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A 'Mount Everest' of Cold Case Probes Has Been Solved

More than 62 years later, 9-year-old's killer identified

(Newser) - Nine-year-old Candice "Candy" Rogers was selling Camp Fire mints in her neighborhood in Spokane, Wash., in March 1959 when she disappeared. Sixteen days later, her body was found in woods a few miles from her home; she had been strangled with her own slip, the Daily Beast reports. More...

A 1908 Death That Inspired Twin Peaks Still Vexes

New book looks at the unsolved murder of Hazel Drew in Sand Lake, New York

(Newser) - If you're a Twin Peaks fan, you may want to put this upcoming book on your reading list. Murder at Teal's Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks, is set to be released Jan. 1, and as the name implies, it's about the murder...

DNA on Beer Cans Helps Solve 25-Year-Old Murder

Kenneth Stough Jr. is accused of killing a convenience store manager in Orlando in 1996

(Newser) - A discarded Budweiser beer can has led authorities to a man accused of stabbing a convenience store manager 73 times in 1996. Terrence Paquette, 31, was preparing to open the Lil' Champ Food Store in Orlando, Fla., before 6am on Feb. 3, 1996, when he was gruesomely attacked, per KIRO...

Cops Arrest Parents of Baby Found Dead in Trash in 1991

Infant boy suffered blunt force trauma, asphyxiation: authorities

(Newser) - North Carolina police say they've arrested the parents of an infant found dead in a trash can rack some 30 years ago. It was April 4, 1991, that the decomposed remains of an infant boy were discovered in Nags Head in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Authorities determined the...

Doctor Admits Throwing Wife Out of Plane 36 Years Ago

Robert Bierenbaum was jailed more than 20 years ago for murder of Gail Katz

(Newser) - More than 20 years ago, prosecutors used circumstantial evidence to convince jurors that plastic surgeon Robert Bierenbaum murdered his wife and threw her body into the Atlantic Ocean from his plane. He has finally admitted that they were right. According to court transcripts seen by ABC7 , Bierenbaum confessed to the...

Bone Found Inside Submerged SUV Belonging to Missing Mom, Kids

Stephanie Van Nguyen's SUV was found in the Ohio River after nearly 20 years

(Newser) - Update: A bone has been found in the SUV of a mother who's been missing for nearly two decades along with her two children. Anthropologists believe the bone is human, CBS News reports. Lab testing will make the final determination. Our original story from Sunday follows:

Mother Convicted in 1981 Death of Newborn Left in Field

Theresa Bentaas, who allegedly said she was 'young and stupid,' faces life in prison

(Newser) - Update: A South Dakota woman has been convicted in the death of her newborn son, found alone in a cornfield 40 years ago. Theresa Bentaas, 60, of Sioux Falls, entered what's known as an Alford plea to manslaughter charges, a move in which she technically admits no guilt, reports...

Calif. Cops Take Fresh Look at Teen's 1986 Disappearance

Susan Bender's mom has long suspected a family acquaintance

(Newser) - California police are looking for the public's help in wrapping up the 35-year-old disappearance of a teenage girl . Susan Robin Bender was 15 when a friend saw her get into a green van at a Greyhound bus station in Modesto on the afternoon of April 25, 1986. Susan claimed...

Cold Case Team: We've ID'd the Zodiac Killer

Police aren't so sure, say case remains open

(Newser) - While one codebreaker claims the Zodiac killer's own cyphers identifies him as a known suspect , a team of 40 former law enforcement investigators say physical and forensic evidence points to a different person. The so-called Case Breakers say they've identified a former US airman and house painter from...

15 Years After Murder of 'Canes Star, Teammate Is Arrested

Rashaun Jones pleads not guilty in 2006 slaying of University of Miami player Bryan Pata

(Newser) - Update: A former player on the University of Miami football team has pleaded not guilty to killing a teammate in 2006. Raushan Jones, 35, is currently charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Bryan Pata, 22, though that could eventually be bumped up to a first-degree count. Our original...

