GUILTY IA - Michelle Martinko, 18, stabbed to death, Cedar Rapids, 19 Dec 1979 *Arrest*

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  1. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/cold-case-spotlight/cold-case-spotlight-michelle-martinko-n275866

    http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news/featur...xclusive-killed-michelle-martinko-32593.shtml

    http://thegazette.com/2009/12/20/30-years-ago-murder-of-teen-haunts-those-who-knew-her/

     


  2. Derek

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    No robbery, no sexual assault. DNA cleared more than 70 people she knew. Could this have been an obsessive stalker she had never met or barely knew? It's one of the few remaining possibilities that makes sense to me.
     
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    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    Someone in the Serial Killers forum suggested Michelle could have been one of DeBardeleben's victims. I haven't looked into that, so I don't know if he was even in the area at the time. Surely LE would have his DNA in the system, though.
     
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    I looked up James DeBardeleben and it seems like he could have been anywhere in the US when Michelle was murdered. Interesting theory though.
     
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    And how many of those cleared by DNA were female?

    Just did a google search for I had forgotten. They say DNA can determine the sex. What they have they believe there looking for a Male.
    Not telling where they found this is strange. It would have to be in the car , door etc.

    If I was a betting man I would bet this was done by female. But they seem certain there killer is male. But I have my doubts.

    So testing females would not be an option since they collected DNA from a man.

    I believe it was female regardless of the DNA. 19 times, stabbed. Including the face. From the cases I have read a man in that situation would have stabbed her several times in the chest, and perhaps slid her throat. But the stabbing to the face, 19 times total leads me to believe it was done by a jealous female for whatever reason.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, Mr. T- a female killed her. Stabbing her in the face 19 times- they wanted to destroy her beauty.
     
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    I agree as well considering she didn't get along with most of the girls at school.
     
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    http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news/featur...ice-receive-leads-martinko-murder-34006.shtml
     
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    Glad to see this case on here. I lived in Cedar Rapids for a few years in the mid 2000's and heard about this case several times. It definitely tainted Westdale Mall's image because I remember people talking about it being the "Murder Mall" even all those years later. Definitely seemed very personal.
     
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    Officials said they arrested 64-year-old Jerry Lynn Burns this morning in Manchester. He is being held at the Linn County Jail. He was charged with first degree murder. He will appear in district court on Thursday morning.

    A DNA sample was critical in developing a suspect profile in the case. The initial sample was sent for analysis in 2006, and a covert sample collected from a suspect by police was matched to blood found at the crime scene.

    Police arrest man in Michelle Martinko case, 39 years after killing
     
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    Is this cold case linked to the murder. Possibly Brian knew something.

    Brian Burns
     
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    Delete. Wow. Sorry I messed that all up.
     
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    Read comments under the post. Does sound interesting.
     
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    Both happened on December 19. What a coincidence. Also, Cedar Rapids police received a tip through Linn County Crime Stoppers, which led to a possible suspect on December 16, 2013.
     

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