Early Tuesday morning, 3 am, on April 10th 1933. Freshly fallen snow surrounds Johnson’s farmhouse. The dark night air is chilly, and outside the house is a flatbed truck packed full of all the family’s belongings. Later this day the family is going to be moving into a new home, at least that was the plan.
April 13, 1977 - Tofield, Alberta, Canada. Charlie and his wife Mavis McLeod decided today they will start installing a new septic tank on their rural property. The sky was clear, the sun was bright, and the temperature was a warm 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit (or 18 Celsius) - a perfect day for such a project. Until they find human remains in the old tank.
November 29, 1970, a Professor and his two young daughters were out for a Sunday walk in the mountainous terrain in Isdalen, a popular hiking spot right outside of Bergen, Norway. The youngest daughter trailed over to a clearing where she discovered a partially charred female in a mound of rocks.
This discovery started one of Norway’s most infamous mysterious death cases. A full investigation followed with 25 detectives being assigned to find out exactly who this woman was and how she met her fate. When the body was discovered, they found a dozen pink sleeping pills of the brand name of Fenemal (which you can not get in Norway), a packed lunch, an empty bottle of liquor, 2 empty plastic bottles that smelled like gasoline, a silver spoon with the monogram filed off, a burnt passport, an umbrella, and the charred remains of what seemed to be a bag. The woman was completely naked, with her clothes, earrings, ring, and watch laying next to her. All the tags had been removed from the clothing, and the woman’s fingerprints seemed to have been sanded down.
When the autopsy was completed they concluded that the cause of death was Suicide from carbon monoxide poisoning and an overdose of sleeping pills. 50 sleeping pills were discovered in her stomach however not all pills had been dissolved. On the side of her neck, a bruise was found and it was determined this would be consistent with either being hit by a branch or someone hitting her in the neck.
The woman’s face was burnt beyond recognition, which furthered the mystery on who this woman could have been. Specialists looked at her teeth for answers, when they concluded she had teeth work that had to have been done in South America. From the analysis of her skull and with witness accounts, sketches were created to show how the woman may have looked. These were circulated in Norwegian media as well as shared to many other countries via INTERPOL. To date, no-one has come forward with a positive match on who this woman could have been - which resulted in the woman to be named the Isdal Woman.
Four days went by after her body was discovered when Detectives were able to locate two suitcases that belonged to the woman. In the lining of the suitcase they found a postcard from an Italian Photographer, 500 Deutsche Mark, Clothes with all labels removed, Silver Spoon with Monogram filed off, a prescription lotion with the doctor’s name and date scraped off, non-prescription glasses, a very provocative dress, a notebook with coded messages, and 8 fake passports. When detectives circulated the sketches, they quickly were drawn to three hotels where witnesses stated they had seen the woman there as a guest. Hotel staff explained the woman had several wigs she would wear, and she spoke French, German, Dutch, and some English. She had been telling people at the hotel that she was a traveling sales woman and an antique collector. The woman would demand to see the room before she would stay in it, and she refused to stay in a room that had a balcony or could be seen from the outside. Maids also mentioned that the woman would refuse to allow them to make up the bed, instead insisting she would do it herself. Hotel staff describes the woman as very beautiful, 30 to 40 years old, 5’4” tall, dark hair, wide hips with small eyes, and they mentioned she dressed very sophisticated. She had kept to herself in her room, and staff members said she acted very nervous. Staff also mentioned she only smoked South State cigarettes, which were thin and not normal in Norway. Her appearance gave the impression that she was from the South of Europe as she did not have the typical Scandinavian look.
When the coded messages were deciphered in the notebook, detectives learned it was a very weird travel pattern. The earliest trace of the woman picked her up on March 20 of that year in 1970. She travels from Geneva to Oslo staying at Hotel Viking for 3 days under a false name. Then she traveled from Oslo to Stavanegr and hops on a boat to Bergen where she stays at Hotel Bristol over night under a different false name. On March 25th to April 1st she stays at Hotel Scandia in Bergen. April 1st she travels to Kristiansand, then into Germany. This was the last trace of the woman until she arrives in Oslo 6 months later.
October 3rd she Travels from Stockholm, Sweden, to Oslo, Norway, and then to Oppdal. She stays here at a Tourist Hotel and meets an Italian Photographer. When the Photographer was tracked down, he said they met by coincidence at the Tourist Hotel. He tells detectives that she told him that she was from a little town north of Johannesburg, South Africa and that she had 6 months to travel around and see Norway. She told him this information while having dinner with him at Hotel Alexandra, but he claims they went their separate ways when they returned to the hotel.
October 22nd she is tracked to Paris at Hotel Altona. The next day she changed to Hotel De Calais. On October 29th she travels to Bergen, Norway where she checks into Hotel Neptune under yet another false name. She stays at the hotel until November 5th, she is overheard telling a man in German “I will be there soon.” November 6th she travels to Trondheim, Norway, where she stays for 2 nights at Hotel Bristol under another false name. November 9th she travels to Stavanger and stays at a Hotel for 9 days under the name ‘Fenella Lorch’. November 18th she leaves for Bergen and stays at Hotel Rosenkrantz under the name ‘Elizabeth Leenhower’. From November 19th to the 23rd she stays at Hotel Hordaheimen in Bergen still under the name of Elizabeth. On the 23rd she checks out of the hotel, pays in cash, and asks for a Taxi.
When the Taxi driver was tracked down, he tells police that she wanted to go to the train station in Bergen. He also tells them she was traveling with a man, but no-one at the hotel could confirm this. At the train station, she puts her two suitcases in a lock box. This was the last confirmed siting of the woman for 35 years.
In 2005, a man came forward claiming to have seen the woman on the 24th, the day after she was last seen leaving her suitcases at the train station. The man said he was hiking on a path not far from where her remains had been found. It was getting dark when he came across the woman on the side of the mountain. He felt she was dressed very oddly as she was dressed more like she was ready for a night out on the town instead of a hike on the mountain. As he got closer to the woman, he noticed she looked worried and started to move her mouth like she was about to say something. Nothing was said as he noticed two men in coats following quickly behind her. The man said he had gone to the police back in 1970 after the remains had been found, but the person he knew at the police station told him to forget about what he had seen as the case would never be solved.
In 2016 scientists were able to isolate DNA from a tissue sample which showed that she was from Europe and her parents were also Europeans - Possibly French.
Earlier this year an isotopic analysis of her teeth told scientists she probably spent her childhood in central or eastern Europe while her adolescence was spent further west in possibly France, Germany, or Belgium.
There are two arguments on what could have happened to the Isdal woman; she either committed suicide or was murdered. I’ll go ahead and layout to you the main arguments for each - and let you draw your own conclusion on what could have happened.
Pointing to suicide, the woman did display signs of a possible mental illness with her very odd behavior of paranoia leading up to her death. When the autopsy was done, the Coroner found 50 sleeping pills in her stomach with no signs that she didn’t take them voluntarily. No defensive wounds were found on the body to suggest she was trying to fight someone off. No evidence of other people or finger prints were found, or at least no information was released saying otherwise by detectives. The woman went through a lot of effort to hide her identity at all of the hotels, so it makes sense that she too would remove tags from clothing and information from prescription bottles.
