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Mystery of nun’s unsolved murder is latest US documentary hit …

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore's Cathedral of Mary Our Queen is seen in Baltimore, Maryland

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Cathedral of Mary Our Queen is seen in Baltimore, Maryland

A documentary about the mysterious killing of a beloved young Catholic nun half a century ago is the latest smash hit on Netflix, highlighting the popularity of true crime stories in America these days.

The series called “The Keepers,” which began last month, is a suspenseful examination of the crime committed in 1969. People with information about the case are now either deceased or elderly.

The nun, a cheerful, buoyant woman known as Sister Cathy, was 26 when she died. She was a teacher at the all-girls’ Archbishop Keough High School, and her students were crazy about her.

But there was apparently a dark side of the school, overseen by

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4656288/Mystery-nuns-unsolved-murder-latest-US-documentary-hit.html

‘Most gruesome murder in the City of Monroe’s history’ gets some closure – WXIA

MONROE, Ga. — A chapter in the “most gruesome murder in the City of Monroe’s history” was closed Thursday when a Walton County jury decided a man found guilty of a decades-old cold case murder would spend the rest of his life in prison.

On Aug. 18 1988, Willie Joe Beasley was found murdered inside his Broad Street home. The case went unsolved for almost 30 years until two suspects were arrested and indicted for the murder last summer. 

Perry Brown, 60, and Jerry Jones, 67, were both arrested July 29, 2016 and charged with felony malice

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Cold case reality show leads to charges in 26-year-old Texas murder

HUNTSVILLE, Texas –– With the help of a cold case reality show, Texas authorities have arrested the person they believe killed Mary Jane LeFlore more than two decades ago – her ex-husband, Larry LeFlore.

On July 19, 1991, Mary Jane LeFlore left her job as a Texas Department of Criminal Justice sociologist in Huntsville and, according to reports, went to West Hill Mall, where she said she had an appointment. When she did not return home later that night, her husband, Larry, said he went to look for her.

Earlier that day, Marcus LeFlore, who was 12 years old at the time, said he talked to his mother on the phone and everything seemed fine.

“She was supposed to pick me and my brother Brandon up and take us to the soda fountain when she got off work,” Marcus LeFlore said. “She called and said she would be running late, that she had

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Cold Case team solves homicide case of Ocala woman who died in … – Villages

Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes detectives and a Cold Case team have solved the homicide of an Ocala woman almost 12 years after her death.

Margaret Mary Mohrenne

Margaret Mary Mohrenne

On July 17, 2005, MCSO deputies and evidence technicians responded to the residence of Margaret Mary Mohrenne, who was 33 at the time of her death, located at the 3600th block of NE 22nd St. in Ocala in reference to a house fire, according to an MCSO press release. When Marion County Fire Rescue began to extinguish the fire and enter the home, they found Mohrenne’s deceased body on the living room floor, the press release stated.  Her boyfriend, Allen Hodder, 38, was the main suspect in the case but was not arrested.

It was later determined that the fire was caused by arson and that Mohrenne died before the fire started. The medical examiner

Read more at: https://www.villages-news.com/homicide-ocala-woman-finally-solved-12-years-later/

Marking Ten Years Since Unsolved Murder of Denver 420 Rally Founder Ken Gorman

Ken Gorman at the 2006 Denver 420 Rally.

This year marks a decade since the still-unsolved murder of Denver 420 Rally founder and groundbreaking Colorado marijuana activist Ken Gorman. But he hasn’t been forgotten. Indeed, current rally organizers meeting to talk about appealing the City of Denver’s three-year ban of the event brought along Gorman’s ashes, treating them like the equivalent of holy relics. And the mere mention of Gorman triggered both deep emotion over his loss and anger that his killer or killers have yet to be held responsible for their actions.

“I so much enjoyed my interactions with Ken over the years, and we miss him greatly,” said rally attorney Rob Corry. “I wish that Denver put some of the effort it’s put into documenting alleged petty violations at our event into solving the murder of such a wonderful human being.”

As former Westword writer William Breathes noted

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Tips prompted NY detectives to reach out to NH over cold case murder

New York State Police investigating a 20-year-old homicide stemming from a road rage incident said they recently reached out to New Hampshire media because they have received many tips.

New York State Police Senior Investigator Kelly Taylor told NH1 News that they have been following up on tips throughout New England, and the team of investigators thought it would be beneficial to disseminate information regarding the case to the New Hampshire public at this time.

Police said around 6 p.m. Feb. 5, 1997, they responded to Interstate 84, approximately one-fifth of a mile west of Exit 12 in the Town of Fishkill, after Richard H. Aderson, 47 of LaGrange, New York, contacted 911 and reported that he had been shot.

READ: Decades old NY cold case may have connection to NH

Aderson, a former assistant superintendent for the Valley Central School District, was traveling east on I-84 in a gray, 1995, four-door

Read more at: http://www.nh1.com/news/tips-prompted-ny-detectives-to-reach-out-to-nh-over-cold-case-murder/

Unsolved and overlooked: Investigating cold cases of the civil rights era

Victims of violence

These are the names of 74 men and women – two from South Carolina – who died between 1952 and 1968 under circumstances suggesting they were the victims of racially motivated violence. The information below was gathered by the Southern Poverty Law Center as it planned a timeline of killings and other civil rights era events for the Civil Rights Memorial.

The Memorial, dedicated in 1989, includes the names of 40 civil rights martyrs who were slain during that era. The names below were not inscribed on the Memorial because there was insufficient information about their deaths at the time the Memorial was created.

They are, however, identified in a display at the Civil Rights Memorial Center as “The Forgotten.”

Anderson, Andrew Lee – Marion, Ark., 1963 – Anderson was slain by a group of whites and sheriff’s deputies after a white woman said he

Read more at: http://www.thestate.com/news/nation-world/article158930334.html

Ex-husband charged with wife’s murder in 26-year-old cold case

Authorities believe they finally have answered a question that has baffled investigators and local law enforcement for more than two decades: Who killed Mary Jane LeFlore?

Larry LeFlore was taken into custody at about 2 p.m. Thursday and charged with the murder of his ex-wife, who allegedly went missing from the West Hill Mall parking lot almost 26 years ago. LeFlore was arrested on a warrant at the Walker County Courthouse after he was indicted by a grand jury.

Investigators did not disclose a motive for the slaying.

LeFlore was transported to the Walker County Jail on Thursday afternoon and booked on a $20,000 bond.

“This is one I just never forgot because I knew Larry and Mary Jane and we continued to work on it over the years,” District Attorney David Weeks said. “It was always in my mind that he was the

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