2019 the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has not released any information about how Matthews might have died, but have stated that the case is being treated as a homicide. Authorities are searching historical records to determine who owned or lived on the land where the remains were found. On September 13, 2019, Greeley Police Department announced a "person of interest" of Jonelle Matthew's abduction and murder. The person of interest is named, Steve Pankey, who ran for governor in Idaho in 2014 and 2018, and for lieutenant governor in 2010. His home in Colorado was searched under a warrant that stated investigators had probable cause to believe that Pankey abducted and murdered the girl that night. Pankey and his former wife lived only 2 miles away from the Matthews home where Jonelle was last seen. Greeley Police Commander Roy Smith stated that Pankey “had made repeated efforts to speak with detectives” about the Matthews case. But after detectives traveled to Twin Falls Idaho on August 15, 2019, Pankey refused to answer questions. Commander Smith stated Pankey has not been charged with Jonelle’s murder, but he is being investigated in relation to her death.
for the last couple of years I've participated in movember, which is where you don't shave for the month of November. a brother of mine has as well. we do it for cancers that affect men. when i forget to shave my male friend says my leg and arm hair is "nothing" despite me forgetting to shave a ton.
Etta H. Riel was an American woman who disappeared November 22, 1934 from Worcester, Massachusetts. Her case remains unsolved. Case- Disappearance: In early 1934, Riel was living with her family in Oxford, Massachusetts and attending nearby Worcester State Teachers College. In May she had filed a paternity suit against a local man, Henry Sawin, who she named as the father of her unborn baby. She and Sawin were dating at the time they graduated from Oxford High School in 1932. Sawin moved to Maine to attend Bates College but he and Riel remained in contact. In September, Riel gave birth to a baby girl. On the evening of November 21, Riel and Sawin spent several hours alone together. Early in the evening, Riel's hairdresser saw her talking with Sawin and, around midnight, an Oxford police officer observed Sawin's car parked in front of the Riel family home. Shortly after midnight, Riel informed her sister that she and Sawin had decided to marry. Stating that they were traveling to New York City that night, she packed a small travel bag and said she would return later in the week to retrieve her baby. She left in Sawin's car. On November 22, the day of the scheduled paternity hearing, Riel's sister encountered Sawin who denied making any marriage or travel plans with Riel and stated that he dropped her off at Worcester's Union Station hours before. When questioned by police, Sawin said that Riel had admitted to falsely accusing him of paternity and she had expressed apprehension about the day's court proceedings. He said he was unaware of where she intended to travel that night and that she may have been suicidal. Sawin's latter claims appeared supported by letters Riel wrote to friends in October in which she expressed a desire to commit suicide. On December 2, Riel's attorney received a telegram ostensibly signed by Riel directing him to withdraw the paternity case against Sawin. Police later discovered the telegram was ordered from a pay telephone in New York City by a caller who provided a false address. The identity of the sender was never determined. In 1935, several witnesses claimed they had seen or spoken to Riel in the weeks and months following her disappearance but police were unable to confirm any sightings of Riel subsequent to November 22. Investigation: Early in the investigation, police discovered that, between 2 and 4 a.m. the day of Riel's disappearance, the Worcester train dispatcher and station master received three telephone calls to the station's unlisted numbers. The callers, one of whom claimed to be the Oxford switchboard operator, requested that Riel be located and prevented from boarding the train. Searches of the station that night failed to locate Riel. Subsequent police investigation showed that no such calls were placed from the Oxford telephone exchange and the callers were never identified. While Sawin remained a person of interest throughout the investigation, police also questioned several other people who they believed were connected to Riel's disappearance. Early in 1935, police investigated a Putnam, Connecticut man who had corresponded with Riel and had traveled to Florida with an unidentified companion around the time of her disappearance, but they later ruled out any further connection with the case. In August, police questioned a woman who claimed to have shared an apartment with Riel in Boston but that witness was later committed to a psychiatric hospital. The Massachusetts State Police conducted extensive searches for Riel's body which continued for years after her disappearance. In the belief that Riel may have been clandestinely buried in an Oxford cemetery, police exhumed several graves in 1935 and 1937. In April 1935, police carried out a ground search for Riel in locations across Worcester County including numerous ponds and areas in the nearby Purgatory Chasm. In 1935, police interviewed a local mystic who claimed that Riel was being held captive in the area by an unknown woman. Three years after Riel's disappearance, a detective assigned to the case stated that he believed Riel was alive. Aftermath: In 1990, Riel's daughter, Alma Conlon, filed a paternity suit against Henry Sawin, reviving the police investigation into her mother's disappearance after nearly 60 years. Conlon asked a probate judge to declare Sawin as her legal father but her case was thrown out in 1993. Publicity: Riel's case received wide publicity in New England in the 1930s and was covered by national wire services. In March 1937, “The Disappearance of Etta Riel” was the subject of New York's WOR radio “Mystery Stories” program. In May of that year, Liberty Magazine published a feature-length article on the case. A 1948 article about the disappearance of Paula Jean Welden from Bennington College cited the Riel case along with the 1925 disappearance of Alice Corbett from Smith College as examples of other mysterious disappearances of New England college women.
Monday, October 28, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Georgina Gharsallah is a woman from Worthing, West Sussex, who went missing after leaving her mother's house in the town of Worthing on 7 March 2018. Disappearance: Georgina's mother Andrea was the last person to see her on the morning of 7 March 2018. Georgina went into the town centre to visit the job centre and a phone shop for a SIM card. She was recorded on CCTV as she left the phone shop, which is her last known location. Her mother was not initially worried when Georgina didn't return that evening as Georgina had recently split up with her boyfriend but had spent time at his house again, and she assumed her daughter was with him or one of her other friends. Andrea was contacted by Georgina's boyfriend five or six days after she last saw her - he had not seen Georgina for ten days and was worried. Andrea reported Georgina's disappearance to the police ten days after she last saw her. In October 2018 her mother appealed for Georgina to come home and Sussex Police were offering a reward of £5,000 for information that led to her being located. In March 2019 her mother called for the Teville Gate development in Worthing to be searched by police, though police said there was insufficient evidence for the site to be searched. The same month her disappearance was featured on Crimewatch. Homicide case: In August 2019 it was announced that Gharsallah's disappearance is being treated as a homicide case.
