Many things are coming out of the Saratoga's St Patrick’s day mayhem and it reminded me of people I had know who were brutally slain and whose killers still walk the Earth today.
Sheila Shepherd a stunningly beautiful girl who used to go to the Hub back when I lived above it was killed in 1980. Her death is but a faded memory for many but I am sure her family and friends are still haunted everyday. I could not find a trace of her story on the net but I hope as more old records are digitalized her story will live on until one day the Scumbag or Bags who killed her are caught. I also remember the blistering criticism the police came under at the time and in particular the criticism that Chief Cole's father Eugene in particular faced about the handling of evidence and the general conduct of the investigation.
Pam DeVizzio was a popular waitress and bartender whose killing was particually brutal. The Saratoga Springs native was found July 6, 1988, on a Northumberland roadside, 11 miles away from downtown Saratoga Springs she was 28-year-old.She had been savagely beaten. She was last seen alive about 4:15 a.m. July 5 leaving Madame Jumel's, a popular Caroline Street bar at the time. Ironically it is only a stones throw from were Ryan Rossley was run down.
These are links to her story.
Although my focus here is Saratoga there are many other unsolved murders in the county
The Saratoga County Sheriffs have a Web site for tips in unsolved cases
My mistake. there is no web site, I guess I gave Bowen to much credit.
And finally while many are critical of the slowness of an arrest in the Ryan Rossley case, I will give Chief Cole credit for going slowly and getting all his t's crossed.
In one of the saddest cases in Saratoga history and one that was investigated by the Chiefs father Eugene, many people were outraged and shocked when the son of prominent city surgeon and all round great Saratogian was found not guilty of the killing of a young man named Younes,who was run down and left for dead on Kaydeross Road by Saratoga lake on March 5 1983 at roughly 3;35am. He was hit on a road leading to a very popular bar and dance club called the Rafters for all you transplants out there. Despite overwhelming evidence that he was the driver and even with positive, then state of the art forensic tests done on the car by the State police BCI unit, a jury of his peers found Jim Dorsey Jr age 2o, only son of Surgeon James Dorsey, of North Broadway not guilty of the felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Later in a case that would mirror the future OJ Simpson case he was found guilty in a civil suit and was forced to pay damages to the widow and child of Mr Younes.From what I understand Mr. Dorsey went on to college and law school after the acquittal, and is a practicing attorney today. Be grateful for your second chance, Mr.Younes never got one.
You can read more on this case at
So by all means Chief take your time and do it right.
I would like to thank the Gazette for digitizing your old papers. You are an asset to the community and your commitment to the public even when I know your paper is fiscally struggling puts the Saratogian to shame.
I understand that this might open up some old wounds for the innocent and I apologize for that. But these stories are important so the mistakes of the past are not repeated. And maybe, just maybe this might jog somebodies memory so that justice may be done,and a killer can be taken off the street and the families might find some peace.
And although its nice the Saratoga Police have a pretty facebook page
It might be nice if you had a cold case Saratoga Police web site where people could come and try to remember or give tips. Remember people talk, and as time passes they feel safe and loosen up.
Hey but what the fuck do I know I'm just a stupid unpaid blogger who would like to see a little justice before I die.
I have been contacted and asked to add two more names one dead and one poor child missing.
Another murdered young women is Christina White who was were last seen alive in or near mobile home parks along
Tammie McCormick, of
Age at Disappearance: 14 yrs.
Date of Birth: 07/03/1972
Date of Last Contact: 04/29/1986
Weight: 108 lbs.
Tammie was last seen on Route 9P in