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reported events that occurred at 1926 Southeast 21st Street, Cape Coral, Florida, US on July 5th, 1991

Unsolved Double Homicide ; July 5, 1991 | Cornelius van der Linde, 71, and his wife Mary Alice, 69, were found shot to death inside their home by one of his son’s. Cornelius was found in the front room and Mary Alice in a bedroom. Cornelius was a reputed outspoken political activist and community leader. He was a vocal government critic.

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View the digital scanned newspaper from News-Press dated Jul 06, 1991, page 1.


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reported events that occurred at 5334 Cocoa Court, Cape Coral, Florida, US on July 17th, 1977

July 17, 1977 | 70-year-old Louis Smelka was found drowned in his backyard pool shortly after being reported missing. The man was wearing bathing trunks and a slipped diving mask, but his wife said he was reportedly out there to clean the algae off the top of the pool. The wife had reported him missing when she went out back and couldn’t find a trace of him. The algae covering the pool was thick enough to leave no sight of Smelka. A police investigator that arrived to take the report also poked the bottom of the pool with a broomstick handle looking for a potential body, but felt nothing. The police investigator was talking with a neighbor about the disappearance when Smelka’s body apparently floated to the surface of the pool, and was found. He was reported accidentally drowned.


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September 25, 1977 | Robert Demonsroy, 30, was mowing the front lawn of his split-level home on a hot Summer day, when he apparently heard the loud sound of gunshots coming from inside his home. Robert rushed inside to find his wife, Martina Demonsroy, 20, shot twice through the head and killed. Police arrived and quickly secured the scene. Investigation was done hastily and the woman’s death was ruled accidental, they said she shot herself twice accidentally. Her friends and family didn’t believe it. 21 years later in 1998, a Cape Coral detective became suspicious of the case when he realized it was highly impossible that Robert would’ve heard a gunshot over the sound of the lawn mower and air conditioner on a hot day. An investigation was re-opened and they soon ruled that the woman died of homicide. Tracking Robert to arrest him for Martina’s murder proved difficult. The conman had moved to Canada afterwards, and then would later be convicted of a different murder (1987 murder of Michael Aflano) when he killed his new lover’s husband and then dismembered him. Police believe he died in prison, while those that knew him believe he was alive and under a different alias.


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reported events that occurred at 882 Poinsettia Drive, North Fort Myers, Florida, US on May 21st, 2002

May 21 , 2002 | A neighbor to 882 Poinsettia Dr heard a loud gunshot early in the morning, and found John Robert Smith Jr. dead in his car parked in his driveway. Smith, 55, had been shot once in the head with a handgun. The scene was left to possibly look like a suicide, as it was initially seen as that, but it was soon determined as homicide. Smith, described as a nice man and hard worker, had been moving out of the home which he shared with a girlfriend, a child and 2 unknown adults .

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reported events that occurred at 2040 Northwest 5th Street, Cape Coral, Florida, US on July 25th, 2018

July 25, 2018 | Carmela McEachern, 54, and her husband James, 48, were found dead of a murder-suicide inside their home 2040 NW 5th St. James had shot and killed Carmela before killing himself.

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September 11, 1996 | Police were called to a duplex by Danny Looney, 43, who claimed he found his girlfriend Marlene "Molly" Grenier, 39 unresponsive on the hallway floor. Looney said originally that he and her had a domestic dispute, and that he left the room and she later fell to the ground. Police initially suspected she may have overdosed, she had been drinking a lot of alcohol and smoking weed. A medical examiner later noticed a bruise on Grenier's chin, and found that the woman's cause of death was actually to be homicide. She apparently suffered a rare injury in death where she may have been struck in the chin by a punch, which caused her head to snap back and cause instantaneous death and brain bleeding / swelling. Looney , who was previously charged with unrelated domestic incident crimes, changed his story several times and failed a polygraph after being confronted with the medical examiner evidence. He was soon charged with manslaughter, alleging that he fatally struck his girlfriend Grenier in the chin during a domestic argument.