The Cumminsville murders were a series of five unsolved serial murders which occurred in the present-day Cincinnati neighborhood of South Cumminsville, between 1904 and 1910. After taking a 6-year-long period of inactivity, the killings resumed with two new victims in 1910, before abruptly ceasing again, never to continue. Victims- Mary McDonald: On April 30, 1904, the 32-year-old McDonald, from Saginaw, Michigan was horribly murdered at the Big Four Railroad railways. McDonald lived with a 24-year-old Mrs. Finley on East Seventh Street, and on the date of the murder she had been spotted by several witnesses in the vicinity of Chester Park. Later on, Mary visited the homes of the Stagmans, near Knowlton's Corner, with John Stagman later driving her back to the city. At around 11 o'clock, he left her on College Hill-Main Street, and that was the last seen of her. In the morning, the dying McDonald was found on the railway by a freight train engineer, and brought to the city hospital, but only managed to say her name before succumbing to her injuries. She had a bruise on the back of her head, her left leg being severed up to the knee, and had been robbed of all her money. There were two theories surrounding her death: that she had been murdered because of jealousy, or that the drunken Mary, allegedly accompanied by somebody, had met her end by an incoming train. Neither theory could be backed up by evidence, especially the latter, as conductors and motormen questioned around the city didn't recall a woman resembling McDonald boarding a street car. Soon following her death, the case was quickly forgotten. Louise Mueller: On October 2, Mueller's body was discovered in a clump of weeds in the district's lovers' lane. She had two deep wounds extending down to her face, and the base of her skull had been fractured. According to several witnesses, Louise, who had had multiple partners, had planned to visit her lover Frank Eastman. She had been observed listening to a Socialist orator's speech near her home, and not far from the lovers' lane. Initially, it was also thought that she had been struck by a train, but it was later changed to possible homicide. There were no strong suspects in the killing, as Mueller had no known enemies and had been on good terms with her several lovers. Alma Steinigewig: On November 3, the body of the 18-year-old highly-respected telephone operator, whom also sang in her local Episcopal Church choir, was found in a vacant lot at the Spring Grove Cemetery, near Winton Place, by a street car conductor. Her head had been bashed in with a club, her eyes wide open, some teeth missing, and her face was in a pool of blood. In her hand, she held a transfer ticket. A bloody trail indicated that her corpse had been dragged into the open field, apparently by a large man, as noted on the footprints left behind, which were from heavy boots. The day before, Steinigewig left her office and was telephoned by her boyfriend, whom offered to pick her up However, Alma replied that she had been to a dance and was tired, simply wanting to return home and lay down in bed. She was observed boarding the street car with a man, as told by conductor Frank Limie, whom he claimed often rode alongside her. It is suspected that she had been attacked while waiting for another car at Winton, and was clubbed from behind, not having enough time to react. Assaults: During his initial 1904 murder spree, the Killer also unsuccessfully attacked several other women, whom later gave a description of their attacker. After failing multiple times to kill another victim, the killer ceased activity for six years. The cases are the following: -Miss Clausing - daughter of gardener Henry Clausing, Ms. Clausing was on her way to a party and when she crossed a bridge near Elmore Street, a man jumped out of the darkness and snatched her purse. She was then hit with a hatchet on the head, and in her fall, struck the railroad tracks. Clausing was left lying there, until she was found by a group of men, who carried her to the nearby saloon. Immediately, two doctors, Alexander Pattie and R. H. Whallon, arrived on the scene, with Whallon performing the examination. She was later taken to the hospital, and treated for two weeks by Dr. Whallon. Her parents wished for the case not to be disclosed by the doctor, until the murder of Steinigewig occurred. -Mrs. Harry C. Winnes - On November 6, while her husband Harry was out to the pharmacy to buy some medicine, a loud knock was heard on the door at 11 PM. Mrs. Winnes opened the door, at the foot of which a short, thickly-built man asked for food. She declined, and the man pretended to leave, but instead slipped by to the rear door of the house, and hid behind it. Mrs. Winnes then went out to the backyard, failing to see him in time, and was then seized by his strong grip. She struggled hard, but only managed to let out one piercing scream. In the meantime, Harry Winnes had returned after changing his mind of going to the pharmacy, and heard his wife scream. He dashed through the house to her aid, but was heard by the assailant, who quickly fled. Although Mr. Winnes attempted to chase him down, shooting at him with his shotgun, the attacker escaped into the darkness. -Dorothy Hannaford - daughter of Samuel Hannaford. Dorothy had just left a meeting of the Young Women's Christian Association, returning to her Winton Place home. While waiting for the trolley car to arrive, not far from where Steinigewig was murdered on the same night, a short, rough-looking man jumped out of the bushes and grasped her arm. Hannaford began screaming, and was just about to get dragged to the tracks when a trolley car approached, causing her assailant to flee immediately. As a result of her experience, Dorothy was taken ill, but was otherwise unharmed. -Mrs. Unkaback and Mrs. Hagerdorn - only an hour after the Hannaford attack, the two neighbors of the family were attacked in a nearby area. Mrs. Unkaback's arm was seized by the attack, but Mrs. Hagerdorn mustered all her strength and hit him in the mouth, making the man stagger back. Unkaback then joined her friend in beating him, forcing the perpetrator to flee. Weimer sisters and Mamie Roddie - on November 4, the day after Steinigewig's murder, the trio were attacked while passing by the Spring Grove Cemetery. A man appeared out of the graveyard's shadows and began hitting the girls, pinning one of them to the ground. However, he was outnumbered, with the would-be victims pulling his hair and aiming for his eyes, and the attacker was forced to flee, disappearing among the gravestones. -Mrs. William Wergel, her mother and Mrs. Robert Kelley - while passing through the woods on the back of the Spring Grove Cemetery at night, the trio encountered the now-sought after Cumminsville Killer. The women screamed and rushed through a cornfield and back