The cat lady of Springfield, Fl., Gloria Bailey, said she was rich but had $82.84 in the bank when she was found raped and strangled eight years ago in her sparsely furnished apartment, reports the Florida Times-Union. Yesterday, a determined group of Jacksonville detectives made sure she wasn’t forgotten. Modern science and the unrelated arrest of a suspected serial killer led to a DNA match between Eugene Blackshear and Bailey. Blackshear, 48, said nothing when handcuffed by police yesterday.
His arrest is the fourth made by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office cold case unit since it began investigating old unsolved murders last year. The case broke open after the 2003 arrest of Paul Durousseau, suspected in killing six women in Jacksonville and another in Georgia. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab, routinely backlogged with DNA requests, began expediting evidence in cases police suspected were connected to Durousseau. In that mix, the cold case unit included several other murders hoping for matches using a developing computer database known as the Combined DNA Index System.