This year was an awesome year for captures of fugitives on our forum but perhaps the main theme of headlines for true crime buffs this year was the numerous closings of notorious case closings that many people, even us, feared may never be solved. While best year for fugitive captures may be debatable, imo, 2018 was far and away the best year for unknown suspect case solvings. So much so and so many I decided to make a separate thread instead of lumping them in with the known fugitive best capture poll.
So with that being said, what arrest or solving (if a suspect was named posthumously) do you think was the most amazing this year?
Last Edit: Dec 10, 2018 1:42:20 GMT -5 by Scumhunter
Anyway I voted for the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer as I suspect he will probably be the runaway winner despite all the amazing captures. While all the cases mentioned were among the worst of humanity, they're all tragedies despite the expected or already gotten closure, the Golden State Killer finally being caught after so many lives were affected by this monster is truly amazing. Not to mention, the unique method through familial DNA in which he was caught.
P.S. I realize now I left out the confessions of Samuel Little if anyone wants to count that as an "other case" although it's debatable as to whether you can count it as a cold case "solving" as much as it's a bunch of confessions still being g researched (although his claims have apparently been backed up in a few cases).
Post by 912thamwuser on Dec 10, 2018 2:30:00 GMT -5
I concur that the Golden State Serial Killer was the best Unknown Case solution of the year, with roughly 10 murders, and 50 rapes and failed attempts at murder, but...
In hopes that it would get 2nd place in the poll overall, I voted for the solution to the Bennett Family Annihilation case. That happened back in '984, more than 1/3 of a century ago, and with family annihilation cases, naturally some of the murder victims were children, so there's good reason to hate anyone who wipes out an entire family more than usual, even for a mass murderer.
Third is the Rhoden Family Annihilation. 8 dead, including a junior varsity aged child, and they rounded up 4 or 5 co-conspirators in quick succession.
Fourth is the Scherer, Scherer, and Zitricki murders. Two garden-variety murders of an adult were horrible enough, but one of the crimes was the sexual murder of a child, and I'm afraid the killer might've raped the youngest victim just to break the community's spirits! Plus, even with AMW airing it in both the late '990s and the late 00-Agents' decade, it suddenly got solved after 2 decades with next to no movement.
Fifth is the Sexual Murder of April Marie Tinsley. It was the cold case kidnapping sexual murder of a primary-grade-aged child, then the killer taunted his community by laying some disgusting garbage in several young girls' bike baskets 16 years later in the spring of '004, which spurred AMW to introduce it in '009. They aired the case several times, and despite the abundance of DNA, I had no hope it would ever get solved. After 3 decades, I just hope the killer is grateful that his confession to everything and his seeming self-awareness about his own crimes spared him the poisonous syringe, even though he's probably never going to leave prison alive.
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Post by тσρтєиhυитєя on Dec 10, 2018 13:18:17 GMT -5
I voted for the East Area Rapist since that made pretty huge news, and If it wasn’t for the technology used to match and arrested of Joseph James DeAngelo, we probably wouldn’t have had the capture of the NorCal Serial Rapist as well.
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