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October 11, 2001 | By Alicia A. Caldwell INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For Dottie Cambray, whose brother's murderer has never been brought to justice, one "cold case" is one too many. Since 1998, Cambray, of Fairless Hills, founder and president of Families of Unsolved Murders, has been on a nearly one-woman crusade to bring her brother's 1988 case, and thousands of others like it, to the public's attention. Now she is hoping county officials will create an investigative unit dedicated specifically to unsolved cases, something she says is rare but necessary.
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January 16, 2008 | By Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A cold case turned hot yesterday for Philadelphia police. Police went to the 2600 block of South 72d Street to execute a cold-case murder warrant for Jamar Wayne Warren, and, in making the arrest, wound up recovering $150,000 in narcotics and cash as well as six weapons. The police fugitive unit and members of U.S. Marshal's Office also discovered a 16-year-old female runaway living with Warren. The runaway was returned to her mother. With the arrest of Warren, 22, of Southwest Philadelphia, police said they closed the case on the 2005 murder of Malik Sims on June 1 and also pulled down a "midlevel" drug distributor in the city, who was said to have been "loaded for bear.
NEWS
May 18, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Philadelphia police have rereleased a surveillance video of an armed robbery in Hunting Park last year in an effort to keep the case alive. The stickup occurred about 10:35 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2011 at the Middle Brook Bar, 601 W. Bristol St. Police said a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun entered the bar, pointed it at the barmaid and demanded cash. He fled out the rear door with $250 and a cellphone. Anyone with information is asked to contact the East Detective Division at 215-686-3243.
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November 17, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Virginia Cleary never gave up. In the 43 years since her older brother Marine Cpl. Robert Daniel Corriveau went missing from the Philadelphia Naval Hospital and was declared a deserter, she never stopped searching for him. She wrote countless letters, called senators and congressmen, traveled to Philadelphia to search news archives, scoured faces in crowds, battled with military and state officials for records and enlisted police and private detectives....
NEWS
July 11, 2011
In a June 27 column, "A long-ago murder solved only in secret," Mike Kelly said he was told by a policeman "in confidence" that the parents of Candy Clothier's killers were "pillars of the community. " He implied that because of this "pillar" status, I am protecting their names, and he further claimed that if the suspect's names are made public, somehow justice will be done. Kelly tells a moving story. He is no doubt impassioned. He is also completely wrong. I know he didn't get this "pillar" stuff from the Northampton Township investigators who worked for decades to close this case.
NEWS
March 17, 2010 | By DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
It seems the stuff of historical, heaving-bosom romances: An Italian baroness and her lover are stabbed to death in bed in her 16th-century castle, and their killer slinks successfully into oblivion. But the double murder was far from fiction. Next week, a Philadelphia crime-solver will try to help crack one of Italy's oldest, coldest cases when the International Crime Analysis Association examines the 1563 deaths of Donna Laura Lanza and her lover, Ludovico Vernagallo. William L. Fleisher, founder and commissioner of Philadelphia's cold-case-cracking Vidocq Society, and forensic experts from around the world will gather March 23-25 in Carini - a city in Italy's Sicily region, where the slayings occurred - to reopen the case at the request of Carini Mayor Gaetano LaFata.
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June 9, 2011 | By ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press
AMSTERDAM - A murder mystery has been solved - 65 years later - with the confession of a 96-year-old woman. The 1946 killing of Felix Gulje, the head of a construction company who at the time was being considered for a high political post, roiled the Netherlands, and the failure to find the assassin became a point of contention among political parties. Yesterday, the mayor of Leiden, Henri Lenferink, said a woman has confessed to the killing, saying it happened in the mistaken belief that Gulje had collaborated with the Nazis.
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August 5, 2010 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 45-year-old woman is found beaten and strangled in the bathtub of her California home in 1998. Detectives find blood samples, hair, a possible suspect (her estranged husband?), even a motive (a $1.5 million inheritance?). But with no arrests by 2003, it is officially a cold case. So in June, seven years later, Det. Erik Longoria of tiny Indio, Calif., seeks help in Philadelphia - not from the police but from the Vidocq Society. Millions tune in for Cold Case and America's Most Wanted , but few know Philadelphia is home to the real thing - an international society of forensic experts who consult, free of charge, on baffling murders.
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January 17, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IN ALL likelihood, the three men who were involved with the slaying of Officer Frederick Cione Jr. have stopped running by now. It's been nearly 44 years since Cione, a 25-year-old rookie cop, was gunned down, 44 years since the shooter and his two accomplices - none of whom were ever identified - hit the bricks under the cover of the early morning darkness in North Philly, where Cione had tried to stop and question them. Did the killer and his pals leave the city and try to pretend as if the whole thing never happened?
NEWS
February 19, 2012 | Associated Press
AMBRIDGE, Pa. - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is calling on the FBI to try to close the case of a Western Pennsylvania girl who has been missing since 1958 and declared legally dead by a court. The Democratic senator sent a letter to the FBI after reading a recent story about 15-year-old Rebecca Triska's disappearance in the Beaver County Times, the newspaper reported Friday. Police identified a 26-year-old man named Frank Senk as a suspect and found strands of red hair and blood in his car after witnesses said they saw Triska riding in an older man's automobile shortly after leaving a teen dance on Sept.