The argument that the Isdal woman was murdered is much stronger in my opinion. I believe her behavior leading up to her death suggests she was scared and was running/hiding from someone. Why would she have packed a lunch the day she planned to commit suicide and bring it with her to carry out her plans? The witness that said he saw her on the side of the mountain seems very credible, especially because he said he knew the person at the police station that he reported his sighting too - this could be easily verified so I wouldn’t expect to see this from a person lying about it. After taking the sleeping pills, if she committed suicide she would have had to of then removed her clothes and jewelry, cover herself with gasoline, and then light herself on fire. There was such a huge effort to hide her identity, while I do believe she was the one that gave false identities and removed identifying information from pill bottles - I do not see her filing down her own fingerprints. When police found the locker at the train station, they found fingerprints. They traced these prints back to the partial prints of the woman’s - which points to her fingerprints being filed down after she left the train station. Why would she have gone to the side of a mountain to commit a painful suicide when she could have peacefully done it at the hotel? Why would she set herself on fire, naked, when the 50 sleeping pills would have been enough to kill her?
Hailey Dunn American CrimeCast Script: Part Two (Listen to the podcast episode HERE)
During our last episode, American CrimeCast introduced you to the case involving a young west Texan teen named Hailey Darlene Dunn.
In this episode, we bring you part two of Hailey’s case. After the polygraphs were administered, it seems that this case began to slowly evolve into more of a beast than anyone could have ever imagined. It was clear by this point that Hailey was not a runaway, something had happened to her. The case had caught national attention and was a hot topic on Nancy Grace. With the failure of the polygraph tests, Hailey’s mother Billie Dunn, as well as her boyfriend Shawn Adkins were put under the microscope. It wasn’t long before Texas Rangers executed a search of the Dunn’s family home and seized evidence. Hailey’s face was a common sight for most of the people in west Texas by now, as fliers covered the area. Huge billboards were eventually put up with the young girl’s picture, begging the public to call in with any information that might help with the investigation.
As the search intensified, law enforcement seemed to zero in on Billie’s live in boyfriend, Shawn Adkins. Circling back to what Shawn had previously said about his whereabouts, this information clearly does not sync up. According to the affidavit, quote "In the course of the missing person investigation, investigators noted numerous inconsistencies in statements made by Adkins on and around the date of Hailey Dunn's disappearance. According to Adkins, he was fired from his job at WSI in Snyder on Monday, 12-27-10. Adkins later informed investigators he quit his job after an altercation with his supervisor. Investigators were informed by Adkin's employer that Adkin's was a good employee and had not been fired. Investigators were also informed that Adkins did not have any altercation with supervisors on Monday, 12-27-2010, and further stated Adkins arrived on the premises according to their records at 6:00 AM on Monday, 12-27-2010; went into the break room and purchased a Dr. Pepper out of the vending machine, looked at the supervisor without saying a word, and then left the premises at 6:10am." Unquote.
This is quite different than the story Adkins had previously given about him arriving home from work on 12-27-10 around 3:00 PM. Shawn had told investigators that after he had allegedly quit his job, which was located in Snyder, Texas, that he went straight to his mother's home in Big Spring, Texas. However, the telephone records that were obtained tell a different story. According to the records, Adkin's cell phone was using a tower that was in the area of Colorado City, Texas between 6:35am to 6:56am. Then there was another ping off a tower in the area of Big Spring, TX, from 9:38am through 2:40 PM. According to the affidavit, Billie Dunn said she left her home in Colorado City, Texas to her job in Snyder, Texas around 6:20am.
The affidavit also states that numerous pages of stories about serial killers, sexual sadists, mass murderers, family murders, and motives for murders were found in the Dunn home. According to Billie and Shawn, this was just a hobby of theirs and was misconstrued as something more. Although, most of us who have an affinity for all things true crime know that this could be completely harmless, but we also know this information can mean different things in different scenarios.
According to court documents, the home shared by Dunn, Adkins and Hailey, had been the location of a domestic dispute back in February 2010. The affidavit says Adkins allegedly threatened to kill Billie Jean Dunn and Hailey Dunn during the dispute. Adkins initially denied that statement, but went on to confirm that he did make those statements.
Following Hailey's disappearance, Hailey's uncle told police that he had a conversation with Adkins about Hailey being missing. The uncle reportedly told Adkins he couldn't believe that someone would hurt a child. Adkins reported replied "yah, it's like killing a deer." According to the uncle, on previous occasions, Adkins had "talked often about how he kills deer and cuts them up with a chainsaw."
Around January 12, 2010, Shawn Adkins is officially named a person of interest. Law enforcement confirms that there are other people that they are also investigating, including her mother Billie. Shortly after this, Hailey’s paternal grandmother Connie Jones came forward and stated that Hailey had told her that she was afraid of him. She would see Shawn standing outside her bedroom door at night, she could see his leg and his shadow. Because of this, she had attempted about a year ago to get custody of Hailey. She said that she believes that Shawn raped and murdered Hailey. Billie Dunn says that this is the first she has ever heard of Hailey being afraid of Shawn, as well as of anyone else trying to get custody of her daughter. On January 14, 2010, Shawn Adkins is named a suspect in the disappearance of Hailey Dunn.
As time goes on, Shawn Adkins starts refusing interviews. Law enforcement states that they will need more evidence to arrest Adkins.
As the search continues, it appears that things for Billie and Shawn are beginning to unravel. A series of 911 calls are released to the public that indicate rising tensions between the two.
In the midst of all the drama, the searches for Hailey persist. By around January 20, 2010, the landfills in Colorado City, TX and Snyder, TX have been searched twice, even with cadaver dogs, as well as the landfill in Abilene, TX. It has been confirmed that nothing was found as a result of these searches. The authorities were continuing to follow leads, even some that were out of state, as everyone in west Texas watched their news feeds dutifully for anything new on Hailey’s case. On January 27, 2010…it marked a full month since Hailey went missing.
Anytime a child goes missing in the United States it seems entire communities pitch in to help. One could say that this very case has remained in the public eye because the community refuses to forget. What you are about to read is our transcript for our True Crime Podcast episode we created on the Unsolved Murder of Hailey Dunn. Click here to listen to this Podcast Episode!
If you’re listening to this podcast, I take it is safe to assume that you enjoy true crime cases. I think it is something in our nature, human nature, to be curious about one of the most taboo things in our society….crimes against another person. But sometimes it is easily forgotten that these cases involve real people. Our starkest reminders are those cases that we hear about that make us stop and think….that could have happened to me. This week, American CrimeCast brings you the first episode in a three partseries on the case of Hailey Dunn. This case has more twists and turns than the back country roads where her story takes place.
On December 27, 2010, Billie Dunn peeks in Hailey’s room to find her asleep before leaving for work. When she arrived home that night, Hailey was not home. Her live-in boyfriend Shawn Adkins told her that Hailey had gone to stay the night her friend Mary Beth’s house. The next day, Billie called her son David to ask him to tell Hailey to come home. It is then that it is discovered that Hailey never made it to the sleepover, nor her father’s house the day before. After calling family and friends with no luck, she called Colorado City Police Department to report her missing.
