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Taurus Dawson

By Alex Toth

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

Mindi Dawson Skeith will never forget driving her brother to Tulsa Welding School on his first day. She will never forget how his face lit up when a counselor asked him what he wanted in life.

Taurus Dawson sat to his sister’s left side, a smile on his face, and said he wanted to live a long life. He wanted a house with a garage. He wanted a wife and kids.

“He had plans, he had goals,” Skeith said. “And he’ll never reach them.” Read more

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Jason Pelishek

By Michael Card

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

Two Secret Service agents in black suits greeted Jessie Mckinnon at the door of her home outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after she returned from a routine day at work.

The two men had targeted a person they assumed to be her husband, Jason Pelishek, for hacking into a company’s online database, and said needed to talk with him immediately.

“Jason is my 14-year-old son, not my husband,” Mckinnon said to the agents. Read more

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Willie James Jackson

By Steven Thompson

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

It’s been nearly a decade since Willie James Jackson was murdered on the streets of the city in which he grew up.

Yet police are no closer to solving the crime than the night it happened.

The years of waiting for justice has taken a toll on Jackson’s  family. Read more

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Robert, Helen, Joy Sims

By: Brianna Bartlett

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.

 

“Something terrible has happened, please come,” Norma Jeannette Sims pleaded with a Tallahassee funeral home ambulance service. She stood in her parents’ bedroom overlooking the bound bodies of her father lying on the bed while her mother and youngest sister lie on the beige carpet.

On that Saturday, Oct. 22, 1966, then seventeen-year-old Sims had been babysitting for a family that attended the Florida State football game. When the game ended and the family returned, she returned home with no one there to welcome her. Read more