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Who Killed Juanita Todd? Part Thirteen

September 3, 2023

You know the criminal justice system is broken when a white district attorney in an overwhelmingly white community ignores a Black murder victim’s daughter’s plea for help.   Luzerne County District Attorney Samuel M. Sanguedolce, a smug law-and-order Republican running uncontested for re-election, is ignoring murder victim Juanita Todd’s daughter Odetta’s plea for help. Neglecting her. […]

Who Killed Juanita Todd? Part Twelve

August 27, 2023

Where’s the knife? Where’s the murder weapon? On September 28, 1972, Wilkes-Barre police found a knife sticking out of Juanita Todd’s corpse. If they lost or threw away that murder weapon, city officials must admit and explain their recklessness. If police still possess the blood-smeared blade that’s crucial to helping solve the mystery of who […]

Who Killed Juanita Todd? Part Eleven

August 6, 2023

Now we wait. We wait after readers shared, discussed and took to heart each of 11 columns about Juanita Todd’s 1972 tortured killing I wrote and published each consecutive Sunday on my website and on Facebook. We wait after more than 50 years of heartfelt grieving. We wait amid the brutal fog of sexism and […]

Who Killed Juanita Todd? Part Ten

July 30, 2023

Did Wilkes-Barre police brass purposely ignore evidence in the 1972 Juanita Todd murder investigation?   If so, why? Six years after the 22-year-old Black woman’s barbaric killing, Wilkes-Barre Patrolman Don Smith swore under oath that Captain of Detectives John Lowe neglected crucial information that might have helped solve the Todd case. Smith also told investigators […]

Who Killed Juanita Todd? Part Nine

July 23, 2023

We watched excited children lick dripping double-dipper cones as their parents matched them scoop for scoop or ate top-heavy sundaes loaded with whipped cream and bright maraschino cherries – happy families out for ice cream on a hot summer day. Low-key, the four of us sat at a red wooden picnic table beneath a green […]

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