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Richard
04-25-2006, 10:03 AM
Kathy Lynn Beatty, age 15, was abducted on the evening of 24 July 1975 from her Aspen Hill, Maryland neighborhood. She was brutally beaten and left to die behind or near the K-Mart Store near the intersection of Connecticut and Georgia Avenues, a distance of only 3 and a half miles from Wheaton Plaza, where the Lyon sisters were last seen.

Kathy never regained conciousness, and died on 5 August 1975 in Suburban Hospital of complications resulting from her injuries.

Her murder has never been solved. Although it has been discussed in this forum as possibly being connected to the case of the missing Lyon sisters, there is no solid forensic evidence which links the two cases. Circumstantial evidence, however, is hard to ignore. It is because of the possible connection between these cases, the close proximity in time and location, and because Kathy's case has also remained unsolved for 31 years that I am starting this thread as part of this featured topic - rather than as an isolated thread in the Cold Case section.

Kathy's case did not receive the press coverage and widespread interest that the Lyon sisters case did. There was a short article which mentioned the attack on her and that she was still alive and in a hospital. Another short article mentioned her death. A third, more detailed article, appeared in the Washington Post on 6 January, 1977 - 18 months after her abduction and murder. I will post those articles here for all to read.

!n 1975, Montgomery County Police focussed their investigation on neighborhood kids whom Kathy had last been seen with near Parkland Junior High School, only a block or two from her home. Her mother suspected that neighborhood boys might have been responsible, but nothing was ever proven, and no suspects were named.

In 1987, Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. came to the attention of Montgomery County Police. He had been charged and convicted of multiple child molestation counts in North Carolina and was on trial for the murder of 10-year-old Amanda Ray. He had previous convictions of crimes against children in Virginia, and was a suspect in additional child killings. It was learned that Coffey had been in the Wheaton/Aspen Hill/Gaithersburg area of Maryland in 1975, and police began an extensive investingation on Coffey in regard to his possible connection with the Lyon and the Beatty cases.

In my next posts to this thread, I will focus on the case of Kathy Lynn Beatty. Although her attacker MAY have been the same person who abducted Sheila and Kate Lyon, I would suggest that we concentrate posts in this thread on Kathy's case alone to avoid confusion and wide ranging speculation.

Skipper
04-25-2006, 09:29 PM
There is no connection here. The abductors of the Lyon girls did not intend to kill them or any of their victims unless they represented a threat of discovery. There would have been no benefit to their murder. Rather than murder, they would have taken them overseas. Perhaps they would have been murdered there.

Richard
04-25-2006, 11:31 PM
... at the risk of being crude...

... Although her attacker MAY have been the same person who abducted Sheila and Kate Lyon, I would suggest that we concentrate posts in this thread on Kathy's case alone to avoid confusion and wide ranging speculation.

Richard
04-26-2006, 01:29 AM
Kathy Lynn Beatty's 24 July 1975 (a Thursday) abduction and brutal beating was mentioned briefly in a short article in the Washington Post a day or two after it occurred. A later article (also very short) mentioned that she had died of her injuries in Suburban Hospital on 5 August 1975.


The following article appeared 18 months later and contains much more detail about Kathy's last day and the known circumstances surrounding her abduction, assult, and death. It was accompanied with a copy of a reward poster seeking information. The poster contains a photo of Kathy. At the end of the article was a request for information, a contact number and the offer of a reward.


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From the Washington Post Newspaper 6 January 1977
Maryland Weekly Section, Page 1:

The Beatty murder: "we have ideas about who was involved"
By Martha M. Hamilton
Washington Post Reporter


The posters are still there, taped to the window of the Aspen Hill barbershop asking for someone to come forward with information to help solve the killing of Kathy Lynn Beatty.


The police still believe someone will, and her mother prays that it is so. "The police seemed so sure in the beginning that they would find the person responsible, but now I am not so sure," said Patricia Beatty. So far there is no answer to who left her 15-year-old daughter dying from head injuries in the rocky area behind the K-Mart in Aspen Hill.


Kathy didn't die until 11 days later in the intensive care unit at Suburban Hospital. "The hospital personnel led us to believe that she would be able to talk. That's what we needed - a little break" said Maj. Wayne Brown, Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Montgomery County Police.


It was July 24, 1975, when Kathy received the fatal blow to her head and was left lying behind the K-Mart at Georgia and Connecticut Avenues. She and her mother and older sister were just back from vacation in Atlantic City. A friend of her mother's was a contender in the millionaire lottery drawing to be held in Baltimore that night, and her mother was going to Baltimore. Kathy and her sister decided to stay home.


Her mother last saw her about 4 p.m. Kathy had been inside all day watching television, "and she asked me if she could go outside and ride her bike," said Mrs. Beatty. Her mother said she could, invited her to Baltimore again, and told her to fix her own supper since Kathy declined again.


"I said I would be home at 9. She knew she had to be home by 8:30, because she wasn't allowed out after dark. We said goodbye and she went off on her bike," her mother recalled.


Instead of 9 p.m., it was closer to 11 when Mrs. Beatty returned, and when she saw the dark house, she was frightened, she said. But when she turned on the lights there was a note from Kathy saying she had gone to a friend's and would be back at 10 p.m. It was raining, and Kathy's mother assumed her daughter was waiting for a ride home.


She headed for the friend's house, but when she arrived, Kathy wasn't there. "The children said she had been there but had left," said Mrs. Beatty. As it happened, Kathy had not been there at all. "I think they were trying to cover for her".


At that point, she began to worry again, she said. She called other friends of her daughter until she had only one more to try - a boy on whom Kathy had a crush. The two had been sweethearts in 8th grade, and Kathy continued to be fond of him, said Mrs. Beatty. She thought that Kathy might have found an excuse to be wherever he had been and that he might have seen her.


The boy and a freind were supposed to be sleeping outside in a camper, she said the boy's father told her. When the boy's father checked outside, the boys were not there, she said. She asked him to call when they returned and began driving around, looking for Kathy.


She looked at Parkland Junior High School and drove by the K-Mart. Kathy was infatuated with mini-bikes and would go up to the store to look at them she said. She said she also kept returning to the house, hoping Kathy would have called.


On one of her outings, she encountered a police officer. "I told him what the problem was and asked him if he would go up to K-Mart. I had been up there, but it had been so dark," she said. The police officer told her to go home and wait for an hour. If she did not hear from him, it would mean that he hadn't found Kathy and she should file a missing person report, she said.


That was what she did. Then she sat waiting for dawn, so she could call the boy's house again. When she did call, about 7 a.m., the boy came to the phone and said that he had not seen Kathy either.


Kathy's older sister, Theresa, called her boyfriend. Together they went up to search the area around K-Mart. "I didn't have much hope there", said her mother. "I didn't think she would be at K-Mart." But Theresa and Theresa's boyfriend found her purse nearby.


"Her boyfriend was running to K-Mart to call the police when he heard Theresa screaming her head off," said Mrs. Beatty. Theresa, just turned 17, had found her sister lying in a ditch that runs through the wooded area behind the store with a depressed fracture of the skull. "Kathy was barely alive," said her mother.


Theresa's boyfriend ran back, then called the police, an ambulance, and Mrs. Beatty. He didn't tell her that Kathy was hurt. As she was driving toward the K-Mart, an ambulance passed. Mrs. Beatty said she pulled over and said to herself, "Dear God, don't let it go to K-Mart."


Kathy died of complications, including blood poisoning. "At that point she was too weak to live," said her mother.


"We feel and have felt that the assailants lived in the community," said Brown. There were several persons who saw her the night she disappeared, about 8:30 p.m. near Parkland Junior High School. Several of them, youngsters Kathy's age, refused to take polygraph tests.


A boy who lived next door had seen Kathy at home about 6:30 or 7 p.m. the night she received the injuries. He had brought her a shirt from Ocean City, chatted with her awhile, then left, said her mother. After that, she was not sure what happened. Although several youngsters said they saw her at the school, "none of them claimed they were with her," Mrs. Beatty said.


"We feel sure that Kathy would not have gone up to K-Mart alone." said her mother. For one thing, although the area was littered with broken glass and stones, she was barefoot, her mother said. "I think someone down at Parkland Junior High that night must be responsible for her death. She wouldn't have gotten in a car with a stranger and she wouldn't have gone up to K-Mart by herself," her mother said.


Brown thinks that it may not have been meant to end the way it did. "We're still working on that. We still have some investigative techniques to apply," he said. "I have always felt that someone should come forward on that case."


Kathy had been sexually assaulted but not raped. More specifically than that, police will not say. "I have a feeling that the person or persons who did it didn't intend to kill her," said Brown. "It's highly possible that she ran from her assailant and fell against a blunt object. I've always felt the result wasn't intended, and that would be mitigating, if a person came forward to ease his or her conscience," he said.


"We've interviewed hundreds of people, and we have ideas about who was involved," said Brown.


Life goes on, said Mrs. Beatty, but Kathy's death has been hard on her and very hard on Theresa. "Life will never be the same for me, a part of me has died," said Mrs. Beatty.


In the hospital, Kathy never regained conciousness. "We talked, and hoped and prayed that she could hear," her mother said.

"Everyone liked her. I don't understand why they had to kill her," said Mrs. Beatty. "I think somebody knows.....I have a feeling sombody knows who's responsible and is not talking. I hope somebody will come forward."

Richard
04-26-2006, 03:40 PM
Not mentioned in the previous posts is that Kathy was found in an area sometimes described as a "dump" or trash filled, rocky place, near a drainage ditch or stream. This was a large, vacant area adjacent to the K-Mart and its parking lot. Found beside Kathy's unconcious body was a set of keys. The keys did not belong to Kathy, and investigators suspected that they may have belonged to her assailant.

To give some perspective to the location, K-Mart store #4399 is located in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of Georgia and Connecticut Avenues. Now owned by Sears, it is still called K-Mart, and its address is 14014 Connecticut Ave, Silver Spring, MD. Silver Spring is the name of the major Post Office for the area, but it encompasses other communities such as Wheaton and Aspen Hill.

Located directly across Georgia Ave, in the Northwest quadrant of the same intersection, was a fairly new office building which housed offices of Vitro Laboratories. Vitro had offices in four locations of Montgomery County, and their Aspen Hill branch was the newest of the four. The Vitro parking lot bordered the Aspen Hill neighborhood where Kathy lived.

Parkland Junior High School was located at 4610 West Frankfort Drive. Kathy's house was only one block (roughly south) from the school on the same road. A short walk of a few more blocks further south and a left turn (east) on Marionet St. would lead to the Aspen Hill Vitro parking lot. Traveling due east through that parking lot would be the shortest walking distance to K-Mart.

Richard
04-26-2006, 03:41 PM
According to Montgomery County Police Detective Bill Campbell, in an interview with Washington Post reporter Charles W. Hall on March 13, 1987, Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. worked at Vitro Corp. in Aspen Hill as a computer data system employee from April 24, 1975 to July 31, 1975. Campbell stated that according to company records, he interviewed for a job there on April 1, 1975. When Coffey suddenly quit his job in late July, he told his employer, Vitro that his wife and daughter had been injured in a Kentucky car accident. Campbell stated that the story was false and was identical to one he used in leaving another job.

A note of clarification: Coffey simply left the area without giving his employer any notice a few days prior to 31 July. It was later that he sent a letter to Vitro with his explanation for leaving and a request for his last paycheck. 31 July would have been the last day of that pay period. Coffey's rapid departure from the area coincided with publication of a Washington Post news article which described the attack on Kathy Beatty, and which stated that she was still alive and in the hospital.

Fred Coffey's residence address while working at Vitro was a room at the Holiday Motel, 807 S. Frederick Ave. Gaithersburg, MD. That motel was demolished a few years ago and a personal goods storage facility is now located on the site.

According to MCP Sergeant Gary Smith (in a Washington Post interview 22 June 1987), police tried to pinpoint when Coffey first came to the Holiday Motel, and they also tried to get old Maryland motor vehicle records to verify reports that he had bought a car in Montgomery County about the time of the Lyon girls' disappearance (25 March 1975). Unfortunately, by 1987 those records could no longer be located and were thought to have been destroyed.

Sgt. Smith also stated in his interview that attempts had been made to link Coffey to a set of keys found near Kathy Beatty.

Kathy and those keys were found only a few hundred yards east of Fred Coffey's place of employment.

Jeb
04-26-2006, 07:41 PM
A guy named Fred.

