Suspect is Cold-Hearted and Dangerous, Police Say

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RANDOLPH, Mo. -- People are breathing a sigh of relief in Nebraska and Missouri after a Missouri man was arrested in a 1989 murder case. Police arrested John Oldson on Tuesday night in Randolph, Mo.

Investigators in Clay County and Nebraska say John Oldson is a cold-hearted, dangerous man. Police believe Oldson moved to Independence to live with his mother after being released from prison in 2005. He later married and moved to Randolph where deputies arrested him for the murder of Cathy Beard.

Oldson's criminal past includes an assault conviction in 1989 in Nebraska. Her served nine months in jail. In 1992, he was convicted of two separate assaults against women. And in 2003, he was convicted of felony child abuse and sentenced to prison for sticking needles into the stomachs of his two step-daughters.

In Clay County, Kyron Hughes was stunned to hear his neighbor is now charged with killing the Nebraska waitress.

"The fact a human being can do that to somebody else you know, and they can be living so close to you, you never know," Hughes said. "It really goes to show you never really know somebody."

Sheriff Casey Hurlburt of Valley County Nebraska says he's pleased that justice is finally being served for Cathy Beard.

Oldson's family didn't want to comment to FOX 4. He remains in the Clay County Jail and deputies will transfer him to Nebraska next week.

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