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August 7, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Sorry, conspiracy theorists, modern forensic science shows that John F. Kennedy was likely killed by "one guy with a grudge and a gun," said professor John McAdams during a panel for Nova's new "Cold Case: JFK" on Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. McAdams, who wrote the book "JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think About Claims of Conspiracy," was joined on the PBS panel by the show's director, Rush DeNooyer, as well as firearms experts Lucien and Michael Haag, who conducted much of the scientific research used in the show to prove that a single bullet, could, in fact, have killed JFK and wounded Texas Gov. John Connally.
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April 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
When two hunters found Amber Gail Creek's body, a plastic bag had been wrapped around her head and the word "Hi" written on one of her hands. It was a bitter-cold day in February 1997, and the 14-year-old runaway's partially naked body had been dumped steps from a parking lot in the Karcher Wildlife Area in Racine County, Wis. Amber had been sexually assaulted, beaten and suffocated, and a $5 price tag had been stuck to one of her arms. The gruesome discovery launched a criminal investigation that spanned almost two decades -- and has now put a suspect in police custody thanks to the help of a crime lab in Oklahoma, two Wisconsin investigators stalking the streets of Chicago, and one half-smoked cigarette.
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January 10, 2010
SERIES Chuck: In the two-hour season premiere, Chuck (Zachary Levi) takes his new abilities to school to train as a full-fledged spy, but he flunks out, losing Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). Adam Baldwin also stars (9 p.m. NBC). Masterpiece Classic: Judi Dench reprises her critically acclaimed role as Matty in "Return to Cranford," a two-part sequel to last season's acclaimed miniseries. The opening episode finds Lady Ludlow (Francesca Annis) awaiting the arrival of her son (Rory Kinnear)
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March 30, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Nobody really vanishes into thin air. But that's more or less what happened to Inez Garcia on Nov. 2, 1952, when she stepped out of her husband's car in Santa Fe, N.M., never to be seen again. That, at least, is what Juan Andres Jose Garcia said.  Inez Garcia, 26, left four young children, now in their 60s, who have spent decades wondering what happened to their mother. They may soon have an answer. Santa Fe police announced Friday that this month they dug up bones that may be human, buried in a free-standing garage that Garcia's husband had jealously guarded from intruders before his death in the 1990s.  "When [ Juan Andres Jose Garcia]
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April 4, 2012 | By Tina Susman
It was a crime that mystified police for decades and left a neighborhood in fear -- a woman who lived alone found raped, stabbed and beaten in her suburban New Jersey home. Now, police say they have arrested a 51-year-old man who was the victim's teenage neighbor at the time of the killing. Because the man was a juvenile when the crime was committed, he may not legally be named, the Star-Ledger reported Wednesday. But the paper quoted unidentified law enforcement sources as saying the suspect is a truck driver who had lived near Lena Triano and who had been released from prison in 1999 after serving nearly 20 years for kidnapping and robbery.
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October 27, 2013 | By Howard Blume
A lead from a 10-year-old rape case has led to the arrest of a man suspected of killing a 23-year-old Perris woman, according to authorities. Police arrested Sue Robert Seiuli, 34, late Saturday afternoon in connection with the February slaying of Sylvia Marie Flores, whose body was found in a Redlands orange grove. A key break came with a DNA match linking the slaying and a 2003 San Bernardino incident in which a woman was kidnapped, assaulted and raped. No arrest was ever made in that case, but Redlands police decided to interview the woman.
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June 18, 2006 | Peter H. King, Times Staff Writer
One warm Friday night in late spring 10 years ago, Kristin Denise Smart and three other young women started walking from their dorms at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. They were headed for the neighborhoods of apartment complexes and overpopulated "Animal House"-like bungalows that border the campus. They were looking for a party. It was Memorial Day weekend. Kristin's first year away at college was coming to a close. The 19-year-old from Stockton would have considered that something to celebrate.
WORLD
February 10, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
The deeper the lawyer probed, the more the case resembled a hall of mirrors, a maze of ambiguous characters and unknowable motives. There were hints of conspiracies, trap doors, scaffoldings of fact that vaporized into fiction. The trail was nearly three years old by the spring of 2003, when the lawyer's investigator headed deep into the countryside, working at night for protection, searching for witnesses. The goal: to upend what had become the official narrative of Father John Kaiser's death.
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August 9, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A former carnival worker has been arrested in connection with the 1978 cold case murder of an executive found stabbed to death in his Palms home, Los Angeles police said Monday. Walter Randolph Peartree, 62, was arrested on the L.A. County murder warrant at 10:30 a.m. at his residence in Delaware, Ohio, according to a statement from the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division's cold case unit. Peartree was taken into custody without incident and could be in an Ohio courtroom as early as Tuesday for an extradition hearing.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2003 | Greg Braxton
The new CBS drama "Cold Case" drew impressive ratings in its premiere Sunday, while the debuts of ABC's "10-8" and NBC's "The Lyon's Den" were less than stellar. "Cold Case," about an investigator specializing in old cases that remain unsolved, averaged 15.5 million viewers, while its competition on ABC, "10-8," about two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, drew about 9.2 million.