If there were any body fluids left at the scene by the killer, or killers, you would think with modern technology & DNA being what it is today, MCP would compare this with Mr. Fred Coffey.

Skipper
04-26-2006, 10:31 PM
Circumstantial evidence, however, is hard to ignore. It is because of the possible connection between these cases, the close proximity in time and location, and because Kathy's case has also remained unsolved for 31 years that I am starting this thread as part of this featured topic - rather than as an isolated thread in the Cold Case section.

Although her attacker MAY have been the same person who abducted Sheila and Kate Lyon, I would suggest that we concentrate posts in this thread on Kathy's case alone to avoid confusion and wide ranging speculation.

Connections may be the only thing that can solve either case.

Richard
04-27-2006, 07:50 AM
A guy named Fred.
If there were any body fluids left at the scene by the killer, or killers, you would think with modern technology & DNA being what it is today, MCP would compare this with Mr. Fred Coffey.
This is very true. Only Montgomery County Police are in a position to check their evidence locker and case records to see what forensic evidence was taken and what may still be in existance. Only modern testing of that evidence could link any suspects to the crime.

Richard
06-19-2006, 12:19 PM
July 24th will mark the 31 year anniversary of the abduction of Kathy Lynn Beatty. It is still an open, unsolved case.

The attack on Kathy was particularly brutal. Clues are few.

Press coverage of the crime was minimal.

Perhaps renewed interest in this case will lead to its solution and to that of others as well.

Jeana (DP)
07-14-2006, 10:32 AM
July 24th will mark the 31 year anniversary of the abduction of Kathy Lynn Beatty. It is still an open, unsolved case.

The attack on Kathy was particularly brutal. Clues are few.

Press coverage of the crime was minimal.

Perhaps renewed interest in this case will lead to its solution and to that of others as well.


I hope so Richard!!

Richard
08-02-2006, 09:55 AM
This Saturday marks the 31st year since Kathy Lynn Beatty's death.

Like the Lyon sisters, Kathy was last believed to be out walking in her own residential neighborhood, possibly on her way to a shopping center. Her abduction occurred on a weekday in the early evening. Nobody saw the actual abduction or attack take place.

Kathy was close in age to Sheila Lyon, and the scene of the crime was only a few miles north of Wheaton Plaza. The crimes were almost exactly four months apart (25 March - 24 July).

Usher737
08-02-2006, 03:30 PM
Thanks for keeping this case alive Richard. That little girl deserves justice.

Richard
10-19-2006, 12:14 PM
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From the Washington Post Newspaper 6 January 1977...The Beatty murder: "we have ideas about who was involved" By Martha M. Hamilton...

... She called other friends of her daughter until she had only one more to try - a boy on whom Kathy had a crush. The two had been sweethearts in 8th grade, and Kathy continued to be fond of him, said Mrs. Beatty. She thought that Kathy might have found an excuse to be wherever he had been and that he might have seen her.

The boy and a freind were supposed to be sleeping outside in a camper, she said the boy's father told her. When the boy's father checked outside, the boys were not there, she said. She asked him to call when they returned and began driving around, looking for Kathy....

... Then she sat waiting for dawn, so she could call the boy's house again. When she did call, about 7 a.m., the boy came to the phone and said that he had not seen Kathy either.
It would be interesting to know what this boy's full story was. Where was he that night? What or Who did he see if he was traveling around the neighborhood?

Also, how far was his house and backyard from the parking lot of VITRO Laboratories offices?

mconeal
10-30-2006, 04:30 PM
I think it would also be interesting to know what kind of life the boy she had the cursh on has led since this happened. I think that chances are if he had any thing to do with her death then he hasn't been a stranger to LE. I'm sure he thinks he got away with that and a lot of times when someone sees they get away with something one time then they will try it again. Just my opinion.

Richard
10-31-2006, 01:36 PM
I think it would also be interesting to know what kind of life the boy she had the cursh on has led since this happened. I think that chances are if he had any thing to do with her death then he hasn't been a stranger to LE. I'm sure he thinks he got away with that and a lot of times when someone sees they get away with something one time then they will try it again. Just my opinion.
Very good point. Because the boy was a minor at the time, his name was not released by police or published in the newspaper. But LE should have his name and it might be worth their while to interview him again, and look up any history he might have.

There seem to be two main possibilities or lines of thought regarding Kathy's murder.

The early (1975) one was that some kid or kids that she knew might have done something to her and that she was killed or that she fell trying to run from her attacker(s). Those early suspects or possible suspects would have been the boyfriend and his buddy, and other neighborhood kids who reportedly saw Kathy at the Middle School a block from her home.

The first scenario might be that she walked west on her street to the Middle School, and not seeing anyone she cared to talk to, left the school area to stop by the house of her boyfriend. From there, she might have walked out of her neighborhood in an easterly direction, crossing the highway to a "party" area near the K-Mart, where older kids were known to hang out and drink. She may have been with friends/acquaintenances there, or might have been among strangers.

The problem with the first scenario is that although several kids claimed to have seen her at the school, none mentioned her going across the road toward the K-Mart. Nobody ever came forward with any information to that effect. Kathy was barefoot, and knew that she was supposed to be at home. Would she have gotten the idea to walk alone to an area which was known to have a lot of broken glass and trash around it, and possibly older kids who would be drinking? Not according to those who knew her. IF she walked there it was done on the spur of the moment - with someone she knew (like the boy she had a crush on). If it was her intention to walk the the K-Mart area, she would have put her shoes on before leaving home. If she was there with another kid or kids, things may have gotten out of hand and she may have been killed or died accident. The boy and his friend may have lied to cover it up.

A second scenario might have involved a stranger abduction. This second possibility seems to have developed - or gained more support - in 1987 when it was learned that Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. had been working in the area at the time. Coffey was already a convicted serial child molester, and was then on trial for the murder of 10 year-old Amanda Ray. He was also suspected of killing at least two other children.

While there is some discrepancy or confusion as to exactly which of VITRO's four Montgomery County Offices Coffey worked at, some reports claim that it was at their New Aspen Hill Office which was located adjacent to Kathy's Neighborhood, and only a couple blocks from her house. Another report has it that Coffey worked out of the Rockville office, but it is possible that his computer job took him to all of VITRO's offices, including the Aspen Hill one.

A scenario involving Coffey is not hard to imagine. It was a warm summer night, and there was still some daylight left. Kathy was bored with sitting home watching TV (which she had done all day). Her mother and sister were not home. She called a girl friend and mentioned that she wanted to go see a boy she had a crush on. This girlfriend later lied to Kathy's mother by telling her that she had come to her house for a while, but left. This was an obvious "cover" because later, it was learned that Kathy had not been to the girl's home that night. Kathy may have gone to her "boyfriend's" house, but he was not at home, having gone off with his buddy somewhere.

Still barefoot, but disappointed at not finding her "boyfriend", Kathy may have walked another block or two hoping to see him, and instead found friendly Fred Coffey in the VITRO parking lot next to his vehicle...

Jeb
05-24-2007, 08:35 PM
According to LE, & Newspapers, there were some keys found at the area were Kathy was found. LE desperately tryed to link them to Coffey, through his vehicles, place of residence & place of employment. They were unsuccessful. I can't help but wonder, since Coffey seemed to visit, & be on good terms with his mom, in Bristol,Va., maybe 1 or 2 of the keys were house keys to his moms' house. Was this possibilty ever checked out?

Another possibilty I thought of on the keys was; maybe one of them would fit a brief case. I asked LE this question, the answer was 'no'.

froggierintexas
06-10-2007, 11:14 PM
Did they contact locksmiths to see if any remember him having anything rekeyed or with Vitro to see if they have any record of him needing a new key to the building?

Richard
06-11-2007, 01:12 PM
Did they contact locksmiths to see if any remember him having anything rekeyed or with Vitro to see if they have any record of him needing a new key to the building?

I do not know the full extent of what LE did with those keys, but I do know that they made an attempt to match them to Vitro Laboratory offices, with no luck. Remember, however, that 12 years had passed between the murder and the time that Fred Coffey came to their attention.

Richard
06-13-2007, 10:15 AM
Could the below case possibly be linked to the attack on Kathy Beatty? Note that both were abducted, physically assulted, and left for dead near a drainage ditch by a large department store.

The attacks occurred about 17 days apart.

Photos of Kathy resemble the composite drawing of this other girl. Both had long dark hair parted in the middle. Similar size and description.

A possible suspect, Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. was a computer specialist with Vitro Laboratories which had four offices near Wheaton, one of them only blocks from Kathy's house in Aspen Hill.

Coffey departed the Wheaton, Maryland area very suddenly when it was reported in the papers that Kathy Beatty had survived her attack and was in the hospital. Unfortunately, she never regained conciousness, and died 5 August 1975.

Coffey later wrote to his employer claiming (falsly) that his wife and daughter had been in a car accident in Kentucky, and that he had to go to them. He asked that his last paycheck be mailed to him. Where he actually went in late July/early August 1975 is anyone's guess.

Coffey was convicted in 1987 of First Degree Murder for killing 10-year-old Amanda Ray in Charlotte, NC in 1979. Her body was found in a remote area near water.


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Unidentified White Female
Discovered on August 16, 1975 in East Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut.
Estimated date of death: August 11, 1975.

Vital Statistics

Estimated age: 18 - 28 years old
Approximate Height and Weight: 5'5" - 5'6"; 125 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, parted in center. Brown/hazel eyes. She had pierced ears. She may have had a small mole under the chin. She possibly had comestic surgery to reduce the size of the nose.
Dentals: Available. Probable orthodontic care.
Clothing: No clothing located.

Case History

The woman’s strangled body was found by a truck driver on a rainy August 16, 1975, floating in a drainage ditch behind the former Bradlees department store on Frontage Road. She was wrapped in a canvas tarpaulin and she was gagged and bound by black antenna wire around her neck, waist and knees. Police believe she was killed somewhere else and dumped on Frontage Road. She died of asphyxiation by suffocation at least five days prior to discovery.

Dried white paint spots on the tarpaulin might indicate the murderer had connections with the painting trade.

Investigators
If you have any information about this case please contact:
East Haven Police Department
Detective Division
Detective Sgt Scobie
203-468-3827

Source Information:
ID Wanted Organization
The Doe Network: Case File 93UFCT

LINK:
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/93ufct.html

Richard
06-28-2007, 10:32 PM
July 24th will mark the 32nd anniversary of Kathy's murder.

The Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Investigators who are in charge of the still open case are the same ones who are in charge of the Lyon Sisters' unsolved and open case.

The lead investigator was in the same High School Class as Kathy's older sister, Theresa.

ShurlT
06-28-2007, 11:27 PM
Got your message and have spent all this time typing the details only to have it wiped out again and being told I'm not logged in but there was my name at bottom of first page as logged in and at the top. I've logged in about 5 times alraeady. This is too much to try to work with. There's no point in me trying again from here.

ShurlT
06-28-2007, 11:38 PM
Thanks for reminding us about Kathy Beatty, Richard. My heart and prayers are with her family hoping something might come up that will bring a solution to her case.
Richard, please check your messages again. Thanks.

ShurlT
06-29-2007, 10:29 AM
Richard, I tried to IM you again just now. Same thing happened. Dog is on the way to pound in Frederick right now.

ShurlT
06-30-2007, 09:22 PM
Richard, please check you messages.

ShurlT
07-03-2007, 12:15 PM
There's something wrong with this website. Now I can't log out. Thought it was me but I just logged out, exited the site and came back to see if I was still logged in. I am.

Jeb
08-21-2007, 10:08 PM
If Coffey killed the Beatty girl, & his car keys were included in the set of keys found at the murder site, what would he have done? He would have been at the scene with his car, & no keys. Unless he had a spare key hidden on the outside of the car you would think his spare key was back at his motel (a person relocating his job & residence would most certainly have a spare car key somewere).

In order to go from Aspen Hill to his Gaithersburg motel he probably would have chosen the fastest method, which would have been a round trip taxi ride. I understand 12 years have past before Coffey was a possible suspect, but even at that, taxi records may have been available if LE had inquired.

What if someone had taken a round trip taxi ride from Aspen Hill to the Holiday Motel in Gaithersburg? Also, what if that someone just happened to be Fred Coffey?

ShurlT
08-25-2007, 09:15 PM
Jeb, please check your messages.

Richard
08-29-2007, 11:40 AM
I origionally posted the still unsolved case of the Murder of Kathy Lynn Beatty on the Lyon Sister's thread because I felt that there could be a connection between the two cases.

