Monthly Archives: December 2016

Janet’s Secret

Produced by Susan Mallie

[This story originally aired on May 16, 2015. It was updated on Dec. 31, 2016.]

Brittany Smith, a prosecutor in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, hadn’t even been born when 23-year-old Janet Walsh last carried her purse on the final night of her life, Sept. 1, 1979.

“This is Janet’s purse. This would’ve been the purse she used the night she went out from August 31st 1979, into the early morning hours of September 1st, 1979,” Smith said, showing “48 Hours” correspondent Peter Van Sant the bag’s contents.

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Janet’s pocketbook was documented and placed into evidence, where it would remain for 34 years. The items inside were preserved, as they were that summer.

“…mints, gum, makeup, brush, keys. Those types of things are in every woman’s purse,” she said. “It definitely makes you feel as if there’s a connection to her.”

And Smith

Read more at: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/janet-walsh-murder-will-new-clue-solve-1979-cold-case-mystery/

First unsolved murder in Memphis nearly 100 years old

No one knows how Charles C. Harl came to be on Downtown’s Market Street that cold and wet February night almost 100 years ago.

Around 9:15 p.m. that night of Feb. 13, 1917, as the temperature dipped into the 40s and drizzle fell, Harl was in front of a house at 191 Market Street. Another man was there with him– armed with a .32-caliber pistol.

That man

Read more at: http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/crime/2016/12/31/first-unsolved-murder-memphis-nearly-100-years-old/95668278/

Crime Stoppers cold case initiative still generating tips

A Crime Stoppers initiative that focused public attention on cold case homicides earlier this year is still generating tips that could lead to arrests.

No arrests have been made on the 30 homicides the program highlighted, but Crime Stoppers this week received another tip on one of the cases, said Springfield Police Officer Mike Badger, coordinator for Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard Counties.

“The tips are still trickling in. They may continue,” Badger said. “Maybe, as a result of the program, it has the issue back in the minds of some people who have some knowledge. Maybe it will work on them. They can call us any time.”

The program initially focused on 10 unsolved homicides in Springfield and the surrounding area that occurred between 2003 and 2014. To help spur tips, Crime Stoppers offered an enhanced $5,000 instead of

Read more at: http://www.lincolncourier.com/news/20161230/crime-stoppers-cold-case-initiative-still-generating-tips

Family Wants Answers in Grandmother’s 1991 Cold Case Murder – NBC 5 Dallas

After 25 years Fort Worth police are still trying to figure out who would murder a grandmother in a most brutal way.

Ladye Gallaher was found dead in her home by a caretaker, and her family is not giving up hope that justice will be served.

Her grandson, Ivan Harris fondly remembered his sweet grandmother.

“She taught me all my manners, and I loved that,” he said.

Gallaher’s pictures decorate the entry way of his Fort Worth home. They are the memories he holds onto. However, the memories of her murder are still so difficult to discuss.

Family members say the 84-year-old woman was beaten with a nightstand lamp and possibly strangled on Christmas Eve, 1991.

“Just the thought of her getting hit with that and being murdered the way she was, I just can’t imagine. She was just 65-70 pounds, and frail,” said Harris.

His eyes welled up

Read more at: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Family-Wants-Answers-in-Grandmothers-1991-Cold-Case-Murder-408876995.html

Revisiting Greatest Unsolved Murder Mystery – “Belizean Jack the Ripper”

2016 is drawing to a close as one of the bloodiest years in recent times. Most murders remain unsolved as did a string of homicides that occurred between 1998 and 2000, which we revisit tonight. As many as five primary school girls from Belize City were viciously murdered. There was a common thread in the way life was snuffed from the girls, all between nine and fourteen years of age. At the time, many believed that a serial killer dubbed ‘Jack the Ripper’ was lurking in the shadows prowling on innocent victims. News Five’s Duane Moody takes you back and has an update on what is now considered a cold case.

Karen Wills, Mother of Erica Wills:

“Erica mi di go dah school; when ih missing she was eight years old; the same time ina July, the thirty-first.”

Read more at: http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/140152

New details released about unsolved murder in East Nashville …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police hope new suspect information will help them solve the death of 30-year-old Anthony Jacobs. His murder has gone unsolved for nearly a year.

On Feb. 4, Anthony Jacobs was in the mobile home park where he lived and worked on Dickerson Pike in East Nashville.

