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Unsolved: Worcester

With a wave of true crime and cold case podcasts exploding across Spotify, iTunes and other streaming services, it’s time to shine some light on the dozens of unsolved homicide and missing persons cases in Worcester.

 

Unsolved: Worcester, a series of narrative episodes examining over 70 unsolved cold cases on file with the Worcester Police Department. New episodes will debut on Tuesdays over five-week periods in 10-episode series.

Season 7

season 7 – episode 4

Jampy Rivera – Double Shooting on Sturgis Street

July 2018

Jampy Rivera - Double Shooting on Sturgis Street

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Double Shooting on Sturgis Street – Jampy Rivera

 It’s Sunday morning, July 29, 2018. It’s around 2:15 AM.

A fight involving several people has broken out in front of a three-decker home on Sturgis Street.

Witnesses told police a man came running from the side of the Sturgis Street home and rapidly fired several gunshots, striking two people: one a 28-year-old man, and the other, 23-year-old Jovanexen “Jampy” Rivera.

The shooter fled the scene, leaving Jampy and the other man laying on the sidewalk…each suffering serious gunshot wounds.

Minutes later, Jampy would be pronounced dead. It’s been nearly six years and his case remains unsolved. 

season 7 – episode 3

Jessica Jones and the Chocolog Shuffle

November 1989

Jessica Jones and the Chocolog Shuffle

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Jessica Jones and the Chocolog Shuffle

It’s around 9 a.m. on November 8, 1989.

A heavy fog across Central Massachusetts is finally lifting and a tragedy begins to reveal itself.

A retired construction worker is traveling along Chocolog Road in Uxbridge when he spots a large object along the road opposite of the Route 146 south bound exit ramp.

He discovers it’s an open sleeping bag, and it appears something is packed inside of it.

Police roll back the front of the sleeping bag to find the body of 17-year-old Jessica Jones inside.

Jessica had been beaten to death and stabbed multiple times. 

Her body was stuffed inside the sleeping bag and dumped along Chocolog Road.

Nearly 35 years later, Jessica’s murder remains unsolved.

season 7 – episode 2

Sidney Krow – Killed in Worcester’s Webster Square

May 2018

Sidney Krow - Killed in Worcester's Webster Square

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Sidney Krow – Killed in Webster Square

It’s Saturday night in Worcester. May 26, 2018. Memorial Day Weekend.

Five teenagers are walking together along Holland Road, heading toward Main Street in the city’s Webster Square neighborhood.

At around 11:15 p.m., a vehicle pulls over on Holland Road. A man gets out of the car and fires 10 gun shots in the direction of the five teens.

16-year-old Sidney Krow Junior tries to run from the scene, but soon collapses in the road on Main Street.

He has been shot. Thirty minutes later, Sidney is pronounced dead at a local hospital.

season 7 – episode 1

What Happened to Holly Piirainen?

August 1993

What Happened to Holly?

It’s been more than 30 years since 10-year-old Holly Piirainen was abducted and killed.

Holly disappeared on August 5, 1993.

Holly was vacationing with her father and brothers at her grandparents cottage in Sturbridge. She had last been seen by her father around 11:45 a.m., heading toward a neighbor’s house to play with puppies.

It wasn’t until October 23, 1993, 11 weeks later, when Holly’s remains were found by pheasant hunters in an Army Corps of Engineers flood control forest off of a dirt access road along Five Bridge Road in Brimfield.

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