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
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Did Appearing on Television Cause a Man to Lose his Life?

Or did his past come back to kill him……

When Investigative Reporters Fox News 2 Reporter Rob Wolchek shows up at your place of business or residence, you’re in trouble.  Not since 60 Minute’s Mike Wallace has a reporter made so many scam artists, crooks, and thieves run from a television camera. The Detroit, Michigan area reporter has made a career out of exposing crooked business people, corrupt politicians and people behaving badly.   He features these wrongdoers on an episode called, “The Hall of Shame.”  The show had led to some people being convicted for their crimes and even being deported from the country.  But for two “Hall of Shame” recipients they would be victims of unsolved crimes.

Rob Wolchek is coming for the bad guys
Fox News 2 Detroit Reporter Rob Wolchek and the Hall of Shame

One of them was a man named Larry Jordan who owns an auto repair shop named Discount Auto Salvage.  The company had numerous complaints about shoddy repair work and not refunding money to customers as promised.  Jordan was jumped and seriously hurt by three masked individuals at his home early Wednesday morning on Shelby Creek Drive, in Shelby Township, Michigan on April 10, 2013.  His house was then ransacked by the assailants and the case is still not solved.  Police believe that it was a targeted attack but not due to him being on the show.

Episode of Larry Jordan on the Hall of Shame:  Hall of Shame Episode

Link to article of attack – https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/attackers-tie-up-beat-shelby-township-man-at-home_20151204042346878

Murder suspect in Scam Artist homicide in Royal Oak, Michigan
Murder suspect in Scam Artist homicide in Royal Oak, Michigan

The second case involved a man named Gary Lupiloff who was a known scam artist.  He was an attorney who lost his license for cheating clients out of money. Rob Wolchek  featured this guy on his “Hall of Shame” episode  in 1999 which ended up getting Lupiloff prison time.  The former attorney would soon get out of prison, change his name and start a new business.  On the afternoon of July 13, 2010, someone killed Lupiloff with a rifle shot to the heart when he was outside his house on the phone in the 2700 block of Ardmore in the town of Royal Oak, Michigan.  Police strongly believe that this was a professional hit and there is a composite sketch of what the suspect looked like when it happened.   The suspect is described as being  a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall driving a black crossover vehicle or maybe a bicycle.

Law Enforcement does have a person of interest in this murder, a business partner of Lupiloff who had a $500,000 life insurance policy.  The individual in question has denied any responsibility for the murder.  If you have any information about this case please contact the Royal Oak police number is (248) 246-3500.

To learn more about this case click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nBFXhaer7c

Was it a Robbery Gone Bad? Or Something more Sinister?

It was an early Saturday morning on January 21st, 1984  when nineteen year old Vernon Lomba Jr. was found dead in a snowbank by the side of the road on Elmwood Avenue in Cranston.  He was last seen by his mother on Friday and was headed to a bar named the “Sunburst Lounge” which was located on Elmwood Avenue. At first, Cranston police thought he was a victim of a hit and run incident from a motor vehicle due to a metal antennae from a vehicle found nearby.  However, an autopsy though would reveal the true manner and cause of death , Lomba had been brutally beaten to death. He expired from a blood clot due to being struck on the head and jaw. Police also took note that when he left his mother’s apartment he had over three hundred dollars in his wallet.  When his body was found, most of that money was missing.

Cranston Police  theorize that Lomba may have been a victim of a robbery. It is possible that someone noticed he had some substantial money at the bar and ambushed him outside as he walked home alone.  Lomba’s sisters and family are not sure if robbery is the motive for their brother’s murder though. They think it was a personal confrontation. The Sunburst Lounge is long gone and has been replaced with a bowling alley. For Vernon Lomba’s family, nothing can replace him. Someone knows a dark secret about what happened. Please call the Cranston Police Department if you have any information about this murder.  They can be reached at (401) 477-5000.