Gravemarker for Unidentified Infant found on January 2, 1988 in Meriden, CT
Photograph by David Zajac of the Record Journal

He was left to freeze to death and was found on January 2nd 1988 in Meriden, Connecticut.  Local Clergy gave him the name of David Paul.  32 years later, his mother was identified as 25 year old Karen Kuzmak-Roche.  She had called the fire department after giving birth asking them to look for something in the area where she had left her son.  IT is unlikely that she will face criminal charges.  Police are still trying to verify David’s biological father but indicate he may have nothing to do with his death.  For more information click here.

 

Unsolved murder of Daniel Ormsby of Meriden, Connecticut

Now that this homicide has been solved, hopefully, Meriden Police can catch the killers of Daniel Ormsby.  He had his whole life ahead of him, unfortunately  during the early morning of October 6th 1990, an armed robbery changed that.  The 21 year old Meriden man was working at the Dominoes Pizza on East Main Street and Dexter Avenue.  Two men entered the establishment and held up Ormsby.  There were not just satisfied with taking the money, one of them took a handgun and shot him once in the abdomen which would prove to be a fatal wound.  The case sadly has gone cold.   Police solved the case of David Paul, let’s hope the Ormsby family gets justice too.

Are these people victims of a Convicted Serial Killer

alcalaRodney Alcala was conniving and sadistic individual.  He once even appeared on the legendary TV Show “The Dating Game”.   He has five known victims in California from 1977 to 1979 and two victims in New York in 1971 and 1977.  Law Enforcement belives the his victims might be higher and in more states.  Alcala was a photographer and used his skills of taking pictures to lure victims in.  When arrested, police found thousands of pictures.  some of which included people that had been murdered.   Other people recognized themselves as being in his stash of pictures (and were fortunately not any of his victims).  Police are still trying to recognize all the people who were in Rodney Alcala’s photo collection.   Please view them at this site.

Alcala was a serial rapist and police believe he may have victims in Wyoming, New Hampshire and Washington state as well.  For additional information about this monster you can go here.

The “Friday the 13th Murder”

princessdoe3Created in 1980, the movie Friday the 13th scared and horrified movie audiences. The movie spawned a dozen sequels and it’s main villain, “Jason Vorhees”, has become a major part of American Culture. The movie took place at the fictional Camp Crystal Lake where, several camp counselor and visitors would lose their lives in horrible deaths. The movie was actually filmed in New Jersey at a Boy Scout camp named Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in the town of Hardwick. Several of the scenes in the first movie that took place in town were filmed in the town of Blairstown, New Jersey. Four decades later, the movies, especially the original are cult classics.

princessdoe2The town of Blairstown takes pride in the fact that many of the scenes of the classic slasher movie was filmed there. However, the town  has a real life murder mystery in their hands. A murder that occurred just two years after the showing of the movie. Even though the murder did not occur on Friday the 13th, the victim was found in the town of where the original movie was filmed. It is a brutal crime that has never been solved.

princessdoe1It was July 15, 1982 when the horrible discovery was made in a forested area near the northern portion of the Cedar Ridge Cemetery on Route 94 in Blairstown. The victim was a caucasian female and was believed to have been dead for around a week. She sustained horrible injuries to her face and died from being bludgeoned. To date she has never been identified nor her killer(s) ever found. She is believed to be between the ages of 14 to 20 year old. 90 to 100 pounds (47.5 to 50 Kilograms) and five foot two to five foot four ( 1.5 to 1.67 meters). She had straight, shoulder-length hair that was brown. Here eye color is unknown. her left ear was double-pierced but the other ear is unknown to the decomposition of her body. Teeth were in good condition with some dental fillings. She had an unusual object in her position, a gold colored chain that had small white beads with a fourteen karat gold cross with an ornate design.

There were isotope tests done a few years ago that indicated that it is possible that the woman could have been from Arizona but spent the last year in the Northeast or Midwest. If you have information about who this young woman is, please contact the New Jersey Warren County Medical Examiner’s Office at 908-213-2800.

 

Daylight Murder of Pizza Shop Worker Remains a Mystery

pizzashopsuspectOn June 12, 2006, 72-year-old Rhode Island native Edward “Eddie” Pollitelli arrived at the at Mama Mia New York Style Pizza and Pasta located in Stevenson Ranch, California. , a restaurant he had worked at before his retirement.   Around 8:30 in the morning, Politelli was violently confronted by a still unidentified attacker who was carrying a machete. A co-worker told Police that he had heard Pollitelli say “don’t hurt me.”  The co-worker thought that Pollitelli was joking around.

Authorities believe that the murderer stabbed and killed Politelli on a narrow cement walkway located behind the restaurant.  No money had been stolen from the restaurant.  There was video footage from an adjacent Mexican eatery that showed an individual walking along the front of the building around the time of the murder.

Some witnesses told authorities that a silver Dodge Magnum station wagon was used by the killer to make his getaway, but no one was close enough to get a good look at either the suspect or the vehicle’s license plate.

Motive in this murder is still unknown but it’s possible that this was a targeted killing.

The homicide suspect was described as young white or light skinned Hispanic male who was between the ages of 25 and 30 years old.  He was around 5-foot-7-inches tall and  about 160 pounds. The suspect was described as clean shaven with short brown spiky hair. He had worn a white T-shirt, blue jeans as well as a black sweatshirt.  The suspect also had a backpack on his shoulder and possibly wielded a stun gun.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at (213) 229-1700.

