UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: JACLYN DOWALIBY

When a seven year-old girl is abducted from her bed in a Chicago suburb and murdered, investigators suspect those closest to her. A tumultuous search for her killer takes a series of shocking turns in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources mentioned in this episode:

People vs. Dowaliby (leagle.com)

Who Killed Jaclyn Dowaliby? The Case Remains Open and Chilling (Investigation Discovery)

Prosecutors Reveal Dowaliby Evidence (Chicago Tribune)

National Registry of Exonerations: David Dowaliby

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The night she was attacked in her Florida home, Karen Gregory let out a scream so piercing that it carried for several blocks. More than a dozen neighbors heard her, but none called the police. By the time her body was discovered, thirty one hours later, the trail was already cold. The detective assigned to solve the murder ran down one blind alley after another, eliminating one suspect after another, until finally the evidence led him to the front door of one of his best friends.

 

UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: CYNTHIA ANDERSON

When a young legal secretary disappears after being haunted by recurring dreams of abduction and murder, her unsolved case becomes—and still is—one of the most mysterious in the state of Ohio. An array of compelling possibilities are explored in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Woman’s Disappearance a Mystery After 30 Years (Toledo Blade)

Dad Clings to Hope for Daughter Who Disappeared in ’81 (Toledo Blade)

Girl Who Has Nightmares of Being Kidnapped Goes Missing (Medium)

Cynthia Anderson (Unsolved Mysteries)

Stalking (Bureau of Justice Statistics)

Supreme Court Disbars Toledo and Fostoria Attorneys, Suspends Two (Supreme Court of Ohio)

Judge Allows Release of Man Who Confessed to 3 Killings (AP News)

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Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals – the basis for the  Netflix original series.

In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases – and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.

 

UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: SHELLEY SIKES

When a young Texan woman fails to return home after a late night of waiting tables, her car is found—bloody and stranded—in the heart of the notorious Texas Killing Fields. A drunken confession to a 911 dispatcher leads to the untangling of a twisted story, but still no body, in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources referenced in this episode:

Missing Pieces: A Killer’s Secret (KHOU11)

The Charley Project: Shelley Kathleen Sikes

Index Crime Analysis 3: Murder (Texas DPS)

Zwarst v. State: Court of Appeals of Texas, Houston, Fourteenth District Nov 30, 1989 (via casetext.com)

Man Convicted in One of ‘I-45 Killings’ Cases Dies in Prison (Dallas Police News)

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Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals – the basis for the  Netflix original series.

In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases – and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: RASHAWN BRAZELL

When a Brooklyn teen disappears without a trace, a nightmarish discovery in a subway tunnel turns a missing person’s report into a homicide investigation in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources mentioned during this episode:

New York State Unified Court System (Database)

Suspect in 2005 Cold-Case Killing of Dismembered Brooklyn Teen Linked to 2nd Teen Slaying (PIX11)

Rashawn Brazell’s Accused Killer Claims Alibi (Gay City News)

Chopping Up a Body Takes a Special Kind of Depravity (SFGate)

Experts Reveal Psychology of Killers Who Dismember Victims (The Nation | Thailand)

Snakes, a Life of Crime and Eventually Two Murder Charges (New York Times)

A Mother’s Fight for Finding Her Son’s Killers (Brooklyn Ink)

Cold Cases with Dismemberment Re-Examined for Possible Link to Suspected NYC Killer (abc7NY)

Cold Case Closed: Justice for Rashawn Brazell | Going in with Brian Vines (video)

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UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE: BEN MCDANIEL

When a scuba enthusiast embarks on a perilous cave dive alone and fails to return, it’s initially assumed that “the vortex” has claimed another victim. However, lack of a body and suspicious circumstances force authorities to consider other possibilities, including foul play, in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

 

 

Sources Mentioned in the Podcast:

Parents of Lost Diver Pin Hopes for Closure on Team of Dogs (Tampa Bay Times / Ben Montgomery)

Expert: Family Searching for Body That Doesn’t Exist (Jackson County Floridian)

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UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: JENNIFER HARRIS

When a young Texas woman returns to her small hometown to start over, she disappears and is later found murdered, floating in a river. Love triangles and rumors of a secret pregnancy surround a dark tale of romance gone sour in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources mentioned in the Podcast:

“Unsolved Murder Case is the Talk of Small Texas Town 17 Years Later” (CBS News)

“Father of Murder Victim Jennifer Harris Holds New Conference” (The Fannin County Leader)

“48 Hours to Feature Jennifer Harris Case” (Herald Democrat)

“Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008” (Bureau of Justice Statistics)

Also noteworthy:

Check out Red Rabbit Justice, an effort by Jennifer’s brother-in-law (who happens to be a filmmaker) and others to produce a documentary film about her case.

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UNSOLVED MOTHER-DAUGHTER HOMICIDE / DISAPPEARANCE: NIKKI & ARIANNA FITTS

When a single mother and her two-and-a-half year old daughter go missing from California’s Bay Area in a simultaneous mother-daughter homicide / disappearance, one family seems to be at the center of it all. From a self-declared street preacher to a babysitter with a murderous past, we’ll explore who may’ve played a role in this unsolved crime in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Do you recognize this child?

Arianna Fitts was only 2.5 when she went missing in 2016. She may still resemble the pictures above. She may still be alive, possibly in California’s Bay Area.

If you know anything about Arianna’s whereabouts, please submit a secure, anonymous tip here or call the San Francisco FBI field office at (415) 553-7400.

Do you recognize the wooden board pictured above?

The board, which bears a spray-painted symbol, was used to cover Nikki Fitts’ body after it was dumped in a San Francisco park. If you know where the board may have come from, or can provide any information regarding the murder of Nikki Fitts, please submit a secure, anonymous tip here or call the San Francisco FBI field office at (415) 553-7400.

Sources mentioned in the podcast:

“Where is Arianna Fitts?” (SanFrancisco Weekly)

“SanFrancisco Police Release New Info in Search for Missing Girl, Mother’s Homicide” (ABC7 News)

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UNSOLVED DISSAPEARANCE: ZEBB QUINN

When an 18 year old disappears under suspicious circumstances in Asheville, North Carolina, investigators are left to navigate a minefield of unbelievable stories and even more unbelievable people. An unsolved disappearance tangles with a would-be love triangle and the murder of a celebrity chef in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources mentioned in the podcast:

“A Murder Runs Through It: Zebb Quinn” (Medium.com)

“The Vanishing” (SPIN Magazine)

“Compassion, Empathy May Have Led to Murders of Food Network Star Contestant and Husband, Say Friends” (People Magazine)

“Warrant Details Zebb Quinn-related Search at Leicester Property” (Citizen Times)

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UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: SUZANNE JOVIN

When one of the brightest students at a prestigious Ivy League university is fatally stabbed in plain sight, police scramble to determine who’s responsible. In a campus full of brilliant minds, one outsmarts all the rest, literally getting away with murder on this episode of Last Seen Alive.

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NO-BODY HOMICIDE CONVICTION: SIERRA MAE LAMAR

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Sierra is still waiting to be found. If you have any information on the location of her remains, please call the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office’s tipline at 1-408-808-4431 or leave an anonymous tip at: tips.fbi.gov.