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Paula Cooper: A Second Chance

Paula Cooper: A Second Chance

The plight of Paula Cooper resonated from Glen Park to the Vatican in 1986 after she was sentenced to death for a murder she admitted committing -- at the age of 15. No longer on death row, Cooper is in line to walk free one year from this week.

Over the next year, The Times will publish a series of reports that look at Cooper's case and the many effects on people, institutions and the law it has had and continues to have.

Pelke's devotion to family, faith resonates decades after murder

Pelke's devotion to family, faith resonates decades after murder

Ruth Pelke's family has fond memories of holidays in her Gary home, complete with crocheted gifts, colored cookies and "Nana salad," Pelke's m…

August 19, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Paula Cooper: Convicted of murder at 15, a Gary woman prepares for her 2013 release

Paula Cooper: Convicted of murder at 15, a Gary woman prepares for her 2013 release

ROCKVILLE, Ind. | Paula Cooper mixed no-bake cookies, creating balls of sweet coconut and baking cocoa the size of a fist.

July 15, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Paula Cooper: A timeline of events

May 14, 1985: Bible teacher Ruth Pelke is murdered.

July 12, 2012 12:41 pm
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