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5 minutes ago, azshadowwalker said:

It could also be that the defense could argue that Tim chose to live that way, that it was an accident, that someone else came into the house and did it, etc. Getting the plea put it all to rest. 

Yes, all of that, too! Such a shame, because it's pretty obvious what really happened, but from a legal perspective I totally understand why they had to play it safe at that point.

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I just watched the SU TARASKIEWICZ case, the 24 year old woman was the second woman to ever work for Northwest Airlines as a ground service employee. She worked her way up from cleaning the interiors of jets. After three years, she was promoted to ramp supervisor, the first woman to ever hold that position.She was murdered and put into to her trunk. 

What kills me is that she left the night dhe wad murdered to get sandwiches for her employees and doesn't come back. She is missing for a day and a half until she is reported missing. 

I can't believe that Northwest let her get sexually harassed and no one did anything. Also, her death didn't seem to be investigated in depth. 

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Apparently, the Robert Stack era is on Film Rise for streaming...they cut down the theme song..and I watched a few episodes last night...and even though I am much older than when I first watched them, I still was a bit creeped out last night....I used that theme music in college as part of a dumb camera assignment...Filming a car from all different angles and used the theme....the kid who owned the car was creeped out by his own car for awhile....Got on A on the project!

(I also will say Robert Stack...as I had a weird crush on him....had a friend refer to him as "that old man in a raincoat")..

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This show holds a special place in my heart. I have fond memories as a kid, watching this, Cops and America's Most Wanted with my dad and they all used to scare the living daylights out of me - especially Unsolved Mysteries. The music, the creepy sketches, Robert Stack, some of the re-enactments - all of it combined made for some sleepless nights. 

Anyway, I recently found out that Amazon Prime now carries all of the seasons with Robert Stack as the host so I figured as an adult, it wouldn't freak me out as much. Boy, was I wrong! As some of you have noted, I can't watch too late into the night without getting paranoid and creeped out! 

I didn't fully grasp the horror of the people who mysteriously disappeared as a kid but now, as an adult, I would say those scare me the most. A lot of the people who disappeared have still, to this day, never been found. Folks don't just vanish into thin air - someone, somewhere knows something and how frightening that all these years later, many of their fates remain unknown.

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The case of Keith Warren is one that has stuck with me all these years later. As a kid, it terrified me and now as an adult, it's infuriating at how poorly the cops handled it. I think there was a massive cover-up by the police department.. Keith was a young African-American boy found hanging from a tree in a wooded area behind his family's townhouse. The cops saw "nothing suspicious" about the crime scene and by the time his poor mother was informed of her son's death, police had already picked out a funeral home! 

Keith's mother initially bought the police's "suicide" conclusion but a lot of things later came out that she found incredibly disturbing. One of Keith's friends, Rodney, said that a bunch of black males were urgently asking to speak to Keith in the time leading up to his death. This is odd because according to Rodney, most of Keith's friends were white. 

Eventually Keith's mom asked Rodney to show her the tree where Keith's body was found. When they finally got to the area, Rodney couldn't find the tree - all that was left was the stump. According to the mother, when she asked the police what happened to the tree, they made snarky remarks like, "yeah, the tree was cut down, what do you want us to do about it?"

Years later, on what would have been Keith's 25th birthday, his mom received an envelope with several pictures of Keith hanging from the tree at different angles. The mother said he was wearing somebody else's clothes and had on white sneakers (not only had the mother never seen the pictures before, the only items returned to the family were BROWN BOOTS and a jacket!!). There was also a note reading that "Mark Finley would be next." Finley was one of the young men looking for Keith shortly before his death. He left a message on the mother's answering machine saying he wanted to talk to her. Not long after, the guy turns up dead? What the hell?! The police explained that away as well. I can't remember how they said the guy died but what a strange coincidence that someone who wanted to talk to Keith's mother suddenly ends up dead. 

