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Emily Jeanette GarciaAn unidentified body was found on February 25, 1993 approximately 1.5 miles north on Old Cranes Mill Road off of Highway 46 in Canyon Lake, Texas by a road crew. The decomposing body was reported to the New Braunfels Police and Comal County Sheriff’s Office. The body was listed as a Jane Doe.

The medical examiners concluded that Jane Doe was a victim of murder and that she was carrying an unborn child.

A year later a friend of the murder victim phoned the family about the Jane Doe being a possible match to a teen who went missing from San Antonio.

It was verified from a fingerprint card that Jane Doe was the body of 15-year-old Emily Jeanette Garcia, who was reported missing on February 12, 1993 from San Antonio, TX.

Emily Jeanette Garcia was born on July 27, 1977 in Fort Hood, Texas to Roy Garcia and Sheila Smith-Ramirez. She is the younger sister of Elizabeth Garcia and according to authorities she was about 3 months pregnant at the time of her death however, family members say she was further into her pregnancy then what’s listed. In fact, she was able to determine that her unborn child was male and had already picked out the name Emilio.

February 12, 1993, the day of her disappearance, Garcia had boarded the city bus in San Antonio, Texas to go to an appointment with the health service to see how far along she was in her pregnancy. Her mother had occupied her and stayed with her till she boarded the bus for her appointment and then Sheila went on to her job. Emily never made it to her appointment and that was the last time her mother had seen her daughter alive.

Garcia was kidnapped and held against her will for twelve days. She had been raped, beaten and murdered by strangulation. There isn’t a description of a suspect available.

Initially her body was buried as Jane Doe in Bracken Cemetery on March 30, 1993 by Zoeller’s Funeral Home, but was later exhumed and buried as Emily Jeanette Garcia in Somerset, Texas by her family.

According to Garcia’s mother, Sheila Smith-Ramirez, they received a copy of the original Death Certificate on Sept 9, 2003, but it did not list her daughter as Jane Doe instead, it said N/A. They also have her listed as Caucasian and not of Hispanic Origin, which she was.  The cause of death is listed as strangulation, but newspaper articles claimed she had been sexually abused and that she was already dead before the killer(s) tied her up.

So as you can see, there are many inconsistencies in this case.

Garcia’s case is still open and still being investigated by New Braunfels Police Department, Texas Rangers and the San Antonio FBI. The agencies have not had any leads in years and Garcia’s case fades away as the years go on. However, It has NOT faded with family and loved ones who remain devastated decades later. They’re still determined to find out who is responsible for the death of Garcia and her unborn child. You can visit a website memorial for additional information on Emily Garcia.

A Lifetime movie titled The Killing Secret was made which recreates the abduction and murder of Emily Garcia. Clicking the link will bring you to the full movie which has been posted on YouTube. Scenes have been dramatized.

Her case remains unsolved.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Det. Tommy Ward,
Comal County Sheriff’s office
(830)620-3400
email address: soatgw@co.comal.tx.us
Case #93-01164 or
Emily’s Family
Sheila Smith-Ramirez
emilysmiles2003@yahoo.com
or Emily’s Aunt
Theresa Yeary
tdontrich@socket.net
tyeary53@yahoo.com

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Woman raped and man beaten in horrific home invasion while 18-month-old child slept in the same house

  • Two attackers jumped on the father as he approached his apartment
  • They forced their way inside and assaulted both parents, beating the father and sexually assaulting the mother
  • The pair then ransacked there Burien, Washington home and fled the scene
  • Authorities are now searching for two unidentified African American men
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Frightening: The couple were accosted at their home in Burien, Washington, while a child slept in another room

Frightening: The couple were accosted at their home in Burien, Washington, while a child slept in another room

Rapid response: Police arrived at the scene shortly after the incident at 9pm last night and set tracking dogs on the scent

Rapid response: Police arrived at the scene shortly after the incident at 9pm last night and set tracking dogs on the scent

Article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk on 11/13/12

karina_holmerKarina Holmer, 20, was a Swedish AuPair who left her home country of Sweden and travelled to America to live with a Boston, Massachusetts family.

