Two recent pieces delving into very old cases offer fascinating accounts as only journalists with shoe leather can do them.
In Knoxville, Tennessee, the Knoxville News Sentinel published a two-part story on an unsolved local murder. Part One is Who Killed Rose Busch?, which introduces the mysterious death of a wealthy jeweler's wife, and Part Two ends with a poll asking readers who they think committed the murder. The online articles also include videos, dozens of photos, even the autopsy report, and comments from dozens of readers. But it doesn't include the police files, which have all apparently been destroyed. Pages and pages of comments demonstrate how well this comprehensive, nicely written murder mystery has been received.
Meanwhile, the Guardian reports on a case from Scotland involving the disappearance many years ago of a fifteen-year-old girl. Sixteen years later and five hundred miles away, her remains were found, along with more disturbing evidence that solved the crime. It's partly a DNA case, and with a terrible twist. DNA found on the victim's purse was matched not to the suspect but to his son. Apparently this sexually motivated killer, Peter Tobin, allowed his toddler to play with his victim's purse. (Is that incongruous to the point of being schizophrenic?)