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She Was Stabbed and Left in a Cornfield in 1972. Now There’s an Arrest.

For nearly 50 years, the murder of Julie Ann Hanson, who was 15 when she was stabbed to death and her body was discovered in a cornfield, baffled investigators in a Chicago suburb.

Detectives came and went, chasing leads and a list of potential suspects that never quite panned out.

But then a breakthrough in the unsolved case came last week, when the police in Naperville, Ill., announced that they had arrested a Minnesota man in the 1972 killing.

The man, Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, who lived within a mile of Julie’s home at the time that she was abducted, was taken into custody last Wednesday and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, the authorities said.

The police said that genetic genealogy had connected Mr. Whelpley, a retired welder who was 27 at the time, to the crime. They would not elaborate on the specific dynamics of what led investigators to him, saying that they did not want to compromise their case against Mr. Whelpley, who is being held on $ 10 million bond.

“This was never a cold case for our police department,” Robert Marshall, the Naperville police chief, said during a news conference on Friday. “We were all conscious of Julie’s murder, looking for the killer.”

It was not immediately clear if Mr. Whelpley, of Mounds View, Minn., had a lawyer. The authorities were waiting to extradite him to Illinois.

The breakthrough, like more than 40 other arrests in long-unsolved cases, is once again being attributed to the science of genetic genealogy. The most notable such case led to the arrest of the so-called Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 13 murders and nearly 50 rapes that terrorized California in the 1970s and ’80s.

Genetic genealogy typically involves crosschecking DNA evidence with ancestry records, including those on popular ancestry database websites. Chief Marshall said that several private labs and companies had helped with the investigation, which spanned the careers of a number of detectives.

“This brutal crime haunted our community for many, many, many years,” he said.

On July 7, 1972, Julie borrowed her brother’s bike to go to a baseball game and never returned home, the authorities said. She was reported missing the next day, and her body was found in a cornfield in Naperville, which is about 30 miles west of Chicago.

Julie’s parents have died, but other family members, some of whom attended the news conference on Friday, thanked investigators in a statement that was read by Chief Marshall.

“As you might assume, it has been a long journey for our family,” the statement said. “We are forever grateful to all those who have worked on this case throughout the many years.”

James W. Glasgow, the state’s attorney for Will County, said that Julie’s case was the last of three murders of girls in the Naperville area in the 1970s that investigators were able to solve.

“So we have lived these crimes,” Mr. Glasgow said. “They’ve been over our shoulder our entire careers.”

Although there was speculation that the man convicted in the other two murders had also killed Julie, investigators did not believe that was the case, he said.

“These guys never rested,” he said of the investigators, “never put the file to the side.”

Author: Neil Vigdor
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Viewers furious as Dame Barbara Windsor left out of BAFTA tributes

BAFTA viewers were not happy as the award show did not honour Dame Barbara Windsor.

During the show a number of stars who were lost in the last year were mentioned in a touching video.

Halfway through the BBC‘s coverage, host Richard Ayoade told people watching at home: “Now it’s time to pause, reflect and remember the people we have sadly lost in the past 12 months.”

Musician Alexis French then began playing Bluebird on the piano as a montage began to play.

Various television stars who have passed away in the last year were included such as Ann Lynn, Larry King, Tony Morris, Frank Windsor and Ronald Pickup.

But it did not mention Dame Barbara, The Mirror reports.

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Host Richard Ayoade told viewers it was ‘time to pause, reflect and remember the people we have sadly lost in the past 12 months’

As the montage continued, viewers saw clips of people such as Sabine Schmitz, Des O’Connor CBE, Charlotte Cornwell, Alan Igbon, commentators Peter Alliss and Murray Walker OBE appear on screen.

This was followed by a photo of Big Brother star Nikki Graheme, Tony Armatrading, Alan Curtis, Mark Eden, Archie Lyndhurst and former Coronation Street star Johnny Briggs MBE.

As the video went on, tributes were made to Geoffrey Palmer OBE, Nicola Pagett, Margaret Nolan, Bobby Ball, Charles Beeson, Colin Leventhal and Mahmood Jamal.

The final celebrities shown on screen were Frank Bough, John Sessions, Paul Ritter, Rosalind Knight, Trever Peacock, Dame Diana Rigg DBE and Peaky Blinders actress Helen McCrory OBE.

