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.


66 thoughts on “Update on the Delphi murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams”

  1. I wish get him or them very soon Libby is cousin to us I just get them for Libby and Abby now so people in Delphi can feel saver and I’m praying to God every day I know cop are hard on this they will get him them just keep family in your prayers

    1. I pray that he is caught soon but heard Abby lived @ mile from bridge n was at that site ftrquently. Could someone have stalked her n followed that day?? Also has her BF family been ruled out??

      1. It’s very possible that someone was watching the girls, and anyone who saw someone who looked like that hanging around should report the sighting to police. As for her boyfriend’s family, it’s pretty easy to rule out people based on the photo. Not many men resemble that… person.

      1. They are being incredibly careful–but that is not to conceal their progress (or lack thereof.) Instead, they are ensuring that their case against him can proceed with no interference. Can you imagine if they caught the THING and couldn’t prosecute him successfully because they gave too much info to the public. How horrifying would that be, to know who did it, how, why–and yet be unable to punish him.

        1. I agree with you 100% on your comments. I also believe law enforcement already knows who the man is and it’s connected to more than one state and victims. It’s going to take time to have an air tight case against him or he will walk.

          1. It does seem that the push for tips is leveling off…but who knows? And the Angel Mounds murders in Iowa do seem eerily alike. But you are right–people don’t just start killing out of nowhere, right?

        2. No, they’re not releasing things because they’re covering themselves and because they don’t want to admit they need help.

  2. Somebody knows something! They need to speak up! I am from Indiana and I look at every male (that has that build, wears jeans like those in the photo along w/ the black shoes), with a lot of skepticism! It would make my year to turn on the news and find that this monster is caught, and will be brought to justice!

    1. They probably already have …it’s up to the police to do something about it…I think they should release more audio and video so that people can see this person’s body language and hear his voice even more so

      1. I already know a guy who looks like that, a bad sexual predator, but his voice doesn’t match even slightly. I agree that people need to see and hear more of him if possible, even if the rest of the recording may be disturbing. I also have a question. Does his accent really sound like he’s from Indiana? And does anyone know someone who looks like that who’s been the DC area within the past several years? There was a suspect in multiple homicides who sort of looked like that, and the police never figured out who he was.

        1. Please at least call the police and have them check that guy out. If you know somebody that looks like him and he’s also a sexual predator it could be him. Some audio on phones doesn’t
          Necessary sound like someone it could be deceiving or distorting their voice. You can do it anonymously but please call

        2. Why don’t you write to LE…please let us know as well. There are lot of people who have been in Delphi for long time, and aalmost know everyone

  3. Jeez Libby gave them his picture along w his voice WTF is taking LE so long t catch this bastard! Put fresh eyes on case as chances r theyve interviewed him!!

    1. After examining these photos, I would be willing to state there are multiple suspects. I would not be surprised if this case is larger than Delphi.

      1. Ken, I agree. This case caught my attention with a Yahoo article on either Feb 13 or Feb 14. As soon as I finished reading about it I called my brother and asked him to read about it, and I remember telling him to remember my prediction – that this case would end up being HUGE – much larger than Delphi.
        Has anyone else noticed the very many coincidences in this case?
        I think these two girls were catfished and targeted. It almost seems like a perfectly planned hit to me. There is more to this than meets the eye. I have some theories about this crime.

        1. So do I , Bud it just don’t seem like a random thing. these girls obviously knew the person or persons that killed them and my thoughts are the person is right in their own back yard. that picture prolly aint even associated with the murders, but time will tell. They should Dna all friends of the family as well as family members just to rule them out. Wonder if they have ?

  4. This George Brinkman just picked up for 2 sets of murder in Ohio has no paunch (belly) but his pics surfacing on internet already have visual intrigue. For instance the black shirt in a boat, did he have enough boating expertise to navigate the Wabash River for long distances to avoid capture (if) he were a suspect also in the Delphi double homicide? The viking helmet/sunglasses with ear flaps pic, do these 2 states (IN & OH) just wear ear flaps regularly? The victims that he is being investigated for (in North Royalton, OH) were posed ‘tucked in’ with their mother in bed apparently, according to news source. Apparently Delphi, IN daughters were also posed with tree leaves & left out to die of their wounds. This guy (G.B.) was negotiated with for hours with police before they could apprehend him Tues. 6-12-17.

