Cold Case Files

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The unlawful, malicious taking of a human life is a heinous and unforgiving act. Many people are affected and many lives are forever changed as a result of Homicide. If the case goes unsolved, there is no justice. We at the Greenville Police Department recognize that murders, especially those that go unsolved, can be extremely difficult for family, friends and the community. We are dedicated and willing to relentlessly pursue offenders, seeking justice for those who can’t.

"Cold Case" is defined as: A criminal investigation of a serious nature where all leads have been exhausted and the case remains unsolved. Our "Cold Cases" have always been investigated and have never been forgotten. However, to further enhance our ability and opportunity, the Greenville Police Department initiated a Cold Case Review Team in January of 2010. Experienced investigators and supervisors review each case, research leads and apply new techniques. The team approach is certainly beneficial but we still require assistance from the public. Please take a moment to review our Cold Cases. We ask that you provide information related specifically to any of these crimes. This may be your chance to make a difference. So, if you know something…. say something.

Marvelin Issac Bass III

Photo of Marevlin Bass, Case Solved
CASE SOLVED

Victim: Marvelin Issac Bass III, 22
Address: 943 N. Pleasantburg Drive
Date: January 27, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunshot

On Saturday, January 27, 2007, the victim Marvelin Issac Bass III was shot to death as he left his job at Wendy’s restaurant on N. Pleasantburg Drive. Witnesses reported seeing two suspects run across N. Pleasantburg Drive towards Mallard Cove apartments.
 

On January 27th, 2010 the Bass family held an auction to raise money in an effort to increase a reward. The event was televised and broadcast over the radio. After the initial media release somebody who knew something, said something. GPD received a tip which, ultimately led to an arrest in this case. This case is still under active investigation and more arrests are expected.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or CrimeStoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective C.H. Flavell: 864-467-5344 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Thomas George Bikas

Case solved graphic - Thomas George BikasCASE SOLVED

Victim: Thomas George Bikas, 53
Address: 407 Hampton Avenue, Greenville, SC
Date: November 24, 1977
Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma

November 24, 1977: Thomas George Bikas was murdered near his residence on Hampton Ave. He was seen leaving a bar and was apparently walking home when he was attacked. His wallet was missing, which indicated the motive was robbery.

In March of 2011, Cold Case Investigators with the Greenville Police Department’s Cold Case Review Team charged two men, bringing them to justice. Darnell Jerome Guyton was located in Minneapolis and Billy Ray Dudley was located in West Virginia. Both have been charged with Murder and Strong Arm Robbery and are currently being extradited to Greenville.

Last year the Cold Case Review Team made a commitment, to the surviving families and the community, to aggressively pursue anyone involved with these crimes; ultimately seeking justice for those who can’t. This is the third Cold Case solved by the team since it’s formation in January of 2010 and there are others they are actively investigating.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective D. Garrison: 864-467-5345 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Ralph Blassingame

Ralph Blassingame photoVictim: Ralph Blassingame
Black Male
Age: 55
Address: 29 Hall Street, Greenville, SC
Date: November 5, 1999
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Motive: Possible Robbery

On 5 November, at approximately 7:10 p.m., two unknown black males came to 29 Hall Street and attempted to purchase drugs. When one of the three victims stated that he was done selling for the night, one subject shot the first victim in the head (victim survived). Both subjects entered the residence shooting. Ralph Blassingame was fatally shot while attempting to flee the residence.

Subjects were seen by the first victim fleeing the area in what was described as either a green Jeep or a Bronco. Description was given as dark green color with dark tinted windows and some type of gold stripes.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective T. M. Conroy 864-467-5340 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Ernest "Chick" Bolden and Oscar Rice

Image of news clipping reporting deathsVictim: Ernest "Chick" Bolden
Age: 49
Address: 13 1/2 Martin Street, Greenville, SC
Date: September 8, 1986
Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Motive: Unknown

Victim: Oscar Rice
Age: unk
Address: unk
Date: September 8, 1986
Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Motive: Unknown

At approximately 0645 on September 8, 1986, the bodies of Ernest "Chick" Bolden and Oscar Rice were found inside Bolden's residence on Martin St. Both victims had obvious physical injuries caused by an unknown blunt object. The residence did not appear to be in disarray and there was no forced entry. Neighbors reported hearing nothing. Click here to read newspaper acticle about the double murder.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective T. M. Conroy 864-467-5340 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Alfonzo "Ace" Brown

Alfonzo "Ace" BrownVictim: Alfonzo "Ace" Brown
Age: 14
Address: 705 Jenkins Street, Greenville, SC
Date: April 19, 1992
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Motive: Unknown