Both cases occurred in Wheaton, Maryland in 1975, almost exactly four months apart.
- The Lyon girls disappeared on 25 March (A Tuesday) between about 2:30 and 4:30PM
- Kathy Beatty was abducted and assaulted on 24 July (A Thursday night), probably sometime after 8PM.
- Both incidents occurred during the same moon phase.

Both incidents involved young girls (ages 11 and 13, and age 14) out in their respective neighborhoods on their own.

Both probable abductions occurred in a parking lot, or in residential streets adjacent to parking lots and near shopping centers.

No witness reported seeing any of the girls being abducted.
The abductor(s) most likely used a ruse to lure the girls into his vehicle.

The distance between the two incidents is only about three miles.

The victims of these two incidents bear some physical resemblance.

ShurlT
09-01-2007, 11:41 PM
Richard, that's the first time I think I've heard about a resemblence between the Lyon sisters and Cathy Beatty. Was there ever a picture of Cathy Beatty posted anywhere? Would it be possible to get her picture posted here or on Maryland Missing or one of the other websites...maybe all of them? Just a thought.

Richard
09-02-2007, 09:57 AM
Richard, that's the first time I think I've heard about a resemblence between the Lyon sisters and Cathy Beatty. Was there ever a picture of Cathy Beatty posted anywhere? Would it be possible to get her picture posted here or on Maryland Missing or one of the other websites...maybe all of them? Just a thought.

In an earlier post on this thread, I quoted a Washington Post Newspaper story dated 6 January 1977. I found a copy of that article in microfilm files. That article contained a photo of Kathy. She was a pretty girl with long, straight hair.

Kathy is not missing, so the Maryland Missing site would not carry her story. Her murder remains unsolved, however, and the case is still open.

ShurlT
09-04-2007, 11:11 PM
Thanks for your response, Richard. Have been out of state a couple weeks and will be leaving again tomorrow but will try to keep tabs on things from a library computer. Please keep up the good work.

Richard
01-04-2008, 09:39 AM
Not mentioned in the previous posts is that Kathy was found in an area sometimes described as a "dump" or trash filled, rocky place, near a drainage ditch or stream. This was a large, vacant area adjacent to the K-Mart and its parking lot. Found beside Kathy's unconcious body was a set of keys. The keys did not belong to Kathy, and investigators suspected that they may have belonged to her assailant. ...

As Jeb has mentioned in a previous post, taking another look at the set of keys might provide new clues to the mystery of who abducted and murdered Kathy Lynn Beatty.

While they determined that the keys did not belong to Kathy, it was never determined who did own them.

As anyone who has ever had a key copied knows, there are many different types of keys. Perhaps a complete "inventory" of each key on the ring will give a picture of the man who carried them. For instance, house or appartment keys, vehicle keys, Mail Box keys, etc. can give investigators clues as to the interests or habits of the unknown assailant.

Sometimes locksmiths mark their keys with stamps, or codes. Keys for General Motors cars have a different line pattern for each model year. Certain types of padlocks are purchased mainly by the military, etc.

Other than the forensic evidence of the injuries that Kathy suffered, there is no evidence except this set of keys.

Richard
01-09-2008, 02:29 PM
24 July 1975 (Thursday)

4 PM: Kathy is at home with her mother (Mrs. Beatty) . She had been inside all day watching television and asks her mother if she can go outside and ride her bike.

Her mother says yes she can, but invites her to travel to Baltimore to attend a Maryland Lottery dinner drawing that evening. Kathy declines, so her mother tells her to fix her own supper when she returns from her bike ride.

Her mother tells Kathy that she will be home by 9 PM. She expects Kathy to be home by 8:30 PM, because she was always in by sun down.

6:30 or 7 PM: A boy who lives next door stops by to see Kathy at home. He had brings her a shirt from Ocean City, chats with her awhile, then leaves.

About 8:30 PM: Near Parkland Junior High School, Kathy is seen walking alone by several known youngsters about Kathy's age. Although they later say that they saw her at the school, none of them claim that they were with her. They later refused to take polygraph tests.

Some time after 8:30 PM: Kathy receives a fatal blow to her head and is left lying behind the K-Mart at Georgia and Connecticut Avenues.

11 PM: Mrs. Beatty returns home. The house is dark and Kathy is not at home. When she turns on the lights there is a note from Kathy saying she has gone to a friend's and will be back at 10 PM. It is raining, and Kathy's mother assumes her daughter is waiting for a ride home.

All night long her mother searches for Kathy. Including contacting homes of some of her friends. Kathy is not located. The father of a "boyfriend" goes out to a camper in his backyard to ask his son if he has seen Kathy, but finds that his son and his son's buddy are not in the camper.


25 July 1975 (Friday)

7 AM: The "boyfriend" calls Kathy's home to state that he has not seen her.

Early morning, sometime after 7 AM: Kathy is found by her sister Theresa and Theresa's boyfriend in a trash-filled, rocky place, near a drainage ditch or stream. This was a large, vacant area adjacent to the K-Mart and its parking lot.

Kathy is unconscious, suffering from a with a depressed fracture of the skull. She is barely alive. Kathy had been sexually assaulted but not raped. Her purse is found nearby.

Found beside Kathy are a set of keys. The keys do not belong to Kathy, and investigators suspect that they may have been dropped by her assailant.

Kathy is taken to Suburban Hospital by ambulance. In the hospital, Kathy never regains conciousness.


5 August 1975 (Friday)

Kathy dies of complications from her injuries, including blood poisoning in the Intensive Care Unit at Suburban Hospital.


6 January 1977: Washington Post Article about Kathy's murder, which remains unsolved.

1987: Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. a convicted child molester and murderer comes to the attention of Montgomery County Police as a possible suspect in Kathy's murder, but lack of evidence prevents them from charging him. In July 1975, Coffey had been working for Vitro Laboratories, which had four offices in the Wheaton/Aspen Hill/Rockville Maryland area. The parking lot of one Vitro Office is located between Kathy's house and the K-Mart where she was found.

gaia227
01-31-2008, 11:27 AM
Didn't the police have a composite of the suspected abductor in the Lyons case? The guy in the brown suit with the microphone?
Does anyone know what Coffey looks like? Do these two men look similar?

gaia227
01-31-2008, 11:57 AM
Here is a recent picture of Coffey
http://images.news14.com/media/2007/7/17/images/02frank_coffey.jpg

And a picture of the composite in the Lyons sisters disappearence.
http://www.charleyproject.org/images/l/lyon_suspect2.jpg

It seems possible to me that could be a younger Frank Coffey Jr. I couldn't find a dated picture of him unfortunately.

JJM
02-01-2008, 06:11 PM
Kathy's mother was interviewed this week and will be on a CBS special about cold cases. This will air THIS COMING SUNDAY at 11 p.m.

“If you murder an innocent man you are responsible for the blood of his unborn descendants, and the weight of this responsibility is yours to carry to the end of time (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/if_you_murder_an_innocent_man_you_are_responsible/195124.html)”

marylandmissing
02-03-2008, 05:23 PM
The Murder Of Kathy Lynn Beatty
ASPEN HILL, MD(WUSA)--Karen Lynn Beatty was walking barefoot through her Aspen Hill neighborhood on a warm summer night in July 1975.

Her mother, Patricia Haberman, had told her to be home before dark.

Kathy's older sister found her the next morning in a wooded area near a K-Mart store by Connecticut and Georgia Avenues. Kathy was barely alive. She had been raped, beaten--her skull was fractured.

Patricia Haberman says she was driving to where her daughter was found when she had to pull over to the side to let the ambulance pass by. "...and I said, please don't let it go to K-Mart..but it did."

Kathy was taken to Suburban Hospital but she never regained consciousness. She died August 5, 1975.

"What jumps out the most is the brutality of it," says Montgomery County Police detective Joe Mordano--"it was really vicious."

Detective Mordano says Kathy's clothes were scattered all over the woods. This, he says, was a teen hangout where some drank and did drugs. They called it the rocks, the trails. Police believe Kathy's attacker knew her.

Mrs. Haberman remembers the call from a strange, older boy, claiming to know the killer. "A girl, and she's possessed by the devil," Kathy's mother says the caller told her. And then she says the caller said, "..could I have been so f***ed up that I could've done it?"

For Mrs. Haberman it's been a 32 year nightmare not knowing who did it and why. She said she hopes that somebody who was there and wants to get it off their conscience makes the one phone call that can bring her some measure of piece.

That's the same phone call detective Joe Mordano is waiting for--"it's not right that this person did such a gross, horrible thing..that he walks free today."

If you have any information that may help solve this case call Montgomery County Police at 866-411-8477.

Richard
02-04-2008, 11:10 AM
The above story aired last night at 11:15PM on WUSA Channel 9 in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. The video included several photos of Kathy Lynn Beatty.

Her mother is still searching for answers.

Link to WUSA9.com - The Murder Of Kathy Lynn Beatty:

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=68097

marylandmissing
06-13-2008, 11:07 AM
In today's Wash Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/12/AR2008061204166.html

ShurlT
06-13-2008, 12:20 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Marylandmissing. I'm ecstatic over the news and fell like shouting it from the housetop.

To MRS Haberman, Steven Kerpelman, MCP and all others involved my thoughts and prayers are with you. God speed and please keep us informed whenever you can and with whatever you can...if you can without jeapordizing the case. Don't give up and as far as I'm concerned it doesn't matter if the solution leads to Coffey, as I would hope, or if it leads to someone else...just so the case is solved.

missmuffit
06-17-2008, 02:49 AM
The Washington Post articles that were published on 13 June 2008 about the murder of Kathy Beatty gave the website address for the site that her family has set up.

http://www.kathybeatty.com/

There is not a lot of info on the site but thought that I would post it here for Kathy. The family seems hopeful that her killer will be caught.

MM ~

Richard
06-19-2008, 11:54 AM
It is good to see that there is renewed interest in this unsolved case. Hopefully witnesses and persons of interest who were reluctant to talk in 1975 will be forthcoming now that they are adults.

It is possible that Kathy was assulted by acquaintences that July evening in 1975, and that someone knows the identity and specifics.

While rumors and beliefs concerning this case (which started in 1975)should be revisited, renewed consideration should also be given to Mr. Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. who worked at the Vitro Laboratories building adjacent to Kathy's Aspen Hill neighborhood and across the street from the K-mart.

Mr. Coffey came to Montgomery County Police attention in 1987 as a possible suspect in both the Lyon Sisters' disappearance and the attack on Kathy Lynn Beatty. He left town very suddenly without notice to his employer immediately after the attack on Kathy Beatty was written about in the Washington Post and it was mentioned that Kathy was still alive.

Coffey later wrote to Vitro explaining his sudden departure with a lie about his wife and daughter being involved in a serious auto accident out of state. He asked that his final paycheck (through 31 July 1975) be mailed to him.

Coffey was later convicted of numerous counts of Child Molestation and was convicted of the 1979 Murder of 10 year old Amanda Ray in North Carolina. He is also a suspect in a number of other child murders. Prior to these Maryland cases (in 1974), Coffey had been convicted of the rape of a 13 year-old girl in Virginia Beach, VA.

gaia227
06-20-2008, 12:14 PM
I will never understand how someone could have pertinent info or hear a confession given at a party and never say anything. Perhaps some of us just have a heightened sense of social responsibility than others but I know if I ever heard anything I thought was relavent to a murder I would contact authorities immediately. What gets me the most is if asked people talk but until asked they remain mum for thirty some years. I don't comment much on this thread but I check up on it regulary. It is heartening to see interest is getting renewed in Kathy's case.

Indigator
06-23-2008, 02:03 AM
I may be pulling at straws but I belive that Vitro Laboratories was part of Vitro Corporation and this company had an office in Warminster, PA. Does anyone know if Coffey was working for Vitro in 1975? There is a missing girl, Wendy Eaton, who disappeared under circumstances similair to the Lyons girls on 5-17-1975.

http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewPoster&caseNum=601124&orgPrefix=NCMC&searchLang=en_US

Richard
06-27-2008, 10:44 PM
I may be pulling at straws but I belive that Vitro Laboratories was part of Vitro Corporation and this company had an office in Warminster, PA. Does anyone know if Coffey was working for Vitro in 1975? There is a missing girl, Wendy Eaton, who disappeared under circumstances similair to the Lyons girls on 5-17-1975. ...


Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. was indeed working for Vitro Laboratories in May of 1975. I believe that his dates of employment were from some time in April through the end of July 1975.

Vitro had four different offices in Maryland in 1975, all in the Wheaton, Rockville, Silver Spring area. Coffey is known to have worked at two of those offices, and possibly all of them. He was a computer expert, and may have been sent from one office to another as ADP support.

I have a history of Vitro somewhere, but do not recall if they had an office in Warminster, PA. They were engaged in US government contracts, primarily in Naval Weapon Systems. So, even if they did not have corporate offices in other cities, they most likely had job sites and customers in other cities and states.

Besides Wendy Eaton (age 15, went missing 17 May 1975 from Media, PA), two other Pennsylvania girls about her same age also disappeared in the Summer of 1975:

Edna Christine Thorne, 15, went missing 24 June 1975 from Philadelphia, PA

Tracy Anne King, 14, went missing 18 July 1975 from Littlestown, PA

Richard
03-31-2009, 07:49 PM
There has been some discussion about this case in the Cold Case section of Websleuths, and it includes a link to the Montgomery County Police website. There is a photo of the keys found next to Kathy Lynn Beatty's purse.

The keyring was one of those round ones with a black leather fob attatched. Only two keys are on it.

One key is a Schlage brand house key of the kind that goes into a door knob. This would be the kind used in houses in the 1960's thru mid 1970's.

The other key is a GM ignition key. The website describes it as belonging to a 1972 General Motors vehicle. GM changed key blanks each year, so that usually you cannot even stick the key from one year model into the lock or ignition of the next year model.

This may be one of those times when the LACK of evidence may mean something. There is NO vehicle door lock key on the ring. This could mean that the vehicle was a pick-up truck or maybe a van. I am researching that possibility.

SharetheLight
03-31-2009, 11:39 PM
There has been some discussion about this case in the Cold Case section of Websleuths, and it includes a link to the Montgomery County Police website. There is a photo of the keys found next to Kathy Lynn Beatty's purse.

The keyring was one of those round ones with a black leather fob attatched. Only two keys are on it.

One key is a Schlage brand house key of the kind that goes into a door knob. This would be the kind used in houses in the 1960's thru mid 1970's.

The other key is a GM ignition key. The website describes it as belonging to a 1972 General Motors vehicle. GM changed key blanks each year, so that usually you cannot even stick the key from one year model into the lock or ignition of the next year model.

This may be one of those times when the LACK of evidence may mean something. There is NO vehicle door lock key on the ring. This could mean that the vehicle was a pick-up truck or maybe a van. I am researching that possibility.

In the sixties, there were certain cars that only had one key. That key both opened the door and turned the ignition. Did this continue on into the seventies? If so, it could explain the reason for only one car key.
Or it could be a spare car key?

SharetheLight
04-01-2009, 02:19 PM
The more I think about this, I think a key ring with only two keys has to be a "spare" key ring, or the key ring of a teenager. A teenager most likely would only have two keys.

Richard
04-02-2009, 01:27 PM
In the sixties, there were certain cars that only had one key. That key both opened the door and turned the ignition. Did this continue on into the seventies? If so, it could explain the reason for only one car key.
Or it could be a spare car key?

I can state with absolute certainty that in 1970, GMC and Chevrolet pick-up trucks had only one key which worked in both ignition and doors. I say that because I drove a 1970 pickup and still have my key for it.

I checked with a friend who has both a 1973 and a 1974 Chevy Pickup. He says that both of those year models had two keys; one for doors and one for ignition.

I have not yet nailed it down in regard to what key or keys that 1971-72 Chevy trucks or vans had.

By the early 1960's all GM cars had two keys - one for ignition and the other for trunk/glove compartment, and later that second one was for doors as well. By the time the blanks looked like the one on the Montgomery County Police website, the rectangle shaped one was for ignition and the oval shaped one was for doors. The exception being that for a few early 1970's years the ignition key on trucks also unlocked the doors.

Dodge trucks and vans used only one key for all throughout the 1970's. Ford trucks and vans were the same up to some point and then they changed to the two key system.

SharetheLight
04-03-2009, 10:21 AM
I can state with absolute certainty that in 1970, GMC and Chevrolet pick-up trucks had only one key which worked in both ignition and doors. I say that because I drove a 1970 pickup and still have my key for it.

I checked with a friend who has both a 1973 and a 1974 Chevy Pickup. He says that both of those year models had two keys; one for doors and one for ignition.

I have not yet nailed it down in regard to what key or keys that 1971-72 Chevy trucks or vans had.

By the early 1960's all GM cars had two keys - one for ignition and the other for trunk/glove compartment, and later that second one was for doors as well. By the time the blanks looked like the one on the Montgomery County Police website, the rectangle shaped one was for ignition and the oval shaped one was for doors. The exception being that for a few early 1970's years the ignition key on trucks also unlocked the doors.

Dodge trucks and vans used only one key for all throughout the 1970's. Ford trucks and vans were the same up to some point and then they changed to the two key system.

What about cars?? One could very easily just use the ignition/door key. If they needed to pop the trunk you could do it from the inside of the car. In the early seventies did cars have to use two keys, in that the ignition key no longer would unlock the door? I don't think we should be so quick as to rule out cars in this scenerio.

I am still thinking this could have been a spare ring. Who only has two keys on a ring? Except perhaps a teenager. It is my understanding a teenager could very likely be the perp in this case.

Indigator
04-06-2009, 01:10 AM
There were not trunk openers in teh cars in those days. You HAD to use a key to open the trunk.

SharetheLight
04-06-2009, 06:54 AM
Then I'd say it's either a spare ring OR the keys of a teenager.
I can't get past the fact that an adult would carry more keys on their regular ring.

Richard
04-06-2009, 03:16 PM
Then I'd say it's either a spare ring OR the keys of a teenager.
I can't get past the fact that an adult would carry more keys on their regular ring.

Men generally carry their keys on rings which are kept in their pockets. Yes, you do tend to accumulate a collection over time.

It is for that reason, however, that the first thing I do when traveling is to lighten the load and put my main ring of keys into my luggage and carry only the keys that I need. If this guy was from out of town, staying in Montgomery county for a while, perhaps he did the same - carrying only the key to his vehicle and the key to the door where he was staying.

Or, maybe this was a borrowed vehicle and the ring contained the ignition key and a key to a garage where it was usually kept.

mnegri1973
05-27-2009, 12:47 AM
Did house keys in the '70's have the name of the builder on them? I know that when we bought our house, all of the keys had the name of the builder on them. As how many keys people carry on their key rings? I only carry my key fob and my house key, so the only actual key is for my house. So I do not find it odd that the ring only contained two keys. Also, is there a way for GM to track the key, which would then maybe tell us where the car was bought? Is that even possible?

There is just something about this case that tugs at the heart.

M ~

Richard
07-25-2009, 02:22 PM
Did house keys in the '70's have the name of the builder on them? ...
.... Also, is there a way for GM to track the key, which would then maybe tell us where the car was bought? Is that even possible?...~

I do not believe that it was common practice for keys to have a builder's name on them. Certainly, anyone can have a locksmith stamp code letters, numbers, or even names on keys. But in my experience, I have not seen this very often.

Regarding the car key, back in the 1970's quite often the ignition key could also open the door. The second key was for the trunk and glove compartment. Later, the second key was for the doors as well, with the ignition being only for starting the car/truck. General Motors had a code system for their keys which were stamped in little "punch-outs" on each origional key. This code allowed a locksmith to make a new key without having to use the origional as a pattern.

Assuming that you had some other sort of lead as to where the car may have been purchased, you MIGHT be able to narrow it down as to which car it went to, but probably this would be a large undertaking.

Because GM changed their blanks every year, it is possible to say what model year the key goes to, but it is also possible that someone could have changed the locks/ignition on the car.

Richard
07-25-2009, 02:29 PM
A couple of years ago, I posted the possibility that this case might be related to Kathy's case. Nobody commented one way or the other at the time.

Recently, I ran across this unsolved case again and though that I would re-post it to see if anyone has any thoughts or comments.

Note that this girl was murdered only a few weeks after Kathy was attacked. This girl was dumped in a drainage ditch near a large department store. Note also that the girl's description is similar to that of Kathy.

-------------------------------------------------

Unidentified White Female
Discovered on August 16, 1975 in East Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut.
Estimated date of death: August 11, 1975.

Vital Statistics

Estimated age: 18 - 28 years old
Approximate Height and Weight: 5'5" - 5'6"; 125 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, parted in center. Brown/hazel eyes. She had pierced ears. She may have had a small mole under the chin. She possibly had comestic surgery to reduce the size of the nose.
Dentals: Available. Probable orthodontic care.
Clothing: No clothing located.

Case History

The woman’s strangled body was found by a truck driver on a rainy August 16, 1975, floating in a drainage ditch behind the former Bradlees department store on Frontage Road. She was wrapped in a canvas tarpaulin and she was gagged and bound by black antenna wire around her neck, waist and knees. Police believe she was killed somewhere else and dumped on Frontage Road. She died of asphyxiation by suffocation at least five days prior to discovery.

Dried white paint spots on the tarpaulin might indicate the murderer had connections with the painting trade.

Investigators
If you have any information about this case please contact:
East Haven Police Department
Detective Division
Detective Sgt Scobie
203-468-3827

Source Information:
ID Wanted Organization
The Doe Network: Case File 93UFCT

LINK:
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/93ufct.html (http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/93ufct.html)

:+:MrTT:+:
09-22-2009, 09:30 PM
According to Montgomery County Police Detective Bill Campbell, in an interview with Washington Post reporter Charles W. Hall on March 13, 1987, Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. worked at Vitro Corp. in Aspen Hill as a computer data system employee from April 24, 1975 to July 31, 1975. Campbell stated that according to company records, he interviewed for a job there on April 1, 1975. When Coffey suddenly quit his job in late July, he told his employer, Vitro that his wife and daughter had been injured in a Kentucky car accident. Campbell stated that the story was false and was identical to one he used in leaving another job.

A note of clarification: Coffey simply left the area without giving his employer any notice a few days prior to 31 July. It was later that he sent a letter to Vitro with his explanation for leaving and a request for his last paycheck. 31 July would have been the last day of that pay period. Coffey's rapid departure from the area coincided with publication of a Washington Post news article which described the attack on Kathy Beatty, and which stated that she was still alive and in the hospital.

Fred Coffey's residence address while working at Vitro was a room at the Holiday Motel, 807 S. Frederick Ave. Gaithersburg, MD. That motel was demolished a few years ago and a personal goods storage facility is now located on the site.

According to MCP Sergeant Gary Smith (in a Washington Post interview 22 June 1987), police tried to pinpoint when Coffey first came to the Holiday Motel, and they also tried to get old Maryland motor vehicle records to verify reports that he had bought a car in Montgomery County about the time of the Lyon girls' disappearance (25 March 1975). Unfortunately, by 1987 those records could no longer be located and were thought to have been destroyed.

Sgt. Smith also stated in his interview that attempts had been made to link Coffey to a set of keys found near Kathy Beatty.

Kathy and those keys were found only a few hundred yards east of Fred Coffey's place of employment.

Just throwing this out there, more as a curiosity, then a more likely fact, but wanted to put it in here to read.
i seen the picture, of them keys that was posted........3of them, there somewhere....a Chevy key, a door key, and something else but i have forgotten.......in the girls case, hes education, makes a good POI, on that short list........above average intelligence,.....but the main reason, i posted here, after reading more on the girls...........I wonder if this person knew John Brennan Crutchley ?...somehow in there inner circle, similar type jobs etc.....seems they both had a thing for coming and going with jobs.... just wondered, if they had crossed paths before, and even develop some kind of relationship.?

forgot to add...

this blood poisoning, i read about here, was that due to the injuries, or should i take that as meaning some kind of poisoning through injection??
i was reading about another killer, while looking at the girls case, and i came across one whom killed, or killed one with a injection of something.
i just don't remember now whom it was i was reading about, as far as the killer, that is why i asked here..........

Just remembered, this other murder was a injection of some kind of animal drug i believe it was, if Kathy had also been injected with something to poison her, maybe we could make a match, and perhaps they were injected with the same poison.

ALL MOO, NOTHING FACTUAL OR FOR CERTAIN, UNLESS KNOWN TO BE, ALL SPECULATION AND ASSUMPTIONS ON MY PART

Richard
09-23-2009, 10:58 PM
Kathy's autopsey was not made public to my knowledge, so I do not know the exact nature of all her injuries. I do know that she had received a major blow to the head and that she was unconcious when found on Friday Morning, 25 July 1975.

