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What one daughter of a Green River Killer victim says about death penalty

As the daughter of a murder victim, I urge Washington legislators to repeal the death penalty this month. Washington should join Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, and New Mexico, which have all repealed the death penalty since 2007.

In 1990, when I was 16, my mother’s body was discovered in a field along Highway 410 near Enumclaw months after her disappearance.

Her case languished as a cold case until 2003, when a suspect was finally named: Gary Ridgway.

As many residents of the Pacific Northwest know, Ridgway was dubbed the Green River Killer, and in 2003 was already in custody for several other murders in the greater Seattle area after being at large for 20 years.

Ridgway agreed to plead guilty to 48 counts of first-degree murder in exchange for providing information to law enforcement about the murders. As a result, he received a sentence

Read more at: http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/article199910954.html

New images released in unsolved murder of mother and daughter

After nearly 10 years of chasing leads and no arrest, police in Boca Raton have released new photos in the murders of Nancy and Joey Bochiccio.

In December 2007, a security guard at the Town Center Mall found Bochiccio’s SUV running outside of Sears. Nancy and her seven year old daughter were found bound and shot to death inside the car. Police say before killing them, the abductor took them to a nearby ATM and forced Nancy to pull out $500.

Police believe the killer is from Miami. Supplies used in the crime were bought from a Dade county Home Depot.

Police are offering a $400,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

Read more at: http://www.wpbf.com/article/new-images-released-in-unsolved-murder-of-mother-and-daughter/13449519

Living with heartache: Detroit man loses daughter to gunfire, then buries 4 more relatives

Death keeps breaking Chris Samuel’s heart.

The heartache started with the violent death of his 22-year-old daughter Christina, an aspiring law student who was gunned down on Christmas Eve 2014 while sitting in her car in Detroit.

Sleepness nights followed. Anger and pain consumed him. Despair set in.

Then came more death.

This year, while still reeling from the unsolved murder of his daughter, he buried four more family

Read more at: http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/10/01/unsolved-murder-violence/712795001/

The chilling murder of a Coulsdon mum killed in front of her daughter remains unsolved 40 years on

When someone is murdered in their own home, the community living in the area will understandably be wanting the killer to be caught as soon as possible.

For 40 years the murder of Coulsdon mum-of-two Joy Sweatman has gone unsolved – despite police offering a £2,500 reward.

Mrs Sweatman, 25, died after being attacked in her own home in front of her young daughter in 1977 and a person was reportedly seen wiping blood off a hammer .

Police were called to the address, in St Andrew’s Road, after Mrs Sweatman’s lodger, 53-year-old Vernon Patton, made the gruesome discovery of her bloodied body when he returned home at 1.30pm on Wednesday, June 1, according to reports in the Coulsdon and Purley Advertiser at the time.

The paper reported in the June 17, 1977, edition that Mrs Sweatman was killed on the same day of the Queen’s Silver Jubliee celebrations. Neighbours were just 100 yards

Read more at: http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/the-chilling-murder-of-a-coulsdon-mum-killed-in-front-of-her-daughter-remains-unsolved-40-years-on/story-30519523-detail/story.html

Shirley Finn’s daughter angry over lack of legal aid for mother’s murder inquest

The daughter of murdered brothel madam Shirley Finn says she is “gutted” that Legal Aid will not fund her representation at next month’s inquest into the death of her mother.

Bridget Shewring has long campaigned for an independent inquiry, believing police were directly involved in the execution-style murder of her mother in 1975.

She has described being denied help from Legal Aid as “another roadblock in my fight for justice” after being elated earlier this year when a date was finally set for a public inquest.

Bridget Shewring wants help to fund her legal costs at the inquest into her mothers death.
Bridget Shewring wants help to fund her legal costs at the inquest into her mother’s death.Picture: Picture: Nic Ellis

Mother searches for answers in daughter’s unsolved murder

Ian Joseph Ritzer, was sentenced on Monday, June 12 after he had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography, one count of extortion, and one count of attempted enticement of a minor.  

Read more at: http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/35649203/mother-searches-for-answers-in-daughters-unsolved-murder

Mom Reacts to Decision to Drop Murder Charge Against Daughter’s Suspected Cold-Case Killer

After more than 27 years, Gail Elieson thought she was finally getting closer to justice for her 18-year-old daughter Sarah Jo DeLeon, who was found stabbed to death in 1989 in Kansas City, Kansas.

But Elieson’s hopes were dashed last week when a judge in Wyandotte County, Kansas, dismissed the murder charge against 48-year-old Carolyn Heckert, during a preliminary hearing.

“He was the jury,” Elieson said about the judge’s decision. “Instead of letting it go before a jury to decide, he decided, ‘Nope, she’s not guilty.’ ”

Heckert had been the prime suspect in DeLeon’s death. Her arrest last year was an apparent break in the nearly 30-year-old case.

“[The judge] didn’t feel there was enough evidence to take to a jury trial,” Jonathan Carter, spokesman for the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office, tells PEOPLE.

Carter says that if new evidence arises, prosecutors can refile the charge, as there

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/sarah-jo-deleon-kansas-murder-charge-dismissed-suspect/

Cold case murder victim’s daughter speaks out after suspect arrested

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – After 26 years, a man is finally behind bars, charged with the murder of Bonita Parker.

Parker’s daughter, Sarah Parker, was just a young toddler when she was killed.

Sarah said her family got to sit down with the detectives who re-opened her mother’s murder case on Thursday evening.

“Not knowing anything at all, all this time… Thinking the wrong things that were not true. We’re actually getting clarification in a lot of areas we’ve been in the dark about for so long,” said Sarah. “That brings peace.”

She said investigators did not reveal much more than what is already publicly known about the case, but it still helped her family release some of the pain they’ve been feeling for over a quarter-century.

“I wanted to sit back and watch them kind of…let some of that out that they’ve been carrying for so long,” said Sarah.

Bonita was 21-years-old when

Read more at: http://nbc4i.com/2017/03/02/cold-case-murder-victims-daughter-speaks-out-after-suspect-arrested/

Local mother opens up about daughter’s cold case murder – NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

WEST RICHLAND, WA – We all have questions and crave the answers to them, but imagine having the question ‘how was my child murdered?’. 

For the past sixteen years, that’s been the question for one West Richland woman, and reporter Mackenzie Maynard sat down with her in an exclusive interview.

It was May 28th, 2001, in Oildale, California. Firefighters knew something wasn’t right after dousing the flames of a fire. Within the charred remains, they found the body of a woman.

“Upon closer examination of the body, she appeared to have some injuries that were not consistent with the fire,” said Det. Sgt. Glenn Johnson in a May 2001 interview.

24-year-old Wendy Kyle had been stabbed multiple times, and since then, Michael Charles Brown has been convicted of six murders, including the murder of Wendy Kyle. He now sits on death row in San Quinton.

“We have interviewed Mr. Brown here recently, regarding the Kyle

Read more at: http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/34590155/local-mother-opens-up-about-daughters-cold-case-murder