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Serial Killer Ted Bundy Not Linked to Murder of 8 Year Old

Investigators were unable to link notorious serial killer Ted Bundy to the disappearance of an 8-year-old Tacoma girl, Ann Marie Burr, who vanished from her home some 50 years ago. Evidence from the unsolved case was sent to the Washington State Crime Laboratory for analysis back in August. Tacoma police reported this week that forensic scientists failed to develop a DNA profile from the evidence that could have potentially linked the girl’s disappearance to Bundy. Speaking of the DNA link, Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said, “This avenue hit a dead end, but the investigation itself is not over.”

Ann Marie was reported missing by her parents on August 31, 1961. Police believe the abductor entered the house from the back door and exited with Ann Marie out the front door. Many have speculated over the years that the girl was Bundy’s first victim. Bundy had a paper route near where Ann Marie lived, and an uncle he would visit in the neighborhood. Despite the DNA setback, detectives are determined to continue the investigation into the disappearance of Ann Marie.

Ann Marie Burr went missing August 13, 1961. Many believe she was the first victim of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
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I had hoped that there would be a link so that her family could find some sort of closure.

 

Sister of Possible Serial Killer Victim Speaks

The loved ones of the people murdered by serial killers suffer everyday of their lives. The killer’s damage far outreaches just those that he actually kills.

Christine Moore

Christine Moore

 

Michelle Skidmore thinks tragedy is right around the corner or just a phone call away. In fact, the San Antonio woman believes that her immediate family — one-by-one — will meet a tragic end. Her critical thinking or pessimism stems from the murder of her older sister.

The case remains unsolved by the Baton Rouge Police Department. However, there is heavy speculation that Skidmore’s sister, Christine Moore, is a victim of Derrick Todd Lee, a man considered as the south Louisiana serial killer.

Investigators from the Multi-Agency Homicide Task Force probing a string of women murdered in southern Louisiana said Lee is connected to the killings of seven victims by DNA. Yet, his alleged terror has been cast on the unsolved murders of other women in the Baton Rouge area. Moore is one of those cases.

According to authorities, the LSU graduate student vanished around May 23, 2002. She reportedly went jogging. Her car was found abandoned. Skidmore remembers a detective calling her parents’ New Orleans home asking permission to open Moore’s trunk. She said her mother broke into tears. The trunk was empty.

Nearly a month later, Moore’s skeletal remains were found near a church not far from Baton Rouge. Investigators believed she was killed by blunt force trauma. What was left of a vibrant beautiful young woman had been exposed to the elements too long to get a DNA sample.

“Nothing was the same after that,”  her 30-year-old sister said. “I wanted to know what really happened.”

‘I will never know’

Conclusive answers have eluded the family for almost a decade. Speculation and the probability of victimology about Lee is as good as it gets. That’s still not enough for Skidmore.

“I will never know if  that man murdered my sister,” Skidmore said.

However, she’d like to have a conversation with a man who is allegedly linked by DNA to the murders of  41-year-old nurse Gina Wilson Green,  21-year-old LSU grad student Geralyn DeSoto, 21-year-old Charlotte Murray Pace, 44-year-old mother and wife Pamela Kinamore, 23-year-old Dene Colomb, and 26-year-old Carrie Lynn Yoder.

Each was either reportedly strangled, stabbed, beaten, sexually assaulted, killed or some combination of the above.

“If I could ask him did you really kill her,” she said. ” I need to know. But would he tell the truth?”

Lee was convicted for the capitol murder of Pace. He remains in prison on death row awaiting execution by way of lethal injection. The so-called serial killer was also found guilty of killing DeSoto.

Moved to San Antonio

Justice seems only a dream for Moore’s family. Skidmore moved to San Antonio because of Hurricane Katrina. She still lives in the shadow of the tragedy. Her move to the Alamo City did not allow the pain to escape.

“I remember my dad telling me maybe someone was after my sister because of the work she did at LSU,” she said.

Moore was majoring in social work. Then, their father changed his mind. He felt Lee was his daughter’s killer. It put the family in the shadow of the so-called south Louisiana serial killer. They were ready to join other families in a fatal bond no one wanted to share.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about that and what happened to her,” she said.

