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One Murder. Two Victims?

At about 9:45 p.m. on Dec. 4, 1998, a still-unidentified assailant stabbed Yale University Senior Suzanne Jovin 17 times in the head, neck and back. Less than 15 minutes later, police found her near death at the intersection of East Rock and Edgehill roads, a mile from central campus in New Haven, Connecticut. The senior was a well liked and respected member of her class. She was active in volunteering and charitable work. The State of Connecticut and Yale University have offered rewards that together are worth a total of $150,000. Originally, Yale Officials publically identified Suzanne's thesis advisor and at the time Yale Political Science Lecturer, James Van de Velde as a suspect. After years of suspicion, DNA taken from under Suzanne's fingernails failed to match a sample from Van de Velde's, thereby lessening the chance that Van de Velde may have been the murderer. The case has embarassed Yale and the New Haven Police department. Did they focus on the wrong person?

July 2008, Police released a sketch of a person seen running from the area near where Jovin had been found murdered within the time frame of her murder. The person of interest was described as blonde haired white male with chiseled features. He was reportedly wearing dark clothes and had on a loose-fitting green-colored jacket. It is over nine years later and Suzanne's killer still has not been caught. There are no witnesses and little physical evidence. The last time she was sighted was around 9:20 pm that night, what happened the next 25 minutes remains a mystery. NOTE: Some conspiracy theorists have created rumors that Suzanne Jovin was murdered because her senior thesis was about terrorist Osama Bin Laden, however, there is no evidence to suggest any of the such. At that time Bin Laden was already an internationally known figure due to his involvement in attacks on the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998. Noted author and activist Donald Connery has been critical of Law Enforcement's handling of the case and it's main focus on Van de Velde. Witnesses described a brown or tan colored van was sighted near where Suzanne Jovin was last seen alive. If you have any information on this case please contact the New Haven Police Department at 1-866-888-TIPS.

UPDATE December 8. 2012: The New Haven Register reports that several tips in this case point to a Yale Graduate Student who suffered from mental illness. The individual is now deceased from taking his own life.

Massachusett's Most Notorious Cold Case

More than a hundred years later, the brutal hatchet murders of Andrew Borden and his wife Abby Borden in their Fall River home on August 4, 1892. It happened sometime between 10:45 and 11:10 am that morning when Andrews 32 year old daughter when she found her father dead on the couch in a downstairs room. His face and head had been bludgeoned and hacked ten to eleven times. An equally gruesome scene was found upstairs with Abby Borden face first on the floor. The back of her head struck almost twenty times. Within days, Andrews daughter Lizzie is arrested and a trial soon takes place. However, there are several problems. The lack of blood on any clothing by Borden and a murder weapon in question. Borden is acquitted and the murders are never solved. Over the years other theories have pointed at the family maid (Bridget Sullivan) being responsible for the killings. Sullivan is alleged to be the last person to see Lizzie's father and stepmother alive. Others say it was Andrew Borden's older daughter, Emma. The house of the infamous murders is still in existence and is a bed and breakfast that offers tours. For more information about this case visit http://lizzieandrewborden.com/. For information about the bed and breakfast please visit http://lizzie-borden.com/

England's Other Notorious Ripper

The most notorious serial killer never caught is the infamous "Jack the Ripper". Around 1888, five brutal murders were attributed to shadowy and vicious killer who targeted prostitutes. It is quite possible that he may have been responsible for even more. Countless books have been written and suspects are still talked about more than a century later. However, "Jack the Ripper" is not the only "unknown killer" to terrorize Great Britain.

In 1964 to 1965, the London area had six dead women that were murdered and found naked. Scotland Yards theorized that a serial killer was responsible for the six, though some theories point to at least two additional victims found in 1959 and 1963. Much like the famous "Jack the Ripper" killings, the victims were prostitutes. It is likely that the women were killed by strangulation and/or asphyxiation. Thousands of persons of interest were interviewed and only a handful were considered prime suspects. One of them ended up committing suicide. For more information about these cases visit http://www.murderuk.com/serial_jack_the_stripper.html or visit this site http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/unsolved/jack_the_stripper/1_index.html

Famous Mob Hit Never Solved Even Though There are Suspects

New York City is called the Big Apple. For many in the United States, it's known as Mafia Central. The Five families still operate even though they have been weakened through mass arrests and deaths. In the city, one can see the places where many a famous and feared mobster fell victim to violence. Paul Castellano, "Cigar smoking" Carmine Galante, and Joe Columbo are just a few of the fallen. Their cases have been solved and their killers identified. However, it is the assassination of Albert Anastasia that is still a topic of mafia enthusiasts, it has never been solved.

The Italian born Anastasia came to the United States as a teenager and almost immediately began a life of crime. He served prison time for a murder of a co-worker and soon became involved "La Cosa Nostra". He was one of the leaders of Murder Inc., a hit squad comprised of Italian and Jewish American hitmen. It is believed that they may have carried out over 400 homicides, many which were never solved. The few people that ever crossed Anastasia often went missing or were killed. That included mobsters higher up the chain of command. Other mobsters soon grew concerned about Anastasia and his lust for power and violence. It is theorized that some high ranking members of other Mafia families put together a plan to eliminate him.

During the morning of October 25, 1957, he went to a barber shop at the Park Sheraton Hotel in Mid-town Manhattan at 56th Street and 7th Avenue. Anastasia's bodyguard had left him alone in the barbershop. As Anastasia was on the barber chair, two men with scarves on their face barged in and shot at Anastasia. After a brief struggle, the feared mobster was killed. Even fifty years later, suspicion points at several high power mobsters as ordering the hit. Carlo Gambino, Vito Genovese, Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano are some of the persons of interest. It is believed that the gunmen could have been "Crazy" Joe Gallo, a mafioso from Brooklyn or even hitmen from the Patriarca Crime Family which was out of Rhode Island. There is no question why Anastasia was killed or who might have done it. Problem is, there is a long list of suspects.


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