      1. Attn: Mike M. I just posted the last 2 post’s on above thread at about 6:55 p.m.
        P.S.T. (California time) today Tuesday June 13, 2017.
        WHY does it say I posted them tomorrow June 14th, 1:49 a.m.?

  5. I am sure this man has a wife, kids or siblings who know that he did this. Hopefully they will listen to their conscience soon.

    1. Jennifer M., Agreed. It’s disheartening to read some statements by family members after a suspect is apprehended. Often they’ll same something along the lines of “it wouldn’t bring the victim back” or “he didn’t mean it” or “I was afraid” or some other sick rationalization. I can honestly say that if my husband/brother/father/friend did this and I had an inkling of it, I’d turn him in before the ink dried on the first search warrant.

      I also think it’s likely the police have already spoken with this guy — or he’s on the radar somewhere. Hopefully, they’ll get him before he gets his filthy hands on anyone else.

      1. Great points Jennifer! I also agree with the comment above that fresh law enforcement eyes may be needed on this case ASAP. It seems the target fish has likely slipped through their net. I wouldn’t rely on the same LE personnel to recognize it the second time.

    2. You would be surprised to know that family is usually the last ones to find out their loved one is a killer, a pschosiopath or a pscbycopatb.

    3. Someone knows something. I’m all the way from Texas and I am disgusted that this case hasn’t been solved. Someone is hiding something. Because this guy is related to someone and someone is covering up for him. I imagine this person or persons are aware of the area enough to know an escape getaway and a route. No one just chooses an area out of the blue that’s an out of Townes to “plan out” this type of atrocity. I’m almost sure this guy is someone that has been watching them and k ones their routine. A guy that heard through the grape vine the going in and coming out of these two girls. Check the schools. A teacher…someone that has close contact with the area and children even family. Even church members staff…this guy has to be someone that has been lurking and planning. No one just goes to some remote forest or park without careful planning. And further more…it takes days to plan…so if this person was from somewhere far away..they would have chosen to abduct someone more close in proximity to where they reside. I’m disgusted that this case is cold. I’m praying nightly to Jesus that they find this man or men. I know in Jesus name they will. EVERYTHING in darkness God brings to light. Keep praying,I know God will answer our prayers and reveal the truth. I pray for justice in Jesus name for these girls. Their lives were stolen and their purity taken. Let this not be put to sleep until justice is served.

      1. Ms. Sanders, I agree with you 100% – even to praying for justice.
        My brother and I discuss this case and agree about this.
        We (the entire world) all have 3 stills from a video taken of the murderer. LE has the entire video.
        We all have the audio of him telling the girls to “go down the hill”. LE has the entire audio.
        We all have the composite sketch of the murderer. The police have the actual witnesses.
        The reward in this case is $250,000.00. What is wrong with this picture?
        Somet things I find interesting.
        The girls got out of school at noon and by the time they would have normally got out of school they were gone – abducted.
        This murderer(s) also had the afternoon off from work. School employee or school related in some way?
        Abby and Libby could have gone walking outside anywhere – but they asked to be driven to and dropped off at the parking place that would put them closest to the bridge. Their destination when they set out was the southeast dead end of the trail.
        I find it amazing that RL chose that particular day to violate his parole and both drink and drive and be gone – from that morning until he got home well after the search was underway.
        LE is now saying the murder scene was the Mears barn. I also find it amazing that the Mears chose that day to drive to a nearby city to shop all day. Thy too were away from the scene that day.
        Thid is too much coincidence for me.
        I think Abby and Libby were meeting someone at the end of the bridge at 3:30 PM that day. Libby wasn’t into photography that day. She only took two photographs – at 2:07 PM.
        The first photo shoots straight down the trail in front of them and shows the end of the trail. Libby is telling us that they are to meet someone at the end of the trail at 2:30 PM – and there is no one down there waiting for them. Then she turns around and takes a picture shooting the opposite direction showibg the beginning of the trail – in this picture she is telling us that there is no one following behind them at 2:07 PM. Im my opinion that is not a photo of Abby. She has taken two photos showing us that something is wrong. Someone is supposed to be waiting for them and the photos are telling us that something is wrong – there to meet someone at 2:30 PM and there is no one in front of them and no one is behind them. Suddenly st 2:33 PM all that changes when the girls see the wrong person rapidly catching up with them from the rear. The girls sende danger and Libby starts recording the stranger coming toward
        them. I think this is a calculated and well planned crime.
        These are just some of my thoughts.