She was rushed by ambulance to the hospital and lived for 12 days before she died. She did not regain consciousness prior to death. In a story some months later, her mother stated that Kathy had died of blood poisoning - that is a sepsis or infection - as a result of her injuries.

Nothing was stated about any kind of injection or "poisoning" with any kind of substance.

:+:MrTT:+:
09-30-2009, 09:53 PM
Richard, the follwoing shows travel from Franklin NH to Aspen Hill, MD.
the girls home which is located on Plyers Mill Road, runs right into 97 it looks like.........Kathy Lynn Gloddy was from Franklin and Kathy Lynn Beatty was from Aspen.......is this the reason why, certain POI were suspected, and was a connection, or better an assumption, these two girls may have been abducted by same person, or at least one of the two , and also the missing lyons sisters??......And could it be possible, with what you know, that the lyons sisters may be in aspen or franklin.

just looking a for connection i guess, to the two kathys, or a connection to at least one of those two, and the two lyons sisters.
but im confused, on where to go.......look forward to your input.

thank you in advance...coffy or crutchley...yes , i still have that crutchley person in my mind, and it wont go away!.....and he does look like the composite of the murdered student in the library at penn state in 69 i think it was..

this person Edward Dukette is the one LE, feels almost certain he killed GLoddy.......hes dead now, but heres the link just case you wanted to see it
http://www.fox44now.com/Global/story.asp?S=10961103

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3534/3970684480_7cd25b1694_o.jpg

Richard
10-01-2009, 12:47 AM
Man suspected in unsolved NH murder dies in Fla.
Associated Press - August 20, 2009 6:35 AM ET

FRANKLIN, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says a man considered a potential suspect in a 38-year-old unsolved murder has died in Florida.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Will Delker tells The Citizen that Edward Dukette was a "person of interest" in the death of 13-year-old Kathy Lynn Gloddy in 1971.

The 66-year-old Dukette, who died last week, was a tenant in the home owned by Kathy's father. She was raped, beaten, strangled and run over by a car.

In 2006, Dukette walked into a Florida jail and said "he needed to be arrested." He allegedly said he was with a girl named Gloddy when she died but "couldn't remember if he raped her." Dukette later recanted.

When asked what Dukette's death means to the investigation, Delker said he still considers it an open homicide.


Information from: Citizen, http://www.citizen.com


-----------------------------

I do not know if the case of Kathy Lynn Gloddy and that of Kathy Lynn Beatty are connected, although there certainly are some similarities. Whether they constitute a pattern, or simply a coincidence is hard to say with so little information.

The murders of the two girls occurred four years apart and quite a distance from eachother.

It would be very interesting to see a timeline on the person of interest in the Gloddy case. Where was he at various times? What crimes did he commit? What connection - besides his confession - is there between him and Kathy Lynn Gloddy? Was he ever in Maryland, specifically Wheaton, and when was that?


As to a possible connection between the Gloddy case and the Lyon case, that would depend on more information. The known information about the Lyon disappearance does not closely match what is known in the Gloddy case, in my opinion. But perhaps more information might indeed turn up some connections.

:+:MrTT:+:
10-02-2009, 07:09 PM
yes, the infamous roadblock.

not enough LE files to continue on with.

Perhaps, in the future, there will be further developments and we can continue on.

Richard
10-03-2009, 10:57 PM
Here is a website titled Kathybeatty.com - Solving Kathy's Murder

LINK:

http://www.kathybeatty.com/

:+:MrTT:+:
10-04-2009, 12:13 AM
Man suspected in unsolved NH murder dies in Fla.
Associated Press - August 20, 2009 6:35 AM ET

FRANKLIN, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says a man considered a potential suspect in a 38-year-old unsolved murder has died in Florida.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Will Delker tells The Citizen that Edward Dukette was a "person of interest" in the death of 13-year-old Kathy Lynn Gloddy in 1971.

The 66-year-old Dukette, who died last week, was a tenant in the home owned by Kathy's father. She was raped, beaten, strangled and run over by a car.

In 2006, Dukette walked into a Florida jail and said "he needed to be arrested." He allegedly said he was with a girl named Gloddy when she died but "couldn't remember if he raped her." Dukette later recanted.

When asked what Dukette's death means to the investigation, Delker said he still considers it an open homicide.


Information from: Citizen, http://www.citizen.com


-----------------------------

I do not know if the case of Kathy Lynn Gloddy and that of Kathy Lynn Beatty are connected, although there certainly are some similarities. Whether they constitute a pattern, or simply a coincidence is hard to say with so little information.

The murders of the two girls occurred four years apart and quite a distance from eachother.

It would be very interesting to see a timeline on the person of interest in the Gloddy case. Where was he at various times? What crimes did he commit? What connection - besides his confession - is there between him and Kathy Lynn Gloddy? Was he ever in Maryland, specifically Wheaton, and when was that?


As to a possible connection between the Gloddy case and the Lyon case, that would depend on more information. The known information about the Lyon disappearance does not closely match what is known in the Gloddy case, in my opinion. But perhaps more information might indeed turn up some connections.




By GAIL OBER
gober@citizen.com

Thursday, August 20, 2009
http://www.citizen.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=FD&Date=20090820&Category=GJNEWS02&ArtNo=708209677&Ref=AR&MaxW=250
GLODDY


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A one-time Franklin resident who died a week ago in Florida was a suspect in the still unsolved murder of 13-year-old Kathy Lynn Gloddy, the state Attorney General's Office has confirmed.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Neals-Eric "Will" Delker said Wednesday that Edward E. Dukette was a "person of interest" in Gloddy's murder 38 years ago.

Dukette, 66, of Old Town, Fla. died on Aug. 13, but in 1971 he was the upstairs tenant in the School Street home owned by Earl Gloddy, Kathy's father. Kathy Lynn disappeared on the evening of Nov. 21, 1971. Her body was found the next day. She had been raped, beaten, strangled and run over by a car.

"Karen [Gloddy Beaudin] and I used to baby-sit for him," said Janet Gloddy Young of Northfield, one of Kathy's three sisters.

In March 2006, Dukette walked into a jail in Florida and told the sheriff "he needed to be arrested." He allegedly told the sheriff he was with a girl named Gloddy when she died but he "couldn't remember if he raped her."

Dukette later recanted his story and told police he was ill and, because of a recent spinal tap, was "confused."

Delker said Wednesday that Dukette had definitely been a person of interest since 2006 and, as a result of Dukette's statements to Florida law enforcement, Kathy Lynn's body was exhumed and the case was reopened with the hopes that new technology such as DNA would shed some light on the cold case murder.

Merrimack County court records indicate Dukette pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl in 1969 and on June 1, 1970, was sentenced to a minimum of one year and one day and a maximum of three years in the N.H. State Prison, with six months of the minimum sentence suspended.

Delker said Dukette's name came up during the initial investigation of the rape and murder of Kathy Lynn, but declined to comment further.

Both Delker and Franklin Police Lt. Stephanie Clough said Dukette's statements were part of their 2006 investigation but neither would comment directly on any new revelations or confirm if they ever spoke directly to him.

"Like I said in 2006, we don't know if one or more people committed this crime," Delker said Wednesday.

When asked what Dukette's death means to the investigation, Delker said he still considers it an open homicide.

"I guess we'll regroup and decide where we go from here," he said.

In recent months, the Gloddy sisters have brought the unsolved murder of their sister into the media spotlight by publicly advocating before the state legislature for the creation of a dedicated cold case unit and working with private investigator Thomas Shamshak — a former Massachusetts police chief who is also involved in the investigation of the 2000 disappearance and murder of life guard Molly Bish in the central part of that state.

Last month, the Gloddy's held a vigil for Kathy Lynn on the front steps of the Franklin High School and led a procession of mourners holding daisies — Kathy Lynn's favorite flower — to the West Side Bridge.

They were guests of honor when Gov. John Lynch signed the cold case bill into law at the N.H. Statehouse last month.

In addition, the ABC News magazine "20/20" is working on a story about the murder and has twice filmed in Franklin — once at the vigil and a few days earlier when Shamshak took them to the actual place where police found her body.

Young said she and her sister Karen Gloddy Beaudin were interviewed by them in Boston while her sister Ann Gloddy Ring and brother Roger Gloddy were interviewed in Franklin.

Delker said he had been contacted by "20/20" and had agreed to an interview but said he didn't know "what will happen [with the news segment] with this new information."

Young said she had hoped Dukette "would tell us what he knew before he died, but I guess he took all that to the grave."

She said she prays that the police continue to investigate her sister's death despite Dukette's death.

"I just hope they don't give up now that this guy is dead," Young said.

"As far as I'm concerned this is still an open homicide," Delker said. "No warrants have been issued and we have not solved this case."

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Police exhume girl's body
Investigators yesterday exhumed the body of a 13-year-old Franklin girl who was slain 35 years ago, in the hopes that new DNA evidence will identify her killer.
Kathy Lynn Gloddy, a pretty tomboy known for her compassion and skills at sandlot baseball, was raped, beaten, run over with a motor vehicle and left on a dirt road in West Franklin in November 1971. No one has ever been arrested for her death.
A break in the case came in March, when a Florida sex offender named Edward Dukette walked into his local jail and said he was with Gloddy when she died, according to a police report. Dukette, 63, formerly of Franklin, was one of several original suspects in 1971, according to court papers.
In seeking court permission to disinter Gloddy's body, the investigators' petition focused almost exclusively on Dukette, pointing to several parts of his account that matched the facts of the case.
Yesterday morning, Gloddy's family gathered at St. John's Cemetery in Tilton as her casket was unearthed. The painstaking process began about 8 a.m. and took more than five hours.
The state's medical examiner and a forensic anthropologist from Maine began examining the body yesterday afternoon, according to Senior Assistant Attorney General Will Delker. Gloddy could be reburied as early as today, he said.
"We're hopeful that forensic evidence will help identify the killer,"Delker said.
The police uncovered a number of promising leads after Dukette came forward, Delker said. Two state police detectives are on the case, he said, along with Franklin police Lt. Stephanie Clough.
The forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy on Gloddy in 1971 noted semen was present in her body, but he did not collect a sample of it at the time, according to court documents.
In seeking court permission to exhume Gloddy's body, an investigator wrote that a medical examiner told him that "additional DNA from the perpetrator may be recovered from Kathy Gloddy's body, even after 35 years."
But one expert said that, while the body may contain useful evidence, it's unlikely that traces of the killer's DNA can be found now.
"Chances are slim" that the semen will help investigators now, according to Max Houck, a former FBI forensic anthropologist who has written textbooks on the science.
"It may be there, but it's probably going to be degraded to a point where it wouldn't be useful for DNA analysis," Houck said.
Some of the rapist's mitochondrial DNA could have survived for three decades, Houck said. That form of DNA lasts longest, but it provides less information, narrowing the suspect pool only to the rapist's maternal line.
A focus on Dukette
Dukette has not been charged in connection with Gloddy's death, and investigators have not ruled out any suspects or the possibility that more than one person was involved in the killing, Delker said.
And Dukette has told reporters that he was confused when he told officers at the Dixie County Sheriff's department in Florida that he was with Gloddy when she died.
Doctors "did something to my back, a spinal tap is what they call it, and I had some very strange thoughts, and I thought I was guilty about something, but I am not sure that is so," Dukette told the Gainesville Sun this month.
But according to court papers, several pieces of his story have checked out.
Dukette told the officers in Florida that he got to know Gloddy when he lived in an apartment above her family's home in Franklin, New Hampshire state police Detective Scott Gilbert wrote in his affidavit.
The affidavit lays out the following similarities between Dukette's account and the police record:
q Gloddy's father, Earl, told investigators in 1971 that he had rented an apartment to Dukette. Earl Gloddy told the police that he evicted Dukette after he served as a juror in a case in which Dukette's father was convicted of statutory rape.
q Dukette told the Florida police he had gone fishing with Gloddy in East Andover on the day she died. Gloddy's body was found near a brook in West Franklin, close to the East Andover town line, according to the affidavit.
q Dukette also told the Florida police that the day Gloddy died, the two had engaged in "lovemaking"and "petting," the affidavit says. Dukette was 28, and Gloddy was 13.
"He told the investigators that he did not remember engaging in sexual intercourse with her but stated it was possible," the affidavit says.
"Dukette denied that he would force Kathy to have sex with him if she resisted and claims he would never have beaten her because 'he would never beat another woman.'"
Dukette's account of Gloddy's death is hazy.
"Dukette claims that he does not remember what happened next but he found her lying in the water," the affidavit says. "She was dead."
Dukette told the Florida police that he panicked, drove away and then came back. He said he put Gloddy's body in the trunk of his convertible and "buried" her somewhere in Franklin, although he later told New Hampshire investigators that he may have dug a hole without ultimately burying her, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit casts doubt on Dukette's claim of nonviolence.
In the summer of 1971 - a few months before Gloddy's murder -Dukette repeatedly beat and raped a 14-year-old girl in California, according to the affidavit. He was convicted of that crime but did not go to jail until the winter of 1973, because the police could not locate him.
People who drank and rode motorcycles with Dukette in Franklin in the early 1970s told the Monitor that he had a reputation for being rough with women and went by the nicknames "Filthy McNasty" and "Dirty Eddie."
Dukette left New Hampshire shortly after Gloddy was killed, his girlfriend at the time told the police.
In 1971, investigators considered Dukette one of several suspects in the crime.
"The police never interviewed Dukette at that time because they could not locate him," the affidavit says.
"The police focused on several other suspects at the time but no one was ever arrested for the murder of Kathy Gloddy."

