Monthly Archives: November 2016

Man Arrested in Cold Case Murders in Leon Valley, San Antonio …

More than ten years after a brutal murder–police in Leon Valley said they finally have their man.

“We really thought in our hearts at the time–we brought him in once before… it was him” Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said Wednesday Morning following the arrest of Jose Flores III, who was described as a high school friend of Willms. He is charged with capital murder in the death of 21-year old Heather Willms.

Flores has also been charged with capital murder in the death of Esmerelda Herrera in 2011. She was found dead inside her burning apartment on General Ent Court in San Antonio in March of 2011. Flores was released after being arrested in that case–which was given a fresh look last year.

Salvaggio said it took some time–and nearly eleven years of police work–to finally make the case in Leon Valley stick.

“Through new testing, we

Read more at: http://www.ktsa.com/arrest-made-2005-leon-valley-murder/

Cabin 28: The Keddie Murders

Cabin 28: The Keddie Murders  is unlike any other true crime book on the market today. Beautifully designed in a “coffee table” book style, each page is hand-designed by the authors. The book features rare photographs, extensive interviews, historical data, personal anecdotes, and unique artwork that reflects the disturbing nature of the story. Representing nearly ten years of thorough research and investigation, CABIN 28: THE KEDDIE MURDERS would make the perfect addition to any true crime library.

Pennsylvania Wife-Killer Sentenced Another 20 Years in Cold Case …

A Pennsylvania man incarcerated in the murder of his wife has been sentenced to another 20 years in the cold case murder and rape of a 14-year-old girl found dead in a gutter in the Bronx in 1998.

James Martin was already imprisoned in the 2005 murder of his wife in Pennsylvania when the NYPD Cold Case Bureau reopened its investigation into Marley Cruz, a runaway from a group foster home who was found dead on Valentine Avenue on Feb. 23, 1998. 

Detective Explains Break in Bronx Cold Case

[NY] Detective Explains Break in Bronx Cold Case

She had been strangled, authorities said, and investigators were not able to be identify her until April 1998, through dental records.

Evidence collected from the sexual assault kit was re-examined, and technology advances allowed forensic experts to pull a full DNA profile, which was loaded into a database. The DNA

Read more at: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Pennsylvania-Man-Sentenced-Killing-Teen-Girl-Runaway-Foster-Home-Bronx-403654236.html

Police again try to crack Bethlehem dance instructor’s unsolved murder

Thirteen years later, police are again hoping a TV show will bring new leads in the unsolved 2003 murder of a Bethlehem native.

The case of Gwendel Talijan Greenblatt’s killing in her West Palm Beach apartment was featured last year on TNT’s “Cold Justice,” and was the topic this month for an episode on “Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen.”

West Palm Beach police are using the new episode to ask for the public’s help in gathering more information.

The nonprofit Vidocq Society of Philadelphia, a group of FBI profilers, homicide investigators, scientists, psychologists and coroners, previously reviewed the case in 2006, and then again in 2012.

The 35-year-old Greenblatt grew up in Bethlehem, graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School and taught dance for many years at her family’s dance school, Miss Jeanne’s School of Dance Arts in Bethlehem.

Authorities have said Greenblatt was chased, cornered and then shot once in the head inside her

Read more at: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2016/11/police_again_try_to_crack_beth.html

Age-progression photos released in double murder cold case …

SOUTHAMPTON – State police have released age-progression photos of a 72-year-old wanted in a Southampton double murder.

Authorities say William Fischer murdered his 19-year-old son Billy and Billy’s friend Nancy Hyer in 1986.

Their bodies were found in the trunk of Hyer’s car at the Southampton Elks Club. Billy was shot 18 times. Nancy was stabbed twice.

Police believe Billy had asked his father for money to help with his cystic fibrosis medical bills.

William Fischer’s car was found at John F. Kennedy International Airport, but he has never been found. Investigators believe Fischer may have left the country, but there’s no record of what flight he could have taken.

Nancy’s sister Debra says finding Fischer would mean so much to her and her mother, who passed away two years ago without getting the justice she longed for.

“My mother had nightmares about what happened to her…I would have wanted her to be alive if they

Read more at: http://longisland.news12.com/news/cold-case-photos-released-of-william-fischer-wanted-in-southampton-double-murder-of-son-friend-1.12685191

Cops Seek Tips in Finding Southampton Cold Case Double-Murder …

New York State police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 72-year-old fugitive wanted for killing his 19-year-old son and the victim’s 21-year-old female friend in Southampton 30 years ago.

Police released this age progession images of the suspect.
Police released this age progession images of the suspect.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of William Fischer after he was indicted on two counts of second-degree murder on Feb. 25, 1987, but investigators have been unable to find him since his vehicle was found abandoned two days later at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Fischer was charged with shooting his son, Billy, 18 times and twice stabbing his son’s friend, Nancy Hyer, in his home on Dec. 10, 1986, police said. Eleven days later, their bodies were found in the trunk of Hyer’s vehicle, which was left

Read more at: https://www.longislandpress.com/2016/11/29/cops-seek-tips-in-finding-southampton-cold-case-double-murder-suspect/

West Palm police probe 2003 cold-case murder featured on TV show

The 2003 cold case was the recent focus of Crime Watch Daily, a nationally syndicated television program. Cold-case detectives are still trying to determine who killed Greenblatt on the afternoon of Feb. 5, 2003, in her apartment in Royal St. George, a community along Brandywine Road north of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and just west of Interstate 95.

Read more at: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime--law/west-palm-police-probe-2003-cold-case-murder-featured-show/fSEaUPUaZaZIXbq8sT3YxJ/

A decade since his death: Unsolved murder of Henry Vandenberghe ‘frustrating’ to police

Henry Vandenberghe lived in this Thrupp Street home on Nov. 28, 2006, when he left in the morning to catch a bus to work. He was attacked shortly after
leaving home, 300 meters from his doorstep, and died the next day.
KTW file photo

KTW front page Nov 29 16Ten years ago on Tuesday, Henry Vandenberghe died, one day after being savagely beaten on a North Kamloops residential street — and police are still on the hunt for his killer.

The 61-year-old’s murder remains unsolved, but police have not given up hope.

Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Lorne Wood, the head of the detachment’s major-crime unit, said the case has been a source of frustration for investigators.

“It’s frustrating in the sense that this seems to be so random,” he told KTW. “Henry is truly, in the

Read more at: http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/decade-since-death-unsolved-murder-henry-vandenberghe-frustrating-police/