Browsing: Cold Cases

vanessa.bennett.alex.ewingBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Law enforcement agencies have confirmed that Alex Christopher Ewing, a 57-year-old prisoner in Nevada, where he’s serving time for brutally beating a couple with an ax handle, has been named in arrest warrants related to the 1984 hammer killings of Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett and the severe wounding of Vanessa Bennett, then age three, as well as the murder of fifty-year-old Patricia Louise Smith six days earlier. Westword has the story.

bennett.familyBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A news conference has been scheduled to discuss new developments in an incredibly tragic homicide cases: the  1984 hammer murders of parents Bruce and Debra Bennett and seven-year-old daughter Melissa, as well as horrific injuries sustained by the Bennetts’ three-year-old, Vanessa, who survived. But while the investigation is said to have reached a “critical stage,” law enforcers have issued a warning to the media about information from anything other than official sources after a local TV station reported that a person imprisoned out of state had been identified as a possible suspect. Westword has the story.

anibal_mustelierMiami-Dade County Department of Corrections

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.

iceboxmurdersThere’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.

screen_shot_2016-04-11_at_4.54.59_pmKPRC

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.

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