Connecticut's Cold Cases
Unsolved Hit and Run Cases in New England
Christmas Eve Tragedy Still Unsolved After Almost 30 Years
Christmas Eve is one of the few times of the year where everything
is supposed to be peaceful. Back in 1973, for one family it was a night
of unspeakable tragedy.
Kevin B. Showalter, a 20-year-old Mitchell College student, was changing a tire on a
well-lit section of Pequot Avenue on the New London shoreline. He was struck and
killed by a car at 11:12 p.m. His girlfriend at the time, was only 6 feet away on a stone
wall and claimed she saw nothing. There were immediate reports of a potential suspect
but there was reluctance to prosecute as rumors of a police and judicial coverup were
abound. It wasn't until years later that Judge Joseph Dannehy of Willimantic, acting as a
one-man grand jury, named the former Mayor of New London, Harvey N. Mallove as the
probable driver of the hit-run vehicle. The popular former Mayor was never prosecuted
and probably never will because he died several years ago. The mystery of Showalter's death deepened in January of 2005 as a man named Paul Hansen committed suicide. In 1979, he claimed that he was the person that killed Showalter. However, this claim was never proven to be true. The New London Day Newspaper tried to get transcripts of Two Grand Jury Investigations but were not allowed to do so. The mystery of Kevin Showalters' death still continues to be a mystery. For more information about this
case you can read the book
Law and Justice
In Everyday Life by Andy Thibault.
20 year old killed by Hit and Run Driver on Thanksgiving Day?
November 25, 2004. Thanksgiving. Twenty year old Arlin Landa of Deep River was found deceased on Neptune Avenue in East Haddam at 1:24 am. Landa had attended a party at a residence on the street, a friend of his discovered Landa's body nearby. Police believe that a mid to late 90s green General Motors car may have been involved with this fatal incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police Troop K at 860-537-7500. All information can be confidential.
Fifty Thousand Dollar Reward For Information on Hit And Run Fatality
The State of Connecticut is offering a Fifty Thousand Dollar Reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the hit and run death of Robert Mosher Jr on June 6, 2003. The 27 year old who lived at 64 Killingly Avenue in Putnam was walking south on the Northbound shoulder of Route 12 (Killingly Avenue). Somewhere between 2 and 2:30 that morning, it is theorized that a vehicle traveling north struck and killed Mosher. A passing motorist spotted the victim and he was pronounced dead at the scene. If you have any information, please contact Sgt. John Szamocki of the Major Crime Squad unit at Troop D of the State Police.
Young Girl's Life Taken from her in New Haven
It was June 5, 2008, when fifth grader Gabrielle Lee when she was walking across Whalley Avenue from the Top Kat Laundromat in New Haven. She had been trying to help her mother and brother carrying laundry when a car hit and killed her. Gabrielle was just 11 years old . Police believe that the car may have been a Volkswagon Jetta and the incident happened around 9:30 that night. In 2012, New Haven Police announced that they are seeking a possible witness who may have been following
the car on the bicycle and may know the occupants of the suspect vehicle.
There is a ten thousand dollar reward leading up to information for an arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her death. Please call the New Haven Department at 203-946-6333. You can remain anonymous.