Amber hangerman

Amber was a 9-year-old girl; she was an honour student and was also involved in the girl scouts. She was described as a fun-loving little girl and a great big sister to her younger brother Ricky.

On the afternoon of January 13th Amber and Ricky decided to ride their bikes, their mother said this was fine if they stayed close by. They rose to an abandoned shop, which was not close by at all.

After a while, Rickey decided to ride back home; amber stayed in the area. Jim Kevil, a 78-year-old retiree, was in his backyard not far away. He stated, “I saw Amber riding up and down,”. “She was by herself. “I saw this pickup. He pulled up, jumped out and grabbed her”.  Jim was 78 years old, and he couldn’t stop the event that happened instead he called the police. Jim described the man as was white or Hispanic, between 25-40 and the truck as “dark”. Police arrived within a minute or two, even before the grandfather of amber.

Three days later, after the abduction, the body of amber was found laying in a ditch. A man walking his dog stumbled upon her body in a creek behind Forest Hills Apartments, less than five miles from the parking lot where Amber had last been seen. The autopsy revealed that Amber had been kept alive for two days after being taken. She had been beaten and sexually assaulted before her throat was cut, and her body was tossed into the creek.

Local police were joined by volunteers and the FBI in the massive search that followed. A truck like that of the kidnapper had been spotted outside a nearby laundromat before Amber was taken, but investigators never located the vehicle. Experts say that stranger abduction is rare. They are also among the most challenging cases to solve, even with an eyewitness and investigators.

Amber hangerman.

Since 1996, a killer has roamed free. Has he killed again? Is he free or incarcerated? We may never know. Roughly 8000 leads in Amber’s case have been investigated. And despite the hard work of nearly 50 police officers and federal agents, Amber’s case remains unsolved.

Amber Alert System

 If anyone has any further information, please contact the Arlington police at 817-459-5373.

The Amber Alert System was made and named after Amber herself. is a message distributed by a child abduction alert system to ask the public for help in finding children, In 2000, an official Amber Alert program was made and around 240 children were rescued from abductions?

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Andre Jan Aylward

Andre Jan Aylward.

Andre Jan Aylward was a 27-year-old male, he owned a popular pet shop in Streatham. Andre lived at home with his parents and siblings in Streatham.

He spent a lot of time and money on his car, any really enjoyed driving it around the local area.

 Andre was shot in his car on early Saturday morning on May 12th as he was driving home. His car was a black 5-series BMW, which had blacked out windows.

He was shot his car collided with other cars, mainly parked. Andre was taken to king’s college hospital where he died from a gunshot wound to his head.

 His father, Alan Aylward, a research physicist at University College London, said: Jan was a quiet and shy boy and spent his evenings and spare time on his hobby which was working on his car and especially the in-car sound system.

“I have spoken to several of his customers at the pet shop and everyone is very shocked that something like this has happened.”

The police said that they found nothing in his background to suggest that he had been involved in any criminal activity. It was thought that the attack might have been a case of road rage or mistaken identity. His car was very like local gang cars, this is where the theory of mistaken identity arose from.

Detective Chief Inspector Ken Pandolfi said: “Andre’s callous murder has left his family completely devastated and baffled as to why anyone would want to kill him.”

Where you in the area of Streatham, at about 1:20am on Saturday May 12th 2001. Any information can help in relation to the murder of andre, give this information to 020 8247 8261, or Crime stoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Lauren Spierer.

Lauren Spierer was born in January 1991; her parents are Charlene and Robert Spierer. Lauren grew up in Scarsdale, New York and graduated from Edgemont high school in 2009.  Lauren was active in the Jewish community and had a circle of friends and a boyfriend, named Jesse wolf.

On June 3rd, 2011, Lauren was out with her friends drinking in downtown Bloomington. Her boyfriend was not with Lauren, but instead was texting him until he went to sleep in the late evening/early morning.

the Kilroy sports bar.

This was the last time Lauren was seen, she continues to be missing as from 2019. A timeline from that night was able to be made from surveillance footage in the area.

