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May 24, 2024 at 2:36 PM

'Killer clown' victim's son reflects on 33-year fight for justice

After years of dead ends and long legal battles, Marlene Warren's son said he feels that he is at peace following the plea deal of the "killer clown" of Wellington.
May 24, 2024 at 2:36 PM
Marlene Warren and her son Joe Ahrens seen in an undated family photo.
May 15, 2024 at 8:36 PM

Suspect in 1989 rapes identified by genetic genealogy

Massachusetts authorities are searching for a newly identified suspect in two rapes from 1989.
May 15, 2024 at 8:36 PM
A 1995 photo of Stephen Gale from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
May 15, 2024 at 8:23 PM

Suspect ID’d through genetic genealogy in 1989 rapes: DA

Stephen Paul Gale, 71, is wanted on four counts of aggravated rape, two counts of kidnapping and one count of armed robbery.
May 15, 2024 at 8:23 PM
Stephen Paul Gale, 71, is wanted on four counts of aggravated rape, two counts of kidnapping and one count of armed robbery.
2 months ago

From cold cases to connected: Serial predator linked to 5 attacks

“20/20” explores the multi-decade investigation and conviction of William Lewis Reece, who was linked to multiple murders
2 months ago
The attacks of Laura Smither, Sandra Sapaugh, Kelli Cox, Tiffany Johnston and Jessica Cain in 1997 haunted their Texas and Oklahoma communities until the person responsible was finally brought to justice.
3 months ago

Man arrested in woman's 1986 cold case murder, linked to 2nd murder from 1989

A Virginia man has been arrested in connection with the cold case murder of a 32-year-old woman in 1986.
3 months ago
An undated photo of Jacqueline Lard, 32, who was killed on Nov. 14, 1986.
3 months ago

Police find remains believed to be 16-year-old girl who vanished in 2004

Florida authorities said they believe they've recovered the remains of a 16-year-old girl who mysteriously vanished nearly 20 years ago.
3 months ago
An undated photo of 16-year-old Autumn Lane McClure, who vanished in May 2004.
3 months ago

Arrest made in 2005 ‘Baby Skylar’ cold case

A woman has been arrested in the 18-year-old cold case of a newborn baby that was found dead at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
3 months ago
A woman has been arrested in the 18-year-old cold case of a newborn baby that was found dead at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
4 months ago

New age progression photo released on 20th anniversary of student's disappearance

A new age progression photo has been released of Massachusetts college student Maura Murray to try to prompt new leads on the 20th anniversary of her disappearance.
4 months ago
This photograph, released by the New Hampshire Department of Justice on Feb. 8, 2024, represents an FBI analysis and projection of what Maura Murray might look like in 2024.
4 months ago

Tupac murder suspect's jailhouse call audio comes out

On an audio recording of a phone call, suspect Duane Davis and his son can be heard discussing what prosecutors allege was a plot to harm their cooperating witnesses.
4 months ago
In this Nov. 7, 2023 file photo Duane Keith "Keffe D" Davis looks on as he appears in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.
5 months ago

Dad, stepmom arrested nearly 35 years after murder of 5-year-old son

A father and stepmother have been arrested for the murder of their 5-year-old son who was found dead more than 30 years ago in South Carolina.
5 months ago
Victor Lee Turner and Megan Turner were arrested from a cold case dating back to 1989 of the murder of 5-year-old Justin Lee Turner.
5 months ago

Father, stepmother arrested for son’s 1989 murder

Victor Lee Turner and Megan Turner have been charged in the death of their 5-year-old son, Justin Turner.
5 months ago
Victor Lee Turner and Megan Turner have been charged in the death of their 5-year-old son, Justin Turner.
5 months ago

Officials ask for help identifying victim of 'Happy Face Killer'

More than three decades after she was murdered, police and prosecutors in Riverside, California, are hoping the public can help them identify the unknown victim.
5 months ago
The Riverside County DA has put together renderings of the woman produced by Parabon based on forensic genealogy.
5 months ago

Body discovered in Kentucky lake identified 24 years later as FBI fugitive

State police announced that after more than two decades of investigating they have positively identified the body that was found in Lake Barkley.
5 months ago
Kentucky State Police positively identified remains found nearly 25 years ago as Roger Dale Parham.

