Gerard Homer Soules (Aug 3, 1936 – June 4, 1992)

Gerard Homer Soules (Aug 3, 1936 – June 4, 1992) was a famous trapeze artist with Ringling Bros. He performed in the center ring for five years. His last performance was for Queen Elizabeth. His signature move was a forward somersault off the trapeze catching the bar again with his heels. Soules never missed until […]

The Ethics of Forensic Genealogy

Introduction Lately, we have seen numerous cases that were unsolved for decades, where the use of forensic genealogy provided authorities with answers. Checking people’s family trees based on characteristics from the DNA sample on file has given us a string of cases where a suspect has now been identified. The media started to pick up […]

Deborah Ann Danhaus (Oct 4, 1952 – Aug 1971)  

We do not know exactly when in August 1971 Deborah Ann Danhaus (18) from Amboy, Illinois was murdered. We do not know why either. All we know is that the case went cold fast. Should any evidence still be in storage, hopefully properly preserved, they should be re-examined with modern technology. When I searched for […]

Christine Ann Diefenbach (May 15, 1973 – Feb 7, 1988)

Christine Ann Diefenbach (May 15, 1973 – Feb 7, 1988) is the Case of the Month for February 2019. Her murder remains unsolved. Introduction It has been 31 years since Christine Ann Diefenbach (14) was murdered in Richmond Hill, Queens County, New York. Christine was a shy, artistic ninth-grader at Intermediate School 217 in Queens County. […]

Sandra Kay Ross (Feb 6, 1952 – missing Jan 8, 1984)

On January 8, 1984 Sandra Kay Ross disappeared from Apex, Wake County, North Carolina. She was 31 years old and the mother of a young daughter. Her case was entered into the NamUs database on July 15, 2009 (#MP2482 link below). There is very little information online about Sandra’s case except for some repeated content. […]

Arrest in 1979 murder of Michelle Martinko

Michelle Martinko was found dead on Dec. 20, 1979. She was repeatedly stabbed most notably in her face and chest. Police discovered her body in the family Buick in the parking lot of the Westdale Mall, Cedar rapids, Iowa. Police said there was no sign of a sexual assault, but she had wounds that indicated […]

Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I

Albino Luciani, known as smiling Pope John Paul I, died on Sept 28, 1978 after a papal reign of only 33 days. He was 65 years old. Lack of clarity The death of Albino Luciani (Oct 17, 1912 – Sept 28, 1978) has long been one of speculation, intrigue, conspiracy, and wild accusations involving the […]

Herman Edward Wilhelm Luhrsen

One of my readers mentioned the unsolved case of Herman Edward Wilhelm Luhrsen (Dec 4, 1886 – Feb 14, 1937). He said it was strange, with multiple angles, and without a good web presence. He kindly summarized the case for me in an email. I got curious and tried to find more articles in the public […]