Steven Alfred Harris (1949-1988)

On August 24, 1988, Steven Alfred Harris, Sr. “was found on Olio Road in Hamilton county near Geist Reservoir, Indiana. The Harris’ had been fishing and someone shot the elder Harris as they were walking back to their car.” This information comes from the website of the Indiana State Police (ISP). I have several problems […]

Vickie Lynn Harrell (1948-1972)

The story of Vickie Lynn Harrell (Aug. 15, 1948 – Aug. 14, 1972) is hardly touched upon online aside from the posting of repeated information. All the more reason to explore as Cold Case of the Month for June 2017. The Case From the Indiana State Police we learn the following: August 12, 1972: Vickie Lynn Harrell […]

Fingerprint Misidentification: State of Indiana v. Lana Canen

Fingerprint Misidentification: State of Indiana v. Lana Canen. Based on a fingerprint misidentification, Lana Canen spent eight years in prison for a murder she did not commit. But now, she has finally been exonerated of Helen Sailor’s 2002 murder. From the Wrongful Convictions Blog: “On Thanksgiving 2002, Helen Sailor, an elderly woman living in Elkhart, Indiana, was […]

R.I.P. Brandon Meredith

Tragedy has struck the family of Brandon Meredith. Very early this morning, Brandon was found dead at his sister’s home. Brandon Meredith was Trisha’s brother whose cold case can be found here on DCC. The cause of Brandon’s death is still unknown and details will follow later. Trisha’s case is not forgotten. During his life, Brandon made […]

Arrest in 1979 murder of Kathy Jo Baker

Richard L. Boswell Jr., a convicted sex offender, has been arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder in a 1979 cold case that was recently reopened by the Indiana State Police. He made his initial appearance this morning in Vigo Superior Court 6 to face the allegation that he abducted and murdered 20-year-old Kathy Jo […]

Guilty Plea in 1980 murder of William Cooke

Guilty Plea in 1980 murder of William Cooke. Dion Watkins(51) plead guilty this morning to voluntary manslaughter charges in the 1980 murder of William Cooke. William Cooke(49) was found stabbed to dead at the Ramada Inn, a Lafayette motel, in July 1980. An ashtray with a cigarette butt was collected at the scene of the crime, but […]