On March 30, 1985, patrol officers responded to the field at 2300 Cobb and found the body of Mary Taylor. But what I do feel is relief, she said. An arrest has been made in a Fort Worth cold case that went unsolved for nearly half a century.. Police said 77-year-old Glen Samuel McCurley was in custody Tuesday in connection with the 1974 . Lester Cole died as a result of stab wounds, Report No: 81085811Victim: George Shelby 65 year-old American Indian male) Carlas boyfriend at the time of her murder, Rodney McCoy, forensic genealogy and new DNA extraction technology. All we ever wanted to do was to straighten the mess out The kids know when you have low expectations. She was found lying in the field. It would have been interesting to have seen the districts reaction when that earnest recruiter found out she had practically offered a job to the man the district has been trying to destroy for years. The Walker family plans to help families impacted by cold cases raise funding to send evidence to be tested. Report No: 93498402Victim: James Hargroves, 46 year old white male On December 17, 1994, Sloane Powell was at a convenience store at 4344 E. Lancaster Avenue. When they looked inside the purses, officials found the womans ID, so they went to her apartment. Using a new process, detectives said the company was able to develop, for the first time, in this case, a full DNA profile of a potential suspect. However, it wasnt too long after Palazzolo submitted the teachers list of grievances in May that Johnson and other leaders broke those promises. The lab, Othram near Houston, uses advanced technology that can test tiny samples of DNA and come up with a full genetic profile of the suspect, said Othram's founder David Mittleman. Palazzolo was demoted, transferred, fired, reinstated, and then fired a second time, but that was not all the district did. A call for help, a search for a killer. On May 29, 1994, a hispanic male entered the store, armed with a handgun. Location: 4300 Carey They want her to be remembered for who she was.. With a new, more aggressive attorney, Palazzolo hopes to go on the offensive and try to prove that district personnel repeatedly lied under oath about an attendance audit from the U.S. Department of Education at the first trial and that School Board President Jackson was implicated in that perjury charge. Report No: 84473964Victim: Kathryn Jackson, 32 years old It was terrifying. I didnt beat her up and all that kind of crap., He told detectives he got scared that she would tell on me., Im guilty, he says in the interview. Location: 2416 NE 28th St On October 1, 1991, the body of Kevin Hood was found on the side of a road near Lake Arlington. He also told the courtroom in detail about the seconds that changed his life when Carla was kidnapped right in front of him. If you dont expect them to go to class, [and] youre not going to do anything to make sure they go to class some of those kids dont have that in their lives.Photo by Ken Wheatcroft-Pardue.At that same time, because he was named Arlington Heights diversity representative, teachers had been coming to him with complaints, ranging from inappropriate conduct, assault by an administrator on staff, sexual harassment, attendance alteration, theft, embezzlement, and discrimination against minority students.. It was later determined that she had been strangled. The officers found the body of Jason Smith lying in the parking lot behind the Owens Sausage business. A very intriguing article. I think that gave him a sense of omnipotence and that he could do anything he wanted if he could steal the young beautiful women off of the street and kill them.. Location: 2600 Quail Rd Patrol officers responded to the scene and found Mr. Myers in the apartment. The team believed Brown went unnoticed in 1985 because of his race. On May 12, 1981, Nancy Bay was found deceased in a field at 3200 Lake Como. Her 1985 Ford Mustang was missing. Report No: 85420666Victim: Rodney Rogers, 48 year-old white male On July 22, 1994, Curtis Roberson was inside the Berry Street Detail Shop at 2306 E. Berry Street. He was in charge of the freshman class and freshman teachers, a great cadre of educators, in his view. Texas Rangers Top 12 Cold Case Investigations Generally, cases are solved when the offender has been arrested and turned over to the court for prosecution. Report No: 86460840Victim: Oscar Olvera, 28 years old Private Only members can see who's in the group and what they post. They were trying to get funding from Congress. She had been