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The Generation Why Podcast Blog — cold case

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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Julie Fuller Murder Solved

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In the spring of 1983 the Fuller family moved from their home in Essex, England to North Texas in search of the American Dream. Unfamiliar with the Arlington area, the family temporarily moved into “Kensington motor lodge hotel and apartments” on 1220 West Division Street while they house hunted and looked for jobs. The area wasn’t the safest, but new to town the Fuller family weren’t aware of that. The English family had been in the country only less than a month before tragedy struck. On June 27th, 1983, their youngest child, 11 year old Julie Fuller, went to take...

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Woman Cleared as Suspect in Sisters Murder 35 Years Later

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June 15th 1984 felt like any other day for 15 year old Reesa Trexler and her 13 year old sister Jodie. Reesa had friends over that day and later went next door to her grandparent’s house on 714 North Shaver Street in Salisbury, North Carolina, while Jodie stayed home alone. When Jodie realized that her older sister wasn’t around she peered next door only to see that her grandparent’s vehicles weren’t parked outside. Reesa must have gone with them, she concluded, and returned to her bedroom in her parents’ house. She wasn’t aware of this, but her grandfather had gone...

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Suspect Arrested in 1980s Homicide Leads to Other Questions

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On September 11th 1980, 25 year old Kathleen Doyle was alone at her home on Granby road in Norfolk, Virginia, while her husband Lt. Stephen Doyle, a Navy pilot, was deployed. The couple had been married less than a year but were happy living together along with their pet cat in a safe and low crime neighborhood in the Ocean View area. The young woman, who was the daughter of a naval officer, spent her days writing and felt safe in the knowledge that there was other navy families residing in the neighborhood. After not hearing from her for 24...

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