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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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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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Racine County Jane Doe Identified

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On the 21st of July 1999 in Raymond, Wisconsin, a man and his teenage daughter were out walking their dog, as they had done every day for several years, when they noticed some strange depressions in the ground. It had been raining the night before and a clear drag mark was present in the earth. Curious, they followed the trail to the edge of a nearby cornfield where they discovered the bruised and battered body of a young woman. She was shoeless, dressed in a gray western style button-up shirt with a red floral embroidery about the chest and black...

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Murder of Traci Hammerberg Solved After 35 Years

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On the evening of March 14th 1984, 18 year old Saukville resident, Traci Hammerberg, went to meet up with friends near a local grocery store after finishing her baby sitting session. (Source) The teenagers were heading to a party in Gratton later that night, but first decided to have a couple of beers at “Quades Tavern” in Port Washington. The bartender remembered Traci, they made small talk and she told him about her plans later that night. After a night of partying in Gratton Traci decided it was time to call it and night and leave. She left the party...

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