Military Veteran Survives Serving Overseas only to lose life in his Neighborhood

jamesleejacobsJames Lee Jacobs grew up in the rough street in Dorchester, Massachusetts,  yet he managed to graduate high school in Marblehead and go on to serve in the military. He would attain the rank of Sergeant and would go off to war in Iraq. Despite suffering from the trauma of war, he was working full time and going to college to be an electrical engineer. On March 30th 2007, Jacobs was outside of his Range Rover on McLellan Street in Dorchester (Boston). He was waiting for a tow service because the tires on his car had been slashed. While he waited, a person in the neighborhood said that Jacob had 3 men approach him. An argument started and Jacobs was shot 18 times in the back. He was brutally murdered, just a few miles from where he grew up.
James Lee Jacobs served his country by fighting an enemy overseas. He was killed by enemies from his own country. If you have any information about this crime, please call the Boston Police Department at (617) 343-4330.

California Hit and Run Still Unsolved More than Two Decades Later…

tonyvaleraIt was on October 27, 1996, when then thirty-nine year old Tony Valera was riding his bicycle at night and his life was robbed from him by a hit and run driver. The popular kick-boxing instructor had been riding on darkened portion of Alessandro Boulevard in Moreno Valley. He had been heading east on Alessandro Boulevard close to the dirt extension of Morrison Street which is a half a mile from his home. Around 7:30pm a large, white four-door sedan hit him from behind. To this date, the driver who killed Tony has never been identified. Following his death, roadblocks were set up in hopes of getting information but nothing panned out. His siblings are still very much dedicated to getting answers as well as justice for their deceased brother.

His death took a heavy emotional toll on his parents.

If you have any information about the death of Tony Valera, please contact the Moreno Valley Police Department at 951-486-6700. You can remain anonymous.

College Football Player Killed, Still No Answers or Justice

Bryan Pata was considered a likable teammate at the University of Miami in Florida. An excellent player who was a defensive lineman, he wore the number 95 while he majored in Criminology. On November 7th, 2006, the nearly six foot four and nearly 300 hundred pound football star was shot to death in the parking lot of the gated community in the suburban Kendall, which was less than five miles from campus . The 22 year old had left football practice just minutes before, witnesses reported that when he arrived he had an argument with a man and was shot several times. Pata’s girlfriend who lived with him was inside the apartment when Pata was shot, ran out and called 911.

There were theories as to who killed him. One involved members of another football team Florida International University who had a prior brawl with University of Miami Hurricane Football players. Other rumors pointed to jealous people from the poor inner city area of Miami where Pata had grown up due to a flashy lifestyle. In the end, a prime suspect was identified and arrested in another state on gun charges. That individual has been looked at in other homicides and had a relative that knew Bryan Pata very well. 

The case remains cold though and if you have information about the murder of Bryan Pata, call Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or you can call Law Enforcement at 305-471-TIPS.

 

 

Horrific Murder of Young Girl Remains Cold….

Nine year old Shirley Jane Rose was a young girl living her childhood. On the early evening of October 17th, 1975, she was abducted by someone just a block from her home in Springfield. A witness reported seeing a 1969-1970 blue Chevrolet car follow the elementary school girl. A search would ensue but would prove fruitless in finding her alive.

Several months later on December 13th, her remains were discovered unearthed from a grave by animals near McDaniel Lake. There were persons of interest in the case but never any arrests. Her parents passed away without seeing justice, now her siblings want answers and justice.

If you have any information about this horrible crime, please contact the Springfield Police Department (Missouri) at 417-864-1780.

For additional information about this case please visit the website http://justiceforshirleyjanerose.com

You can also hear more about this case on the podcast

https://thetollpodcast.com/

Who wanted a churchgoing, hardworking Mother Dead?

By all accounts, Daisy Taylor was a likeable person. She was a 56 year old mother who worked two jobs and attended church every Sunday. However, on November 2nd 2012, her body was in a ditch near Grammon Road near the town of Marion, Arkansas by a Crittenden County road crew member around 11am. Police theorize that Daisy was killed right there and had succumbed to three gunshots including one to the head from a 9mm handgun.

A Home Healthcare worker, she had been on her way to work to pick up a check and had spoken to a relative an hour before she was found dead. Her 2012 Chevy Impala was found about an hour and a half after body was located. The car had been found in South Memphis on Mason Street.  Due to the fire, all physical evidence in the car was destroyed. Police believe that her killer or killers may have driven a white sedan vehicle.

If you have any information about this case please call Law Enforcement at 870-702-2000.

Suspect’s car in Daisy Taylor Murder

Was this mother killed by someone that was supposed to protect her?

April Joann Terry was murdered on February 27th of 1990 at her residence at 62-64 Taylor Street in Providence. The 32 year old was stabbed to death in her 2nd floor apartment while her four year old daughter watched TV in another room. She was found naked with several stab wounds to her chest and neck at 5:30pm that day. There was no sign of a break in and it is possible that she may have known who her attacker was. Before she was murdered, a boyfriend of hers, violently beat her and was arrested. He was allegedly released the morning she was killed.

According to a family member of April, the boyfriend was not named a suspect in her homicide. Her family thinks otherwise.

It was a bad year for homicides in Providence as the number was more than two dozen that year. If you have any information about this case please the Providence Police Department at 401-243-6360.

1977 High School Yearbook Photo of April Joann Terry