In May 2010, a 911 call from a 24-year-old escort, Shannan Gilbert, sparked a gruesome discovery: a possible serial killer was haunting the Long Island community.
Gilbert had vanished after visiting a high-end client, and her 23-minute-long 911 call led police to assume foul play. But while searching for Gilbert, police instead discovered the bodies of four other sex workers buried in the sand on Jones Beach Island. Gilbert’s remains were found in December in 2011, in addition to several other bodies — there’s thought to be 10 victims so far.
The killer has been dubbed several names, including the “Long Island Serial Killer,” the “Gilgo Beach Killer,” and the “Craiglist Ripper.” This shadowy killer, who has yet to be caught, is the inspiration for author Cristina Alger’s new novel “Girls Like Us.”
The book takes a fictionalized look at the murders through the character Nell Flynn, an FBI agent and
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The East Coast vs. West Coast rap feud is on. In episode 6 of UNSOLVED: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., the battle lines have been drawn between Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. The episode opens with the 1995 Source Awards in which Marion “Suge” Knight of Death Row Records famously fired shots at rival Bad Boy Records: “Come to Death Row!”
What we know so far: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Detectives Greg Kading (played by Josh Duhamel) and Russell Poole (played by Jimmi Simpson) have questioned suspects and gone down various rabbit holes. With the series more than halfway done, it seems that we should be getting closer to a resolution in the murders of Tupac and Biggie.
Random observation: Can people change? Kading’s team has a mantra: “Once a dope dealer, always a dope dealer.”
Here’s what we know after episode 6:
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Chandra Levy was an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C. She was an ambitious 24-year-old woman who was working towards a promising career with the FBI. With an undergraduate degree in journalism under her belt, she had moved to Washington D.C. for her internship, part of her master’s program in public administration.
In May 2001, the motivated young woman went missing. In August 2001, A jailhouse informant told police that Ingmar Guandique, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, admitted to killing Levy. It would take nearly a decade for this alleged confession to resurface.
A year after Levy disappeared, a man walking his dog made a grim discovery: Levy’s skeletal remains in a steep embankment of Rock Creek Park in May 2002. Jogging pants with knots tied at their bottoms were found on her body which led police to believe that there was foul play, according to Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/chandra-levy-who-killed-chandra/crime-time/chandra-levys-unsolved-murder-remains-a-mystery
Robert Blake kicked off his impressive acting career as a child, starring in “Our Gang.” As an adult, he starred in movies like “In Cold Blood” and “Town Without Pity.” Decades later, he was arrested for murder.
In 2001, Blake’s second wife Bonnie Lee Bakley was murdered. After the couple dined in an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, Bakley got into their car. Blake claimed he ran back to the restaurant to pick up a gun he left behind. When he returned to the car, according to Blake, he found his wife shot to death. The gun that Blake picked up at the restaurant was not the same gun used to kill his wife.
Prosecutors accused him of being the mastermind of her death, claiming he wanted out of their marriage, according to ABC News. He pleaded not guilty and was acquitted of her murder in 2005.
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“Cold Justice” has a new policewoman on the case. The series documenting cold cases is bringing a 26-year veteran from the Toledo Police Department, Tonya Rider, onto the show to help solve cold cases.
As the Toledo Blade shares, Rider joins former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and a rotating team of former and current law-enforcement officials who investigate murders and disappearances that have gone cold due to lack of resources and manpower.
“I knew I wanted to do it,” shares Rider about the opportunity after meeting Siegler.
“We’re literally coming into town, putting our bags down, getting a good night’s sleep, and working the entire time, 12-14 hours days, for the entire time we’re there,” she explains of the investigative process on the show.
The cast has about eight to 10 days in each location to investigate and provide a theory of what happened. “It’s just getting the lay of the land within that short period of
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A new season of Cold Justice premieres on Oxygen at 8/7c on July 22nd. Cold cases are crimes that are no longer being investigated. For the families, these cases can be especially heartbreaking and difficult, giving no sense of closure. Cold cases affect everyone. These five celebrities have first-hand experience with unsolved murder cases in their family.
“I don’t have a lot of memories of my father,” Sean “Diddy” Combs says. The hip-hop mogul’s father, Melvin Combs, was gunned down when he was just three. Melvin was reportedly a big time dealer with alleged ties to a large heroin ring in New York. Diddy doesn’t often speak about his father but opened up to Revolt in 2013. “My father was a hustler…I learned early in life that there’s two ways out of that: dead or in jail.” Diddy says that his ambition and drive came from his father. “We still have their DNA
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