Category Archives: Cold Cases

Ashton Kutcher’s Testimony Could Potentially Find The Alleged ‘Hollywood Ripper’ Not Guilty.

Gargiulo’s trial for the two California murders and the attempted murder started on May 2 (he is being tried separately for the Illinois murder of Pacaccio). Even though there’s little DNA evidence in the three murders, the prosecution is trying to prove similarities in all the attacks, linking Gargiulo to the murders, saying he stalked and “thrill killed” his victims. The defense, however, is suggesting that due to lack of DNA evidence in the murders, it’s possible other suspects with closer relationships to the victims could be responsible for the murders. It’s Kutcher’s testimony the defense is focusing on, casting doubt on Gargiulo’s guilt for Ellerin’s murder, and thus all the murders.

Human remains identified after 24 years in Wisconsin

This year, Grant County Coroner Phyllis Fuerstenberg reopened the case to see if identification could be possible with new technology. Fuerstenberg was able to obtain fingerprints due to new technology and techniques. The man was identified as Gale Joseph Byers, who was born on November 11th, 1938.

In rare move, DuPage indicts DNA profile of unknown person suspected in death of ‘Baby Hope,’ infant found dead near Wheaton

On Aug. 15, 2016, landscapers working along Plamondon Road in an unincorporated area near Wheaton found the dead, full-term newborn in a backpack along the roadside. Since then, the DuPage County sheriff’s office has been investigating to learn the identity of the baby and what happened to her.

A decades-old rape test sent him to prison. Then his high school girlfriend saw an old photograph.

The discovery horrified Detroit, and the nation: More than 11,000 rape kits were sitting untested in a police warehouse, in some cases gathering dust for decades before prosecutors stumbled upon the boxes in 2009.
One in particular had been collected in November 1997, when a 15-year-old girl came to police with a harrowing tale. After she left a store on Detroit’s east side, she said, a stranger lunged at her. He put a gun to her head and covered her head with a rag, then dragged her into an alleyway, where he raped her. A nurse performed a sexual assault examination, but the evidence went untouched for nearly two decades, until the untested rape kits became a national scandal. In 2015, prosecutors working their way through the backlog finally sent it out for testing.

Body found behind supermarket cooler identified as store employee who went missing 10 years ago

A body found behind a Council Bluffs, Iowa, supermarket cooler in January has been identified as that of a store employee who went missing in 2009.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Criminalistics Laboratory confirmed Monday that the remains were those of Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, who disappeared 10 years ago at age 25.

This forensics specialist worked with DNA from Angie Dodge murder case

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIDK/KIFI) – Her name is Francine Bardole. She is a crime scene investigator and forensics specialist. She works out of a lab in West Jordan, Utah. But that’s not all. She works cold cases nationwide. Eyewitness News 3 anchor Todd Kunz talked with Bardole to find out the process she used in the Dodge case.

In an Apparent First, Genetic Genealogy Aids a Wrongful Conviction Case

It started as a way to trace family history. It evolved into a tool to help solve decades-old cold cases. Now, for apparently the first time, a genealogy database is expected to lead to charges being dropped against an Idaho man convicted in a decades-old rape and murder case.

An Epidemic of Disbelief

What new research reveals about sexual predators, and why police fail to catch them.

Search for Girl Missing for Three Decades Leads to Empty Vatican Tombs

ROME — The disappearance 36 years ago of a Vatican City employee’s teenage daughter, who vanished off a Rome street after attending a music lesson, has given rise to one of Italy’s most enduring mysteries, fueled by false leads, red herrings and continual media attention.
The latest installment of the drawn-out drama came Thursday morning, when, acting on a series of tips to the family, a Vatican-appointed forensic anthropologist exhumed two tombs in a cemetery inside the Vatican walls to analyze their contents.

Emanuela Orlandi: Vatican tombs to be opened in search for remains

The latest twist in a mystery that has long gripped Italy came a few months ago when the Orlandi family’s lawyer received an anonymous tip.
“Last summer I received an envelope,” the lawyer, Laura Sgrò, told NBC News on Wednesday. “I opened it and there was a picture of the statue of an angel in the Teutonic Cemetery inside the Vatican. And a letter that simply said, ‘If you want to find Emanuela, search where the angel looks.'”

Boise geneticist helps Knox in Italian conviction appeal. DNA shows she isn’t guilty

The world was captivated by the Italian trial that convicted Seattle college student Amanda Knox in the sensational 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
Knox’s appeal is now under way, and critical evidence used to convict her actually shows she’s innocent, says Boise State professor Greg Hampikian, a forensic DNA expert who volunteered to help the Knox defense.

The First Murder Case To Use Family Tree Forensics Goes To Trial

To crack a 32-year-old murder case, police used genetic genealogy, which involves searching family tree sites and the DNA that people add to them. Now its legality is getting scrutiny in the courtroom.

Police release timeline of “significant events” in Dennis Day investigation

PHOENIX, Ore. – UPDATE: 6/7/19 : On Friday, Oregon State Police released a timeline of what it calls “significant events” in the Dennis Day investigation. The former Disney Mouseketeer and actor disappeared without a trace last summer.

After obtaining DNA from estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, authorities searching Farmington properties connected to him

The search follows a series of new developments in the case over the last 48 hours.
State police, sources said, have obtained DNA samples from Fotis Dulos. Sources also told the Courant that police have obtained surveillance video of Dulos in a Hartford neighborhood where police conducted an extensive search for evidence Friday, sifting through trash cans and scouring dumpsters for several hours.

Arrest in 43-year-old murder case stuns Wisconsin town

Word of the arrest — via a friend’s text message — hit Wayne Sankey like a thunderbolt.
“I said, ‘You gotta be kidding me,'” Sankey recalled. “And then I told the wife and she couldn’t believe it. ‘There’s no way,’ she said. ‘Ray down the road?'”