on the street, while the man went back into the woods. -Mrs. Philip Gerbig - on November 17, Mrs. Gerbig was attacked near the location of Steinigewig's murder, on two separate occasions. To her luck, she managed to fight off the attacker both times, and run back to her house. -Josephine Hewitt - on November 22, while on her way back home late at night, Hewitt encountered a rough-looking man who emerged from within the Spring Grove Cemetery. He tried to grab her throat, but Hewitt came prepared, and after she hit him in the left eye, she pulled out a revolver. The assailant noticed the weapon and started running, with Hewitt firing until every chamber of the gun was empty. Not wanting to wait and find out if she had hit him, she ran home as fast as she could. Detectives investigated the attack, but found no trace of the man. Anna Lloyd: On New Year's Eve, 1910, the body of the 36-year-old secretary for the Wilborgh-Hanna Lumber Co. was found near the railroad tracks in Cumminsville. Her mouth had been gagged, her throat cut and her face beaten and bloodied, in the same way as the previous victims. According to police, within twenty minutes of leaving her workplace alone for the first time, Lloyd was waiting for a trolley car near the Spring Grove Cemetery when she was attacked. The assailant dragged her to a suitable spot, and after a great struggle with the physically strong Lloyd, the man managed to kill her, possibly with a meat cleaver used in butcher shops. The following day, her body was found, either by two boys, or by a male passer-by, who quickly contacted the police. Policemen later found Lloyd's satchel a mile away from the crime scene, with all the money gone. Emma Lloyd, her mother, was reported as very ill from the ordeal, while her husband, Edward Tague, insisted that police do better work in finding the culprit(s). The tensions around the murder got so high, that for some time authorities believed that there would be a race war. As a response, the city council of Cincinnati announced a reward of $2,500, and members of the Lumber Company issued a reward of $5,000. Mary Hackney: On October 26, 1910, the body of the 26-year-old Hackney, who had moved to the city with her husband Harley in 1906 from Louisville, Kentucky, was found in her Canal Ridge boarding house home by her spouse and one of the boarders, Charles Eckert. Her throat had been cut from ear to ear, her skull crushed, with her body and face slashed in several places, apparently with an axe. A search of the home revealed no other crime had been committed. Despite the killer leaving behind the bloodied axe, as well as a bloody thumb mark on the door casing, police were unable to determine whose they were. In a last ditch effort, authorities drained a nearby canal in hope of possibly finding more evidence, but nothing turned up from this action. Suspects: According to all the women who survived the attacks, the Cumminsville Killer wore a dark slouch hat, was short and heavily-built. However, the victims were unsure when it came to his race, as some claimed it was a white man, while others - a black man. On January 13, the police received a letter, in which the writer claimed to have witnessed Lloyd's murder and her killer. Police tried to contact the author, only listed as "S. D. M.", only to later learn that the claim was just a sick hoax. Henry Cook, George Lewis and James Fields- -Henry Cook (34) - a butcher by profession, was the prime suspect of the trio to have killed Lloyd, as two girls, one of them being 14-year-old Tillie Krebs, identified him as one of two men whom she had seen leaving the crime scene at the date of the murder. Soon after his arrest, Cook was taken before a magistrate and his bond fixed at $1,000. No newspaper reports at present exist of the outcome, but it is most likely that Cook was released due to lack of evidence. -George Lewis (21) - a marine fireman, native of Cleveland, Lewis was arrested in Wyoming, Ohio, and was reportedly pretty vague about his whereabouts during Lloyd's murder. However, he was later released as authorities from Hamilton confirmed that he had been in prison at the time of the killing. -James Fields (21) - the only black man arrested from the trio, Fields was held together with Cook for some time. It is unclear what exactly happened to him, but seemingly as police began suspecting that a white man had committed the murders, he was most likely released. Harley Hackney, Charles Eckert and Herman Schwering: Harley W. Hackney - the husband of Mary Hackney. While returning home from work with the boarder Charles Eckert, the duo found Mary's body in the home. Both were arrested on suspicion, along with Herman Schwering, but as there was no evidence all were subsequently released. Hackney was about to move to Alabama, when he was given a witness subpoena by the Coronor, forcing him to stay. Although an official inquest was started into his wife's murder, it was fruitless, and nothing came out of it. Charles Eckert - a young boarder in the Hackneys' house, Charles and Harley were returning home from their jobs at the lumber mill when they happened upon Mary's body. Eckert denied anything to do with the killing, and since no evidence was found against him, he was released. Herman Schwering - a black driver of a milk float, Schwering was arrested on suspicion along with Hackney and Eckert, but denied having anything to do with the murder. Like the others he was soon released for lack of evidence. Dayton Strangler: At the time of Lloyd's murder, detectives made an effort to connect her murder to a similar series of killings, which occurred in the city of Dayton. Spanning from 1901 to 1909, five women were murdered in a manner reminiscent of the Cumminsville murders, and the fact that that killer also wasn't apprehended, led some to believe that the two murders were the same person. Although a mentally unstable vendor named David Curtis confessed to the Dayton killings, nobody was arrested, and these murders also remain unsolved. Unnamed black man: Several days after Lloyd's murder, a crazed black man, brandishing a bloody knife and shrieking, appeared on the door of David Taliaferro's home in Ford, Kentucky. The man screamed out that he had killed Anna Lloyd, and then ran off into the direction of Richmond. Frightened, Taliaferro phoned the authorities, with Sheriff Reed and a posse of men organizing to hunt the man down with a pack of bloodhounds. However, it is unclear what happened after. Richard Finley: Shortly after the trio suspected of Hackney's murder were all released, police announced that they had arrested a 48-year-old black man named Richard Finley, who lived close to the Hackney home. He was placed under a charge "held pending investigation", but since no records of any other news exist about him, it is assumed he was released for lack of evidence.