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6 months ago

Teen likely killed by serial killer finally identified decades later

The suspected victim of a convicted serial killer on death row has been identified nearly 50 years after his body was found near a California trail, authorities said.
6 months ago
Michael Ray Schlicht is seen in this undated photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
6 months ago

Suspected killer identified in college student’s murder 36 years later

Cathy Sposito, a 23-year-old college student, was brutally murdered while hiking on a trail in central Arizona and authorities have now identified her suspected killer.
6 months ago
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office released this undated photo of Cathy Sposito.
8 months ago

The long quest for answers after Jacob Wetterling's abduction 34 years ago

Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped at gunpoint a half-mile from his St. Joseph home just after 9 p.m. on Oct. 22, 1989, and was never seen alive again.
8 months ago
Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped by a masked man while riding his bike on the evening of Oct. 22, 1989.
8 months ago

Arrest made in 1983 murder of woman beaten to death

A man has been arrested for the murder of a woman who was beaten to death in 1983 in Northern California.
8 months ago
An undated photo of Noelle Russo who was killed in June 1983.
8 months ago

Pennsylvania mummy known as 'Stoneman Willie' identified after 128 years of mystery

After more than a century of being kept at a Reading, Pennsylvania, funeral home, a corpse that was mummified has been identified, according to the funeral home.
8 months ago
The body of "Stoneman Willie", a jailed thief that died in a Pennsylvania prison in 1895 and was accidentally mummified by undertakers, lies on display at the local funeral home that has been his resting place for 128 years in Reading, Penn., Oct. 1, 2023.
8 months ago

Mummified man set to be buried after 128 years

The man, who died of kidney failure in a Reading, Pennsylvania, jail, was accidentally mummified by a mortician in 1895.
8 months ago
The man, who died of kidney failure in a Reading, Pennsylvania, jail, was accidentally mummified by a mortician in 1895.
8 months ago

Boyfriend of missing mother arrested in connection with her 2015 disappearance

The boyfriend of Crystal Rogers, a Kentucky mother of five who vanished in 2015, was arrested in connection with her disappearance, state and federal authorities said.
8 months ago
The booking photo for Brooks Houck.
8 months ago

Man charged in 2 cold case murders after DNA links him to scenes

A Kansas man has been charged in the cold case murders of two women from the 1990s, authorities said.
8 months ago
A booking photo of Gary Dion Davis, Sr. is shown.
8 months ago

Suspect arrested in 2 Kansas cold cases

Gary Davis has been charged in the deaths of two women dating back to 1996 and 1998.
8 months ago
Gary Davis has been charged in the deaths of two women dating back to 1996 and 1998.
8 months ago

New ‘20/20’ reports on case of missing Arizona teen, two decades later

A new “ABC 20/20" builds on original ABC News reporting from when Alissa Turney disappeared in 2001.
8 months ago
VIDEO: New ‘20/20’ reports on case of missing Arizona teen, two decades later
8 months ago

What happened to Alissa Turney, Arizona teen who disappeared in 2001?

