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Brutal Murder Still a Cold Case in St. Louis

Sharon Hurley moved to St. Louis, Missouri from the town of Malden, Massachusetts. She worked as a waitress until she was brutally murdered and left at the base of the Poplar Street Bridge that connects the cities of St. Louis and East St. Louis in Illinois on February 24th, 1981. She died a horrible death. She was strangled and also suffered from large gashes on her body, contusions as well as bruises. Her hair was also singed. The twenty-four year white female was tortured before her life ended. Police were notified of her homicide by an anonymous phone call that someone had dumped a body off the bridge. When police recovered her remains, she was found with no clothes on and that she also had been sexually assaulted. At the time of her death she resided at 4111 Russell Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. If you have a tip about this case please contact CrimeStoppers Call Toll Free 1-866-371-TIPS. All calls can be confidential.

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Mystery Surrounds Murder of Brockton Girl

Eleven year old Denise Cochrane was last seen on May 23, 1975 leaving her home on Essex Street in Brockton. On April 28, 1976 the youngest child of four siblings was found dead in a transformer casing in a steelyard. She was murdered and had died of external injuries which included a fractured skull. Police believe that the 6th grader was murdered at another site and dumped in the casing. Her murder has been unsolved for around thirty five years and her family still seeks answers and justice.

There are also other cases of murdered children in Brockton that have not been solved. It is not known if her murder is related to the others. If you have any information about this case please contact the Brockton Police Department at (508) 941-0200.

Bizarre Clues in Murder of Man in St. Louis

41-year-old Ricky McCormick was found murdered on June 30, 1999 in a field outside of St. Louis, Missouri. He may left clues to who killed him a set of notes that were crypted with a strange code. Can you help?

Who is Blue Tarp John?

On December 27, 1998, a white male with the estimated age between 17 to 20 years old was found murdered in a remote area off Bear Creek Road in the San Lorenzo Valley of California. The murder was committed by a woman and two other males were all eventually convicted of the homicide. After his murder, his wallet was stolen and his identification were discarded. His identity is still unknown. It is possible that he may be from Florida. Police think his name might be Eric and he had a girlfriend who drove a Toyota automobile that had white license plates.

He was 150 pounds and five foot seven. He had brown hair but it was near shaven on both sides of his face. He also had a five inch pony tail on the back of his head. His pony tail had beads and other assorted material woven into it. His eye color may have also been blue. Upon his death he wore a maroon, turtleneck shirt; as well as blue denim, oversized pants and white socks.

If you have any information as to this homicide victim may be, please call the Santa Cruz Sheriff-Coroner at 831-454-3001.

The Mystery of John Doe Number 80

The 1992 LA Riots was caught on national television for the world to see. It started after the acquittal of three white and one hispanic police officer in a criminal trial. A videotape had captured the brutal beating of Rodney King, a black motorist who led police on a high speed chase and resisted arrest in March of 1991. King's two passengers in his car were not abused in any way. What followed after the verdict was nearly a billion dollars in damage. Over two thousand injuries and 53 homicides, 22 of which are still unsolved today. One that still puzzles police is that of a possible 35 year old white male named John Doe 80. He stood just under 5 feet tall and weighed 117 pounds. His body was found May 2, 1992 in a Pep Boys on S. Vermont Avenue that had been gutted by a fire during the riots. He had suffered a fractured skull and had succumbed to smoke inhalation. Police believe that he may have been punched and knocked unconscious. His remains were charred but it is known that he had brown hair. He also had all of his teeth that had no fillings as well as two that were peg shaped. If you have any information about who this victim might be please contact the Los Angeles County Coroners Office at 323-343-0512. For information about other unsolved murders during the LA Riots, please visit http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/29/for-22-murder-victims-la-riots-leave-legacy-justice-eluded/ If you have information about who may have killed John Doe 80 please contact the Los Angeles Police Department at their anonymous tip line at 1-877-LAPD 24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

What Happened To American College Student

Skye Lynn Budnick loved Japanese culture. She was student at Central Connecticut State University and from the town of Southington. On April 1, 2008, the twenty-one year old took a one way flight to the Hokkaido island of Japan and has not been heard from since. Japanese Authorities believe that she may have been headed to the city of Sapporo. Her family is concerned because Skye has suffered from depression and had stated in the past her willingness to commit suicide in Japan. Years later, her family does not know where she is. She may have killed herself, met with foul play or started a new life. Her family misses her and wants answers. If you have information about the whereabouts of Skye Lynn Budnick please contact the US Consulate in Sapporo Japan at 011-641-1115.

Slaying of Police Officer Unsolved Three Decades Later

Alfred Johnson had been an police officer with the city of Atlanta for six years. To help make ends meet, he worked as a security guard at the Big Buy Food Store on Flat Shoals Avenue. On February 16, 1980 he tried to stop two armed and masked men from committing an armed robbery. While he struggled with one of the robbers he sustained a gunshot wound to his torso. When he fell to the ground the other robber shot him as well. Johnson would die from his wounds and the robbers made off with money and food stamps. The robbers were never caught nor identified. Officer Johnson had served prior in the Vietnam War as a US Marine. HE left behind two young daughters and a wife.

The store he was murdered at is now closed. The location is south of Metropolitan Avenue in Atlanta. There is a $35,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest in this case.

If you have any information about this case please call the Atlanta Detective Bureau at 404) 546-4236. Your call can be confidential.

