79-Year-Old Man Arrested for 1966 Murder in Illinois


A 79-year-old Missouri man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, nearly six decades after an 18-year-old woman was brutally stabbed to death in Calumet City, Illinois, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Here are some details according to the report of CNN International.

Details of the Incidents

The victim, Karen Snider, was discovered dead on November 12, 1966, by her husband, who came home to find his wife with 125 stab wounds across her body. Authorities have accused James Barbier, who was initially arrested in 1966 but never charged, of committing the crime.

The case was reopened in December 2022, when a DNA sample linked Barbier to the murder. He was arrested at his home in Missouri this week, following the development of new evidence.

Barbier worked with Snider’s husband in 1966 and was friends with the couple. According to prosecutors, on the night of the murder, he returned home to his wife with cuts and blood on his body. He appeared nervous, took off his clothes, and immediately put them in the washing machine, they said.

Suspect Released with Strict Conditions

Despite the serious charges, Barbier was released on Thursday with stringent pretrial conditions. He is required to remain in Missouri or Illinois, surrender his passport and firearms, and report in person and by phone twice a month. Due to his age and physical condition, the state did not file a petition to detain him.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has not yet confirmed whether Barbier has retained legal counsel. Further investigations are ongoing to determine if there are any other suspects or accomplices involved in the 1966 murder.

Calumet City, where the murder occurred, is located about 23 miles from Chicago and is near the Illinois-Indiana border.

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