The Parkway Predator – My Thoughts

I have never been able to decide which side of the fence my beliefs firmly rest in this case although if I was forced to pick a side, I would have to believe there was a serial killer on the loose. Granted this case does not fit the typical pattern where the MO of the offender is identical in every case however, the cooling off period and the geographic location in each instance makes the possibility of a serial offender too difficult to ignore.

Five young couples cut down before they could even experience the prime of their lives by an individual who seemed to kill for his own twisted purposes and to see how he could increase the excitement he felt with each attack. What ever was going on in such an obviously psychotic mind seemed to enjoy the experimentation of each instance. Unfortunately we may never gain an insight into this deranged mind, serial killer or not.

The Dowski-Thomas may fit all the hallmarks of a Hate Crime, Just like the Call-Hailey case may seem like the work of a stalker or a jealous partner. Perhaps all of these cases were tragically a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But the one thing that discredits this possibility to me is how could couples have been controlled by a single individual. Like the commonly considered factor that it would have been simple for an authority figure or someone impersonating one.

A Police Officer, Park Ranger or a failed attempt at one. Someone who tried to gain acceptance within their ranks but at some stage either became intoxicated with the status of said position or someone who tried to be one but failed and set out on a path of revenge. An individual who decided that he would show law enforcement what he was capable of doing when they told him he was not cut from the cloth they sought.

The way the driver’s side window at least partially rolled down as if they were preparing to greet such a public figure in a routine procedure of checking their identification and simply scoping out the behaviour of those individuals present in any given area. This commonality in each case proved to be the genesis for my belief that this series was the work a serial killer. However given the somewhat failed attempt to cover their tracks in the Dowski-Thomas case, a new consideration came into my mind.

Although now I reside in the United States, I spent most of my life in Australia. In Australia, the name Ivan Milat is synonymous with cold blooded murder. A man who abducted tourists and brutally murdered them in the Belanglo State Forest of New South Wales. The similarities to me are somewhat striking. A calculating individual who lured unsuspecting, good willed people to their deaths by preying on their forgiving nature.

He would lure them into a false sense of security for brutally murdering them, much like the suspect I believe in this case would have done. Yet to this day some of those involved with this case believe that Ivan Milat did not act alone in the cases that he his attributed to. The Milat family had a long history of clashes with law enforcement and made ideal candidates to be considered co-conspirators in a case of serial murder. Perhaps Ivan involved his brothers, Perhaps he did not. Still the crimes seemed like it would be farfetched for a single individual to have carried out.

Controlling another individual while you are caught up in the murder of another. I find it hard to believe that I would not try to escape and get help while a deranged killer took the life of my friend. Yes, I have never been in that situation so I cannot testify to how I would react but it simply seems like an instinctual behaviour to try and preserve ones self.

This is what I cannot help wonder about The Colonial Parkway Predator, did he act alone? For someone Law Enforcement agencies cannot agree upon as a single perpetrator, it can surely not be too much of a stretch to consider that a third party took part in these heinous acts. After all, the suspect would have needed to control two people who are terrified and doing whatever they must to survive.

In the Call-Hailey case, it would most likely suggest that the perpetrator did not immediately make his evil intentions clear as the next morning came and Keith’s father did not notice anything suspicious about the vehicle. If the suspect had of immediately proceeded to engage in murderous intentions then there would have been some form of indication present at this time. This is where I feel the suspect failed in covering his tracks in a manner of speaking. The evidence present in vehicle or lack there of gives us the same MO as the other cases in that the offender or offenders managed to remove the suspects from the vehicle before any sense of alarm was raised.

Like Milat, One can only believe that the suspect gained some initial form of trust with their victims and it was not until they were completely vulnerable would he strike. Like any predator, they would wait until the victims were completely unsuspecting of any misgivings before their intentions became apparent. Perhaps he engaged them in dialogue of some kind along the lines of “how was your night?” and “Where are you headed?”. Then when he had them drop their guard, it was time to engage in his horrific plans.

By the time the victims realised what was happening it would have been too late, the suspect would have been in complete control of the scene. After then all we can do is speculate up until the victims were found after the fact. But that raises even greater questions, who was the The Colonial Parkway Killer and more importantly, where is he now?. Like I have already mentioned, I would not even consider it a stretch of the present facts to consider it a question of – who were they and where are they now?…

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The Springfield Three

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…

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The Highway of Tears

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…

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Possibly the most famous cold case of all…

The case of the Zodiac Killer…

The victims of Mr Cruel

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The three victims of Mr cruel, at least the three victims released to the public by police…

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Mr Cruel

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.