The Philadelphia poison ring was a murder for hire gang led by Italian immigrant cousins, Herman and Paul Petrillo, in 1930s Philadelphia, where the Italian community had grown from 76,734 in 1910 (the year the Petrillos came to the USA) to over 155,000 by 1930 - just before the murder ring began operations. The ring came to light in 1938 and the cousins were ultimately convicted of first degree murder(s) and executed by electric chair in 1941. A Russian-Jewish immigrant gang member, Morris Bolber, known as 'Louie, the Rabbi', turned state's evidence. Gang members, associates and 'dupes' (many of them Italian-born, superstitious women, dubbed 'poison widows' by an excited press) were brought to trial and mostly convicted to death sentences (commuted) or varying prison sentences. One or two were found not guilty, notably the widow Stella Alfonsi, whose husband's 1938 death by poison brought the case to light, and who was successfully defended by advocate Raymond Pace Alexander. History: Herman and Paul Petrillo were cousins. Herman was an expert counterfeiter and arsonist, with contacts in the criminal world, while Paul ran an insurance scam business from the back of his tailor's shop and aspired to a paid consultancy in 'la fattura', a magic believed in and resorted to by many in South Philadelphia's Italian community. The murders began in 1931, with Herman enlisting associate thugs to kill men he had arranged to insure, to collect on the double indemnity accident insurance. This Herman ruthlessly and euphemistically described as "sending [them] to California". Two victims (Ralph Caruso, Joseph Arena) were drowned and bludgeoned on fishing trips, and a third (John Woloshyn) bludgeoned and run over repeatedly by a car. Meanwhile, Herman contrived to steer clear of repeated attempts by the authorities to bring him to justice for insurance fraud, arson and currency counterfeiting. As the Depression deepened, the Petrillos headed an informal gang, now including Morris Bolber and other self-styled 'fattuchieri/e' (wise women, witches) such as Maria Carina Favato, Josephine Sedita and Rose Carina, who offered superstitious, unhappily married, murderous or merely gullible women incantations, powders and potions to adjust their lives. These 'love potions' etc were usually arsenic, or antimony, and they were invariably accompanied by excessive insurance policies on the victims, often made out in favour of gang members rather than the supposed 'poison widow' beneficiaries. The gang embraced insurance agents and made highly successful use of the period's widespread cheap insurance policies, often taken out without medical examination (not required for policies under $500) or the knowledge of the principal concerned, who would subsequently meet an agonising death by arsenic, engineered by the spouse, possibly with intent, possibly in superstitious ignorance of their actions. This went on from 1932 until 1938, when the death in hospital of Ferdinando Alfonsi brought matters into the open, something that was bound to happen sooner or later, as the gang's activities proliferated. Vincent P. McDevitt was an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. In early 1939, the District Attorney, Charles F. Kelley, assigned him to the homicide case of Ferdinando Alfonsi, who had died on 27 October 1938. McDevitt immediately had information from two undercover detectives, agents Landvoight and Phillips. From them, McDevitt had an informant, one George Meyer, who ran a local upholstery cleaning business. Meyer encountered Herman Petrillo when he was trying to obtain money for his business. Petrillo had offered to provide him with a large sum of money, legal tender and counterfeit, if Meyer would perform the hit on Alfonsi. Landvoight and Meyer had played along with the murder plot, with Meyer hoping for an advance pay-out and Landvoight hoping to finally bust Petrillo's counterfeiting crimes. Working undercover, Landvoight helped Meyer "play along," as the Petrillos plotted the murder that they wanted Meyer to carry out. Murder: The plan was to steal or buy a car, take Alfonsi out to a dark country road and hit him with the car, thus making the murder look accidental. Herman Petrillo preferred the idea to steal the car rather than buy one, but Landvoight and Phillips were hoping to convince Petrillo to give them money to buy a car for the murder, as it would give them the opportunity that had so long prayed for, to arrest him on counterfeit charges. In the end, Petrillo sold them some fake tender, ostensibly for buying a means of transportation to the planned crime scene. The "play along" plan continued until Meyer, on a whim of curiosity and concern, decided to visit the intended murder victim. At the front door of the house where Alfonsi lived, Meyer learned from an old woman who had opened the door that Alfonsi was gravely ill. After notifying Phillips, he returned with Phillips and Landvoight to the Alfonsi house. They found Alfonsi to be bizarrely ill, suffering symptoms of bulging eyes, immobility, and being unable to speak. At their next meeting with Herman Petrillo, after Petrillo handed Phillips an envelope full of counterfeit bills, Phillips asked about the plan to murder Alfonsi. Petrillo replied that there was no reason to worry about it anymore; it was being handled, apparently. Investigation: Ferdinando Alfonsi died after being admitted to the National Stomach Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The cause of death was heavy metal poisoning. The autopsy revealed tremendous arsenic levels. The detectives assigned to the case were Michael Schwartz, Anthony Franchetti, and Samuel Riccardi. They instantly thought of the rumors, already well-developed, about a highly organized arsenic killing spree surging through the city. Indeed, there were distinct patterns. The victims tended to be Italian immigrants, as Alfonsi was, and to have high levels of arsenic in their bloodstreams. Herman Petrillo and Mrs. Stella Alfonsi were both arrested. Mrs. Alfonsi had purchased a sizable life insurance policy for her husband, an immigrant who could not read English. He had been unaware of the policy, signing some documents with a cross while others bearing Alfonsi's signature were ineptly forged by Herman Petrillo. The Alfonsi case fitted a rapidly emerging common modus operandi in a lot of other homicide investigations. Most importantly, each case involved a fresh life insurance policy with a double indemnity clause and a nearly direct lead to one of the Petrillo cousins, and each cause of death was listed as some sort of violent accident.