Clint Dunn said he last saw Hailey on the morning of December 26th, after staying the night at his home for Christmas. Her brother David recalls last seeing her playing video games around 9:00 PM before heading to bed. Then Billie saw her the morning of December 27th, just before leaving for work. A neighbor reportedly saw Hailey walking around her backyard, while talking on a cellphone, around noon that day. The last person to see Hailey was her mother’s boyfriend, Shawn Adkins. He says he got home from work that day around 3pmand shortly after getting home,Hailey told him she was going to walk to her father Clint Dunn’s house, then go to her friend Mary Beth’s house for a sleep over. In such a small town, you would think someone would to have seen something…anything. A neighbor of the Dunn’s, Jean Burroughs, came forward saying she remembered seeing Hailey on Dec 27th. Jean was at her beauty shop on 19th and Locust streets. She claims she saw the teenager twice between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 27. She first saw her walking on East 19th Street, then later saw Hailey walking down the alley behind her beauty shop. “Hailey isabout 5-feet tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown hair. She was last seen wearing navy blue sweatpants, a light-colored short-sleeve T-shirt and pink and white tennis shoes.”
In the following days, search parties began to convene in and around Colorado City, Texas. There was a sense of urgency trying to find where Hailey had gone and getting an Amber Alert issued became a major point of focus. Her mother Billie Dunn requested an Amber Alert three different times and was turned down each time. Police Chief John Bivens said the minimum standard for creating an Amber Alert is "knowledge of a suspect, a description of a vehicle involved in an abduction and/or a route and direction of travel." Alerts can only be issued when somebody who is 17 or younger is missing and the disappearance has been deemed "unwilling." Police then need to show that the child is in immediate danger and eliminated other scenarios such as a runaway. Finally, there needs to be some other information such as a description of the abductor's vehicle in order to issue an alert.
Just days after her daughter's disappearance, Hailey's mother Billie Dunn had this to say:
"I really hope she left on her own free will and is scared to come home at this point, but we all want her back, we have to have her."
In the mean time, hundreds of volunteers from around the area show up to search the fields and desert terrain around Colorado City and surrounding areas. However, it wasn’t long before Law Enforcement noticed that Billie was not taking part in the searches and neither was Shawn. Not only that, the stories that they were getting were not corroborating with each other. It was not long before the focus began to shift toward Hailey’s mother and her live-in boyfriend. Billie and Shawn were requested to take polygraphs by Law Enforcement. Although Billie is willing to take the first examination, she admitted that she had been under the influence of narcotics and took another test a few days later. The results of that test also indicated that there was deception. As for Shawn Adkins, his did not go much better.According to the affidavit, "on the first two occasions upon his (Adkins) arrival, he terminated the polygraph examinations by walking out and refusing to cooperate with the investigator." The affidavit goes on to say, "on the third attempt to polygraph Adkins, he submitted to the first stage of the polygraph and the result of the polygraph was that he was deceptive." During that same polygraph, according to the affidavit, Adkins indicated that Hailey Dunn could be found in Scurry County. The results of his polygraph, indicated he was telling the truth. However, when investigators asked him, a second time, if he knew where Hailey was, he refused to answer the question. Investigators asked Adkins who they should be looking at, in regards toHailey's disappearance, to which Adkins replied "both of us."
• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnr6hSKT_co (AFTER SHAWN TOOK POLYGRAPH)
There are different categories that deaths can be classified as:
- Natural Causes
What happens when a death can not be categorized? What can the grieving loved ones do to get closure?
This is one of those cases where the death was undetermined. Information will be presented and it will be left for the followers to draw their own conclusions.
This is a unique case. Family, friends and even a private investigator strongly believe she was murdered. The Canadian Mounted Police and some investigative reporters believe she committed suicide.
Cindy James, a 44-year-old Canadian nurse, was found dead in the yard of an abandoned house. Her hands and feet were bound behind her back with a black nylon stocking tied tightly around her neck.
What events led up to her death? Why are there two very strong arguments on both sides of this case? Was she murdered or did she commit suicide?
Cindy was the eldest of six children of Otto and Tillie Hack. She was nineteen when she married Dr. Ray Makepeace, a psychiatrist, and eighteen years her senior. Cindy worked as a nurse and loved to counsel children with emotional issues.
They divorced in 1981. In 1982, four months after their divorce was final, the threats and the attacks began. In the almost seven years prior to her death, nearly one hundred reports of harassment were made to the police and out of those reports five were violent. The harassment and attacks got worse once the police became involved.
Three cats were found dead hanging in her garden, porch lights smashed, bizarre notes on her doorsteps and phone lines were also being cut.
Some of the attacks left not only friends and family baffled but the law enforcement as well.
1) Her friend, Agnes Woodcock, found Cindy crouched down outside with a nylon stocking tied around her neck. Cindy stated that she had gone to the garage to get a box and someone grabbed her. All she saw was a pair of white sneakers.
Cindy had moved, repainted her car and changed her last name, but the harassment followed her.
2) Ozzie Kaban, a private investigator who Cindy had hired to protect her, heard strange noises coming over a two-way radio that he had given Cindy since her phone lines were always being tampered with. He went to her home and found all the doors were locked. He kicked in the door and found Cindy in the Kitchen with a pairing knife through her hand and a note stating "You are dead bitch." He checked her pulse to see if she was dead. All she could remember was a needle going into her arm.
Cindy's home was under surveillance with up to fourteen police officers being involved. No activity happened while under surveillance. Cindy was always told when the police were watching her home and when they were leaving. Once the police left the activities would resume. Calls that were made to the home were too short to be traced.
3) Cindy had been found six miles from her home, dazed, semiconscious, suffering from hypothermia with cuts and bruises on her body, a black nylon stocking tied around her neck, wearing a man's work boot and a glove. She remembers nothing that happened prior to being found.
4) Agnes and her husband Tom were asked by Cindy to stay with her when Cindy reported hearing noises from downstairs. Tom went into the basement and found that it was on fire, he attempted to use the phone but the line was dead. He left to get help, saw a man on the curb asked him to call the fire department, but the man ran away.
Investigators determined that the fire had been set within the home. The only window that someone could access the basement from had not been disturbed. No fingerprints, nothing. This wasn't the only case of arson that surrounded Cindy's torment.
Police were starting to believe that Cindy was responsible for what was happening to her. Cindy believed it was her ex-husband Roy. Police convinced Cindy to contact her ex-husband and see if she could get him to confess. Roy adamantly denied he was behind it. During a coroner's inquest, He produced his answering machine tapes, showing that he also had received strange calls for Cindy. One of the recordings, in eerie drawn out words, said, "Cindy dead meat soon."
Cindy's behavior was also confusing to the police. She would walk her dog at night and would leave her curtains open. They believed this was strange behavior from someone who was terrified and believed to be in danger.
Cindy's physician committed her to a local psychiatric ward, shortly after the fire incident, believing she was suicidal. While under psychiatric care Cindy wrote this note.
"I still feel suicide in my best option in an unbearable situation and as soon as I get out of here I will carry out my plan."
Two and a half months later she was released. Her father, Otto stated that Cindy told friends and family that she knew more than she was saying and would go after the perpetrator herself.
Cindy went through a series of hypnosis sessions and polygraph tests. She was labeled as "too traumatized" to be a reliable candidate.
5) Cindy had been found unconscious in her car, naked from the waist down, with a black nylon stocking around her neck and her feet and hands were bound behind her back.
On May 25, 1989, six and a half years after her first report, Cindy disappeared. Her car was found in a parking lot with groceries and a wrapped present inside. There was blood on the driver's door and the contents of her wallet were under the car.
