Exposed Publishing NFP digs back… Way back into Springfield’s History…
Who here remembers the 1958 Murder of Ms. Hanselman? She was a 16 year old sophomore at Sacred Heart Academy. Her body was discovered north of the fairgrounds on April 27, 1958. She was bound with her own stockings and clothed in the uniform she was last seen wearing at a restaurant where she worked in Springfield. Reports say she was brutally raped and murdered.
A dishwasher at the Georgian, the restaurant where Hanselman worked, was arrested but there was insufficient evidence to hold him.
Some say the police were solely focused on him that they never pursued other options.
Above you will find pictured Joseph Nastasio ALIAS Tony Noletti who was arrested for her murder. He was the “perfect suspect” police stated at the time. He had previous run ins with the law in both Nebraska & Missouri, and he was last seen with the victim.
Due to a flood all of the evidence reports are long gone, the only record still on file is this two page report below.
According to Mr. Nastasio’s own daughter who was 10 at the time of this murder, he committed the murder. Sadly though even if he did he never has faced the music for it.
On May 13th 1958 , Mr. Nastasio was charged with murder and put in the Sangamon County Jail. June 9th,, 1958 the case went before the Grand Jury. On June 20th, 1958 the Grand Jury said there was insufficient evidence to hold Mr. Nastasio for Mary Jane’s murder. Instead, based on information that surfaced during the investigation, the grand jury returned four true bill indictments against Nastasio as a sexually dangerous person. He was later found guilty at trial and sent to Menard Correctional Center. The Illinois State Supreme Court eventually overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial in which returned him to the Sangamon County Jail. In 1961, he allegedly attempted to break out of the Sangamon County Jail. He was convicted of attempted jailbreak in 1964 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Mr. Nastasio passed away in Kansas City Missouri on 27, 2013.
Technically this case is still open since there is no statute of limitations on murder, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department has no information on it in its files though. Though the case is still open, it hasn’t been actively investigated since 1960.
In 1988 Dave Bakke said “It will probably take a deathbed confession to discover who committed one of the most sensational murders in Springfield history.”
Mr. Nastasio did not give such a confession as many would have thought he would have.
Whoever raped and killed 16-year-old Mary Jane Hanselman in April 1958 has already cheated justice for 50 years.