Cold Case Murder Solved after 50 Years

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Julie Ann Hanson, 15, borrowed her brother's bicycle in July 1972 and rode off to watch a baseball game. She was never seen alive again. Now, nearly 50 years later, police have made an arrest.

On July 7, 1972, a 15-year-old Hanson from Naperville, Illinois, a sleepy suburb about forty miles outside of Chicago, was into baseball and riding bikes. On that day, she borrowed her brother's bicycle and rode off to watch a local baseball game. She never returned home. Julie was reported missing the next day.

Beltway Insider: Biden/China, Trump Ban, COVID/Vaccine Totals, CA AK-15, Southern Baptists Sex, F. Lee Bailey

Her body was found in a cornfield near her home. She had been brutally stabbed and dumped. With few leads, the case remained open, year after year, decade after decade.

It wasn't until recently that Naperville, Illinois police announced they had made an arrest in the case which haunted the Chicago suburb for forty-nine years.

Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, a retired welder from neighboring Minnesota had been linked to the case through forensic sciences. Whelpley, who would have been 27 at the time of the murder lived within a mile radius of the victim.

DNA Solves Decades Old Cold Case

"This was never a cold case for our police department," Robert Marshall, the Naperville police chief, said during a news conference on Friday. "We were all conscious of Julie's murder, looking for the killer," The Washington Post reported.

Hanson was last of three unsolved murders of young girls in the Naperville are during the 1970s. Initially, detectives believed one person had been responsible for all the murders. Even, without advanced sciences, a single killer theory never held.

The case, which Chief Marshall said was always active, took on renewed urgency as multiple genealogy and forensic laboratories assisted the police in hopes of finding a match in the vast network of genealogy databases which use advanced forensic sciences, DNA, to match against linage, in order to narrow the field of suspects by vertical DNA association.

Two Men Arrested in The Murder of Kristin Smart

The advancement of forensic sciences has exploded over the last two decades, both scientifically and in popularity. The use of genealogy databases has assisted in solving more than forty other cold cases murder and rapes including the most high-profile Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, who terrorized, raped and murdered men and women in the 1970s throughout the state of California.

The specifics of the evidence which led investigators to Whelpley have not been revealed so to not jeopardize the case.

Whelpley has been arrested and charged with three counts of murder and is currently awaiting extradition. He is being held on a $10million dollar bond.

Justice Watch: And They Got Away With It (Part 4)

Haute Tease

  • Acclaimed Dance Artist Shamel Pitts Presents His Newest Production: Black Velvet -- Architectures And Archetypes

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A collaboration with Brazilian dance artist Mirelle Martins and lighting artist Lucca del Carlo combines avant-garde, GaGa-inspired movements, and multimedia visual schemes to create Black Velvet - Architectures and Archetypes an original and all-new multidisciplinary dance production created by and featuring international dance artist Shamel Pitts.

  • Shooting Erupts at LAX Airport; TSA Officer Killed

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A Transportation Security Agency agent was shot and killed when a single suspect opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, firing as many as 20 rounds with a high powered assault weapon.

  • Season of Salt and Honey Review - Charming Depiction of Twists and Turns Life Serves Up

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Season of Salt and Honey, a novel by Hannah Tunnicliffe, is another page turner penned with her skillful artistic strokes adding layers of human emotions intertwining untimely heartache and natural healing process with the magic remedies of culinary creations.

  • Beverly Hills Celebrates Chinese New Year

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    LLADRO, Love Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau, along with media sponsors Beverly Hills Courier, The San Marino Tribune and SING TAO Daily came together in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

  • COLCOA French Film Festival Will Be Carried Forward to September 2021

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF) a unique collaboration between the Directors Guild of America (DGA), announced today that the 2020 edition of the COLCOA French Film Festival will be postponed and carried forward to autumn of 2021.  

  • Bonhams Modern Design and Contemporary Interiors Art Auction

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    At a time when our minds are focused on interiors and objects that beautify them, Bonhams' Live Behind-Closed-Doors Modern Design I Art auction in Los Angeles on Thursday 28 May and Thursday 4 June, will offer major signature works.