Please place this case/TV segment

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  1. Ozoner

    Ozoner Well-Known Member

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    Years ago, I saw a TV segment about a young woman (not a prostitute) who took a ride from a trucker at a gas station or truck stop and was later found dead, left in plain sight by the side of the road, in the snow. I believe the area of the country was the northeastern US, but I'm not positive about that part.

    A different, kind-hearted truck driver had given the girl $20, and by determining what time that trucker bought gas, they were able come up with a short list of suspects, i.e. others who had purchased gas around the same time.

    They finally tracked down the girl's killer and sentenced him to prison. He was suspected of other, similar killings, but they didn't have any proof. The segment was not about Kibbe or Rhoades, two more infamous trucker killers.

    I saw this program quite a while ago, probably in the early-to-mid-90s. I am trying to figure out what show it was and the names of the killer and victim. I believe it aired too long ago to be Medical Mysteries/Forensic Files. I doubt it was Unsolved Mysteries because the killing had been solved already. I watch unsolved-mystery/true-crime shows fairly often, but I have never seen that segment repeated, so I think it must be from a program that doesn't get re-run.

    Not being able to remember the details has been bugging me for some time, so if anyone remembers this specific TV segment or the case, please let me know. (My biggest worry is that the guy may have gotten out eventually because he had only been convicted of one killing.)
     
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  3. Peliman

    Peliman New Member

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    Not sure if this is what you are referring, 2nd link has episodes.

    http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Ohio_Prostitute_Killer

    Here is a list of Case Files for the series Unsolved Mysteries by episode in as close to the order as they appeared. Repeated clips, segments and some updates are not included. Seasons 14 and recent have been moved here.

    http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Casefiles
     
  4. Ozoner

    Ozoner Well-Known Member

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    That appears to be a different case, but I appreciate the reply & links all the same.
     
  5. Ausgirl

    Ausgirl Enough Is Enough!

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    Ward Weaver, Jr? IIRC he killed women in his truck along highways in Oregon and/or Nth California.. sorry, having a brain fart on the location details.

    His kid, Ward Weaver III is also a serial killer.
     
  6. Ozoner

    Ozoner Well-Known Member

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    No, but thanks for trying. This case is more obscure; one that I couldn't locate with extensive google searches, probably one that didn't get much media attention except for the one TV show I mentioned.
     
  7. eileenhawkeye

    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    Could you have watched it on 48 Hours?
     
  8. Ozoner

    Ozoner Well-Known Member

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    Going through these links/surfing from there did lead me to one case that looks pretty close - James Cruz, Jr., convicted of killing Dawn Marie Birnbaum (who was a young runaway, not a prostitute) - but I can't be positive because I couldn't find anything about one of the details I remembered, i.e. the girl having been given money by another trucker right before she was abducted. I'll have to try to find out if that case was featured in any true-crime TV shows.
    http://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/cruz-james-robert.htm
     
  9. Ozoner

    Ozoner Well-Known Member

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    It's possible. Do you know if they ever covered the case I just mentioned (victim=Dawn Marie Birnbaum)? That might clinch it.
     
  10. eileenhawkeye

    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    I am still looking to see if it was covered by 48 Hours. It was covered by the FBI Files though.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1202954/
     
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    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    http://articles.philly.com/1993-09-10/news/25984585_1_dna-testing-truckstop-body
     
  12. Ozoner

    Ozoner Well-Known Member

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    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    Investigation Discovery (ID) channel shows FBI Files episodes every weekday at 6 AM. It doesn't look like the episode about Dawn is airing in the next 2 weeks though.
     

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