Finally, when Keith's body was exhumed, tests showed powerful remnants of chemicals found in solvents and glue in his body. The police claimed these were used for the embalming process but this was also met with strong objections. The police department repeatedly told Keith's mother that this case is closed. 

It all stinks to high heaven of police corruption and cover-up in my opinion. So many things don't add up, it's ridiculous. The mother sadly passed away in 2009 but his sister continues to seek justice, or at the very least, another investigation into what really happened to her brother. It has been more than three decades and his sister can't even get the medical examiner to change the ruling on Keith's death certificate from "suicide" to "undetermined." 

It reminds me of the black boy who was wrapped up in a gym mat in Georgia a few years ago. Both representations of what miscarriage of justice looks like.

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The case of Dottie Caylor was on today.  That was so strange for a number of reasons.  They claim the husband didn't even live with her for much of the marriage, and she neither worked or left the house due to social phobias.  If he didn't want to be with her why not divorce her instead of having a 'chick on the side.'  I do believe either he, or someone else, murdered her because she never turned up, but then I wondered: Well maybe she found another man like her husband and now she's living with him, never leaving the house or interacting with anyone, so no one knows she's still around.  Although after the case appeared on 'Unsolved Mysteries" you would think someone would notice and say something.

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On 1/18/2018 at 2:10 PM, Tenarife60 said:

The case of Dottie Caylor was on today.  That was so strange for a number of reasons.  They claim the husband didn't even live with her for much of the marriage, and she neither worked or left the house due to social phobias.  If he didn't want to be with her why not divorce her instead of having a 'chick on the side.'  I do believe either he, or someone else, murdered her because she never turned up, but then I wondered: Well maybe she found another man like her husband and now she's living with him, never leaving the house or interacting with anyone, so no one knows she's still around.  Although after the case appeared on 'Unsolved Mysteries" you would think someone would notice and say something.

That husband was a complete dick, pompous and saying how she inconvenienced him, and some crap. I totally think he killed her.

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LOL, they reran the Elizabeth Carmichael case today.  They gave it away too early by having a male actor play Elizabeth in drag.  I was surprised how easily she could pack up and move and then find another job wherever she was.  I knew a transgender who was about her size and it took her nearly two years to find a job living in Houston.  I think it was due to the fact so many people suspected she wasn't a genetic woman.  That was one thing I wasn't at all surprised about is as soon as this episode aired Elizabeth was found and identified.  That would be true with the transgender I knew as well.  If I named the town where she lives I do believe anyone who lives there would say, "I know exactly who you are talking about."  It would be hard for her to get by people unnoticed.

There is supposedly a documentary coming out about Liz Carmichael called "The Rose Lady."    

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11 hours ago, Tenarife60 said:

LOL, they reran the Elizabeth Carmichael case today.  They gave it away too early by having a male actor play Elizabeth in drag.  I was surprised how easily she could pack up and move and then find another job wherever she was.  I knew a transgender who was about her size and it took her nearly two years to find a job living in Houston.  I think it was due to the fact so many people suspected she wasn't a genetic woman.  That was one thing I wasn't at all surprised about is as soon as this episode aired Elizabeth was found and identified.  That would be true with the transgender I knew as well.  If I named the town where she lives I do believe anyone who lives there would say, "I know exactly who you are talking about."  It would be hard for her to get by people unnoticed.

There is supposedly a documentary coming out about Liz Carmichael called "The Rose Lady."    

The 3 wheeled car ?? I can't believe people invested money in that. 

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I liked Mr. Stack better than Mr. Farina (who seemed to have all the personality of a turnip on this show). However; it should be noted that Mr. Stack has been linked to an unsolved mystery of his own re a pair of eyeglasses. A pair of eyeglasses that was considered a key piece of evidence in a murder mystery was sent to the show and Mr. Stack displayed them on the air when recounting the mystery- and that was the VERY last trace of them. To this day, they've not resurfaced even for law enforcement and no one is entirely sure what became of them!

https://www.denverpost.com/2007/07/24/key-evidence-goes-missing-in-georgia-church-murders/

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I watched this show back in the day so when we saw it on amazon prime we started watching from the beginning. We're up to season 4 now and I don't know if it's because I'm older now and I'm a wuss, but this show seriously scares me at times!