At 12:30am, witnesses saw Lauren leave her apartment with one of her friends they both head towards Lauren’s neighbours’ residence. The next camera saw Lauren at 1:46 am, she was seen entering the Kilroy sports bar and exits at 2:27am without her phone or shoes.

Between 2:30am and 2:48am she was seen entering and leaving Smallwood plaza apartments, she enters an ally that runs between college avenue and Morton street.

Lauren Spierer seen on surveillance footage.

At 2:51am she arrives at another apartment, this is where drunken endeavours happened, and Lauren insisted on walking back to her own apartment, she hasn’t been seen since. Her boyfriend at the time reported her missing after he had received no contact with Lauren.

The next day there was a search called for Lauren and Lauren’s parents joined in on this search, a reward of $1,000 was also issued, nothing was found. In August, a 7-day search was arranged in the Sycamore Ridge landfill site. Unfortunately, nothing was found.  People continued to search for Lauren even months after her disappearance.

A year after the disappearance, her name was becoming a thing of the past however, Lauren’s case is still attempted to be solved.

Suspects and leads

In the first couple of weeks no suspects where formally identified, the parents of Lauren always talked and gathered at press conferences looking for their daughter.  This case is still open, and as of May 2013, the investigators had received up to 3,000 tips on the disappearance.

Despite the lack of suspects, there are still theories regarding this case including her own circle of friends could be involved. Jesse, Lauren’s boyfriend, was very keen to help the police as firstly suspected the boys Lauren was with that night. This was mainly since the boys hired lawyers very early on which put up barriers, rob said this was very strange.

The boys that Lauren was with that night include Jason Rosenbaum, Corey Rossman and Corey Hamersley still all remain suspects in this disappearance. Also, Jesse is still a suspect despite his alibi.

The most recent update on Lauren’s case involves 35-year-old Justin Wagers, who has been arrested in the past on public indecency charges. A Bloomington detective sought a DNA swab from Wagers, whose property had already been searched by FBI agents.

Ex-con James McLeish took a lie detector test, he reminded calmly throughout the trial and he appeared to tell the truth. “I wish you guys the best of luck, I do,” McLeish said after the test was over.

Another theory was that Lauren was on the receiving end of a biker gang. This link was made after tips from a former member of the group however, this theory was never proven, and no new evidence surfaced from the tips.

The investigation is still in early days and is likely that it can be solved and maybe Lauren can be returned safely back to her sister and parents.

Lauren and her mother and father.

If you have any information on the disappearance of Lauren, use the contact information below to inform the correct individuals.

  • Bloomington Police Department 812.339.4477
  • Beau Dietl & Associates 800.777.9366
  • Find Lauren P.O. Box 1226 Bloomington, IN 47402-1226
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DeFoor family murder.

Mr Martin Defoor and Mrs Susan Defoor.

Martin Defoor and his wife Susan Defoor lived in the neighbourhood of Bolton just on the outskirts of Atlanta. The Defoor’s where known as a simple and quiet family and where not known to have many if any enemies.

When the moved into Bolton they took over the Montgomery ferry and their house was one of the oldest in the county.

They had one grandson named martin, Martin passed his grandparents’ house on the morning of July the 26th  1879 and noticed that they had not awoke (which was unusual for the couple).

When martin went to investigate, he found his grandparents, he found them laying in their own blood. The couple had been attacked by an axe when they slept. Martin described that their heads where almost cut off, the axe used in this attack was in fact Martin’s own axe which was left in the fireplace.

Area of burial for the defoors

On July 27th, the New York Times ran an article under the headline, “An Aged Couple Murdered. Found Dead in Bed with Their Throats Cut No Clue to the Criminals.”

New York times article –

a motive was never discovered the first theory was in fact a robbery. However, this was ruled out due to belongings still being found at the home, including gold and silver and $18. This amount of money would be about $500 in 2019, which was quite a lot of money.

Clues that where around the house insinuated that the killer or killers, where in fact in the house hiding. These clues include human excrement, messy beds and footprints.


The killer was never identified due to the family having no enemies, regardless many of theories have arisen. Newspapers claimed that a man named joe Johnson can confessed to the murders, however this was proven false. – newspaper articles.

