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‘Beth Doe’ finally has a name.

Evelyn Colon via Pennsylvania State Police

The body that had been known as ‘Beth Doe’ was finally identified by familial DNA, over four decades after her murder. Evelyn Colon was just fifteen when she went missing in December 1976, and she was nine months pregnant with her first child.

Evelyn and her boyfriend Luis Sierra left her family home after an argument, and once tempers had subsided, her mother went to their home to see how she was. Instead of finding her daughter and Luis, she was met by a neighbour who told her that the couple had moved out.

Weeks later, the Colons received a…


Photo by MARCIN CZERNIAWSKI on Unsplash

It’s been a busy time at TTCE headquarters, and if your month was anything like mine, I’m sure you missed a few poignant stories, too. Here’s what may have passed you by.

Who Killed Tammy Zywicki? — The 21-year-old college student’s family lives in hope that her 1992 murder will be solved. Read more. Article by Verity Partington.

How A Rolex Busted Canada’s Most Wanted Criminal — Albert Walker’s journey from financial fraudster to murderer. Read more. Article by The Maverick Files.

Two 12-Year-Old Girls Stabbed Their Friend in the Name of ‘Slenderman’ — An urban myth came true when…


The land of fire and ice has changed historic rules in the name of modernisation.

Photo by Ludovic Charlet on Unsplash

In an age where not everyone associates with the traditional male and female gender types, it’s increasingly important for governments to adapt to their changing communities, and Iceland has done just that.

If you’ve ever met a native from Iceland, you’ll likely be aware of the strict naming techniques throughout the country. Families generally use patronymic or matronymic surnames, with the children of a couple either adopting the father or mother’s name with the suffix of ‘-son’ for men and ‘-dóttir’ for women, meaning ‘son’ and ‘daughter’.

Björk’s full name is Björk Guðmundsdóttir, showing she is the daughter of Guðmundur…


Dennis DePue evaded police for nearly a year before he was finally stopped.

Dennis DePue via reallifevillains.org

On the 15th of April 1990, Ray and Marie Thornton were driving along quiet Snow Perry Road in Coldwater, Michigan. As they drove, they played a game they’d made up, trying to make words and phrases out of the number plates that passed them.

As the green 1984 Chevrolet truck passed them at high speed, Marie won that round of the game. The GZ on the plate made her exclaim, “Geez, he must be in a hurry”.

The couple continued on their amble, and it wasn’t long until they passed an old schoolhouse, and saw a man trying to dispose…


In 2013, a rich boy and his friend committed the worst crime, but it wasn’t their first foray into murder.

Dellen Millard via BBC / court exhibit

Sharlene Bosma paced the living room of the home she shared with her husband and daughter in the town of Ancaster in Hamilton, Ontario. Tim had been gone over an hour and her panic was beginning to rise. He’d taken two men out in the Dodge Ram truck they were trying to sell via an online advert, and the trio still hadn’t returned from the test drive.

The whole situation was strange. The pair had told Sharlene they’d been dropped off by a friend but there was no sign of the friend’s car. …


Women on Waves sail the seas to perform terminations in countries where the practice is illegal.

Photo by Ava Sol on Unsplash

The topic of abortion is and will always be a contentious subject. Some believe it’s a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body, and others are opposed to the idea of ending a life, no matter how young that life is.

Over 25 countries across the globe have laws against abortion, whatever the circumstance. 37 countries agree that if the mother’s life is at risk from continuing with the pregnancy, it may terminated, so in case of rape or incest the woman has no options. …


An open letter of encouragement.

Photo by mari yer on Unsplash

To the owner of the black cat who sits in my garden,
ever wondered what happens to cat poo, when it’s left to harden?

It sits in the hot sun, and my children want to investigate,
‘why is it white?’ they ask. It’s going to ruin the flower bed at this rate.

On Tuesday, I came home and there were paw prints between my carnations,
your cat is a menace — he’s devastated the foundations.

So, when I tape this flyer to the lamppost, once again,
I wonder if you’re aware that your cat is now a mother hen.

She…


One rule for them, another for us.

The phrase “too rich to jail” is being bandied around more these days, since white-collar crime numbers have begun to rise. According to The New Republic, there’s not been a better time to take up a career in fraud and corruption. Numerous celebrities and affluent members of society have got away with some serious and stupid crimes over the years and have received very little punishment.

Felicity Huffman

Best known for her role in Desperate Housewives, Huffman was charged by the FBI and Attorney’s Office for her involvement in the college entrance exam scandal. …


April Tinsley was abducted and murdered but her case went cold. Three decades later, justice was served.

April Tinsley via Wikipedia

Easter 1988 in Fort Wayne, Indiana was stormy and wet weather was forecast over the weekend. 8-year-old April Tinsley was playing outside with her friends when spots of rain began to fall. She’d left her umbrella at her friend’s house, just around the corner from her own home, and hurried to collect it before the rain got worse. Her friends continued to play but April never returned.

Dinner time came and when April didn’t arrive home to eat, her mother Janet began to worry. She went outside to speak to April’s friends, but they hadn’t seen her in a while…


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The Greeley murder was made a priority by a dedicated cold case detective.

Kay Day via Weld County Sheriff’s Office

“For more than 41 years, Kay’s family and friends and the rest of Weld County community have been waiting for the killer to be brought to justice. I am pleased to announce we took a significant step in that direction earlier this week.” — Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams at the press conference.

29-year-old Evelyn Kay Day worked at Aims community college in the business lab division. …

Josie Klakström

Josie is a freelance journalist who writes about true crime, lifestyle and marketing.

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