Boston Police are hoping that, despite the years, somebody out there might know something about the murders of Barbara Ann Williams, a Dorchester grandmother shot to death in her apartment in 1989 and Karina Holmer, a Swedish nanny found cut in half near Fenway Park in 1996.
Williams, 48, was crocheting in her bedroom in her first-floor apartment at 96 Standwood St. in Grove Hall on Dec. 2, 1989, when a gunfire burst through her window, killing her. At the time, the Globe reported, police figured she was an unintended target of a gang attack meant for somebody else - shots were also fired into the apartment above hers, but nobody was injured there.
Holmer, 20, from Alaryd, Sweden, was last seen alive at the corner of Boylston and Tremont streets after leaving Zanzibar, a club in the Alley, or Boylston Place.
A Swedish au pair working for a Dover couple, who let her spend weekends in the apartment/photo studio they rented in South Boston, Holmer liked going to Zanzibar with other local au pairs.
Somebody rummaging through a dumpster down Boylston Street, near Fenway Park, spotted an arm. When police arrived, they found it attached to the rest of the top half of Holmer's body. At the time, police speculated she had been strangled to death first. The lower half of her body has never been found.
Anybody with information on either case can contact homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).