strangled. Regardless, our pursuit of the truth has not come to an end.. That changed on Aug. 24, the day after Tarrant County prosecutors showed footage of McCurleys interview with detectives Wagner and Bennett, in which he confessed to killing the 17-year-old. During this period of time, a Homicide Task Force had been established by the Fort Worth Police Department. I listened to Palazzolos woes while in the background played what passes for country music these days over the usual din of plates being set down and the steady clicking of cutlery. Report No: 80192785Victim: Sylvia Hynes, 27 year-old black female She was found the next day in the driveway of the vacant residence at 3604 Lipscomb. I feel sadness for the McCurleys that are survivors of this. In October, Palazzolo was sent a form email that said his profile did not move forward in the recruiting process because he had earlier resigned and explained that his current resignation code is do not rehire. Interestingly, the email contradicts contemporaneous reporting that Palazzolo was fired. Location: 3900 Freshfield Road During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, detectives with the Fort Worth Police Department said they believe the assault and murder were random and that Walker and McCurley didn't know each other. Just hours later, her home was engulfed in flames. On July 11, 1998, Edna Rodriguez was reported missing from her family's residence at 3536 Travis Avenue. Using public data to view his background, the team discovered that the man they believe to be the killer, Curtis Don Brown, was arrested on May 29, 1986. Location: 4700 Poppy Drive East The 29-year-old seamstress called for help, but died hours later at a hospital. Fort Worth man emerges as suspect in 36-year-old cold case. McCurley told detectives in 1974 that his wife had gone to West Texas to visit family and that his .22 Ruger had been stolen about six weeks earlier (around the time of the murder) and that he didn't report it because he was an ex-con who'd been to jail for car theft. They refer to themselves collectively as The Reporters Notebook. Glen McCurley, 77, of Fort Worth, was . They started an escort service for anyone with a night class who wanted someone to walk them to class. A little bit of shock, excitement, a little bit of fear," said Det. Three journalists have teamed together to analyze the abduction and murder of seven young women in the mid-1980s. On December 15, 1984, officers were dispatched to 4300 Brentwood Stair Road. Instead of remedying the problems at Arlington Heights and other campuses, the district has spent years going after the messenger. The caller said even though she was aware of what was going on around her, a lot of people werent because media wasnt the same then as it is now. Cindy Stone, Carlas sister, said at the time the reality of McCurleys guilty plea had not sunk in yet. She resided on Sanders Drive in Fort Worth. In discussing Needham, it was the first time I saw Palazzolo really get emotional. Fort Worth police make arrest in Walker cold case from 1974. Location: 6200 Baraboo Dr., Dallas By dusting windows, they perversely and illegally made up for their absences. Someone may have a clue that is needed to bring closure to one of these unsolved crimes. The next day, minutes after day three of the trial began, McCurley told his attorneys he wanted to change his plea to guilty. On April 7, 1987, officers were dispatched to R & L Wrecker Service at 1709 S. Riverside Drive. Report No: 83379788Victim: Karen Creman (27 years old) & Frederick Creman (29 years old) He lived alone in an area frequented by transient persons, and often invited them into his residence. Report No: 95062027Victim: Ruth Ann Kearns, 56 year-old white female The three are all former journalists who changed career paths and are thrilled to be back in the industry, practicing their passion. After the dance, Carla and McCoy parked in the Ridglea Bowl parking lot so she could use the bathroom. Location: 200 Handley-Ederville Rd Five months later, her body was found in a field not far from her car. Location: 1416 N Main St A car pulled up to the house. Those in charge dont want bad publicity or the truth to come out. Fort Worth Police detectives Jeff Bennett and Leah Wagner were the primary . Copyright 2020 Fort Worth Weekly, All Rights Reserved. It was later detemined that he died as a result of blunt force trauma. Her relative reported her missing. We appreciate the story getting out because our work and our goal is better served the more listeners