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98 The Murder of Monica Hockey

Labor Day weekend of 1979, the body of Monica Hockey is discovered by the side of the road in Clarkston, Michigan. She’s been beaten, stabbed and her killers attempted to break both of her legs.

A murder so disturbing, so violent, that prosecutors lobby for the return of the death penalty.

**listener discretion advised**

Yearbook photo circa 1977

 

Additional Reading:

The Hockeys – A study in courage 

 

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97 The murder of Gail and Ricky Brink

On Monday November 23, 1987 the bodies of Gail and Ricky Brink are discovered in their Holland Township (Michigan) home. Twenty two year old Gail and 29 year old Ricky were each shot multiple times, likely in the small hours of Sunday November 22.

 

Ricky and Gail in 1987

It will take 25 years for their killer to be brought to justice.

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Research and additional reading: 

“A brutal execution” – MLive story 

Witnesses describe Gail and Rick’s last day alive – Holland Sentinel 

“We finally got him” says sister of Ryan Wyngarden – MLive story

96 The Death of Officer Martin Chivas

Officer Chivas in 1973

In April of 1974 two prisoners walked away from the Magnum Prison Farm near Marquette Michigan. They embarked on a 55 hour crime spree that involved kidnapping, robbery and murder. The spree culminated in the deaths of three people, including Troy Michigan Police Officer Martin “Marty” Chivas.

Episode includes an interview with Troy Mayor Dane Slater, who worked with Martin Chivas in 1974.

Officer Down Memorial Page 

Troy Police Twitter Post with photo

Oakland County 115 news story

Memorial Day story, Troy Remembers

Promos: Targeted PodcastCrimesphere Podcast 

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95 The Paulson Family Murder

The Robert Paulson family.

 

In March, 1982 someone entered the Paulson family home in a rural part of Allendale Township, Michigan. Using a .22 caliber weapon he shot and killed all five members of the family, then set the house on fire.

The killer, Maris Karklins, would not be captured until July 1982 when he fatally shot his mother in the Karlklins family home.

Andris Karklins, the younger brother of Maris was a talented guitarist who was on tour at the time of the slayings.

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Additional reading: 

Allendale Murder suspect arraigned

Wright Township Slayings touch off memory of 1982 murders

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94 Chelsea Small

On November 12, 2013 Chelsea Small was working at the Advance America store in Taylor, Michigan. During a robbery she was shot twice and her killer made off with $200 in cash. Despite video and images of the killer, he remains at large.

30 year old Chelsea Small left behind two children.

Surveillance video of killer

do you recognize this man?

If you have information please contact Detective Jones at the Taylor Police Department   734-287-6550 or Crimestoppers at 1-800- SPEAK UP

Advance America is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of her killer.

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92 Missing in Michigan – Lisa Knight

On June 8, 2012 Lisa Marie Knight met up with her former husband, Lloyd Frey, they had plans to visit their youngest child.

The visit never happened. Lisa made a 10:30p phone call to a friend, and then she vanished.

 

Lisa Knight, 2012 – note the chest tattoo.

Det/Sgt Harshberger of the Michigan State Police is in charge of Lisa’s case and he’s determined to locate Lisa and bring those responsible for her disappearance to justice.

If you have any information on Lisa’s disappearance you’re asked to call Michigan State Police Alpena Post at 989-354-4101.

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93 Dean Templeton

In 1971 Ralph Dean Templeton, known as “Dean” decided to leave his life in Flint, Michigan behind. He set out on a cross country journey in his unsuccessful bid to become the 38th president of the United States.

 

The candidate in 1972

In January of 1975 Templeton was murdered, shot  and left on the side of the road in rural Washington.

Templeton’s grave marker is all that remains from his efforts.


This episode was inspired by a thread on the Unresolved Mysteries Subreddit.

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91 Macomb County Dig – BONUS

In this bonus “mini-sode” we discuss the dig for the bodies of up to seven women happening in northern Macomb County. The life and crimes of convicted murderer Arthur Ream, touch on the Oakland County Child Killer and review the cases of missing women from the metro area that could be uncovered in the search.

Kimberly King c 1978

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89 Missing in Michigan – Chris Temple

On Earth Day (April 22) 1990, 17 year old Chris Temple went with friends for a bonfire at Rose Lake Research Area in Bath Township Michigan. Around 9 p.m. Chris walked away from the bonfire, never to be seen again. In the almost 30 years since he vanished, there have been rumors, stories and speculation, but no evidence leading to the whereabouts of Chris Temple.

