Update — Victim’s Wife Charged in 1983 Murders
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- Theresa “Terri” Supino was arrested March 3, 2014, and charged with first-degree murder in the 1983 deaths of Melisa Gregory, 17, and Supino’s then-husband, Steven Fisher, 20.
In a press conference held Monday, March 3, 2014, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office announced that the estranged wife of one of the Copper Dollar Ranch murder victims had been arrested and charged in the case.
Theresa “Terri” Supino, 53, was arrested Monday at her Altoona apartment and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
The arrest came exactly 31 years to the day since Steven Fisher, 20, and Melisa Gregory, 17, were found brutally slain at a horse ranch northwest of Newton, Iowa.
According to WHO-TV Channel 13, Supino was married to Fisher at the time, though the couple, who had two children, were separated and Fisher had been dating Melisa Gregory.
Altoona police and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office arrived Monday morning at Supino’s 405 8th Street apartment, and according to neighbor Travis Cunningham, knocked on the door and stated they had a warrant for Supino’s arrest before busting in.
“When I came out, I saw one of those battering rams and it said DEA,” Cunningham is quoted as saying in a KCCI article published shortly after the arrest.
Supino remains in the Jasper County Jail in lieu of a $400,000 bond.
In 1983, Supino was known as Theresa Fisher, Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty said in a Des Moines Register story published Monday.
“For the last 31 years, the deaths of Steven and Melisa have weighed heavy on the Fisher and Gregory families, this sheriff’s office and many in Jasper County,” Halferty said. “Since the bodies of Steven and Melisa were discovered, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Newton Police Department, the Jasper County Attorney’s Office, the Office of the State Medical Examiner and the Division of Criminal Investigation, have continued to work to bring justice for Steven and Melisa.”
Author Susan Taylor Chehak publishes ebook on Paula Oberbroeckling cold case
- Courtesy Susan Taylor Chehak
- Paula Jean Oberbroeckling disappeared from Cedar Rapids July 11, 1970. Her remains were found four months later.
Paula Jean Oberbroeckling — an 18-year-old beautiful leggy blonde who dreamed of becoming a model — disappeared from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the early morning hours on July 11, 1970, after borrowing her roommate’s car to run an unspecified errand.
Four months later, two young brothers hiking along the railroad tracks near the Cedar River stumbled upon human remains. Officials would later identify the remains as those of the missing teen.
Noted author Susan Taylor Chehak has published a new ebook — What Happened to Paula: The Anatomy of a True Crime — inviting readers to join the collaborative investigation into Oberbroeckling’s unsolved murder.
The ebook is an extension of Chehak’s website, whathappenedtopaula.com, where Chehak has posted the entire police file, autopsy, FBI reports and other documents in efforts to crowdsource an independent investigation.
The ebook presents the website material in an accessible and easily navigational format and will automatically show “update the book” notifications for Kindle readers as Chehak adds further details.
All proceeds from book sales go toward funding the ongoing investigation.
Defrosting Cold Cases, a website established by Alice de Sturler, features Oberbroeckling’s unsolved murder as the March 2014 Case of the Month.