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  1. #1
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    PA - Politician charged in '79 cold-case murder DNA match

    Republican politician charged with 1979 cold-case murder of
    23-year-old lover after DNA breakthrough on victim's nightgown
    (Daily Mail)
    A Republican politician has been charged with the 1979 murder of his 23-year-old lover - who he is accused of choking to death in her bed.

    Pennsylvania builder Gregory Scott Hopkins, 65, was arrested on Sunday after cold-case investigators linked his DNA to the killing of Catherine Janet Walsh, of Monaca.

    She was found by her father in her bed, bound and strangled with a bandana, on September 1, 1979, after he could not contact her over Labor Day weekend.

    Beaver County prosecutors said police had found new DNA evidence on Walsh's nightgown, the white rope that bound her hands behind her back and the bed sheet that covered her body.
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    more, with pictures, at link above

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    YAYYY!!!! Another one found out!! Justice! Love the comment in the article above from a poster who asked (paraphrase) 'makes you wonder what walks among us.............'


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    From November 2013:

    http://www.post-gazette.com/local/20...s/201311220170

    The not knowing, for three decades, who had killed his big sister and why, was the "horrible" part, said Francesco Caltieri.

    The trial, in which 23-year-old Catherine Janet Walsh's murder by strangulation was shown in pictures and discussed in testimony, was the "painful" part, he said.

    But the verdict Friday, in which a Beaver County jury decided that Gregory Scott Hopkins, 67, a former Bridgewater councilman, was guilty of third-degree murder in the Monaca woman's 1979 death? That, finally, after 34 years, was something close to closure, said Mr. Caltieri, 53, of Somerset, Ohio.
    From February 2014:

    http://www.post-gazette.com/local/we...s/201402260136

    Gregory Scott Hopkins, a former Bridgewater councilman who turns 68 early next month, will serve eight to 16 years in state prison, ruled Common Pleas Judge Harry E. Knafelc on Wednesday morning before a nearly full courtroom in the Beaver County Courthouse.

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    This link includes the video for the 48 Hours investigation into Walsh's murder.

    "34 years later, detective closes haunting cold case"

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/34-years...ing-cold-case/

    But perseverance and luck came through and I finally got to go visit Peter Caltury again. His wife Mary Jane did not live to hear the news, but Peter learned that after more than 30 years we had made an arrest in his daughter's case.
    He testified at the preliminary hearing but died before the trial. I promised him at the hospital that justice would prevail.

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    Her story on ID right now.
    Media thread for Abby and Libby.


    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...5#post13163455

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    We are the watchers. We are witnesses. We see what has gone before. We see what happens now, at this dangerous moment in human history. We see what's going to happen - what will surely happen - unless we come together: we - the Peoples of all Nations - to restore peace and harmony and balance to the Earth, our Mother.


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    Glad to see her family finally got Justice. Too bad it was so late. I haven't read up on this or anything but anyone know what his motive was?



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