The Shenandoah Mystery

The arrest of the Visalia Ransacker/East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker or Golden State Killer as he would be called in more recent times has left a void in my life. I was enjoying my breakfast and almost spat my food across the table when the news broke at the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo. I had resided myself to the unfortunate possibility to that what I thought was the ultimate “Who done it?” may never be solved.

By no means am I sad that it saw a resolution. I commend the efforts of investigators across generations that this case has affected and now look forward to not only seeing the final chapter of this case being written with trial of Joe DeAngelo but the advancement in the field of DNA being tested for an offenders Ancestry matches. I can only imagine how many more unsolved cases may see a similar resolution with further advancement and utilization of these techniques.

Still the closure brought to all the surviving victims and the families of the accused, Joe DeAngelo, means more to me than my own personal void of where to redirect my insatiable curiosity. I am aware of the selfishness hinted at in such a statement but as happy as I am for the families and victims of the EAR/ONS as I still personally to call him in abbreviated terms, I wonder where should go next.

The Colonial Parkway Murders are yet another series I still follow from time to time. Yet another series where I hold out hope for a resolution. One could make the argument that in this case, the mystery is even greater as not everyone can even agree a serial killer was active from 1986 to 1989 along the Parkway in Virginia.

Varying victimology, the modus operandi across each case varying. Even with one although a probable homicide, still the proximity to the series of prior cases connect it to the case by circumstance. I’ve always personally wanted to believe that all these cases are connected and given the close-minded nature given to cases of prior generations which has hampered investigations, I still do believe they are connected.

Does it have the classical signs of what you could call the more traditional serial murder crimes? No. The modus operandi various significantly in each case. From strangulation, slashed throats and various other knife related injuries to one couple being found shot to death while one never being found unto this day. Still I cannot help but shake the notion from my mind that these cases share a connection that lies beyond the simple geographic location in which they were committed.

But that does not limit the thoughts I have about this. My over-active imagination constantly guesses about such classic cases of “Who-dun-it”. The case of the Colonial Parkway Murders have left a trail of speculation of whether it was the same offender given the varying nature of each instance attributed to the series of crimes.

Years have passed since these crimes were committed but that doesn’t limit the speculation generated by us Cyber-sleuths and those personally affect by this case. If one were to ask me personally about a personal theory that I have about the case, it might not be that the Colonial Parkway Killer may be responsible but the Colonial Parkway Killers.

The theory of an evolving killer or no serial killer at all both have their own merit yet still in passing years I have come to wonder if there were a pack of offenders that fell under the same umbrella. Given the varying nature of each case attributed to this series, it has wondering if that a group of offenders, if not a cult were responsible in each case.

Much like the case of Janine Balding in Sydney, Australia, I wonder if multiple offenders were present in this case. Given the fact that couples were victimized and if a knife was the apparent murder weapon that was used to control the victims then one could wonder if multiple offenders were present in at least the Thomas-Dowski case. Signs of strangulation and rope burns were present after the fact. It is impossible at least to me, for a lone offender to inflict these wounds.

A slight struggle was indicated at the scene so I wonder how a lone offender managed to control both of them since once his intent would be realized or one victim was attacked the other should flee for their lives. Unless they were restrained by an accomplice.

Growing up in Australia, the murders of Janine Balding and Anita Cobby come to mind when I think of this case. Not that either case was related but in that of multiple offenders being present in each case. It isn’t unheard throughout the history of criminology of lone serial killers being responsible of the murder of couples parked on lovers’ lanes but when armed with a knife it seems hard to believe he could have been able to maintain control without help.

It could also help to explain the varying victimology in this series. The leader of the group approaches as if he were a law enforcement officer before the rest of his accomplices appear to take control of the scene. Then the victims would be unable to escape such a horrific fate. Maybe a couple could overcome a lone offender armed with a knife but an offender carrying a knife yet accompanied multiple accomplices, would be too much for a lot of people to escape.

Another aspect where I disagree that the assessment that these cases were unrelated because the Thomas-Dowski case seemed to fit the hall marks of a hate crime. Personally, I have always thought that the motive of the suspect or suspects were that of hatred towards the couples and their romance. It had nothing to do with the gender of partners, but more of a seething rage towards those in relationships.

