Cold Case: John Oldson killed and buried Cathy Beard, whose body was found in 1992; Sentenced to life in prison

Catherine “Cathy” Beard

Find-A-Grave: Catherine Louise “Cathy” Beard
Man arrested in Missouri for 1989 Ord murder
Oldson Waives Extradition in 1989 Cathy Beard Murder
Oldson talked about murder victim, used her as threat
Expert: Cathy Beard Suffered Massive Injuries
Man arrested in Missouri for 1989 Ord murder
John Oldson sentenced for 1989 murder of Cathy Beard
Oldson gets life in prison for murder of Cathy Beard
Conviction, life sentence of man in Ord woman’s death upheld
State of Nebraska v John R. Oldson 2016 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murder of Cathy Beard
What Happened To A Waitress Who Disappeared From A Rural Nebraska Tavern In 1989?

Buried in the Backyard: The Bones on Party Hill


Monsters Among Us: Curtis Davis shot and killed Harvey Austin in a playground; Sentenced to 40 years in prison

The following facts were adduced at defendant’s trial. Derrick Holliday testified that on the morning of February 21, 1989, Austin and he went to visit their friend James “Sonny” Keeler at a Chicago Housing Authority project located at 4445 South Evans Street. At about 10 a.m., Austin and Holliday encountered Shambley near the left stairwell of the building. The three began discussing the violence which had been taking place in the project when Shambley pulled a gun from his coat pocket, and told Holliday and Austin that “I’m not worried about nobody doing nothing to me.”

About 12:30 p.m. that same day, Holliday met defendant and Appelby near the same spot, and they also were discussing the recent violence in the area when Appelby told Holliday that he should leave the building because something was about to happen. Soon thereafter, Holliday heard Donnell Keeler and Chris Keeler chatting as they were walking down the stairwell. Holliday observed defendant and Appelby, who were both armed, and another person whom he did not recognize, move closer to the stairwell. Holliday then heard several shots ring out, although he could not tell who fired them.

After hearing the shots, Holliday saw defendant, Appelby and Shambley standing in a row near the right stairwell of the building. He then observed Austin exit the adjacent CHA project building, located at 4414 South Cottage Grove Avenue, and head toward the building located on Evans Street. Holliday warned Austin not to go to the Evans project because there had just been a shooting there, but Austin waved him off and proceeded toward his original destination. Holliday stayed in the playground between the two buildings, and about 15 minutes later, he heard six or seven shots which sounded as if they came from different guns. About 15 seconds later, he observed Austin stumbling into the playground, and he also saw defendant, Appelby and Shambley fleeing from the scene. He then ran toward Austin, who was bleeding profusely, and heard him say that “Eric shot me, Eric shot me.” Austin also kept repeating “Boss, Boss, Boss,” and that “he was fixing to die.” Holliday placed Austin on the ground in the breezeway between the projects, and soon thereafter Hope Keeler arrived and began tending to Austin. Holliday testified that at no time during the day was Austin carrying a weapon, and he further stated that he did not recognize the .357 caliber firearm which was found at the scene.

Donnell Keeler testified that at about 1 p.m. on the date of the homicide, he and his sister Chris left their brother Sonny Keeler’s apartment, and as they were descending down the left stairwell with Chris walking in front, the two encountered defendant. After Chris said hello to him and proceeded on her way, defendant displayed a gun and asked Donnell repeatedly “why did you do it.” Donnell explained that this inquiry had reference to a dispute he had had with defendant and Appelby over the ownership of a gun. After Donnell told defendant that he had not done anything, Shambley approached him and told defendant that he should not be talking to Donnell. When Donnell saw Shambley, who was armed, raise his hand, he immediately fled back up the stairwell, and he heard three or four shots fired at him.
When he returned to Sonny’s room, Donnell informed him that he had just been shot at by defendant and Shambley. Sonny then asked Austin, who had arrived at Sonny’s apartment some time after Donnell had left, to try to find a peacemaker named “Buckeye” to calm the situation. On cross-examination, Donnell admitted that he had been a member of the War Lords street gang until 1988, but that he no longer belonged to that group. He also stated that his brother Sonny was once a member of that gang as well, but that Sonny had never been its chief.

