In 2014, the world was gripped by the mystery of Baltimore area high school student Hae Min Lee’s death as presented by Sarah Koenig, host of the podcast "Serial" and fans are eagerly awaiting season two. The murder detailed in season one actually took place in 1999 and quickly became murky when the lead suspect in the case, Adnan Syed (also Hae’s boyfriend) was arrested tried for her murder. After two trials he was found guilty and things cooled down… until Sarah Koenig got on the case. After the first season of the "Serial" podcast, and its incongruous findings, a call for a fresh look into Adnan’s case arose from the public and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals filed a decision allowing Syed to appeal his conviction on grounds his attorney Cristina Gutierrez had provided ineffective counsel for failing to seek a plea bargain during his trial. With all the good accomplished by the first season of "Serial," think of the cases that could be solved if they were brought to light on the second season! This list is made up of the unsolved murders that should be the focus of "Serial" season 2.
The unsolved murders on this list have been under investigation for up to 20 years, with little to no leads. In some cases, the murders have multiple suspects that haven’t been narrowed down for mysterious reasons. We think the murders on this list could use the "Serial" treatment to finally put their mysteries to rest.When is the next season of "Serial"? Hopefully soon! In the meantime, vote up the unsolved murders you think should be featured on the next season of "Serial," and hopefully NPR and the "This American Life" crew will hear your cries!
The Case: In 1996 John Gilbride married Alberta Africa, ex-wife of John Africa - the leader of MOVE (a Philadelphia-based Black activism group). In 2002, after testifying that MOVE threatened to kill him, Gillbride was found shot to death in his parked car outside of his home. MOVE initially made statements that the US government had assassinated Gilbride to frame them, and Alberta Africa denied that the murder had occurred, stating in 2009 that Gilbride "is out hiding somewhere." Tony Allen, an ex-MOVE member, maintains that MOVE murdered Gilbride.
The Cast: Alberta Africa, John's ex-wife. Tony Allen, an ex member who knows more than he's letting on. The leaders of MOVE.
What Sarah Koenig Will Ask Over and Over: What about the notebook that Gilbride told his friends about having that contained incriminating evidence about MOVE? Why was it ignored in his murder investigation?Strong story?
The Case: On Super Bowl Sunday in 2001, Jill-Lyn Euto was stabbed to death between noon and 3 pm. No locks were broken and no money was taken. Based on eyewitness reports, whoever killed her did not come into the building with her. The murder weapon was one of Euto's own kitchen knives. No suspects have been named.
The Cast: Jill's mother, who found the body. The Syracuse Police. The property managers at Jill's apartment.What Sarah Koenig Will Ask Over and Over: What about the Super Bowl? Didn't Jill have a party to go to? Wasn't anyone expecting her?Strong story?
Christina Marie Williams
The Case: In 1998, Christina disappeared while walking her dog, Greg. Seven months later her body was found on the former Fort Ord Army Base in the Monterey Bay area of California. The area where she was found had been searched previously, but nothing had been discovered. Sketches of people suspected of the abduction, a man in his late teens and one in his early twenties, were widely released in the media but they did not help identification of the suspects.
The Cast: Residents of the area near the Army base where her body was found, and her neighbors who might have seen her walking GregWhat Sarah Koenig Will Ask Over and Over: Why wasn't the body found earlier? Shouldn't the police have scoured the neighborhood more diligently?Strong story?
Racine County Jane Doe
The Case: When the body of an unknown girl was found near a field, an autopsy report indicated that she had died from multiple injuries, such as burning and beating, and had endured several weeks of neglect and abuse, which had increased in the previous few days before she died. A heavy rain the night before washed away any evidence there might have been of the killers. Some investigators believe that this case could be linked to the murder of Mary Kate Sunderlin, a previously unidentified victim who was also malnourished, had poor dentition, and had been beaten to death.
The Cast: The Racine Sheriff's department, and the murderers of Mary Kate Sunderlin.What Sarah Koenig Will Ask Over and Over: Why was the the connection between the multiple missing persons cases in the area never investigated?Strong story?