murder

'Unsolved' Chapter Five: What Did We Miss?

Feb 25, 2016
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Two years after John Zera was murdered, an anonymous tip about a Franklin High substitute teacher with an unusual interest in boys' feet would generate a new prime suspect.

Read the Journal Sentinel's full story. 

Our broadcast of the Unsolved podcast over the next week is presented in partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of John Zera, a 14-year old Franklin High School student. Zera was murdered, and his body was found eight days later in Whitnall Park. Despite several seemingly promising leads in the case, no one has ever been charged in connection with his death.

The case re-emerged in the public eye recently with a print series and podcast by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Gina Barton.

Von Trier / facebook.com

Von Trier has been a popular Milwaukee night spot for years – a bar on the east side which manages to be both vibrant and old world at the same time.  But the story of how Von Trier came to exist is an interesting one.

Public Domain

In last month’s manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, many analysts – including some on NPR – termed it unprecedented in recent history. Certainly, the search, which effectively shut down much of the Boston area on Friday, was massive in scale.

But writer Dan Schultz says unprecedented is the wrong word.