NJ - Rose Twells, 86, beaten to death, Woodbury, 18 Dec 1979

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    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    The Rose Twells killing was creepy, beastly even, the subject of rumors and speculation, cloaked in the kind of mystery that makes for an engrossing episode of Law & Order or CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

    And it's just as compelling today as it was 25 years ago, when Twells was beaten to death in her Woodbury mansion. Perhaps more so because of how the case unfolded in the intervening years.

    Tomorrow, jury selection begins in the 1979 whodunit that rattled high society in the two-square-mile Gloucester County seat.

    http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/new_jersey/11656049.htm
     
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    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    A man accused of killing the widow of a former mayor while a teenager has been convicted in the slaying that shocked this Gloucester County town 25 years ago.

    Jeffrey Bayer, now 41, was found guilty on Friday of felony murder in the December 1979 slaying of Rose Twells, whose battered body was found bound to a staircase banister in her home.

    http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local...0,1497234.story?coll=nyc-regionhome-headlines
     
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    http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/new_jersey/11740538.htm

    "He's friendly, and he's kind," she said. "He was always open and honest with me. I don't know. He always did nice things."

    Bayer would help her with her rent, fix things around the apartment, clean. He would go to her father's house in Washington Township and cut the grass, she said.

    "And he was always good around my kids," Foulke said.

    Which is why, she said, she knows he did not kill Twells.
     
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    As the jury ended its first day of deliberation with no decision, the town buzzed with guilty-or-innocent predictions. From the hallways of the Gloucester County Justice Complex to the lunch counters at restaurants, people chewed on the evidence against Bayer presented over five days of testimony.

    The case against Bayer was 25 years in the making. Shortly after Rose Twells was found dead in her Woodbury mansion on Dec. 20, 1979, locals gossiped that Bayer, the town troublemaker and the mayor's son, was involved in the botched burglary. Twells, the widow of a former mayor, was in her 80s and lived alone.

    At age 16, Bayer was well known to police, and generations of detectives worked to prove his guilt. Now 41, he is charged with murder and felony murder and faces life in prison if convicted.

    But a guilty verdict is not viewed as a sure thing, not even by prosecutors, who have acknowledged that no physical evidence links Bayer to the crime.

    http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/new_jersey/11750510.htm
     
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    OkieGranny <b><span style="color:#660033;">WS Forum Coordinat Forum Coordinators

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    From June 2008:

    http://www.nj.com/south/index.ssf/2008/06/bayer_conviction_upheld_in_197.html

    Haven't yet managed to find whatever became of the other two perps, who were equally as guilty of committing this vicious crime according to the narrative at link.
     
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