There's a Break in the 22-Year-Old Baby Hope Child Murder Case

Categories: Cold Case Files

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The poster advertising the reward and new investigation this past summer.
Over 20 years ago, police discovered the body of a young child in a dirty cooler off Hudson Parkway in Washington Heights. Though her remains were already decomposing, test showed she had been starved, beaten, and sexually assaulted. No one ever reported her missing, her identity was never discovered, and her funeral was paid for by the cops investigating the case. Late Monday, it was reported that DNA evidence had led police to the girl's mother, and that an arrest has been made after the trail had been cold for over two decades.

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Cops Go to Question Westchester Women-Slasher About Cold Case Murders; Find Woman's Body

Categories: Cold Case Files
Lucius Crawford has lady problems. The problem: he stabs them.
What are the odds that when detectives go to question a parolee about two cold case murders they find another body in his house? In the case of Westchester killer Lucius Crawford -- who has already served prison time for stabbing six women -- the odds were apparently pretty good, because that's exactly what happened.

Crawford was paroled from Sing Sing Prison in 2008, where he served 13 years for the attempted murder of a Yonkers woman. Recently, he has been linked to the murders of two other women -- a prostitute in the Bronx in 1993 and another woman in Yonkers in 1994.

Yesterday, cold case detectives went to Crawford's Mount Vernon home to question him about the 1993 and 1994 murders. That's when they found a woman's lifeless body in a bed. Surprise, surprise, she'd been stabbed eight times.

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Manhattan D.A. Files to Drop Dominique Strauss-Kahn Charges

As expected, Cy Vance Jr.'s office has filed paperwork to drop all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in his alleged sexual assault of hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo. The papers were filed at 3:20 p.m. today in Manhattan Supreme Court. Over the course of the last month or so, the D.A.'s office had lost faith in Diallo, who'd been caught in a number of lies and half-truths involving her asylum application and other things. More »