On June 8, 1989, her body was found in the yard of an abandoned house, one and a half miles from where her car was found. The autopsy revealed that Cindy died of an overdose of morphine and other drugs.
The Vancouver Corner's inquest, which lasted over three months and had 80 witnesses testify, ruled that "her death wasn't suicide, an accident or a murder." She died of an "Unknown Event." Police simulated how her body looked when found. It was determined that it could have been self-inflicted. A knot expert testified that it was possible for her to have taken the drugs and tied herself up. This inquest is known as the most expensive death inquiry in British Columbia's history.
Several books have been written:
The Deaths of Cindy James by Neal Hall
Who Killed Cindy James by Ian Mulgrew
Who Killed My Sister, My Friend by Melanie Hack
One writer believed that Cindy suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder aka Multiple Personality Disorder. This is where the original self is unaware of what the alter egos are doing to the original self. The alter egos have been known to try and kill the other egos, not realizing that they are all in one body and that by killing one the whole is killed. If one of the alter egos is a prosecutor, it makes itself known to the main person through threats or insults. It can also take over the body and command the main person to harm themselves.
Was this the case for Cindy James? Did she suffer some type of mental break? Was it Cindy causing self-harm and unaware that she was doing it or was she really murdered? Unfortunately, we may never know.
Listen to Cindy's three part Podcast here:
January 3, 1970
It was a cold and gray Saturday morning in Baltimore County, Maryland when two hunters stumbled upon the decomposing body of a young woman in a field.
The police arrived on the scene and immediately notified Detective Captain Louis George "Bud" Roemer - who rushed to the scene. Could this be the missing nun? As he approached the body, a purse and a single shoe were seen a few feet away. As he searched the purse, he found a pill bottle with the victim's name on it. It was indeed Sister Catherine Ann Cesnick - who had gone missing from her Carriage House Apartment on November 7, 1969.
Be Aware: This is still an active murder investigation, with many twists that involve the Archdiocese of Baltimore. This includes allegations of sexual abuse of students that had attended the Archbishop Kenough High School - and the possible link to another murdered woman. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Who was Sister Catherine Anne Cesnik?
Catherine was born in the small town of Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, located across the river from Pittsburgh. She was the daughter of a postal worker father and a mother who was a homemaker. The Cesniks were devout Roman Catholics. Catherine and her sisters attended Catholic schools, but it was not until Catherine entered into High School that she became sure of her vocation.
In 1960 Catherine entered the Convent School ofSisters of Notre Dame, a teaching order in Baltimore, as a candidate for sisterhood. In 1965 she began teaching at the new all-girls school, Archbishop Kenough High School. On July 21, 1967, she took her vows and took the name of Sister Joanita.
In the Spring of 1969, students started noticing some changes within their favorite teacher. At this time, Vatican II was making monumental changes within the Catholic Church. Sister Catherine applied for and was granted an "exclauisation" - This is where a nun could live outside the Convent and wear modest "civilian" clothing instead of the traditional Habit.
Catherine moved into a two bedroom apartment with another exclauisng nun, Sister Helen Russell Phillips. The apartment was in the Carriage House Apartment complex on North Bend Road in Baltimore. She began teaching at Western High.
What happened to Sister Catherine?
On Friday, November 7th, Sister Catherine left her apartment to pick up some dinner rolls and cash a check at theEdmonton Village Shopping Center. When she wasn't home by 11 pm her roommate, Sister Helen, called two priests: Father Gerald J. "Gerry" Koob and Father Peter McKeon who lived in Manresa, Maryland. They arrived at the apartment around 1 a.m. Saturday morning - that is when then they called the police.
After several hours of questioning, the three of them decided to go for a walk at four in the morning to "clear" their minds. This is when they discovered Sister Catherine's 1969 Green Ford Maverick parked in an "odd" manner in the parking lot near her apartment. The vehicle showed no signs of a struggle.
After Sister Catherine's body was discovered, suspicion turned to Father Koob. Detectives thought it was strange that Sister Helen called these two particular Priests and not the police.
Father Koob insisted that his relationship with Sister Catherine was strictly platonic, but Detective Captain Roemer wasn't buying it. He paid Father Koob a visit at the Priest's quarter and discovered a letter that was written to the Priest by Sister Catherine.
“My very dearest Gerry,
‘If Ever I Should Leave You’ is playing on the radio. I’m all curled up in bed. My ‘pride’ has finally arrived, ten days later… So you might say I’m moody… My heart aches so for you. I must wait for you – your time and you need – even more than I had before… I think I can begin to live with that more easily now than I did two months ago, just loving you… within myself…”
Sister Catherine, the author of the letter, went on to write: “I must tell you, I want you within me. I want to have your children.”
Father Koob had an alibi the night Sister Catherine went missing: He was with Father McKeon. They had dinner and saw the movie "Easy Rider.' This was confirmed and he also passed two polygraph tests.
Even with this information, the police wasn't finished with the priest. Unfortunately, pressure from outside the police department ended the investigation into the Priest. The case went cold. Until almost twenty-five years later when two women, who were students at the High School, claimed that they were sexually abused by Father Anthony Joseph Maskell in the late 60's early 70's.
Dozens of men and women claimed to and testified to have had first-hand knowledge of the sexual abuse that happened at the Archbishop Kenough High School.
An anonymous witness testified with information that hadn't been released to the public. To protect her identity, she was referred to as "Jane Doe" - but her real name is Jean Wehner. She stated that in late November 1969, Father Maskell took her to the Lansdowne Dump and showed her the body of Sister Catherine. She was told, "that she had better keep her mouth shut or she would end up the same way."
Sister Mary, from the Sisters of Notre Dame, testified that she knew of several kids that claimed about the abuse by Father Maskell and that they had confided in Sister Catherine. So it is clear that Sister Catherine was aware of the abuse in the months leading up to her death.
The lawsuits against the Archdiocese did not hold up in court. The courts ruled that regressed memories were not viable evidence. The Archdiocese, on the other hand, believed the allegations and removed Father Maskell from "active" duty and reassigned him to clerical duties at the St. Augustine Parish in Elkridge, Maryland, where he died of a massive stroke on May 7, 2001, at the age of 62.
Father Maskell was never charged with the murder of Sister Catherine. He had a close relationship with the Police Department and often rode with the officers. Many of the officers couldn’t and wouldn't believe that he would have done such horrible things. He Baptized their children and even their grandchildren.
One witness claimed that Father Maskell forced her to perform sexual acts with a police officer.
Who was the second murder victim and could the two cases be related?
Around 7 pm on November 13, 1969, 20-year-old Joyce Malenki, a secretary for a liquor distributor in Baltimore, disappeared from the parking lot of E. J. Corvettes department store, located in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She was discovered the following morning in the Little Patuxent River, at the military base, with her hands tied behind her back and multiple stab wounds to the throat. Joyce had been strangled to death.
Her family attended St. Clement Church in Lansdowne. Joyce participated in many retreats with area Priests during her high school years. Father Maskell was assigned to St. Clement from 1966 to 1968. In 1969, Father Maskell was also working at Our Lady of Victory, which was about three miles from St. Clement, which was less than a mile from where a Sister Catherine's body was found. He continued to reside at St Clement while he was at the Archbishop Kenough High School from 1970 to 1975.