that we have., We need listeners to get involved, Karin added. She died as a result of gunshot wounds. School officials identified the victim as Dadrien Harrison. I guess for what happened to that little girl.. She did not show up for school the first day after the Thanksgiving break in the year 1984. It upsets us deeply that someone who may have held the answers to so many questions took his secrets to the grave. We looked at the patterns of this particular man and compare them to these crimes, but I dont want to say that we were the first person to say we think he committed these crimes. The Fort Worth Police Department's backlog tops more than 1,000 open cold cases, according to a department records officer. Location: 5724 Locke Ave The seventh victim is Terri McAdams. The occupants of the Dodge Coronet car returned to the scene. Carlas boyfriend at the time of her murder, Rodney McCoy, will appear on Datelines episode to talk about the night he saw his high school sweetheart for the last time. Sandra Bush, 21, left her southeast Fort Worth home at 6:45 p.m. without telling her family where she was going. Michael Morgan died as a result of gunshot wounds. Not only was the principal determined to hide the problems at Arlington Heights, but also Judy Needham, the school board member representing the Arlington Heights area, reportedly felt just as strongly that Palazzolo had damaged the school. Location: 3446 May All rights reserved. He died as a result of a gunshot wound. The podcast focuses on finding peace of mind for those affected by the violent crimes. On October 7, 1989, her car was seen traveling at 3500 Macie Avenue. In the 1980s they owned a Rock and Roll club on the south side of Fort Worth. Report No: 95468137Victim: Patricia Gail Jackson-Lee, 38 year-old black female Fort Worth's cold case police detective Jeff Bennett . Through poring over spreadsheets, searching old newspaper clippings, listening to TV news reports, and conducting good old-fashioned investigative journalism, still is in-depth and enthralling. When they checked in on him again on February 5, the journalists were shocked to discover that he had died the previous week. Homicide detectives said Tuesday they were thankful that after 46 years they were able to identify and arrest a suspect in the young woman's murder. ", Jim Walker added his family was praying for the suspect's family and said that what happened to his sister was not their fault. On September 30, 1984, Catherine Davis was reported missing by a friend. His is the 113th cold case cleared since the department began increasing efforts in 2002 to reinvestigate unsolved . Location: 715 E 9th St This is a resolution that's been prayed for by many people for years now. The trios research revealed that during the mid-1980s, six serial killers were operating in North Texas. All of their ideas are related to criminal investigations. She died as a result of blunt force trauma. In this new podcast, three journalists dig into seven cold cases and come up with one solution. The episode airs at 8 p.m. Central time. There was no social media, so news wasnt immediately distributed. He was a whistleblower who was letting the district know of real wrongdoing. "The word that came across my brain was 'finally,' after 46 years, five months and three days, we have a name, a face and are working toward a complete resolution," said Jim Walker. " . All rights reserved, cold case that went unsolved for nearly half a century, Fort Worth Detectives Hope 45-Year-Old Letter Will Help Solve Carla Walker Murder Case. It was proof to him that Johnson and other leaders were retaliating against him. Report No: 80411638Victim: Jerry Goodgion, 30 year-old white male Location: 614 S Freeway She died as a result of a gunshot wound. Coat hangers with human blood were found inside her car, and blood was smudged on the door handle. On the morning of March 12, 1984, Dana Bowman was working alone inside a south Fort Worth slipcover shop when a man stabbed her repeatedly with a screwdriver, then ran. He died as a result of a gunshot wound. They found the body of Carol Preslar in the apartment. It was later determined that he died as a result of trauma to the head. She resided on Sanders Drive in Fort Worth. The males pulled Mr. Trevizo into the vehicle and drove away. She died as a result of a gunshot wound. On April 14, 1999, officers responded to the residence at 2204 Hurley, on a report of a double-homicide. In 2010, Palazzolos case angered many and not just those close to him. Neighbors