If you have information about the disappearance of Chris Temple, please contact the Bath Township Police department at (517) 641-6271

Additional reading:

Chris Temple on The Charley Project

John Temple’s Letter to the Editor

 

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88 Barbara Blackstone

Content warning – murder, sexual assault, harm to animals.

In 1987 Barbara Blackstone was 30 years old, happily married and enjoying a successful career as a high school teacher. Someone snatched her from her home, murdered her and dumped her body in the woods.  Also that summer, two other young women were murdered and left in the woods, 18 year old Angela Hackl and 29 year old Linda Nachreiner.

While arrests were made in Hackl and Nachreiner’s cases, no charges were ever brought forward in Blackstone’s case.

Enjoy a preview from the Yours in Murder podcast.

Special thanks to the Juneau Messenger.

 

Additional reading/research on the case

30 years later and the case is unsolved

Beyond the Mystery: Barbara Blackstone

The Unsolved murder of Barbara Blackstone  – this link contains several photos

Kim S Brown – murderpedia 

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87 Debra Iverson

On a spring day in 1996 Debra Iverson disappeared from Birmingham, Michigan after leaving a doctor’s appointment. Leaving her husband, family and two young sons behind.

When her body was discovered the next morning, strangled in her vehicle in a remote lot near Stoney Creek Metro Park, all eyes turned to her husband. It would be seven months without a single lead before the case broke open.

A young couple, desperate for money kidnapped Iverson, but the money wasn’t enough. Anitra Coomer and McConnell Adams would be sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing her.

Photo of Dr Iverson here.

McConnell Adams inmate profile here

Anitra Coomer is led from court.

Sources and Additional Reading: 

Scene of the Crime: the shocking murder of Debra Iverson

Three and a half homicides. (This case is the half)

People V Coomer Findlaw

 

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86 Missing in Michigan: Flint

Between September of 2009 and December of 2018 ten women have vanished from Flint and the surrounding area. While some of these cases have limited information available, I’ve tried to put as much out there as possible in the hope that they can find their way back home.

This episode was created because in November of 2017 the partial remains of two women were found in Broome Park. MLive story 

Elizabeth Land 2009

Sylvia Galvan 2011

Jina Collins 2013

Laquandra “Shay V” Slater 2016

Teresa Towne Woolard 2016

Misty Kerrison/Steiber 2017

Brianna Vibert 2017

Presley “Amy Jo” Rau 2017

Claudia Wilson 2017

Erica Toins 2017

If you are interested in reading more about the city of Flint:

NPR Story: The Making of a Crisis 

Jalopnik: What GM did to Flint

LA Times, 1987 Fisher Body Plant fades into history

 

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85 Three Stories

Between 1981 and 1983 three young women, aged 20, 16 and 19 were murdered. The first victim was left in a ditch in western Oakland County, the final two bodies concealed in wooded areas of Livingston County.

Today we cover the unresolved murders of Anne Marie Doroghazi, Kimberly Louiselle and Christina Castiglione.

Some of my research:

Milford Police Cold Case Page 

Clues Sought in 1983 murder of Redford Woman

South Lyon Herald 2004  – PDF

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84 Rachel Timmerman

In 1847 Michigan became the first English speaking territory in the world to abolish the death penalty.

In 2002 Marvin Gabrion was sentenced to death for the murder of Rachel Timmerman in Newaygo County, Michigan.

This story starts in the early part of the 1800’s, visits Michigan’s last execution in 1938 and asks the heartbreaking question, where is Rachel Timmerman’s 11 month old daughter?

One of the last photos of Rachel and her daughter, Shannon.

 

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83 Eddie Hollman

The morning of May 3, 1992 Ted and Gina Hollman left their 21 year old son, Eddie Hollman, at the house while they attended Sunday services at Sacred Heart Church in Dearborn.

When they return, Gina discovers the body of her son on the floor in the basement. Who murdered Eddie Hollman and why? He had no enemies and no legal troubles.

Eddie with his father, Ted, circa 1991.

 

If you have information about the murder of Eddie Hollman, please contact Detective Sergeant Pawlus of the Dearborn Heights Police Department at 313 277 6770

Special thanks to Roseanne of  Killafornia Dreaming and Erica of Southern Fried True Crime.

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82 Donnie Martin III

Donnie Martin III, is a hard-working young man from a good family. Donnie was battling addiction and his family fears that his demons put him in a dangerous situation. Donnie Martin was last seen midday on Thursday August 3, 2017.

Have you seen Donnie Martin?

If you have information contact CrimeStoppers or Detective Hartunian of the Madison Heights Police Department.