At the time of the murder traveling vagrants where questioned, a piece in a July 30 newspaper warned of “The Danger of Tramps” and drew a clear connection between the homeless and the DeFoor murders.

As from 2019, the murders remain unsolved and there had been no confessions no hanging and no arrests.  Psychics have sworn to have seen Susan the wife of Mr DeFoor which wonders the place where the DeFoor house once stood. This year counts the 140 year of the murder being unsolved, this murder may never be solved.

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Mary Rogers.

Mary Cecilia Rogers also known as the beautiful cigar girl, was a 22 woman from Connecticut. Mary was an only child, her parents where James Rogers and Phoebe Rogers. When she was 17, her father died tragically in a steamboat explosion. At 17 she started working in a tobacco shop in the city of New York, she was paid generously mainly because of her attractiveness.

Newspaper article from the time of her death.

She disappeared once before her murder, on October 5th, 1838. The sun in New York covered the story of the young girl; however, she resumed working at the Tobacco shop soon after her initial disappearance.

On July 25, 1841, Mary told her fiancé (Daniel) That she would be visiting family and would be back soon.  3 days later, on July 28th Mary’s body was found floating in the Hudson River. From then on, her death was all over the news, she was referred as the “beautiful cigar girl”.

Her face was beaten and swollen, she had also in fact been raped. Mary had started to decompose, meaning she had been dead for a number of days.   Theories started to be passed around, referring to Mary’s murder.

One theory was that she was murdered and dumped in the river, the other was that she died as a result of a failed abortion.  One of the latest theories was that she was the victim of gang violence. Daniel, Mary’s now widowed fiance committed suicide. He left a note Near Sybils cave, which read “to the world, here I am on the very spot. May God forgive me for my misspent life”.


Edgar Allan Poe’s story based on mary’s death.

As from 2019, the murder remains unsolved. No suspects where ever put forward and theories were ruled out.  Later, another theory came to light, that Mary had, in fact, had an abortion and died in the process. This could have explained why individuals thought she had been raped, the procedure might have been a success, but because of complications she died.

However, this theory was never taken seriously, it’s likely the mystery of who killed Mary Rogers will never be solved.

Drawing of mary rogers.

Edgar Allan Poe wrote a fictionalised story based on the death of Mary named “The Mystery of Marie Roget”. Edgar changed the details to Paris with a murder victim named Marie Roget.

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clocaenog Forest Man.

map of clocaenog forest.

The clocaenog forest is a forest located in west Denbighshire in wales. The name of the forest comes from the village located nearby near Ruthin. The forest has a handful of history and events connected to it, the youngest victim of peter Moore. A 47-year-old man also committed suicide in the forest.

The clocaenog forest man is the description of an unidentified man found in the forest of clocaenog, despite local searches in the forest the body had been undiscovered for at least 20 years.

On November 14th 2015 the skeletal remains of the male were discovered by two brothers, Andrew and mark middle. The brothers wherein the forest as they were watching the 2015 wales rally, during late evening mark was out collecting firewood when he stumbled across a skull.

clocaenog Forest.

The skull was human, covered in moss and barely visible, Mark contacted the local police at 20:35pm. One of the first police officers on the scene concluded that it was the skull of a male and that he had been decomposing since 1995 and 2005.

Shortly after the discovery, a large-scale search was called, the Skellington was almost extracted in full. Unfortunately, the skull didn’t bring any matches forward, and no person on the missing persons list matched either. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, most probably with an object. However, the man seemed to have been murdered elsewhere and placed within the forest.


The identity of the man was discussed, and it was concluded that the skeleton was:

  • Male
  • Over 54 years old
  • 5ft 8inch – 5ft 10inch
  • Lost teeth – a unique set of teeth, dental records are available to the public due to the unique work on the teeth.
  • Arthritis was present

Some items of clothing were found nearby, which included:

  • Dark green jumper
  • Dark red underwear.

Developments and suspects

In 2015, the death was ruled as “suspicious” in 2015 the information regarding an alleged identify was revealed to the public.  the senior investigating officer, Mr Hanson said: “I am conscious at this stage the description of the man is minimal, and initial indications suggest his remains have been in the forest at Pentrellyncymer for several years.”

