CBS, Saturday, November 26, 2005
Correspondent Maureen Maher reports on how a fresh look at old evidence led investigators to a murder suspect. Dr. Katherine Ramsland, assistant professor of forensic psychology at DeSales and an expert on serial killers, provides commentary. The program focused on Jane Mixer, a University of Michigan coed, who was murdered in Ann Arbor in March 1969, at the age of 23. Mixer was one of seven young women killed during a two-year period. However, certain things related to Mixer's death did not match those of the other victims. Ramsland, who lived near Ann Arbor at the time, said no one knew much about serial killers then or even used the word. A break in the case led to the arrest of John Norman Collins, who was convicted for only one of the murders. He denied killing anyone, including Mixer. One of the many investigators felt Mixer's case stood alone. In 2001, a fresh look at old evidence using methods not available in the 1960s, mainly DNA, found that a spot on Mixer's pantyhose matched that of 62-year-old Gary Leiterman, a retired registered nurse from Michigan and married father of two grown children. Leiterman was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Press Release: 48 Hours Mystery | Posted on: 11/26/2005
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