On Easter Sunday, 19 April, 1992, at approximately 35 minutes after midnight, Alfonzo "Ace" Brown's body was located on the driveway of 705 Jenkins Street. Several shots were heard in the area and shell casings were found in the roadway adjacent to Sallie's One Stop Grocery Store on Horton Street. "Ace" Brown was killed by an unknown individual.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at:
Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective K. Cothran 864-467-5334 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Terry "Dale" Fetner

Terry Fetner photoVictim: Terry "Dale" Fetner
Age: 44
Address: Azalea Hills Apartments, Greenville, SC
Date: November 26, 2000
Cause of Death: Multiple Stab Wounds
Motive: Unknown

Dale Fetner was a recently divorced man living in the City of Greenville in November of 2000. Fetner owned a contractor business, "Renovations by Dale". At the time of his murder he was living in an apartment at Azalea Hills which is located on Greenville's eastside. Fetner was living there because his home had recently been suspiciously damaged by fire.

On Sunday, November 26, 2000, Fetner returned to his apartment after spending the day working on a mountain home in Saluda, NC. Before he was able to enter his apartment, he was attacked at his front door. Fetner was stabbed multiple times and succumbed to his wounds.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective D. Garrison: 864-467-5345 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Joseph Perry Jackson

photo of Joseph Perry JacksonVictim: Joseph Perry Jackson
Age: 47
Address: 10 Asbury Avenue, Greenville, SC
Date: October 6, 1995
Cause of Death: Stabbing
Motive: Unknown

On October 6, 1995, 47 year old Joseph Perry Jackson was found murdered in a storage building behind the residence of 10 Asbury Avenue. Jackson was living at 106 Prospect St. in Greenville at the time of his murder and was known as “P.J.” by some.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective B. Lusk: 864-467-5517 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Norma Lanyon Jackson

Photo of Norma Lanyon Jackson

Victim: Norma Lanyon Jackson
Age: 43
Address: Cabana Inn, 407 N. Main Street, Greenville, SC
Date: October 12, 1978
Cause of Death: Multiple Stab Wounds
Motive: Unknown

Norma Lanyon Jackson was a single mother of three children who worked as the night clerk at the “Cabana Inn” located at 407 N. Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina. Ms. Jackson had worked the overnight shift at the Cabana Inn on October 12, 1978. On the morning of October 12th Ms. Jackson's body was found by a co-worker in the lobby area of the hotel.

It was determined that Ms. Jackson was stabbed multiple times and died as a result of those wounds. A clear motive for the crime has not been established.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective D. Garrison: 864-467-5345 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Patrick Demetrius Jackson

Patrick Demetrius Jackson

Victim: Patrick Demetrius Jackson
Age: 25
Address: 1220-D, Laurens Road
Date: April 6, 2010
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Motive: Unknown

On April 6, 2010, Patrick Demetrious Jackson was shot to death in the parking lot of the "Den", located at 1220-D, Laurens Road. This incident remains unsolved, but Detectives are actively investigating leads. Several people were in the area and we feel certain there are additional witnesses. There is currently a $2000 reward for any information leading to the apprehension of the suspects in this case.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective C.H. Flavell: 864-467-5344 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Gregory "Slim" McAdory

McAdory Case Solved

CASE SOLVED

Victim: Gregory McAdory (“Slim”), 48
Address: 14 Bolt Street
Date: February 21, 2004
Cause of Death: Gunshot

On Saturday, February 21, 2004, Gregory McAdory was seen on Sullivan Street getting into a vehicle with an unknown black male driver and white female passenger. The black male drove to McAdory’s residence located at 14 Bolt Street. McAdory was observed by witnesses exiting the vehicle and walking into the residence. McAdory then exited the residence at which time he was shot once in the chest by the black male driver.

On June 28, 2010 Julian Michael Dean was arrested for the 2004 Murder of Gregory McAdory. The arrest was the result of citizens coming forward with valuable information needed to make the arrest.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective C. Brown: 864-467-5220 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Chester Miller

Chester MillerVictim: Chester Miller, 60
Address: 777 E. Faris Road
Date: August 19, 1978
Cause of Death: Gun Shot

On Sunday, August 19, 1978 near the hour of 12:56 am, Chester Miller was found murdered inside what was then the Caper House convenience store located at 777 E. Faris Rd. Mr. Miller was employed by the business at the time of the incident and died from a single gun shot wound to the chest. The cash register was open with a sum of money missing.

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective C.H. Flavell: 864-467-5344 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


 

Benjamin Patterson

Benjamin PattersonVictim: Benjamin Patterson
Age: 23
Address: 801 Dunbar Street, Greenville, SC
Date: September 26, 1993
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Motive: Unknown

The body of Benjamin Patterson was discovered on a Sunday afternoon, 26 September, 1993. It was laying about ten feet from a footpath which runs between 801 and 713 Dunbar Street. The victim was dressed in ladies clothing and found laying on his side on top of a tree branch. It appeared the body had been there for over 24 hours.

