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    Jul 2004

    NE - Martina 'Tina' McMenamin, 18, Lincoln, 25 July 1995

    Lincoln police continue to get tips and follow leads in the Tina McMenamin homicide nearly 10 years after she was killed.


    One of those tips, reported to police earlier this year by an inmate, indicated that items were taken from the scene of the crime by the killer and hidden among rocks along the bike trail at 48th Street and Normal Boulevard, said Sgt. Larry Barksdale, who has managed the case since the crime was committed in July 1995.

    The male inmate told police a man who Barksdale said has been a suspect in the killing talked to him about the crime several years ago. The inmate told police the man gave him specific information about the crime scene and invited him to look at personal items he took from McMenamin's apartment the night of the murder and hid along the bike path.

    "If anybody found a photograph or a piece of jewelry (along the bike path) that was unusual or has any information, we would like to know," Barksdale said.

    The inmate also said the man had identified two other people he wanted to kidnap and kill, one at an apartment complex at 27th Street and Nebraska 2 and another in Scottsbluff, Barksdale said

    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Nov 2003
    Tina was a close friend of mine in high school. She is actually the reason I came to websleuths in 2003. I wish and pray her murder is solved someday. It still keeps me awake at night, and I still wish it never happened.
    Our 15 year class reunion is next month, and I wish I was able to give her a big hug, and see that big smile of hers
    Sarah Sue

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    Sarah Sue

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    This case interests me a lot. I'm from Lincoln, and the original suspect was a regular customer at the grocery store where I worked when I was in high school. I remember one specific occasion when the suspect was talking to me and other customers shooed him away and told me, "that guy murdered somebody." I'm not sure if he actually had anything to do with Tina's murder, but interacting with him really sparked my interest in the case. Does anybody know where more information can be found online?

  5. #5
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    Fairfield, Nelson Co, Ky USA
    Quote Originally Posted by rachelcanteatcheese View Post
    TDoes anybody know where more information can be found online?
    Some of the earlier links are dead (and not saved at archive.org). I found a few stories, but they basically detail who did not kill her.

    Newspaper: Strohl Clocked In
    McCook Daily Gazette (McCook, NE)
    That alibi has not eliminated Daniel Strohl as a suspect in the death of 18-year-old Martina McMenamin, the newspaper said, but Strohl is not a primary suspect.
    Strohl, 21, is not charged in Miss McMenamin's death but police have been investigating whether he was involved because he lived in one of the 14 buildings in her apartment complex. McMenamin originally was from Omaha but was a student at University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
    Charges dropped against Tina McMenamin's alleged killer
    The Daily Nebraskan (Lincoln, NE)
    Mistakes are not something most people wish for.

    But for Bernadette McMenamin, a mistake could change everything.

    Martina McMenamin, Berndette's only daughter, was stabbed to death July 25, 1995 in hersouth Lincoln apartment.

    Two weeks ago charges against Gregory Gabel, McMenamin's alleged killer, were dismissedbecause of new DNA evidence.
    Once she heard the DNA sample didn't match Gabel's, McMenamin said there was one question on her mind.

    "I wanted to know what was going to happen to him," she said. "And I also felt there was absolutely nothing I could do."

    Sarah Bognich, Tina's roommate at the time of the murder, said she felt much of the same.

    "It was starting all over again," Bognich said. "I was hoping it would be over soon so I could really move on, but now we're back at the beginning. I don't know what to do any more."
    Police say man frightens tanning parlor employee
    Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, NE)
    Then, the woman told police, he started to stare at her chest. She told police he said he would remember her name because it is the same as one of the characters in the 2007 Quentin Tarantino movie, "Death Proof."

    In the movie, she said he told her, the leading man runs down college-age girls with his car and kills them. One of the girls has the same name as the tanning salon clerk, she said Gabel told her.
    Gabel was arrested in 1996 in the July 25, 1995, death of 18-year-old Tina McMenamin, a pizza restaurant employee found dead in her south Lincoln apartment. He was jailed for two years, maintaining his innocence throughout that time. Ultimately, he was exonerated after DNA evidence failed to link him to the crime scene.

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