heard angry voices and witnessed a man shut the door to her apartment and leave in her car. They found Sylvia Hynes critically injured. Police said Tuesday that McCurley is not a suspect in any other crimes. Once he started recounting it, it all vividly came back, he added, with a sigh. There were no signs of robbery as a motive. Those were the last words I heard from Carla.. Location: 1100 W Northside Dr On August 23, 1992, a police officer who was on routine patrol found the body of Rose Fromer lying in the parking lot of the Country Connection night club 3137 Alta Mere. Report No: 91688128Victim: Ladye Gallaher, 84 years old It was later determined that she had been strangled. They resided at the house at 4825 Mayfair. Julie Fuller and her parents had recently arrived in the United States from England. From 2018 to 2020, renewed interest in the case lead to a breakthrough. McCurley pointed the pistol at McCoy and pulled the trigger three times. She was shot and killed as she was about to enter the house. All the police knew was that each of the missing women had been in their cars and were somehow taken. Location: 3600 Bellaire Dr It was later determined that she had been strangled. He died as a result of a gunshot wound. The next morning, her 1984 Mercury Topaz car was found in the 300 block of Southeast Loop 820 in Fort Worth. During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, detectives with the Fort Worth Police Department said they believe the assault and murder were random and that Walker and McCurley didnt know each other. He felt compelled to fight for the teachers and students of Arlington Heights and present those complaints. Location: 500 Precinct Line Rd Once he applied, he didnt really know what to expect. The Carla Walker murder case spurred a new foundation to help tackle Fort Worth's nearly 1,000 cold case killings. Location: 6125 Bianca Circle A strange twist was that the date of his death coincided with the release of the podcasts first episode, Gary said. Regardless of the districts obsessive retaliation and false allegations, Palazzolo was awarded $2.4 million by a jury in 2014 for wrongful termination. On January 5, 1985, Cindy Heller was found deceased in a ravine behind the TCU Physical Maintenance Plant. In the first episode of still that aired in late January, the hosts discuss the murders out of chronological order. 0. Location: 3900 Samson Park That DNA profile was then used to narrow the search to three brothers with the last name McCurley. On February 4, 1967, a motorcyclist riding along the Trinity River found the body of Mildred May lying on the side of the levee. Location: 2100 E. Richmond Ave Report No: 89528286Victim: Priscilla Turner, 38 year-old white female On August 6, 1994, Felicita Olguin was found deceased in her residence: 1125 May Street. As whistleblower Joe Palazzolo fights for his old FWISD job, he holds fast to his faith and military training. Sandra Bush resided with her parents on Cutler St. in Fort Worth. Despite learning Campiglia's identity in 1992, her case remained cold, the sheriff's office said. Her body was found a few days later in a creek in southwest Dallas, stabbed to death. He later admitted this was not true. Report No: 80052595Victim: Mary Sorola, 37 years old Some males armed with guns entered the shop and, during the course of a robbery, shot and killed Curtis Roberson. It was later determined that he had been strangled. Location: 1815 E Lancaster Ave Less than a month after Davis murder, 23-year-old Cindy Heller disappeared after assisting a stranded female driver in southwest Fort Worth. Mr. Hargroves was a volunteer for the Fort Worth Area Habitat for Humanity and served meals at a nearby soup kitchen for the homeless, known as Loaves and Fishes. I think that this man felt power by stealing the lives of beautiful women, Karin said. On that years evaluation, he received Exceeds Expectations, and his principal, Neta Alexander, had recommended him for a promotion to be a principal at Metro Opportunity High School. If somebody saw something or heard something, or remembers something, it could be a lot more significant than they realize, and so the more people that engage with us, the better off everyones going to be and the better off the odds will be that police will be able to finally close these cases.. It was later determined that he died as a result of gunshot wounds. Fred, 29, and Karen, 27, rented a small white home on Mayfair and lived there for three years. Report No: 01066517 Victim: Derek Locke, 30 years