Monthly Archives: January 2018

Another Cartel Killing Field Discovered in Mexican Border State

Human rights activist looking for the remains of their loved ones in the border state of Coahuila have located yet another cartel killing field. It is believed that gunmen murdered, incinerated and buried the remains of an unknown number of victims in this deserted area. The Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel fought over the region where searchers found these killing fields for years.

Officials made the most recent discovery near the municipality of Viescas in the southwestern part of the state, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the Coahuila Attorney General’s Office revealed. This week, members of the human rights group called Grupo Vida working with state forensic agents in this area discovered a series of human remains from clandestine cartel gravesite.

State officials stated the remains have been collected and will be sent to federal police labs for DNA testing in

Read more at: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/01/20/another-cartel-killing-field-discovered-mexican-border-state/

‘Tent Girl’ documentary to air Tuesday – News

A cable-TV network plans to air a documentary on Scott County’s “Tent Girl” case at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Investigation Discovery channel will focus on the 50-year-old case on its “Who Killed Jane Doe?” series.

Tent Girl was the moniker assigned to the then-unknown woman whose body was found by Wilber Riddle in May 1968 as he scavenged for glass insulators along Eagle Creek alongside U.S. 25 near Sadieville.

Instead, he found a tarpaulin-covered body with no identification.

The case was a local sensation.

Authorities tried for three years to identify the woman, who was killed by a blow to the head, before burying her in the Georgetown Cemetery under a donated headstone.

The headstone told what was known about her story: “Died about April 26-May 3, 1968; Height 5 feet 1 inch; Weight 110 to 115 lbs; reddish brown hair.”

She rested there until 1998, when, through the efforts of Tennessean Todd Matthews, Riddle’s

Read more at: http://www.news-graphic.com/news/tent-girl-documentary-to-air-tuesday/article_7ac9205c-fd5d-11e7-9917-2347ee37b16c.html

A Murder in Coralville TV show relives the murder investigation of Vicki Klotzbach

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Who Killed the Fiancé of an Alaska Exotic Dancer Engaged to Three Men at the Same Time?

When Mechele Linehan was convicted in 2007 as a conspirator in the 1996 killing of a man who’d once thought he was going to marry her, it looked like the crime was solved.

An Anchorage jury determined Linehan, a former exotic dancer, had persuaded a former lover, John Carlin III, to kill Kent Leppink, 36, a fisherman who lived with her and told his family that the two were engaged. At the time, Linehan also was involved with a third man.

But a 2010 appeals court ruling overturned Linehan’s conviction, leaving the case wide open.

PEOPLE Staff Writer Caitlin Keating discussed the case on Friday morning’s People Now. The case is also the focus of the next episode of People Magazine Investigates. The episode, titled “Alaskan Temptress,” airs Monday on Investigation Discovery (9 p.m. ET).

“Mechele was beautiful, charismatic, and a real listening ear to every guy that walked into her exotic dancing venue,” Keating

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/mechele-linehan-alaska-exotic-dancer-killing-kent-leppink/

True crime show to explore 1981 murder of Coralville woman

The 1981 slaying of a woman in Coralville, which took more than 20 years to solve, will be featured on a true crime drama show Sunday on the Investigation Discovery channel.

The show, “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” will explore the murder of 22-year-old Vicki Lynn Klotzbach and the 22 years it took investigators, with the help of strides in DNA testing, to win a conviction. The episode, “A Murder in Coralville,” will air at 9 p.m., the city said in a statement.

Klotzbach was reported missing Oct. 20, 1981, after she failed to show at work. Three days later, her partially nude body was found in a vacant cornfield in a rural part of the city, north of Interstate Highway 80 and west of Highway 218. She had been raped and shot once

Read more at: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2018/01/19/paula-zahn-investigatives-cold-case-murder-vicki-lynn-klotzbach/1046842001/

Momentum, Blackfin renew copro deal; Anna Snead named development head

Momentum Content has renewed its overall co-production deal with Blackfin, one year after its initial launch.

Christina Douglas exited Discovery Communications-owned Investigation Discovery last January to lead the firm, which specializes in creating, developing and producing crime formats and unscripted programming. She is currently based out of Blackfin’s New York offices, working closely alongside CEO Geno McDermott.

“We’ve had a fast start out of the gate thanks in part to our incredible partner Blackfin,” said Douglas, in a statement.  “It’s been an honor to work with Geno McDermott who stands out among the crowd as a true visionary.”

Going into its second year, Momentum has recruited another former ID Exec. Anna Snead, who has been with Momentum as a consultant since June, has been named head of development.

In this role, Snead (pictured) will produce true-crime content alongside Douglas, driving Momentum’s development strategy across genres with an expanded emphasis on character, talent and

Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2018/01/19/momentum-blackfin-renew-copro-deal-anna-snead-named-development-head/

Lion Television ups Jennifer Silverman to VP, production

UK and New York-based prodco Lion Television, has upped Jennifer Silverman to vice-president of production.

In her expanded role, Silverman will continue to oversee production on a range of content.

In her previous role as executive producer, Silverman oversaw the creation and production of multiple series, specials and pilots in genres from true crime to nature.

Silverman joined the company in 2009 as series producer of the PBS series, History Detectives and led production for three seasons. She was also production lead for History Detectives: Special Investigations.

Additional executive producing credits include The 1980′s: The Deadliest Decade and Six Degrees of Murder for Discovery Investigation Discovery; How Dogs Got Their Shape and Puppies vs. The World for Nat Geo Wild; Follow Your Past for the Travel Channel; and Blood Feuds for American Heroes Channel.

Prior to joining Lion, Silverman was a freelance writer and producer working on series and specials for NBC, The History Channel, TLC, Discovery ID and more.

Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2018/01/19/lion-television-ups-jennifer-silverman-to-vp-production/

1980s Coralville homicide to be featured on true crime series | The …

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Iowa City Police Department awarded $450K grant for domestic violence response

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One dead after officer-involved shooting in northern Iowa

1980s Coralville homicide to be featured on true crime series

Animals being evaluated in Vinton hoarding case

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1980s Coralville homicide to be featured on true crime series

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1980s Coralville homicide to be featured on true crime series

One dead after officer-involved shooting in northern Iowa

Animals being evaluated in Vinton hoarding case

Oxford assault victim suffered broken bone, brain bleed, sheriff’s office says

Cedar Rapids police investigating suspicious death as first homicide of 2018

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