Almost reminds me of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker, only this time there is a suspect! The suspect also reminds of Ted Bundy in some ways… Glad he won’t be getting out of jail!
The Springfield Three – Part II
Twenty-four hours after of what is a typically a proud moment for parents and a moment of celebration for children, Mrs McCall was about to become the genesis of something unimaginable. Using photo’s taken from the recent graduation ceremony, She has photo’s of Suzie and Stacy developed to use in a missing persons campaign to try and locate her daughter and friend. Rapidly gaining media attention, tips began to come flooding in from a variety of sources and prove overwhelming to authorities who are only just launching an investigation.
A waitress at a restaurant frequented by Suzie and Stacy claimed to have seen the missing girls having a meal around 1 am on the night of their apparent disappearance. Investigators were never able to substantiate this claim after being able to gain contact with other patrons who were also present at the time in question.
Time continued to pass without any solid leads for investigators to follow. Even as greater resources were allocated to the case and the FBI became involved, the Springfield Police were unable to locate the three missing women. After questioning Sherill’s eldest child, Bart Streeter, investigators were able to rule him out as a suspect after confirming his alibi that he was at his own residence having passed out after excessive drinking.
However his sisters personal life would give rise to the first suspects in this long and arduous investigation. Suzie Streeter’s ex-boyfriend, a youth named Dustin Reckler. Mr. Reckler and a group of associates were arrested by local law enforcement after they were found to have been responsible for the vandalism of a local cemetery and had been selling the gold tooth fillings from the corpses they had defiled.
The relationship ended after his arrest a few months prior to the disappearance of the three women and after Suzie provided a statement to the authorities there was significant resentment between her and Mr. Reckler and a close associate named Michael Clay. There alibi’s of being at a local rock concert were unable to be confirmed or denied by investigators but their actions during interrogation brought them increased scrutiny.
Michael Clay in particular was quoted as saying he wished death upon the missing women which lead some including friends and family to speculate about his involvement in their disappearance. However both Clay and Reckler continually cooperated with the authorities and continue to deny any involvement in what happened that fateful night. As the investigation continues investigators are still unable to rule them out as suspects despite their willingness to be of help to detectives.
It was during this stage of the investigation that Police received a tip from a witness came forward with a possible sighting of one of the missing girls. During the time in which they were supposed to have disappeared a witness told detectives that she saw a van being driven by who she believed to be Suzie Streeter.
The witness claimed that the driver she believed to be Suzie appeared to be distressed. She was sitting on her front porch of the morning of the disappearance and that she noticed a van pull into her street and turn around. Furthermore she stated that as the van pulled in she claimed to hear a man’s voice in the back telling the driver to just back out slowly and get them out of there.
Unfortunately this witness did not come forward earlier as she had not seen the fliers placed around town by Mrs. McCall. Still the investigators believe this information to have credibility and after it was released to the public, more tips with similar claims came flooding in. Despite all describing a van being driven through the neighbourhood, the colour described by the various witness’s ranges from nearly a whole rainbow of colours.
Time continued to pass and with the model of the van plastered all over the news, detectives checked thousands of vans of similar make and colour but to no avail. However, Police were about to receive what could possibly be their best tip yet. It would come from miles away in the state of Florida. This tip would provide the investigation with arguably its best suspect yet. A man by the name of Robert Craig Cox.
A man well known to law enforcement agencies in multiple jurisdictions across the United States. Robert Cox is an trained Army Ranger who had been arrested and tried in Florida for the murder of Sharon Zellers but had the conviction overturned due to insignificant evidence. Insignificant evidence one might say was the reason that Robert Cox may have avoided prosecution and conviction time after time.
Cox is a man who had continually managed to evade conviction for a variety of offences that range from kidnapping to burglary. He was however convicted of murder in Florida and placed on death row until the State Supreme Court. Despite every juror being convinced of his guilt, the conviction was overturned on the grounds of insufficient evidence. After being released, Cox was returned to California to finish serving his sentence for another offence.
Upon completion of his prison term in California, Mr. Cox moved home to his parents in Springfield. Investigators would soon discover that he was employed at a Car Dealership where Stacy McCall’s father was also employed as a salesman. However as they continued to investigate this suspect, he was able to provide an alibi for the time in question that was confirmed by his girlfriend at the time. The investigation had reached another dead end.
Years passed and it was not until 1995 where Robert Cox was arrested in text for aggravated burglary that investigators would take another look into their files on the suspect. During this new examination, Detectives find that his alibi that Cox was in Church with his girlfriend at the time in question was false as she recanted her previous statement and told the investigators that she had spoken to Cox right before her initial interview and told her what to tell Police.
Now serving a life sentence, Robert Cox has never confessed to any involvement in this case. Still that has not stopped him from taunting police and those with a vested interest in this case by pretending to know a lot more than he is willing to admit. When questioned about these events he gives cryptic answers and says thing such as “I just know they are dead”. Police have never been able to conclusively link him or any other suspect to the missing women and perhaps they never will be unless he decides to confess to being involved in their disappearance.
