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Woman Found Dead in Niagara River a Victim of Murder

Portia Collins was a 34 year old nurses aide at the Harris Hill Nursing Facility in the town of Amherst, New York. On July 2nd 1997, she was found deceased in the Niagara River outside of Buffalo. According to a police report, she was “Manually Strangled” by an unknown killer who had used their hands to end her life.

Collins lived on East Amherst Street and left behind a mother, sister & brother. If you have information about this case you can contact CrimeStoppers at their website or you can also reach the Buffalo Police Department at 716-851-4466

Bizarre Murder of Jewish Student Still Puzzles Police

chaimweissChaim Weiss was only fifteen years old when someone took a hatchet type weapon and killed him on Hallween Eve in 1986 as as he was asleep in bed in his room at a third-floor dormitory at Torah High School at 63 East Beech Street. He was found the next morning, his body moved to the floor. Days later a lit memorial candle was mysteriously found in his room where the murder occurred. The weapon was never found and two suspects were interviewed and cleared. Police believe that his killer was either a student or a member of the faculty due to the murder scene that was arranged with some orthodox jewish customs in mind. Nothing was taken from the room of the Torah High School student from Staten Island. If you have any information about this case, you are urged to call the Nassau County Police Department at (516) 573-7000. There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.


Woman Disappears from New York Native American Reservation and a Dark Tale may reveal her fate.

tammymahoneyIt was a Friday evening on May 8, 1981, when Tammy Mahoney was picked up while hitchhiking in the city of Oneida near the intersection of Main Street and Fairview Avenue. The nineteen year old had been trying to get a ride to Hamilton, but she was taken to a party on the Oneida Native American Nation’s 32-acre territory located on Route 46.  Law Enforcement believes she was sexually assaulted and murdered there by several people.  It is believed that those guilty may be members of the Oneida tribe and members of the Onondaga tribe.  Mahoney’s remains has never been located but Law Enforcement have stated that they believe they know who killed her and plan to make an arrest when more evidence is found.  The reward has been boosted to 40 thousand dollars.  The FBI, the Oneida Indian Nation are contributing to the reward for information that leads to a resolution in this case.

If you have information about this missing person/murder case, please call the Oneida City Police Department at (315) 363-2323.   You can remain anonymous.


Fatal Fire at Ivy League College Never Solved


Cornell University in Ithaca, New York is one of the prestigious Ivy League Institutions in the United States.  Cornell has a solid reputation as perhaps being the most difficult as far as workload goes.  The Campus has been plagued for decades with suicides of students many of whom jumped into the ravines near the campus due to academic and personal pressures.

While Cornell has graduated many of the brightest in the world, eight students and one college professor were not able to due to a tragic incident in 1967.

On the early morning of April 5th at around 4pm a fire took hold of the Cornell Heights Residential Club.  In the end students Martha Beck,  Meimei Cheng, Peter Cooch, Carol Lynn Kurtz, Anne McCormic, Jeffrey William Smith, Jennie Zu-wei Sun,  and Johanna Christina Wallden, would lose their lives.  Professor John Alban Finch would die a hero as he ran back into the building to try and save students from the blaze.  The nine would die as a result of asphyxia by toxic smoke inhalation.”

The incident has largely been forgotten by the University and LAw Enforcement.  The deaths have never been declared a homicide.

Suspicion would deepen as as two more fires broke out at residences housing some of the displaced students  from the Cornell Heights Residential Club.  One was at the Watermargin Cooperative on May 23, 1967, and the second would occur at 211 Eddy Street, a week later.  In all three fires an accelerant was found.

The building had no sprinklers and a lack of fire escapes.

Years later in 1972, Cornell University would be found negligent by a United States Northern District Court of New York in a lawsuit by the parents of a deceased student.

Questions still remain and according to an article in the New York Times some survivors of the fire believe they may know a possible suspect.

New York Times Article

Additional information can be found at Cornell Sun


Senseless Killing for Less Than a Hundred Dollars

Betty Conley - Upstate New York Murder VictimHomicide not only kills the victims, it damages and destroys the lives of the loved ones and friends o the victim(s).  In the case of Betty Conley, her husband, children, farmily, friends and community are still heart broken at her violent end.

It was on July 8th, 1993, when when thirty-seven year old was working an overnight convenience store shift in the Town of Charlton in Upstate, New York.  The married mother was slain during a robbery,  People close to her were interrogated but it is believed that the murder may have been a random robbery or committed by someone that was not known to her.  Close to three decades later, the puzzling homicide is still unsolved.

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The Dangerous Allure of the Niagara Falls

It is often regarded as one of the modern wonders of the world. The Niagara Falls which consists two wide and large waterfalls in both the United States and Canada. People from all over the globe come to visit and stay at the many hotels while visiting the casinos, indoor attractions and numerous hiking trails. However, there are some that come to visit with the intention of taking their life while jumping over the falls. Between US Authorities and Canadian authorities there are an estimated 20 to 40 people a year who take their lives by going over the falls. There are also several dozen people who have been found in the Niagara River who have never been identified. Due to the currents of the Falls some people who have gone over including that of Jesse Sharp daredevil kayaker in 1990 have never been seen again alive or dead.

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