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    NJ - James Ridgeway, 23, found murdered, Vineland, 5 Oct 1979

    Two weeks ago, Ridgeway's body was exhumed under the direction of the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office and the Vineland Police Department from the Newfield cemetery where he was buried. The exhumation is one of only a handful performed nationally each year and was the result of an arduous process to obtain a court order allowing it, officials said.

    A more extensive autopsy than the one performed in 1979 is being conducted. Investigators hope to obtain evidence that will help them determine who killed Ridgeway. The exhumation was done after police obtained new information about the crime that they have not disclosed but that led them to push for a new autopsy. Documents requesting permission for the exhumation say a member of Ridgeway's family may be a suspect in his death.

    Ridgeway's body was so badly decomposed when it was discovered by a squirrel hunter that authorities at the time were unable to establish just what killed the tall, brawny man. He was found fully clothed, wearing a black shirt, black corduroy jeans, light-brown boots, a watch and a gold necklace, according to newspaper reports at the time.

    Although tissue samples from Ridgeway's body taken in 1979 had been retained by the N.J. State Police Forensics Laboratory in Trenton, the petition seeking the exhumation indicated that a new autopsy could help investigators establish whether any bones in the victim's skull or neck had been fractured.

    There had been "no visible signs of violence on the body" nor use of drugs or alcohol, according to the report of the original autopsy, performed by W. Irvin Atkinson, Cumberland County's chief medical examiner at the time.

    John Pompper, 18, Ridgeway's half brother, told police during the initial investigation that the pair had gotten into the big Oldsmobile F-85 owned by their mother, Bonnie Pompper, who asked Ridgeway to give his brother a ride to the Cumberland Mall because it was so cold. She had given Ridgeway a dollar to pick up a pack of cigarettes for her.

    About a mile from home, John Pompper told police, Ridgeway stopped to pick up two male hitchhikers. John Pompper was dropped off at the mall. He remembered that one of the hitchhikers asked to be taken to a bar.

    Two days later, Bonnie Pompper reported Ridgeway missing. Three days later, John Pompper left Vineland to join the military. Three weeks later, Ridgeway's body was found. "We just always assumed it had been the hitchhikers who killed him," Rhoda Turner said.

    http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/n...y/11295791.htm
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

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    updates on this case:

    july 6, 2007 half-brother charged with the murder

    http://www.nj.com/south/index.ssf/20...ths_to_de.html
    we need to encourage harder sentencing on those that are harming our children. our children are worth it!!

    stop the circus!! these children as all children deserve to be found and justice brought forth for what has happened to them!!


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    His half-brother was charged with the murder but he was found not guilty. I have not been able to find any other updates on the case.

    http://nypost.com/2009/12/03/nj-man-...d-murder-case/

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    Too bad we cannot find out more about the trial. Sounds like the authorities really tried to put a case together. No mention if the parents were still alive and attended the trial either.
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    How "solved" is this case if the (sole) suspect they tried was acquitted?

    Either the brother got away with murder or was falsely accused of murder.

    The first (Philly.com) link is old and not archived on the Wayback Machine (archive.org).
    But what was posted from it seemed that it would have the most info (i.e. hitch-hikers, leaving soon after for the military, picking up cigs for mom).

    The fact that bro was the last (known) person to see Ridgeway and the fact that he went to the military shortly thereafter are the only things I could gather as to why he was a suspect.
    Those two things make the brother one to suspect, but are far from set-in-stone proof of guilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bflocket View Post
    How "solved" is this case if the (sole) suspect they tried was acquitted?

    Either the brother got away with murder or was falsely accused of murder.

    The first (Philly.com) link is old and not archived on the Wayback Machine (archive.org).
    But what was posted from it seemed that it would have the most info (i.e. hitch-hikers, leaving soon after for the military, picking up cigs for mom).

    The fact that bro was the last (known) person to see Ridgeway and the fact that he went to the military shortly thereafter are the only things I could gather as to why he was a suspect.
    Those two things make the brother one to suspect, but are far from set-in-stone proof of guilt.
    Couldn't agree more!

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    really??

    Seems like there is a lot more to this story. Has anyone found out about the two hickers?

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    Prosecutors allege Pompper strangled Ridgeway, his half brother, to death.

    The two allegedly had a dispute over a girl who they had both been romantically involved.

    Prosecutors say Pompper was the last person with Ridgeway prior to his disappearance, but Pompper denies he killed his brother and said the last time he saw his brother was with a pair of hitchhikers they had picked up.
    http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.s...ompper_mu.html

    "He was a lot more soft spoken than he had been when he came in," she said. "He shrugged his shoulders and said to us, 'I just know there were two hitchhikers.' His whole demeanor had changed by the end of the interview. He was very shaky and upset. I could see his stomach trembling."

    Webb said Pompper gave a number of statements to detectives regarding his half brother's death which were full of inconsistencies.
    http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.s...murder_tr.html
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    From 2005

    [...]
    Police said results of DNA evidence and tests on Ridgeway's body, which was exhumed in March, gave them what they needed to make the arrest.

    [...]
    A new autopsy found broken bones, indicating strangulation, according to police. The original autopsy listed "no visible signs of violence."

    [...]
    Last fall, Pompper failed a lie detector test administered by police and court records indicate he became a prime suspect in the case.

    Pompper said in a court filing that he cooperated with police and even went through hypnosis to see if he could recall more details about the hitchhikers.
    http://www.southjersey.com/articles/?articleID=13311

    Here's a link for the article in the first post.

    http://articles.philly.com/2005-04-0...opsy-cold-case
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    Two fellow inmates testified for the state at Pompper's trial. Seems his father might have assisted in a cover up.

    http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.s...prison_in.html

    http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.s...ompper_mu.html
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