Crime ‘Never Gave Up’: Cops Crack 1972 Cold-Case Murder of 15-Year-Old Stabbed 36 Times
13-Year-Old Florida Cheerleader Tristyn Bailey Was Stabbed 114 Times by Schoolmate Aiden Fucci, State Attorney Alleges
Investigators believe the killing to have been premeditated not only by the number of stab wounds, but because Fucci had "made statements to several people that he intended to kill someone."On Thursday, Seventh Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza announced that an autopsy found 114 stab wounds on Bailey—49 of which the medical examiner determined were defensive in nature.
In 1972, 15-year-old Julia Ann Hanson was found dead in an Illinois cornfield. The teen had been raped and stabbed at least 36 times.
Prosecutor Says Aiden Fucci Stabbed Tristyn Bailey 114 Times, Told Friends He Had Plan to Murder Within a Month
"To say that it was 'horrific' could arguably be made as an understatement," the state's attorney noted. The post Prosecutor Says Aiden Fucci Stabbed Tristyn Bailey 114 Times, Told Friends He Had Plan to Murder Within a Month first appeared on Law & Crime.Tristyn Bailey was stabbed no fewer than 114 times by her assailant even as she lay dying — and knew she would die — earlier this month. That’s according to Florida’s Seventh Judicial District State Attorney R.J. Larizza, who on Thursday offered harrowing new details about the brutal alleged murder and final moments in the life of the 13-year-old Florida girl.
Her family has been “haunted” by the unsolved crime ever since, but finally, after a nearly 50-year wait, authorities say they are bringing her killer to justice.
On Friday, 76-year-old Barry Lee Whelpley was arrested in connection with the July 1972 slaying, Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall and Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. Whelpley, who was taken into custody in Minnesota and is awaiting extradition to Illinois, will be charged with three counts of first-degree murder. His bond has been set at $10 million.
Aiden Fucci Faces Life in Prison, Won't Receive Death Penalty Over Tristyn Bailey Murder
Fucci, 14, is accused of stabbing the 13-year-old Bailey 114 times in a premeditated attack in Florida.Motions filed in Volusia County, Florida district court state that 14-year-old Aiden Fucci will be tried as an adult after being charged with the first degree murder of the girl.
“Our department never in five decades gave up looking for Julie’s killer,” Marshall said, adding that investigators used DNA evidence and genealogy to link Whelpley to the crime.
Authorities said Hanson was last seen on July 7, 1972, while riding her bike to her 12-year-old brother’s baseball game while her parents were out of town. At the time, Whelpley was a 27-year-old Naperville resident who was working as a welder.
While Hanson never made it to her brother’s game, her 18-year-old sister did not report her missing until the next afternoon. Hours later, her bicycle was found in a ditch along 87th Street—and her body was found about 100 feet away in a cornfield. Authorities said Hanson had been sexually assaulted before she was fatally stabbed at least 36 times.
He Robbed a Taco Joint With a Toy Water Gun for $264. He Got Life in Prison.
On a Sunday night in February 1981, Rolf Kaestel robbed an Arkansas taco restaurant using a toy water gun. No one was injured in the stickup. He stole $264—and was sentenced to life in prison. Forty years later, Kaestel is still behind bars for aggravated robbery. His penalty is unusually severe, supporters say, for a crime without injuries or even a physical altercation. This year could be the 70-year-old inmate’s final shot at redemption, a taste of freedom for however many good years he has left. Kaestel’s fate now rests in the hands of Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who denied him clemency in 2015 and is expected to decide on his latest application any day now.
Investigators said the case quickly went cold and no suspects were ever identified in the case. Last year, officials announced that in an effort to solve the case, they checked the DNA found at Hanson’s crime scene against the DNA of suspected serial killer Bruce Lindahl, who died while committing another fatal stabbing in 1981. Police later said Lindahl, who is accused of a similar stabbing, was not a positive match.
On Friday, authorities did not go into detail into what evidence pointed authorities to Whelpley, only that “technological advancements in DNA and genetic genealogy analysis” pointed to him being Hanson’s killer.
“This horrific crime has haunted this family, this community and this department for 49 years,” Marshall said. “The investigation and resulting charges were truly a team effort that spanned decades, and I could not be more proud of the determination and resourcefulness of our investigators, both past and present, who never gave up on Julie.”
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