An AuPair is a childcare provider who receives a temporary visa to travel to another country and live with a family and care for their children in exchange for a predetermined wage and cultural experience. Karina was excited at the opportunity to travel to the US. Four months into the exchange and she was adapting very well. Her AuPair family described her as a responsible, respectable, trustworthy and caring woman who took her job her job taking care of children seriously, but also enjoyed her free time and exploring different places in New England. Just a young woman figuring her life out and having fun on the way. She had no enemies, at least none that were known.

The weekends were her time to go out and enjoy herself, exploring new clubs and bars, hanging out with friends, and meeting new people, and June 21, 1996 was no different.

On the night of June 21st she decided to go to Zanzibar, a popular nightclub on Boylston Place in Boston. She had been there before and was familiar with the scenery. She dressed to the nines, dotting a shining gray sweater and silver pants, which was the style then, and she was very stylish. Many described her as a very attractive woman and she had many males approaching her. She was always kind even if the attraction wasn’t mutual, and was far from stuck up.

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Outdated photo of Karina dressed in all black at Zanzibar prior to June 21, 1996

When she arrived at the club she was seen enjoying herself, drinking, dancing, socializing and even singing. She didn’t have a care in the world. Shortly after however, she was seen passed out on the clubs restroom floor. It appeared that she had gotten a little to intoxicated and like many people, being intoxicated more than likely lowered her guard and judgement and gave a sexual predator and murderer the opportunity to take advantage.

Details after the restroom incident are foggy and something only a few people, including her killer, no. What we do no is that the former Au-Pair was attacked, either by a stranger or someone she met that night or possibly someone she had met over the past four months in the United States, although unlikely given the circumstances.

Karina was not only murdered, she was tortured, sexually assaulted and dismembered into two pieces. The top half of her body was discarded in a Fenway dumpster but the bottom half of her body was never recovered.

Police searched high and low for the person(s) responsible. They tracked Karina’s movements in the 48 hours leading up to her death, interviewed dozens of individuals, and followed hundreds of tips. But despite the hard efforts her case remains unsolved and her killer’s identity remains unknown.

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The below article was published by The Phoenix , a Boston news website. It gives the account of Karina’s murder by a man who was one of the last people to have been Karina Holmer alive:

karina-holmerTHE CASE:

It’s been 15 years since the top half of Holmer’s body was discovered in a Fenway dumpster. The crime fascinated Boston, paralyzed its nightlife, and spurred an investigation that sputtered along for years. But the police never caught her killer.

They never even found the rest of her body.

I didn’t know Holmer by name, but I knew her face. I had said hello to her time after time when she’d come in to Zanzibar on weekend nights to drink; she got served, even though she was only 20. She was known as “Swedish Nanny.” They all were. There were a bunch of them, European au pairs, and they liked to party. They’d dance, they’d drink, and if they were lucky they’d end up getting finger-banged in the back stairwell during one of DJ Tad Bonvie’s cheese-heavy medleys.

We really should have seen this coming.

Monday morning rolled around, and I headed in for my day shift at the Zanzibar offices. The first thing I saw was the news crews blocking up the street. Big microphones bounced off my face as I made my way through the pack.

When I got up to Zanzibar, the tiny office was bursting with cops, both uniformed officers and detectives in plain clothes. Sit down, I was told, they’ll get to you soon enough.

Finally, the cops crowded me into one of the manager’s offices. Did you see anyone suspicious on Friday night, or any other night? they demanded, as I slouched behind the big desk in the poorly lit room. Where were you at the time of the murder?

I was a grubby-looking guy those days, I won’t lie. Plus, a friend at Allston Beat used to give me bottles of Hard Candy nail polish, and I had each fingernail painted a different color. I must have looked suspicious. When they finished asking questions, they started over again.

