This story previously aired Sept. 28, 2013. It was updated on May 17, 2014. (CBS News) "The wheels of justice turn slowly. I've never covered a story quite like this. "48 Hours" first started working on this cold case eight years ago and we couldn't let it go. It's hard to imagine it would take more than three decades to find the killer ... and bring him to trial." - "48 Hours" correspondent Troy Roberts "Thirty-two years. Unbelievable. And that's why I want it over with. I want to have a little peace before I die," said Sabrina Gonsalves' mother, Kim. Kim and George Gonsalves weren't sure they'd live to see the day. "It's a scab on your heart, and it just keeps getting pulled off and you bleed again," Kim told "48 Hours". "And again and you just don't know how much you can keep going." "It is so much worse when someone is killed instead of dying a natural death. But it is also worse to have a murder unsolved," said Andrea Gonsalves Rosenstein, who, over the decades has remained … [Read more...] about The Sweetheart Murders
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Last Updated Mar 10, 2016 2:44 PM EST Auto safety experts are demanding action on what they call a serious safety defect. The move comes days after a Texas jury awarded more than a $124.5 million verdict against one automaker for a problem car companies admit would only cost a couple of dollars to fix.Crash test videos obtained during the course of our CBS News investigation show how when cars are hit from behind, the front driver and passenger seats of many vehicles can collapse backwards, launching the occupants into the backseat area.For years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has told parents the safest place to put children is in the backseat. Cases of apparent seatback failure reviewed by CBS News show, while drivers can also suffer catastrophic injury, children in the backseat are suffering the worst of the injuries, even death.It happens in an instant.Eleven-year-old Jesse Rivera Jr. is living with the consequences of a seatback failure. He was … [Read more...] about “No excuse”: Safety experts say this car defect puts kids in danger
A laborer works on piles of steel coils in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, Feb. 22, 2013. Jon Woo/Reuters World China World Trade Organization Xi Jinping Ma Jijiang and his once poor family are the flesh and blood of China’s modern economic miracle, living proof of how radically the country has been reshaped since the late Deng Xiaoping changed the world in 1978 by proclaiming that to get rich is glorious and launching China’s experiment with market economics.Ma grew up as the only son of peasants in central Henan province. In the late 1990s, his father, a factory worker, suffered an industrial accident that caused him to lose the lower half of his left leg to amputation, ending his working life. His mother, Hui-fang, was a wheat farmer, her skin coarsened by days working in Henan’s broiling summer sun. The family used to live off a dirt road adjacent to the wheat fields in which Hui-fang toiled, in a tiny wooden house lit by a single light bulb.No longer. Ma was an … [Read more...] about Is This the End of China’s Economic Miracle?
Uresti’s alleged ex-mistress admits to relationship with his business partner By Patrick Danner and Guillermo Contreras February 2, 2018 Updated: February 2, 2018 6:41pm Photo: Kin Man Hui /San Antonio Express-News Image 1of/9 CaptionClose Image 1 of 9 Hidden under security and a jacket, Denise Cantu (front left), the Harlingen woman who prosecutors allege Carlos Uresti carried on a sexual relationship with and then exploited by convincing her to invest in a startup oil field company, is returning to the witness stand Friday in the state senator’s criminal fraud trial on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. less Hidden under security and a jacket, Denise Cantu (front left), the Harlingen woman who prosecutors allege Carlos Uresti carried on a sexual relationship with and then exploited by convincing her to invest in a ... more Photo: Kin Man … [Read more...] about Uresti’s alleged ex-mistress admits to relationship with his business partner
Four years ago, Sandra Holt looked at the body of her lifeless daughter, Nikki, and promised her "justice, no matter what." Nikki, a mother herself, was dead at 27.Earlier that day, May 20, 2013, Nicole "Nikki" Smith was a passenger on a black Honda motorcycle driven through Seaford by her friend Curtis Fletcher, then 22. City Police Officer Aaron Mitchell was driving his cruiser in the opposite direction and pulled a U-turn when he noticed Smith had no helmet attached to the bike, according a lawsuit settled by the city late last year.Mitchell hit his blue lights, Fletcher gunned the bike and the chase was on. They raced past homes, businesses, down a street near a school and through the town of Blades. "I got a bike not stopping," Mitchell can be heard telling the dispatcher on dash camera footage secured by The News Journal under the Freedom of Information Act. According to police records, witnesses estimated the bike hit speeds up to 90 mph with the patrolman … [Read more...] about A police chase and motorcycle crash: Did justice fail Nicole Smith?