It’s something Moore younger sister said she has to live with everyday of her life. She struggles with the inner guilt of “what if.”

“I didn’t lose just a sister,” she said. “I lost a best friend.”

There are other siblings. In fact, six children remain alive. Their mother died in 2009 of health issues. Skidmore thinks her sister’s unsolved murder ate away at their mom little-by-little.

“She never thought it would happen to one of her own,” Skidmore said.

‘Bad things happen to good people’

The Louisiana native recalls praying for her family’s safety. She calls that a naive wish.

“Sometimes bad things happen to good people,” she said. “We are not immune to any of the sufferings of this world.”

That harsh reality has given her strength. She claims it has helped her cope. But, many questions remain unanswered and closure appears a lofty dream. So, she believes that tragic deaths in her family are not over.

“It prepares me for the worst,” she said.

Christine Moore’s murder is a story this sister rarely tells because she admits there are still issues to overcome.

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I hope that she finds ways to overcome these issues soon.

Crime library story on Derrick Todd Lee

NY Serial Killer Theories

Theories abound in mysterious NY beach bodies case

WANTAGH, N.Y. (AP) — Is there a serial killer on the loose in Long Island? More than one? Could he be a police officer or an ex-cop? Are some of the victims rubbed-out mobsters sleeping near the fishes? Or could they be the long-undiscovered victims of New York’s most prolific serial killer of them all, Joel Rifkin?

With police saying next to nothing about the discovery of 10 sets of human remains dumped off a highway near Jones Beach, amateurs and experts alike are offering a multiplicity of theories — some outlandish, some entirely plausible.

Many of the theories have been compiled on the Web site LongIslandserialkiller.com or offered up in the daily papers.

“It’s mostly fodder for laughter by the investigators,” said attorney Bruce Barket, a former prosecutor in the Nassau County district attorney’s office. “Because the investigators know much more than they have revealed publicly, they’re sitting there chuckling at this theory and that theory. Because it really is irrelevant to what they are doing.”

The biggest tabloid sensation to hit Long Island since Amy Fisher shot Joey Buttafuoco’s wife in the ’90s began to unfold in December. That’s when a police officer and his cadaver dog happened upon the first set of remains while searching for a 24-year-old New Jersey prostitute last seen in the area a year ago.

Two days later, police found three more bodies; all four were women in their 20s who booked clients for sex on the Internet. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said at a news conference that a serial killer could be at work.

The New York Daily News quickly dispatched a reporter to an upstate prison to interview Rifkin on his “expert” thoughts since he admitted killing 17 prostitutes in a murder spree in the late 1980s and ’90s. Four of his victims have never been found. The New York Post immediately hung the moniker “The Ripper” on the killer.

Dormer tried to calm the chatter, telling reporters days later: “I don’t want anyone to think we have a Jack the Ripper running around Suffolk County with blood dripping from a knife. This is an anomaly.”

Months passed with few updates on the case — until the snow melted in late March. Police found one, then three more, then two more sets of remains not far from where the first four were discovered. None of the recent six have been identified or linked to the deaths of the four women found in December.

The New York Times cited experts as speculating the culprit may have a law enforcement background because he has managed to elude capture for so long. The experts noted that relatives of one victim had gotten brief, taunting phone calls from the possible killer — perhaps an indication that he knew how to avoid having the calls traced. Police tracked the calls to busy Penn Station and the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan — crowded areas that made it hard to hear the caller — before the signal went dead, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Other reports suggested that some investigators believe some of the newly found remains, which police would describe only as having been there for “some time,” may have been Rifkin’s work. He denied that in a Newsday prison interview this week.

Franny Louis, a Carle Place, N.Y., resident, said she agreed with Rifkin when he told Newsday that the killer could be someone nearby. “Someone who works along the shoreline and may have access to burlap bags and things of that nature,” she said.

Police have not commented on various reports that the first four women were found in burlap, while the most recent remains were not. They have also left open the possibility that more than one killer could be dumping bodies.

