Reading from the Voice Media empire: More than eighteen years after deputy DA Rebecca Bartee’s June 7, 1999 murder, authorities have made an arrest, booking Robert Lee Williams, a seventy-year-old who was still living in the apartment building where the slaying took place. Here’s how they got him. Westword has the story.
Browsing: Cold Cases
When the U.S. Marshals issued an arrest warrant for Anibal Mustelier back in 1995, Mustelier had a thick head of bushy brown hair sprouting atop his head. His face was unblemished, and light stubble gave his face a youthful glow.
After Mustelier, 66, was arrested on Sunday, his latest mugshot shows that his hair has faded to gray, and his goatee has turned shades of salt and pepper. His cheeks have sunken, and wrinkles snake across his forehead.
He had, after all, spent 26 years in hiding, after working as an alleged “contract killer” and hitman for Colombian drug cartels, including Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel. Some even linked Mustelier, also known as “The Ghost,” to Fidel Castro himself.
According to a 2001 Sun-Sentinel report, Mustelier was “feared even by the toughest drug smugglers of Miami’s Cocaine Cowboy days, but at the same time he was an esteemed professional.”
But according to arrest reports obtained by New Times, Hialeah police finally caught the 5’4″ Mustelier after police say he was caught executing a bungled armed robbery on a Hialeah bank.
There’s nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned murder mystery, and when it comes to creepy cold cases, Houston has plenty of ’em to choose from. From the notorious I-45 “Killing Fields” to the grisly, gut-churning “Ice Box Murders,” the Bayou City has been home to some seriously disturbing, and unsolved, murder mysteries.
These are Houston’s five most unsettling — and unsolved — murder mysteries. Time to sleep with the lights on, folks.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Rust, a mountain biking pioneer who’s a member of the sport’s Hall of Fame, disappeared in 2009 after discussing his home had been burglarized. Now, his bones have been found and identified — but there are still more answers than questions about what led to his death. Westword has the story.
Nineteen years ago, a young graduate student studying criminology at the University of North Texas disappeared just after her class toured the Denton Police Department. The student, Kelli Cox, had locked her keys in her car and called her boyfriend to come pick her up. When he arrived, she was gone.
This week, the investigation finally came to a close when forensic experts identified remains found in a field along Highway 288, about 30 miles south of Houston, as belonging to Cox. Cox’s suspected killer, William Reece, had led authorities to the dig site, telling them that this was where he had buried Cox and, nearby, also 17-year-old Jessica Cain in 1997.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Caudill was a fifteen-year-old runaway who was known to have hitched rides with truck drivers. Her body was found by hikers half-a-continent away from home. Her killer has never been caught — and that’s also true in these nine additional and equally tragic cases. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: England’s murder has gone unsolved for more than three decades. But after finding her remains, authorities reopened the case. And now her two kids — one of whom became a police officer after his mom’s disappearance — think rumors of an affair could be at the heart of her violent death. Westword has the story.
A former priest suspected of killing a Texas second-grade teacher in 1960 has been arrested in Scottsdale and officially charged with murder.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Apprehension and Surveillance Team, coordinating with two Texas agencies, the Texas Rangers and the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office, detained John Feit outside his apartment in Scottsdale.
He has been jailed in Arizona pending extradition to Texas, according to an MCSO spokesman.