The Flight of Mr Fisher

Scottsdale, Arizona – April 10, 2001

In a prominent suburb of the sunny metropolis that is Phoenix, the state capital of Arizona and the fifth most populous city nationwide. What one might see as the perfect family life turned into a suburban nightmare. A mother and her children in the one place that they should feel the most safe – Their home.

When Firefighters responded to the scene of what was reported as being a natural gas fire at the home of Robert William Fisher and his wife Mary. The fire had exploded with incredible ferocity and torn through the home at 2000 N 74th Place at almost 9AM. How could one prepare themselves for what they would find, I will never understand.

The explosion was so power that the brick structure of the home had collapsed and much of the home now lay in ruins. The surrounding homes in the neighborhood had their frames rattled as a result. But fortunately the firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the Fisher residence.

While there was little or nothing left of the home, neighbors were reporting that there was a possibility that the family was in the home which drew the attention of the local police. The Detectives who responded would find three bodies in what remained of the residence.

One detective would note that despite not being an expert in fire aspect of this case, in most cases someone would have woken and tried to escape the scene. With no evidence of any attempt, it already started to look as if a triple homicide had occurred. The children, Brittney who was 12 and Bobby Jr only 10 were found in their beds. Their throats cut so deeply that the vertebrae of Spine had been damaged.

Their Mother not only had her throat slashed in a similar manner but had also suffered a gunshot to the head. It is believed Robert Sr, then poured a liquid accelerant around the home before lighting a lone candle. He tampered with the gas line to the furnace in order to create a leak which would then eventually fall upon the candle creating the explosion that drew the attention of the authorities.

After it was confirmed his body was no where to be found amongst the remnants of the family home he was estimated to have gained a ten hour head start in his escape from the scene of his crimes. Spotted at a nearby gas station refilling his wife’s truck and withdrawing money before dropping from sight completely.

Still to this day, the only suspect in this case – it is believed he drove the vehicle north into the mountains where it would later be found abandoned. The Toyota 4Runner was found abandoned in the Ponderosa Pine Forest on the 20th of April 2001. However an extensive search of the surrounding area turned up no trace of Robert. A witness did report that they thought saw him walking northwards towards Highway 260.

The family dog was also found waiting by the vehicle, suggesting whatever means he took out of the area prevented the dog from following him. Perhaps he was driven out of the area, perhaps he fled into the woods – nobody knows.

The speculated motive for this tragedy is believed that Mary had threatened to divorce Robert and after experiencing his own parents divorce, Robert had told close friends that he would never let his own children experience what he had. The Investigators would learn during their enquiries that the marriage was anything but happy as they could be continually heard arguing and Mary berating her husband.

“I could have done better than you”, “You’re worthless or “We should get a divorce” were just some of the things the neighbors would overhear. Clearly the picture of an unhappy marriage. Still they only ever heard Mary yelling out such thoughts rather than Robert. Although they knew he had a rather stoic demeanor, Mary would always be the one they heard crying out.

Family footage however would indicate that Robert was the ultimate controlling personality. Various family videos give credence to such a claim. This coupled with his desire to protect his children from a divorce are believed to be the driving force behind such a heinous act. Some believe it was him snapping and wanting to stick it to his wife in anyway he could.

Since then only speculation and conjecture is all we have as to the fate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Most Wanted Fugitive. In years past, there have been a variety of different tips and avenues of investigation in this case. From an individual who bore a strong resemblance to Robert Fisher being apprehended to raids of homes believing to house the suspect turning up empty.

Avid outdoorsman suggest that if he did seek refuge in the extensive cave system in the Northern Arizona area, he may have either used them to avoid the initial searches, commit suicide or have died due to low oxygen levels. But to this day no remains have been found.

All we have are possible sightings and theories as to where Mr Fisher is now. In Years passed the FBI has released age-progression photos of him to reflect what he may look like today still to no avail. This case has been featured in various Television Programs and News Broadcasts but there has been no arrest.

In 2014, Law Enforcement raided a home in Colorado after receiving a tip that Fisher was hiding there. Still after arresting two individuals, they were unable locate any trace of the FBI’s most wanted man.

One should be aware that he is likely to be armed and dangerous given that he has prior military training and is an avid outdoorsman. Fisher also has ties to New Mexico and Florida. Profilers suggest that he would exhibit the personality of someone that thinks they know everything and that of a loner. He may walk with a oddly erect manner due to a back injury that would cause him to extend his chest.

This case is still actively worked by the FBI and the local Arizona departments. Therefore hope for a resolution in this case exists for the other members of both Robert and Mary’s families. Perhaps one day we will see a final resolution in this matter and Robert will finally stand accountable for his actions…

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Bible John

“Bible John”

Glasgow, Scotland

February 23, 1968, the naked body of nurse was found by a man on his way to work in a lane behind Carmichael Place in Scotland’s largest city and the third largest in the United Kingdom. A man on his way to work found Patricia Docker laying dead after she had been sexually assaulted and strangled and left only a few yards from her home.

After telling her parents that she would be spending the night at the Majestic Ballroom dancing the night away, she in fact went elsewhere. Attending the night for over-25’s at the Barrowland ballroom. Police speculate that at some point throughout the night she met her killer after the left the Majestic and moved to the Barrowland.

Days would pass before Detectives could piece together her movements over the course of the night, costing them valuable time. To further complicate the investigation, her clothes and belongings were never found coupled with the lack of a witness of any kind.