Xavier Molina of Lake Grove, N.Y., wasn’t buying that theory: “It’s really hard to find two serial killers out there dumping bodies in the same spot.”

One blogger on the site The Stir theorized the killer could be a real-life Dexter, the TV character who works as a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department and in his free time kills people he believes have eluded justice.

“There are a few differences, of course,” according to a recent blog. “Dexter only kills those who deserve it. And in this case no one would ever argue that the women targeted by the Long Island Serial Killer deserved to be killed.”

Carina Atteritano of Oceanside, N.Y., said she suspects someone in law enforcement could be involved, since the killer hasn’t been caught.

“I definitely have friends who are up late at night because they are concerned about it. We joke about it that it could be somebody in our town, but it really could be and that’s scary,” she said. “Nobody really knows.”

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Associated Press Colleen Long contributed to this report.

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I do not think that the bodies found are victims of Rifkin. If nothing else he is too critical of this killer. Serial killers have big egos and there is no way he would call his own work sloppy.

I also do not think that there are 2 serial killers dumping bodies within this short of a distance of each other. It is possible but I doubt it is happening here.

The 4 identified victims were asphyxiated (strangled most likely) but the cause of death of the other 6 has not been released.

I doubt that these victims are linked to the New Jersey victims  Then again there is so little information there is nothing to really base an opinion on. I guess since the police have not been linking them I will have to say I do think that it is 2 different killers.

I did find an article that also reports that there are 2 different killers.

Police said on Wednesday that the bodies of four prostitutes found around Atlantic City, New Jersey back in 2006 do not seem to have anything to do with the eight bodies (and maybe ninth and tenth sets of remains) found on Long Island, near Gilgo and Jones Beach, since late 2010. Thought to be the work of a serial killer, four of the latest bodies have been identified as belonging to women who worked as prostitutes on Craigslist and were all found near Ocean Parkway in Suffolk County. The other bodies and remains have yet to be identified, and may not even be connected to the first four.

But on Wednesday, the Suffolk County police commissioner, Richard Dormer, said there seemed, at this time, to be no connection with the bodies found in Atlantic City. Mr. Dormer said there were “items connected with the two cases” that indicated the same killer was not involved, but he declined to elaborate. There have been no links established between the four bodies discovered in Suffolk in December and the four sets of remains found more recently, which have not yet been identified. Increasing differences are emerging that set the two groups apart, officials have said.

Evidence that may separate the two sets of bodies includes the burlap sacks, which held the first four bodies, but not the rest, and the fact that some remains are thought to belong to a child, which complicates the question of motive. The F.B.I. is now assisting on the case as searches of the area continue.

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I just hope that with all of the publicity and the speculation the murdered women, the dead girls, daughters, mothers and sisters do not get forgotten.

The named victims so far

Possible Serial Killer in Memphis

Three prostitutes turned up dead and another was shot in the face multiple times, thrown from a car, and left for dead. All of these incidents happened within a 30 day span, from January until the end of February and all within the same area.

“We haven’t seen that kind of pattern in Memphis very often, but it does happen around the nation. Unfortunately, there are some very mentally ill individuals out there,” said Richard Janikowski, an associate professor at the University of Memphis’s Department of Criminology and Justice.

*Note from me: Most serial killers are not mentally ill. They are psychopaths with aggressive and anti-social characteristics. They know right from wrong and choose to do wrong.

Woman Lives to Give Description

Memphis police released a sketch of a suspect they believe is responsible for the shooting case that happened on Ledger Road on February 26th. That woman survived and gave police this description. After doing some digging, sources tell FOX13, the same person is responsible for the deaths of the three prostitutes.

44-year old Rhonda Wells and 28-year old Jessica Lewis were both shot. Their dumped bodies were discovered at the Mount Carmel Cemetery four days apart. Weeks before Lewis and Wells were found, 31-year old Tamikia McKinney was found murdered on Hemlock Street which is also close to the cemetery.

“This is a crime of violence and power and hate against women. It’s not vigilantism. This is the kind of crime that is not related to profit motive. This isn’t like a robbery or a burglary. This is a crime of violence against women,” said Janikowski,

Janikowski said it’s common for killers in these cases to favor a spot where they dispose of the bodies. He believes the killer either lives in the area or grew up in the area.

Police Still Search for Answers

No new cases have emerged or been reported since the deaths of Wells, Lewis or McKinney. Something Janikowski said is not surprising.

“Sometimes, they will desist for a period of time. But with this kind of pattern, they will start again,” said Janikowski.

Memphis police spokesmen still have not come out and said they’re looking for a serial killer. Janikowski said this is typical and said doing so could hinder an investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.

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Another Fox article

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News and Updates

Gary Ridgway did plea guilty as expected to the murder of  20-year-old Rebecca Marrero in 1982.

The convicted killer started to apologize in court on Friday for Marrero’s murder, but was cut off when an unidentified man sitting with the victim’s family began shouting obscenities at him.

The victim’s sister, Mary Marrero, her 79-year-old mother standing shakily at her side, told King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts that her family has been devastated by the murder and wished that Ridgway faced the death penalty.

“The day she came up missing I wanted to kill myself,” Mary Marrero said, her voice breaking. “I still feel that today … There is so much anger. What does it take to get the death penalty in the state of Washington? I do not agree with this plea deal.”

“If I had one thing to ask today, it would be to kill him,” she said.

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Herbert Mullin was (surprise) denied parole again.

A former Felton man convicted of murdering 10 people, including a 4-year-old child, an elderly man and a priest, was denied parole Thursday during a hearing at Mule Creek State Prison, the District Attorney’s Office reported Friday.

Serial killer Herbert Mullin, 63, murdered 13 people in roughly a four month period in 1972 and 1973.

He was convicted in 1973 of 10 killings in Santa Cruz County. He was also convicted of killing a priest in Los Gatos in the confessional booth and admitted to two additional slayings for which he was never charged.

The killing spree was one of three in Santa Cruz County in the 1970s, earning the county the dark sobriquet of being the murder capitol of the world.

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Milwaukee accused serial killer Walter Ellis pleaded no contest to the charges against him.

A Milwaukee man accused of killing seven women over 21 years pleaded no contest to all charges against him Friday.

Fifty-year-old Walter Ellis pleaded no contest to five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree murder.

The women were killed between 1986 and 2007.

Ellis, who was convicted by Judge Dennis Cimpl, is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

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Craig Price will not be allowed to take a trip from Florida to Rhode Island to argue his appeal. His violent behavior in prison and the cost were both listed as reasons. I hope they never let him out. This is one scary guy.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Craig Price, the state’s youngest serial killer, who terrified Rhode Islanders in the 1980s, will not return from prison in Florida to argue his appeal before the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that it would decide Price’s appeal based on written arguments unless Price requests within 30 days that a court appoint a lawyer to argue orally on his behalf. The court directed that Price or his standby lawyer could file such a request on his behalf.

In ruling, the court said it was mindful of the cost of transporting Price from prison in Florida and his recent admission to assaulting a correctional office there.

Price was 15 in 1989 when he confessed to brutally stabbing and bludgeoning Joan Heaton and her daughters, Melissa and Jennifer, after slipping in through their window at night. Price also admitted to the unsolved murder of another Buttonwoods neighbor, Rebecca Spencer, two years earlier.

Price refused to take a psychiatric exam until 1994. Then, after he took the test, the court concluded that Price had not been truthful with the psychiatrist and, therefore, had “not cooperated with the examination, even though he had participated.”

The attorney general initiated a criminal-contempt charge against Price for refusing to participate in the psychiatric program. A jury convicted him after a trial in 1997, and Judge Albert E. DeRobbio Sr. sentenced Price to 25 years in prison, 10 years to serve and 15 suspended.

The state Supreme Court in 2003 affirmed Price’s criminal-contempt conviction. But the court left open the opportunity for him to petition to reduce his 25-year sentence.

Price is seeking relief from the contempt sentence, arguing it was excessive and unconstitutional. The attorney general’s office counters that the sentence is proportionate with the years-long contempt Price showed for the court order regarding treatment.

Source and a link to the Court Documents here.

Also, America’s Most Wanted has updated 2 serial killer cases on their site.

Daytona Beach Serial Killer

Interstate 65 Serial Killer

You can see the full Serial Killer Episode by clicking on the link on my video page.

Gilgo Beach Serial Killer

The authorities are not releasing many details about these murders.

Gilgo Beach Victims

Megan, Maureen, Melissa & Amber

I have been to a few forums in the hopes that someone local to the area has heard something but there really was nothing solid there.

What I do know is that the four young woman above were found dead at Gilgo Beach, Long Island, New York in mid-December 2009.

Maureen Brainard-Barnes -25 years old – last seen July 9, 2007

Melissa Barthelemy -24 years old -last seen July 12, 2009

Megan Waterman -22 years old – last seen June 8, 2010

Amber Lynn Costello -27 years old – last seen September 2, 2010

Authorities have not released how the women were killed, whether they were dressed or had any personal items (jewelry or the such) on them, toxicology findings or many other things that would help to either connect to or disconnect from the Atlantic City Serial Killings of ’06. The few details that have come out are:

  • The victims were killed at another location and then ‘dumped’ where they were later found.
  • They were wrapped in burlap sacs. At first it was reported that only 2 were in these sacs but in the latest articles all 4 were wrapped up.
  • They were “methodically dumped” (placed)  within 1/4 mile of each other. Although the news keeps using the word “dump site” and reporting “from a car” authorities said “methodically dumped.” This implies that they know a car was used since the area remote and there must not have been signs that the murders happened there. Also, remote but not really hidden away since a car could come by again showing the murders happened elsewhere. They were not just thrown from a car though. The killer placed them at this dump site. He also revisited this site, at least 3 times, and probably (at least) drove by even more.
  • All causes of death appear similar. They have not released the actual cause but have said all seemed to have been killed in similar ways. Due to the severe decomposition they might not be 100% sure of the cause but they can be pretty sure. Small bones broken may show strangulation, punctures and holes in bones my show stabbing, broken bones and skull damage can show blunt force trauma. The last victim killed / first identified might have been ‘intact’ enough to show a probable cause of death allowing investigators to know where to look and what to look for on the other victims.
  • All of the young women were prostitutes that used advertising on Craigslist. Actually this is the only known (released) connection between these women. They do not appear to have lived near each other or to have run in the same circle of associates. There have been reports, though, that police have connected them to a few (3) regular contacts / customers. This does not mean that any of those men killed them but it might help to give a clearer picture of the victims.
  • 3 of the 4 were under 5 ft tall and 100 lbs. The largest was not much bigger. The killer seemed to like ‘smaller’ women.

Megan Waterman was 5-feet-5 and 150 pounds.

Amber Lynn Costello was 4-feet-10 and weighed 100 pounds.

Lynn Barthelemy was 4-feet-11 and weighed 95 pounds.

Maureen Brainard-Barnes was 4-feet-11 and 105 pounds.

  • There were calls made from Melissa Barthelemy’s phone to her family. The male voice said cruel things about Melissa and called her a “whore”. – Authorities have not said that this was the killer but the calls were made days after she was last seen and stopped and there was no other activity from her phone . I have not heard of any other such calls to any of the other families or friends of these women.

There has not been much more besides speculation.

I am still bouncing back and forth as to whether I think that this is the same killer that struck Atlantic City, NJ in 2006. There are so many things that seem not to ‘fit’ but then I read something and I go back to the killer being the same. Just there being 4 bodies in similar terrains does not make a connection.

I hope that all of these families and loved ones can find peace.

I’ll write more on my thoughts and feelings about the cases later.

 

ABC News Report

Nightline Report

AP News Report

WIVB News Report

NY Daily News Report

48 Hours Coverage

WBEN News

In Memory of Megan Waterman

Maureen Brainard-Barnes

Amber Lynn Costello

If you have any information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible, please call the Scarborough Police Department at 207-883-6361, or their anonymous tip line at 207-730-4200, ext 3093, or the Suffolk County Police Department at 631-854-8400

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