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Dame Barbara Windsor passed away on December 10 last year but was missing from the tributes montage.

Taking to Twitter, many viewers tuning in at home were not happy with her absence.

One person asked: “Did I miss it or did the @BBC just miss off the late Dame Barbara Windsor when paying tribute to those who we have lost this past year on the @BAFTA’s?

“If so, that’s pretty shocking considering she was one of the best actresses the BBC has ever had!” they added.

Another wrote: “Surprised Barbara Windsor wasn’t amongst the tributes #VirginMediaBAFTAs.”

A third viewer claimed: “dame barbra windsor should have been there !! #VirginMediaBAFTAs and a fourth person fumed: “where the hell was barbara windsor ???? #VirginMediaBAFTAs.”

Another asked: “Why did they not include Barbara Windsor #VirginMediaBAFTAs.”

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Morrisons makes change to stores but customers left unimpressed – 'god awful!'

Many supermarket cafés, including Morrisons, reopened for indoor dining on May 17 at the same time as other restaurants and pubs in England. However, Morrisons customers have taken to social media this week to complain about the food retailer’s new menu.

“Our cafe doors are back open and we can’t wait for you to try our brand new menu!

“With safety screens and social distancing in place, order on your mobile phone from the comfort of your seat. Easy peasy.”

However, many customers have been left angry over the new menu, especially since some items that were available before the lockdown have now been removed.

The lasagne and jacket potato are currently not available.

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One customer wrote on Twitter: “Visited the new café for our tea today. Before lockdown we visited the cafe on many occasions as my favourite was the delicious lasagna. This has been taken off the menu to be told you now do a healthier menu.”

Another customer fumed: “Yesterday – first day back to try new menu – no jacket potato!! Does Morrisons cafes want to lose loyal customers?”

One person said: “We don’t like your new menu not as good as the old one. Have complained don’t get many in whereas before it was very busy.”

Some customers urged Morrisons to change its menu, complaining that the meals’ prices were too high.

One person tweeted: “You really need to change the new menu in your cafe, it’s god awful, and for what you get for the price, it’s a complete ripoff, we used to visit a few times a week, sorry but not coming again.”

Another person commented: “Who ever has devised the menu has no idea about what customers want. We’ve stopped visiting as toast at £1.75 extortionate even if it is bloomer and jam comes with it. Lots of older people I know liked the mini meals and sandwiches in normal bread and have said they won’t be visiting. Please have a re-think.”

Before the third lockdown, Morrisons cafés already offered some British food classics such as a Full English Breakfast and Fish and Chips.

But the new menu includes more breakfast and lunchtime options.

Breakfast options include Poached Eggs and Avocado which will be served on sourdough bread and costs £3.75.

For lunch, customers can choose from new additions like the Fish Goujon Sandwich, Three Bean Chilli Burrito Bowl, and the Veggie Burger.

The fish sandwich costs £5.50 and is freshly prepared in stores using Morrisons’ Market Street Fish.

Another new addition is the Afternoon Tea For Two, which features a selection of sandwiches, pork pies, cakes, and fruit scones served with clotted cream, jam, and a pot of Yorkshire Tea.

Today, June 4, is National Fish and Chip Day and Morrisons is encouraging customers to try the fish and chips from its cafés.

The supermarket said: “Today is National Fish and Chip Day and what better way to celebrate than having delicious fish and chips from one of our cafes.

“Fresh from Market Street, our fish is hand-battered to order so you’ve come to the right plaice for freshness and quality – go on treat yourself!”

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Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick details why he left Harry and Meghan's wedding early

He continued: “I thought, I don’t actually know anybody. I’m really lucky to have seen this magical thing and I am very happy for Harry and Meghan, because they are wonderful people, but my shoes are killing me. 

“I also thought this is all a bit overwhelming. So I asked a lady if she could show me the door out of the castle.”

Once he was back on the streets of Windsor, he suddenly realised he did not know exactly where he was staying and spent “two hours” wandering the streets in just his socks.

Eventually, he managed to find his way back to his lodgings and began to soak his “sore feet” in salt water in a bidet.