In 2016, the dental records were released to the public to help identify the man. The leading individual on the case at the time, Mr Chesters stated “We believe the male had crown work undertaken and the procedure is thought to have been commonly used in the UK between 1980 and 2000,”

the Dental charts connected to the skull.

Also, in 2016, the jumper and underwear at the scene were discovered to be from marks and Spenser brand.  Later, in 2016, a sketch was released showing the way the man may have looked when he was alive.

facial reconstruction of the skull

In 2017, police confirmed that they had been contacted by, and met with, serial killer Peter Moore following his claims that he knew the identity of Clocaenog Forest Man.

However police later claimed that peters information didn’t add up and seemed very implausible.

On Friday 16th of November 2018, a renewed murder appealed was released, the Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Iestyn Davies of the Major Incident Team, said: “It’s been three years since the body of a man was found in Clocaenog Forest. He remains unidentified.”

This informational video can be found in the further information area. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact 0300 330 0101 or anonymously on 0800555111.

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The Cowden family murders.

Richard Cowden and Belinda Cowden.

Richard Cowden (28) and Belinda June Cowden (22) where husband and wife, they had 2 children David James Phillips (5) and Melissa Dawn Cowden (5- months). All four individuals went to the siskiyou mountains in California, where they stayed over in a campground. 

Richard was a logging truck driver and supported the family, the family decided to go camping on labour day weekend.

The Cowden family, where last seen on September 1st, 1974 near Carberry Creek, buying some milk from the local shop. Belinda’s mother was expecting the family to return home later that evening, when they didn’t show she decided to check the site. Upon checking the campsite, a pan and utensils were discovered, milk was also on the table, and the pickup truck was on the site. 

Belinda’s mother panicked when she found lots of different belonging from her family, including wristwatch, wallet and an open pack of cigarettes.  Belinda notified the police who had the initial thought that nothing violent occurred; which delayed the search. The morning of the 2nd of September the Cowden’s pet dog was found scratching at the door or the copper general store.

The state trooper lee Erikson said, “that camp, it sure was spooky” the search included a vast number of individuals, including sate and local police, volunteers, scout. The police had an extensive search for the Cowden’s, but nothing was found until April, seven months later.  

Grave stone for Richard Cowden.

Two hikers discovered the skeletal remains of an individual on a steep hill side, tied to a tree. State police stated that the dental records identified the skellington as Mr Cowden, police decided to search the area further this turned up 3 more bodies hidden in a shallow cave. The bodies appeared to be hidden due to small and large rocks covering the entrance.

Gravestone of david

The autopsies showed that David and Belinda died as the result of a gunshot, a 22 calibre. 5-month-old Melissa died from head trauma, Richards death was unable to be determined.  The murder weapon was not discovered in the surrounding areas.

From then the family’s murder was known as one of the state’s most “haunting and baffling” mysteries.


There was many different theories regarding this case even including Richard himself. This theory was because nothing was taken from the campsite, meaning the murders were most probably personal.

Richard Cowden

The theory was that Richard killed his children and wife and then turned the gun on himself. Since the murder weapon was never found this made it impossible to prove the theory that Richard killed his family.  Shortly after the murders, Richards father committed suicide and suspicion soon fell upon him. However he was later cleared of any involvement.

Dwain Lee Little – The only plausible suspect.

Dwain lee little.

Dwain lee little was a convicted rapist and murderer, he served time for assaulting and killing a teenager in 1964.  At the time of the Cowden’s murder he would have been 25, authorities said that Dwain had been in the area at the time of the killings. Dwain’s girlfriend told individuals that she saw him with the 22 calibre during the time of the deaths.

Two women claimed to have seen 2 individuals around the area at the time of the murders, in a pickup truck. The two-woman noted that they had unnerved them, and it seemed as though they were waiting for them to leave the area.

One individual matched the description of Dwain and his truck at the time; also, he was claimed to have signed the guest book at the campsite.

Dwain ended up back in prison in 1977 for assaulting a young pregnant woman.