        1. I think you are spot-on. I almost think he was meant to meet only one of them, and was surprised when two girls, not one, showed up. Does anyone else think Abby is almost posing in the picture? As though it were meant as a photo for someone else?

      2. Don’t STOP talking about this. That’s when cases go COLD. These men are opportunistic. Lured, stalked, came upon. Maybe even watched their activity on the web. My only question is… How can Walmart clear my pixels on my pictures,,,, but the FBI can’t do the same in this case??????

  6. Well if one theory is correct, the audio and video Liberty recorded is not what you want in your head. That’s one thing everyone seems to agree on, based on what LE has said, things that people in the area have mentioned, and on whatever materials/media is out there. I would also think holding that information back is for the sake of Abigail and Liberty’s families, if they don’t know the details, what is left of their fragile hearts would be obliterated otherwise. As strong as I like to think I am, I wouldn’t be able to handle hearing my daughter fight for her life and lose violently nor would I want the whole curious world to hear it either. I say let them keep that part as long as they need to.

  7. I believe you are 100 % correct on law enforcement needing to release more info before the case turns cold ! I have a suspicion that they know who is guilty & is waiting for more evidence to be analyzed. I hope i am not being morbid but did they have an open casket for the girls ? They seemed to bury them sooner than normal murder victims. Some bruises, needle marks & bugs don’t show up until 3 weeks after death !

    1. What goggles?

      My brother has given up on this case being solved, but I have not. I keep reminding g him if the California McStay case. LE out there was. Allen every word but good.
      Then all of a sudden one day – the go and cuff the murderer.
      We don’t know a fraction of what LE knows and one day sooner or later they will spring their trap.
      This is going g to be a difficult case to prove.
      I personally think they already know who did it. They’ve just got to assemble unshakable evidence. A photo and a voice won’t cut it.

      1. I’d like to believe you’re right, that they know who did it and now are gathering evidence – but I think we would have heard something about that, about a guy being interviewed by police more than once, or about someone lawyering up early. The sad thing is, the media apparently isn’t much interested in following the case and without media pressure, police may slow down their efforts. My bet is, it’s a family member or neighbor, someone who lives close. It’s not random, it’s close to home.

  8. This person(s) had to have seen the girls dropped off…so they were near them when they arrived, and decided to follow them with bad intent. I don’t know the area, or what it looks like where they were dropped off…but there had to have been a vehicle close by when they got out of their car for their hike. It seems so odd…like everything fell into place on that day, that time of day…that no one saw anything…no cameras around the area…the town…facial recognition ability…very strange.

  9. I live in a small town in RI and I have been following this case from the beginning. It bothers me that people are so quick to pass judgement on these parents. I was given a wake up call that it doesn’t matter where we live. Evil is all around us. I am sure someone recognizes that voice and man in the picture. How can they live with themselves knowing what he has done. If by any chance you are reading this take a look at the little girls around you and ask yourself how you are going to protect them from this monster?

  10. Observations: the bridge is very high and has numerous gaps. The guy is looking down but he has hands in his pockets. That man has been on that bridge and in those bushes many times. He didn’t just show up that day. He could navigate his way, and knew where to be. Timing: the girls got there, and he timed his jump on the bridge to reflect where they were on the bridge, without him running. That takes good estimation since it’s a long bridge. Did the BG look behind him at any time to see if others were coming? Was anyone else there that day either earlier or later? How did he know he had to cross over the water and where to cross over the water. I say, if he needed to scope this place out surely someone remembers seeing someone. Plus, has law enforcement found any link to any online relationship? Had the girls planned this outing online? Was it knowledge, we’re they secretly stalked or random convenient victims. We’re the crimes specific to the age group or would any female have been the victim?

    1. From the Indianapolis Star,”Feb. 9, 1999: CARMEL, Ind. Carmel Police are investigating the reported rape of a 16-year-old runaway from New Mexico…” They got the story muddled somewhat, but…

  11. This is a strange case. My prayers go out to Libby and Abbys family.. i also agree that more evidence needs to be released to the public in hopes on catching this evil scumbag.

