A haunting ransom call released 45 years after Margaret Ellen Fox's disappearance.The FBI and local police in Burlington City, NJ hope it could help crack this decades old case.She was just 14 years old when she vanished on the way to a babysitting job on June 24, 1974. What happened to Margaret?
A major UPDATE to a case featured on The Tape Room.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ordered new trials for Ralph "Ricky" Birch and Shawn Henning , the two men convicted more than three decades ago in the stabbing and beating death of a 65-year-old man.
The felony murder convictions in the Dec. 1, 1985, slaying of Everett Carr were based in part on false testimony about bloodstains on a towel that later were proven not to be blood, the court ruled.
In throwing out the convictions, the Supreme Court was heavily critical of state prosecutors and world famous forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee.
Dr. Lee's false testimony helped put the men in prison nearly 30 years ago.
In 1930, New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Crater had it all. A position of influence and plenty of power. Then,one night, he vanished and was never seen again. At the time it was one of the biggest missing persons investigations in NYC history. It is now one of the oldest Cold Cases.The Tape Room takes a closer look with the help of New York Post Crime Reporter Larry Celona at this case and the strange letter that led detectives in the early 2000’s to re-open the investigation with a hunch Crater, might be buried beneath the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
Manhattan, 1990. It was different back then. Crime was more prevalent. There were more than 2,000 people killed in NYC that year. Much of it related to the crack epidemic. Still, the box at the corner of west end avenue in the Upper West side didn't seem out of place. The crate was well constructed. The dimensions and even the sanding showed top notch craftsmanship. After a day or so neighbors started to wonder though. A sanitation crew tried to lift it, but it was too heavy. Finally they opened it. Inside, they found the body of Marcia Brushingham. It turns out her killer is someone she knew very well.
The Tape Room speaks with Thomas Hyland, former NYPD Homicide Detective and current John Jay College professor.
From our first podcast episode;Sarah Fox, 21, vanished after going out for a run in upper Manhattan in May of 2004. A few days later her body was found inside Inwood Hill Park. Her murder has never been solved and some investigators describe this case as one the City's most unusual crimes in recent history. In this episode Dan Bowens talks with a friend of Sarah Fox who wishes to remain anonymous because the killer has yet to be found. This is the extended phone interview. A portion of this interview was used for TV special which will soon be available on our youtube page www.youtube.com/fox5ny
In 1985 a senior citizen was killed inside his home in New Milford, Connecticut. It was a brutal crime that shocked this suburb.Two men eventually convicted of murder have maintained their innocence for 30 years. Now the Connecticut State Supreme Court is taking a second look at the case. There are serious questions about decades old testimony from a world famous criminologist.
It happened in December way back in 1985. A 65 year old man named Everett Carr murdered. A burglary gone wrong police said. Police zeroed in on two local teenagers Sean Henning and Ricky Birch who were eventually convicted of the murder. The testimony from Forensic Expert, Henry Lee, helping to put them away. But did they do it? Ricky Birch incarcerated at the Osborn Correctional Institution sent a letter to Dan Bowens at Fox 5\. Here is a portion of our interview with Ricky Birch.
Thousands of men and women have passed away without anyone being able to identify them. They are known now only as John and Jane Doe in the national cold case database of unidentified person.
Dan Bowens talks with Rebekah Turner creator of [theunidentified.org](https://www.theunidentified.org/) a website dedicated to cold cases to identify those who have passed by accident or by the hand of another.
She was someone’s daughter, sister, friend. Whoever she was… … she wasn’t supposed to be here.
If you have any information regarding this case:
Mount Vernon Police Dept Detective Chris DiMase / 914-668-6841
Or Anyone with a cell phone may send an anonymous tip to us by texting MVPD and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411)
Jamal Gaines was killed defending his dream. Jamal had a love for sneakers and he turned that passion into his own store. His shop in Rahway, NJ had some of the rarest and most popular sneakers on the market and people came from all over the world to have a look. Two years after his death, the case remains unsolved. In this episode ( Sneaker head Part Two ) Dan Bowens speaks with friends and family about the night Jamal"Mally"Gaines lost his life.