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reported events that occurred at 13308 Fourth Street, Fort Myers, Florida, US on July 24th, 1996

July 24, 1996 | Glenn Harkins, 29, was beaten to death with a metal aluminum baseball bat by Daniel Durain, 32, at the home of Robert Tracey, 53. Tracey found Harkins' bloody body lying underneath Durain's bed some hours later. Durain and Harkins had previously had a drunken argument, because Harkins was taunting Durain over recent hardcomings. Durain had lost his job and had his car stolen, and was upset because his parents denied him money when he asked for it. Harkins called Durain a "mamas boy" and the 2 fought hard enough that Tracey had to call police out to his home 13308 4th St. When police arrived, Tracey requested that Durain be taken from the house and to some sort of detox, but Tracey claimed the police denied him and said they weren't a cab service, then left shortly afterwards. After police left, Harkins and Durain both went to bed in their rooms which were next to eachother at the end of the home. Tracey went to his bed at the front of the home. Sometime during the night, Durain entered Harkins' bedroom and beat him to death before dragging his body out to his own room. When police arrived again for the call on Harkins' body found, they saw Durain was still watching TV in the living room. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after Harkins' death was ruled a homicide.


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reported events that occurred at 735 Southwest 6th Street, Cape Coral, Florida, US on May 2nd, 1991

May 2, 1991 | Barbara Janice Bacon, 51, was stabbed several times and killed in the master bedroom of her home during a house robbery. Glenn Manus and John Botelho were later arrested and charged with murder after a woman overheard Manus say in a conversation that he "wasted" a woman.


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reported events that occurred at 1053 Northeast Pine Island Lane, Cape Coral, Florida, US on May 1st, 1991

May 1, 1991 | Florenda Atkins, 39, is found stabbed to death inside her Cape Coral home. Police arrested Atkins' husband, James Gunter, 35, who said he came home from fishing and found her dead. Atkins' son, Thomas Ashley, was also later murdered outside a convenience store in 1996.


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reported events that occurred at 1225 Southwest 54th Lane, Cape Coral, Florida, US on May 10th, 1996

May 10 , 1996 | Friday around 6:30AM a criminal who had been using alcohol and cocaine, James Horne, 36 tried breaking into the home of Sammie Foust, 49. Horne was trying to get in through a back sliding glass door, when Foust confronted him with a semi-automatic handgun and the two began struggling. Horne struck Foust several times in the face, possibly breaking her nose, and Foust responded by shooting Horne 4 times in the stomach and running off. A neighbor was summoned for help and police soon arrived, who found Horne laying dead in between a sliding glass door and rear bedroom. No charges were filed on Foust, who lived alone.


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reported events that occurred at 5916 Itio Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US on January 10th, 1986

January 10, 1986 | Buell Edward Crow, 46, was found dead after a housefire at 5916 S Itio was extinguished by responders. The man had been beaten to death with brass knuckles during a fight, and then a fire in his home was purposely lit to destroy evidence. Police 2 years later would charge 3 men in the homicide, 2 of which were grandsons of a woman that lived with crow. Robert Choate was sentenced to life in prison after admitting that he, James Lee, and Jerry Richardson went to rob Crow, and he and Crow got into a fight before he killed him and robbed the home. Afterwards, the 3 later returned to the home and poured gasoline before burning the home down. The other 2 had murder charges dropped against them but would plead guilty to other charges stemming from the crime.


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Unsolved Homicide, January 25, 1988 | Judy Morgan told her husband William that she was going to the post office shortly after waking up. She left the home while William was still laying in bed. She returned less than 2 hours later and found the front door ajar, and upon entering she found William still in bed, but murdered. The 40-year-old man had a gunshot wound to the head and was killed with his own gun, but the gun was not recovered and nothing else seemed to be missing from the house.


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January 6, 1988 | Bernard Franklin, 40, was found deceased in the snow outside his house 4701 N McKinley. Franklin was last seen after drinking alcohol at a neighbor's house the night before, when he put on his coat and set back out to leave for his own home.


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reported events that occurred at 16 Ellsworth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, CA on October 27th, 1912

On October 27 1912 William Manwaring and his wife Ina were found dead in their home. An inquest determined that the cause of death was accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

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reported events that occurred at 5721 North Frankfort Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma, US on February 22nd, 1975

On February 22, 1975, Michael Wilson was shot multiple times and killed at his home, 5721 N Frankfort Ave. He was shot and killed during a violent argument with his wife Jo Beth. During the argument Beth got hold of a gun and shot him 5 times, killing him. She was questioned by police and released.


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