One can only speculate what happened over the course of her evening. The limited available facts leave her murder ripe for speculation. Given that the detectives took days to piece together her movements and the suspect kept all of her belongings. Every detail of this crime outside of the manner in which she died maybe lost forever.

Still of course to Police this could only be considered an isolated incident. It would be the first in at least is what a known trilogy of cases in what would come to be known as the case of “Bible John”.

August 15th, 1969

18 months after the murder of Patricia Docker, Jemima McDonald, a 32-year-old mother of three, also took a night out at the Barrowland Ballroom. Over the course of a weekend, her sister Margaret would hear rumours of what was referred to as “the body” from young children over on MacKeith Street as they left an old tenant building.

Her growing concern would lead to her to investigate the cause of these rumours on the Monday after the weekend had passed. Arriving at the house, her worst fears would be realised. The manner of death would be similar to that of Patricia Docker over a year prior yet with once distinct difference.

Jemima would be found fully clothed. Despite a similar manner of death, the suspect would not take her clothes like he had done in the case of Patricia Docker. Strangulation, Sexual Assault, Blunt force trauma were all present but in this case, there were witnesses.

They could place her at the scene at least up until midnight when she left. Standing upon the arm of a man with slender build with red hair. After then only one can only speculate as to what happened next. Police would move from Door-to-Door trying to gather information of what had happened in regards to the crime.

Many would see her leaving the ballroom in the lead up to her body being found. Detective’s inquiries would lead to accounts of hearing screams from a woman who lived in the vicinity of the crime scene. Although she lived merely a few blocks from the crime scene, this same woman would fail to provide police with an accurate time frame in which the crime had taken place.

As time would pass and like the case of Patricia Docker, the murder of Jemima McDonald would find itself in the Cold pile. Time would pass and the information that came in would continually wound down. Despite having a witness who claimed that they heard screams, Investigators were unable to provide a time frame into which they heard such sounds and as a result the case would go cold.

October 31st, 1969

One of the most popular weekends of the year, a horror story manifested itself in to reality when 29-year-old Helen Puttock was found in Earl Street over in the Scotstoun are of Glasgow. Just as the other victims before her she had attended the same Barrowland Ballroom on the night of her murder.

Spending the evening with her sister Jean, both met men called John. One claimed from Castlemilk but the other did not disclose his background. After spending approximately an hour with the men, they decided to head home. The John from Castlemilk would headed for a bus home in George Square, while the other three decided to share a taxi ride home. This taxi ride would later become a crucial piece of information in the investigation.

After dropping Jean in Knightswood, Helen and John would continue on towards Earl Street. This would prove to be the last time anyone would see Helen alive. She would be found raped and strangled the following morning albeit with some differences than the previous victims.

The contents of her handbag lay scattered at the scene. Helen had also suffered at least one penetrating bite from her attacker. She lay in the garden behind her apartment and despite that her belongings lay scattered; her bag itself was nowhere to be found. Leading investigators to believe that it was taken as a trophy and grass stains suggested there was some kind of struggle in during the assault.

The Resulting Investigation –

The ensuing investigation would lead detectives to learn of the John character the sisters shared a taxi ride with before the murder. A man that was well spoken that quoted many passages from the Bible as time would pass. From then on “Bible John” was born as the media took the epithet and ran with it.

Helens sister, Jean would later provide an outline of the John man last seen with her sister on the night she was murdered. A polite and well spoken, tall yet slender around 5’10 and with fair/reddish hair. She would claim that he had given his name as “John Templeton” or “Sempleson”.

Over the course of the night he would continually demonstrate his religious devotion by quoting the bible and saying that “I do not drink Hogmanay, I Pray”. He would also make references to Moses and how the dance halls were “dens of iniquity”.

With this new case, a connection was made to the cases of Patricia Docker and Jemima McDonald in years past. The similarities between each that would leave authorities to believe that a serial killer was at large on the streets of Glasgow.

A composite sketch would be developed from the description provided from the inquiries leading witness, Helen’s sister Jean. However as investigators expanded their inquiries at the Barrowland Ballroom, the bouncers would paint a different picture of the suspect and attribute the discrepancies to Jean being heavily intoxicated on the night of her sister’s murder.

They would suggest that the sisters left with a man that was still well spoken but shorter and with jet-black hair. It was also suggested that the suspect was also not directly quoting the bible, but more simply referencing it.

Still Jean would defend her state of mind in that she would insist she was clear eyed during the taxi ride and that her description was accurate. This gained support from a bouncer who could claim that many of his peers at the ballroom were not good with remembering individual faces.

Also a disheveled looking man yet well dressed was spotted with what may have been scratch marks on his face, getting off a bus at around 1:30 am at Sauchiehall street before heading towards the ferry that would cross the River Clyde and into the south side of the city.

Doing their due diligence in the investigations more similarities between each case would emerge that would reinforce the opinions of investigators that they had a serial killer active in Glasgow. All had attended the Barrowland Ballroom and when they were found, their handbags were gone. All were strangled with their stockings and raped.

From witness accounts all of them were escorted home before falling just short as they were murdered. All of them were menstruating at the time of death and had pads or tampons placed on or near their bodies.

Still not all were convinced that a serial killer was at large and that “Bible John” was simply an invention of the media. Perhaps there may have been multiple killers at large and in a time before DNA testing and perhaps a proper chain of evidence we may never know…

The Original Night Stalker – Question

The Original Night Stalker/East Area Rapist was always careful to hide his identity… Is it possible that he was a well known identity at the time and it would not have taken much effort for one of his victims to identify him?