WXYZ Detroit interview with Donnie’s father

WDIV Detroit News coverage

Article in Madison Park News

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction. There is help available. Visit NA.org or NCADD.org

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81 Deborah Polinsky

Twenty-year-old Deborah Polinsky was murdered in her Port Sheldon Township home in July of 1977.

Her case was aggressively pursued and investigated, but no arrests were made Today, detectives from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department continue to work her case and see your assistance in learning the truth behind her murder.

Deb Polinsky is missed by her family, including her many nieces and nephews.

 

Silent Observer

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80 Alcona County Doe

October 1994, bow hunters in a remote area of Alcona County Michigan discover human remains. In the last 23 years her remains have been tested against the DNA of dozens of missing persons, including Laura Lee Alber who was last seen in Lansing, Michigan in 1990.

What Alcona County Doe may have looked like.

Despite improvements in forensic testing, the victim is identified only as Alcona County Doe. This is the last episode of 2017 and the first time that Already Gone has explored a case involving unidentified remains.

During this episode we discuss the NAMUS program and the work being done by the Alcona County Sheriff to give a name to this victim.

Special thanks to Alcona County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathanael Leeseburg for the interview.

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78 The murder of Renee Sweeney

January 1998, Sudbury Ontario. 23 year old Renee Sweeney is working by herself at the Adults Only Video Store on Walford Road.

Around 11:15 a.m. a man enters the store and attacks Renee, stabbing her repeatedly. He flees the store and is never seen again.

Renee’s car parked in front of the store the day of her murder.
The High Sierra Brand jacket worn by the killer. Also, the diaper pin found in the jacket.
Dark haired Renee with her kid sister, Kim just months before the murder.

 

In late 2016 Sudbury police submit his DNA to the Parabon Nanolabs so a “snapshot” of him can be created.

The Parabon Nanolabs “snapshot” of the killer as he may have looked 20 years ago.

If you have tips or information about the murder of Renee Sweeney please call the tip line at area code 705 675 9171 extension 2320

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76 The murder of Kelly Nolan

Kelly Nolan, Spring 2007

22 year old Kelly Nolan would disappear after a night out with friends in Madison, Wisconsin. Her remains would be discovered July 9 in a remote wooded area south of town.

Includes an interview with Joel DeSpain of the Madison Police department.

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75 Murder at Empress Gardens

January 8, 1982 Thomas Randolph and his wife Sharron enjoy a meal at their favorite Chinese restaurant in Southfield.

The couple is assaulted after leaving the restaurant, leaving Thomas injured and his wife dead. It’s an 18 year journey to solving the murder, with an ending that no one saw coming.

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Supplemental audio – Fatal Attraction S4 E16

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74 Missing in Michigan – Kimberly King

In September 1979 Kim King slipped away from her friends house, made a late  night call to her sister and was never seen or heard from again.

 

Could her case be related to the Oakland County Child Killer?

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71 Murder at Tody Lake

May, 1975, two cousins, Scott Hardy and Mark Mellendorf walk from Mellendorf’s home in Lapeer County Michigan to Tody Lake for some fishing.

When the boys don’t return home, their parents raise the alarm and searchers scour the woods for hours trying to find the young boys. The next morning, a tracking dog makes a horrific discovery on the southern end of the lake. Both boys are dead and there is a killer on the loose in this idyllic community.

Days later a second boy, Willie Walters, takes his fishing gear to Kearsley Creek, he too doesn’t return. His battered body is discovered the next morning.

These horrific crimes happened just a few miles north of the hunting grounds favored by the Oakland County Child Killer in 1976-1977.

 

John G. Schrah is serving life in prison at a facility in the upper peninsula.
Judge Baguley presided at the trial of Kenneth Nard.
Kenneth Nard has spent his entire adult life in prison.

 

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70 Serial Killer David A. Goodreau

In 1991 and 1992 a small community in the upper peninsula of northern Michigan was rocked by the brutal murders of two women.

It would take a break in at the home of a third woman to bring this unlikely murderer to justice.

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69 The murder of Hillary Norskog

Hillary Norskog was only 13 years old when she became the first victim of a serial murderer near Chicago Illinois. While his parents attempted to shield Steven Pfiel from his responsibility in her death, they could not stop him from killing again.

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68 Who killed me? Laney Gwinner

Tuesday December 9, 1997. 23-year-old Laney Gwinner meets up with friends at a local bowling alley in Fairfield, Ohio.

She shot a few rounds of pool, had a couple of beers and left just after midnight, headed to her boyfriend’s nearby apartment. Laney won’t arrive, in fact, she’ll never be seen alive again.

 

Remembering Laney

 

Ready to go dancing.

