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This Mom Was Stabbed 40 Times in 1980. Now Cops Know Who Did It.

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On July 11, 1980, Mark Madger returned to his Willoughby, Ohio, apartment after work to find a scene of sheer horror: his wife Nadine on the floor of the dining room, stabbed more than 40 times with a butcher knife that was still sticking out of her body, and their 6-month-old son unharmed in a playpen nearby.

For four decades, police could not crack the case of who murdered Nadine, who was just 25 when she died. But that changed in recent months thanks to a new forensic process, and some crucial clues: a bloodstained shirt, a yellow sports car, and some old work records.

Willoughby Police Chief Jim Schultz announced Wednesday that with the help of a DNA testing lab in Virginia and painstaking work to trace an unknown suspect’s family tree, investigators have determined that ex-Marine Stephen Joseph Simcak is the killer.

Simcak died in 2018, so many of the Madger family’s questions about the crime remain unanswered. Her husband trembled with anger as he spoke at a press conference where........

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