RELATED: 3 suspects still wanted after man killed in east Nashville home invasion

Three men burst into his elderly neighbors’ home. They handcuffed them and almost killed them.

When Jacobs heard the commotion, he rushed to help and wrestled one of the three gunmen.

The neighbors escaped but Jacobs was shot and later died.

Authorities are now releasing new details about the suspects.

Two of them had handguns and one had an assault rifle. They also had access to clothing with embroidered sewn-on patches, like clothing law enforcement or bounty hunters wear.

The suspect descriptions include:

• Male White: 5’5″-5’8″, 25-35 age range, 150lbs-160lbs, brown long hair (not

Read more at: http://wkrn.com/2016/12/29/new-details-released-about-unsolved-murder-in-east-nashville/

New details released about unsolved murder in East Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police hope new suspect information will help them solve the death of 30-year-old Anthony Jacobs. His murder has gone unsolved for nearly a year.

On Feb. 4, Anthony Jacobs was in the mobile home park where he lived and worked on Dickerson Pike in East Nashville.

RELATED: 3 suspects still wanted after man killed in east Nashville home invasion

Three men burst into his elderly neighbors’ home. They handcuffed them and almost killed them.

When Jacobs heard the commotion, he rushed to help and wrestled one of the three gunmen.

The neighbors escaped but Jacobs was shot and later died.

Authorities are now releasing new details about the suspects.

Two of them had handguns and one had an assault rifle. They also had access to clothing with embroidered sewn-on patches, like clothing law enforcement or bounty hunters wear.

The suspect descriptions include:

• Male White: 5’5″-5’8″, 25-35 age range, 150lbs-160lbs, brown long hair (not

Read more at: http://wkrn.com/2016/12/29/new-details-released-about-unsolved-murder-in-east-nashville/

Jacksonville to enter new year with over 100 unsolved murder cases

Jacksonville is headed into the new year with more than 160 unsolved homicides and murder cases, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

There were 226 murder and homicide cases in 2016, and only 59 of them have been resolved.

The start of a new year can be tough for people who have lost a loved one.

Ryan Backmann knows that dreadful feeling all too well. His father was murdered in 2009 and his case remains unsolved.

Backmann started Project Cold Case, a site that tracks cold cases, works to solve them and offers hope for families that are waiting for an arrest.

Backman says the new year brings a mix of emotions, but mostly he hopes it will bring justice.

“Hope 2017 will be the year. Frustration that 2016 wasn’t,” said Backmann.

You can report a tip to Crimestoppers and remain anonymous by calling 866-845-TIPS.

Read more at: http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/cold-case/479774089

Mother won’t let 16-year-old daughter, unsolved murder be…

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The mother of a 16-year-old girl gunned down on the Westside more than six years ago said her pain is still real, almost like the day her daughter was taken from her.

Tiphne Hollis would have turned 23 years old Wednesday.

She was shot in the area of Stockton Street, and her killer has not been caught.

“Some days, it still feels like the day (she was killed),” Hollis’ mother, Shanda Whitaker-Ward, said.

She was joined by supporters Wednesday in a balloon release to honor her daughter’s birthday.

“It’s a hard battle,” Whitaker-Ward said. “You don’t heal overnight. You know, it’ll be seven years (on March 20), and I’m healing each and every day.”

The gathering was small Wednesday, but the message was still meaningful: Tiphne Hollis will not be forgotten.
Her mother is making sure of that by channeling her tragedy into something positive and giving back through the foundation she set

Read more at: http://www.news4jax.com/news/mother-wont-let-16-year-old-unsolved-murder-be-forgotten

Two men linked to Toledo cold case murder face a judge

Toledo, OH (13abc action news) –
Two men linked to a decade old murder in Toledo face a judge.

Laquiane and Richard Woodson are both facing multiple counts of aggravated murder for the death of Bradley Wright.

According to police, back in 2005 the cousins shot and killed Wright at a home on Austin Street in Toledo.

Laquiane Woodson is currently in prison in Ohio, serving time for an aggravated robbery. His cousin, Richard, has been living in Port Clinton.

The pair is also charged with shooting Wright’s wife. She survived the shooting.

Both men are set to appear in Lucas County Common Pleas court for arraignment Tuesday, December 28, 2016.

Read more at: http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Two-men-linked-to-Toledo-cold-case-murder-face-a-judge-408493335.html