The door was locked but the light outside was burning bright, and when the three women arrived for bridge with Mr. Haysom they were puzzled to find no one answering the bell. The cars were in the driveway. Though it was daytime, the porch lamp by the door had been left on. It was April 3, 1985, and the neighborhood was quiet. The women called Annie Massie, a friend who had a spare key, in case something had befallen their bridge partner or his wife. Holcomb Rock Road, where Derek and Nancy Haysom lived, snaked through central Virginia and into the hilly deep woods around Lynchburg. Derek, seventy-two, was a South African engineer. He had met Nancy, an American, known as Cita, in Johannesburg when they were both divorced. They’d joined their families, and, in 1964, they had their only child together, Elizabeth, raised in Nova Scotia, where Derek ran a steel mill. The house on Holcomb Rock Road, which they’d bought a few years earlier for retirement, was modest, but it had a … [Read more...] about A College Romance That Led to Murder
In the middle of 1989, suburban soccer dad Chuck Blazer had just lost his job, had no income, and was struggling with debt.But he did have a few things going for him: He was audacious, with a keen eye for opportunity; he was a splendid salesman; and he knew a vast amount about the world’s most popular sport. Not the fine points of on-field strategy — he’d never actually played the game — but rather the business of American soccer, which was, back then, woeful. Compared to baseball, basketball, and football, soccer was a starving runt. Multiple professional leagues had flopped. TV networks couldn’t even figure out how to fit commercials into the 90-minute, time-out-free games, and they rarely bothered to broadcast the sport. The United States national team hadn’t qualified for a World Cup in nearly 40 years.A quarter-century later, American soccer has become an athletic and economic powerhouse, due substantially to the contributions of Blazer. He … [Read more...] about Mr. Ten Percent: The Man Who Built — And Bilked — American Soccer
Detroit drivers face the highest average insurance rates for cars and other vehicles in the country, often more than $3,000 a year for a single automobile. A Free Press investigation finds that runaway medical bills, disability benefits payouts and lawsuits under Michigan’s one-of-a-kind, no-fault insurance system play a key role in driving up costs for drivers. Find out what's behind the high cost of auto insurance in Detroit — and what steps could be taken to help fix the problem.No one wants to be in an auto accident. But people who've just been in accidents are a target audience for those in the business of representing or treating no-fault insurance patients.There has been an explosion in recent years in and around Detroit of billboard, TV and radio ads for personal-injury lawyers and some accident-victim referral services that urge people to call up a lawyer after nearly any accident to … [Read more...] about Aggressive solicitation comes after auto accidents in Detroit
Detroit drivers face the highest average insurance rates for cars and other vehicles in the country, often more than $3,000 a year for a single automobile. A Free Press investigation finds that runaway medical bills, disability benefits payouts and lawsuits under Michigan’s one-of-a-kind, no-fault insurance system play a key role in driving up costs for drivers. Find out what's behind the high cost of auto insurance in Detroit — and what steps could be taken to help fix the problem.Fed up with no-fault fraud, auto insurance giants Allstate and State Farm have, in recent years, brought racketeering lawsuits against a handful of metro Detroit medical clinics, MRI centers and doctors.These lawsuits — in federal court against a half-dozen or so businesses — have alleged sham treatments, excessive billing, accident-victim solicitation and even under-the-table cash payments made to … [Read more...] about Tired of no-fault fraud in Michigan, insurers turn to racketeering suits