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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 […]

Who Killed Juanita Todd? Part Eight

July 16, 2023

More than 20 years ago Odetta Todd stood alone knocking on the front door of the small brown-shingled house on a narrow Wilkes-Barre street. After waiting and feeling the increasingly frequent stress that often made her wonder if anyone was listening, she turned away in frustration. A solitary figure fighting the world all by herself, […]

Who Killed Juanita Todd? Part Seven

July 9, 2023

“I picked up the baby, Odetta, in my arms,” said Wilkes-Barre police detective Thomas Bird, his eyes staring into space like he was seeing a ghost and I wasn’t there. That March day we talked almost 30 years ago marked the first time in 22 years the cop whom colleagues called “T-Bird” publicly shared his […]

Who Killed Juanita Todd? Part Six

July 2, 2023

Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown knows the terrible details of Juanita Todd’s story. City Police Chief Joe Coffay does, too. So does Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce. In addition to these three public officials, I also sent emails and my first five columns about the 1972 unsolved Wilkes-Barre murder of Juanita Todd to Wilkes-Barre city […]

Who Killed Juanita Todd? Part Five

June 25, 2023

Douglas “Bay” DeGraffenreid swears he didn’t kill Juanita Todd. What if he is innocent? More than 50 years ago police in Wilkes-Barre, PA, privately called DeGraffenreid their only suspect. Just because you’re a suspect doesn’t mean you’re guilty. But, if DeGraffenreid is an innocent man, why did he borrow money and flee to Los Angeles, […]

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