The Batman rapist is an English serial sex offender who has committed at least 17 attacks on women in the city of Bath, Somerset. He is the subject of Britain's longest–running serial rape investigation, codenamed Operation Eagle, and has eluded capture since 1991. Detective Inspector Paul James of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, leading the operation, said it is "one of the most complicated and protracted investigations" that the force has ever undertaken. He was nicknamed after leaving a baseball cap bearing a logo from the Batman film series at the scene of one attack. Police believe that there are more victims who have never come forward. The independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers UK have offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to his capture. He has also been referred to in the news media as the "Riddler". Modus operandi: Police say that the rapist has a detailed geographical knowledge of Bath and operates in "a specific hunting ground". All but one of his crimes have taken place in Bath, usually in the Bathwick area of the city, the exception being the abduction and rape of a 19-year-old woman in Kingswood, near Bristol in September 1996. His crimes usually take place during the darker winter months. He targets lone women who have just returned to their cars, abducting them at knifepoint before forcing them to drive to secluded areas in the south of the city where he then attacks them. He removes their underwear but then makes them put their tights back on which he rips during the rape. When he found one victim was not wearing tights, he ordered her to put on a pair he had brought with him. After raping his victim, he often forces them to drive back to the area where he abducted them. He has attacked women of all ages, and in May 2000 attempted to carjack a 26-year-old woman in Bath while her seven-year-old daughter was in the car. In October 2000, to coincide with the end of British Summer Time, Avon and Somerset Constabulary delivered leaflets to 25,000 homes in Bath—the biggest leaflet drop in the history of British criminal investigation—asking women to complete a checklist about friends, acquaintances, neighbours or relatives who might fit the profile of: -a white male -slim or medium build -aged between 30 and 50 -knows the Bath area well, and has some connection with Bristol, particularly the Kingswood area, and can drive a car -has a tights fetish and could get his sexual partner to wear tights which he may rip during intercourse -sometimes wears a baseball cap has aroused suspicion with absences from home during the evening and early hours of the morning. The rapist has long periods of apparent inactivity, including a three-year gap between October 1991 and November 1994, followed by a further two years of apparent inactivity until June 1996 Police suspect there have been other attacks during these lulls in activity, although a spokesman has said "Another possibility to explain the long gaps is that this is a man who comes to the area infrequently, possibly for work reasons." His attacks may also take place while the rapist is between relationships. His attacks are usually between 6pm and 8pm, "possibly on the way home from work", or between 1am and 3am, and he may have convictions for car crime "because of the ease with which he breaks into vehicles." Crimewatch: The case was highlighted on the BBC's Crimewatch program on 25 January 2000, including an appeal from Avon and Somerset Constabulary for information from the public. As a result of the appeal, six previously unknown victims came forward. Callers also gave the names of four potential suspects, including the son of a British diplomat, and "dozens of calls were received from prostitutes and partners of people with similar sexual habits". Police believe that he was deliberately taunting them by carrying out two attacks on the evening after the television programme was aired. Suspects: One theory considered by police was that the rapist had been in prison or away from the area while serving as a member of the armed forces, based on his inactivity between October 1991 and November 1994 and between February 1997 and January 1999. Detectives later learned that these periods coincided with dates when a diplomat's son, whose name had been given by a caller to Crimewatch, was out of the country living with his father. Although detectives visited the country where the father works to ascertain if similar attacks had occurred there, no further information has been forthcoming from the police. DNA: In January 2001, the Forensic Science Service used the Low copy number (LCN) DNA profiling technique to isolate the rapist's DNA "fingerprint". They then began the process of taking swabs for comparison from all the men – believed to be around 2,000 individuals – whose names had come up during the course of the investigation. Murder of Melanie Hall: Police investigating the abduction and murder of 25-year-old Melanie Hall who disappeared after a night out in Bath in June 1996 have not ruled out a connection with the rapist. He is known to have attempted to carjack a woman at knifepoint in the same area of the city a few hours before Hall was abducted, leaving his victim wounded when she fought back and managed to escape.
The Pharmacy Maniac is the name of an unidentified Russian serial killer who killed 2 men in Chelyabinsk in 2011, both of them in pharmacies. He remains uncaptured, and his motives have not been fully established. Murders: The offender committed two murders - the first on May 26, and the second on August 10. The weapon of choice was a sawn-off shotgun, which the masked killer carried with him in a cellophane bag. Both victims were men (49 and 30 years old, respectively). The first murder was similar to a banal brigandage (the murderer took money and valuables from the women in the pharmacy). After the second murder, a theory that there's a serial killer emerged, since both victims were shot with the same weapon. The offender committed attacks only on shops belonging to the "Classic" brand. According to witnesses, the criminal looked ridiculous, behaved uncertainly and often expressed himself in phrases used by stereotypical American soldiers. His appearance did not impress anyone at first. After the murders, panic ensued, and the Chelyabinsk police began working even harder. The network of pharmacies "Classic" was taken under special jurisdiction, and the facial composite of the alleged killer was plasted on public transport, shops and large office buildings. For any information leading to his capture, a reward of 1,000,000 rubles was assigned. The inability of the police to catch the maniac has caused widespread criticism of the Chelyabinsk law enforcement system in the mass media. There is an assumption that the killer has a bipolar disorder, but conclusions from experts of the regional psychoneurological hospital, who made up his offender profile, claim the opposite. Psychiatrists believe he had a mercenary motive, but due to lack of experience, the killer left the crime scene before he received money or valuables. The Pharmacy Maniac most definitely prepared for crimes in advance. The offender remains unapprehended, his motives remain unclear and suspects are lacking. Cases of "imitators" were also recorded. Attempts to mathematically calculate the maniac's actions lead to nothing. In 2016 the investigation was intensified, with an active search for suspects currently being conducted. In the media: In the first season of the television series "Karpov" (2013), the 29th episode titled Others is based on the Pharmacy Maniac.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
I've had too few haircuts in recent memory. As I said my hair was elbow length last summer. Mom said she forgot to get my hair as my brothers are getting their hair cuts without her and she forgot I needed a hair cut short. I finally got my hair cut before vacation