Woman Dies from Illegal Abortion. Who was She?

On March 18, 1967 an unidentified white female was found in the town of Bear, Delaware. She had been placed in a white cloth Laundry bag that had the following on it; Bag O - Storage. American Laundry. Dry Cleaning. EX4 5277. The location of where she was found was at CR 400, Porter Road, which is 3 tenths of a mile east of Route 896. Victim had brown eyes, dark brown hair, was 5'5, and weighed 115 pounds. Her teeth were well maintained and she had a vaccination scar on front of the left thigh. It is believe she had died hours earlier from an illegal abortion. She was three months pregnant at the time and was anywhere between the ages of sixteen and twenty five years old.

For more information about this case visit the Doe Network at http://doenetwork.org/cases/743ufde.html .

Or for post-mortem photos (CAUTION- GRAPHIC) visit https://identifyus.org/cases/7097

If you know who this woman may be, please contact the Delaware State Medical Examiners Office at 302-577-3420. You can remain anonymous.

Who Killed Basketball Star and Why?

Lorenezen Wright was loyal to the city of Memphis, Tennessee. As a talented basketball player he had played high school, college and professional basketball in the bluff city. At 6 foot 11, Wright had earned himself a lucrative NBA contract and was making several millions of dollars a year. On July 18, 2010, He was last seen left at the home of his in Collierville, Tennessee. Four days later, his family filed a missing persons report. More than a week later on July 28, the body of the NBA bigman was found in a wooded area on Callis Cutoff Road that is west of Hacks Cross Road. Wright had been shot five times with wounds to his head, chest and right forearm. Police suspected foul play after Wright was last seen when a 911 call was made from his cell phone in the early hours of July 19. The person speaking on the phone was talking with the 911 dispatcher when several gun shots were heard. Wright left behind six children and his mother is looking for answers. Around the time of his death, Wright had started to experience financial difficulties as well.

If you know anything that could help investigators, please call (901) 528-CASH. There is a reward for information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Lorenzen Wright.

Atlanta Child Killings Still Divides Country By Racial Lines

Fear and panic gripped the city of Atlanta from 1979 to 1981, when dozens of young black children the vast majority of them being male were disappearing and being found murdered. With each dead child being found, racial tensions arose as rumors of a possible Ku Klux Klan connection to these murders. It wasn’t until the arrest of Wayne Williams that a face was put onto a sinister serial killer who was snatching the lives of innocent children. Williams was eventually convicted and is serving two life sentences for the murders of two men, 22 year old Jimmy Ray Payne and 27 year old Nathaniel Cater.

Law Enforcement stated they believed that Williams was responsible for the Atlanta Child Killings and despite having only two convictions closed the other cases. Much of the public in particular in the African-American community felt that there was a cover up and that a white supremacist may have committed the murders. The problem with this theory is that the black community would have taken notice a white male following black children. Nearly 30 years later, DNA tests on some of the victims could not exonerate Williams. If anything they made it more likely that he may have been responsible for at least ten of the homicides.

Does evidence point to Wayne Williams being the Atlanta Child Killer? Yes… and No…. Williams is most likely responsible for more than half of the homicides, he most likely didn’t do all of them. Police had at least 23 murders that were unsolved. There were also some murders of children that occurred before and after the murderous rampage of the Atlanta Child Killer. Many of the victims died from different manners of death; strangulation, shooting, stabbing, bludgeoning. There is a likely possibility that some of the children were killed by a small ring of pedophiles The murder of twelve year old Clifford Jones causes some issues with the Atlanta Child Killings. His body was found August 21st , 1980 by a dumpster at the Hollywood Plaza Shopping Center on Hollywood Road. Some believe that the manager of a Laundromat and another man killed the teenage boy. To read more about this. Visit this site (Caution: Post Mortem Photos)

It may turn out that the Ku Klux Klan may not have been involved but instead a ring of pedophiles. Both black and white in color. Was Wayne Williams part of this ring?????

For more information about this case visit the Tru Crime Site

Death of Senator’s Aide Still Unsolved Decades Later

Claiborne Pell was a legend in Rhode Island politics. The former Senator grew up a child of privilege who didn’t like to flaunt his enormous wealth. When he was elected to his first term as a US Senator, he was viewed as a political outsider. Through the help Raymond Nels Nelson, who was a (former bureau chief of the Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin Newspaper) Pell won in an upset. Nelson, was a skilled strategist and campaigner who ended up being the administrative assistant for Pell when he was in Washington DC. He eventually joined the staff of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. In 1976, the married father of three made a controversial decision and came out as a gay man. It damaged him politically but he refused to hide his sexuality anymore.

Things did take a dark turn for the Washington Insider when on June 1, 1981, the 59-year-old was found murdered at his apartment at 701 Quincy Street, NE in Washington DC. The former professional typist turned political staffer had been bludgeoned to death by one his typewriters in his residence. For years there have been rumors about why he was murdered. Rumors on the internet speculate that political pressure may play a part as to why the case remains unsolved.

The unsolved murder is still under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department. If you have information about this case please call the police at 202 727-9099 or contact them via email at unsolved.murder@dc.gov. Nelson left behind three children and friends and family that are still looking for answers. For additional information about this case please visit http://www.defrostingcoldcases.com/guest-post-in-loving-memory-raymond-nelson/