Thinking back to cases of Janine Balding and Anita Cobby, although both cases were unrelated I cannot help but wonder if these couples along the parkway fell victim to a group of predators perhaps seeking some kind of perverse thrill through these heinous acts. Evidence of sexual assault was not recorded perhaps the motive was that of pure violence and hatred towards the victims for the romance the offender or offenders perceived.

I’m no profiler or even a psychologist, my only background in the field is taking what is basically psychology 101 in high school. Still while, I see a connection geographically and circumstantially between these cases that drives my belief that this is a serial murder series. A suspect motivated by his or their hatred of romance perhaps because of a failed relationship in their own life. Maybe there were even more than two offenders.

Perhaps even a group of suspects. Both Janine Balding and Anita Cobby were separate and individual cases. Still both cases involved a pack mentality that left their victims defenseless. There are many more differences than similarities in these cases and realize that many may claim that I am grasping at straws in comparing them. Yet it would take multiple individuals to control their victims which is why I primarily make the comparison.

Going back to the recent arrest of the Golden State Killer and the theories that the Parkway killer was a Park Ranger or a Law Enforcement Official. Joe DeAngelo – the accused Golden State Killer worked as a Police Officer during in Auburn, California, approximately thirty miles away from Rancho Cordova where the first East Area Rapist attacks occurred.

While I’ve never been to the Parkway myself, from the videos and images I have seen it looks like it would have long stretches of the road that would be incredibly dark at night to the point that it would be incredibly hard to make out the vehicle tailing you or even sometimes oncoming in the opposite direction. In saying that I picture myself driving along the parkway or even parked in a secluded area and a vehicle approached from behind, much like the Zodiac Crimes also, by instinct I’d reach for my wallet to present my ID thinking it was some kind of law enforcement official.

Putting all these cases into perspective has me wondering if perhaps the perpetrator or perpetrators worked in a neighboring jurisdiction. In a time before the internet when many neighboring offices didn’t share information like they do today on cases and communication was primarily word of mouth, perhaps officials in other jurisdictions never got the information they needed to suspect one or even a few of the members of their department maybe involved.

Maybe even like DeAngelo in the later stages of the East Area Rapist crimes, after he was terminated by the Auburn Police Chief for shoplifting, there were officers fired in other jurisdictions nearby that with some digging my reveal a suspect. Perhaps someone or persons terminated for an unrelated offense that in later years make sense and connect them to this series.

I wish I could prove definitively that these cases are connected. But without DNA or perhaps a surviving victim to verify some the theories about this case. We may forever be left guessing as to what caused these young couples to be cutdown before they had entered the prime of their lives. I hope that much like the case of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker/Golden State Killer, even if it takes decades to see a resolution this case will eventually see one…

Cathleen Thomas was found with a clump of hair in her hands and perhaps that holds the DNA evidence that may not lead directly to a suspect but at least can provide enough genealogy evidence that like the Golden State Killer can provide a final resolution to this mystery…