old Her co-workers reported that they had last seen her when she left the Matador Club on Camp Bowie the previous night. She had been strangled. The suspects were in a white car with what were described as loud mufflers.. On January 21, 1991, officers were dispatched to a reported robbery at the Roslyn Shoes business, 5724 Locke Avenue. The bodies of several females had been found in and around Fort Worth. He has learned such new skills as how to grow hay and weld. Manuel Soto died as a result of a gunshot wound. . A fire was discovered in Catherines apartment after her vehicle was seen leaving her residence. McCurley was the name of a possible suspect in Walker's case file. In the hearings following Palazzolos firing, those charges were proven to be baseless. They essentially created a profile of what makes a serial killer, and they said its going to be a white man. The subject who was driving the car crashed into the median at 3500 Macie and escaped on foot while being pursued by the police. Bennett also created the FWPD Cold Case Support Group, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to solving Fort Worths unsolved murders. Report No: 86609341Victim: Jaime Trevizo, 25 years old She had been shot in the head. Gone Cold began in July of 2017 with the hopes of drawing attention to cases that have been previously overlooked or forgotten. It was later detemined that he had been stabbed in the chest. On June 13, 1994, Robert Freeman was at a pay telephone in front of Julies Food Mart at 4621 Miller Avenue when he was shot and killed during an apparent robbery. Upon his release, he moved back to Fort Worth. I took advantage of her, I guess, McCurley said during the interview. He was quickly charged with murder. Location: 1214 S Jennings Ave When asked how he felt after the trial, Jim Walker said, Peaceful. Six days later, on Sept. 16, police said they were notified the swabs matched the DNA found on Walker's bra. On March 19, 1992, officers were dispatched to 6001 E. Berry Street. A neighbor had seen the victim talking to an unknown male around midnight on Christmas Eve. Serial killers were evil. Location: 7405 Meadowcrest Texas Cold Case Solved After 46 Years with New DNA Technology Reverse engineering of the suspect's family tree led to the resolution of one of Texas' oldest cold cases. After reaching out to him through the JPay systems email, there was no response. Report No: Dallas PD-381545-PVictim: Mary Till, 27 years old Report No: 84495062Victim: Angela Ewert, 21 years old McCurley lived near the Walkers house his sons went to the same school Carla attended, and Jim Walker attended Western Hills High School at the same time one of McCurleys sons did. Location: 3434 E Lancaster Ave Report No: 84390654Victim: Catherine Davis, 24 years old She died as a result of blunt force trauma. We try not to let that happen. Report No: 80433227Victim: Cheryl Lynn Tunnel Springfield Report No: 83436783Victim: Jesus Nanares 32 year-old hispanic male Not to brag, but the Star-Telegramis deeply immersed in the Fort Worth Way, which allows powerbrokers to break the rules without accountability whether at City Hall, the county courthouse, or the school board. The Fort Worth school districts cynical game of delay is intended to go on until Palazzolo either accepts a settlement or dies. Going through the Weeklys search engine, I found more than two dozen pieces over the years with such headlines as Its Official: Palazzolos Head Is on Johnsons Platter and Day Two: Joe Palazzolo V FWISD.. The area where he was found was an abandoned building which was known to be a hang out for transients. On February 17, 1980, Maria Sorola and her husband were working at Joe and Lupes Bar at 465 S. Main Street. She lived on Bellaire Dr in Fort Worth. The male directed the manager to the office, where the safe was located. The ones that are most closely linked were all in the southwest Fort Worth area, Karin said. Sandra Bush did not return to her residence. Location: 3900 Hemphill But overall, I feel peaceful.. Around that time, NBC-5 reported that even though the fall semester had already begun, Fort Worth ISD [is] hiring 300 teachers and campus monitors. Also, the Star-Telegramsaid one month earlier that staffing shortages have left teachers scrambling to cover classes for absent colleagues.. Roslyn Ruben was transported to the hospital. "We take terrible evidence that other labs don't want to mess with," he said. On August 11, 1993, the remains of Angela Ewert were found in a rural area south of Fort Worth. Host