Karen Snider murder: 79-year-old man accused of stabbing woman in 1966 in Calumet City IL

Calumet City Police Department

James Barbier was first arrested in 1966, but was not charged and the case remained unsolved for years before being reopened in 2022.


A 79-year-old Missouri man was charged Monday with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing a woman more than 120 times nearly six decades ago, authorities said.

Karen Snider, 18, was found dead on the afternoon of November 12, 1966 by her husband after returning from work. to his home in Calumet City, about 23 miles from Chicago. She had 125 stab wounds throughout her body, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois.

This week, more than 57 years later, James Barbier was arrested for Snider’s murder.

Barbier was initially arrested in 1966, but was not charged and the case remained unsolved for years before being reopened in December 2022. A DNA sample identified Barbier as a suspect in the case and on Monday he was arrested at his Missouri home , according to the state office. lawyer’s office.

In addition to the stab wounds, Snider was covered in bruises, authorities said.

Barbier, who lived in Gary, Indiana, at the time, worked with Snider’s husband, the state attorney’s office says, and was a friend of the couple.

The state attorney’s office said that on the night of the murder, Barbier returned home where his wife observed cuts and blood on him.

“He seemed nervous” and immediately took off his clothes and put them in the washing machine, prosecutors said.

At Snider’s funeral, Barbier was noted to still have cuts.

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Barbier was released Thursday under maximum pre-trial conditions, according to the State Prosecutor’s Office.

Barbier was ordered not to leave Missouri or Illinois, surrender his passport and firearms, and must appear in person and by phone twice a month, the state attorney’s office told CNN in an email.

“Although the charge is eligible for detention, based on the defendant’s age, physical illness, and recent case law on this specific issue related to the Pretrial Fairness Act and posing ‘a real and present threat,’ the State does not is filing a petition. to stop,” explained the state prosecutor’s office.

CNN has yet to determine whether Barbier has retained legal counsel.

Calumet City is located near the Illinois-Indiana border, about 13 miles from Gary.