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The Case of Jennifer Kesse

Jennifer, Disappeared…

I can’t personally say that I’ve been to Orlando, Florida. But I’ve only heard good things about it. From Disneyworld to the Orlando Magic in their day with multiple great NBA Players as a basketball fan myself. But like any major city it isn’t immune to crime and on January 24th, 2006. A young woman by the name of Jennifer Kesse, originally from Tampa, disappeared after she had left work for the day.
Jennifer would be last seen on January 23rd at around 6pm at Westgate Resorts in Ocoee, Florida. In the following hours she would make several calls to friends and family, with the last being to her boyfriend at around 10pm. What happened after that, is as good as anybody’s guess. Come the next morning, the first signs that something wasn’t right would arise.
Come the morning of the 24th of January 2006, Jennifer would not send out a single message or call anyone she knew. She was known to contact her boyfriend every morning to wish him a good day as many couples do. After failing to arrive at work at the normal time, efforts to reach Jennifer proved to be fruitless and with good reason her friends and family began to worry.
Her Employer would reach out to her parents who would journey from hours away to begin the search for their missing daughter. When her parents arrived at her home, her vehicle was gone. Yet inside her condo they could not find anything that seemed out of place. All signs appeared as if she completed her morning routine and left for work.
As soon as that evening her friends and family began passing out Missing Persons fliers and with the help of the local Police Department, the search for Jennifer was underway. Air, Land and Sea, no resource was spared in trying to find the young lady. Everyone knew that if she was not going to show up to work at the very least, she would have given some kind of notice or explanation to cover her bases.
Still the search parties proved fruitless and no sign of Jennifer would be found. Given the available evidence of clothes scattered on her unmade bed and pajamas on the bathroom floor coupled with make-up and other grooming products on the counter. Her parents would urge the Condo Manager to use a set of extra keys to open her residence and that’s when they found her belongings scattered around.
To many it appeared that she had completed her morning routine and left for work but from there, the trail went cold. Jennifer’s parents would theorize that she may have had an argument with her boyfriend and would return soon, something thing that is common in missing persons cases. But she never came back and her friends and family would begin to use this condo as a base of operations over the following months.
After the first few days and the initial media coverage on Thursday, 26, 2006, the tenant of a nearby apartment complex who had been watching the recent news coverage of the story took notice a vehicle that matched the description of Jennifer’s and informed law enforcement of the vehicle. Unmoved after several days, investigators arrived and quickly photographed the vehicle before taking it for more thorough forensic testing.
However, the vehicle, a 2004 Black Chevy Malibu, would not be all that the investigators would find. During the neighborhood canvas, they would happen upon footage on a security camera of somebody parking Jennifer’s car and walking away from it without looking back. From there on out the trail would go cold. This would be the strongest lead that the investigators would have. Even with the help of NASA to enhance the footage, this person remains unidentified.
All that can be surmised in this case is that Jennifer left her apartment for work, locking the door on her way out and was abducted either while walking to her car or as she entered her car given the lack of evidence suggesting someone had broken into her apartment. A person of interest who returned her vehicle to her local area is all that investigators have to go on in this case.
It is worth noting that at the time of Jennifer’s disappearance her apartment complex was undergoing extensive construction and expansion operations at the time of her disappearance. Many of the crew members were undocumented at the time and as a result have been hard to track down since the time of her disappearance. Still at the time many of those workers were allowed to live in the complex while it was being constructed and have since raised the eyebrows of investigators considering that the figure spotted in the surveillance tapes is dressed like a construction worker.
Jennifer had told her family and friends that she had been experiencing harassment from the construction workers in the lead up to her disappearance. Authorities efforts to identify and interrogate the workers at the complex failed to generate any new leads. Failure in this area of her life would lead investigators to focus on her professional life and in there a new lead would arise.
Upon searching Jennifer’s computer, it would come to light that a co-worker who was in a management position at the resort that she was employed at had been making attempts to pursue a relationship. She had told those close to her that she was against workplace relationships, still after extensive questioning and investigation, they would conclude that this individual would not arise to the level of suspect. They would note that there is a slight chance that she had become a victim of human trafficking but it would be highly unlikely.
In 2007, her employer, lead by founder David A. Siegel would offer a million-dollar reward for information leading to her being found alive. Unclaimed to this day, another reward of five thousand dollars would be offered by the Central Florida Crime line for information leading to Jennifer’s remains being found.
However as of June 10th, 2010 the FBI has taken the lead in this ongoing investigation and if you feel as if you have information relevant to this case, please contact your local office. You may discount your assistance as being minimal but even the smallest detail may lead to a resolution in this case…

Mr Fisher, where art thou?

Mr Fisher, Where art thou?

I cannot understand what would drive a man, let alone a father of two to murder not only his wife but children too. This case to me will always leave more questions than answers until Mr. Fisher decides to either turn himself in or is caught by law enforcement. Even if he is caught, one can only wonder if he would cooperate and tell the story as to what was on his mind when he went down this dark path.

A fear of his children experiencing a divorce like he had and also a measure revenge from what ever feelings of hatred he had been festering towards his wife. All of this we can all assume built up over a given period of time leading to these violent crimes. It’s almost exactly like Yoda says in The Phantom Menace “Fear is the path to the dark side, Fear leads to anger, Anger leads to hate – Hate leads to suffering”.