Alissa Turney was believed to be another teen runaway. A killer's false confession led authorities to take a closer look.
8 months ago
Alissa Turney is shown in a photo released by the Phoenix Police Department from around the time she disappeared in 2001.
9 months ago

Man confesses to 1994 cold case murder: Police

Stephan Smerk was arrested in the 1994 stabbing death of Robin Lawrence in Springfield, Virginia.
9 months ago
Stephan Smerk was arrested in the 1994 stabbing death of Robin Lawrence in Springfield, Virginia.
9 months ago

Suspected killer identified in 1987 cold case murder of woman on hiking trail

On June 13, 1987, Cathy Sposito, a 23-year-old college student, was brutally murdered while hiking on a trail in central Arizona.
9 months ago
On June 13, 1987, Cathy Sposito, a 23-year-old college student, was brutally murdered while hiking on a trail in central Arizona.
10 months ago

Suspect charged in 1993 Florida cold case abduction and murder

Jennifer Odom, 12, disappeared after getting off a school bus on Feb. 19, 1993.
10 months ago
Jennifer Odom, 12, disappeared after getting off a school bus on Feb. 19, 1993.
10 months ago

Former reverend arrested for murder of 8-year-old girl nearly 50 years later

An 83-year-old former reverend has been arrested for allegedly killing an 8-year-old girl in 1975 while she was on her way to his Bible camp in Pennsylvania.
10 months ago
An undated photo of 8-year-old Gretchen Harrington who was killed on Aug. 15, 1975.
10 months ago

Cold case murder solved after 42 years through genetic genealogy, officials say

A four-decade-old cold case murder has been solved with the help of genetic genealogy technology, New Hampshire officials announced on Thursday.
10 months ago
A four-decade-old cold case murder has been solved with the help of genetic genealogy technology, New Hampshire officials announced on Thursday.
10 months ago

Cold case murder solved after 42 years through genetic genealogy, officials say

A four-decade-old cold case murder has been solved with the help of genetic genealogy technology, New Hampshire officials announced on Thursday.
10 months ago
An undated photo of Laura Kempton, provided by the New Hampshire Attorney General's office.
1 year ago

Natalee Holloway family spokesperson discusses Joran van der Sloot's extradition

Holloway family spokesperson George Seymore discusses a new development in the case of Natalee Holloway, a teen who went missing in 2005.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Natalee Holloway family spokesperson discusses Joran van der Sloot's extradition
1 year ago

Murder suspect caught after nearly 40 years on the run

Donald Santini was arrested in California for the murder of Cynthia Wood nearly 40 years ago.
1 year ago
Donald Santini in a photo released by police.
1 year ago

Natalee Holloway suspect loses appeal, will be extradited Thursday

Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, lost an appeal and will be extradited.
1 year ago
In this June 4, 2010, file photo, Joran van der Sloot is escorted by police after being handed over by Chilean authorities at the border between both countries in Tacna, 1,250 kilometers south of Lima, Peru.
1 year ago

Texas suspect eyed in up to 10 cold cases

A man who turned himself into police for the murder of his roommate is now suspected of being a serial killer, police said.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Texas suspect eyed in up to 10 cold cases
1 year ago

Breaks in cold cases

Police in Florida say they’ve uncovered the identity of a woman murdered 53 years ago, as well as the shooter in another cold case. ABC News’ Lionel Moise reports.
1 year ago
VIDEO:  Breaks in cold cases
1 year ago

53 years after woman's body was found in trunk, police identify 'trunk lady'

The woman has been identified as Sylvia June Atherton, 41, of Tucson, Arizona.
1 year ago
Undated photographs of Sylvia June Atherton are displayed during a press conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., on May 30, 2023.
1 year ago

Suspect in Natalee Holloway's disappearance faces extradition to US

Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot is facing extradition from Peru to the United States over his alleged extortion of Natalee Holloway's family after her disappearance.
1 year ago
In this file photo, Joran van der Sloot sits in the courtroom before his sentencing at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, Jan. 13, 2012.
1 year ago

Killer clown case ends with plea deal

Sheila Keen Warren, 59, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a Palm Beach County court on Tuesday as part of a plea deal reached weeks before her trial was set to begin.
1 year ago
Sheila Keen Warren, 59, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a Palm Beach County court on Tuesday as part of a plea deal reached weeks before her trial was set to begin.
1 year ago

