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The Murder of Aliza Sherman /// Part 1 of 4

The Murder of Aliza Sherman /// Part 1 of 4

 

Part 1 of 4 - The Murder

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Cleveland, Ohio - Sunday, March 24, 2013- Aliza Sherman a 53 year old mother of four stepped out into the cold to run some errands. She promised her youngest sons she would not be gone very long and she would return home with dinner. Hours and hours went by. Jeremy tried calling his mother's cell but she did not answer. Then he called his older sister Jennifer. Jeremy explained to Jennifer that their mother had been gone too long and he could not reach her. Jennifer tried many times to get her mother on the phone to no avail. Jennifer decided to take the search to the streets and look for her mother. Before she could locate Aliza the Cleveland Police Department notified Jennifer that they would like to speak with the Sherman family. It was then that detectives notified the family that Aliza Sherman had been killed in downtown Cleveland in broad daylight.

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True East Murders /// Part 2 /// 166

True East Murders /// Part 2 /// 166

 

Part 2 of 2

 

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July 13th, 1994- just after 2a.m. The Bellevue Washington Police Department were called to a crime scene. Two teenagers, Sebastian Burns and Atif Rafay returned to the Rafay family home. The house is located in a quiet upper middle class area of Bellevue. When they arrive, they stumbled onto a horrific scene. Atif's parents and sister had been brutally attacked. The young men called for help. Sebastian called 911 asking for police and an ambulance. First responders arrived on scene very quickly. Atif's older sister died at the hospital just a few hours after the attack. She was unable to tell the Detectives who had attacked her. This week in the Garage we discuss the triple homicide of the Rafay family and the investigation that followed.

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True East Murders /// Part 1 /// 165

True East Murders /// Part 1 /// 165

 

Part 1 of 2

 

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July 13th, 1994- just after 2a.m. The Bellevue Washington Police Department were called to a crime scene. Two teenagers, Sebastian Burns and Atif Rafay returned to the Rafay family home. The house is located in a quiet upper middle class area of Bellevue. When they arrive, they stumbled onto a horrific scene. Atif's parents and sister had been brutally attacked. The young men called for help. Sebastian called 911 asking for police and an ambulance. First responders arrived on scene very quickly. Atif's older sister died at the hospital just a few hours after the attack. She was unable to tell the Detectives who had attacked her. This week in the Garage we discuss the triple homicide of the Rafay family and the investigation that followed.

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James Byrd Jr. /// Part 2 /// 164

James Byrd Jr. /// Part 2 /// 164

 

Part 2 of 2

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The Crime was unspeakable: June 7, 1998; 49 year old James Byrd jr. was picked up by three white men in Jasper, Texas. They took him to the woods where they beat James and chained him by his ankles to the rear bumper of their pick up truck. He was dragged  three miles along country roads. His head was severed from his torso by a roadside culvert. Tonight we discuss a horrible senseless murder that shook the nation and forever scarred an East Texas town.

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James Byrd Jr. /// Part 1 /// 163

James Byrd Jr. /// Part 1 /// 163

 

Part 1 of 2

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The Crime was unspeakable: June 7, 1998; 49 year old James Byrd jr. was picked up by three white men in Jasper, Texas. They took him to the woods where they beat James and chained him by his ankles to the rear bumper of their pick up truck. He was dragged  three miles along country roads. His head was severed from his torso by a roadside culvert. Tonight we discuss a horrible senseless murder that shook the nation and forever scarred an East Texas town.

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Melissa Witt /// Part 2 /// 162

Melissa Witt /// Part 2 /// 162

 

Part 2 of 2

 

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December 1, 1994- 19 year old college student Melissa Witt goes missing from Bowling World in Fort Smith, Arkansas. When she is first reported missing the police suspect that she had runaway. Later Melissa's car was found abandoned in the bowling alley's parking lot. Once they located the vehicle investigators quickly found evidence that suggested Melissa had been attacked and abducted after exiting her vehicle. Tonight we are joined by Missing Persons advocate LaDonna Humphrey as we explore this strange case. A cold case that certainly does not lack suspects.

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Melissa Witt /// Part 1 /// 161

Melissa Witt /// Part 1 /// 161

 

Part 1 of 2

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December 1, 1994- 19 year old college student Melissa Witt goes missing from Bowling World in Fort Smith, Arkansas. When she is first reported missing the police suspect that she had runaway. Later Melissa's car was found abandoned in the bowling alley's parking lot. Once they located the vehicle investigators quickly found evidence that suggested Melissa had been attacked and abducted after exiting her vehicle. Tonight we are joined by Missing Persons advocate LaDonna Humphrey as we explore this strange cold case. A cold case that certainly does not lack suspects.

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D’Wan Sims ////// 160

D'Wan Sims ////// 160

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December 11, 1994; Dwanna Harris went to the Wonderland Mall in Livonia, Michigan with her son D'Wan. D'Wan is just a little guy, four years old and about three foot tall. The Wonderland mall was very busy with holiday shoppers. The two talked together as they made their way through the mall. D'Wan was walking almost directly behind his mother as they talked. Dwanna asked the little boy a question but he did not answer her. She turned around and her son D'Wan was gone. Tonight we discuss one of Michigan's most famous missing child cases.

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Brandon Billings /// Part 2 /// 159

Brandon Billings /// Part 2 /// 159

 

Part 2 of 2

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October - 2002; Brandon Billings an 18 year old Galax High School student and football player, was found shot to death near the New River in Grayson County, Virginia. The crime scene was confusing and there were not many leads. The killing remained a cold case without a break for more than a decade. Then the investigators received information that led them back to one of their original persons of interest.

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Brandon Billings /// Part 1 /// 158

Brandon Billings /// Part 1 /// 158

 

Part 1 of 2

 

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October - 2002; Brandon Billings an 18 year old Galax High School student and football player, was found shot to death near the New River in Grayson County, Virginia. The crime scene was confusing and there were not many leads. The killing remained a cold case without a break for more than a decade. Then the investigators received information that led them back to one of their original persons of interest.

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