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Naomi Osaka blasted by Piers Morgan as rivals left to face criticism 'Got what she wanted'

Piers Morgan has criticised Naomi Osaka after she pulled out of the French Open following backlash over a media boycott. The outspoken TV presenter has launched a stinging attack on the Japanese tennis star who announced last week that she would not be attending any press conferences at this year’s tournament.
The response included threats to expel her from the event by the Grand Slam board and the world No 2 then announced that she would be withdrawing from the event.

“What journalist will dare criticise Naomi Osaka ever again?” said Morgan.

“She’s got what she wanted – no more criticism, only praise. Meanwhile all her fellow tennis professionals will continue to fulfil their contractual obligations to the media & get criticism when deserved.

“This seem fair?”

Osaka released a statement on Monday evening to announce her shock withdrawal.

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“The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.

“Anyone that knows me knows I’m introverted, and anyone that has seen me at the tournaments will notice that I’m often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety.

“Though the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I wanna apologize especially to all the cool journalists who I may have hurt), I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media.

“I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try to engage and give you the best answers I can.

“So here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences.

“I announced it preemptively because I do feel like the rules are quite outdated in parts and I wanted to highlight that.

“I wrote privately to the tournament apologising and saying that I would be more than happy to speak with them after the tournament as the slams are intense.

“I’m gonna take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans.”

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Life after death: Man claims to be 'pure thought' in afterlife as consciousness left body

Whether there is life after death remains to be seen. However, one man believes he has all the evidence he needs after having a near death experience. During a freak gymnastics accident when he was younger, a person named Samuel was left fighting for his life.
As he approached the “pure black void”, Samuel believes he crossed over into the afterlife.

While there, the person claimed he was nothing but his consciousness as his physical body was redundant in the other realm.

Samuel wrote on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: “I had no body, which baffled me. Then I realised that I was ‘pure thought.’ How could that be?

“As I continued to ponder my reality, I started wondering if I had died and if this was what being dead felt like.

“I was simultaneously amazed that it was possible to still exist as mere thought without a body. I was curious about what this place was how I got there.

“I was also terrified that I had just left behind everything I knew and cared about; implicit in that realisation was that I couldn’t return.

“I noticed that thinking in the void was effortless. So, I started trying to ‘feel’ around using my thoughts.

“Perhaps, I could still be able to send commands to my body if I thought hard enough. I attempted to yell. This didn’t seem to work.

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“Yet, at the same time, my thoughts ‘bumped’ into external presences that I could sense because I felt thoughts were not my own.

“These presences communicated with me wordlessly, as pure conceptual thought and emotion. They were surprised to see me and disapproved of my being there in the void.”

All of a sudden, Samuel was back in his body but is now convinced of an afterlife.

However, scientists say near death experiences – such as Samuel’s – are common, and more of a sign of a surge in brain activity, which could be seen as the brain scanning itself in one last survival attempt.

Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, said: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.

“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.

“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.

“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”

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Sharon Stone recalls traumatic abortion that left her weak and 'bleeding for days'

“I fell out of the truck and I became unconscious. And they put me in a CT scan machine to find out what was happening to me and I was unconscious that whole time,” she said.

“Then when I came to, I was on a table in a very quiet emergency room, which is never good – when it’s like no one’s in there, just the doctor, no one’s running around, nobody’s doing anything urgently.

“And the doctor is just looking at me so compassionately, and I was like, ‘Am I dying?’ Because I realised this is a bad situation.”

After revealing she then passed out again, it was here that she remembers seeing a “tunnel of light” after she was laid on a gurney to be transferred elsewhere.

“All of a sudden, that was it and I was just gone,” Sharon explained.

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‘I felt pretty rough’ Brian May, 73, left ’panicking’ after surgery as he shares struggles

Another added: “Bri, so glad your eye is getting better! Baby steps! It’s working.”

A third fan commented: “Brian, it’s great to see your getting there, I hope it’s all ok in the end. Thanks for the update. Take care.”

Brian previously spoke out on his health after he suffered a minor heart attack in May 2020.

Speaking on the Rock This with Allison Hagendorf podcast, the rocker said: “I’m great now, I took the rehab incredibly serious.

“I got gold stars from my cardio rehab trainer, the other day. So I’m good, I think I’m fitter than ever because I take it a lot more seriously now.”

