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The Generation Why Podcast Blog — cold case

Woman Arrested for 2002 Stabbing Death, Fort Wayne

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On August 15, 2002, seventeen-year-old Stacy DeGrandchamp went to a party at 1353 Guthrie Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Stacy was a student at the nearby Wayne High School and planned to go on to enroll at Ball State University and work as a computer technologist. On the weekends she attended St. Therese Catholic Church with her family, who were well known and liked in the local community. The teenager’s dreams and aspirations would be stolen from her that night and her murder would remain unsolved for almost two decades. On the night of August 15, Stacy DeGrandchamp got into an...

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Helene Pruszynski Cold Case Solved Almost 4 Decades Later

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Helene Pruszynski was only 21 years old when she was brutally raped and murdered on January 16, 1980. (Source) An aspiring journalist, Pruszynski had moved from her small hometown in Massachusetts to Denver, Colorado to work as an intern at the news department of KHOW AM radio. She lived with her Auntie and a friend in Englewood and took the same bus from a South Broadway bus stop each night after work. On the night of January 16, it is believed she was abducted after getting off the bus. Her Auntie knew something was wrong and called the police around...

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Recently Solved Cold Case Leads to Suspected Serial Killer

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Over four decades ago sixteen-year-old student, Pamela Maurer, was found raped and murdered by the side of the road near College Street and Maple Avenue in the small village of Lisle, DuPage County, Illinois. The cause of death was ruled as strangulation and a nearby rubber hose found at the crime scene was believed to be the ligature used in her murder. On January 12th, 1976, Maurer had been visiting a friend in the neighbourhood.  When it came time to leave, the teenager decided to head to a nearby McDonalds to buy a soda when she was snatched off the...

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New Jersey "Torso Killer" Confesses to Three More Murders

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New Jersey Torso Killer, Richard Cottingham, has recently confessed to the unsolved murders of three women that took place in the sixties. (Source) The now 73-year-old serial killer, who was active from 1967 – 1980 and has spent almost three decades behind bars at the New Jersey State Prison for the murders of six females, confessed to the murders of an additional three teenage girls between 1968 – 1969. He claims that he abducted and murdered 18-year-old Irene Blase from Bogota On April 7th, 1969.  Her body was discovered the following day face down in a river in Saddlebrook. A...

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Man claims to be missing child who allegedly disappeared from a Michigan Mall in 1994

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On the afternoon of December 12th, 1994, Dwanna Jackson, a mother residing in Michigan, reported her 4-year-old child missing from the Wonderland Mall in Livonia. She claimed that the two had been on a shopping trip when the toddler wandered down a hallway near a Target store and vanished off the face of the earth. (Source) Dwanna quickly alerted an 18 year old mall security guard named Randy, who would go on to take a big interest in the case and eventually host a website dedicated to finding the missing 4-year-old. “She was believable” he said in an interview with...

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