As the years have passed one constant rumor as to the whereabouts of the missing women has been given substantial attention given that it has been mentioned too many times by too many unrelated sources. The south parking garage of Cox Hospital was under still under construction at the time of their disappearance and after being scanned by a reputable mechanical engineer who specialises in ground penetration radar, a small area of the parking lot was found to be covering three anomalies. While this does not conclusively tell us that is where they are buried, it is the closest thing investigators have as to a lead that could help solve the mystery. Until that section of the ground is unearth, all we can do is continue to speculate and wonder what could have happened that fateful night…
Could this finally be the break that solves the case?
The Springfield Three
Graduation – A proud time for both students and parents alike. When children take one of the final steps into adulthood and begin on the path they have chosen for their lives. Parents can take a moment to reflect with pride on the success they have had praising their child. The end of high school is simply one of the most significant times in every person’s life.
On the 6th of June, 1992 in Springfield, Missouri, two young girls had just graduated and were ready to begin the celebrations that come with the occasion. Stacy McCall and Suzanne Streeter arrived at a party thrown by one of their peers for what should have been a joyous occasion. After celebrating the occasion with friends like anyone would until approximately 2 AM on the 7th of June. Originally planning to spend the night at a another friends home, they chose to return home to Suzie’s mother’s home after their friends home became too crowded
Suzie’s mother, Sherrill Levitt was a single mother who had moved into a nearby property and became their solution for a place to stay after the party. Especially close to her daughter Suzie, Sherrill was a hardworking hair stylist who was highly sought after in her local area. She had moved into her new home after her marriage fell apart but she capitalized on her situation by laying plans to renovate and make a profit on her new home.
However she would never get that opportunity, by the next morning the three women would have disappeared completely. Sometime during the night between 2 AM when Suzie and Stacy left their friends home and 9 AM when friends and family began calling Stacy, the three women vanished. By the end of June 7th 1992, it appeared as if the three women had disappeared without a trace.
A friend by the name of Janelle Kirby along with her boyfriend were the first to arrive at the house after having plans with Stacy and Suzie. Upon her arrival nothing seemed to be wrong but as she approached the front door that perception would quickly change. Broken glass was spread across the front door step from the porch light casing, however the bulb itself remained intact.
In doing what they thought what was a friendly gesture, they grabbed a broom and swept up the glass. However this may have proved a hindrance to the later investigation as although done with good intentions, they may have contaminated a possible crime scene. Upon entering the home, there were no signs of struggle and all of the three women’s belongings were left untouched.
Detectives cannot confirm if that were the case, however numerous individuals passed through the scene after the fact that it would be difficult to be certain. This also lead many to think that the three missing women would turn up in due time and everything would be fine. But hours turned into days, it became clear to all those involved that something was seriously wrong.
Janelle and her boyfriend also discovered that the family dog was acting rather distressed as if something was wrong and left unattended which was highly unusual for an owner like Sherrill. While feeling slightly confused they assumed the girls had gone to the Water Park like they had planned already and prepare to depart the home to meet them.
Just before exiting the property however, the home phone began to ring and Janelle answered in the hope of gaining insight into the whereabouts of her friends. However she was greeted what she believed to be a prank call as the caller gave no identification and only communicated obscure sexual innuendos. Believing this to be a simple joke as the call ended abruptly, the couple departed home albeit slightly concerned.
The next visitor to the home would be the mother of Stacey McCall. Frustrated by her daughters abrupt change of plans as she was given no form of notice by her daughter but knows there is nothing she can do. Stacey made a last minute decision to stay at Suzie’s house as she had previously had other plans. After almost twenty four hours of wondering where her daughter could be as they had plans for the day she arrived at the house.
It did not take her long to also notice that something was wrong as she entered reluctantly. She noticed that her daughter’s clothes were neatly folded and left on one of the floor. Every item of clothing was present except for her daughters underwear. Also each of the handbags of all three ladies were lined up next to each other on the floor. Whilst continuing around the house, she also noticed the handbags of all three missing women lined up neatly. Finally before leaving she noticed that the television screen has all fuzzy and distorted.
Departing reluctantly, Janice contacted the police. The next morning a missing persons report was filed for the three missing women. It was then that law enforcement requested asked Janice to track down dental records for the three missing women. It was now that the tragedy of this event began to come to bare. Mrs McCall however, decided to be proactive given the tragic situation. Only twenty-four hours after graduation, she generated and distributed missing person’s posters of her daughter and the other missing women…
To be continued…
I remember reading an article about this case suggesting that it wasn’t a serial killer and just a number of unrelated disappearances… 38 disappearances though? Too much of a coincidence if you ask me…
One of the three cases in this video might just be the next case I cover…
The latest documentary on the Original Night Stalker/East Area Rapist… Still shocks me there’s never been a positive description of the suspect…
I’ve decided that this case will be the focus of my next piece, serial offenders of such high profile don’t occur often in the city of Melbourne but this one has always been of high interest to me.