October 11, 2001 |
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.
January 16, 2008 |
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.
May 18, 2012 |
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.
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.
March 17, 2010 |
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.
November 17, 2012 |
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....
June 9, 2011 |
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.
January 17, 2014 |
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?
August 5, 2010 |
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.
February 19, 2012 |
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.