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November 24, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Aleta Browne fell hard for Fred Nixon. She was both a sister and wife of Los Angeles cops, and worked as a clerk for Police Chief Daryl Gates. Nixon was one of the LAPD's rising stars, on his way to taking over a coveted position as the chief's official spokesman. Their affair began on a spring day in 1985 when they checked into a Holiday Inn. Browne left her husband a few weeks later. For three years they met regularly, often at her house during the day. At night, he'd go home to his wife in Pasadena.
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November 21, 2013 | Paloma Esquivel
One day late last year Norma Patricia Esparza, a respected professor of psychology in Geneva, got on a plane bound for an academic meeting in St. Louis. When the plane landed in Boston for a layover, police met her at the airport and arrested her -- for an 18-year-old slaying in Santa Ana. Esparza, 39, and three others are now facing trial in a homicide that has generated international attention. Prosecutors say that on a night in the spring of 1995, when she was a sophomore at Pomona College, Esparza went to a Santa Ana bar with a group and pointed out a man she said had raped her in her college dormitory.
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November 5, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A Riverside woman has been arrested in connection with the 1990 cold case homicide of a 5-month-old baby who suffered from starvation and broken bones.  Cole Terpack was found by paramedics on Aug. 3, 1990, in a San Bernardino home on North Acacia Street "unconscious and not breathing," according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Cole, who suffered from starvation and "numerous broken bones," was taken to a hospital where he died, according to the Sheriff's Department.
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October 30, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Richard Winton
A veteran cold case detective ignored a key piece of evidence in an unsolved slaying, delaying for several years the eventual discovery that Stephanie Lazarus, a Los Angeles police officer, was guilty of the killing, according to allegations in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Jennifer Francis, an analyst in the LAPD's DNA laboratory. In it, Francis accused Cliff Shepard, a highly regarded investigator who recently retired, of disregarding the results of DNA tests she performed in the case.
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October 27, 2013 | By Howard Blume
A lead from a 10-year-old rape case has led to the arrest of a man suspected of killing a 23-year-old Perris woman, according to authorities. Police arrested Sue Robert Seiuli, 34, late Saturday afternoon in connection with the February slaying of Sylvia Marie Flores, whose body was found in a Redlands orange grove. A key break came with a DNA match linking the slaying and a 2003 San Bernardino incident in which a woman was kidnapped, assaulted and raped. No arrest was ever made in that case, but Redlands police decided to interview the woman.
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September 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A former professional boxer was arrested in the 1987 slaying of his manager, Los Angeles police said. An LAPD-FBI fugitive task force took Exum Speight, 50, into custody at his San Fernando home Wednesday, a day after an arrest warrant charging him with murder was filed, police said. Cold case detectives said DNA ultimately linked Speight to the slaying of Douglas Stumler, a 30-year-old Los Angeles County Housing Authority employee found dead inside his West L.A. apartment. Stumler had a side job as a boxing manager and worked with Speight, even living with him at some point during the mid-1980s, LAPD Det. Rick Jackson said.
WORLD
September 20, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
It's been called the world's most famous cold case, a source of endless fascination and speculation ever since the first mutilated victim was found in a bloody heap 123 years ago on the gas-lighted streets of East London. So why is Scotland Yard suppressing information that some crime buffs think could offer fresh leads on the identity of Britain's most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper? That's the question baffling Trevor Marriott, a retired homicide detective who's been waging a solitary legal battle to force "the Yard" to release uncensored versions of information recorded in thick Victorian ledgers that are gathering dust in an official archive.
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March 22, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Opening a new frontier for solving cold cases, California prosecutors are hunting for DNA from killers, rapists and other prison inmates who died before authorities obtained their genetic profiles. Prosecutors from Sacramento, Los Angeles and Orange counties are sifting through old court exhibits and examining long-since forgotten crime-scene evidence in search of blood, saliva and other material that can be tested for DNA. Once obtained, the DNA is compared with the genetic profiles from unsolved cases that have DNA from unidentified perpetrators.
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August 15, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
As a 9-year-old girl, Esmeralda Pena hid behind a refrigerator at the family's small grocery store as a man shot and killed her father during a botched robbery attempt. Twenty-three years later, the memories of her father's lifeless body still haunt her . "I can still see ... my dad lying down on the ground," said Pena, now 32. But this week, she said she can at least find some solace that her father's alleged killer has been arrested and charged in the July 24, 1990, slaying that went unsolved.
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August 14, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Timoteo Pena emigrated from Durango, Mexico, in the 1970s and built a life based on the twin pillars of the American Dream: hard work and family. He worked overnight shifts as a security guard, then peddled nuts, fruit and flowers to motorists near a 110 Freeway offramp in South Los Angeles. It was tough work, but it paid the bills and Pena socked away enough money to open Sinaloa Meat and Grocery, a neighborhood store where he held court behind the cash register. But on the evening of July 24,1990, a man armed with a handgun tried to rob Pena, who fired back at least once with a .22-caliber handgun he kept in his pocket.
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