Upstate Unsolved

Upstate Unsolved

Beyond the headlines of Upstate New York's unsolved crimes.


February 13, 2019 1 min
In Season 1: WGY's Phoebe LaFave & the Cold Case Analysis Center at the College of St. Rose explore the 1998 disappearance of UAlbany student Suzanne Lyall.
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In Episode 1: A New Beginning - we lay the groundwork for this season. We talk to Suzy’s mother Mary about Suzy and the days that followed her disappearance. We discuss The Center for Hope, the non-profit set up by Suzy’s parents that advocates for missing children and their families, and we highlight how The Cold Case Analysis Center at The College of Saint Rose came about and what it aims to do.
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March 7, 2019 31 mins
In Episode 2, In Her Footsteps, we retrace Suzy's steps on her last known day - March 2, 1998. After taking her midterm on the morning of March 2nd Suzy attended classes until 4 PM before heading to work. Before boarding a bus to Crossgates she took $20 out of an ATM at the Key Bank near UAlbany's Uptown campus. When she arrived at Crossgates, she took out another $20 before heading to her job at Babbage's.

Suzy left her the mall at...
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March 14, 2019 24 mins
In this episode, we detail what happened the day after Suzanne Lyall's disappearance, which remains one of the biggest question marks surrounding her case. On March 3, 1998 $20 was withdrawn using Suzy's ATM card at a Stewart’s convenience store about three miles from campus. We discuss the man identified publicly as “The Nike Man” who was seen at Stewart’s around the time the $20 was withdrawn.
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March 21, 2019 28 mins
We've narrowed in on two individuals who, as far as we know, were complete strangers to Suzy.
The first is Israel Keyes, a serial killer who claims to have committed a long series of elaborate rapes and murders until his capture in 2012. In this episode we highlight the life and crimes of Israel Keyes and three connections he has to Suzy's case.
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March 28, 2019 25 mins
The last stranger we've narrowed in on is John Regan.

This middle aged man from a prominent family in Waterbury, Connecticut shocked his community, when in 2004 he was arrested on an unlawful restraint charge for attempting to sexually assault his 21-year-old co-worker. Then, DNA taken at the time of his arrest linked him to the 1993 rape of his friend's wife, Donna Palomba.

While out on bail for his crimes in Connecticut, on Hallowe...
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April 4, 2019 32 mins
In this episode, Dr. Christina Lane, a criminologist and the Director of The Cold Case Analysis Center at The College of Saint Rose and I talk with the lead investigator of the initial investigation, about the framework of her case and how investigations like Suzy's are handled. We hear from Suzy's siblings about the aftermath of her disappearance and how their lives have been affected by her absence.
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April 11, 2019 29 mins
Suzanne Lyall is so much more than her disappearance. She is a daughter, sister, cousin, a hard worker, poet, computer lover, girlfriend, and a friend. In this episode, we speak to members of her immediate family and her two cousins to get at the core of who Suzy was as a child and through her high school years. Her family shares similar anecdotes of Suzy, expressing her kind heart and intelligent nature but also the traits we have...
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April 18, 2019 28 mins
In this episode we focus on the last two years of Suzy's high school career and her relationship with Rich Condon, whom she dated up until her disappearance on March 2, 1998.

We speak to friends of Suzy's from high school who describe her as being open to everyone and had the ability to easily float between the different groups and cliques at school. She had a close circle of friends, but everyone liked Suzy. We explore more of her...
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April 25, 2019 33 mins
In this episode, we focus on Suzy's life after graduating from high school. How she attended her freshman year at SUNY Oneonta but stayed at her boyfriend Rich's house in The Capital Region nearly every weekend, without her parents knowledge.

Her loved ones detail how Suzy's grades started to slip and how she spent the majority of her time with Rich, his family and his friends. She confided in her cousin that she was afraid she was...
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May 2, 2019 53 mins
In the season finale of "Upstate Unsolved," we speak with the lead investigator of Suzy's case, Retired Senior Investigator Jim Horton. In this exclusive interview, he shares never before told aspects of Suzy's case; largely involving her boyfriend Rich Condon and his family.
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October 1, 2019 2 mins
Now in its second season, this WGY original true-crime podcast, in partnership with the Cold Case Analysis Center at the College of St. Rose, investigates the unsolved murders of Catherine ‘Kate’ Blackburn (1964), and Ruth Whitman (1959). While seemingly unconnected, these women have one crucial element in common: their cases aren’t well known to the public. With the support of the Albany Police Department and the Colonie Police De...
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October 10, 2019 24 mins
Now in its second season, the true crime podcast, in partnership with the Cold Case Analysis Center at the College of St. Rose, investigates the unsolved murders of Catherine ‘Kate’ Blackburn (1964), and Ruth Whitman (1959). While seemingly unconnected, these women have one crucial element in common: their cases aren’t well known to the public. With the support of the Albany Police Department and the Colonie Police Department, WGY’...
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October 17, 2019 24 mins
Catherine "Kate" Blackburn was found beaten and stabbed death in the unoccupied upstairs apartment in her Colonie Street home in Albany on September 14, 1964. While Albany Police Detectives at the time went to great lengths to investigate her brutal murder, the case went cold.

While it’s important to re-evaluate her case using modern day techniques and tactics, we have to also understand the context of her life.
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October 24, 2019 32 mins
Please be advised that we will be detailing the extreme violence Catherine Blackburn had to endure in this episode. Listener discretion is advised.
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October 31, 2019 32 mins
55 years ago Catherine Blackburn's niece and sister found her exposed body in the vacant upstairs apartment of her home on Colonie Street in Albany. In 1964, crime scene cleanup wasn't facilitated by police; that burden fell on the deceased's loved ones.

Kate's 20-year-old nieces, Sandy and Theresa, had to clean their Aunt's blood from the apartment.

In this episode, we speak to Kate's niece Sandy about the impact her Aunt's murder...
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November 7, 2019 52 mins
We believe that Catherine Blackburn's case can be solved. The acts she endured are unique and rare, and with the modern day ability to disseminate the details of her case, we are hopeful that someone somewhere will be able to provide new connections, leading to answers.
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December 5, 2019 33 mins
The body of 18-year-old Ruth Whitman was found face down in a drainage ditch on Sand Creek Road in Colonie on December 8, 1959. She had been severely beaten in the head, with one eye swollen shut and she had a laceration on the back of her head. For 60 years, Ruth's case has remained unsolved.
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December 12, 2019 33 mins
Law enforcement interviewed approximately 500 people. The case file is massive and is filled with inconsistencies. More specifically, the statements made by the people who claim to know Ruth Whitman contain contradictory information about the moments leading up to her murder. Some accounts place her at a certain time and place, while others insist she was in a completely different location.
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December 19, 2019 37 mins
Investigating, researching and reporting on a murder that has been cold for 60 years is difficult on various levels. In order to understand the victim you have to understand the social climate in which they lived and the people that made up their life. You have to get to know the victim through the accounts of their friends and families, any diaries or notes they kept, or treasured belongings still in possession of loved ones. When...
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