Richard
10-04-2009, 10:32 AM
Of course the big question is: Where was Edward Dukette in the spring and summer of 1975?

And what was he doing between 1971 and the day in 2006 that he walked into the Florida police station to confess?

:+:MrTT:+:
10-04-2009, 11:47 AM
http://www.cmonitor.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=CM&Date=20060714&Category=REPOSITORY&ArtNo=607140304&Ref=AR&border=0&MaxH=400&MaxW=336Of course the big question is: Where was Edward Dukette in the spring and summer of 1975?

And what was he doing between 1971 and the day in 2006 that he walked into the Florida police station to confess?

Gloddy's father, Earl, told investigators in 1971 that he had rented an apartment to Dukette. Earl Gloddy told the police that he evicted Dukette after he served as a juror in a case in which Dukette's father was convicted of statutory rape.

i find that so interesting....son like father!?
could they had worked together on some of these crimes?
only time will tell!

http://www.cmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060716/REPOSITORY/607160369/0/STATICPAGES0502

Yesterday, Dukette said he does not want to talk about his life in the 1970s.
"I have no response. My sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ," he said. "Can you change the past?"


Delker asked anyone familiar with Dukette and his connection with the Gloddy family to call the state police. Additionally, Delker said, investigators are looking for information about two people who may have known Dukette: Gerry Tassler and Terry Richardson.
In 1970, according to records at the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, Dukette served four months in prison for attempted statutory rape of a girl in Franklin. In 1973, Dukette was convicted of a rape in Los Angeles County, and he served nearly four years in prison, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Now, Dukette lives in a trailer in Old Town, Fla., a Panhandle town where he and his wife are known as regular churchgoers. In his front lawn, a blue-and-white sign lists the Ten Commandments. He relies on an oxygen tank, he said this week, and has for more than 20 years. He declined to speak with the Monitor yesterday, saying: "God bless you, bye-bye."

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ALL THIS TIME, I THOUGHT THIS PERSON DIED IN PRISON, I WAS SO WRONG ABOUT THAT!

I am pretty certain, 99.9% sure he did it, and they are just trying to confirm that with DNA.....that is why im assumping they exhumed the body, to confirm it.
It could have been in retaliation for being evicted, and for the father convicting his father of rape.
but just speculating on that.

These postings are more off topic, and if you like to have them deleted by me or a mod, its fine i understand.

looks like, he was in prison in 75?

Richard
10-04-2009, 11:27 PM
i find that so interesting....son like father!?
could they had worked together on some of these crimes?

only time will tell!...[/CENTER]


Something does not sound right. If Earl Gloddy was renting an apartment to Dukette, would it not have been a conflict of interest for him to sit on a jury hearing a case against the older Dukette?

Dukette sounds like a rather strange bird. But if he was convicted of rape in California in 1973 and then jailed for four years, it would seem that he was otherwise engaged in 1975 when the Lyon Sisters disappeared and Kathy Lynn Beatty was attacked.

:+:MrTT:+:
10-05-2009, 06:41 PM
Something does not sound right. If Earl Gloddy was renting an apartment to Dukette, would it not have been a conflict of interest for him to sit on a jury hearing a case against the older Dukette?

Dukette sounds like a rather strange bird. But if he was convicted of rape in California in 1973 and then jailed for four years, it would seem that he was otherwise engaged in 1975 when the Lyon Sisters disappeared and Kathy Lynn Beatty was attacked.


yes, seems we can take him out of the 75 area, when there seemed to be several missing young women coming up missing around that time.....and that's good, it is nice to be able to subtract one from a list, when investigating a case.


but from 71 on back, i would diffidently look at him and his to comrades at the time....



Gerry Tassler and Terry Richardson

without knowing the fathers story on the trial.....i can only assume, words were exchanged before, during or after the trial, verdict.
i still say he killed her, and as far as i am concerned, its just a matter of time, before they confirm that beyond a doubt, and it will finally be closed. and that is why they are trying the DNA tests, from exhuming Kathy's body.........

1975 cases, in and around the area.....I still have a focused on
John Brennan Crutchley. Hes still a prime candidate for some of these cold cases involving young girls.........I am hoping to read about some updates, on the new cold case squad that was developed.....to get an idea, on new possible suspects on these cases...........Those keys, they found, i wish they could try again, any property belonging to this person,.....once again, we need to see what these cold case detectives come up wit5h, and perhaps they will share some things, that has not been released.....that would help soooooo much, in placing some pieces to each puzzle, to get a better look at were we are out.........all i am trying to do right now, is to open up another path, on a long road, that they be able to travel down, if they actually read here, or would be interested in what has been posted.

quote...Dukette sounds like a rather strange bird...end of quote.
from what i read, he was, and his father to......in his young days, he was a biker i believe i read, from the 60s.....involved in all times of weird stuff.
including murder.......i would not be surprised , one day to read, him and his dad, committed together, or knew of each others crimes........

what we could really use right now, what would really help.
\if we could find some remains, of these missing young women!
THAT'S, what i want to do more then anything right now.......that would open up new doors, and paths, and close old ones, and end chapter for families, and love ones.

as time goes on, more often then not, any of these cases get resolved, it will be from remains found, and bodies exhumed for DNA testing etc.
because some of the perps, whom committed several murders over the years, wont be found, unless they exhumed the bodies, but that is fine, if it brings closure, to the family and love ones left behind, after all, that is why we are doing this, to bring that closure, that has been left open for so long...............................

addon ....n the summer of 1971 - a few months before Gloddy's murder -Dukette repeatedly beat and raped a 14-year-old girl in California, according to the affidavit. He was convicted of that crime but did not go to jail until the winter of 1973, because the police could not locate him.

seems, he mayhad been envolved in some kind of murder spree, while on the run after 1971 conviction, and not found until 73

but same MO..........beat and raped young girl....

Richard
05-21-2010, 10:13 AM
July 2010 will mark the 35 year anniversary of the Murder of Kathy Lynn Beatty. Hopefully there will be some resolution in her case or at least some more information made available.

Kathy was 14 years old, a beautiful young girl looking forward to starting high school and enjoying a warm summer evening the night that she was abducted and brutally assulted and left for dead.

The question persists of who did this terrible thing.

Kathy was known to have been walking around outside that evening. She was seen by other children near Parkland Middle School which was only a block or so from her home. She was also visited at her home by the young boy from next door who came over to give her a T shirt. It is possible that she called a girl friend that night to arrange a "cover story" of being at the girl's house prior to going to visit a boy whom she had a crush on.

Whether or not she saw the boy that night has never been establsihed with certainty. It would be nice to know who that boy was and exactly what he had to say to investigators at the time. And what he might say today.

It is not known for certain where Kathy went that night or what route she took, but it is known that early the next morning, she was found beaten nearly to death across Georgia Ave, near the K-Mart in a rocky and trash strewn field near a stream bed. Her mother had stated that Kathy loved to walk to the K-Mart to look at bikes, and this was one of the first places that she went to look for her daughter that night.

It is quite possible that Kathy did indeed walk toward K-Mart that night. If she did, there were basically two routes she could have taken. One would be to walk on the roads that a car would be forced to drive in order to get out of her subdivision. She may have been picked up by someone in her neighborhood and driven on that route, but there is no evidence of that.

The other route would be much more direct and shorter. It would require cutting through at least one yard to get on the more direct road to K-Mart.

The more direct route would take her through or next to two parking lots belonging to Vitro Laboratories. Those parking lots still exist today and are used by the Home Depot, which was built years later on the same site of one of two Aspen Hill Vitro Buildings.

Working at Vitro Laboratories in Aspen Hill was a man named Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. He had been hired by Vitro in April 1975 and had spent the previous 12 years in the Navy. The Navy had discharged him because he had been convicted of raping a 13 year old girl in Virginia Beach, VA. Coffey is currently incarcerated in the North Carolina Prison System for the abduction and murder of a 10-year-old girl named Amanda Ray. He was also convicted of numerous other crimes against children and a prime suspect in the deaths of others.

Immediately after the attack on Kathy and after the newspapers announced that she was still alive in a hospital, Fred Coffey left town. He did not tell anyone that he was leaving - not even his boss at Vitro. Some time later, after Kathy died, Coffey wrote to Vitro explaining that his wife and daughter had been in a Kentucky car accident and asked that his last paycheck be mailed to him. He was paid through 31 July 1975.

It was later learned that the car accident was a total lie and that he used the same lie when leaving another job under suspicious circumstances.

Richard
06-13-2010, 04:31 PM
In 1975, one Kathy Lynn Beatty was found, beaten and unconscious, in a ditch behind the local K-Mart store. Taken to hospital, she never recovered consciousness and died from her injuries some days later. The case remains unsolved, despite many long years of speculation, conjecture, and follow-up.

Some suggest that locals had to be responsible, and others have suggested -- plausibly -- that this might have been the work of convicted pedophile and murderer Fred Howard Coffey, who was, in this timeframe, working at Vitro Labs, now BAE Systems Subsurface Weapons division. This theory is considered widely supportable yet local investigators are in no way convinced.

Alternatively, a less circulated theory posits the potential involvement of John Brennan Crutchley, sensationalized in the Florida media in 1985 as "the Florida Vampire Rapist". Coffey remains in prison yet is not cooperative with investigators; Crutchley died in prison in 2002, supposedly of auto-erotic asphyxiation.

Interestingly, Crutchley was employed, in the DC area in the mid-1970s and later in Florida until the time of his arrest, by weapons-systems contractor Harris Corporation. He's not particularly infamous in the DC region, where even most police investigators have never heard of him unless they've read certain classic textbooks such as the memoir of Robert K Ressler, known to posterity as "the father of serial-killer profiling". In that memoir, Ressler conveys his deep unease about both the known facts surrounding Crutchley, and the probably orchestrated lack of facts surrounding damning circumstantial association to Crutchley of a long string of unsolved heinous crimes and assorted highly suspicious disappearances.

Yet despite Ressler's suspicions, the only major crimes for which Crutchley was ever convicted were rape and kidnapping, and even that was a plea-bargain arrangement to escape from a drug possession charge and a charge of "grevious bodily harm". It might be alleged that Crutchley was so easily persuaded to accept the plea bargain because that would be the course of action that would most quickly end direct official inquiries. Shortly after his arrest, various Federal agencies were contemplating charging him with espionage. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of a wide range of highly-classified documents and materials... weapons-research, and rocket science....

Source:
More Mental Mojo: [Mythos X] Sacrifices of Blood and Soul

LINK:

http://blog.thomashardman.com/2010/04/mythos-x.html

Richard
06-13-2010, 04:44 PM
Here are some comments regarding the Kathy Lynn Beatty case:

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... Kathy Lynn Beatty, who was sexually assaulted, brutally beaten, and left to die behind the K-Mart on Connecticut Avenue in Aspen Hill. At that time, the area was relatively undeveloped and covered with second-growth forest in parts, and lots of local teens and some young adults used to party in the woods with drugs and beer. Whether or not Tim Buzbee did in fact know of the "party place" is unknown to this writer, however "the Rocks" as a party place was very widely known. The case remains open, of course, and recently efforts have been escalated towards final solution of this Cold Case.

