Police: Grandmother's struggle with intruder key to cracking Cleveland cold case murder

8:23 PM, Nov 14, 2007   |    comments
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On February 27th, 2004 80-year-old Martha Wascak woke up in the middle of the night and fought off a man breaking into her West 36th Street home. "She came to the bottom of the stairs. He has his hands through the front door window trying to get into the house. She apparently grabbed a hold of his arm and tried to restrain him from getting a hold of the lock. She was cutting his arm on the broken glass trying to defend herself," says son Wayne Wascak. His mother died of a heart attack after the burglar ran off. But police say the blood evidence created by the cut on the arm that Martha helped cause on the intruder was the key to the DNA match which led them to Rudolph. For years, Martha's sons have been tortured by the crime. Wayne was led to believe he may have had something to do with the break-in. Originally, it was thought people may have been trying to get at him. Now he is comforted knowing that there is no connection between the suspect and people he knows. Police says Anthony Rudolph who was 19 at the time of the crime, was recently arrested for DUI. As part of the parole deal, he submitted to a DNA test. Rudolph's DNA sample was entered into the State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation's (BCI&I) Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database. Police say tt came back a match to the crime on West 36th Street. Anthony Rudolph has been charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated murder.


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