Dwain was uncooperative with the authorities and made the questioning extremely hard and awkward.  Dwain never confirmed or denied to being involved in the Cowden murders. As a result, no one has been charged with the crimes and no one has admitted involvement.

There has been no resent developments as of 2019, therefor it seems that the Cowden family murders will remain unsolved.

Further information – newspaper “the bulletin.”

The Santa hitchhiker murders.

 The Santa Rosa hitchhiker murders involved the murder of at least 7 women, all unsolved. These murders took place in Sonoma County and Santa Rosa, the woman was found nude and in rural areas. The photos above are the women involved in these brutal murders, all of which are involved in this blog post.

Map of the Area, where the murders were committed.

Hitchhiking is a means of transportation for a lot of individuals, hitchhiking involves people asking others for a lift usually for free.  Hitchhiking is restricted in certain areas this may have been because of the “fear of hitchhiking” for good reasons, like the Santa hitchhiker murders.


Maureen and Yvonne.

 Maureen Sterling and Yvonne Weber were both the same age, 12. Both Maureen and Yvonne were last seen getting into a car at redwoods empire ice arena on Friday the  4th of February at 9:00pm. Both girls were known to hitchhike, the girls were seen by “Richard Sanchez”.

The bodies of Maureen and Yvonne were not found until 11 months later, on December 26th, 1972. Two young boys found human bones, on Franz valley road. At the crime scene, a collection of bones was found, with no clothing which leads to the presumption that the young girls were naked at the time of their death. Despite this factor, there was no evidence of sexual assault, the evidence included 1 gold chain with a cross, orange beads and one single earring.  – death certificate of Maureen. – death certificate of Yvonne.

 $1000 was offered for any information leading to the arrest of an individual involved in these murders.


Kim Wendy Allen was a 19-year-old college student, she was working at a natural food store at the time of her disappearance on March the 4th. Kim was last seen hitchhiking and entering a car with two men close to her place of work in Larkspur, they last saw Kim at San Rafael. 

On March 5th, Kim’s body was found, on an embankment 8 tenths of a mile away from the intersection.  Kim was lying in a ditch, and found by two high school students, her cause of death was ruled as strangulation. She was found with no clothes or personal belongings except one golden earing, sexual assault was plausible due to semen being located at the scene.

The police investigated the men who picked up Kim initially; however, they both had strong alibis and passed a polygraph test. After the investigation went public, the police revised a few leads, involving cars in the area at the time of Kim’s death. Police also believed that the individual or individuals involved may have been injured and hurt themselves in some way. As a result, police were asking for people to be on the lookout for an injured man.’s_killer_could_be_injured.pdf – newspaper article from the time of Kim’s death.

Kim had a memorial service held at Ursuline high school residence, where she previously lived. Students and friends and were the only service allocated. 

Mrs Allen, Kim’s mother said she had warned Kim numerous times about the danger of hitchhiking. “it used to be you’d tell a child not to ride with strangers, and they’d mind. Rut these days you can’t tell a child anymore”. – death certificate of Kim

Lori Lee

Lori lee Kursa was 13 years old, and a known run away she went missing on November the 20th.   Lori was a high school student at cook junior high school, her body was found almost an entire month later December 14th. On December 14th a Thursday afternoon Lori was found by a young couple, she was completely nude and identified through her dental charts. Cause of death was noted as dislocation of the 1st and 2nd vertebrate with added compression of the spinal cord, two wired loops were found at the scene.

During the autopsy, there was no evidence of sexual assault, Lori was thought to have run away in search of her father in Florida.  Between the 20th and the time of her discovery, Lori apparently went to go and see a few friends, these friends were cleared of any involvement. – newspaper account.

A young boy contacted the police with some new information, he remembered seeing two men leading a young girl away from the van. Shortly after this information, the police issued a reward of $500 for any new information – death certificate for Lori.

Another $1000 was offered for any information leading to the arrest of an individual.


Carolyn Davis was 15 years old and a student at Anderson High school.  She was last seen alive hitchhiking in Garberville California, on the 15th of July.  Carolyn was found in the same place as Maureen and Yvonne, she was found on the 31st of July by a young boy riding his motorcycle.