There is already a very old and well-developed "suspects list" in that case, but it seems reasonable to believe that through oversight -- probably based on a mistaken belief that Tim Buzbee wasn't raping anytime before 1981 -- Buzbee was never on the suspects-list for the Beatty case. If he was not, it's time to add him, due to the new information of a DNA match to rapes in the area just 2 years after the Beatty case struck fear into the neighborhood....

Source:

"Aspen Hill Rapist" Charged Again With More Crimes by Thomas Hardman

LINK:

http://oldblog.thomashardman.com/2009/10/aspen-hill-rapist-charged-again-with.html

helpfulcharlie
07-02-2010, 09:41 PM
I met Buzbee's wife on a bus shortly after his capture. She was talking to anyone who would listen, still absolutely reeling from the news that she was married to the Aspen Hill rapist.

The area where Kathy was found was an area that my friends and I used to explore. We would walk up to the K-mart, and the 7-11 and motorcycle shop that was in the same lot, from our apartments down Bel Pre Road, frequently. In addition to the grounds around and behind K-mart, we spent a lot of time in the fenced-in back section of the Gate of Heaven cemetary. There were woods and more drainage ditches in there. I wonder if any of our graffiti that we left on the concrete drainage ditches is still there.

I don't remember hearing about Kathy's murder until much more recently, like within the last five to ten years or so, which is surprising, because I think I moved there just a few years after it happened. But then again, this whole area was apartments, with a very transient population, so it kind of makes sense.

Richard
07-04-2010, 06:21 PM
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I don't remember hearing about Kathy's murder until much more recently, like within the last five to ten years or so, which is surprising, because I think I moved there just a few years after it happened. But then again, this whole area was apartments, with a very transient population, so it kind of makes sense.

There is a very large disparity between the news coverage that the Lyon case received and the coverage that Kathy Lynn Beatty's case received.

The Lyon Case was front page news for weeks. It was mentioned every year and later every five years in anniversary articles and TV news bites. Every time there was a disappearance of a child it seems that it was compared to the Lyon case.

Kathy's news coverage, on the other hand, consisted of a small two or three paragraph article in the middle of a Saturday paper, followed two weeks later by another small article which stated that she had died in the hospital. About six months later, there was a larger feature article about her case. That was it for years until they more recently began to feature it as a cold case.

The two cases were never officially connected by police investigators or spokespersons. They did occur about four miles apart in distance and four months apart in time. The Lyon sisters have never turned up, while Kathy was left for dead and found the next morning.

Richard
07-11-2010, 08:39 AM
24 July 1975 (Thursday)

4 PM: Kathy is at home with her mother (Mrs. Beatty) . She had been inside all day watching television and asks her mother if she can go outside and ride her bike.

Her mother says yes she can, but invites her to travel to Baltimore to attend a Maryland Lottery dinner drawing that evening. Kathy declines, so her mother tells her to fix her own supper when she returns from her bike ride.

Her mother tells Kathy that she will be home by 9 PM. She expects Kathy to be home by 8:30 PM, because she was always in by sun down.

6:30 or 7 PM: A boy who lives next door stops by to see Kathy at home. He had brings her a shirt from Ocean City, chats with her awhile, then leaves.

About 8:30 PM: Near Parkland Junior High School, Kathy is seen walking alone by several known youngsters about Kathy's age. Although they later say that they saw her at the school, none of them claim that they were with her. They later refused to take polygraph tests.

Some time after 8:30 PM: Kathy receives a fatal blow to her head and is left lying behind the K-Mart at Georgia and Connecticut Avenues.

11 PM: Mrs. Beatty returns home. The house is dark and Kathy is not at home. When she turns on the lights there is a note from Kathy saying she has gone to a friend's and will be back at 10 PM. It is raining, and Kathy's mother assumes her daughter is waiting for a ride home.

All night long her mother searches for Kathy. Including contacting homes of some of her friends. Kathy is not located. The father of a "boyfriend" goes out to a camper in his backyard to ask his son if he has seen Kathy, but finds that his son and his son's buddy are not in the camper.


25 July 1975 (Friday)

7 AM: The "boyfriend" calls Kathy's home to state that he has not seen her.

Early morning, sometime after 7 AM: Kathy is found by her sister Theresa and Theresa's boyfriend in a trash-filled, rocky place, near a drainage ditch or stream. This was a large, vacant area adjacent to the K-Mart and its parking lot.

Kathy is unconscious, suffering from a with a depressed fracture of the skull. She is barely alive. Kathy had been sexually assaulted but not raped. Her purse is found nearby.

Found beside Kathy are a set of keys. The keys do not belong to Kathy, and investigators suspect that they may have been dropped by her assailant.

Kathy is taken to Suburban Hospital by ambulance. In the hospital, Kathy never regains conciousness.


5 August 1975 (Friday)

Kathy dies of complications from her injuries, including blood poisoning in the Intensive Care Unit at Suburban Hospital. ....


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From Kathy Lynn Beatty website:


Timeline of Events (July 24, 1975)


4:00 PM : Her mother last saw her.


6:30 or 7:00 PM : A boy who lived next door had seen Kathy at home. He had brought her a shirt from Ocean City, chatted with her awhile, then left, said her mother.


8:30 PM: There were several persons who saw her the night she disappeared near Parkland Junior High School. Several of them, youngsters Kathy's age, refused to take polygraph tests.


Around 11:00 PM: Mrs. Beatty returned home to a dark house.


It was July 24, 1975, when Kathy received the fatal blow to her head and was left lying behind the K-Mart at Georgia and Connecticut Avenues. During a search the next morning, Kathy's partially clad body was found lying in aditch that runs through the wooded area behind the store with a depressed fracture of the skull. It had rained that night. Kathy didn't die until 11 days later in the intensive care unit at Suburban Hospital. Kathy died of complications,including blood poisoning.


"Everyone liked her. I don't understand why they had to kill her" said Mrs. Beatty.
I think somebody knows.....I have a feeling somebody knows who's responsible and is not talking. I hope somebody will come forward.


Excerpts from the Washington Post Newspaper 6 January 1997. The Beatty murder: "we have ideas about who was involved", By Martha M. Hamilton Washington Post Reporter

Source:

Kathybeatty.com - Solving Kathy's Murder

LINK:

http://www.kathybeatty.com/

Richard
07-11-2010, 08:45 AM
From Montgomery County Police Website...

Cold Case 1975: Kathy Beatty


On July 25,1975, 15-year-old Kathy Beatty was found unconscious in a wooded area in the rear of the Kmart department store located at Georgia Avenue and Connecticut Avenue in Aspen Hill, Maryland.

The hospital examination revealed that she had been sexually assaulted and hit on the head with a blunt instrument. Kathy never regained consciousness and died on August 8, 1975.

Kathy was a student at Parkland Junior High School. In 1975, the surrounding area near Georgia Avenue and Connecticutt Avenue was referred to as the "hill" or the "rocks".

Parkland Junior High School, the Aspen Hill shopping center, and the "hill" were a gathering place for local teenagers that lived and grew up in the neighborhood. Kathy was known to frequent these areas.

She was last seen on July 24, 1975 at approximately 9:00 p.m. walking on West Frankfort Street near Parkland Junior High School. She was alone at the time.

The keys photographed above were found next to her purse at the time of her discovery. The keys do not belong to her. The automobile key is from a 1972 General Motors vehicle. The house key was from a door knob type lock approximately 10 years old. The leather strap was probably made as a school project.

At the time of the homicide, investigators interviewed numerous friends and acquaintances of Kathy Beatty. Several of those interviewed gave inconsistent statements to police as to their whereabouts on the night that Kathy was last seen.

Two witnesses observed two male suspects carrying the body of a white female fitting the description of Kathy Beatty. The suspects were seen heading eastbound crossing Georgia Avenue towards the 7-Eleven convenience store and continuing on towards the "hill" area.

Suspect one is described as a white male, mid to late teens, wearing a dark-colored jacket. He was taller than suspect two.

Suspect two is described as a white male, mid to late teens, wearing dark clothing. He had fluffy, light brown hair that had grown below his ears.

Investigators believe that the information obtained from the witness is consistent with the chronology of events leading up to the discovery of Kathy in the area of the "hill".

Source:

MC Department of Police: Major Crimes Division

LINK:

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/poltmpl.asp?url=/content/pol/districts/ISB/majorcrimes/ColdCase/ColdCaseKathyBeatty.asp

:+:MrTT:+:
07-11-2010, 09:17 AM
the kids whom refused to take the polygraph tests back then, i wonder if any of them came forward after all these years and agreed to voluntarily take it to clear there name?..........That is a question for LE i know, but it would help to know that, and if any have not, what have they been up to, these last 35 years?
And Richard, you are God-sent on cold cases

Soulmagent
07-11-2010, 03:29 PM
Could the below case possibly be linked to the attack on Kathy Beatty? Note that both were abducted, physically assulted, and left for dead near a drainage ditch by a large department store.

The attacks occurred about 17 days apart.

Photos of Kathy resemble the composite drawing of this other girl. Both had long dark hair parted in the middle. Similar size and description.

A possible suspect, Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. was a computer specialist with Vitro Laboratories which had four offices near Wheaton, one of them only blocks from Kathy's house in Aspen Hill.

Coffey departed the Wheaton, Maryland area very suddenly when it was reported in the papers that Kathy Beatty had survived her attack and was in the hospital. Unfortunately, she never regained conciousness, and died 5 August 1975.

Coffey later wrote to his employer claiming (falsly) that his wife and daughter had been in a car accident in Kentucky, and that he had to go to them. He asked that his last paycheck be mailed to him. Where he actually went in late July/early August 1975 is anyone's guess.

Coffey was convicted in 1987 of First Degree Murder for killing 10-year-old Amanda Ray in Charlotte, NC in 1979. Her body was found in a remote area near water.


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Unidentified White Female
Discovered on August 16, 1975 in East Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut.
Estimated date of death: August 11, 1975.

Vital Statistics

Estimated age: 18 - 28 years old
Approximate Height and Weight: 5'5" - 5'6"; 125 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, parted in center. Brown/hazel eyes. She had pierced ears. She may have had a small mole under the chin. She possibly had comestic surgery to reduce the size of the nose.
Dentals: Available. Probable orthodontic care.
Clothing: No clothing located.

Case History

The woman’s strangled body was found by a truck driver on a rainy August 16, 1975, floating in a drainage ditch behind the former Bradlees department store on Frontage Road. She was wrapped in a canvas tarpaulin and she was gagged and bound by black antenna wire around her neck, waist and knees. Police believe she was killed somewhere else and dumped on Frontage Road. She died of asphyxiation by suffocation at least five days prior to discovery.

Dried white paint spots on the tarpaulin might indicate the murderer had connections with the painting trade.

Investigators
If you have any information about this case please contact:
East Haven Police Department
Detective Division
Detective Sgt Scobie
203-468-3827

Source Information:
ID Wanted Organization
The Doe Network: Case File 93UFCT

LINK:
http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/93ufct.html

I have always wondered if Hadden Clark had anything to do with this Jane doe. He often worked as a painter. He also has CT ties as well as Maryland and New Jersey. Thomas Meade' is a possiblity for her as well.
Hadden clark would have been 22-23 in 1975. His birthday is July 31 1952.
After researching all the known serial killer to have maryland ties it scares me to think about the ones they dont know about.

I

Richard
07-13-2010, 08:40 AM
I have always wondered if Hadden Clark had anything to do with this Jane doe. He often worked as a painter. He also has CT ties as well as Maryland and New Jersey. Thomas Meade' is a possiblity for her as well.
Hadden clark would have been 22-23 in 1975. His birthday is July 31 1952.
After researching all the known serial killer to have maryland ties it scares me to think about the ones they dont know about.

I

Hadden Clark would be a good possible suspect in these cases. He is mentioned in the thread "Possible Suspects" of the Lyon Sisters topic, and there is also a thread on him in the Cold Cases topic titled "Meet Hadden Clark, Not So Sweet Transvestite".

Clark was convicted of two abduction-murders in Montgomery county, Maryland and is currently serving life sentences in the Maryland prison system. In 1974, he was attending a school in culinary art to become a chef at a school not too far from West Point, NY and Connecticut.

He actually admitted to having murdered women in Connecticut and tried to lead investigators to graves and crime sites up there, but if they found anything, he never went to trial for it.