  12. I saw a man that resembled him in Indianapolis in 2015. We were fishing by Rick’s boat yard and this man kept talking to my child and then went to his car and took out a my Little pony toy to give to my son, kept telling me he hated people who hurt beautiful children. I wasn’t sure where that came from it was very random. He sounded like a guilty paedophile. I asked him if he had children and said no. So why was he carrying a child’s toy? He offered to teach us to fish and he kept going on and on about how he loved children and how they’re innocent and precious. I’ll never forget how he mentioned he was a truck driver and that’s why he didn’t have a family. This man was obviously a loner and was up to no good. This area was very secluded and hidden. I left shortly with my two boys, I felt unsafe.

    1. You were very smart to leave. I agree. That’s creepy. I always tell my girls, if something feels odd, off or funny follow your gut. I feel very bad for those poor Delphi girls. My god, they have his voice and pictures and still they can’t get this monster.

    2. Your comments gave me much to consider. Thank you for sharing them V. I have experienced what has been referred to as ‘ The Gift Of Fear ‘ … from the title of Gavin de Becker’s book originally published 1997. ( Must read ! )

      If I encounter a suspicious person in the future, I will not hesitate to take their photo with my phone.

      With all the information that seems to be available, I believe it’s not a matter of if this case will be solved, but when.

      Prayers for the family’s & friends of both victims.

  13. I’ve been following this case also and it stays on my mind. I was wondering if the man whose property the girls were found on has taken a lie detector test? I may have missed some of the coverage regarding him. Did the killer not know her phone was recording? Did he touch it and leave fingerprints? Thanks!

  14. I saw a news article today that showed a mans picture next to the new composite drawing. He looked so much like the guy they are looking for. His DNA was collected then he was released, then of course now he is no where to be found. Has anyone else seen this?!

    1. I did see that Michelle, and you are right, that guy was a very good match for the sketch of BG. I hope they find him. I am curious, if he gave DNA and it was a match, why LE wouldn’t come right out and say so and ask for the public’s help in tracking him down

    2. Yes, but law enforcement says not to share that type of information. It might hurt the case and open you up to unwanted lawsuits.

  15. I would like to know if RL had a son? I haven’t heard any think about him having any children. Have any of you heard? Also, when I was watching the news about the warrant being served to search RH home . There was a popup camper there in his yard. The next time I saw them out there the popup wasn’t there. Has anyone else seen this?

  16. I have an observation to encourage other witnesses. Years ago, I saw a picture in the paper of a guy wanted for a horrible crime in Pennsylvania, and recognized him as some guy who’d given me the evil eye at a gas station in New Jersey, just because I dared to look at him as he was exiting the store. I didn’t know the guy at all, and some would say that it’s a weak sighting if I didn’t know him personally, but I called the tip in anyway. They later caught the guy… in NEW JERSEY, after the cops there recognized him. I don’t know if they would have educated themselves on that local crime in Pennsylvania if someone hadn’t tipped them off that the perp may have been in their state.

    Years later, I saw another guy right after he committed an abduction/rape/murder, in fact it looked like he was driving around a body. But I didn’t report him because I thought the sighting was too far from the crime — about a couple of hours away. In retrospect, the guy they caught is almost certainly the guy I saw that night, and police would have had a huge advantage if I’d called that sighting in, even though it wasn’t in the local area.

    My advice is this. If you think you recognize the man, even if he lives halfway across the country, or you saw him the same day hours away, please call police and report it anyway. Criminals do all sorts of crazy things to avoid being caught. Fleeing to another state, or driving to another state to commit a crime, isn’t uncommon. And please report it even if you doubt yourself. Let police figure it out. I’m sure they recovered plenty of DNA to be sure they have the right person.

  17. Such a sad, sad case. I believe the perpetrator is familiar with the area. He is wearing a Purdue shirt and given the location of the murders, this is not something that would’ve occurred by passerby happenstance. Also, I do not think that a person would wear such a specific article of clothing unless he/she had some sort of tie to the area or the school (but perhaps he’s a basketball fan so this idea may or may not be significant?).

    I believe the girls or one of the family members may have had a run-in with this individual in the past and the family member may not even realize it. I feel as though one of the girls may have seen him before, which is why Libby began filming; he was familiar and he had creeped her out during a separate instance. Her battery power may have been low and her attempts to contact family members were not successful either due to low battery, or spotty reception.