She was thankfully identified by “DR R. C. Tangeman” from her dental records and was known as Carolyn Nadine Davis. Her body was naked although sexual assault was unknown, cause of death was ruled as poisoning by strychnine. Her death was thought to have taken 2 to 3 hours, a letter found by her mother was written a few days before her death; however, this letter brought no new information. – newspaper article.

the time a $2,500 reward was published for any information leading to the arrest of person or persons involved.


Theresa smith Walsh was 23-year-old, she went missing before Christmas on the 22nd of December. She was last seen hitchhiking towards Garberville to see her friends and family for Christmas, almost a week had past before her body was found. She was submerged underneath a log in mark west creek not too far from where Lori’s body was found. – death certificate

Two kayakers discovered Theresa and police where called to the scene, she had been raped and tied up using a clothesline. However heavy rainfall meant that the body of Theresa may have moved from the original place of death, and as a result, may have caused evidence to be lost.

Alleged victim “jane doe.”

Unidentified remains were discovered on July 2nd, 1979, 7 years after Lori’s body was found in the exact same spot. The victim had been hogtied, and her arm had been fractured, she was theorised to have red/auburn hair, 5 feet tall and had a broken rib in her life time but healed before her murder.


These murders where horrific acts and unfortunately are unsolved, despite this there are some theories involving some alleged suspects.

Due to the mystery of this case there have been many suspects including The Zodiac Killer, Arthur Leigh Allen, Ted Bundy, Fredric Manalli, The Hillside Stranglers of Los Angeles. Some of these suspects are well known, and some are less so regardless they are suspects for reasons.

The zodiac killer is seen as one of the most famous un caught killers in US history, the reason why he is a suspect is due to the similar symbol used in both his “exoticist letter” and a Chinese symbol on a barrel seen with Kim Allen, one of the victims mentioned before. The zodiac killer confessed to killing 37 or more people, however all individuals where young females and in one of his letters he said that his murders will be one of three things. Robberies, killings of anger and fake accidents, all the killings before us seem like planned killings and are all similar motive.
Arthur leigh Allen, he owned a mobile home and was around Santa Rosa at the time of the murders, he had a past of child molestation. However, Arthur looked like he was more involved in the zodiac case.

Ted Bundy is a rather well-known murderer, it was theorised that the murderer was, in fact, ted himself. This is because he was in the area at the time of the killing in Marin county, ted, in fact, was known to pick up individuals sometimes hitchhikers. Unfortunately, he was ruled out by detectives in the 1970’s.

3 more suspects where indeed Fredric Manalli, Kenneth bianchi and angelo buono. Fredric was a creative writing instructor who after his death was found to have drawings of Kim wendy allen in a sadistic manner. Kenneth and angelo are otherwise known as the hillside stranglers where also seen as suspects at the time of the murders, due to the cause of death of most of the young girls.

Recent developments.

These cases represent eight of 54 total unsolved homicides between the years 1970 and 2006 within the jurisdiction of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. As of 2018, DNA was brought out in the hope to catch the killer or killers responsible.

Other possible victims


Jeannette Kamahele was a 20-year-old college, she went missing on April 25th, 1972.  Jeannette was last seen hitchhiking north onto highway 101, she was on her way to classes at Santa Rosa junior college.

Jeannette had a roommate; her roommate described her as “very stable and conscientious” and she “wouldn’t take off without telling anyone”.  When Jeanette didn’t return home on Tuesday, miss Morales checked on Jeannette’s classes, she hadn’t shown up to any classes.

Jeannette was/is five feet five inches tall, 120 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Her clothes included blue denim pants and a dark sweater.  A $500 reward was issued for any information given leading to an arrest – newspaper article.

Jeannette is still very much missing and has been missing since 25/04/1972 from Santa Rosa.  Most of her family is no longer with us; however, she has a sister who is still searching for her.

Contact – Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office 707-565-2185 – if you have any information.

