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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 6

season 6 – episode 7

Fatal Hit-and-Run in Wales, Cory Cane

January 2012

Corey Cane – Fatal Hit-and-Run in Wales

It’s around 4:45 AM. January 3, 2012.

It’s a windy morning and a chilling 25 degrees outside. 

A motorist driving along Stafford Road in Wales sees something lying on the side of the road.

The driver stops their car and immediately calls the police.

The body of a young man, later identified as 23-year-old Cory Cane of Worcester, lies motionless along the south side of the tight two-lane Route 19.

Cory had been struck by a passing vehicle.

Police believe his body may have been left out in the cold on the side of the road for over 3 hours.

Nearly 12 years later, and the fatal hit-and-run remains unsolved.

season 6 – episode 6

Found Face Down and Strangled in Swamp – Holly Jean Cote

March 1984

Strangled in Swamp - Holly Jean Cote

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Holly Jean Cote – Found Face Down and Strangled in Swamp

 It’s around 2 a.m. on March 4, 1984.

The temperature has dropped below 10 degrees in Gardner, Massachusetts.

Mr. D’s, a bar and lounge in downtown Gardner, has closed up for the night.

The parking lot in the back is empty, except for one car – a 1969 Pontiac Tempest – belonging to Holly Jean Cote.

Holly had met friends at Mr. D’s around midnight when she got off her shift at a local restaurant.

When the bar closed, Holly was supposed to head over to a friend’s house for a late night after party.

But she never showed up.

Three months later, Holly’s naked body was discovered by canoeists near Birch Hill Dam in nearby Royalston.

She had been strangled to death.

season 6 – episode 5

Lisa Germain – Fatal Hit and Run on Route 9

October 2017

Lisa Germain – Fatal Hit and Run on Route 9

It’s around 6 p.m. Sunday, October 29, 2017.

As heavy rain poured and winds howled in East Brookfield, Lisa Germain left her group of friends at Dunny’s Tavern.

Lisa’s car was parked across the street from the bar.

One driver stopped to let her cross East Main Street, but the driver heading westbound didn’t slow down.

Lisa was struck by the speeding vehicle.

The driver fled the scene.

Lisa would later die at Harrington Hospital from blunt trauma injuries.

More than six years later, the fatal hit-and-run crash remains unsolved.

season 6 – episode 4

Fatal Shooting at After Hours Valentine’s Party

February 2001

After Hours Valentine's Party Fatal Shooting

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Fatal Shooting at After Hours Valentine’s Party

It’s around 2:35 a.m. on February 10, 2001.

Worcester Police officers are called to 141 Chandler Street for a report of a shooting at a late night party.

Five rounds were fired from a large, semi automatic handgun in a room on the first floor of the two-story home. As many as 50 people were at the party when the shots are fired.

When police arrive, they find 22-year-old Juan Carlos Gonzalez on the floor, bleeding from two gun shot wounds.

By the time Juan gets to the operating table at Saint Vincent Hospital, he has bled to death.

22 years later, his case remains unsolved.


Worcester’s Rattling Three-Decker

BOO! Worcester's Rattling Three-Decker

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Did Worcester Have Its Own Haunted House?

Was it a poltergeist rocking the walls of a three decker home on Douglas Street?

Did Worcester have its own haunted house?

In early 1950, that’s exactly what reporters from the Worcester Telegram and the Boston Globe were trying to figure out.

The residents of 14 Douglas Street were more frustrated than scared, complaining of rattling windows, picture frames falling off the walls, radios whistling, and even a bed leaping off the floor.

On May 12, 1950, the strong vibrating of the three-story structure could be seen shaking, as hundreds of neighbors stood in the street, watching what they believed to be something supernatural. 

season 6 – episode 3

A Pair of Recent Unsolved Murders – Brandon Dirsa and Jazmin Rosario

November 2019 & January 2022

Brandon Dirsa and Jazmin Rosario - A Pair of Unsolved Murders

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Brandon Dirsa and Jazmin Rosario – A Pair of Unsolved Murders

Today’s episode combines a pair of the most recent unsolved homicide cases we’ve explored to date on Unsolved: Worcester.

19-year-old Brandon Dirsa gunned down in broad daylight on Maxwell Street on November 30, 2019. 

Jazmin Rosario, just 5 days from her 18th birthday, is shot and killed outside of the Big Y on Worcester’s West Side around 2:30 a.m. on January 15, 2022.

There is very little new public information available in both cases. There are more questions than answers right now.

As of the time of this podcast, the unsolved murder cases of Jazmin Rosario and Brandon Dirsa aren’t on the list of the Worcester Police Department’s unresolved homicide cases.

     Brandon Dirsa

     Jazmin Rosario

season 6 – episode 2

Vanished from Restaurant Row – Charles McArthur

September 1982

Charles McArthur- Vanished from Restaurant Row

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Vanished from Restaurant Row – Charles McArthur

It’s September 14, 1982.

A call is placed to the home of Charles McArthur on Tarrytown Lane in Worcester’s West Tatnuck neighborhood.

Charles isn’t at home when the call comes in.

His daughter answers the phone. The man on the other line instructs her to tell her father to get down to the Italian Kitchen restaurant on Shrewsbury Street.

When his daughter passes the message along, Charles hops into his prized Ford Thunderbird and travels straight to the Italian Kitchen as directed.

His family would never see him again.

season 6 – episode 1

Shot and Killed on Bell Hill – Jose Ortiz

August 2016

Shot and Killed on Bell Hill - The Unsolved Case of Jose Ortiz

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The Unsolved Case of Jose Ortiz – Shot and Killed on Bell Hill

It’s 9 p.m. on August 24, 2016.

26-year-old Jose Ortiz has just left his sister’s home in Worcester’s Bell Hill neighborhood.

He’s walking along Elliot Street, making his way to his job as a personal care assistant, when a minivan pulls up alongside Jose.

The driver gets out of the vehicle.

Witnesses say Jose and the unidentified man driving the minivan get into a heated argument in the street.

The man fires a single shot into Jose’s chest, hops back into the van, and speeds away. 

Jose Ortiz is left dying in the middle of the road.

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