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Holly’s body was found decomposing in her ex-boyfriend’s apartment. He fled the country, but was eventually convicted of her murder.

Helen “Holly” Maddux. Image from Unsolved Mysteries Wiki / CC-BY-SA

This writing is part of a continuing series on cold cases linked to domestic violence. Cases are taken from Unsolved Mysteries.

The case of Holly Maddux is on season 8, episode 7 of Unsolved Mysteries.

For legal purposes, the “husband” in this case was charged with crimes against his partner…

Murdered on January 22, 2007.

Monica Lynn Motley. Image from The Indianapolis Star

On January 22, 2007, a 36-year-old Black woman named Monica Lynn Motley was found unresponsive in a vacant Indianapolis, Indiana, home. She had been “manually strangled” and killed (other reports claim that she died of a head injury). Police immediately classified the case as a homicide.

No arrests have been made and no suspects were publicly identified. Monica’s case remains unsolved.

Monica was born on January 4, 1971 to her parents, Gordy Johnson and Delores Motley. She had one son named Cortesz LaMar Motley who died at two-months old, and she left behind two others: Dontesz Motley and Montesz Motley.

If you have any information on the murder of Monica Lynn Motley, please contact the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at (317)327-3811.

Murdered on September 3, 2008.

Stock photo collage. Original image from John Thomas on Unsplash

On September 3, 2008, a 70-year-old Filipina woman named Zenaida P. Quiazon-Agustin* was murdered by publicly unlisted means at a home on 1800 West Wilma Place, Long Beach, California. It is unclear if the home belonged to Zenaida.

There is no information available on the investigation. Zenaida’s case remains unsolved.

Found dead on August 12, 1990 and remains identified in June 1996.

Katrina “Trina” Denise Bynes. Image from The Palm Beach Post

On August 12, 1990, the body of a 21-year-old Black woman named Katrina “Trina" Denise Bynes (middle name alternately spelled “Denice," and full name additionally recorded as “K. D. Bynes") was found in a wooded area about two miles north of Youth Camp Road in Palm Beach, Florida. …

Murdered on March 9, 2007.

Quinntessa “Goldie” Blackwell. Image from The Boston Herald

On March 9, 2007, an 18-year-old Black woman named Quinntessa “Goldie” Blackwell* was walking home from a convenience store with a friend in the Bowdein-Geneva neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. As the two passed a local elementary school, a car pulled up beside them and the trio started a conversation. Not…

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