Girl Taken in 2007 Is Reunited With Mother

Police say Jacqueline Hernandez was brought to Mexico by her father

(Newser) - The police department in Clermont, Fla., has taken the unusual step of releasing a photo of a mother hugging her daughter. But this was no ordinary hug. It shows Angelica Vences-Salgado embracing 19-year-old Jacqueline Hernandez in Laredo, Texas, near the border with Mexico, reports CBS News . The two hadn't...

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1981 murder victim had worked for Levi Strauss

(Newser) - Michael Glazebrook, accused of killing his neighbor in Monterey County, Calif., in 1981, escaped his 1983 murder trial scot-free when the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict and the district attorney chose to forgo a retrial. Forty years later, a new trial will finally come. Glazebrook was arrested for...

It's 'the Closure of a Case That Has Haunted Our Community'

Mother charged in 1992 murder of infant found in South Carolina river

(Newser) - Nearly 30 years after an infant girl's stabbed body was found floating on a South Carolina river, authorities announced the arrest Tuesday of the child's mother and said she has been charged in the death, per the AP . Stacy Michelle Costner Rabon, 48, of Rock Hill, SC, faces...

DNA Proves He Raped, Killed a Girl—and Someone Else

Genome sequencing cracks Las Vegas murders of Nanette Vanderburg, Stephanie Isaacson

(Newser) - Las Vegas police say they finally know who killed a 14-year-old girl during her walk to school more than 32 years ago. Stephanie Isaacson never arrived at school on June 1, 1989, a fact her father only learned when she failed to appear that afternoon. Her body was found that...

Mom Arrested in Newborn's Death, 14 Years Later

Another cold case helped along by DNA evidence in 2007 homicide in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - "Baby Mary Anne" would have been 14 this year, had she not been killed as a newborn and dumped in a trash bin at a Pennsylvania YMCA. Now, justice may be around the corner, thanks to DNA evidence that has helped along yet another cold case. reports...

20 Years Ago, Police Searched 5K Buildings for Bradley Sisters

Tionda and Diamond Bradley vanished from Chicago's South Side in 2001

(Newser) - On Tuesday in Chicago, a group of about 50 people called out "we love you Diamond and Tionda" as they released 20 balloons—20 because that's how many years the Bradley sisters have been missing. It's a case that launched what USA Today calls "one of...

After 44 Years, Mounties Identify 'Septic Tank Sam'

Mutilated body was found on farm in 1977

(Newser) - For 44 years, it has been one of Canada's most gruesome cold cases: The decomposing body of a man was found in a septic tank on a rural property in Alberta in April 1977. The victim—nicknamed "Septic Tank Sam by investigators—had been beaten, burned with a...

A New Jersey Detective Had a Hunch About a Serial Killer

Robert Anzilotti spent years getting Richard Cottingham to confess to more murders

(Newser) - He was dubbed the "Torso Killer" for the string of dead prostitutes—some with their heads and hands cut off—left in hotels in Manhattan and New Jersey over a 6-month period over 1979 and 1980. New Jersey family man Richard Cottingham was convicted in the early '80s...

DNA Cracks 65-Year-Old 'Lovers' Lane' Double Murder

The presumed killer, Montana native Kenneth Gould, is dead

(Newser) - The children of a Montana native who died almost a decade and a half ago have learned the man with no known criminal history was in fact a double murderer. It wasn't a skeleton in the closet, but rather genetic genealogy that supplied the shock. Since 1956, detectives have...

Officials: Cold-Case Contract Killing Tied to Former Governor

Authorities say Tenn. Gov. Ray Blanton's administration helped fund 1979 murder

(Newser) - A former Tennessee governor's administration helped fund a contract murder of a key federal witness decades ago while embroiled in the state's largest political scandal, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday. Investigators in Hamilton County, which encompasses Chattanooga, have been chipping away at the 42-year-old cold case of Samuel...

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