Gary Anderson is the voice of the podcast, while his wife Karin Anderson and her former colleague Kristine Hughes spearhead the investigation. When McCurley beat McCoy with his .22 Ruger, the guns magazine was dislodged and fell into the parking lot. Also, he has picked up how to breed, raise, and work cattle. They refer to themselves collectively as The Reporter's Notebook. A housekeeper had entered one of the rooms and found the body of Thomas Morison in the room. Even if its not true closure, its a sense of closure., The most challenging aspect of their podcast was finding someone who knew the victim. Sitting at our table at a South Fort Worth eatery, our cups of coffee long cold, our conversation wrapping up, Joe Palazzolo recalled photos of him that the Weekly took more than a decade . Suddenly, the passenger door yanked open. On November 20, 1996, Monica Coleman was found deceased at her residence: 1029 E. Powell. One of the complaints that really bothered him was the falsifying of attendance records. Glen McCurley, 77, is in the Tarrant County Jail charged with the murder of Carla Walker, 17 . Report No: 95660124 Victim: Jackie Myers, 32 years old Location: 6509 Plaza Parkway On December 9, 1995, Jackie Myers called 9-1-1 from his apartment at 6509 Plaza Parkway, and stated that he had been stabbed. Here, Palazzolo paused and noted that over the past few years he had been trying to put all this out of his mind. "It was a mixture of emotions. Though its a difficult thing to do, its also very fulfilling because a lot of times, people really love the opportunity to share the good memories and they dont want their loved one to be remembered for the horrible way that she died. Joe Palazzolo did his job, and Fort Worth ISD fired him for that. She never showed up for work. Four cases were concentrated not only in space, but they were concentrated between September and December of 84, all within a two-mile radius, Gary said. Sylvia Hynes died at the hospital, due to trauma to the head. Much of the day was also spent on the DNA evidence detectives said led them back to McCurley in 2020 after the cold case was reopened. If you dont expect them to go to class, [and] youre not going to do anything to make sure they go to class, his voice then trailed off. She lived at the residence with a relative. Kevin Hood was an employee of the Fort Worth Independent School District. Report No: 84211918 Victim: Manuel Vargas Soto, 22 years old Location: 1416 N Main St On June 3rd, 1984, Manuel Soto was inside the bar located at 1416 N. Main Street. Since the MCSO created the unit back in late 2017, they've resolved 14 cold cases from 1955 to 2012: 13 of them they believe are murders, and one they've ruled a drug overdose. They believe he was leaving the scene of the crime with two of her purses when he was noticed by police, who were staking out the area on an unrelated matter. This female has not been identified. She had been strangled. There were no signs of forced entry; however, evidence of a struggle was apparent inside the residence. Next month, the date for Palazzolos new trial will be set. We believe throughout the course of our podcasts and our investigation that its very likely that one man committed at least seven of the murders, Gary said. The podcast holds more interest than a mere retelling of each gruesome murder. It was later determined that she had been strangled. The journalists did extensive research in taking on the private investigation. On January 23, 1985, Catherine Davis was found deceased in a field in the southern part of Tarrant County. Of course, since we dont own insect drones to allow us to spy on other peoples conversations, well never know exactly how the formerly excited recruiter finally learned that Palazzolo is, as far as Fort Worth ISD is concerned, completely unwelcome. Report No: 91316552Victim: Doyle Stanley (53 year old white male) & John Maddox (29 year old white male) She had been strangled. Real-time updates and all local stories you want right in the palm of your hand. Location: 200 Clinton Interestingly, the amount of notice this case garnered in Fort Worths paper of record is minuscule by comparison. Kathryn Jackson was a school teacher. Report No: 86005510Victim: Clyde Bond, 28 year-old black male She had been strangled. Then, surprisingly, he received a call back right away. His ordeal, he said, has "taken a toll.". Nobody paid attention to the fact that it didnt matter what race you were. Location: 1829 S. 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