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By Viga Boland     Jan 21, 2007 in Crime
Are you a fan of TV's Cold Case and similar shows? I am. I'm always intrigued by how they solve it so many years later. But I wonder if anyone will ever solve this one.
74 years ago, a cub scout, Buster Sylvester, just 7 years old at the time, was out gathering old newspapers in his coaster wagon to raise money for the Poppy Day fund when he was killed in a hit-and-run. His case remains unsolved.
Apparently there were rumours about a prominent doctor in the area who was drunk at the time and ran his 1932 car up on the grass, crashed up some steps and after hitting the boy, dragged him some 50 metres down the road.
"But rumour carries no legal gravitas, of course, and no one ever came forward and no one was ever arrested." Then, " Five days later, a damaged 1932 Chevy coupe was found abandoned near the town of Bradford. It had a hole in its radiator, its front bumper was torn off and its fender showed damage consistent with striking a guardrail. But no blood was found on the vehicle, and nothing whatsoever to indicate -- even remotely -- that it had been the car that ran down Buster Silvester. The discovery of that car -- described in one newspaper report as "not the wanted one" -- was the last article ever written about the investigation into the death of Buster Silvester. "
And so, 74 years later, the death of Buster Sylvester remains a cold case and colder than any unsolved hit and run since.
Someone got away with murder. I wonder how he/she slept... or still sleeps at night.
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