Browsing: Cold Cases


When Gloria Hampton walked into Charles McCully’s office in the summer of 2010 with a story stranger than fiction, the sergeant was suspicious. “I saw my father kill my mother when I was 4 years old,” she said. “He put her body into an army-green bag.” McCully was still skeptical. But after Gloria left, he cracked open musty boxes of cold-case files. He flipped through yellowing photographs and police reports for hours before pulling out a thin binder that hadn’t been touched in years. It was the unsolved murder from April 4, 1985. And inside was a photo of a woman’s body in an army-green bag. Miami New Times has the story.

At first, the murder-suicide last month in the Florida Keys seemed like a typically tragic end-of-life drama: An 80-year-old man killed his ailing wife, his cat and then himself. But long lives that end violently have a strange way of unearthing old secrets. And this old man had a whopper: For thirty years, he’d hidden out in the Keys after staging his own death in Wisconsin, where he’d once been a prominent plastic surgeon — at least until the patients he’d mangled started coming after him. Miami New Times has the story

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