Friday, August 31, 2012

Cold Cases: Unsolved Crimes That Keep Us Up At Night (QUIZ)

In TNT’s hit show, The Closer, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is the LAPD’s eponymous case-clincher. Known for her unorthodox tactics and razor-sharp instincts, she’s the one the Major Crimes Division turns to when there’s a case that needs a confession.

Throughout history, however, there have been crimes that have since gone unsolved. From Jack the Ripper to the Zodiac murders, the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa to the drowning of Natalie Wood, the following are some of the cases that still keep us up at night with unanswered questions.
See if you can fill in the pieces to the puzzles below.

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At September 5, 2012 at 8:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

At September 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM , Anonymous Remember Danny said...

... help us remember Danny Goldman, and resolve his case:

Daniel Jess Goldman, "Danny", was a 17 year old senior attending Miami Beach Senior High , and living with his parents in their home in the Town of Surfside, in 1966. Danny spent much of his free time working on television sets, learning electronics, and being with his girlfriend or talking to her on the telephone. Danny's father, Aaron Goldman, was a successful contractor and builder, and his mother, Sally Goldman, was an interior designer and the daughter of Harry and Jeanette Goodkowsky. The Goodkowskys had moved from Old Orchard Beach, Maine to Miami Beach years before, and the family had established the first kosher hotel and restaurant in both places.

March 29 was to be Danny's 18th birthday and he had plans to go with his mother to register at the area's Selective Service office. However on the day before, March 28, 1966, Danny was kidnapped from his family home by a husky intruder who came in through the rear, unlocked, sliding glass doors; he called the Goldmans by their first names, expected to find $10,000 in cash in the home, and took Danny when it turned out that the cash was not in the house. He told the Goldmans to get money, now increased to the amount of $25,000, and have it ready to exchange for the boy at 6 PM that evening. He said that if they did not have it by then, it would then go to $50,000. The kidnapper never called the family and there was no exchange.

Danny has never been found, alive or dead, his kidnapper and/or murderer was never identified or arrested, and although it was once the focus of national attention and the "#1 Mystery" of federal and local agencies, his case was ''administratively closed''.

In 2012, Danny was not listed in any FDLE, FBI, or other local, state, or national database as a missing person or an open case. It was as if Danny had never existed and his kidnapping and disappearance had never happened.

In February of 2012, his mother passed away; his father had passed away two years prior.

In March of 2012, a small group of Surfside residents, led by an attorney who is a former mayor of the Town, took it upon themselves to seek justice for Danny and all who knew him. The group, alumni of Beach High, three of whom knew Danny from the Surfside neighborhood, decided that Danny should not be forgotten, that his kidnapping and possible murder should not be ignored, and that a crime and tragedy of this magnitude deserved being attended to and resolved, no matter how cold the trail may be. Research, interviews, obtaining public records, ... the effort was underway.

A DNA sample was identified and located, archival records were retrieved, audio and video and documentary records from the scene of the crime were obtained, and a comprehensive timeline was developed. The "posse" uncovered, discovered, compiled and analyzed so much information that in response, the case was re-opened by the Miami Dade Police Department, Homicide Bureau, Cold Case Squad in May 2012, and in September 2012 is now also an active case with NAMUS, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

The hope is that the ‘rear view mirror’ with the help of modern investigative techniques, law enforcement capabilities and science will enable the closure of this tragedy for everyone it has touched.

Any potentially relevant information should be reported.

With the gathering and placement of each new and old piece of the puzzle, hope increases for finding the answers. Thank you for your interest, concern - and participation.

Paul Novack
Joseph Graubart
Anthony Blate
David Graubart
Harvey Lisker
and a growing crew of participants, join us...

For more information call 305-947-3000.

To provide tips and information contact Miami-Dade Police Department at (305) 471-2400.
Case #: PD120529203210

ph: 305-947-3000


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