12-year-old abducted, killed

December 20, 1984Greeley, Colorado12-year-old Jonelle Matthews is taken from her home; her body will remain undiscovered for nearly 35 years Matthews was last seen on the night of December 20 after she sang Christmas carols with her school choir. She was taken home by a friend and the friend’s mother who watched Matthews walk into…

Unsolved: Child disappears while walking home from school

December 17, 1979Browning, MontanaMonica Still Smoking (7) disappears after school Still Smoking was last seen by a classmate who reported she may have accepted a ride while walking home from school. An “extensive search effort” was launched to find her and, on December 31, Still Smoking’s uncle found her frozen body in snow on a…

Man executed for the abduction and murder of his ex-wife

October 18, 1949Carson, NevadaEugene Leo Gambetta (46) is executed for the murder of his ex-wife Gambetta and his ex-wife, Thelma Ribail (25) had been married for two years before they separated in March 1948 and finalized their divorce on June 25, 1948. On July 15, Gambetta reportedly waited in the bushes near Ribail’s Reno, Nevada…

Sisters abducted from mall

March 25, 1975 Wheaton, Maryland Sisters Sheila (12) and Katherine (10) Lyon disappear from a mall while looking at Easter decorations On March 25, the sisters walked alone to a nearby mall around 11 a.m. or noon, with instructions from their mother to return home by 4 p.m. When the girls had not returned by…

Two men kidnap a pair of hitchhikers, raping and killing one and seriously wounding the other

October 11, 1980Knox County, TennesseeWalter Lee Caruthers and Reginald Watkins kidnap two hitchhikers before they rape and kill one and seriously injure the other Brothers-in-law Caruthers (36) and Watkins (27) picked up Wilhelmina (22) and George (18) Stahl in Columbus, Ohio as the siblings were hitchhiking from New York to Georgia. In Knoxville, Tennessee, Caruthers…