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BPD Cold Case Detectives Make an Arrest in 24 Year Old Case

Edward Richardson mug shot

Buffalo Police Cold Case Detectives have arrested a suspect in a case that dates back almost a quarter of a century. Detectives have arrested 55 year old Edward Richardson in connection with the April 7th, 1984 death of 89 year old Alma Strasner. The victim was burglarized, raped and assaulted in her Willowlawn St. home. Strasner died of her injuries a few weeks later in a Buffalo Hospital.

In May of 2007, Detectives Mary Gugliuzza and Charles Aronica opened the cold case homicide of Alma Strasner. In August of that year, blood and DNA evidence came back linking Richardson to the crime scene.

On March 12th of 2008, Detectives Gugliuzza and Aronica flew to Seattle, Washington to interview Richardson who was incarcerated at the Washington State Correctional Facility on drug and escape charges. A short time later, the evidence was presented to an Erie County Grand Jury. On April 25th of this year, an indictment warrant was issued for Edward Richardson in connection with the death of Alma Strasner.

On Wednesday, May 14th, Detective Sgt. Daniel Rinaldo and Detective Gugliuzza traveled back to the Seattle area to pick up Richardson after a waiver of extradition had been signed in the Superior Court of Washington.

Late this morning, Richardson was arraigned in State Supreme Court in Buffalo on two counts of murder. He is currently being held, without bail, at the Erie County Holding Center.

Photos by Andrew J Nostrant