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April 5, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maintaining his innocence - but wanting to avoid a possible death sentence - a Florida man allegedly linked by DNA to the 1996 rape and murder of a Kensington teen has agreed to a nonjury trial. Rafael Crespo appeared before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart on Thursday and waived his right to a trial by jury in the slaying of 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado. Minehart set Sept. 8 for a three-day bench trial, though he heard brief testimony from the girl's mother, Paulette Smith.
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February 13, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IT TOOK 16 years and a little bit of DNA for a Philadelphia jury yesterday to find Calvin Gadson guilty of raping a 15-year-old girl and robbing her and her boyfriend. The couple - who are now married - testified last week that they were ambushed by two gunmen and forced into Reyburn Park in North Philadelphia just after midnight Feb. 1, 1998. It was there that the gunmen took turns sexually assaulting the girl and holding her boyfriend at gunpoint, according to the couple, whom the Daily News is not identifying.
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February 13, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For most of the last decade, his lawyer said, Calvin Gadson steered clear of the criminal justice system, living in West Philadelphia and helping support his five children. On Tuesday, however, Gadson's past caught up to him when a Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty of a 1998 rape to which he was linked four years ago by a federal DNA database. Gadson, 37, a tall, muscular man wearing a well-tailored tan suit, seemed surprised when the jury of seven men and five women found him guilty of rape after two days of deliberations.
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February 9, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
DNA DOESN'T LIE, but a 15-year-old girl who 16 years ago accused a man of raping her in a North Philadelphia park did, a defense lawyer told a Philadelphia jury yesterday at the conclusion of a trial that pitted science against credibility. The man in question, Calvin Gadson, 37, is charged with raping the young woman at gunpoint and robbing her and her boyfriend in Reyburn Park near 20th Street and Lehigh Avenue about midnight Feb. 1, 1998. Gadson, who was 21 then, took turns with an accomplice raping the girl and ordering her not to look at them, the victim, now 31, emotionally testified during a weeklong trial in Common Pleas Court.
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January 17, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IN ALL likelihood, the three men who were involved with the slaying of Officer Frederick Cione Jr. have stopped running by now. It's been nearly 44 years since Cione, a 25-year-old rookie cop, was gunned down, 44 years since the shooter and his two accomplices - none of whom were ever identified - hit the bricks under the cover of the early morning darkness in North Philly, where Cione had tried to stop and question them. Did the killer and his pals leave the city and try to pretend as if the whole thing never happened?
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October 26, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has been 20 years since the body of Jennifer Tong was discovered in a car left on a tree-lined Delaware County street. Now, Radnor Township police are hoping improvements in DNA and fingerprint technology will give them the assist they need to solve the cold case. "About a month ago, we decided to give this case another look," William Colarulo, the police superintendent, said Thursday. He added that some details in the case "just don't add up. " In June 1993, Tong's body was found in a kneeling position in the backseat of her 1993 Toyota Camry with a single gunshot to the head.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
USUALLY Tattle writes about actors and actresses who get famous doing movies or television. Actress/singer Joselyn Martinez may one day be famous for her work (she'll soon be seen in the Web series "Wives in the Heights"), but the New York Daily News reported her story yesterday because of her ability to solve a crime. And not just any crime. Joselyn, 36, tracked down the man who allegedly killed her father, Jose Martinez , 26 years ago. She then gave his address and phone number to police at New York's 34th Precinct.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Days before he died, Fred McGraw realized that he would never know who killed his daughter - a mother of two shot execution-style behind the Jericho Fire Company in Deptford Township. Thursday marks seven years since Desiree McGraw, 27, was found dead. She had been a good student and an all-star pitcher in Audubon, Camden County, before her life took a tragic turn: She lived for three years on the streets of Camden, addicted to drugs. "On his deathbed, he made me promise him that I won't give up, and I won't," said McGraw's other daughter, Jennifer, 35, who helped care for her father at his Maple Shade home.
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May 16, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
JOANIE HESS hopes for bones. Hess, whose younger brother Anthony Tumolo was 14 when he vanished from a Philadelphia street in 1966, has long accepted that he'll probably never be found alive. But after nearly five decades, she still hopes to bury him with the parents who prayed for his return. "Because of the length of time, it's only realistic for me to believe that he is now deceased," Hess said. "He was small for his age, but not frail. I would think he would have fought his way out of a situation if he could.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Authorities are trying a new technique to solve a cold case in Camden, using a TV-news style short video to generate information. On Monday, Jason Laughlin of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office released the video featuring the murder of Rasheeda Pegues, 25, who was shot fatally in a parking lot outside her home in the 2000 block of Ferry Avenue on Dec. 12. Authorities do not have a motive for the slaying. In the video, Laughlin interviews the investigating officer, Investigator Lance Saunders, and the victims' mother and sister.
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