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William Haynor

By Carliana Harris

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

At 33 years old, William Arthur Haynor held a master’s degree in Theology and was the regional director of the Scripto Corporation with two beautiful children and a wife. Things appeared to be going well for the Haynor family. However, rumors and revolving turmoil surrounding William’s infidelity contrasted the outward projection of a life perfectly configured. Read more

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Jerrold Williams

By Teeryana Bryant

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

Jerrold Williams was known as a kind-hearted, goofy person that was truly loved by his family.

“If he could give you anything or help you out, he wouldn’t hesitate,” his mother Delores Williams said. Read more

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Pamela Myles-Johnson

By Crystal Harrison

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

Pamela Myles-Johnson was described as helpful, kind-hearted, and the life of the party. She was a cheerleader throughout her time in junior high and high school. She loved being around others and hanging out with friends.

Pamela married shortly after graduating high school. She and her husband Charles spent many years traveling the country. Pamela never met a stranger in any of her journeys. Read more

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William “Bill” Smith

By Kayla Hartigan

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

Birthdays are typically a special celebration, but some are more difficult than others. When Christopher Beaumont turned 37, he couldn’t help but think of his father, Bill.

William “Bill” Smith was 37 when his life was taken. Read more

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Jody LeCornu

By Hannah Shiver

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

Jody LeCornu had a heart of gold. She was one of the sweetest people you would ever meet. Everyone who came in contact with her was drawn to her.

So why, on a cold night in March 1996, was she murdered? Read more

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Jane Seneca Doe

By Kadi Thomas

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

Miss Jane Seneca Doe was murdered 43 years ago. She was an African American female, between 15 and 27 years old, who stood approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighed around 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Read more

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Alesha Suarez

By Victoria Reed

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class.The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

A pause for reflection, then “she was so beautiful, but short lived.”

Carolyn Buffill-Casella compares the life of Alesha Suarez to a butterfly. The musings of a protective sister tormented by the untimely death of her sister Alesha in Spring 2002. Read more

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Edward Gathright

By Troy Hollinger

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

 

David Gathright’s brother Edward is one of Philadelphia’s older cold case homicides. At well over 38 years since his murder, David has kept a vigilant eye toward setting right the wrongs of the past. David has consistently been very forthcoming and transparent with details which would throw most interested parties caution. So, it’s best to start at the beginning.

David’s recollection of early childhood could be summed up in two words: transient and harsh. Recounting a time when back-and-forth moves between Philadelphia and Youngstown, Ohio, meant “we went to 12 different elementary schools,” he recalls. The constant moves attributed to the unstable homelife he and his siblings were exposed to. Read more

QuaSean, Ariyan, and Arielle Trotter

By John Newsom

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

 

Growing up, QuaSean Trotter was surrounded by family.

Natasha Richardson, QuaSean’s mother, moved her family from the Carolinas to Jacksonville, Florida to get a fresh start for her and her kids. According to Richardson, QuaSean loved football, fishing, and his family. He was selective about his friends and always wanted a family of his own.

He loved his whole family, but he especially loved spending time with his younger brother Quavarius. All the boys in school knew to be careful about dating his younger sister. QuaSean always told his siblings to do the right thing, even if he didn’t. Read more

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Cathleen Thomas

By Bruce Hope

This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and a University of North Florida Journalism class. The student credited above wrote this story as a class project.

Cathleen Thomas, Cathy to family and friends, was one of those people. She always left a lasting impression on nearly everyone she met. Cathleen Thomas was a hero, a trailblazer, and a person who embodied both the ordinary and extraordinary in a life shortened by tragedy at only 27 years old.

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