We may never know what really happened to Sister Catherine. There are some that wholeheartedly believes that Father Maskell either murdered her or helped with her murder. Was she murdered because she was about to blow the whistle on the sexual abuse that was happening at the school? Was Joyce Malenki one of Father Maskell's victims that were about to talk? Are the two cases related?
-Written by Michele Smith
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When a celebrity dies under mysterious circumstances, or their followers believe there is more to the story than what is being told, conspiracy is thrown around. Did they really die, did they fake their deaths, were they murdred, etc.? One of those celebrities who's death has been shrouded in darkness for decades is that of, The Doors frontman, Jim Morrison.
Beverly Jarosz was slain in her Garfield Heights, Ohio home on December 28th, 1964. An unknown person made the decision to end this 16 year old's life by strangling her with a rope, and viciously stabbing her 42 times. On this Part 2 episode we will be speaking with an expert and discussing who we feel may have murdered Beverly, followed by a VERY special announcement.
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Immediately following the release of our Podcast Episode on the Cold Murder of Beverly Jarosz, I started utilizing social media to share the case. Across several groups and forums I posted links for thousands of people to read and hear about the life of this beautiful girl whose life was ended too soon by the hands of another. If you haven't first listened or read about our first episode on Beverly (now Part 1) - I highly recommend you take a moment to go back to catch up so the details we speak about will make more sense on this episode.
In the mist of my frenzy to share this case on Facebook, a kind lady messaged me explaining her ability to "See and hear from those who have passed on." The sceptic in me continued with caution, first contacting Carol (Beverly's sister who we worked on the case with) to receive her input and thoughts about a medium - actually I think I referred to her as a 'Medium-Psychic thing'. I had zero experience with mediums prior to this contact, so to say I was a skeptic would be slightly an understatement. In fact my first impression was that this lady must have an alternative motive; albeit one that I could not find hiding in plain sight. Why would she lie? What would she have to gain? I had many questions for her, and I knew a quick google search would not suffice.
After a few minutes I received a response from Carol - explaining that after more than 50 years, she is willing to listen to anyone who may be offering honest help. "What could it hurt?" She was right, as Carol normally is; if this lady tells me what she wants to say and nothing of it is accurate or helpful, what would we lose? The more I thought about this medium, the more I came to the conclusion that after more than 50 years - traditional thinking hasn't been able to solve the case yet, so what could thinking outside the box hurt?
So, I quickly reached back out to the Medium and explained I am willing to listen. She explained that she saw one of young girl's photos I shared on Facebook, and that although she isn't sure who the girl is, or why I was making a post about her, she started getting visions and felt she needed to share them with me. When I asked her if she listened to the Podcast episode, I surprisingly received a response asking me what a 'Podcast' was. I asked her again to confirm that she hadn't clicked on the link to Beverly's case log - and she explained that she did not want anything to hurt, change, or lead her visions so she did not click on the link. Admittedly, I felt cautious and immediately checked my website's data collection of readers/clickers to verify if she was being honest. I thought I would catch her in a lie in the very beginning, proving that she was a fraud.. However, there had been no visitors to my website from anyone in the city in California where this medium lived. She was telling the truth.
“I am being shown a very very violent passing. Shown strangulation and a lot of violence, but I cannot see what more happened to her because my guide is protecting me from seeing it. But I see the severity of violence, and the man that did this had no other intention than to kill her. She put up as much as a fight as she could, however her soul was not in her body for the most of it, as she was taken by Angels so she wouldn’t have to suffer. I see a young man, possibly in very early 20s... brown hair... did not look like the sort at all, in fact no one would have thought him to be the kind. The name Tom or Tommy comes in, in relation somehow either to her, family, or in relation to the killer. I’m not sure what significance the name has. He enjoyed stalking her, they had met a time or two before, but she was not interested in him. Which is odd, because I see him as a clean cut good looking guy, she says she just felt something off/odd about him. He first met her in a store or public place, that is how he first became interested in her. She caught his eye, she fit what he was looking for.
She was a very free child like spirit, she knew she would not live a very long life. The people in her life were very important to her. She did have a good amount of friends, but one that she felt close has been hurting for many years. She says her friend would have never hurt her, she sends her love to her friend. She says she could have been hurt too, but angels intervened to prevent more evil. I see Beverly surrounded by light. Healed. And beautiful. I am being told the month of August is important. She wants her family to know she loves and misses them. I am being shown her laughing, acting goofy with her best friend, it’s a big laugh, I am seeing them looking at magazines together. I am being shown her eating a piece of pie as well, not sure why, looks to be pumpkin pie. The name chris now comes to me, not sure why. I am seeing this man in trouble, possibly behind bars at some point in his life for getting caught doing something wrong. I am being shown Christmas. The word Jamboree. The number 99 comes into sight. The numbers are very big. She tells me her family was everything to her, she sees how hard this has been on them. It has been hard for her to see how hard it has been on them.
The man that did this has a hate for women. He enjoyed the stalking. There have been others. He is a serial offender, a sociopath. I see him as hiding in her bedroom closet. I see curtains flying in a window. The man is sort of handsome, but has very dark eyes.. like the kind you would get chills from. He did not think twice about killing her, no regret. He could try to put on a charm, but his mind is crazy. I see her having a child-like innocence about her. A true beauty in every sense of the word. She never seemed to meet a stranger. Was trusting of people. She had spoken to this man before, but I do not see them as ever being friends. I feel he intended to rape her, but she fought harder than he anticipated. I am confused as to why they weren’t able to pull DNA from her finger nails, because she keeps showing me her fingernails. Her friend, was protected by angels. Guarded. Prevented. She was not intended to be his victim so she was protected. She would have been killed. This is why I am seeing the open window with curtains flowing, it is symbolic of her friend being protected. Again, I am feeling him hid in a closet in the room she was killed in. I am feeling him as a stalker. “But something was taken and kept. I am still being showed her fingernails. He had scratches. I see him in dark clothing. Wearing leather gloves, worn because he was planning to use the rope. I see him working on cars. Either in a shop or as a hobby.
One thing that people left behind need to understand, and these are her words, is that the ideas come to people for a reason. People are put in your path for another. She loves her story being told because she feels it helping with healing. She had always wanted her poetry to be shared, that is why she wrote it..
She is saying her story needed to be told, and there are countless others. She is happy with the work being done. She wants you to know that your lives have been aligned for a purpose. You share a similar heart. You feel similarly. If she was still alive, she would have her poetry published. She wants people to read it, it demonstrates who she truly was. She wants to share her gifts that she brought to earth with her, in the form of words.
He did not like being turned down. He stalked her first before trying to talk to her. She then turned him down, which made him mad. If the case is solved, it will be less meaningful to Beverly than it will for the ones she left behind. It will help them the most.
You have a gift Shane. You can connect to people in a way that is special. These people you are helping, their loved ones that have passed on, they are thankful for you and your gift being used for this purpose.