Other alleged victims included Kerry Ann Graham & Francine Marie Trimble, 14 and 15-year-old school students. They disappeared in mid-December of 1978, and Skeletal remains were found in July near Mendocino County they were identified as belonging to Kerry and Francine in 2015.

Further reading – newspaper articles from the time of the murders. – report of victims. – newspaper article – newspaper article

The Burger chef murders

Burger Chef was an American fast-food restaurant, it was opened in 1954 in Indiana.  In 1973 Burger chef had over 1,000 stores, however, in 1996 its last restaurant closed. The burger chef murders occurred in November 1978, in Speedway, Indiana. Speedway is a town in Wayne township in Marion county.  

The Burger chef logo used in the 1980’s.

On November Friday the 17th 4 teenagers were working the late shift, which was until 11pm. These teenagers included Jayne Friedt 20, Mark Flemmonds, 16, Daniel Davis 16 and Ruth Ellen Shelton, 17. These young employees went missing, from the burger chef restaurant in speedway.

At 12pm, a passer-by noticed the door open, this individual knew the restaurant quite well. The police where connected shortly after the discovery, the disappearance was thought to be a part of an inconsequential crime. The police arrived at the scene, but no further investigation occurred. As a result, the morning shift workers continued there daily shift the next day.

On Saturday 18th an abandoned car was discovered, this was Janes friedts car.  A call was also received on this day from a 16-year-old boy, in this phone call, he discussed two individuals were outside the burger chef restaurant on the night of the disappearance.  The 16-year-old talked to one of the men and was able to give a clear description of both men to the local police.

The polices opinion was quickly changed when the bodies were discovered on Sunday the 19th of November, a local property owner near Johnson county, this was 20 miles away from the burger chef restaurant. All four young adults where found, two victims had multiple gunshot wounds, one had been stabbed to death, and the fourth had severe head injuries.

Daniel and Ruth were both shot and discovered first by the police, the gun was a .38 calibre firearm.

Jayne was found nearby and had been stabbed twice in the chest area the knife was discovered within the body of Jayne.

Mark Flemmonds was found a considerable distance away from the rest of the individuals, as though he attempted to escape the scene. Some Police theorised that if mark fell in a different direction, he would have more than likely survived. 

All four victims.

An autopsy revealed that mark received beatings from the murderer and the knife was still inserted into the torso of Mark.  This knife was not released to the public until many years after the murder.

The FBI, state police, and Indianapolis police department were called to assist with the investigation, as unfortunate as it is the first 24 hours had already passed. As a result, the chance of solving the case was almost cut into half.

scene of the crime.

A multiple-agency task force was organised to investigate the murders, and a reward of $25,000 was posted for any information leading to an arrest. 

Since the restaurant had been cleaned, there were no fingerprints, blood or even hair samples. This meant that there were hardly any leads or theories, despite this, there were still some theories.    

image of the knife found at the scene.


Later, in the year, a man bragged to local people within the community, claiming to be involved in the murder. Upon passing a polygraph test, he informed the police of the names of individuals who were engaged in robberies in the area.

This man leads them to another inquiry, a man who looked very much like the description of the bearded man described on that night. However, before the line up the man had been clean-shaven, speculation was that he had a beard for over 4 years.  This suspect named another individual, who fit the other description very well and he was later imprisoned for other armed robberies of fast-food restaurants.

Despite the police finding some potential suspects there where some issues, this included no confessions and no physical evidence.

sketch of suspect.

the most plausible and believed scenario is that the four employees were kidnapped following a botched robbery.


As of 2018, the case was still being actively worked on by the local police, Authorities said they are considering, but have not acted on, the use of genetic genealogy to further the case along. 

In 2018, people gathered at Leonard park in speedway to dedicate four trees, one for each of the victims. Alex wise miller made this project a reality; however, he wanted to remember who the individuals were rather than how they died.

Each tree has a plaque next to it, telling people more information on each individual victim.

  • Mark was friendly and selfless, with a sense of style.
  • Daniel was a talented photographer who made loved one’s smile.
  • Jayne was a leader with a sense of humour and a heart of gold.
  • Ruth was creative, honest and kind with love for music. – news report on remembering the victims in 2018.

please call:

Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS    if you have any information.

