Entries by Project Cold Case

Jillian Berrios

By Andrea Davis This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. It was 5:39 a.m. The sun hadn’t even come up yet. After a night of dancing and celebrating the birthday of a Jacksonville friend, all Jillian Berrios wanted to do was go […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Curtis Council

By: Bailie Staton   In the early hours of Sept. 2, 1994, Curtis Ricardo Council, 20, would be taken away from his new family forever. He had just arrived at his grandmother’s house from the Raines versus Ribault High School rivalry football game. Council and his friend Akbar Perkins, 20, received a page to Council’s […]

Kelli Chapple

By Sara Crouch   The lessening of the constant pain never comes easily – if at all — for the families of the murdered. But it’s even harder when there’s are few answer in a case that’s gone cold. That’s the case with Bernard Chapple, the father of then-23-year-old Kelli Chapple. “You know, they say […]

Joseph DiMare

By James Donlon   It was 3 a.m. on a cold winter night in Bradenton. Richard DiMare and his two brothers were fast asleep at their father’s farm. In the 1950s, winter farming meant lighting kerosene lamps and placing them between rows of tomato plants to ward off the frost. DiMare remembers his father waking […]

Ali Gilmore

By Alexia Carrasco   At 30-years-old, Tallahassee resident, Ali Gilmore, was finally able to check off her goals she worked so hard for. She landed a good job at the Florida Department of Health as an analyst, was pregnant with her first child, and had purchased her first home in a good community. All that […]

Anna Marie Mullin

By Chase Carle   Strawberry blonde hair, a beautiful smile and an infectiously friendly personality — those are just some of the ways friends and family describe Anna Marie Mullin. Sure, she’d had a hard life – a childhood filled with trauma and an adulthood filled with alcohol — but her generosity was never questioned.