As I close my eyes, I ask to be shown more about Beverly’s Murder. I am asking to see the face of the man that did this. I am being shown the end of her struggle, I am seeing it as if I am there. He has turned and is looking at me, there are those dark eyes… his hair has fallen in his face and I very clearly see him wearing glasses... I am seeing these dark, careless, angered eyes. I am being shown the evil that he contains, more fragments of the story are coming in, and the last moments of her life. I am reminded of how he stalked her, like he has stalked others, I can see a very charming man who is very dark inside. Serial. The number 3. I feel there are more, but this is either his first or one of his first. He may have only admitted to a little, he is hiding more. He is still dangerous. He could not contain his anger; this is being reaffirmed. The more she struggled, the more it pissed him off. I see a man with no remorse. A man with the devil inside him. I see him again, turning and looking at me... hair falling in his face and looking through his glasses. It is physically giving me the chills. There are two sides to this man. He can get people to trust him, but he was sneaky this time to be sure they would be alone. She did not willingly let him inside. I see him sliding in through a glass door. He is wearing black as he normally does, and I see him wearing leather gloves very clearly. I see rope wrapped around his hand. He liked to surprise women, this is when they were most vulnerable. He enjoyed playing off their vulnerability. With her strong struggle and fight, I see she did get skin under her fingernails. I feel there is DNA somewhere, and I feel like if pressed he may crack about this murder. The way he did it, he is proud of himself. He enjoys what he does, and never thought he would get caught, I feel he wants credit now. He is a cold-hearted relentless predator, Beverly had a hand with him getting caught last time. I do not see him behind bars now, yet I do see him being behind them at one point. I picked up cars, or a car, last time ... I’m not sure why. I see him being questioned about her, and I see there is involvement with a car – he may have worked on his car... car trouble. He fancied her, it was an obsession with her. He wanted her sexually. This murder was violent, overkill, because this Predator, this serial killer, didn’t know how to control himself at that time. He was obsessed, and he was pissed off. Plain evil.
I feel this man will be caught eventually for this. It is like she is trying to get him caught, put away to prevent others from hurting. She is trying to get him caught from the other side. She wants to save other women, he will not change, I am being told there are many. They have killed many more than they are aware of, and he will continue because he cannot stop. He cannot control himself. He started killing much younger than this with animals. He has a hatred toward women. Demons drive him. I am being shown what I think to be the British flag. He changes his name so often; it would be very hard to tell what name he is going by. In my reading before, I mentioned Tom and Chris... I feel these names are important to him. I am unsure if he has used these names, but I see them coming in and that he changes his name so much. I am now being shown the name Jordan. It may be someone close to him. I feel he can be caught. This may sound stupid, I do not know much about your Podcast, but I feel if this story is told – talk about these visions, talk about him. Someone will hear it and it will ring a bell, he will come forward into the light. He thinks he is untouchable; he will want to talk to you Shane. To you specifically. He will want to boaster. Other countries will hear you. This will ring more bells; this crime will sound familiar. People will hear it, will share it, it will reach him. Millions will hear it. I can see hats, looks to be tilted to the side. Long Coats. Black Boots. He liked to wear dark clothing, black. Just like his soul."
Our #1 Suspect
Harry Joseph Madol
When the medium told me her visions, I had absolutely no idea who she could be referring to as the man who murdered Beverly. At that time, I had only known of the boys who were in Beverly's life that the community felt were suspects - which as you can tell did not sound like the man in these visions. None-the-less, I decided to go ahead and send the reading to Carol. What could it hurt?
To my surprise, Carol reached out to me and explained how she was blown away at the accuracy this medium displayed - and that he pointed directly at one of her top suspects: Harry Joseph Madol.
Harry Madol was a violent person by age two, and was accused of breaking and entering at age 9. By 17 he was in and out of 17 behavioral institutions and schools. He attacked three women at knife point raped his step mother, and threatened to kill his two half-siblings - all by age 17.
When Madol's mom divorced her husband in 1964, Harry moved back to Garfield Heights, Ohio. Three months after his return, Beverly Jarosz was murdered.
Not long after Beverly's murder, Madol was caught hiding in a Closet after he stabbed a pregnant woman. Police noted that Madol had scars on his face and arms, so Immediately contacted the detective working Beverly's murder case.
Harry Madol has no alibi during the time of Beverly's Murder. Both Alibi's given to detectives turned out to be false.
Aren't convinced of Madol's possible involvement? We spoke to someone we consider an expert in Beverly's case, and she discussed in detail with us Madol's life - and facts that could link him to Beverly's murder. I must insist on you hearing Diane's own words, after all - she is the one who has spent years researching this case.
Have a story to share about your experience with Madol? Contact me at Shane@AmericanCrimeCast.com
Harry - if you read this, I too invite you to contact me to let me know what you were doing between the hours of Noon and 5pm on December 28th, 1964.
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Beverly's Poetry Book
Carol and Myself are very happy to announce that together we will be publishing the beautiful poetry of Beverly's. This poetry book will include all of Beverly's known poems, will feature full color photos, a note from Carol to her sister, and an ending written by myself. All proceeds from this Poetry Book will go toward starting a scholarship fund for the students at Trinity High School, formerly Mary Mount High School - of which Beverly attended at the time of her death.
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The Unsolved Murder of Nevaeh Buchanan
On May 24th, 2009, five year old Nevaeh Buchanan was playing outside her apartment complex in Monroe, Michigan, when she was abducted. Massive searches were put together - all coming up empty handed. Finally, 11 days after her abduction - her tiny body was found in a shallow grave - covered by cement.
I am Shane Waters, the host and producer of American CrimeCast - a True Crime Documentary Podcast that works with the family of victims to tell their story. With our efforts, we strive to make each listener realize this a real person - who is loved and cared for - and they deserve justice.
During our Podcast you will hear an exclusive interview with a cousin of Nevaeh's - who has took the lead in fighting for justice in her horrific murder. We discuss the events that lead up to the abduction, details about the Autopsy and Toxicology Reports, as well as a live walk-thru of the very place her tiny body was buried alive in.
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The Shallow Grave
May 24th, 2009. Monroe, Michigan.
Nevaeh was abducted on Memorial Day Weekend, that day she started at a friends house - which was in another apartment in the complex she lived in with her mother. Her mom, mom's friend, and mom's friend's young daughter picked Nevaeh up at this apartment so they could walk to K-Mart using a path in the woods.
Some say Nevaeh never returned from K-Mart, while others say they don't recall seeing her mom return from the trip either. Mom's friend's little girl that accompanied them on the trip - is quoted as saying "The Monster Took Nevaeh".
To listen to a full explanation of the mom's memory of what happened, and the other neighbor's differing timeline - take a listen to Nevaeh's Podcast episode.
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On December 28th, 1964, sixteen year old high school junior Beverly Jarosz was slain in her home in Garfield Heights, Ohio. Almost 52 years later we sat down with her family. This is her story.
Beverly's sister Carol, who in 1964 when Beverly was murdered Carol was twelve, Carol's husband Paul, as well as Beverly's mother, who is now in her mid-nineties, all agreed to sit with us to tell Beverly's story.
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Who is Beverly Jarosz?
Beverly's Last Day
The Murder Timeline
December 28th, 1964, Garfield Heights, Ohio, that Monday after Christmas Beverly Jarosz, a sixteen year old high school junior, and her sister Carol, who was 12, were off school for Christmas Break. On this morning, the two had breakfast with their parents, Ted and Eleanor, before seeing them off to work.
10:00 a.m., Carol and Beverly leave their house and head towards Grandma's. The route they took is through Tourneytown Shopping Center. They stopped at F.W. Woolworth Co. for a hairnet for Grandma, as well as Hough Bakery for a loaf of bread.