I'm watching it with my daughters and the cases that are the hardest for me to take are the ones where a young lady goes missing or is killed. Yesterday we watched a couple episodes where the woman was beaten/killed by her husband. I came to the realization that, if either of my daughters were ever in that situation (God forbid) I'd kill him myself and then turn myself in to the authorities and pray for forgiveness. Better for me to sit in jail than my daughters to be hurt or killed. 

On a lighter note, I forgot about how silly some of the stories are, like the "Loch Ness Monster" wannabe that looked like a beaver in the pictures. As I was watching it I distinctly remembered myself 30 years earlier yelling at the tv "It's A BEAVER!!"

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They have the original series on Amazon Prime, and watching it made all sorts of childhood memories come back. I used to watch it in my parents room when they worked late, the only room in the house that had cable. I would watch it in the dark (stupid me) and being terrified to leave the room in fear that the killer was just outside the door and he had murdered my entire family. I also learned what strychnine was thanks to this show, and the theme song still gives me knots in my stomach ?

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Plenty of these stories frighten me, especially because they happen in the course of something so mundane and commonplace. It's chilling how many people set out to go to the supermarket/ATM/coffee shop, etc, only to disappear/be assaulted/be murdered. Let's face it, that could easily be any of us or someone we know.

I think the most truly frightening one for me is the story of Thomas Hotard and Audrey Moate, an adulterous couple who would meet every Saturday to have a tryst in an isolated swamp. One day, his body was discovered in his car, while she had disappeared, never to be seen again. Eventually, it was determined that the likely killer was a local ill-tempered recluse who lived near the murder scene, but he died before he could be prosecuted.

I love that cases are being solved even now--another especially scary one was the murder of Jay Cook and Tanya Cuylenborg. 31 years later and they caught the bastard who did it.

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I think one of the most truly frightening ones was the story of the Connecticut River Valley Serial Killer. The  segment depicting the attack on the pregnant woman is terrifying, and while she and most of the police who investigated believe that they know who's responsible, the man killed himself before he could be arrested (after killing his girlfriend and her daughter and being a suspect in the disappearance of ANOTHER girlfriend), meaning that her attack and the slew of murders that came before are officially. . . unsolved.

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On 9/11/2014 at 4:10 PM, scowl said:

Too often Unsolved Mysteries ignored information that would have solved the mystery

I wish they wouldn't do that. I get that they don't want to victim blame or turn someone into an Asshole Victim, but you never know what might be pertinent. Sneha Philips (a doctor who disappeared on 9/10/2001) apparently had a drinking problem and a habit of frequenting lesbian bars, but there's no mention of that in the segment. She's officially ranked as a 9/11 victim, but i still think there's a chance she could have met with foul play the night before because of either of those tendencies.

(I apologize for how bad that might sound, but I couldn't find a better way to phrase it)

On 12/30/2014 at 1:40 PM, scowl said:

As you would expect, the crime was never solved.

Actually, they did solve that one. Matthew Chase's killer was a gang member who was killed himself several days after Matt's abduction/murder.

What I remember about that story was that Robert Stack took the time to make a PDA, which he hardly ever did, because at the time of the segment, ATMs were a new invention and as people were using them more often, crimes like this were increasing.

If you go to the website www.unsolved.com, there's a list of the stories that have been solved. It's never too late for justice.

Count me in among those who loved the murder/missing persons/wanted stories, even as they scared the hell out of me.

There's a Facebook group called "Misterios Sin Resolver", where someone posts the old stories with Stack's narration. I love it. It's as close as you can get to the original, but with Spanish subtitles.

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