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The best-known victim of the circus fire was a young blonde girl wearing a white dress. She is known only as "Little Miss 1565", named after the number assigned to her body at the city's makeshift morgue. Oddly well preserved even after her death, her face has become arguably the most familiar image of the fire. Her true identity has been a topic of debate and frustration in the Hartford area since the fire occurred. She was buried without a name in Hartford's Northwood cemetery, where a victims' memorial also stands. Two police investigators, Sgts. Thomas Barber and Edward Lowe, photographed her and took fingerprints, footprints, and dental charts. Despite massive publicity and repeated displays of the famous photograph in nationwide magazines, she was never claimed. Barber and Lowe spent the rest of their lives trying to identify her. They decorated her grave with flowers each Christmas, Memorial Day, and July 6. After their deaths, a local flower company continued to decorate the grave. In 1991, the body was declared to be that of Eleanor Emily Cook, despite the fact that her aunt and uncle had examined the body and it did not fit the description they provided. The Connecticut State Police forensics unit compared hair samples and determined they were probably from the same person. The body was exhumed in 1991 and buried next to her brother, Edward, who had also died in the fire. Proposed identifications: In 1981, Lowe's widow announced that Lowe had identified the child and contacted her family, but they had requested no publicity. In 1987, someone left a note on the 1565 gravestone reading Sarah Graham is her Name! 7-6-38 DOB, 6 years, Twin. Notes on nearby gravestones indicated that her twin brother and other relatives were buried close by. In 1991, arson investigator Rick Davey (along with co-writer Don Massey) published A Matter of Degree: The Hartford Circus Fire and Mystery of Little Miss 1565, in which he claims the girl was Eleanor Emily Cook and from Massachusetts. Davey also contends that there was a conspiracy within the judicial system to convict the Ringling defendants, and that Segee was the arsonist. Before writing the book, Davey spent six years researching the case and conducting his own experiments as to how the fire really may have started. He described the original investigation both "flawed and primitive", though he did not work on the original case. Eleanor's brother Donald Cook had contacted authorities in 1955 insisting that the girl was his sister, but nothing came of it, and Donald later worked with Davey to establish her identity. Donald believes that family members were shown the wrong body in the confusion at the morgue. Ongoing questions: Various assertions put forth in A Matter of Degree have been fiercely disputed by investigators who worked on the case, as well as by other writers, most notably Stewart O'Nan, who published The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy in 2001. O'Nan points to the fact that Little Miss 1565 had blonde hair, while Eleanor Cook was a brunette. The shape of Little Miss 1565's face and that of Eleanor Cook are dissimilar, and the heights and ages of the two girls do not match up. Perhaps most significantly, when shown a photograph of Little Miss 1565, Eleanor's mother Mildred Corintha Parsons Cook immediately stated that this was not her daughter. She firmly maintained that stance until her death in 1997, age 91. Badly injured in the fire, Mrs. Cook had been unable to claim her two dead children, and was too emotionally traumatized to pursue it later. She had been told that Eleanor was not in any of the locations where bodies were kept for identification. She believed that Eleanor was one of two children who had been burnt beyond recognition and remain unidentified. O'Nan thinks she may be body number 1503. He further points to the differences in the dental records of Eleanor Cook and the records made of Little Miss 1565 after her death. As O'Nan and others have pointed out, the most likely scenario is that a family claiming a body early on mistakenly identified Eleanor Cook as their own child and she is buried under that child's name. Even when "Little Miss 1565's" picture ran in the papers, they failed to recognize her as their own due to their desire to put the traumatic event behind them. While DNA analysis could end this debate definitively, the logistics of exhuming all the likely candidates for this mix-up make this unlikely. With the questions over whether Eleanor Cook is the true identity of Little Miss 1565 still unanswered in the eyes of many, the body was exhumed after the release of A Matter of Degree and buried in Southampton, Massachusetts, next to the body of Edward Cook, the brother of Eleanor Cook and a victim of the circus fire himself. In 1992, her death certificate was officially changed from the previous identification of "1565". Since then, the Cook family has raised questions about whether the body is indeed that of Eleanor Cook, and some investigators have come to believe Eleanor's body may have been another of the unclaimed bodies from the fire and not Little Miss 1565.
The Edmond post office shooting occurred in Edmond, Oklahoma, on August 20, 1986. During a deadly rampage that lasted less than fifteen minutes, postal worker Patrick Sherrill pursued and shot twenty co-workers, killing fourteen of them, before committing suicide. Sherrill's attack inspired the American phrase "going postal". Shooting: Shortly after 7 a.m., Patrick Sherrill killed Richard Esser, Jr., one of two supervisors who had verbally disciplined him the previous day. Sherrill then sought out Bill Bland, another supervisor who had reprimanded him. However, Bland had overslept that morning and arrived an hour late to work, by which time the shootings were already over. Not finding Bland, Sherrill then killed co-worker Paul Michael Rockne. 100 workers occupied the small facility at the time of the attack. Fourteen people died at the scene, and six others received wounds requiring hospitalization. The day's violence ended when Sherrill shot himself in the forehead. Possible motives: Sherrill's job title was Relief Carrier, meaning he was often required to work alternate routes on different days, a position dictated by his rank on the seniority list. His lack of a permanently assigned route meant that he lacked the same job stability as other USPS workers. Opinions vary concerning his job performance. Some reports portray him as an erratic, irritable worker; others claim he performed well and was being badgered by management. In any case, on the afternoon of August 19, 1986, supervisors Esser and Bland reprimanded Sherrill for his behavior. Both anger over this reprimand and anxiety that he was likely to be fired could have been possible motives behind the attack the following morning. Victims: Fourteen people were killed in the shooting, while six others were injured. The victims were: Killed: -Patricia Ann Chambers, 41, part-time clerk -Judy Stephens Denney, 41, part-time clerk -Richard C. Esser Jr., 38, supervisor -Patricia A. Gabbard, 47, clerk -Jonna Gragert Hamilton, 30, clerk -Patty Jean Husband, 48, supervisor -Betty Ann Jarred, 34, clerk -William F. Miller, 30, rural carrier -Kenneth W. Morey, 49, rural carrier -Leroy Orrin Phillips, 42, rural carrier -Jerry Ralph Pyle, 51, rural carrier -Paul Michael Rockne, 33, letter carrier -Thomas Wade Shader Jr., 31, part-time clerk -Patti Lou Welch, 27, clerk Injured: -William Nimmo (William “Bill” Nimmo was shot and the bullet that hit Nimmo passed through the inside of Nimmo's left arm a few inches above his elbow. It entered his chest on the left side, missed his heart and his kidneys, but damaged several other organs. Nimmo's spleen was later removed; his liver was damaged. The bullet also nicked a lung, his diaphragm, stomach and colon before exiting his right side and gashing the inside of his right arm just above his wrist.) -Gene Bray (shot in back, bullet pierced one kidney and lodged in stomach) -Michael H. Bigler (shot point-blank range, 3 feet away, in the right shoulder blade, went in a half inch deep, did a 90 degree left hand turn, went about six to seven inches scraping flesh and blood then hit the left shoulder blade and did another 90 degree turn and popped-out of his back.) -Steve Vick (shot in lower leg, bones shattered) -Judy Walker (shot in chest) -Joyce Ingram (bullet entered neck and exited arm, shattering bone in right arm) Memorial: The Yellow Ribbon Memorial is a commemorative outdoor structure dedicated to the victims of the Edmond, Oklahoma, Post Office Shooting. Dedicated on May 29, 1989, it is located outside the post office's main entry to the south. The memorial contains the bronze statue of a man and a woman standing atop the fountain's center base and holding the ribbon of which the bow is attached to the base. To represent the fourteen victims killed in the shooting, the fountain contains fourteen water jets and a plaque on the front of the base listing their names. The memorial was built by the Edmond community and the United States Postal Services; the statue was created by sculptor Richard Muno. Community members have gathered at the memorial to commemorate the victims, especially on the 25th and 30th anniversaries. The memorial was surveyed in May 1996 as "well maintained," categorized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Over the years, the memorial slowly deteriorated with apparent "cracks in the concrete." Throughout early 2010s, operations of the fountain were halted for, according to USPS, "a damaged water supply line." As of now, the fountain still operates seasonally. Perpetrator: Patrick Henry Sherrill (November 13, 1941 – August 20, 1986) was born in Watonga, Oklahoma, and had served in the United States Marine Corps. He was considered an expert marksman and was a member of a National Guard pistol team. Subsequent postal shooting incidents: The 1986 Edmond incident was the first of several highly publicized postal shootings. -1991, Ridgewood, New Jersey -1991, Royal Oak, Michigan -1993, May 6, Dearborn, Michigan -1993, May 6, Dana Point, California -1995, Montclair, New Jersey -1997, Milwaukee, Wisconsin -2006, Goleta, California
The murder of Charlie Keever and Jonathan Sellers took place on March 27, 1993, in San Diego County, California. The murders were solved via DNA match eight years after their deaths. The victims: Charles "Charlie" Allen Keever was a 13-year-old boy, the youngest of three children, siblings, Lisa Keever and Michael Keever. Charlie's parents are David Keever and Maria Keever. His father and two grandparents died before Charlie's murderer was discovered. Jonathan "Jon" Lee Sellers was 9 years old, the fourth of six children, two minutes younger than his twin sister, Jennifer. His older half-brother, Alton Williams II, later became a cast member on The Real World: Las Vegas. His other siblings are Natasha Sellers, Dennis Michael Sellers and Tammie R. Sellers. Jonathan's parents are Dennis L. Sellers and Milena M. Sellers. Both boys were buried in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Chollas View, San Diego. The crime: On Saturday, March 27, 1993, Charlie Keever and Alton Williams (age 13 at the time, and Jonathan Sellers' elder brother) decided to spend the day bike riding. However, a last-minute change of plans resulted in Alton staying behind and Jonathan joining Charlie instead. Jennifer, Jonathan's twin sister, also wanted to go along but Jonathan said he did not want a girl tagging along so Milena Sellers, Jonathan's mother, told Jennifer to let the boys enjoy the day and she can go next time; Jennifer remained at home. Around noon, Jonathan and Charlie departed on their 20-inch royal-blue bicycles and went to Rally's restaurant (a local fast-food restaurant) in the Imperial Beach neighborhood of San Diego. Afterward, they went to a nearby pet store and played with some of the dogs and cats, chatting with the manager and customers. After leaving the pet store, the boys were not seen alive again. Police surmise that somewhere along their bike ride the boys were lured or went to a makeshift igloo-like fort made out of brush along the Otay River in Imperial Beach city where they were molested and killed. On Monday March 29, 1993, Charlie and Jonathan's bodies were discovered by a bike rider 10 yards from their bikes in overgrown brush on the west bank of the Otay River. Charlie was on the ground, his head on top of his and Jonathan's clothing. His genitals were bloody and showed extensive bite marks. The autopsy report concluded he was alive when the bite marks were inflicted on him. Tissue samples found in Charlie's mouth eventually proved to contain the killer's DNA. Jonathan was found hanging by a rope from a castor bean tree. His legs and arms were bound with rope, his mouth gagged and he was naked from the waist down. A rope was wrapped tightly around his neck and his genitals were damaged. Crime solved via DNA: In March 2001, a DNA database identified Scott Erskine as a suspect, based on the DNA found at the scene of the 1993 murders. Erskine was already in prison for a rape committed six months after the boys' murders. In 2003, Erskine went to trial on the charges of two counts of murder with the special allegations of sodomy, oral copulation, child molestation and torture and three counts of special circumstances: torture, sexual assault and multiple murders. He was found guilty. During the penalty phase of the trial, one juror did not want to give Erskine the death penalty, so the judge declared a mistrial for the penalty phase portion of the trial. In April 2004, a new jury convened voted unanimously for the death penalty. On September 1, 2004, a California judge sentenced Erskine to death and he was sent to San Quentin State Prison.
The Signal Mountain murders refers to a widely publicized case in 1988 involving the shootings of Richard Mason, Kenneth Griffith, and Earl Smock near Chattanooga, Tennessee. The men were missing and being searched for by their relatives when they did not return home. These relatives followed a blood path to the bodies off Big Fork Road and later found the victims' ATVs in a separate location. Their bullet-riddled bodies and ATVs were found in the woods of Signal Mountain near Roberts Mill Road. The three men had been riding along trails, portions of which crossed private property, with the intention of going swimming. The owners of the land were Frank Casteel and his wife, Susie. When Frank noticed more and more people intruding on his land he consulted a police officer who advised him to keep a logbook of everyone he witnessed. Frank had a run in with the three men and wrote it down, though never mentioned anything of murder. The men were later found dead and Casteel was a prime suspect. At the time Frank had a mistress, Mrs. Marie Hill, to whom Casteel’s wife sent his logbook in hopes that Mrs. Hill would leave him. Mrs. Hill turned in the logbook to the police for evidence. Although there was no mention of violent behavior in the book and no physical evidence to support Casteel’s conviction, he was sentenced to life in prison. An appeal was made and eventually given an opportunity to overturn Casteel’s conviction in 2001. The attorneys said there was no hard evidence that clearly identifies Casteel as the murderer. In 2003 Frank Casteel was found guilty again for the triple homicide and returned to prison. Casteel died in prison on 25th May 2019 at the age of 71. Media depictions: -Unsolved Mysteries aired a segment regarding the murders in season 2 episode 13 which aired on January 3, 1990. -A&E (TV channel) covered the murders in season 4, episode 9, of their City Confidential series. The title of the episode was "Dangerous Trespassing". -Investigation Discovery portrayed the murders in the show "Bloodlands" on August 18, 2014. This was season 1 episode 3 titled "Signal Mountain Murders".
