I have a penchant for the TV show Cold Case. If you haven’t seen it, it follows the careers and cases of a homicide squad, which specializes in solving crimes that couldn’t be solved. I love seeing justice served, even after friends and family have given up. It gives me hope. So, today, I’m sharing about a real cold case from the 1950s.
Little Maria was just seven in 1957 when she was playing in the snow with her friend Kathy. While Kathy ran home to grab her mittens, she left Maria playing with a teenage boy, who had been giving them piggyback rides. Maria vanished that day, and her body was found months later in the woods more than 100 miles from the place she was last seen.
More than fifty years later, that teenage boy, who Kathy could only identify as Johnny, was convicted for Maria’s murder.
So how did they catch him?
(Post your letter choice in the comments.)
A. A photograph of the killer was discovered. When a man was cleaning out his dad’s basement, he found a picture of Maria with a young man. He remembered the date written on the back of the picture and passed it along to the police, who identified the teen as her killer.
B. The FBI never gave up. The small-town kidnapping and murder haunted the FBI agent who worked the case. Even after his retirement, he turned over every clue and followed every lead in the case until he identified the killer.
C. A deathbed confession. The killer’s mom confessed on her deathbed to her daughter that she’d lied about her son’s alibi. The daughter revealed everything to the police.
Stay tuned next Wednesday to find out the right answer and join our next super sleuth challenge. Each month the sleuth with the most answers will be the winner of one of the latest Christian Romantic Suspense Novels.