Tag Archives: #unsolved

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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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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90 – Osco #404

On a sunny, summer Saturday in 1990 all hell broke lose inside the Osco Store in South Bend Indiana. The store was robbed, leaving three dead and a mystery that lasted more than a decade before former employee, Charles Allen, was put on trial.

Was Allen responsible for the horrific robbery/murder? Or did South Bend police develop tunnel vision? Families would wait more than 10 years for an arrest and trial.

 

Source: South Bend Tribune

 

 

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Additional reading/Sources:

South Bend Tribune

No Fourth Trial – WNDU

Osco Sav-on Alumni club – Osco #404 tragedy

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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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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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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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

Join the Justice for Renee Sweeney group on Facebook.

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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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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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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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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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Music courtesy of Luke Superior.

 

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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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Music courtesy Luke Superior

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56 #MissingMarissa

***Marissa was located safe in 2018. ***

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

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.

Contact me: host at already gone podcast dot com

Justice for Jody – Baltimore

In the early morning hours of March 2, 1996 Jody LeCornu was shot while sitting in her parked car. Despite video evidence, eye witness testimony, ballistic evidence and fingerprints, no one has ever been arrested or charged in her death.

Case overview and an interview with Jody’s twin sister, Jenny Carrieri.

If you can assist the family with legal fees please visit their Go Fund Me page.

If you have information about Jody’s murder Crime Stoppers is offering a $32k reward.

Music courtesy Luke Superior

Thank you to @Melodile2015 for suggesting this case.

The Oakland County Child Killer – Part Two

This is the second episode in a series about the Oakland County Child Killer.

Between 1976 and 1977 four children were abducted and murdered. Mark Stebbins, Jill Robinson, Kristine Mihelich and Timothy King. They were held from 3.5 – 19 days. Their deaths were considered the work of a killer or perhaps a team of killers working together.

Forty years later and law enforcement is no closer to closing the case. We look at the victims, the crimes, the investigators and the families left behind.

If you would like to take a closer look at happenings around the periphery of the case:

North Fox Island – When history turns out to be not so nice

Catherine Broad – A blog run by the sister of Timothy King

A father’s story – Written by Barry King, father of Timothy King

Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper holds a press conference in response to $100M lawsuit.

Music: Luke Superior https://soundcloud.com/lukesuperior
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The Oakland County Child Killer

Season 3, episode 1

Oakland County, Michigan. Between 1976 and 1977 four children were abducted and murdered. Mark Stebbins, Jill Robinson, Kristine Mihelich and Timothy King. They were held from 3.5 – 19 days. Their deaths were considered the work of a killer or perhaps a team of killers working together.

Forty years later and law enforcement is no closer to closing the case. We look at the victims, the crimes, the investigators and the families left behind.

True Crime Broad Cast – Author Jeni Decker

On a January afternoon in 1983 Janette Roberson was the victim of a brutal attack at her workplace in Reed City Michigan. Despite being killed while working at a busy store, her body was undiscovered for hours and her killer was never caught.

In this episode I talk with author and Reed City resident Jeni Decker about the Roberson case, the challenges of investigating older cases, and other unsolved murders in the area. You can read more about unsolved crime in Reed City at Decker’s blog: http://jenidecker.blogspot.com/ You can also find her on Twitter @Jeni_Decker

Janette was small and lovely, almost “angelic”.

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Who Killed Me? Holly Branagan Episode 34

This is the fourth and final installment in this series. Talking with Journalist Jim Friedman, he’s been researching Holly Branagan and the many strange occurrences around her death for 20 years.

In this episode we talk about strychnine, suspects and the Bethlehem PD. Note that while a grand jury was seated in 2011, no one has ever been charged with her murder. Law enforcement has never named a suspect in the crime.

Headlines and a hearse at the Branagan home.
Headlines and a hearse at the Branagan home.

