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.

Thanks also to Tim Flutur and Luke Superior for their musical contributions to this and other episodes.

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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.

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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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64 The death of Colleen Ritzer

School violence is an ongoing issue of concern to students, parents and staff. In October 2013 Danvers High School was the scene of a violent and brutal murder, when a 14 year old freshman raped and murdered his 24 year old math teacher at school and dumped her body on school grounds.

What drove Philip Chism to violence and why choose Colleen Ritzer as his victim?

Colleen Ritzer, 2013

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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

 

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

55 The murder of Oakey “Al” Kite

In May of 2004 53 year old Al Kite had a good life. He was in good health, had a nice home and a good job. His relationship with his girlfriend, Linda, was in a good place. He seemed like the last person who would die a violent, gruesome death at the hands of an unknown killer.

But on May 22, 2004 that’s exactly what happened. Days later police discovered his body in the basement of his home. He’d been tied up, endured hours of torture and finally, mercifully, murdered. Why? What reason could anyone have to torture and kill him?

Police are still asking that question and looking for his killer.

ATM still of the murderer driving Kite’s GMC pick up

I usually post a photo of the victim, but someone, somewhere has to know who this is.

FBI poster of Kite’s disappearance

54 Missing in Michigan – Chelsea Bruck

October 25, 2014. 22 year old Chelsea Bruck attends a huge outdoor halloween party/concert in a wooded area outside of Monroe, Michigan. Dressed as Poison Ivy in a long plum colored wig, and leaf trimmed green leotard the tall blonde spends the evening at the party with friends. After getting separated from her friends she is trying to find a ride home after 2:00 a.m.

Chelsea in street clothes and in costume the night she was murdered.

The person she accepts a ride from is someone from a nightmare. Chelsea is gone, vanished.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s department works the case hard, calling in assistance from dozens of agencies. In spring 2015 pieces of Chelsea’s costume are discovered in Flat Rock Michigan, but no sign of the missing woman. Weeks later her badly decomposed remains are located. In 2016, almost two years after she vanished an arrest is made. 27 year old Daniel Clay, a friend of one of her coworkers, is arrested after his DNA is found on Chelsea’s bloody costume.

Daniel denies murdering Chelsea, despite clear evidence that she received a brutal beating. In May 2017, a jury finds him guilty of murder and concealing her body. He will be sentenced on July 13, 2017

The many arrests of Daniel Clay.

Canada’s Missing – Luc Joly Durocher

On a snowy March night in 2011, 20 year old Luc Joly Durocher was separated from his friends and disappeared forever.

Luc with his father, Rob Joly.

While Luc left his coat, cell phone and glasses behind, he was wearing dark jeans, black sneakers with green stitching, a gray t shirt and a very distinctive purple belt.

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, in conjunction with the Ontario Provincial Police, is offering a reward of $50,000 for anyone who comes forward with information concerning the person or persons responsible for Joly-Durocher’s disappearance

Anyone with information is asked to call Near North Crime Stoppers at 705-476-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.

There are 13 missing persons cases in North Bay. The case of Phillipe Guerin is the oldest, dating back to 1966.

51 Donald Eugene Miller

From New Years Eve 1976 through the summer of 1977 Donald Eugene Miller terrorized the college community of East Lansing and the surrounding communities. While he was never charged with murder, only manslaughter, he is responsible for the deaths of four women and assaults on two children.

Sue Young, the mother of his first victim wrote a book about her experiences. Lethal Friendship: A mother’s battle to put -and keep- a serial killer behind bars.


Miller’s first victim, his former fiancee Martha Sue Young.

The I-65 Killer (Days Inn Murders)

In 1989 Mary Gill and Jeanne Gilbert were overnight employees at Days Inn properties in Indiana. Gill worked at the Merrillville location, and Gilbert near Rensalear. In the early morning hours of Friday March 3, each property was robbed, the women assaulted and murdered.

As DNA technology improved the murders were linked with the 1987 slaying of Super 8 motel employee Vicki Heath and two additional assaults. This serial killer has never been identified.

Composite sketch of the killer.
aerial view of Days Inn property

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49 The Michigan Murders Part 2

Please listen to episode 48, part one first.

In 1969 John Norman Collins was arrested and charged with the murder of and 18 year old co-ed Karen Sue Beineman. California governor and future US president Ronald Reagan wanted Collins extradited from Michigan to California to stand trial for the murder of a 17 year old girl in his state.

Meanwhile, Collins, his family and his attorneys are fighting to keep him out of jail, or if they cannot, they want him extradited to Canada, the country of his birth, where he would have the possibility of parole.

Collins trial leads to the resolution of one murder, but there are six other bodies waiting for justice.

Music by Luke Superior

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46 Women’s True Crime Broad Cast

The first broad cast of 2017 features the lovely and talented Amber Hunt of the Cincinnati Enquirer. You may know her as the voice behind Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes.

Amber discusses the show, their process and what’s in store for season two. She also answers listener questions and speaks candidly about her time in Michigan.

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Episode 45 The murder of Pauline Campbell

On a warm September night in 1951 the brutal murder of nurse Pauline Campbell stunned the community. The attack was one in an escalating series of assaults on nurses in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The identity of the killers would rock the community to it’s core.

Nurse Campbell in her uniform.

Link to photo of Walter DeDula

Girls crowded the courthouse to see William R. Morey III at his trial.

42 The Good Hart Murders

June 25, 1968, the Robison family is 10 days in to a relaxing summer “Up North” at their wood and stone cottage on Lake Michigan.

That night a killer or killers fired on the house, wounding Richard Robison, they then entered the house and executed the entire family. Who would do such a thing? Why would anyone want the family dead? We still look for answers to a brutal mass murder.

Read Mardi Link’s Book When Evil Came to Good Hart for a deeper look at the case.

The Robison Family – Shirley, Gary, Susie, Randy, Richard and Dick.

41 Lawrence DeLisle

The evening of August 3, 1989 Lawrence J. DeLisle was out driving around with his wife, Suzanne and their four children: 8-year-old Bryan, 4-year-old Kathryn, 2-year-old Melissa and 8-month-old Emily.

Lawrence lost control of the car and it flew off the road into the Detroit River. The car sank quickly. Lawrence and his wife swam to safety, but all four children drown. What appeared to be a tragic accident evolved into a horrifying story. Had Lawrence done the unthinkable? Had he intentionally driven the car into the murky waters of the Detroit River in an attempt to kill himself and his family?

Thanks to Frank for suggesting this story.

This episode is cohosted and cowritten by Nate Hale of The Conspirators Podcast.

Music courtesy of Luke Superior.