Home — Murder, “cold” cases, and mayhem

This website is intended to deal with murder, brutality, corruption and hatred, all falling under what we call acts of injustice. We tell the stories of open and unsolved homicides–what are called “cold” cases. We also memorialize those whose lives have been taken from them in hope that somebody will come forward to tell the truth. So far our efforts center on Michigan.

David B. Schock, Ph.D.

“Somebody knows somethin’.  Somebody ALWAYS knows somethin’.”

That’s the way Jim Fairbanks put it when we made our first film, Who Killed Janet Chandler? Detective Fairbanks (retired) was the lead investigator on the law enforcement team in 1979. What he had to say then still applies today. For nearly every unsolved homicide there is somebody out there who could solve it if she or he would come forward and make a contact.

To call an unsolved homicide a “cold” case is chilling in its own right. Yes, these unsolved cases grow “cold” because there are no new leads; they more or less drop off the social and cultural radar. But they are NEVER “cold” to the family members and friends, they are never forgotten or out of mind. And there is always the hope that justice, however delayed, will be served.

We invite you to visit the We Remember part of this site, a place where families and friends of those whose murders remain unsolved contact us and can help to post details of the victims’ lives and the resultant investigations.

We also invite your view of what we are calling a Primary Documentary Investigation as we tell the story of the murder of Mina Dekker.

Our hope in all the cases we chronicle is that somebody who knows something will say something.

From David — A Weblog of investigation:

July 24, 2022 — Postponed

The probable cause hearing and conference for Beverly McCallum was postposed Friday in Eaton County District Court until 10:00 a.m. August 29, with the preliminary now scheduled for September 20.

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July 21, 2022 — Hearing for Ms. McCalum tomorrow

Bevely McCallum is scheduled to go before 56A District Judge Kelly Morton tomorrow morning at 10:30 for a probable cause hearing and conference. Beyond that, Ms. McCallum is scheduled for a preliminary exam July 29 at 1 p.m., again before Judge Morton. It is entirely likely that this latter meeting will have to be postponed if all goes to schedule. Of course, there are a wide range of other outcomes…she may waive her preliminary and plead, or waive the prelim. and go right to trial.

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July 13, 2022 — Fifty years ago yesterday, Kathy Wilcox went missing

And the questions remain. Here is a well done update with Fox 17 reporter Matt Witkos.

As always, I believe that somebody knows something.

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July 11, 2022 — Beverly McCallum is back and has been arraigned

Booking photo for Beverly Ann McCallum/Magliochetti

Beverly McCallum/Magliochetti/any number of other aliases/ has been returned to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department and staff for arraignment today in Eaton County District Count. After a lengthy delay in a Roman jail, her extradition-blocking efforts came to naught, and Italian authorities told U.S. Federal Marshalls to come pick her up or they would release her. It didn’t take them long to swoop in and escort her back to the states. She was booked into the Eaton County Jail at 1:19 a.m. Saturday morning. And this afternoon she was arraigned in 56A, the court room of Judge Kelly E. Morton. She was bound over to circuit court on charged of second degree murder and for exhuming or mutilating a body. Her bond was placed at $10 million.

McCallum is scheduled to appear in court on July 22.

The only hitch? Judge Morton denied our request to video the proceedings, something pretty much inexplicable.

I have a deep gratitude for the U.S. Marshalls who did the heavy lifting to get Ms. McCallum here, the Eaton County Sheriff’s office, the Eaton County Prosecutor’s office, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department (Bob Donker, ret., in particular) for their steadfast determination to see her face justice, accused in the 2002 murder of her husband, Roberto Caraballo.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Facebook page makes mention of others, too: “On Friday, July 8, 2022, Eaton County Deputies took custody of Beverly McCallum at the Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford International Airport. McCallum has been in custody since February 2020 in Rome, Italy, for pending Murder-related charges. We would like to thank the United States Marshall’s Service Western District of Michigan, the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office, the Polizia di Stato of Rome, Italy, and the Gerald R. Ford Airport Police Department for the smooth transition of taking McCallum into our custody.”

Meanwhile, her daughter, Dineane Ducharme remains in the Huron Valley Complex/Women’s. She rolled the dice at trial and lost: instead of taking any plea she was convicted of first-degree murder. That’s a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

So, why is Ms. McCallum charged with only second degree murder and not first? My understanding is that it had to do with even the possibility of having her extradited. This is on the Roman justice system. I think local prosecutors made a wise decision to get her back and to honor their agreement. The penalties for second degree murder might well range from 20 to 40 years. It may well be a life sentence. I’m not wasting a minute second guessing it.

McCallum is scheduled to appear in court on July 22. We’re at the start of what might turn out to be a long process. Will she choose to go to trial, plead nolo contendere, or guilty? We’ll wait it out.

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February 7, 2022 — Long sentences

Dineane Ducharme was sentenced to life in prison today for her part in the 2002 murder of her stepfather, Roberto Caraballo.

On this same day, Dennis Bowman was sentenced to 35-50 years in the no-contest plea in the murder of his adopted daughter, Alexis Badger (aka Aundria Bowman) in 1989. You can read about it here and you can watch the prosecuting attorney’s press conference after the sentencing.

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