Hope Keeler testified that at approximately 1:30 p.m. on February 21, 1989, she was in her mother’s apartment in the Cottage Grove housing project when she heard several gunshots emanating from outside. When she looked out her window, Hope saw Austin stagger out of the adjacent building into the playground. She then rushed downstairs and tended to Austin who was bleeding from his mouth and neck. As she was holding him, Austin mumbled to her that “Boss and Eric shot me,” gasped for air, and then told her that “they gone get us one by one.”

Find-A-Grave: Harvey Austin Jr.
South Side Man Among 3 Killed by Convicted Murderer, Police Say
The People of the State of Illinois v Curtis Davis 1993 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Chicago Triple Homicide 3/27/2012 *Curtis Davis Jr., convicted murderer, charged with the murders of 3 men; all of this over a jacket*

Curtis Davis – convicted; sentenced to 40 years in prison, released 2008
Kevin “Boss” Appelby – acquitted at trial
Eric Shambley – acquitted at trial

Curtis Davis 2012

Mothers From Hell: Paula Sims killed her 2 infant daughters, because she only wanted boys; Sentenced to life in prison

Heather Lee Sims, 6 weeks old [4/29/1989]
Loralei Marie Sims, 8 days old [6/17/1986]

Find-A-Grave: Heather Lee Sims
Find-A-Grave: Loralei Marie Sims
A timeline of events leading to the conviction of an Alton mother who killed her babies
The People of the State of Illinois v Paula J Sims 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Paula Sims eligible for parole; Alton mom was found guilty of killing infant kids
Paula Sims v Lynn Cahill-Mashing 2005 (habeas corpus denied)
Paula Sims case: IL woman who confessed to killing 2 infant daughters granted parole
Illinois woman who killed infant daughter granted parole
Paula Sims granted parole after 30 years in prison for killing daughters
Murderpedia: Paula Marie Sims
‘Precious Victims’ Mother Who Killed 2 Newborn Daughters Has ‘Postpartum Psychosis,’ Gets Early Parole

Killinois with Bird and Cam: Paula Sims

Dying Dreams
Precious Victims (great book)

Forensic Files: Similar Circumstances
Precious Victims


Deadly Brothers: Matthew Wayne Jones and Paul Michael Jones killed Shannon Siders when she rejected their sexual advances; Both sentenced to prison

Shannon Siders
Shannon Marie Siders

Find-A-Grave: Shannon Marie Siders
Into The Dark: The Murder Of Shannon Marie Siders
A father’s mission
Documentary about Shannon Siders’ murder, ‘Into the Dark,’ to air on WGVU
Brothers’ murder trial starts in Shannon Siders cold case; here’s recap of case
2 brothers charged with premeditated murder of Shannon Siders in 1989 cold case
Brothers charged in 1989 Siders murder
Two West Michigan Brothers Jailed for 25-Year-Old Murder
Shannon Siders’ father, reliving his daughter’s murder: ‘There are people who thought I did it.’
Documents Reveal Details in Shannon Siders’ Murder
Father of Shannon Siders on arrest of daughter’s alleged killers: ‘It’s the beginning of the end’
Brothers arrested in 1989 murder of Michigan teen
Shannon Siders 1989 murder case against one brother goes to jury
Convictions upheld for brothers in ‘grisly’ 1989 Newaygo County murder
1989 Shannon Siders murder, solved by cold-case team, subject of national TV show

Hole in the Woods (fictionalized)

On the Case with Paula Zahn: Deadly Silence
Into The Dark
Cold Case Files: Circle of Friends

Matthew Wayne Jones – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Paul Michael Jones – convicted, sentenced to 30-75 years in prison



Convictions upheld for brothers in ‘grisly’ 1989 Newaygo County murder

On the Case with Paula Zahn: Deadly Silence
Into The Dark
Cold Case Files: Circle of Friends

Cold Cases: Dennis Lee Bowman charged with 2 cold cases: Kathleen Doyle and Aundria Michelle Bowman

Kathleen Mary O’Brien Doyle, 25 [9/9/1980 Norfolk, VA]
Aundria Michelle Bowman, 14 [3/11/1989 Monterey Township, MI]

Find-A-Grave: Kathleen Mary O’Brien Doyle
Find-A-Grave: Aundria Michelle – Miranda “Alexis” Badger Bowman
Facebook: Justice for Aundria M. Bowman
Missing Person: Aundria Michelle Bowman from Holland, MI since 3/11/1989
Man arrested for 1980 Norfolk murder has returned to Hampton Roads
Human remains are that of missing Miss. woman; husband sought on murder charge
Police: Body found in Allegan County may be teen missing since 1989
Mom: Man confessed to killing adopted daughter in 1989
Murder suspect pleads guilty to rape, burglary charges in Norfolk cold case
Pearl River Co. man found guilty of wife’s murder
Records show Allegan County man had a history of violence prior to cold case arrest
Man captured near Bear Lake for wife’s murder sentenced to 40 years in prison
Man guilty in Norfolk cold case now charged with murdering teen daughter in 1989 in Michigan
Wife testifies Allegan Co. man admitted fault in daughter’s 1989 death
Judge recuses himself in Dennis Bowman case
Allegan County woman tells court her husband admitted to burying their daughter’s remains
Suspect in girl’s 1989 killing tells wife body was ‘right under your nose’
Allegan County sheriff finds possible remains of 14-year-old girl missing since 1989
Wikipedia: Murder of Aundria Bowman
Dennis Bowman arraigned on murder charges in Allegan County court

Military Murder: Ep45: The Murders of Kathleen Doyle & Aundria Bowman

Dennis Lee Bowman – pled guilty to the rape and murder of Kathleen Doyle – sentenced to 2 life sentences plus 20 years; has confessed to killing his adopted daughter Aundria, awaiting trial

Dennis Bowman 1980 and 2021

Cold Case: 10-year-old Amy Renee Mihaljevic was kidnapped and murdered 1989; Is there a going to be an arrest soon? Amy deserves justice!

Amy Renee Mihaljevic

If you know ANYTHING, no matter how insignificant you think it is, please call law enforcement. Amy was a child. She did not deserve this, nor did her loved ones who have had to live with this every single day since 1989. Please help if you can.

Find-A-Grave: Amy Renee Mihaljevic
Amy Renee Mihaljevic Unsolved homicide
FBI: Seeking Information (video)
City of Bay Village: Amy Mihaljevic
Who Killed Amy?
Who killed Amy Mihaljevic? The missing pieces, and a killer on the run
Amy Mihaljevic was kidnapped in 1989, and police are still searching for her killer
Possible suspect may have called Amy Mihaljevic prior to her disappearance in 1989
The Amy Mihaljevic Case: Investigators hold out hope that DNA advancements could soon help solve 1989 cold case
Court documents reveal startling new developments in Amy Mihaljevic murder investigation
Wikipedia: Murder of Amy Mihaljevic
Finding Amy’s killer: One man’s ‘compulsion’ brings him online
32 Years Later, New DNA Evidence Has Emerged In The Abduction And Murder Case Of Amy Mihaljevic

Amy: My Search for Her Killer: Secrets and Suspects in the Unsolved Murder of Amy Mihaljevic

Lake Erie Murders: Who Killed Amy Mihaljevic? Part 1: Missing
Who Killed Amy Mihaljevic? Part 2: The Hunt

The Unsolved Murder of Amy Mihaljevic with James Renne‪r‬

Family Annihilator: Eben McDowell, suffering from a schizophrenic break, killed his family, then started shooting at the police, who killed him

Charles Klepetar, 78
Robert H. McDowell, 59
Elizabeth McDowell, 48,
Daniel McDowell, 22

Find-A-Grave: Dr Charles Klepetar
Find-A-Grave: Robert Hume McDowell
Find-A-Grave: Elizabeth Klepetar McDowell
Find-A-Grave: Daniel H. McDowell
Find-A-Grave: Eben H. McDowell
Elizabeth and Robert’s wedding announcement
Coping with grief
Police Kill Suspect in 4 Slayings
Suspect In Quadruple Murder Slain By Police
Man who murdered family had history of mental illness
McDowell Family Murders

Your Worst Nightmare: Cabin in the Woods

Eben McDowell

Inmate Murder: Dean Kilgore stabbed Emerson Robert “Pearl” Jackson 3 times and he died. Kilgore was convicted and sentenced to death. He died while on death row 1/12/2018.

Find-A-Grave: Emerson Robert Jackson
Crime Library: Dead Kilgore, Florida Death Row
As Jurors are Being Selected, Inmate Admits Killing Another
Suspect’s prison-lover murder trial begins
Judge: Killer can change his plea
Man’s life on line again
Prison killer to get death
3from Polk have gone to Florida’s electric chair; 12 remain o Death Row
Dean Kilgore v State of Florida 1997 [conviction and sentence affirmed]
Dean Kilgore v Walter McNeil 2010 [habeas corpus denied]
Dean Kilgore v Attorney General of Florida 2015 [conviction and sentence affirmed]
Murderpedia: Dean Kilgore
Death Row: Dean Kilgore – Florida


DC Number: 029315
Birth Date: 10/16/1950
Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: DECEASED

Monsters Among Us: 5 people, yes 5, plotted, strangled and then dumped Robbie Schmidt’s body in a parking lot

Fourth suspect charged in 1989 killing
‘Santa’ robber convicted of planning 1989 murder
Judge sentences man to 60 years in prison
“Santa robber” gets 60 years in slaying of cohort
The Case of Jeffrey R. Stenner
Killers’ accomplice pleads guilty
Man gets 25 years for role in murder
Conn. court upholds ‘Santa Claus’ murder rap
State of Connecticut v Scott Cancel 2005
Jeffrey Stenner #211860 v Warden 2011
(conviction and sentence affirmed)
Scott Cancel v State of Connecticut 2011

Jeffrey Stenner – convicted, sentenced to 60 years in prison
Scott Cancel – convicted, sentenced to 60 years in prison
Gilberto Delgado – convicted, sentenced to 25 years in prison
Salvatore Zampi – pled guilty, sentenced to 7 years in prison, suspended, released
John Grzeszczyk – convicted, sentenced to 25 years in prison – it appears he has been released?


Inmate Number: 211860
Date of Birth: 5/7/1952
Latest Admission Date: 8/23/2001
Bond Amount: 0
Date of Sentence: 2/23/2004
Maximum Sentence: 60 Year(s) 0 Month(s) 0 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: 3/5/2053
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: Not Applicable
Detainer: NONE


Inmate Number: 207126
Date of Birth: 5/8/1965
Latest Admission Date: 8/14/2001
Current Location: GARNER
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: MURDER AF
Date of Sentence: 7/30/2002
Maximum Sentence: 60 Year(s) 0 Month(s) 0 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: 9/17/2052
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: Not Applicable
Detainer: NONE


Inmate Number: 167752
Date of Birth: 4/23/1971
Latest Admission Date: 6/25/1990
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: MURDER AF
Date of Sentence: 8/19/2004
Maximum Sentence: 25 Year(s) 0 Month(s) 0 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: 10/31/2021
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: Not Applicable
Detainer: NONE


Murder In The Family: Lisa Finkle killed her stepmother, Carole Finkle; Sentenced to 25 years to life in prison; Released 6/2018

Carole Finkle

Stepdaughters charged with bludgeoning woman
Finkle acquitted of cover up in 1989 murder
Lawyer says stress made client kill mom
Sisters kill stepmom for kicking their dog
The State of New York v Lisa Finkle 1993
True-crime show to spotlight 1989 Schodack murder
Schodack crime explored on TV
Twisted Sisters Lisa and Laura Finkle
Carol Finkle death: Lisa Finkle and Laura Finkle today after murder

Twisted Sisters: Daddy’s Girls

Lisa Finkle – convicted, sentenced to 25 years to life, paroled 6/2018
Laura Finkle – acquitted at trial

Laura Finkle


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