Longtime WDWS news director Carol Vorel chats with detectives working high-profile, unsolved crimes in the hopes of producing new leads.
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2003 murder of Helen Melchi
Helen Melchi was a loving mother and community do-gooder who was murdered in her Champaign home in 2003. Even though two suspects were charged in the case, those charges were eventually dropped. Today, the family and authorities continue to…
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1986 disappearance of Kimberly Ann Thompson
It’s been 33 years since Kimberly Ann Thompson disappeared from Champaign without a trace. 'If we found out that she was alive that would be fantastic,' her sister, Debra, tells Carol Vorel in Episode 14 of her award-winning podcast,…
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2017 murder of Deonta Rozier
21-year-old Deonta Rozier was shot in the chest and died in a soggy field north of Urbana in January 2017. In Carol Vorel's 13th "Cold Cases" project, the veteran newswoman talks with family and detectives about the case. 'He…
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1974 murder of Classie May Ragland
Classie May Ragland, a young mother with an easygoing personality, was stabbed to death at her Urbana home. Nearly 45 years later, law enforcement still is chasing leads. 'People talk. Somebody told somebody something. And my guess is that the…
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2006 murder of Emanuel Boyd Jr.
It's been more than 13 years since the body of Emanuel Boyd Jr. was found in his home on Champaign’s north side. The 66-year-old man, police said, was killed by a blow to the head. 'I just have one question…
PODCAST: Carol Vorel News-Gazette Cold Case. 05-17-19
05-17-19 Brian Barnhart with Carol Vorel to preciew her Cold Case that Runs Sunday.
Very Good Podcast!
I really enjoy listening to true crime podcasts. Some of them are not so good. I listened to your cold cases, and I had never heard of any of the cases. I like the way you interact with the families, you show respect to them. I have listened to podcasts with laughing and giggling and telling jokes. Your podcast is truly well done, if I could give you 100 stars I would!
Carol Is The BEST
I typically like longer episodes of podcasts but Carol’s style is so engaging that I’d listen to any length of story from her. The cold cases that are covered are all so diverse and fascinating I wish they’d all get solved. Her professionalism and compassion is infectious. It’s one of my favorite podcasts ever.
Check the area political ties? From the Chicago Trib archive, “The partially clad body of the 39-year-old niece of former Indiana Gov. Otis Bowen “