It also appears that Patterson may have been shot at another location. He was involved in an argument where shots were fired prior to his disappearance.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective B.W. Lusk 864-467-5517 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


William "Doyle" Payne

Victim: William "Doyle" Payne
Age: 62
Address: Delta Apartments, 806 Green Avenue, Greenville, SC
Date: January 24, 1998
Cause of Death: Stabbing
Motive: Unknown

On January 24, 1998, Payne was found stabbed to death inside his apartment located at 806 Green Ave. Apt. 42, Greenville, SC (Delta Apartments). Payne was a maintenance worker for the apartments where he also lived. Payne was 62 years old and lived alone in his apartment at the time of his death.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective R. Irvin: 864-467-5371 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Charlie Russo

Photo of Charlie RussoVictim: Charlie Russo
Age: unk
Address: Ye Old Fireplace, South Pleasantburg Drive
Date: May, 29, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunshot
 

On May 29, 1975 at approximately 12:15 a.m., two white male subjects entered the back door (kitchen) of the restaurant at closing time. Subjects were described as:

(1) 5’7”, 150-160 lbs, 20’s, blue eyes, slight curly dark hair, heavy voice, sun-tanned and wearing red bandana and armed with automatic pistol;

(2) Heavier, muscular, wearing blue bandana.

Rounding up the staff and guests as they made their way through the large, multi-room restaurant, the subjects ordered everyone to the floor and then made them crawl to the bathrooms.

Charlie Russo (a highly regarded saxophonist and member of the Charlie Spivak quintet) was in the band room when he was confronted and gunned down.

The owner of Ye Old Fireplace, Charlie Grubbs, reported a Smith & Wesson 38 cal. revolver (Serial No. 925J45), stolen during the robbery. This handgun has never been recovered. Grubbs also reported a yellow gold Pulsar wrist-watch taken.

After the robbery, the subjects took Charlie Grubbs' Continental which was later recovered at a nearby Howard Johnsons Motor Lodge located on S. Pleasantburg Drive at Augusta Road.

The murder weapon was later recovered in Columbia, SC during a drug raid.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective C. Flavell 864-467-5344 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Alice Haynsworth Ryan

Photo of Alice RyanVictim: Alice Haynsworth Ryan
Age: 80
Address: 16 Woodland Way, Greenville, SC
Date: October 8, 1988
Cause of Death: Multiple stab wounds
Motive: Unknown

On Saturday, October 8, 1988, Alice Haynsworth Ryan was found brutally stabbed to death inside her residence near Cleveland Park at 16 Woodland Way.

Mrs. Ryan was 80 years old at the time of her murder and was diagnosed with lung cancer several months before her murder.

Although the glass window pane was broken in the back door and Mrs. Ryan's vehicle was taken, burglary may not have been the true motive.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective D. Garrison: 864-467-5345 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Hubert L. Vaughn

Photo of Hubert VaughtVictim: Hubert L. Vaughn
Address: 14 Lois Avenue
Date: October 10, 1974
Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Motive: Robbery

October 10, 1974 Hubert L. Vaughn was found beaten inside of Sloan’s Liquor Store located at 14 Lois Avenue.  Mr. Vaughn died the following day as a result of his injuries.  The investigation determined that the likely motive for the crime was robbery as money and items were missing from the store. 

Mr. Vaughn was a life-long resident of Greenville County and had served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, flying missions over Europe.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective D. Garrison: 864-467-5345 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit


Genevieve “Jenny” Zitricki

Photo of Jenny Zitricki Victim: Genevieve “Jenny” Zitricki
Age: 28
Address: Hidden Lake Apartments, 15 Villa Road, Greenville, SC
Date: April 4, 1990
Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Motive: Unknown

On 4/06/1990, Jenny Zitricki was found murdered in her apartment. She lived by herself in apartment 227 located at 15 Villa Rd., Hidden Lake Apartments. Jenny was a computer programmer in the payroll department at Michelin North America Headquarters. She had been recently divorced and lived a very active lifestyle; she was involved in softball, taught at a local school and lived in a young professional apartment complex. Jenny’s apartment was broken into through the back door and cause of death was blunt force trauma.

This case has been linked through DNA evidence to a double homicide in Portageville, Missouri, and an attempted murder in Dyersburg, Tennessee. These other crimes were all committed on March 3, 1998.

You can read more about this case and view the crime scene by visiting the America's Most Wanted website.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective T. M. Conroy 864-467-5340 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit