A Break in the Delphi Murders?

Is there a break in the Delphi murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams? Let’s hope so. But we’ll have to wait and see.

Since the double murder of Libby and Abby nearly eight months ago on an isolated trail in Delphi, Indiana, there have been promising leads in the search for their killer. But as each one was followed up on and every rabbit hole explored, it seems as if every promising tip led nowhere.

Investigators in Delphi announced early on that they had audio and video of the man that they think might have been responsible for the murders. But despite an unprecedented nationwide effort to identify the man on the audio and video, their efforts seemed to have proven fruitless. Police also indicated early on that they had possible DNA evidence that they were fast tracking through the lab, but haven’t commented much on that since. Despite on ongoing investigation by countless amateur sleuths on the internet and in several Facebook groups, the coverage of the case has quieted amid fears that the killer might slip away and the case might go cold.

But this week, a compelling development in the case might be at hand. That development came with the arrest of Daniel Nations. Nations, a registered sex offender with a lengthy police record spanning across multiple states, was arrested in Colorado for allegedly threatening several Continue reading “A Break in the Delphi Murders?”

I recently was a guest on the Crawlspace podcast

 

I recently was a guest on the Crawlspace podcast where I joined my friends  Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri to discuss serial killers including the Zodiac Killer and the Golden State Killer. We discussed some true crime topics in general, and had a great discussion.

Here’s how it went-

 

Tim and Lance are the same guys that have the Missing Maura Murray podcast, which has been a true crime sensation. The Maura Murray case will soon be making it’s way to television and will be the subject of a documentary. Be sure to check them out.

 

The Heartbreaking Case of little Rachael Runyan

 

The case of Rachael Runyan is disturbing, and I’ve learned that I should warn readers early on of troubling subject matter especially involving crimes against children. This is that warning.

The very first article I wrote for this blog in February,2017 was about April Marie Tinsley, a little eight-year old girl who was abducted, raped, and murdered in Indiana in 1988. I’ve avoided writing about any cases like this since then as it’s incredibly hard to do. Writing about children that are terrorized and murdered takes something out of you and makes realize just how shitty this world can be; or at least some of the people in it. At the same time, these cases need to be solved and a spotlight shined on the monsters responsible for these horrifying crimes.

Rachael Runyan is another little girl that came face to face with evil and didn’t survive. It’s cases like Rachael’s that make many parents afraid to let their children out of their sight, even if just to play in their yard. On August 26th, 1982 three-year-old Rachael Runyan played outside of her house only about 15 feet away while Rachael’s mother Elaine prepared lunch. Rachael, along with her two older brothers were lucky enough to live right next to a school and playground in the town of Sunset, Utah. The Runyan children took advantage of the location, and enjoyed themselves before dinner. It wasn’t long before a man approached the group of kids and began offering them ice cream and bubble gum. The man was able to gain Rachael’s trust and without warning, grabbed the innocent three-year-old and threw her into his car before speeding away. Rachael’s young brothers watched helplessly. The boys immediately ran in and told their mother what happened, and horrified, she called police. When police arrived, they quickly started the search for little Rachael.

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Justice at last for Lisa Ziegert

I’ve long been interested in writing a blog article about the 1992 abduction, rape, and murder Lisa Ziegert, a 24 year old teacher’s assistant. Due to time constraints, I never had the chance to write that article. Maybe it was for the best, because as luck (and dogged determination by Detectives investigating her case)would have it, an arrest has finally been made which adds a much better ending to this article than could have been previously written.

Lisa Ziegert was a young teacher’s assistant at Agawam middle school in Agawam, Massachusetts at the time of her murder. She was a cheerful and well-liked young teacher with a bright future ahead of her. But all of that would end on April 15th, 1992.

Lisa had been working at her second job, a night job, at Brittany’s Card and Gift shop. On the evening of Lisa’s abduction and murder, customers would come into the shop only to find it quiet and empty. No signs of any employees. While the customers found it odd and unusual that the store was empty, there were no obvious signs of foul play, certainly nothing that stood out enough to call the police. The next morning, an employee arriving to start the morning shift at the card shop found Lisa’s car outside of the store, and her belongings inside the unlocked shop. It was at this point that concern was first raised about Lisa and police were summoned.

 

A police investigation ensued, and police found evidence that Lisa had likely been attacked or assaulted in the back room of the gift shop. Further investigation led to a witness that reported seeing an SUV with two men in it driving erratically with a distressed woman inside. This sighting occurred in the general area where Lisa’s body would be found four days later, on Easter Sunday, April 19th, 1992. Lisa had been raped and stabbed repeatedly, and her body discarded in a stretch of woods on the edge of town. The crime scene did reveal clues, and evidence was collected including DNA, which was still a relatively new tool used in crime fighting.

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I’m co-hosting Criminology true crime podcast

 

To my readers, I’d like to invite you to come along on a true crime journey as I co-host a brand new true crime podcast called Criminology. My co-host is Mike Ferguson, who you might know from his current podcast, True Crime All the Time.

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Help ID the East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker/ Golden State Killer

If you are a longtime California resident who has lived in Sacramento County, Santa Barbara County, or Orange County during the 1970’s or 1980’s, then this article is especially directed at you. We need your help in identifying a maniac. This article is a checklist of sorts produced to spread awareness and help identify California’s worst serial predator, a man that raped at least 50 women, and is responsible for at least 12 murders.

Tomorrow June 18th, 2017 marks the 41st anniversary since a serial rapist known as the ‘East Area Rapist’ started attacking women, and couples in Rancho Cordova in Sacramento County. In the coming months, he attacked in other areas of Sacramento County, primarily in the Eastern part of the county including Rancho Cordova, Sacramento, Citrus Heights, and Carmichael. By 1978, this serial rapist moved on to other counties in northern California and attacked steadily until July, 1979 piling up 50 vicious rapes.

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The Golden State Killer panel at Crimecon June 2017

 

Just got back from the Golden State Killer panel at Crimecon in Indianapolis and it was awesome! I have been away for several days prepping for Crimecon and taking part in our presentation about the Golden State Killer.

I was very happy to assist in any way I could to bring attention to this case. A full report is coming soon about my time there and Crimecon itself. In the meantime, I am sharing some photos and memories from this past weekend, along with video of the panel which included, Golden State Killer surviving victim, Jane Carson-Sandler, Debbi Domingo, daughter of murder victim, Cheri Domingo, Michelle Cruz, sister of murder victim, Janelle Cruz, and myself.

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Update on the Delphi murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams

 

A quick update on the Delphi murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams.

Sadly, there is not much of an update other than to say that the case is essentially cold. I was pretty excited that there was such an all out public effort nationwide to catch this killer and with audio & video evidence of who killed them, I thought Abby’s and Libby’s murders may have been solved by now but that has not happened.

I’ve been saying for weeks now that more photos, video, or audio is needed here. Something that shows the body language of this suspect or more of his voice may be the missing piece of the puzzle but police don’t seem to want to do this, and I hope it’s not at the peril of this case being solved. My fear is that 5 years or 10 years from now, they decide to release something that they have kept close to the vest but by then the case is forgotten, and potential witnesses and suspects move away,die, etc

Libby’s and Abby’s murders have been by far the most popular articles on my blog, and I intend to keep updating their case. My original article Twisted Tracks; The Murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams and the follow up article, The Most Wanted Man in America have generated lots of comments and theories and I hope that will continue.

One positive update is that there is finally a podcast about this case that has been put out by True Crime Garage and I encourage anybody reading this to give it a listen. They have an excellent podcast and I am sure that they will give this case the attention it deserves, I am listening to it today.

I ask that you keep this case in the spotlight by sharing via social media and if you have any tips or information, please contact the Indiana State Police.

Update 7/18/17 Authorities have released a sketch of the perpetrator 

UPDATE 9/28/17 There may be a break in this case.

Ted Bundy and Pornography’s Influence

 

Ted Bundy and Pornography’s Influence is an article written by guest blogger E.J. Hammon  who is a  crime author based in Greensboro, NC. She has studied aberrant behavior and serial killers for the past two decades. Read her blog at www.bundyphile.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter @RoseDysfunction.

Looking up from the table, his cold blue eyes flash toward the camera, and for a split second, we can see behind their darkness. Serial killer Ted Bundy was interviewed on the night before his execution by Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson. Though Bundy’s crimes were addressed during their conversation, the focus that day was on the dangers of pornography, how it harmed women, and how it forced Bundy down a dark path to murder and mayhem. Though the interview is nothing but a farce to forward an agenda for both men, their interaction gives the public a rare chance to see beneath the carefully constructed mask of sanity of a psychopath, someone the public never saw coming.

Hidden behind a carefully constructed “normal” face, handsome young Ted was on the surface a joy to his neighbors and family members. He especially had a way with women. Many older ladies thought he was a good kid and let him borrow their cars and gave him money when he asked. While watching him in videos and viewing pictures of him, it’s easy to see how he could wrap members of his community around his finger. He was handsome and convivial. He continually impressed local businessmen who thought he was a shoe-in as the next big attorney in the Seattle area. Utah detective Jerry Thompson once described his mastery of persuasion by quipping, “he could sell you a dead horse.” However, underneath it all, he was a man obsessed with murder and violence. Unfortunately, those around him would find out about his predilections far too late.

Born in Burlington, VT in 1946, Ted Cowell was a precocious child. Raised by a single mother and living in Philadelphia, PA until age 4, he never knew his biological father. However, he was exposed to his violent grandfather’s strange behavior before abruptly being whisked away by his mother to Washington State, closer to his extended family. As he matured, family members noticed disturbing behavior. A tendency toward roaming his Tacoma neighborhood late at night lent itself to an interest in peeping in the windows of his pretty female neighbors. A successful career in theft was briefly interrupted by a juvenile arrest, later expunged from his criminal record. He was never stopped again for larcenous activity, though he continued stealing on a grander scale as the years progressed.

It was around this time in his life when he turned to pornography to answer some of his questions about women. He knew he could never ask his highly religious mother questions about sex, especially during an era when nobody discussed their sex lives. Ted was also drawn to crime magazines that sexualized women and encouraged his violent fantasies of bondage and dominance. Recently, noted Bundy expert Christina Nixon stated, “considering the fact that most porn magazines pictured the women as sex objects, it most certainly amplified his feelings of hate/disrespect towards certain women.”

After a devastating breakup with a college girlfriend, from which he never truly recovered, Bundy found himself looking for revenge. Though his crimes until this period happened solely in his head, he found himself moving more and more towards acting out his fantasies based on what he saw in X-rated magazines. Following women, peeping into their houses, and finally attacking someone with a two by four on the street were rationalized and became normal to Ted. His sense of entitlement was continually encouraged by successful nighttime prowling and stealing. As January 1974 loomed, he was preparing to make his move.

On January 4, 1974, Ted’s violent rampage began in earnest. He no longer held back his contempt for women nor his sexual appetite. He brutalized his prey, through decapitation and necrophilia, burying some of their bodies and leaving others out in the elements. His crime spree ended the lives of over 30 young women, mostly college students, throughout the United States. His final victim was a twelve-year-old girl. Her raped and decomposed body was found in a pig shed in rural Florida. When he was arrested in 1978, after 2 prison escapes from Colorado, he told police “I’m the most cold-hearted motherfucker as you’ve ever put your fucking eyes on. I don’t give a shit about those people.” The monster had been caged but his animal instincts were still on high alert.

By the time he was interviewed by James Dobson, Bundy’s agenda was simply to lengthen his life by staying on Florida’s death row beyond his third execution date. He was desperate to remain relevant to law enforcement and by allowing Dobson to interview him, he thought Governor Bob Martinez would grant him another stay. It was his final and ultimately unsuccessful gamble. After ten years of trials and appeals, he was finally executed in January, 1989 after much pomp and circumstance. A crowd of over two-hundred people partied outside of Florida State prison waiting for word of his death.

Whether spurred on by pornography or an innate rage toward women, the result remains the same. A young man from a working class family was able to function without society while hiding a completely separate personality from those around him. The only people who saw his true anger were his victims and they didn’t survive the encounter. Though it’s doubtful pornography caused his despicable behavior, it more than likely encouraged it. To this day, Dr. Dobson still rages about the wild, loose morals of society. Whether he’s genuinely concerned about the Ted Bundys of the world has yet to be seen.

Do you know this man? These clues might help catch the East Area Rapist AKA Golden State Killer

 

Do you recognize this writing? It likely belongs to the East Area Rapist AKA Golden State Killer, AKA Original Night Stalker.

This man targeted the Rancho Cordova area of Sacramento County in 1976 and 1977. He broke into several homes and committed several rapes and robberies during this period.

 

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