33 Who killed me? Holly Branagan

In this episode we interview journalist Jim Friedman who grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

We talk about the suspicious death of Sean Branagan, as well as other suspicious deaths surrounding this case.

Explosion at Renner's service station.
Explosion at Renner’s service station.


30 Who killed me? Bill Comeans

In January of 1980 the body of 14 year old Bill Comeans was found at the side of the road a few blocks from his home. He’d been strangled. This wasn’t the first time Bill was assaulted, he’d been attacked twice previously. Also, who was leaving the menacing notes in his school locker? Who was threatening his friends?

Bill lived in New Rome, Ohio. Car and Driver magazine did a story about corruption in their police force and city government.

Bill’s murder was investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. Learn about the Supreme Court Case Berkemer vs McCarty.

Bill Comeans with Buddy.
Bill Comeans with Buddy.


Who killed me? Janet Rohrer – Bay County Michigan

In 1973 Janet Rohrer disappeared on the way to school. Her body would be discovered one year later. Was her death the work of a serial killer? Could she be linked to the Oakland County Child Killer? While we are focusing on Janet Rohrer, this episode covers four unsolved murders in Bay County between 1972-1973.

Who murdered Janet Rohrer?
Who murdered Janet Rohrer?

Music courtesy of Luke Superior.

Who killed us? Sally and Shane

Investigators search for evidence near where McNelly and Stewart's remains were found.
Investigators search for evidence near where McNelly and Stewart’s remains were found.
July 4, 1988 high school sweethearts Sally McNelly and Shane Stewart are enjoying the holiday. Dinner, fireworks, hanging out. They crossed paths with a monster. Their murders remain unsolved.

Shane and Sally
Shane and Sally

The episode contained excerpts from a You Tube Video published by Pat Wade, the mother of Sally McNelly, on the 25th anniversary of her daughter’s murder.

Investigators encourage anyone with information about the case to contact Detective Lowe at 325-655-8111, ext. 109, or Detective Mellas at ext. 115.

Music courtesy of Luke Superior.


Brian “Spinner” Spencer

What do Atom Egoyan, the Buffalo Sabres, one trip to the Stanley Cup, three fatal shootings and Palm Beach County, Florida have in common? Brian “Spinner” Spencer.

Spencer Penguin

On trial in Palm Beach County, 1987.
On trial in Palm Beach County, 1987.

Martin O’Malley’s book Gross Misconduct

Special guest this episode: James W. Weirick. Weirick is a podcaster on various shows, you can follow him @JamesWWeirick

Music courtesy of Luke Superior.

Who killed me? Lane Bryant – Tinley Park Illinois

The city of Tinley Park, IL has a dedicated place on their website with information about the massacre. You can listen to a heavily edited version of the 9-1-1 call that isolates the voice of the perpetrator.

The five women who were murdered February 2, 2008.
The five women who were murdered February 2, 2008.

Tip Hotline: (708) 444-5394

Tip Email: lanebryant.tipline@tinleypark.org

**note audio updated and rereleased on Monday August 22**

Who killed me? Dana Stidham

S2 E2 In 1989 Dana Stidham vanished while running errands for her father. Her badly decomposed body was discovered months later.

The investigators tasked with bringing her killer to justice found themselves entangled in the aftermath of another senseless shooting.

This car is similar to the one seen parked behind Dana's Dodge Omni the day after she disappeared.
This car is similar to the one seen parked behind Dana’s Dodge Omni the day after she disappeared.

Music by Luke Superior

Episode 12 – The Skelton 3

Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton were last seen on Thanksgiving Day, 2010 in Morenci Michigan. Their mother let them visit their father for the holiday. They haven’t been seen since.

Photo with age progression
Photo with age progression

Their father, John Skelton claims that he gave the boys away to a group that will protect them. He was sent to prison for custodial interference, if the boys are found alive, he could be released.

John Skelton remains in prison.
John Skelton remains in prison.