11:00 a.m., they have arrived at grandma's house. Beverly calls Barbara (her good friend) and they discuss their plans for the day.
11:30 a.m., Beverly calls Margie, her best friend, and explains that her and Barbara would be over between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
12:15 p.m., The neighbor boy to grandma's house arrives home after an interview he had in town. As he approaches his house his mother asks him to take Beverly home.
12:30 p.m., Beverly arrives home and receives a call from a jewelry explaining that her great grandma's necklace was not worth fixing.
1:00 p.m., Beverly calls her mother and relays the message from the Jeweler.
Soon after Beverly calls Barbara Kralik (a different Barbara) and they talk on the phone until 1:15 p.m..
Around this time Beverly receives an unknown phone call. She took a note saying "Stephen Stackowitz called, Will call back later." This named turned out to be a fake.
1:20 p.m., Grandma calls Beverly. Beverly explains that Barbara (her close friend) was at the door and she needed to go.
1:25 p.m., Barbara arrives at Beverly's house. Her mother dropped her off. Barbara proceeded to the side door, rang the doorbell ten times. She noticed the door was open however the storm door was locked. She then proceeded to the front door, leafed through a magazine for a few minutes. She said she noticed what sounded like furniture being moved from the upstairs bedroom. Thinking she was being stood up or teased Barbara leaves and heads home.
2:00 p.m. Barbara calls Beverly. . . no answer. . .
2:45 p.m. Margie calls Barbara asking where the two girls were.
3:45 p.m., Margie calls Grandma asking about Beverly.
4:00 p.m., Carol tries calling home. . . no answer. . . Grandma then calls Mr. Jarosz at work and explains they are unable to get ahold of Beverly.
4:10 p.m., Mr. Jarosz arrives home. As he pulls into the driveway he is able to hear a radio playing very loudly from the inside.
he hurries inside. . .
goes upstairs. . .
and into the girls' bedroom.
4:15 p.m., Carol calls the house. Mr. Jarosz answers the phone, screaming, "Murder! Murder! Murder!"
Beverly was strangled with a rope. Stabbed 42 times. Her clothing was yanked away from her torso. Yet, she was not sexually assaulted. Her murder will be ruled a strangulation as her cause of death, but it is said that her knife wounds would have been plenty enough to kill her.
Thoughts on Life
By: Beverly Jarosz
From out of the depths of my soul
There arises a certain fear
What if I should die within the next year
Life for me has just begun
All my dreams would be unfulfilled
All my work left undone
All my goals unreached
My life would of been in vain
Poems by Beverly
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July 17, 1964
What is this thing called time?
Time is measured eternity,
It is that which is counted between
the meetings of foolish lovers.
Time is a wilted flower
or a dead bird.
It is a graying half-moon...
in a midnight sky.
Time is death itself.
I am as a grain of sand
on the hot desert.
I am as a drop of water
in the salty ocean.
I am as an ant
beside an elephant.
I am only one person
in the universe.
Alone, I am insignificant.
Variations of the Sea
When love is gone,
The sea of life is tranquil.
The waves no longer rise
With their vivid crescendo.
The skies are gray
And life is dull;
Darkness flings its loneliness
Upon the cool sands,
While the gulls cast their shadows
On a desolate earth.
Will this dreary existence never subside?
Life without my captain seems interminable
Someday, someday soon,
Another ship shall harbour
And love will come to stay.
(Beverly Jarosz - August 1963)
Ode on a Teenager
The Teenager walks in a crazy style,
The teenager talks in a crazy dial,
The teenager's jive is rarely understood,
And his native English is hardly ever good.
The teenager dresses in a crazy mode,
One that will soon grow old.
The Teenager is first to fall for fads
Whether a girl or one of the lads.
The teenage girl's hair is out of this world;
It looks as though it's never been curled.
The teenagers buy a record a week
And it's seldom knowledge that they seek.
Teenagers live in a world of their own;
Their lives wholly revolve about the phone.
(In spite of all of this)
The teenager will soon be over this stage
And then awaken to a more mature age.
(Beverly Jarosz, 7th Grade)
After my interview with Beverly's family - and discussing the hurt they feel with some of the posts on Social Media - I decided to read through some of them for myself. Since the day after Beverly's tragic murder, people grew fascinated by the case. Hearing about the strongly held opinions and theories, and how they were forcibly pushed onto the family and friends of Beverly's - It is clear to me that Beverly has not been the only victim.
Barb was very good friends with Beverly, I cannot fathom the difficulty she must have faced, knowing she was outside the very house while her friend was being strangled and stabbed 42 times. Had she arrived five minutes earlier, or had one of the doors been unlocked, she undoubtedly would have found a similar fate as Beverly. Yet Barbara was teased, accused, and questioned everyday. After almost 52 years it has not stopped. To this day Barb continually feels the burden these people have placed on her shoulders.
Margie, Beverly's best friend, wrote to us - here is what she had to say.
Examples of Posts on Social Media
In regards to these groups, and any other groups on social media that is created about Unsolved Cases - I would like to speak directly to you. Although you and I have never met in person, I hope you will read this as someone who genuinely cares and hopes for the best in your life. We may have never sat down to discuss Beverly's case together, yet I hope you will be able to take something away from reading this. As someone who has sat down in the living room of Beverly's sister's home, and sat on a couch next to Beverly's mid-90 year old mother - Speaking for hours about the case. I would like to share with you a thought that I hope you will take to heart.
More than half a century has passed since Beverly was murdered - yet the pain, heartache, and hurt was still something that could be felt on each person who loved Beverly. The long drive home after our discussion and interview, was one of the longest we have ever had. Because of the pain we felt was something indescribable - in fact it is still lingering with us to this day.
There is a really possibility Beverly's murder may never be solved, or that the murderer will never face justice for their actions. None of us may be able to change that possibility. Yet, we do have the ability to do something arguably greater - we can keep Beverly's memory alive. In another half century, you and I may not be here; yet what we place on social media and forums with Beverly's name will remain. It breaks my heart to imagine anyone's grandson or great grandson would have to read anything negative about someone they love.
So I kindly ask, from one kind loving person to another, please remember that what we write on social media - it is about real people. With real families. And real families. We all would love to see justice for Beverly, but please be mindful about what is said about others. Ask yourself, in 50 years could someone read my post and think it factual? I hope each of you will devote a small time to remember this young lady the world lost, but will not forget.
Remember: Be Kind. And may Harmony Find You.
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I have never met someone who doesn't love to watch tv shows that deal with murder - and I am not sure I would want to! Our need to thrill ourselves by trying to solve the crime only proves each of us wants to be a detective. I am sure I can speak for most when I say the time I can devote to sitting down to watch one of these TV shows is far and in-between. It seems like each week my schedule gets tighter, and I just can't seem to find the time to fit one of these shows in. Well, now there is American CrimeCast. A show for the person who is on the go, but would still like to get their True Crime fix. More than just a True Crime show, we are actually helping people. Two birds, one stone.
What is American CrimeCast?
American CrimeCast is a True Crime Documentary Podcast, offering a platform for the family and friends who are seeking help with their loved one's Cold Murder or Cold Missing Person case. More than just an explanation of the facts behind the crime, we also set a strong focus on telling the story of who their loved one is. Too often we see the crime being told in a way that dehumanizes the victim; we are wanting to change that. At the foundation of each case we work on, you will find us describing the victim as a person. After all, these people are fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters - and they deserve to be treated as such.