Woman pleads guilty in Florida's 1990 killer clown case

Sheila Keen Warren pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Marlene Warren in 1990.
1 year ago
Sheila Keen Warren enters court before pleading guilty to the 1990 Wellington "clown" murder of Marlene Warren, April 25, 2023, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
1 year ago

'Infatuated' ex-boyfriend arrested in 20-year-old's 2003 murder

A New York man has been arrested for the March 14, 2003, killing of his ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Megan McDonald, according to authorities.
1 year ago
Arrest made in 2003 murder of 20-year-old college student,Megan McDonald, daughter of NYPD detective.
1 year ago

Florida man ordered back to prison for 1989 murder

Crosley Green, 65, surrendered himself back to corrections officers on April 17.
1 year ago
Crosley Green, 65, must report back to prison by April 17 for the carjacking murder of Charles “Chip” Flynn.
1 year ago

Husband sentenced to life in prison in wife's 13-year cold case murder

A Minnesota man was sentenced for killing his wife in 2010 over the couple's debt, which he kept from her.
1 year ago
Nicholas Firkus will appear in Ramsey County court Thursday afternoon for his sentencing hearing almost 13 years to the day of his wife's murder.
1 year ago

Wife helps investigators catch husband in cold case murder of 1st spouse

"20/20" explores the 13-year investigation into Heidi Firkus' murder, including an exclusive interview with the suspect's ex-wife who helped investigators.
1 year ago
Rachel Firkus speaks with "20/20's" Deborah Roberts about her ex-husband's murder conviction.
1 year ago

Fiancé arrested in woman’s cold case murder

John Allen Carter, 35, was booked in the Butler County Jail in Hamilton, Ohio, Wednesday for the murder of his then-fiancé Katelyn Markham.
1 year ago
John Allen Carter, 35, was booked in the Butler County Jail in Hamilton, Ohio, Wednesday for the murder of his then-fiancé Katelyn Markham.
1 year ago

Katelyn Markham's fiance arrested for her murder more than a decade later

More than a decade after Katelyn Markham disappeared, her then-fiance John Carter has been arrested in connection with her death.
1 year ago
John Allen Carter was arrested on March 22, 2023, in connection with the 2011 death of his then-fiancee Katelyn Markham, in Ohio.
1 year ago

Mom of missing postal worker wants FBI's help: 'I'm never gonna stop looking'

Family is pushing for answers in the unsolved disappearance of postal worker Kierra Coles, who has been missing since 2018.
1 year ago
Kierra Coles in an undated photo.
1 year ago

'Granby Girl,' who was found shot dead in 1978, is finally ID'd

A young woman whose remains were found in the woods in Granby, Massachusetts, in 1978 and known for decades only as "Granby Girl" has finally been identified.
1 year ago
A photo of Patricia Ann Tucker, whose remains were found in the woods in Granby, Mass., in 1978 and known for decades only as "Granby Girl" has been identified.
1 year ago

Mom continues search for daughter who went missing 25 years ago

Suzanne Lyall, 19, vanished on March 2, 1998, after exiting a bus near her college campus in Albany, New York.
1 year ago
Suzanne Lyall, 19, vanished on March 2, 1998, after exiting a bus near her college campus in Albany, New York.
1 year ago

Cold case murder solved after 12 years thanks to a sweet potato

Twelve years after a shooting death on Cape Cod, the alleged killer was caught thanks to a root vegetable used in the commission of the crime, according to prosecutors.
1 year ago
Devarus Hampton appeared in court Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, accused of the murder of Todd Lampley in Hyannis, Mass., in 2011. He pleaded not guilty.
1 year ago

Sweet potato helps solve cold case murder

Devarus Hampton, 40, was arrested Friday in Massachusetts and was arraigned Monday -- exactly 12 years after the crime.
1 year ago
Devarus Hampton, 40, was arrested Friday in Massachusetts and was arraigned Monday -- exactly 12 years after the crime.