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The Suitcase Murder

The Suitcase Murder

September 30, 2019

It is one of the most sensational cases in New Jersey history. A suburban mom Convicted of drugging, shooting, dismembering and then stuffing her husbands remains into suitcases &tossing them into Chesapeake Bay. New podcast , Direct Appeal , examines the case of so called SuitCase Killer, Melanie McGuire. The Tape Room takes a closer look with the hosts of that podcast.

The disappearance of Jennifer Dulos

The disappearance of Jennifer Dulos

September 20, 2019

Jennifer Dulos has been missing for months.  The 50-year-old New Canaan woman was last seen dropping her children off at school last Friday morning.

When she wasn't heard from for more than 10 hours, friends alerted police.  Her car was later found near a nearby park.

 Investigators have focused their attention on her estranged husband.

The Deal Family Murder

The Deal Family Murder

August 23, 2019

When troopers arrived, they discovered the bodies of Gary Deal, his wife Joan Deal, both 26, and their 3-year-year old son, Jason inside their home. Gary Deal was found lying on the floor near the front door. He was shot in the head multiple times and his throat was cut. Joan’s naked body was discovered on their bedroom floor. She was also shot in the head multiple times and had her throat cut. Jason was found lying on his bed in his pajamas. More than 40 years later, NJ State Police hope new DNA technology can solve the case. The Tape Room speaks to Detective Mario Nocito, of the New Jersey State Police Homicide South Unit.Anyone with information is urged to call 609-561-1800 extension 3354. Anonymous leads are also welcome.

The Missing: What Happened to Margaret Ellen Fox?

The Missing: What Happened to Margaret Ellen Fox?

June 26, 2019

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?

Convictions Overturned: New Milford Murder

Convictions Overturned: New Milford Murder

June 18, 2019

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.

Tape Room Episode 15: The Missingest Man In New York

Tape Room Episode 15: The Missingest Man In New York

May 31, 2019

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.

Woman in a Box: The Brushingham Murder

Woman in a Box: The Brushingham Murder

April 16, 2019

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.

13. Remembering Sarah Fox: extended interview

13. Remembering Sarah Fox: extended interview

February 21, 2019

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

Wrongfully Convicted?

Wrongfully Convicted?

January 14, 2019

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.

11: Tape Room Extra: The Ralph”Ricky”Birch Interview

11: Tape Room Extra: The Ralph”Ricky”Birch Interview

January 2, 2019

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.