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Colorado officials ID 1989 homicide case victim from Israel

Oct. 27, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials identified the victim of an unsolved 33-year-old homicide by using DNA analysis that traced the victim to relatives in Israel. The victim was identified as 36-year-old Akram Bada'an, who was killed in August 1988. His body was found in...

Timeline of serial killer John Wayne Gacy's life, case

Oct. 26, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — John Wayne Gacy was convicted of killing 33 young men and boys in the Chicago area in the 1970s. Authorities found most of his victims' remains in a crawl space under his suburban Chicago house or buried elsewhere on the property. In 2011, they exhumed the remains of eight...

Sheriff: Newly ID'd Gacy victim's death was news to family

Oct. 26, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When the discovery of more than two dozen bodies stashed under John Wayne Gacy's house near Chicago was making headlines all over the world in the late 1970s, Francis Wayne Alexander's family in New York didn't think much of it. The way they saw it,...

DNA brings pain, closure to family of John Wayne Gacy victim

Oct. 26, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In the fall of 1976, Carolyn Sanders received an exciting postcard from her brother. “I'll see you soon cause I love you,” Francis Wayne Alexander — known to his family as Wayne — wrote to his younger sister. She hadn't spoken with him since his...

Sex offender being charged in slaying of woman 3 decades ago

Oct. 26, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A convicted sex offender is being charged in the killing of a woman whose body was found in the basement of a Boston building more than three decades ago, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins. Richard Vega, 59, faces a murder...

New evidence presented in Texas death row inmate's hearing

Oct. 19, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — An attorney for a Texas death row inmate has told a judge that new evidence suggests the 19-year-old woman his client was convicted of killing may instead have been strangled by her jealous boyfriend. Rodney Reed was convicted in the 1996 rape and...

Utah lab to analyze DNA evidence from Atlanta child murders

Oct. 19, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Utah laboratory will examine DNA evidence from a string of killings committed in Atlanta during the 1970s and 1980s, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said. Bottoms wrote in a tweet on Monday that city investigators were traveling to Salt Lake City to provide...

Video: Woman got into Alabama police van days before death

Oct. 16, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Investigators say video from a city surveillance camera showed a woman get into a parked police van on her own, 12 days before she was found dead inside the van in Huntsville, Alabama. Police showed the video during a news conference Friday after...

Coroner: Autopsy confirms no foul play in police van death

Oct. 13, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An autopsy confirmed that a woman found dead inside a police van parked outside headquarters wasn't the victim of foul play and didn't suffer any trauma, an official said Wednesday. Dr. Tyler Berryhill, Madison County's coroner, said the...

Florida man exonerated of 1983 murder sues over imprisonment

Oct. 09, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man exonerated of a 1983 rape and murder after serving 37 years in prison is suing over his wrongful conviction in which a disproven bite mark was crucial evidence. Robert DuBoise, 56, was freed from prison in August 2020 after...