Borderland Crimes
Lured from the Toy Aisle: The Kidnapping and Murder of Alexandra Flores

Lured from the Toy Aisle: The Kidnapping and Murder of Alexandra Flores

November 18, 2021

A little girl got separated from her family during a holiday shopping trip to a busy retail store and seemed to vanish into thin air. Dread settled in for her family and the entire community once surveillance camera video emerged, showing the 5-year-old girl walking out of the store with an unknown man. The girl was found dead the following morning. It’s a case that traumatized a community and reminded parents that danger really can hide in plain sight.

Blood and Heartbreak: A Murder by the Rio Grande Goes Unsolved for 27 Years

Blood and Heartbreak: A Murder by the Rio Grande Goes Unsolved for 27 Years

August 31, 2021

The murder of Robert Rocha, 43, has remained unsolved for nearly three decades. The retired U.S. Navy veteran and father of three daughters was found shot to death at Mesilla Dam outside Las Cruces, NM, on June 28, 1994. The Dona Ana County Sheriff's detectives still haven't arrested and charged anyone with the crime. But Rocha's daughter thinks someone who was once close to her father -- and is well known by the entire family -- has information that could break open the case. If you have information on this case, call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

“We Don’t Know Who Can Have That Kind of Hate:” Family Torn Apart After Son Murders Mother

“We Don’t Know Who Can Have That Kind of Hate:” Family Torn Apart After Son Murders Mother

May 26, 2021

When Gloria Marmolejo, a 54-year-old mom and grandmother, was found dead in the southern New Mexico desert in the summer of 2009, her family pleaded for the community’s help to find whoever murdered her. But investigators with the El Paso Police Department believed her son, David, was the killer -- and they learned he was hiding other secrets big enough to destroy his family.

If you are in a violent relationship or someone you know is in a dangerous situation, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799.SAFE (7233) or visit www.thehotline.org. You can also call El Paso's Center Against Sexual and Family Violence at (915) 593-7300 or visit casfv.org.

A Mass Murder and a Cover-up: The Massacre at Porvenir, TX

A Mass Murder and a Cover-up: The Massacre at Porvenir, TX

January 28, 2021

An El Paso woman learned a horrible secret about her family: her great-grandfather had been massacred, along with 14 other men and boys, on Jan. 28, 1918. When Arlinda Valencia learned who was to blame for the terrible act, she realized more needed to be done to expose the dark past of a legendary law enforcement agency, the Texas Rangers.

Learn more about the massacre: https://www.porvenirmassacre.org/

 

Deaths in the Desert: A Serial Killer’s Personal Graveyard

Deaths in the Desert: A Serial Killer’s Personal Graveyard

November 25, 2020

In the summer of 1987, a serial killer stalked the streets of El Paso, Texas. The bodies of six teenage girls and young women were found buried in the desert in the northeast outskirts of town.
All had been reported missing earlier that year.

An extensive investigation led police to David Leonard Wood, a former convict recently behind bars for rape. Wood was sentenced to death. But 33 years have passed and he remains on death row, proclaiming his innocence as his attorneys - and families of the victims - fight for their versions of justice.

Borderland Crimes is sponsored by University Medical Center of El Paso.

“It was a set-up for my son to die:” The unsolved murder of Terrance Kinard, Jr.

“It was a set-up for my son to die:” The unsolved murder of Terrance Kinard, Jr.

September 20, 2020

On Jan. 26, 2019, Terrance Kinard Jr. was shot outside a house party in Northeast El Paso.
The case has gone unsolved despite there likely being many witnesses to the murder of the 20-year-old father and aspiring rapper.
His parents are opening up about their pain, their plea for justice and the troubling conflicts their son was experiencing in the months before his death.

“We Feel Like We’re Being Hunted:” 23 Killed at El Paso Walmart in Suspected Hate Crime

“We Feel Like We’re Being Hunted:” 23 Killed at El Paso Walmart in Suspected Hate Crime

August 3, 2020

Michelle Grady is one of the dozens of people who was shot on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at a Walmart superstore in El Paso, Texas. She survived, but 23 people were killed. The shooter is facing nearly 100 charges, including federal hate crime charges, accused of targeting Hispanics. This is a story of survival and recovery in the year since the Cielo Vista Walmart massacre.

“This is Bizarre:” Police Ask Local TV News Outlets to Broadcast a Decapitated Head

“This is Bizarre:” Police Ask Local TV News Outlets to Broadcast a Decapitated Head

May 20, 2020

In 1995, a woman’s spray-painted body parts, including her severed head, were found across town.

Police in El Paso, Texas, didn't know who she was.

Investigators made an unprecedented request of local newsrooms in the hopes of identifying her, and finding who killed and dismembered her.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233

El Paso Center Against Sexual & Family Violence Crisis Line: (915) 593-7300

Love Is Respect: text LOVEIS to 22522

Massacre at Las Cruces Bowl: America’s Largest Unsolved Mass Shooting

Massacre at Las Cruces Bowl: America’s Largest Unsolved Mass Shooting

February 9, 2020

On Feb. 10, 1990, two men shot seven people while robbing a bowling alley in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Four of the victims died. Three of the dead were children, ages 13, 6 and 2. All of the victims were shot at point-blank range. Thirty years have passed and the killers have yet to be brought to justice in what is now one of the bloodiest mass shootings in the nation.

Killing for Custody: The Life and Death of Bill Wolff

Killing for Custody: The Life and Death of Bill Wolff

November 18, 2019

A college professor was found shot to death on a sidewalk. Detectives learn the victim and his ex-wife were in the midst of a custody battle so bitter, months before his murder she had secretly fled to Mexico with their daughter. Around that time, the professor's former father-in-law was looking for a 'sicario,' someone who would kill for money. The murder investigation expands into an international search for the victim's missing daughter.

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