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November 7, 2021

Beer can solves cold case, investigators say

A can of beer was all it took to crack open a cold case after 25 years.

Deputies in Orange County, Florida, arrested Kenneth Robert Stough Jr. for the 1996 murder of a convenience store manager.

“I really give kudos to the amazing evidence techs that responded to that crime scene, that night, and had the forethought to process every single thing in the crime scene,” said James Copenhaver, a public safety expert and former deputy.

Authorities say Stough stabbed manager Terrence Paquette 73 times and cut himself somewhere along the line, leaving drops of his blood at the crime scene.

“If a sample or part of that blood is left behind, that’s certainly something to test for the DNA categories,” Copenhaver said.

In 2019, Orange County investigators reopened the case. The blood samples linked the DNA to Stough’s relatives and then made a positive match to Stough. Stough had tossed a beer can into a dumpster behind a gas station, which deputies recovered.

“The family is just so thankful for that because they have no closure because justice hasn’t been served,” Copenhaver said. “It’s just a good way to give closure to everybody involved — including the cops.”


Beer can links Florida man to 1996 cold case murder, detectives say

October 7, 2021

Cold case specialists claim to have ID’d the Zodiac Killer

A team of cold-case investigative specialists claims to have identified the Zodiac Killer, one of the country’s most notorious serial murderers.

Authorities linked the Zodiac Killer, who they never caught, to at least five murders in the San Francisco area between 1968 and 1969. He taunted authorities by sending esoteric puzzles and letters to newspapers and law enforcement.

The group Case Breakers claims that the Zodiac is Gary Francis Poste, who died in 2018. The team’s research led them to new forensic evidence, including photos from Poste’s darkroom. One image allegedly shows scars on Poste’s forehead that match a sketch of the Zodiac.

Additionally, former Army counterintelligence agent Jen Bucholtz said using Poste’s name in one of the Zodiac’s inscrutable ciphers revealed a new message.

“So you’ve got to know Gary’s full name in order to decipher these anagrams,” Bucholtz said. “I just don’t think there’s any other way anybody would have figured it out.”


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