Along with each Podcast episode, you will find a matching Case Log on our website. The Case Log is a blog devoted to telling more about the victim, as well as give more details about the crime. This blog is also set up to allow comments, so if our readers and listeners have questions about the case - they can simply leave their questions here. This is also where you will be able to find update on the cases we work, as well as discover all the photos we have on the case.
The podcast features a documentary style version of who the victim is, and most of this information is sourced straight from the people who loved them. Our listeners will hear interviews we have with the family, and will hear the plea the family has for wanting someone to come forward with information. From working closely with the family, you will also hear details about how these cases effect the family members - as well as their perspective on the circumstances behind it.
The Host is a Stand-Up Comedian?
A common question I receive from people who find out about the work we are doing, is why the Host and Producer is a Stand-Up Comedian. Often we are asked how a stand-up comedian could make cold cases humorous, the answer is we do not. For myself, Shane L. Waters, being a Stand-Up Comedian has allowed me to be a great story teller - and that is one of the qualities I bring to the team. I know first hand the suffering we each have in our everyday lives, yet I have found when you are laughing you experience unrestricted happiness - and I strive for these moments. I always remind people to not let titles fool you, as behind being a Stand-Up Comedian, you will find I am much more.
While attending college around 2011, I was an Intern with a crime lab for one of America's largest cities. As my college major was Forensic Science, this internship offered great experience and brought me to the scene of many murders. With each murder scene I witnessed, I found it increasingly difficult to keep an unattached mindset - which was important in the field of Forensic Science. One of the cases that has stuck with me through the years, was one at a small cozy house in the city. An elderly lady had been killed through an act of kindness, seemingly while allowing someone in to use the phone. After she lead them into her kitchen, where her phone was hung on the wall, the suspect took the phone and beat the lady's face until she was dead.
You can not put a value on someone's life, yet the thought of someone being killed for no more than $40 seems even more unfathomable. The grandchildren to the victim told us their grandmother never carried more than $40 in cash, and money was all that was taken from the home. I will never forget the tears of these grandchildren, and to this day can not begin to imagine the pain they felt. A simple tip could bring the killer to justice, the news coverage had reported. Something that really got to me was how the crime was the only story being told - not much care was put into telling the community about who the victim was. She was a person. She was loved. There were 65 years of living that happened prior to her opening the door for a stranger to asking to use her phone - yet somehow that story was missed.
My heart aches for the family and friends who lose someone they love in a violent crime that has gone unsolved. I started this journey with American CrimeCast to help these families tell their stories - in hopes our kindness will help make a difference.
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During the late hours on a chilly March evening, Garth Rector was found viciously murdered in the house he was renting at 204 E CR 500 S in Muncie, Indiana. When police arrived, they discovered Garth had been shot five times with a small caliber gun shortly after arriving home from work. With no arrests made, Garth's murder case has gone unsolved for eight years.
Garth's Sister reached out to us at American CrimeCast asking for our help.
Who was Garth Rector?
Garth Gene Rector was born in Muncie, Indiana on February 9th 1960. While attending school, he kept a strong focus on wrestling. Having an athletic physique and driving a 1968 Chevy Camaro, Garth stayed very popular with girls. He graduated from Muncie Southside High School in 1978.
With his sister playing match maker, Garth went on his first date with Angie Beerbower Rector. Not long after, the two married and together had a daughter: April. During their 27 years of marriage, Garth and Angie would often pray together with April before bed, sometimes including a song or two in the routine. Garth also coached April's softball team.
Garth had a true passion for wrestling. With his desire to succeed, he was the assistant wrestling coach for Delta High School, followed by Yorktown High School, and finally Muncie Central High School. Garth even personally coached three of his nephews in AAU wrestling in his spare time. Garth became a true mentor and role model to all the kids he worked with. He also was highly involved with his church, Union Chapel in Muncie. He touched the lives of many in his community.
For more than 25 years, Garth worked for Ball State University in the shipping and receiving side of Dinning Services.
On March 21st, 2008, Good Friday, Garth planned to finish packing for a trip to California for his sister's retirement from the Marines. His plan was to get home after work that early afternoon, pack, and meet his daughter April at the Indianapolis Airport in the very early morning; but his plans quickly changed. Garth stayed at work a couple hours later than he planned, not leaving campus until around 2:30 pm. On his way home, he stopped at a Marsh Supermarket in Muncie to purchase snacks for his trip.
Garth arrived at his house between the hours of 5 and 6pm, parking his car in the front and not in his normal place behind the house.
It is believed that Garth was surprised by someone in his kitchen. Wether it be he surprised an intruder, or someone was there lying in wait, garth was found wearing the same clothes he worked in - he even still had his jacket on. Garth was shot five times, with a small caliber gun, by someone who started the first shot at a distance and slowly moved closer to him. The shots landed in his back, right shoulder, right forearm, and twice in the neck.
The woman Garth rented the house from discovered Garth's body at 9:45pm. During his break with his wife, Garth had been seeing her. She had left work early as she said she had gotten worried when Garth hadn't returned her messages. When she arrived, she stated all the lights were off in the house, and garth's vehicle was parked in front of the house. As she entered the home, she noticed the Marsh grocery bag lying on the counter next to Garth's keys. As she walked further into the room, she saw the horrific scene of Garth's body lying in a pool of blood.
When police arrived, they noticed a broken window in the backside door leading into the garage. Police consider this to be the method the shooter used to enter the house, as it is plausible for someone to unlock the door with the window broken.
Neighbors reported a black vehicle driving down the road at a high rate of speed that afternoon. Additionally, at the time a school bus had passed the property, it was reported that a light colored vehicle was coming out of the driveway.
Robbery seems unlikely, as Garth had about $300 in cash still in his pocket that he planned to use on the trip to California. Also lying on the kitchen counter was an envelope containing $1,200, which garth had collected for a basketball pool.
Garth's Murder seems to be a crime of passion. By all accounts, women liked Garth - and Garth liked women. While on his break with his wife, Garth had been with a couple women - some consider it plausible for a boyfriend or husband of one of these women to be someone who could have a reason to murder Garth so viciously.
Garth's Family want answers. Why someone would murder someone they love so heartlessly, and they ask for your help to bring justice to this case.
Shortly after the murder of her son, Garth's mother suffered from a stroke. Eight years later, his mother now suffers from vascular dementia and there are some days she doesn't remember that Garth was murdered.
Who to Contact?
Anonymous Tips can be called into Muncie Crime Stoppers at 765-286-4050. If you have information please contact the Delaware County Sheriff Department at 765-747-7881.
There is a $10,000 reward for the tip leading to justice in Garth's case.
After the horrible feelings the family had to suffer losing a loved one to murder, they have started the "Garth Walk" in Muncie. Annually, people in the community meet to walk in memory to those lost to violent crimes. This year's Garth Walk will take place on August 13th at 2pm across from Muncie City Hall at Policeman's Park. American CrimeCast will be present this year for the walk. If you are familiar with the feeling of grief, we invite you to join us - walk in memory of the grief we all share.. while we remember Garth and other victims lost to violent crimes.
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