Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 Is Already Bringing In New Leads
There's plenty of cases that have captivated the public's interest, but none more than that of Lester Eubanks - the convicted child murderer who escaped from prison in 1973 while he was let out to go Christmas shopping.
Speaking to TMZ, creator of the series, Terry Dunn Meurer, said that he'd received "hundreds" of leads with regard to the criminal's whereabouts, and has since passed the credible ones on to law enforcement.
Days after the show hit the streaming platform on October 19th, U.S. marshals also confirmed they believe locating Eubanks is becoming more likely, and launched a fresh appeal for his capture.
"He's alive," U.S. Marshal Brian Fitzgibbon informed USA Today. "I feel we're getting closer."
It comes after the reward for Eubanks' arrest was also upped from $25,000 (£19,472) to $50,000 (£38,945).
Those who watched Unsolved Mysteries will remember Lester has been missing since December 7th, 1973 and is wanted for escaping the custody of the Ohio Department of Corrections after he was allowed to go Christmas shopping - a revelation that has outraged Twitter.
The killer was serving time for the murder of 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener.
On November 14, 1965, Mary Ellen and her younger sister were at a laundromat, but they ran out of change.
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When she left to get more change from another laundromat, she never returned. Mary Ellen's body was later found nearby. She had been shot two times, sexually assaulted and beaten with a brink.
Eubanks was later arrested for her murder.
Eubanks was convicted in May 1966 and sentenced to death, but the Supreme Court declared in 1972 that the death penalty was unconstitutional, and his sentence to commuted life in prison.
He later became an "honour inmate" at the Ohio penitentiary where he was incarcerated which is how he earned the privilege to go Christmas shopping at Great Southern Shopping Centre from which he disappeared.
The show proved that detectives have relied heavily on tips for Eubanks' mysterious case.
A tip from Eubanks' late cousin's wife helped authorities to discover the criminal appeared to have worked at a troubled youth in Alabama.
Then, in 2019, Eubanks' biological son gave a DNA sample which had the potential to provide a breakthrough, and link Eubanks to recent crimes.
However, this was stopped in its tracks when it became apparent that it's against FBI policy to search for people using family members' DNA. (This is despite the fact legal experts informed ABC News at the time that exceptions to this rule are very much possible...)
If you have any information that could help this case, head to unsolved.com/tips.
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