Genealogy solves another cold case

Hello everyone, just a quick post from my phone in case you haven’t heard of this yet.

Young Canadian couple Jay Cook, 20, and Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, were murdered on a trip to Seattle in 1987.

Jay was beaten to death, Tanya was sexually assaulted and shot in the back of the head. DNA was found at the scene of Tanya’s murder.

But there were no leads… Until now. Using the same website as caught the Golden State Killer, GEDmatch, authorities have tracked down the killer.

The murdereder is William Earl Talbot II, now aged 55, making him 25 at the time of the crimes.

Readers what do you think of catching criminals using genealogical websites? It’s important to note that GEDmatch specifically says the information is publicly available. Users upload their data from sites like ancestry.com to this database.

You can read more on this case here https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4671463

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EAR/ONS/GSK Update: They Caught Him

He is the Visalia Ransacker as well and has confessed. His name is Joseph DeAngelo. He is former law enforcement (including during the time of his crimes). After he was fired for stealing dog repellant and a hammer, he relocated and escalated to killing. His quiet periods coincide with the dates of his children’s birth. He was married and has two kids. Unknown if still married. For last 20 years at least he has lived within close proximity to the crime scene. Joseph DeAngelo is a 100% DNA match to GSK and apparently is cooperating with police (including confessing to being the Visalia Ransacker).

BBC article  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43899483 

An amazing day! I’m so glad they caught him and his victims can be at rest. I have to wonder how his family is reacting too right now…

The Valentine’s Day Murders of a Teenage Couple: My Guest Post on CrimeBlogger 1983

 

Hey everyone, in case you missed my Twitter posts, last week I did a guest blog on crimeblogger1983.blogspot.co.uk/

In April 1999, two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 12 of their Columbine High School students and a teacher. Ten months later, tragedy struck the school again when two students were murdered.

A female co-worker passed by the Subway store where Nick Kunselman worked at 12:40am on February 14, 2000. His girlfriend of two years, Stephanie Grizzell, had dropped by to pick him up. The lights were still on after the 10pm closing time. The woman decided to check in on the store because this was highly unusual. She saw a young man walking away from the store, dressed in a red jacket and flared pants.

You can read the rest on the amazing CrimeBlogger1983! Click here to read.

The Tragic Unsolved Murder of Mandy Zani: My Guest Episode on The True Crime Enthusiast Podcast

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(Druid’s Altar; image source)

 

It’s September 30, 1995, and a man takes his two children and dog for a walk at Druid’s Altar, just north west of Bradford, UK. This outcropping of rocks looks upon the Aire Valley on the southern edge of Bingley. They stumble upon a terrible sight.

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The Unsolved Murder of Dana Bradley: A Guest Post from The True Crime Files

Hi, I’m Christine. I’m a true crime researcher, writer, and editor. I run a true crime site called The True Crime Files. My site is dedicated to all things true crime: investigations, reviews, updates, etc. I focus on unsolved murders and disappearances in hopes to reinvigorate interest in the cases. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to write this guest post for Considering Cold Cases. Thanks for reading, and happy holidays!

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Into Thin Air: The Baffling Disappearance of Jason Jolkowski

Jason Jolkowski was a kind-hearted 19-year-old man who lived in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2001, he was a high-school graduate attending Iowa Western Community College part-time while living at home and working at a local restaurant as well as at 89.7 The River, the college’s radio station. Jason had slight learning difficulties relating to speech and language which were not visible but would become apparent if you spoke to him. Jason was said to be of above average intelligence. In 2001, he vanished into thin air in his own neighbourhood within a 30-minute time frame.

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Missing: Sharon Kinne

30-year-old American woman Sharon Kinne was reported missing in Mexico on December 7, 1969. A large search was launched in Mexico City, including transport hubs. Police looked everywhere for Sharon, but by the end of the month they had given up. They had thought that perhaps she had travelled to Guatemala, as she was fluent in Spanish. The authorities admitted that they had run out of leads. Now, almost fifty years later, she is still missing. But that’s not the whole story…

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