They questioned my Alley coworkers, too. Cheryl Hanson, who ran Bishop’s Pub across the alley, told them she’d talked to Holmer the night she died. “It’s kind of freaky to think I was just complimenting her on her clothes,” she remembers, “and now I’m giving a description of them so they can help identify her murdered body.”

My buddy Thomas was questioned after the cops found out he’d been shot one night outside Zanzibar months before. “I had to get all my credit-card receipts from that weekend and put them in chronological order to give to them,” he told me years later. “After that, I never heard another word from them.”

The cops called me in for questioning again and again. It got ridiculous. I think I finally told them that I was a coke-head and too weak to even lift up a chainsaw.

A young woman with dirty-blonde hair was passed out along the left wall, teetering on a tall chair with her head buried in her hands. I thought nothing of it as I glided by. This wasn’t anything new, you see. It wouldn’t have been a Friday night without at least one zonked-out babe hanging out in Zanzibar just after closing time looking for her friends or a one night stand.

This was the ’90s, after all — a time when Zima was king, the cocaine was crap, and gazillionaire princes from God-knows-where guzzled Cristal amid the sweaty Euro crowd scene. And on the weekends, they all packed into Zanzibar, the Theater District club where I worked, the sweaty beating heart of a bar-lined alley known as “the Alley.”

From the balcony above, one of the bartenders called down to me. “Fayner!” he yelled. “Can you walk that chick to a cab or something?”

I pointed to the woman I had just passed. “This chick?”

He replied yes.

“No problem, just let me grab something from the back first,” I said, as I made my way to the cooler to rifle beer. But when I came back, she was gone.

So I guess you could say that I was one of the last people to see Karina Holmer alive.

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Eyewitnesses recalled many contradicting things that morning. Holmer left Zanzibar alone and got into a cab. She took off on foot with an older man. She got into a silver car with four dudes and sped off. She chatted with a crazy man and his big shaggy dog in matching Superman T-shirts. But who’s to say the woman any of those people saw was in fact Karina Holmer? Drunken chicks wearing shiny silver pants spewed out of the Alley every night of the week in those days.

Amid the confusion, suspects emerged. The first and most obvious was Frank Rapp, a Dover artist and Holmer’s boss; a mysterious fire had burned outside Rapp’s condo complex after Holmer went missing. But the police couldn’t find anything linking him to the crime.

After that, the investigation sprawled out in a dozen different directions. Detectives questioned a panhandler, Juan Polo, who was seen singing and dancing in the street with Holmer the night of her murder. They also questioned Sleep Chamber frontman and noted junkie John Zewizz, who happened to live two blocks from the dumpster where Holmer was found. And they investigated Herbie Witten, the crazy guy with the dog in the Superman T-shirt.

But no one was ever arrested.

When I tried to talk to the cops for this story, all I got back was this boilerplate e-mail: “The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to seek justice for Karina Holmer. Investigators share a strong desire with Karina’s family to hold the perpetrator accountable. If anyone has any information about what happened to Karina, please contact 617.343.4470. Detectives will continue to aggressively pursue any new leads.”

The theory that had the most traction with those of us who worked down at the Alley was that a cop who had dated Holmer was the real killer. But the most that ever came of that was a terse Boston Globe story, noting that an unnamed officer had been questioned in connection with the murder.

“No one’s a suspect, but everyone’s a suspect,” a “source close to the investigation” told the Globe.

PARTY’S OVER

The Alley became a ghost town after that.

At Zanzibar, it felt as if the place was cursed. Night after night, the club was empty. The manager would send staff home. Everyone started looking for new jobs elsewhere. No one wanted to go down with the ship.

“Everyone was on this heightened alert,” recalls Hanson, “making sure underage people were kept away; definitely being more diligent with IDs. Basically, we stopped making money.”

Outside our doors, there was something heavy in the air. Before, at closing time, the Alley would be packed with people — screaming, yelling, making out, and puking. But after the murder, it was quiet. People walked to cars or to the T in pairs or groups. Women were careful who they talked to.