Further reading and viewing. – Ruth Shelton’s sister discussing the loss of these young individuals. – newspaper from the year of the murder. – the discovery of the bodies of the four young individuals – day by day account.

The death of Ricky McCormick

Ricky McCormick was 41 years old when he was found, faced down, badly decomposed with trauma to his head.

Before his death.

Ricky’s life was filled with bad decisions and dangerous individuals. During school, Ricky didn’t fit in and didn’t accomplish much in the time he was there, and he didn’t finish school. As a result, Ricky was in and out of jobs for most of his life, these jobs included dishwasher, busboy, and a janitor.

His relationship with his parents was not the greatest, Ricky was often described as “retarded” by his own mother. The lack of relationship with his parents meant that Ricky often turned to his aunt (Gloria McCormick)

Ricky McCormick, 41

By the time Ricky was 41, he had fathered 4 children. Unfortunately, the mother was, in fact, under the age of 14. This was a mistake that cost Ricky 11 months in prison as he was charged with a first-degree sexual abuse charge.

 He was released in 1993, and more bad decisions followed, he didn’t make much money.  Due to this, Ricky worked as a drug dealer and worked with dangerous individuals.

On June 22nd, 1999, Rickey walked into a Jewish hospital complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. On arrival, Rickey told the doctors of his habits, which involved an addiction to smoking and energy drinks. On June 22nd he was emitted for 2 days until the 24th of June for observation.

On the 24th of June, Rickey visited Gloria. Unfortunately, this would be the last time they would see each other. The next day Ricky went to another hospital wheezing and experiencing shortness of breath. However, the hospital released him without a check-up.

Despite the release, Ricky stayed in the hospital until the morning. Over the last few days of his life, he rang his then-girlfriend and stopped by a gas station on the 27th of June this would be the last time that he was seen.   

Discovery and information.

On the 30th of June 1999, Ricky was discovered. A woman who was driving down route 367 noticed the body.  Initially, Ricky’s death was ruled as unknown. However, many people were unhappy with this verdict as Ricky’s body was found in a known dumping ground for bodies at the time.

Ricky was more than 20 miles from home, he didn’t own a car, and public transport was deficient in the area.  He was slowly decomposed even though Ricky was only dead for up to 3 days prior, this isn’t completely impossible; however, it is unlikely.

Not much information was found connecting to the death of Ricky over the years, and it eventually went cold. After twelve years, the FBI decided they needed help with the case, two pieces of paper was released. They believed the notes to be an encrypted note made by Ricky himself, however, as noted before Ricky dropped out of school and was illiterate.

undeciphered codes – Part 1

So, would Ricky be able to make a code up? Or is it something that only Ricky could understand?

By releasing pictures of the notes, the FBI was hopeful that they would crack the code and be able to solve the mystery of Ricky’s death. At the time police ruled Ricky’s death as a murder, as they believed the notes held information to Ricky’s death.

The notes were theorised to be made by Ricky himself. However, no handwriting of Ricky’s is available, which means there is nothing to compare it to.

Another theory is that the notes were made by the killer, and it is unsolvable, and it is, in fact, a decoy to move attention away from other aspects of evidence.  

As of 2019, the code hasn’t been cracked.  The note could be something important, or it could be something completely unrelated.  The FBI has put four necessary steps to cracking the code, which is as follows:

undeciphered codes – Part 2

*determine the language

*determine the system

*reconstruct the key

*reconstruct the message

 The family of Ricky believe that Ricky couldn’t have made an elaborate code, they think it is an attempt of a letter. However, due to his illiterate nature and alleged dyslexia, it is unrecognisable.

There have been no suspects, and no leads other than the note. Notes have been solved years later, we still hold hope for this case to be addressed and the code to be cracked.

undeciphered codes – Part 3

If you have an idea how to break the code, have seen similar codes, or have any information about the Ricky McCormick case, send them to us online at or write to CRRU at the following address:

FBI Laboratory

Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit

2501 Investigation Parkway

Quantico, VA 22135

Attn: Ricky McCormick Case

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