My thoughts about where Robert Fisher may have fled to the mountains in Northern Arizona where he had some other means of travel after abandoning Mary’s Toyota 4Runner. It is worth noting that perhaps investigators did not search the cave network thoroughly enough and Robert may have escaped or died there. Maybe one day an innocent explorer will search these caves and his remains deep within the extensive cave network that exists.

Still I wonder how the family dog did not follow him after he exited the vehicle. Perhaps it was simply obedient when he told it to stay put and waited for him to return, or maybe he had some other means of escape pre-planned to further aid him in his flight from justice.

We know that he had already had one affair and Mary chose to give him a second chance but I wonder if it is possible if had others that never came to public light and one of them was waiting for him up in the mountains to aid in his escape. Many husbands promise lovers they will leave their wives and families for them and perhaps Robert Fisher held true to his word in a more sadistic manner than anyone imagined.

Perhaps worse, she knew all along what Robert was either planning or found out after the fact yet decided to overlook it and stay with him. Ted Bundy’s girlfriend when he was on trial for murder said that she would marry him, so it isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine that another woman felt the same way for Robert Fisher.

Yes of course he may have committed suicide and this is all speculation but this theory definitely has merit when it is well documented that women for whatever reason are attracted to men who have carried out acts of murder and even on multiple occasions. Ted Bundy isn’t the only popular case where this can be observed, the same thing occurred during the trial of Richard Ramirez and one could argue both were worse individuals than Robert Fisher as depraved as that may be.

But returning to the case in hand and after seventeen years on the run, Robert William Fisher has become the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most wanted fugitive. We are still no closer to a resolution in this case and while it would not surprise me for his remains to one day be found in the mountains of Northern Arizona. But given his obvious sense of arrogance and superiority, I find it hard that after killing his family that he would take his own life.

I’m no psychiatrist but I just find it hard to grasp that a man rids himself of his biggest problem that he perceived in his life, only to end it shortly afterwards. To me personally, that makes no sense. If I think that highly of myself and I am out for to stick it to someone I despise as much as one can I assume he did Mary at the end, why not enjoy the freedom that I have created for myself as dark as that may sound.

Maybe it wasn’t the other woman that aided him in his escape, maybe it was a friend. Someone that was willing to accept the evil that this man committed whether it was to be with them even if he were simply using them to aid in his flight from justice. What I do not know however is would he have killed them also to cover the loose end this scenario would generate.

One day they might generate a conscience and decide to turn him in. As soon as he had developed a level of comfort in his escape from authorities then this person would have reached the end of their usefulness and perhaps Mr Fisher had done away with them also.

This is simply my thoughts on this matter and I sincerely hope that nobody else has become a victim of this man. I can only hope the Arizona elements claimed his life after he took the lives of his defenseless children who had their entire lives ahead of them. Ok, you’re afraid of them experiencing divorce like you did, that doesn’t give you the selfish right to prevent them from experiencing such an adversity and after all they may grow stronger because of it.

Even if you had grown to hate Mary, for what ever wrongs real or perceived that you could attribute to her. Why not just be the bigger individual and walk away rather than engage in primitive behavior? Your Children would still grow up and live out a full life, but thanks to your selfishness, they will never get that chance. The chance that all people deserve, to experience adversity and choose how they will let it affect them.

You chose to be weak, selfish and pathetic. Now all that we can hope for is that one day you will stand trial for the evil you chose to commit. Maybe the wild elements of Arizona saved the tax payers some money from having to prosecute this selfish coward and that an explorer with the right equipment will find whats left of you in the depths of a cave network and finally put an end to this matter.

But I cannot help shake the possibility that your cowardly being still walks this Earth thinking that you have escaped the grasp of law enforcement and judgement in this matter. One day you will slip in complacency and the answer the FBI or local law enforcement needs to capture you will present itself and this matter will finally be put to rest…

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…

I almost thought this was click bait or a hoax…

If this is legitimate and pans out that he is the Golden State Killer/Original Night Stalker/East Area Rapist…

https://www.google.com/amp/fox40.com/2018/04/24/sources-report-possible-break-in-east-area-rapist-case/amp/

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…