Imagine a loved one brutally murdered in a foreign country -- allegedly by another American. Correspondent Peter Van Sant and his team have investigated the disturbing 1988 murder of Carolyn Abel, an American teacher in South Korea, and the loophole in U.S. laws at the time that mean the suspected killer may never face trial. A MYSTERY BEGINS For writer and author Nancy Bercaw, flying to South Korea last winter reopened a painful chapter in her life: one of murder, loss and fear. Nancy Bercaw: Not only were we devastated about the loss of Carolyn … We of course wondered, "Who's next?" Peter Van Sant: Back in Seoul. Where should be our first stop? Nancy Bercaw: Well, I think we should go to the school, to ELS, where we all taught. ELS is the English Language School, where Bercaw met fellow teacher Carolyn Abel back in 1988. Nancy Bercaw: This is the school. …And the world was never the same for any of us who were in that building together on December 20th. The events … [Read more...] about Is justice out of reach for an American teacher murdered in South Korea?
Bellingham woman murdered
By Chris O'Connell As a producer at "48 Hours," I inevitably get asked one question over and over when I tell people what I do for a living: "How do you find your stories?" It's a question with many answers. Sometimes we do stories because they are obvious, and everybody is talking about them, whether it be the Jody Arias trial or Amanda Knox's years long struggle to get out of an Italian prison. Other times detectives, lawyers or other sources we have interviewed in the past call or write us with a tip. And then, there are the rare instances like in this week's episode "Out of Reach" about the 30-year-old murder case of Carolyn Abel, where while digging through court records and just kind of going to down an Internet wormhole we stumble upon a truly compelling story that has almost been lost to time because the world has moved on. Three years ago, I was covering the story of Yvonne Baldelli, a California woman who was murdered by her boyfriend Brian Brimager who then hid her … [Read more...] about How “48 Hours” discovered the forgotten case of an American teacher murdered abroad
Kyle Swenson, The Washington Post Published 5:24 am PST, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 The police were again circling the Franz Bakery Outlet in the spring of 2017, hungry for information, and now she knew why. The shop, a branch of a commercial outfit supplying baked goods to customers across the region, was on an empty two-lane road north of Bellingham, Washington. The investigators had come once before in 2013, asking about a delivery truck driver named Timothy Bass. Strangely, they had wanted to know details of his daily routes decades ago. Now, four years later, a female co-worker - who has not been publicly named - asked why. They told her: Bass was a suspect in the 1989 rape and murder of 18-year-old Mandy Stavik, one of the region's most infamous unsolved crimes. The co-worker had a daughter herself. If it was her girl who had been viciously killed, she wondered, wouldn't she want someone to do whatever they could? "After I asked if it was that case and who it was, … [Read more...] about She swiped her co-worker’s Coke can. Police say it cracked a 28-year-old murder case.
News / UK and world by Press Association November 22, 2018, 2:29 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A young woman has been arrested over the alleged stabbing murder of a teenage boy in London earlier this month. The 21-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of the murder of Jay Hughes, 15, who was killed three weeks ago. Jay was stabbed near a chicken shop on Randlesdown Road, Bellingham, south-east London on the afternoon of November 1 and died in hospital three hours later. The woman was released on bail until mid-December, pending further enquiries. The Met said detectives were still searching for others who may be responsible and have made a fresh call for information following the woman’s arrest. “My team continues to work around the clock to apprehend those responsible for this callous attack, which cost a young boy his life,” said Detective Chief Inspector Chris Soole of the Met’s … [Read more...] about Woman, 21, arrested over stabbing murder of teenage boy in south London
A 15-YEAR-old boy has been knifed to death in Bellingham, south east London, police said. Officers were called to Randlesdown Road at about 5.20pm on Thursday and found the teenager suffering with knife wounds. The boy was taken to a south London hospital but he was sadly pronounced dead at 8.15pm. Scotland Yard said his next of kin are aware and officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed. A Met Police spokesperson said: "At this early stage officers are working to establish the circumstances." They added that no arrests have been made and a crime scene remains in place. The Sun On Sunday leads the Beat The Blades campaign to tackle London's knife crime epidemic Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 5890/1 Nov. It comes as knife crime in the capital continues to surge, with figures from the Met Police showing a 16 per cent increase in London. Excluding those killed in terror attacks like … [Read more...] about Boy, 15, stabbed to death in Bellingham as violent crime on streets of London continues