 

Facebook group seeking Justice for Laney

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66 Murder at Eastern – The Death of Julia Niswender

In 2012, 23 year old Julia Niswender was chasing her dreams. A student at Eastern Michigan University, her goal was to work as a broadcast journalist.
 
One December evening, someone entered her off campus apartment and murdered her. Her death devastated her mother and twin sister, and the investigation into her murder would tear the family apart.

Julia Niswender

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63 Stanford Rape Controversy

On January 19, 2015 19 year old Brock Turner, a Stanford University Swimmer, was arrested for the sexual assault of a 22 year old woman, “Emily Doe.”

In the months after the assault his story would change and evolve. At the trial, he was found guilty of three felonies and sentenced to six months in jail. He served three months.

In this episode we look at the perpetrator, the victim and the overwhelming response to the outcome of the trial.

Victim Impact Statement. 

Brock Turner’s letter to the judge. 

Dan Turner’s letter to the judge.

Brock Turner, age 21.

 

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July 27 – No new episode this week!

I’m taking a week off to refresh, regroup and plan for a Back to School series of cases.

Already Gone will return on Thursday, August 3, 2017

 

Meanwhile check out my guest appearance on Our Americana. Season 3, episode 11.

or, give a listen to another wonderful Detroit based storyteller – The Conspirators Podcast. Creepy history and strange stories. One of my favorites.

If you really need to hear me talk crime, check out the newest episode of Thinking Sideways,  The Villisca Axe murders. You won’t be disappointed.

Finally,  you may know that I am a big fan of the In Sight podcast hosted by the lovely and talented Ali and Charlie. They started a spin off show, geared to the YA set In Sight Junior. As an adult, it’s very well done and written with the same flair as In Sight.

Thank you for checking in and please, be safe!

62 The Luigi’s Restaurant Rampage

On the night of August 6, 1993 Army Sgt. Kenneth Junior French entered the Luigi’s restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina armed with two shotguns and a rifle.

When his rampage was over, four people were dead and eight others wounded.

French received four life sentences for the shooting.

 

Waiting for news of their loved ones after the rampage.

 

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61 Justice for Erik Cross

In 1983 the battered body of Erik Cross was found in a ditch in front of his house. He’d been beaten, dragged behind a car and finally run over, his body left on the edge of the road.

In the 34 years since his death, the Cross family has waited for an arrest in the case. In the last few years, an army has assembled, hoping to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice.

 

They’ve waited 34 years for justice

 

In 2016 law enforcement named a group of suspects that they believe are involved in Eric’s death. This included Bill Cook, Tim Martin, Amber Thomas and Brent Spaulding:

 

One of his most recent mug shots.

 

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60 Vincent Chin revisited

On June 19, 1982 Vincent Chin was attacked by two men wielding a baseball bat.  He would die four days later,  on his mother’s birthday.

The men who attacked him never spent a night in jail, they were given probation and a small fine. The Asian American community rose up and demanded justice for Vincent Chin. This was the birth of the Asian American Civil Rights Movement.

 

Vincent and his bride to be. He didn’t live to see his wedding day.

 

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58 The Penn State Shooting

In September of 1996, 19 year old Jillian Robbins opened fire on the Penn State Campus. When the smoke cleared, one student was dead, one seriously injured and Jillian was in need of medical attention.

 

Photo credit: Timothy Gyves

 

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57 Colorado Hammer Murders

 

8-7-18 UPDATE – Aurora Police believe they have a suspect in this case! Denver Channel News

 

During a 12 day period in January of 1984 suburban Denver was rocked by a series of attacks by a hammer wielding home intruder. When his work was done, four were dead, Four more grievously injured and the community was shaken to its core.

Aurora Police have worked this case aggressively, taking advantage of scientific updates to generate leads and find a killer.

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56 #MissingMarissa

Sixteen year old Marissa Escareno has a good life, she is a pretty girl, in good health. She lives in a loving home and earns good grades. In mid-February of 2017, there was a shift, Marissa wasn’t acting like herself. By March 3, she was gone, disappearing in the middle of the night, leaving behind her cell phone, clothing, cosmetics and ID.

In the last 90 days her family has been on a whirlwind. Sporadic calls and online appearances by Marissa raise their hopes, only to have them dashed again when she goes silent. It is her family’s belief that Marissa, who turned 17 on Mother’s Day, is somewhere in the Detroit area. Perhaps mixed up with the wrong crowd, or worse.

In this episode I speak with Marissa’s sister, Julia who tells Marissa’s story and shares her family’s experiences in trying to bring their girl home.

WXYZ Detroit did a web story about Marissa’s case.


Marissa’s NCMEC poster.

If you see Marissa, please contact the Detroit Police 313-596-5400