Friday, October 19, 2012

Milano Monuments Donates $500

Big update on the effort to bring Amy's case to the big screen: Vincent Milano of Milano Monuments has pledged $500 to the project. This makes Mr. Milano our first Associate Producer.

Mr. Milano is also the man who donated the monument that honors the memory of Amy Mihaljevic, which can be found by the old police station in Bay Village.

There's still 31 days left to donate and you can do as little as $10. Every bit helps.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Full Crime Stoppers Documentary

Here's that full Crime Stoppers documentary for readers outside of NE Ohio.

CS/CF Northeast Ohio - Amy Mihaljevic from Pinpoint Media on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

What Happened at the Tradin' Times

I always assumed the Tradin' Times and its employees were of particular interest to the investigators in the weeks after Amy went missing. After all, the man on the phone told Amy that he worked with her mother. That was probably a lie like everything else. Still they had to check Amy's mother's coworkers closely. However, I've never had much luck tracking down the people who worked there in 1989.

Luckily, after a recent post I was contacted by a woman who worked there with Margaret Mihaljevic and she was able to remember the names of just about everyone else there.

Turns out the FBI and police were VERY interested (for a bit) in two male employees of the Tradin Times.

One was a man who's stepfather was into racketeering and was well-known to the FBI. Figuring he may be a bad apple, too, they brought him in for questioning and even took his picture.

The other man, whom I'll simply call "W" looked a lot like the composite sketch of Amy's abductor. There were a couple other red flags. He sold a car around the day Amy disappeared. He had a reputation around the office for being a little crass when talking about women. And when they asked him if he'd ever met Amy he said "no" even though detectives already knew that he'd recently met Amy at a company bar-b-que. Margaret remembered that he'd commented that she had attractive kids.

I spoke to both men this week and neither strike me as dangerous. Though it's worth noting that W. was very interested to know what sort of evidence the police have and what I knew about that.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Seeking info: Tradin' Times

Today, I spoke to a woman who used to work at the Tradin' Times with Amy's mother and it reminded me of how little we know about Margaret Mihaljevic and the environment she was working in at the time of her daughter's abduction. It's always seemed like a blind spot in the investigation.

So if you or anyone you know of worked at the Tradin Times in 1989, please contact me.

I did find out that Margaret actually worked reception there and was the first person anyone talked to when they walked in.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Amy's Bike

Lots of reports coming in from Bay Village residents about a crew filming re-enactments of Amy's abduction at the Bay Square plaza. Turns out CrimeStoppers is planning a big special for late September.

For the shoot, they were actually allowed to use the bike Amy rode to school the day she was abducted.  Check it out.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Could April Tinsley's Murder Be Connected?

Yesterday, a reader pointed me to the unsolved murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley, and there are enough similarities between this crime and Amy's to merit some study by police, I think.

April was abducted on April 1, 1988, while walking alone near her family's home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A jogger discovered her body three days later, lying in a ditch in a nearby rural township. Like Amy, police believe April was killed at a different location before being moved to the ditch. Like Amy, she had been sexually assaulted but redressed by her killer. April was missing a shoe. Amy's boots were never found.

Fort Wayne is a 3 1/2 hour drive from Bay Village.

Police believe whoever killed April left a taunting message scribbled into the side of a barn near where the girl's body was found and may have also authored taunting letters delivered to girls in 2004.

We know at least one top suspect in Amy's murder was roaming the countryside in 1987 and 1988, taking odd jobs where he could find them. And he was retiring around the time the letters appeared in 2004. This same suspect went to great lengths to not be fingerprinted, too.

Here's some good news. Fort Wayne police likely have April's killer's DNA. Perhaps it's time we compared that sample to the samples taken from suspects in Amy's murder in 2006.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Lisa Pruett Murder

One of the things I've been busy with lately is trying to get Cuyahoga County to re-open the investigation into the 1990 murder of Lisa Pruett. It's a strange case, a modern day witch hunt where a group of teens hijacked justice and tried to get an innocent man convicted. The murder remains officially unsolved.

Read more about it here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Music Inspired by Amy's Case

The synth group Outer Space has a cool tribute to Amy Mihaljevic up on SoundCloud. Just follow this link to check it out. Very David Lynch-ian.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Did Amy's Killer Leave Another Victim Behind?

There's a woman, I'll call her Mrs. J. She was another girl who received strange phone calls from a man shortly before Amy was abducted. She was from Sheffield Lake. And her family boarded horses at Holly Hill Farm, where Amy took riding lessons.

In 1983, Mrs. J was a young teen. One day, while walking through a park in Sheffield Lake, she was snatched by a man and taken a short distance to a location where she was raped. During the assault, the man repeatedly called her "Maggie" and when she tried to correct him, he got angrier. She thought he meant to kill her, but seemed to change his mind and eventually let her go.

Mrs. J's assault is still unsolved. But Sheffield Lake (and hopefully Bay Village PD) may be taking another look at the case, soon. You see, Mrs. J. is hoping to get a liver transplant. She suffers from Hep C. She believes her attacker gave her this disease. If one of the top suspects in Amy's murder has Hep C, he might be worth taking a closer look at.

Thursday, January 05, 2012


Does anyone know of a "Mr. G." who taught at St. Angela's in Fairview Park back in 1989?

If so, drop me a line at