Biggest Case Updates Of 2022

From a missing toddler reuniting with her family after five decades to the release of ‘Serial’s’ Adnan Syed, here are the biggest case updates that happened this year.

December 22, 2022

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Biggest Case Updates of 2022

This year brought many breakthroughs in some of the most notorious cases in true crime history.

Suspect Charged With The Delphi Murders Of Two Teen Girls

In February 2017, Liberty German and Abigail Williams were killed while on a hike in Delphi, Indiana. In October 2022, a man was charged with their murders.

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Police Release Video of Long Island Serial Killer Victim in Her Final Hours

Over a decade after the remains of 11 people were found along a Long Island beach, police released new surveillance video of one of the victims shortly before meeting her killer.

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DA Reopens Case Of Teacher Found With 20 Stab Wounds Whose Death Was Ruled A Suicide

On January 26, 2011, Ellen Greenberg, 27, was found in her kitchen with 20 stab wounds, including some on the back of her neck. For years, her family has fought for her case to be reexamined.

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Judge Denies Florida Woman’s Request for a Lighter Sentence for Her Abductor

Kamiyah Mobley, 23, was a newborn in Florida when she was kidnapped by Gloria Williams who posed as a nurse and befriended Shanara Mobley, Kamiyah's biological mother.

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Texas Father On Run For Over 12 Years Found Guilty Of Killing His Two Teen Daughters

The father of two teenage sisters discovered dead in a taxi in Texas in 2008 has finally been brought to justice for committing what authorities have called “honor killings.”

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Baltimore Prosecutors Drop All Charges Against ‘Serial’s’ Adnan Syed

After spending over two decades behind bars for the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee, Balitmore prosecutors have released Syed from prison and dropped all charges against him.

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Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced To Two Decades Behind Bars

On June 28, 2022, Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking crimes.

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Found Alive After Four Decades: 42-Year-Old Holly Marie Clouse Is Located In Oklahoma

Holly Marie Clouse vanished from Texas as an infant after her parents, Harold Dean Clouse Jr. and Tina Gail Linn Clouse, were murdered in 1981. In June 2022, she was found alive and well.

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Missing Kentucky Teen Reunited With Family Before The Holiday Season

Kamaria Johnson, a missing child featured by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, was reunited with loved ones in December 2022.

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Toddler Who Was Kidnapped By Her Babysitter Reunited With Family Over Five Decades Later

On Aug. 23, 1971, Melissa Highsmith was kidnapped by her babysitter in Fort Worth, Texas. 51 years later, DNA testing helped her family find her.

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Sherri Papini Sentenced To Prison In Connection With Elaborate 2016 Kidnapping Hoax

On Sept. 19, 2022, a judge sentenced Sherri Papini to 18 months in prison for lying to authorities in 2016 about getting kidnapped and then accepting disability payments after she was found alive and well.

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R. Kelly Convicted Of Multiple Child Porn Charges

On Sept. 14, 2022, the R&B singer was convicted of three of four counts of production of child pornography and three of five counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

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Scott Peterson Denied New Trial In Christmas Eve Murder Of His Pregnant Wife

On Christmas Eve 2002, 27-year-old Laci Peterson went missing from her Modesto, California home. Four months later, her dismembered body was found in the San Francisco Bay.

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Former Cop Sentenced For Killing Atatiana Jefferson In Her Home

On Oct. 12, 2019, Atatiana Jefferson was killed in her Fort Worth, Texas home by police officer Aaron Dean.

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