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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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February 1 , 2022 — Sentencing postponed

The mandatory life sentence for Dineane Ducharme has been postponed until next Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. So far we think it’s scheduled for 1 p.m.

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December 29, 2021 — One plea, one partial answer

Dennis Bowman pled no contest in the murder of his adopted daughter Alexis Badger/Aundria Bowman in 1989. Here is the Holland Sentinel story about that. The plea comes as a relief.

The second bit of news concerns an unidentified murder victim from 1994 known to Ottawa Country Sheriff’s Department as Matilda. While the department has not yet disclosed a name, DNA analysis identified the young woman. Twenty-seven years and she will at last be known. Here is a WOOD TV report from Ken Kolker. Once she is given her name again, the sheriff’s department may have more tools to identify her killer. Yeah, I got a little involved in this case with this account.

These are two good elements with which to close out a year.

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December 16, 2021 –Guilty on all counts

Dineane Ducharme has been found guilty of first-degree murder (mandatory life), conspiracy to commit murder, and mutilation of a dead body. Sentencing is February 1.

Now we await the return of Dineane’s mother, Beverly Anne Magliochetti, from her hold in a Roman jail. She has been portrayed as the mastermind of the crime and its prime assailant.

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December 15, 2021 — The case is now with the jury

All the testimony has been elicited, all the exhibits shown, and all the arguments have been made. The evidentiary part of the trial is now concluded. This morning came the closing arguments for the prosecution, the defense, a rebuttal from the prosecution, and lastly, instructions for the jury from the judge. It all comes down to reasonable doubt for defendant Dineane Ducharme. And, if she is found guilty, to which of the three charges (open murder, conspiracy to commit, and mutilation of a body) and, in the case of murder, degree: first or second.

We wait.

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December 8, 2021 — More trial

Today we heard a little from Det. Bob Donker (retired) and then much more from Det. Roger Maltby (retired). We are skipping tomorrow and will resume on Friday at 8:30 with Det. Maltby.

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December 7, 2021 — The trial continues

Two days so far. Opening arguments, testimony from the victim’s daughter, Detective Bob Donker, forensic pathologist Steve Cohle, M.D., then back to Det. Donker. And that’s where we left it to pick up tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.. You may watch by going here and then selecting Judge Janice Cunningham’s courtroom. It is a far cry from being IN the courtroom. The feed is not robust and the audio is problematic, but such is the exigency under Covid. And you have to go back each and every time the feed is interrupted and hit the link again. Tomorrow’s session is to last to about 3 p.m. The trail will then recommence on Friday, again at 8:30. It’s likely to run into next week.

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December 5, 2021 — Trial begins tomorrow morning

Tomorrow morning begins again the trial of Dineane Ducharme in Charlotte’s Eaton County Circuit Court. The trial is being run under Covid protocols…no audience or news media. But there is an internet feed via facebook. The trial will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Nothing Thursday, and then again 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. You can watch here by selecting the node for Judge Janice Cunningham’s court. The trial may run into next week, too.

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