Thirty years have passed, but Barbara Brewster is finally going to prison for murdering Miriam Rice in 1988. She was sentenced to 60 years in mid-August 2019.
She was found guilty of murder after a three-day trial in June of 2019. The jury deliberated for an hour and a half before returning their guilty verdict.
Brewster was charged 30 years after Rice was found brutally beaten to death in South Bend., IN. On the night of June 24, 1988, Rice left her house in South Bend to walk her dog and never returned. Her family reported her missing about an hour later. The next day her dog was found nearby hiding under a car.
Rice’s body was discovered at Pinhook Lagoon, only 2 miles from her home. She was found with multiple skull fractures and an autopsy showed she was 4 months pregnant when she died. She had a 3-year-old son as well.
George Kearney, 77 was also charged with murder. He pleaded guilty in March and died in the St. Joseph County Jail of an illness while awaiting sentencing.
She was already convicted in the murder of her husband's ex-girlfriend when authorities also convicted Amanda Hayes, of Fort Bend County, North Carolina, of feeding the woman's body to alligators after trying to dissolve it in acid.
Amanda Hayes is an actress who has appeared on The Sopranos HBO series as well as the Nicole Kidman movie The Stepford Wives.
Authorities found the torso and leg of Laura Ackerson in the Oyster Creek in Richmond on July 24, 2011. Dive teams found more of Ackerson's remains later. Ms. Ackerson was murdered by Grant and Amanda Hayes in the couple's Raleigh, North Carolina apartment in 2011, according to the DA's office.
The last anyone had heard, she was headed to Grant and Amanda's house to pick up the two small boys that she shared with Grant and discuss child support. The couple murdered Ackerson, dismembered her body with a power saw, and packed it into coolers. They drove to Richmond, to the home of Amanda Hayes' sister.
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A 47-year-old woman living in a homeless shelter in Jackson, Mississippi has been arrested for a murder that took place in Alabama 28 years ago. Jamie Kellam Letson is being held on $500,000 bond in Mobile for the February 1980 shooting death of her longtime friend Katherine Foster, a student at the University of South Alabama when she was killed.
Letson, who was 19 at the time, and the 18-year-old Katherine Foster were friends who grew up together in Pascagoula, Mississippi. On Feb. 23, 1980, Foster was a freshman at South Alabama in Mobile. When Foster went missing, a group of 50 volunteer students searched two days for her near the university and she was found in a wooded area near the campus.
No Signs of Assault
When she was found, there were few signs of foul play, except for the two bullet holes in her head and the blood underneath her hair. Investigators said her makeup was on, her hair brushed and her clothes neat and clean. There were no bruises on her body or any indication…