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Mercedes chief Toto Wolff left scratching his head at Lewis Hamilton's Monaco struggles

Verstappen starts second on the grid, and crucially ahead of championship title rival Hamilton on a track that is notoriously hard for overtakes.

Horner said: “It’s one of those things, the red flag at the end of the session, was just crescendoing, and Max had really hooked it up on that last lap, on the data – he was two and half tenths up on the data on the point he had to abort.

“That’s why he was so frustrated, but you know what, front row here, our main rival in P7, that’s not a bad afternoon.

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Harris County and Houston left out of $1 billion in flood mitigation aid

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The city of Houston and Harris County won’t receive a single cent from $ 1 billion in federal funds that communities could apply for and use for flood mitigation projects related to Hurricane Harvey.The Texas General Land Office will make the formal announcement on Friday, but on Thursday it told 13 Investigates it has already met with Houston and Harris County to let them know they were not awarded any funds.

The GLO said that neither Harris County nor Houston’s applications scored high enough on a 2019 system used to score each application and determine how funds will be allocated.GLO said the formula tried to emphasize aid to low- to moderate-income communities and areas where the funds would help the most people. Both the city and the county said they felt the rules penalized dense, urban areas.

13 Investigates confirmed with the GLO and Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia that their applications were not selected.

The county applied for $ 900 million and Houston asked for a similar amount. Now, neither will receive anything. The Harris County Flood Control District also applied, but was not selected.

Baytown, Pasadena, Jacinto City and Galena Park received a cumulative amount of $ 90 million in flood mitigation funds.

“(Thursday) we’re told that the smallest cities, some of the smallest cities in Harris County will get a federal allocation, but not Harris County proper and not the city of Houston. Go figure,” Garcia said. “This is political, folks.”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner accused the GLO of turning its back on Harvey victims and said Houstonians should be outraged.

“The City of Houston and Harris county account for over 50% of the damages from Hurricane Harvey. It is because of the damages incurred by Houston and Harris County that HUD awarded $ 4.2 billion in mitigation infrastructure funding to Texas.

For the State GLO not to give one dime in the initial distribution to the City and a very small portion to Harris County shows a callous disregard to the people of Houston and Harris County. And it is unfathomable that the State GLO would redirect most of these dollars to areas that did not suffer much from Hurricane Harvey.

The residents and businesses in Kingwood, Clear Lake, West Houston, Fort Bend Meyerland, Sunnyside, the East End, Kashmere Gardens, Spring Branch, and Acres Home should be deeply concerned and outraged.

HUD should immediately halt the distribution of the $ 4.2 billion in flood mitigation funding pending its review.”

The largest chunk of funds – $ 190 million – will go to communities in Galveston County. The county itself didn’t receive anything.

The funds will not be used for individual home repairs, but instead be allocated for large-scale projects, such as upgrading bayou systems and building retention ponds.Harris County said it was not contacted about the technical errors and thus were not able to correct their application.

13 Investigates: GLO to control Harvey recovery after Houston ‘hindered’ aid

The relationship between the GLO and the city became contentious when the state announced it would take over Houston’s federally-funded Harvey housing program last year due to slow progress.

“The GLO can no longer allow the city to hinder the progress of recovery efforts for Houston residents,” GLO Commissioner George P. Bush said in a letter to Turner in April 2020.

Mayor Turner responded by calling the takeover “hostile” and the city filed a lawsuit to prevent the GLO from “illegally taking control of $ 1.27 billion in disaster relief funds” for Harvey storm victims.

In August 2020, a ruling by the Texas Supreme Court allowed the GLO to move forward with the takeover.The GLO says another $ 1.1 billion in projects for communities damaged by Harvey will be awarded at the end of the summer. No new applications will be accepted, but the GLO said it will consider changing its scoring formula. The formula has been in place since 2019 and HUD approval will be needed in order to change it.

The GLO was granted the funds by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development program to allocate to communities in need. Houston asked HUD for direct allocation, but the federal agency denied that request.

In 2019, Harris County voters approved $ 2.5 billion in bonds for flood recovery projects with the hope that at least $ 1 billion would come from HUD funding. Recently, they said they’re short more than $ 1 billion.

Separately from the Harvey funds awarded this week, Houston, Jacinto City and the Harris County Flood District will share $ 135 million to mitigate the 2016 flood.

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