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In October of 2015, 50-year-old Jose Ferreira Jr. called WISN 12 News to reveal and deep and disturbing confession - when he was 17-years-old in 1982, he murdered 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek. Jopek had gone missing on 16 March, 1982, after being suspended from school. She never returned home. The following year, her body was found buried underneath a porch and for the forthcoming 33 years, her shocking murder remained unsolved.

Ferreira confessed that he and Jopek were at a nearby house party when, standing at the top of the stairs, Ferreira suggested they go down to the basement to fool around. When Jopek turned his advances down, he exclaimed “you are going downstairs,” before pushing her down. The fall snapped her neck, killing her. Ferreira then raped her lifeless body before retrieving a shovel and burying her.

Ferreira apparently confessed because he felt that Jopek had been haunting him since the day he murdered her. As part of a plea deal, Ferreira
pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted sexual assault and false imprisonment charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced later on in the year.

Carrie Ann Jopek was only 13 years old in March 16, 1982, when she went to a party in her Milwaukee neighborhood and disappeared. Her body was found a year and a half later, buried in the yard of the house of the party, but police could never get enough evidence to arrest someone.

Now, 33 years later, the killer finally came forward and confessed his crime. Jose Ferreira, a neighbor who was 17 at the time of the murder, got desperate to tell this story: on the night of the party, he got angry at Carrie because she rejected his advances, so he hit her and pushed her down the stairs, breaking her neck. Then, he raped her body and buried her.

Ferreira first confessed in early October to a crisis hotline. Then he called a TV station. Then he told his wife, who went to the police. And finally, he turned himself in to be charged with second-degree murder.

So why did he finally reveal the dark secret after so many years of getting away with it? According to Carolyn Tousignant, Carrie’s mother, Ferreira told her that the girl was “haunting” him. 

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On this day in music history: March 20, 1982 - “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks. Written by Jake Hooker and Alan Merrill, it is the biggest hit for the New York City based rock band fronted by former Runaways guitarist and vocalist Joan Jett (real name Joan Marie Larkin). The song is originally recorded by Anglo/American rock band the Arrows in 1975. Jett hears the song while on tour with The Runaways in the UK. After they go their separate ways, Jett actually record the song twice. The first time is in 1979 with former Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook. The “hit” version of the song is cut with her band The Blackhearts and producers Ritchie Cordell and Kenny Laguna. Released as the first single in January of 1982, “I Love Rock 'N Roll” quickly becomes a radio smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #63 on February 6, 1982, it streaks to the top of the chart six weeks later. Comedian “Weird Al” parodies the song on his first album as “I Love Rocky Road” (#106 Pop) in early 1983, even dressing like Jett in the accompanying music video and on the picture sleeve for the single. “I Love Rock 'N Roll” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 24, 1982 - “The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads”, the fifth album by Talking Heads is released. Produced by Talking Heads, it is recorded at WCOZ Northern Studio in Maynard, MA on November 17, 1977, The Park West in Chicago, IL on August 23, 1978, The Boarding House in San Francisco, CA on September 16, 1978, The Agora in Cleveland, OH on December 18, 1978, Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA on August 24, 1979, The Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ on November 17, 1979, Central Park in New York City on August 27, 1980, Emerald City in Cherry Hill, NJ on November 8 & 9, 1980, Sun Plaza Concert Hall in Tokyo, Japan on February 27, 1981. The seventeen track double album features live performances by Talking Heads recorded between November 1977 and February 1981, with half of the album featuring the main four piece band. The second half features the band expanded to a ten piece with guest musicians including Adrian Belew (guitar), Bernie Worrell (keyboards), Dolette McDonald and Nona Hendryx (background vocals). The cassette version of the album includes the song “Cities” as a bonus track. In 2004, an expanded reissue nearly doubles the length of the original album by adding additional tracks left off the original LP, and ones that were shortened due to the time constraints of the vinyl format. A remastered deluxe version of the album is released in 2004 expanding the original album to thirty three tracks. “The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads” peaks at number thirty one on the Billboard Top 200.

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Today’s classic holiday comic is The Brave and the Bold v.1 #184 (March 1982), with a cover by Jim Aparo, and featuring Earth-One’s Batman and The Huntress from Earth-Two.  In my head, I’m imagining Batman singing Wham’s “Last Christmas”: Last Christmas, I gave you my cape …

This comic is one of many in the DuGarm Collection at the University of Iowa: Special Collections.

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On this day in music history: March 18, 1982 - “Asia”, the debut album by Asia is released. Produced by Mike Stone, it is recorded at Townhouse Studios in London from June - November 1981. Two of the top progressive rock bands of the 70’s, Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer are both going through major changes by the beginning of the 80’s, when key members of both bands depart to pursue other musical interests. Guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes leave Yes in December of 1980, while earlier in 1980, former ELP drummer Carl Palmer is involved in a proposed project with former King Crimson bassist and vocalist John Wetton, Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman and guitarist and vocalist Trevor Rabin. The group are signed to Geffen Records in 1980. Plans for the album are derailed when Wakeman leaves before any recording can begin. Following Howe and Downes’ departure from Yes, they are contacted by Geffen A&R man John Kolodner, bringing them into the new band and begin writing material and naming themselves Asia. But things come to a halt once again when Rabin doesn’t “click” with the other musicians. Ironically, after Trevor Rabin leaves, he later joins the reformed Yes in 1983 after briefly pursuing a solo career. With the line up in place, they continue to work on songs with Wetton and Downes writing the lion’s share, with contributions from the others. The band record their debut album with veteran producer and engineer Mike Stone. The completed album is released in March of 1982, and draws mixed to outright negative reviews from critics who look down their noses at Asia for having turned their backs on their prog rock roots, for a more commercial and radio friendly sound. The rock critic snobbery is irrelevant to the public who immediately embrace the band and turn their album into an instant smash. Led by the first single “Heat Of The Moment” (#4 Pop, #1 Mainstream Rock), the success of “Asia” could not come at a better time. With the record industry still in the midst of a major sales slump since the beginning of the new decade, the band’s debut becomes one of the biggest selling albums of 1982, which proves to be a pivotal year in the history of popular music as the music business begins to regain its commercial footing. It spins off two more singles including “Only Time Will Tell” (#17 Pop, #8 Mainstream Rock) and “Sole Survivor” (#10 Mainstream Rock). The music videos for the singles all receive heavy play from MTV, further increasing their popularity. The now iconic cover artwork for “Asia” of a sea serpent gazing into a crystral orb, is illustrated by artist Roger Dean, famous for his previous album covers for Yes, Osibisa and Uriah Heep. First released on CD in 1983, the album is remastered and reissued as single layer SHM-SACD in Japan in 2010, and as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2012. “Asia” spends nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

March 22, 1982 - OV-102 Columbia embarks on her 3rd flight, STS-3, also marking the third flight of the entirety of the Space Transportation System. STS-3 would continue checking out in-flight systems, ensuring the ship was performing as designed. 

Mission crew for this flight consisted of Jack Lousma as Commander, a Skylab 3 crew member, and Pilot Charles Gordon Fullerton on his first flight to space. 

STS-3 included tests of the Canadarm, as well as exposing parts of the top of the shuttle to the sun for thermal testing. It was discovered that thermal expansion slightly warped the payload bay doors, preventing them from closing. The fix was to roll the shuttle to prevent sunlight from being focused on any one area. A number of experiments were carried out with emphasis on the environment of LEO on a Spacelab pallet in the payload bay. 

Columbia landed at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico 8 days later, after her primary landing site at Edwards Air Force Base was flooded. This would be the only time a shuttle would land at White Sands in it’s 30 year career.