    Perhaps one of his family members is buried in the nearby cemetery. He could be employed as a contractor for the park/cemetery. It’s possible he may have worked as a truck driver in the past, but I think he may have served in the military and is a knowledgeable mechanic. He reminds me of a Vietnam veteran, but his prints and DNA aren’t available since the military did not track those details at the time he may have served.

    He knows this area. He does not have prior run-ins with the law, so therefore, his DNA is not yet registered. As for any prints that may have resided on the bodies, it is possible that the prints may have not registered appropriately due to weather and circumstances (cold and water can impede LE’s ability to gather proper prints). It may be possible though that they have gathered such prints, but do not have a positive match given the perp’s lack of a criminal record.

    In my opinion, this man coerced the victim(s) by forcing a handgun. He never used the gun…too risky, but threatened to. I believe the girls attempted to evade him by running down from the tracks towards the river. They thought they lost him and if one of them needed to use the restroom; she may have ventured slightly up the hill to do this while the other was attacked from behind rendering her unconscious. I believe there was a sexual component, but these details are not being released due to the ages of the victims and the sensitivity and confidentiality measures surrounding the case.

    I do not believe this is related to occult activity, nor do I believe there was more than one person involved, or that this man targeted the victims online. This man has killed before and is likely to kill again, but he has never been caught.

    My recommendations:

    1) Satelite imagery – Has LE searched satelite images, which may or may not exist on the day of the murders? Perhaps Russian satellite images may exist (seriously…this method has been used in the past to aide in solving various American crimes).

    2) Has LE searched the linkages of profiles of family members buried in the cemetery within the last 10 years? I do believe this man may have a relative that is buried there.

    3) Has LE searched all records pertaining to the park’s employment history of contractors/electricians/mechanics/engineers? This man knows the area, he may have performed work there or for residents that live nearby.

    I think this man will be caught, but it will take time. These are my opinions, I do not proclaim to be right or wrong.

    1. Why do you say that the perpetrator is wearing a Purdue shirt?

      He’s wearing a jacket that appears to be buttoned or zipped.

      1. Look beneath the jacket, which is unzipped midlength. He’s clearly wearing a black shirt with a white “P” in the middle.

    2. None of us know the condition of the remains but something has been gnawing at me. The historic Delphi lime kilns….does quicklime obscure fingerprints or DNA? It sounds nuts but I’m curious. I tried to look up the effects on a corpse but it’s confusing…it appears to dry out the body rather than dissolve it. Anyway…any info on this greatly appreciated.

  18. THARPS ARE BURIED IN THAT CEMETERY. Archeologist who works with trails, bridges, and cemeteries. Has no official record but has raped at least two girls. Have tried to tell everyone.

  19. I believe this was a “cat fishing” situation. No matter how much we all tell our kids and students to not meet people from online, they will do it anyway. People, and certainly kids, never think something like this can happen to them — it’s always someone else. They have no sense of Their own mortality. They think their particular online relationship is “different” from the rest and that no one understands. As good as the internet is, it leaves kids as sitting ducks, especially girls. They are usually wooed pretty easily, especially if they don’t have a father figure in their lives. They are always looking for that kind of relationship. The girls aren’t doing anything wrong, nor their parents. Kids play outside. They take walks. They hike to swimming holes. They play hide and seek. They talk to adults who talk to them out of fear or politeness. As a teen, my close friend and I were always biking on back roads, waking to the lakes, searching for plants and animals in the woods…kids stuff all should enjoy without criticism. The only wrong …person…here is the murderer. I don’t know if I believe in hell, but if so, he will burn in it to eternity.

  20. This is so horribly sad. I hope they catch him ans get Justice for these girls. Reminds me of the ” Oklahoma girl scout murders ” 3 little girls were raped & murdered and still no Justice & its been 40 yrs. But now we have more things like social media, phones, cameras etc.

  21. It’s difficult to know the circumstances, but I am positive their goal is the same as ours. There are variables that you and I don’t have to consider and might not even think of. But who knows? Isn’t the FBI involved? What help are you referring to?

  22. How has this monster not been caught yet? I agree, the FBI needs to release a better photo of his profile, specifically his face. A video that shows his movements and body language could be helpful too. They’re worried about their case. I’m worried this devil never gets caught period. Outrageous. Those poor girls and their families. They deserve justice..

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