In October, the city suspended Zanzibar’s license for serving underage drinkers. By the following year, the club was reopened with a new name, new management, and a mostly-new staff, and soon business was blazing again. But that crowd — the Euro kids and the nannies and the yuppies — never really came back (probably for the best).

Karina Holmer’s killer is still out there. It’s hard not to wonder about.

“Yeah, I still think about her death every once in a while,” Hanson says. “Every time I’m near Lansdowne Street and I pass that dumpster, I wonder what happened that weekend.”

Photo of Lisa Dianne Norrell who was found murdered in Pittsburg, CA almost 15 years ago

Lisa Norrell was 15 years of age when she was last seen leaving a party in Pittsburg, California on the night of November 6, 1998.

According to other party goers, Lisa left at approximately 11pm and vanished. The following morning her black dress shoes, which she had worn to the party, were discovered on Highway 4 in Antioch. Later that year, Lisa’s deceased remains were found and her cause of death was determined to be homicide. Medical examiners say she died from asphyxiation.

Police and prosecutors were facing alot of criticism due to a former Antioch fire captain, Duanne Shoemake, had prior child-molestation charges filed against him dropped after he  provided supposedly key evidence in Lisa’s case.

David Heneby had confessed taking Lisa, holding her for several days and doing  “awful things” to her, according to the mother of one the girls allegedly molested by Shoemake.

Shoemake had learned of the confession by way of his sister-in-law, who also  happened to be Heneby’s mother-in-law.

On January 6, 1999 Heneby was arrested for the murder of Lisa Norrell. However, he along with another suspect were released the very next day after prosecutors determined that there was  not enough evidence to charge them with the crime. For reasons authorities will  not discuss, Shoemake’s information had not been strong enough to keep Heneby in  custody.

The mother of the molestation victim who is not being identified to protect her daughter’s identity,  was angered when she realized Shoemake would not be facing charges and filed suit against him. She has been critical of prosecutors’  handling of his case.

She said in an interview that Shoemake’s sister-in-law, identified as Dina Green, apologized earlier for having provided information that  allowed him to avoid prosecution.

“She called to apologize. She was sorry about Duanne finding out,” said the  mother of the victim.

Green reportedly had been cooperating with police, who at one point tapped  her phones in an attempt to build a case against Heneby. But, Green apparently had credibility problems herself and her account of Heneby’s confession was not deemed strong enough to stand up in court.

The mother confronted police about why they traded away a child molestation  case for a third-hand tip about a purported confession.

At that meeting, Pittsburg police defended their deal with Shoemake, saying he had helped them  make an arrest.

“Basically, they told me there was an arrest made and that was good enough,”  said the mother of the molestation victim. “But what he told them obviously did  not stick an arrest.”

Larry Cook, a lawyer representing the woman in her lawsuit against Shoemake, said  police “gave up very serious sex crimes charges for apparently nothing.” “The continued victimization of these girls is the fact that no arrest (in  the Norrell case) has been made, and law enforcement is unwilling to come  forward to account for their actions,” Cook said.

Heneby, 25, has since been convicted on unrelated assault charges and had served a six-year prison term.

Pittsburg police continue to investigate Lisa Norrell’s unsolved murder and despite receiving new, unspecified information years after from the Bay area and beyond, the case remains cold.

Meanwhile, Lisa’s mother, Minnie Norrell, continues to trust that authorities will bring her daughter’s  killer to justice one day. She had started a charity called ‘Lisa’s Closet’ to help  provide low-income families with clothing. And she has kept flowers, candles and  a picture of her daughter as a shrine to Lisa in front of her Pittsburg home.

“This memorial will stay here until the police find my daughter’s killer,”  Norrell said last month. “Only then will I take it down.”

Asked if he thought Lisa’s case would be solved, Zbacnik said, “We always  believe that. Homicides never go away.”