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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.
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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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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.
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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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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....
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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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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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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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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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August 25, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Along with the political problems and federal investigation faced by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has been a quirky little mystery. Who slashed the tires on two security detail cars parked outside his house in November? That case of vandalism, now more than nine months old, may be on the verge of being solved. Emily Harris, a spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, confirmed that her agency has been contacted about the case and was "awaiting a formal referral" from Philadelphia.
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April 29, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The prosecution alleges that the killer of Cheryl Hanible in 1989 left behind "touch" DNA when he removed the lace from one of her sneakers and used it to strangle her. And that DNA, Philadelphia police DNA analyst Bryne Strother testified Wednesday, almost certainly came from 54-year-old Rudolph Churchill of Paulsboro. But could Churchill's DNA have somehow, accidentally, been picked up by Hanible's sneaker without his ever touching it? That was the hypothetical question posed by defense attorney Gina Capuano in questioning Strother during Churchill's Common Pleas Court trial on rape and murder charges in the stranglings of Hanible and Ruby Ellis.
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January 14, 2016 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Staff Writer
YOU WANT TO solve a murder, you have to work the crime scene. But what happens when the crime scene stretches across the whole city? That's one of the obstacles with which Homicide Detective Gregory Santamala has struggled while trying to get to the bottom of the cold-blooded murder of Vito Maglio Sr. Maglio, 69, was reported missing by his family in Northeast Philadelphia on Dec. 14, 2014. What began as a worrisome disappearance of an older man with health problems was revealed to be something far more sinister a few days later, when Maglio's GMC Yukon was found in East Germantown, charred and windowless, with no sign of its owner.
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November 30, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A week after 22-year-old Nicholas Peter Zizzamia disappeared from his Cherry Hill home May 12, 1979, the body of a young man of similar build and appearance was found 580 miles away in a Richmond, Ind., motel room. The city's Palladium-Item newspaper reported that the man had apparently slashed his right wrist and bled to death watching TV. Authorities did not find a driver's license or other identification in the room, for which the deceased had anonymously paid $13.52 in cash the day before.
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November 19, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE GIRL'S dreams were interrupted in the middle of the night by the faint sense of something inching up her leg. A spider would have been scary enough, even for a 9-year-old like her. But then her eyes focused, and she got a good look at the unholy terror that was lurking at the bottom of her bed. A man rose from the floor, his face partially hidden by a green mask. He scooped her up. In the space of mere seconds, he was out of her bedroom and down a flight of steps. Her screams trailed behind her. The terrifying sound woke her father, who darted out of his bed in time to hear the front door slam as it closed.
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September 11, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN A MONSTER snatched her beautiful teenage daughter off the street, raped, beat and strangled her and then left her like trash in a vacant Kensington house, a homicide investigator warned 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado's mourning family that bringing her killer to justice could take time. "The first detective told me: 'You're going to have to wait. You have to be patient.' I thought he meant next week," Anjeanette's mother Paulette Smith, 59, said yesterday. Now, nearly 19 years after Anjeanette was murdered on her walk to school, Smith's long wait for justice has ended.
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September 10, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a decade before Philadelphia police say DNA linked Rafael Crespo to the 1996 rape and slaying of 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado, detectives had another suspect - her boyfriend. Maldonado's friends said she had broken up with Christian Vrabec, a classmate at Franklin Learning Center, the day before she disappeared. And James Moses, one of Vrabec's Kensington buddies, told detectives that Vrabec had confessed to him that he killed the teenager. On Tuesday, Moses nervously admitted that he'd made it all up. "I felt threatened," Moses testified at Crespo's nonjury murder trial.
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November 21, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JAMES KING, the West Philadelphia man who walked into a police station in September and confessed to a cold-case murder from 2004, was ordered held for trial yesterday. Following a preliminary hearing, Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni upheld murder, robbery and weapons charges against King. She set his formal arraignment for Dec. 10. King, 33, of Lindenwood Street near Arch, is accused of committing the Dec. 16, 2004, drug slaying of Raymond Thomas, 24, at the victim's home on Hazel Avenue near Salford Street in West Philadelphia.
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August 17, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
CALVIN GADSON, a Germantown man who robbed a teenage couple and raped the girl in 1998 but was not arrested until 2010 when DNA evidence linked him to the crimes, fought back tears yesterday after being sentenced to 32 1/2 to 65 years in state prison. "I'm not perfect," Gadson, 38, said before learning his fate from Common Pleas Judge Giovanni O. Campbell. "I just ask for a little bit of leniency so I can see my five children grow up. " But Gadson's children - who are ages 6 to 17 - will be long grown by the time he is eligible for parole.
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