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Alice Corbett was a woman who disappeared in 1925 from her residence hall at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her case remains unsolved. Background: Born and raised in Utica, NY, Corbett was a junior in good academic standing at the time she disappeared. Early on the morning of Friday, November 13, a fellow student and friend of Corbett's, Jean M. Robeson, was found dead in her dormitory room as a result of accidental asphyxiation by illuminating gas. Later, at about 8 AM, Corbett was observed leaving her room in the Clark House dormitory. When she failed to return later that afternoon, friends entered her quarters and discovered a note in Corbett's handwriting. College officials examined the note and reported that it contained the line “Mother, I am going home” and included content indicating that Corbett was in a “confused” state of mind. Corbett's father showed the note to a physician who determined that she may have been suffering from mental illness at the time she disappeared. Before her disappearance, Corbett was dating Thomas Sterling, a student at nearby Amherst College. Sterling reported to police that Corbett asked him to buy her poison a week before she disappeared. He refused the request. Police also examined letters exchanged by Corbett and Sterling indicating they had recently quarreled. In December, Sterling was cleared of any involvement in Corbett's disappearance. Corbett was last seen wearing a dark dress and hat and a distinctive yellow rain slicker. She was believed to be carrying $75 in cash. Investigation: The day Corbett was reported missing, College staff and students searched the campus. The following day, the Massachusetts State Police and local Boy Scouts conducted ground searches in the area including Mount Tom in nearby Holyoke where Corbett reportedly enjoyed hiking. Corbett's father, James, posted a $500.00 reward for information leading to her discovery and local radio stations in Springfield and Schenectady, NY broadcast her description. In the weeks that followed, Police investigated numerous reports from witnesses in nearby communities. A druggist believed he saw her on the morning of the 13th and stated that she had inquired about the local trolley schedule. Trolley crews, however stated that no woman resembling Corbett had ridden the line that day. Witnesses in Easthampton and Westfield reported seeing a young woman resembling Corbett who wore a yellow rain slicker. One week after Mt. Tom was searched, a witnesses claimed to have seen Corbett hiking in the area, spurring an additional search of the site. On November 20, telephone linemen working on Whiting Peak near Mt. Tom reported being held at gunpoint by a young woman resembling Corbett who demanded food and then escaped into the woods. In early December, a resident came forward claiming to have seen a girl “wearing a yellow slicker” walking down an embankment toward the Connecticut River in Hadley around the time of Corbett's disappearance. Police linked this report with an earlier sighting of a yellow slicker floating on the same area of the river. On December 13, State Police Detective Joseph V. Daley said he believed Corbett had "wandered away" and was dead. Widespread publicity of the case also produced false reports and hoaxes. In December 1925, police and newspapers reported receiving "many" crank letters about the case. In March, 1926, a resident of Troy, NY twice tried to collect a reward by claiming a housemaid employed at his boarding house was Corbett. In April, a middle-aged woman turned herself in to the police at Cheshire, MA claiming to be Corbett. In May, a message in a bottle purportedly written by Corbett was retrieved from the Connecticut River near Northampton. The note indicated that Corbett was being held captive in caves near Smith's Ferry, MA. While police believed the event to be a hoax, they searched the area but discovered no new evidence. Searches of urban areas, woodlands, and waterways in Western Massachusetts continued throughout the spring and summer of 1926. In January, James Corbett enlisted the help of a boatman to search the Connecticut River and in July, as canals at various mills in and around Northampton were drained for annual maintenance, a search was made for Corbett's body and clothing. In October 1927, James Corbett renewed search efforts of wilderness areas by publicizing a $1000.00 reward at the opening of hunting season. Aftermath: Interest in the Corbett case was revived in 1928 when another Smith College student, Frances Smith vanished from her residence on campus on January 13. In March 1929, Smith's body was recovered from the Connecticut River near Longmeadow, MA but no official cause of death was reported. In 1933, a New York City man confessed to killing Corbett while living in Hadley in 1925. He later recanted and, following an investigation, police dismissed his confession as false. In 1936, human bones discovered in a shallow grave in Northampton were initially suspected be Corbett but later identified as historic Native American remains.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Stacey Nicole English was reported missing by her family on December 27, 2011. Her body was discovered on January 23, 2012, and the autopsy indicates the death was accidental. Disappearance: According to her family, English was last seen in her home in Atlanta, Georgia on or about Christmas Day. When her home was investigated, it was discovered that her apartment gate fob and her cell phone had been left, and the fireplace was still on. She was believed to be driving a white 2006 Volvo S60, which was later found abandoned. Police told reporters there was no indication of foul play. Investigation: Investigators cleared St. Louis event promoter Robert Kirk, from being a person of interest in the English's disappearance, on January 20, 2012. Kirk was reportedly the last person to see English. Discovery of body: Men looking for scrap metal discovered human remains underneath a fallen tree in Atlanta on January 23, 2012. Initial reports from the Chief Medical Examiner of Georgia, indicated that the remains were consistent with the age and gender of English. The medical examiner's report ruled that her death was most likely cold exposure (hypothermia), complicating underlying neurological and psychiatric disorders. Her parents released a statement when her body was discovered, which stated; There is only one level of closure. There are other levels of closure that need to take place. So, we thank God for allowing us to find our daughter. There is no doubt in my mind that there had to be some type of foul play involved. The way that she was found and where she was found, and that is what we are wanting to make sure that no one gets tired at this point, its only beginning, there is a lot more work to do. — Cindy Jamieson (Mother of English), NewsOne
Elwyn Crocker Jr. and Mary Crocker were children who were discovered deceased. The children were never reported missing. They were discovered buried in their father's backyard in Effingham County, Georgia. A third child was removed from the home at the time of the adult occupants arrest. Victims: Elwyn Crocker Jr. disappeared in November 2016, and was 14-years-old at the time of his disappearance, and was the older brother to Mary Crocker who was 13-years old at the time of her disappearance in October 2018. Neither child was reported missing to the police, and were only discovered after a tip was received that Mary Crocker was deceased and then after talking with Crocker, Sr., police began to believe that they should search the grounds of the home. The county coroner told media representatives that Crocker Jr. would be 17, at the time of the bodies discovered which was on Mary Crocker's 14th birthday: December 20, 2018. The cause of deaths for the children had not been determined as of December 26. Suspects: Elwyn Crocker Sr. was identified as the children's father and was arrested, he recently worked in Rincon, Georgia as a Santa for Walmart. Their step-mother Candice Crocker, her mother Kim Wright, Wright's boyfriend Anthony Prater and Mark Anthony Wright the brother of Candice Crocker were also arrested. All of the adults were charged with concealing a death and child cruelty.