Thomas Hardman
11-15-2010, 10:23 PM
As someone living in the community at the time -- Kathy Beatty was maybe two or three grades behind me in school -- I remember the shock and consternation that followed this event. The community remains unsettled to this day.

As mentioned in some of the articles, there's been a lot of rumor-mongering since that time. And with so much time having passed, a lot of people have passed on who conceivably could have been witnesses, involved, or had knowledge that could shed light on this.

From the 1977 Washington Post article:

[Major Wayne] Brown thinks that it may not have been meant to end the way it did. "We're still working on that. We still have some investigative techniques to apply," he said. "I have always felt that someone should come forward on that case."


Kathy had been sexually assaulted but not raped. More specifically than that, police will not say. "I have a feeling that the person or persons who did it didn't intend to kill her," said Brown. "It's highly possible that she ran from her assailant and fell against a blunt object. I've always felt the result wasn't intended, and that would be mitigating, if a person came forward to ease his or her conscience," he said.


I do recall that the night of the event, probably most of the young adults and teens in the area went to see a concert by the band "Yes" which played at the Capital Centre. A lot of people saw their friends and acquaintances there, and that provided alibi. Yet a lot of the people who were questioned by police gave answers that the investigators classified as "evasive". It's not stated anywhere as to when the police started asking questions, but remember it was almost two weeks from the time that Kathy Beatty was found unconscious to the time that she died of her injuries.

Perhaps a lot of the people being questioned were questioned before the police started investigating this as murder. Perhaps they thought that Kathy would recover. Note that Mrs Beatty herself thought of this:


She headed for the friend's house, but when she arrived, Kathy wasn't there. "The children said she had been there but had left," said Mrs. Beatty. As it happened, Kathy had not been there at all. "I think they were trying to cover for her".

The teen and young-adult culture of this suburb, at the time, was rife with drug use, at levels ranging from experimentation or occasional use, to fairly hard-core daily use or at least marijuana, with occasional forays into other "recreational chemicals". I didn't know Kathy well at all, and doubt she even "partied" as the slang would say it. But quite likely the same people who gave "evasive" answers did, and they were covering for themselves, for their friends, conceivably for Kathy also.

This was something most of the teens would do; if someone was drinking under age, it would be explained as a simple accident, not as a drunken misadventure. Depending on which kids and which drugs and which situations and which accidents, sometimes the "partiers" would simply go on their way and let the affected individual(s) find their own way home.

I can't think of how that fact could apply to this situation but it has to be mentioned because it's in the circumstances of the neighborhood and that time-frame of neighborhood culture of the teens and young-adults.

Very near where Kathy's body is said to be found -- I do not know the exact location although rumors have circulated for years they are still just rumors -- was where a lot of young guys rode their motorcycles. These were not mini-bikes. The article is mistaken about that. These were what would be called "motocross" in later years. These were things like "Honda Trail 70" and similar brands of Yamaha or Suzuki. They had top speeds of probably 60 miles per hour and a lot of the young guys would drive them that fast. I know her boyfriend at the time, he and I and a lot of that circle of guys were in Boy Scouts together. I cannot even imagine that any of them could have hurt Kathy Beatty. I can imagine that they'd fight as hard as they could to protect her. Like I said: Boy Scouts. Good ones.

Reading the time line... it's possible, I guess, that Kathy could have gone to see her boyfriend, and that they all went up to "the trails" to ride and race. And I can imagine that they had a certain time to meet up with some friends with cars in order to get rides to the concert. It's possible that the boys told the parents they were camping out in the yard. Lots of us guys did that, it was like girls having slumber parties. Maybe they said they'd be camping and actually went to the concert. The police might know this. If they do, they haven't publicly said so.

Imagine that they're all up there at the trails, the guys see the time approaching to go meet their rides to the concert, they walk with, or give a motorcycle ride to, Kathy to get her to the KMart parking lot. Then they hurry away to catch their rides. Kathy isn't allowed out past dark and probably not to go to a concert, either.

This sets a time-frame for Kathy's encounter with her sexual assailant. Whenever the other kids left to take their motorcycles home and catch a ride, that's the earliest. Call it maybe 7:00PM or so since the concerts usually were scheduled for 8:00 or 8:30 PM and the Capital Centre was about 40 minutes away around the Beltway.

But this presupposes that Kathy was in any condition to walk home.

Remember, Major Wayne Brown suggested that there could have been an element of accident involved. Nobody's ever seen the hospital report except for the investigators, I guess. But are any of Kathy's reported injuries inconsistent with falling off of a speeding motocross trail bike, riding barefoot and without a helmet?

Even if this is the case, I can't think of any way to explain away the sexual assault. Other than maybe some kids doing something stupid, maybe seeing a couple making out, trying to jump a bike over them, and clipping someone in the head. But that's even more unlikely than a chance encounter with Fred Coffey or John Crutchley.

The police seem convinced that this was murder, perhaps not intended to be a killing. But Maryland law makes it murder if someone committed any crime and the consequent events left someone dead and the original crime was committed with intent, with "mens rea". If this was something to do with kids playing risky games and someone got hurt, there's no "mens rea" (or criminal intent).

Keep in mind that these were kids. Kids will run around and get hurt, kids on drugs might run around and run into trees and laugh about it, or lay there for a while before they get up and laugh about it. "What a rush" we used to say back in the day.

I realize everyone wants to lay this death at the door of a serial killer or serial rapist. But what if it's a case of some kids who were riding too fast and hard, one fell off of the back of her boyfriend's bike? And the rest of the kids all said "we gotta catch that ride to the concert," and figured that their friend left behind wasn't hurt all that bad? That they'd get up and walk it off, walk home? That they didn't know that it was a depressed skull fracture?

And that they'd let endless speculation go on about a murder, with a murderer that nobody has found leads on even after 35 years... just so that they wouldn't have to face the shame that they would rather run off to see a really cool concert by a really cool band, rather than miss the show by going back to see if their friend was okay? And that because of this a friend DIED.

Richard
11-16-2010, 09:06 AM
Thomas,

Welcome to Websleuths and thank you for your views and insight into Kathy's case.

It certainly is possible (in fact likely) that other folks who were kids at the time know something and that many were evading questions to cover up their own activities that night.

My feeling regarding Officer Brown's comments to the press is that he was trying to get someone to come forward by suggesting that it might have been an "accident", rather than an expression of a true belief that it really was an accident. At the time he made the statement, several months had gone by and police had not developed any solid leads from eyewitnesses.

As you point out, Kathy's medical condition and autopsy reports are not public knowledge. A review of them by competant authorities might very well provide more information regarding her activities that last night. For instance; what was the condition of her bare feet? What were the nature of her injuries?

Crime scene photos might help as well. Where exactly was she found and what was the condition of the area around her? Was there evidence of a struggle, or was she dumped there? What was the condition/location of her clothing and personal items?

I have heard that her assult and murder was particularly violent. If it took place in an open field near the K-Mart Parking lot, someone must have witnessed it. More likely, she was murdered elsewhere and dumped at that location, along with all of her scattered clothing, her assailant thinking that she was dead.

At this late date, some 35 years later, there could be no possible reason for anyone to continue to cover for their own juvenile activities that evening. Hopefully someone will come forward to assist investigators with any part of the puzzle that they could provide - however seemingly small or insignificant.

In regard to the possible serial killers mentioned in your post and in the posts of others, perhaps a photo line-up could be shown to anyone who was in the neighborhood or at K-mart that night. Someone who was there who may not have actually seen Kathy or any kind of confrontation, might recall having seen one of the potential suspects that evening.

Thomas Hardman
11-17-2010, 10:07 PM
Richard, I need to add some clarity. Please understand that I have lived in this neighborhood for almost 50 years. I am very cognizant of the various stages of subdivision and development here. Perhaps you might want to read what I write here as you look at a googlemap of the area. The image you see from modern satellite photos is far different from what was there at the time of this incident.

Richard writes:
I have heard that her assult and murder was particularly violent. If it took place in an open field near the K-Mart Parking lot, someone must have witnessed it. More likely, she was murdered elsewhere and dumped at that location, along with all of her scattered clothing, her assailant thinking that she was dead.

At this late date, some 35 years later, there could be no possible reason for anyone to continue to cover for their own juvenile activities that evening. Hopefully someone will come forward to assist investigators with any part of the puzzle that they could provide - however seemingly small or insignificant.


Speaking to the last, first, I don't know how the laws of the State of Maryland differ from other jurisdictions or from Federal law. But I do know that at the time it was the case that the age of consent was 16 and Kathy Beatty was 15. As to the sexual-assault aspect of the investigation, the case history made public says that she was sexually assaulted but not raped. At the time, the law was such that any sexual activity involving a minor under the age of 15 would have to be pursued as a sexual assault. In other states in comparable time frames this would be "statutory rape" regardless of the degree or kind of activity; the pivotal matter would be the age of the victim.

Comparably: Maryland law was (and I believe still is) such that if any violation of law occurs which results in a death, at the very least it is prosecuted as homicide. It could be any of several degrees of murder, or homicide (justifiable) or homicide (negligent), etc. But the fact is, if you dropped a banana on a sidewalk as a prank and someone slipped on it and fell under a bus, the potential charges are heavy. There's lots of incentive to cover up. And the statute of limitations for anything resulting in a human death are open-ended. 50 years after someone drops a banana peel and someone slips and dies under a bus, it's still homicide as a charging option for the prosecutors.

As to the level of violence: many rumors circulated. I don't want to repeat them but there was a significant rumor circulated about violence to hands and feet, with elaborations as time went on and rumors circulated. These were attributed to the heinous and perverted violence of the alleged perpetrator. Let's just say that the rumors came right out of twisted modern scream horror movies involving freaks with tool-kits. But let me say something else.

When I was 10 or so, we had an exercise bike in the basement. I was bored, and turned off the resistance brake, and pumped up the wheel to full speed. I got careless and one of the pedals kicked my heel and my foot went into the spoked wheel. When family rushed me to the hospital, my toe was hanging on by a thread. But it wasn't the result of diabolical torture. It was the result of someone getting caught in a machine. It was not the brutality of a criminal.

I once saw a man on a motorcycle get struck by a car in front of my house. He died on my lawn. What a simple and fairly low-speed traffic collision did to him, would have been an example of astonishing and insanely hateful brutality if a human person did that to him intentionally with whatever weapons (other than a car) came to hand. Again, the brutality was man versus machine. If you came upon this poor man and didn't know what happened, you might ask what sort of vicious monster could inflict that sort of damage on someone. But the "vicious monster" was a teenage girl who ran a stop-sign in her two-ton station wagon and clipped the motorcyclist. Man versus machine. Physics.

Now, I don't know for a fact that Kathy Beatty fell off of a motorcycle and was left behind with the expectation that she wasn't hurt all that bad. I do know that when I returned from out of town vacation back in 1980 or so, I asked someone from the neighborhood "did they ever catch Kathy Beatty's killer". They said, incredulously, "what do you mean, she fell off the back of her boyfriend's bike". I said something like "so why is everyone saying that she was murdered?" This person said something like "the people involved made an arrangement out of court to cover medical expenses and any lifetime care, all under the table, and then Kathy died. So they all just said it was murder because the lawyers had already signed everyone to silence". I don't know if I believe this or not but it's the way things were done in Maryland back in the day. And you can't question this person because he died of cancer about 8 years ago.

Look, I'm just offering this as an alternative viewpoint. Maybe it was a chance encounter with any of the 3 or so serial killers known to be active in the region at the time. Additionally there's that thing about Timothy Buzbee (allegedly) apparently having been active (according to alleged NA evidence which hasn't yet been admitted to court) in Aspen Hill as of 1977 and potentially earlier. And he was a local and very familiar with the area.

Speaking of familiarity with the area: Look at the google map of Aspen Hill and find the K-Mart at the intersection of Connecticut and Georgia Avenues. Or start with a page containing a map with outlines of older pre-subdivision tracts overlaid, here (http://www.aspenhillnet.net/map/googlemaps/alltracts.php).

At the time, all of the apartments you see in the modern day were not there. That was all second-growth forest. The place you call a "field" was the area that was cleared for survey, but not yet constructed, of Connecticut Avenue north of the exit from the K-Mart parking lot seen at the most northeastern extreme of that parking lot. Connecticut Avenue ended right there, and would not be completed for a few more years.

There was a trail or set of trails and motorcycle jumps all along that area. No vehicular traffic other than trail bikes or kids driving up to hang out with the trail-bike riders ever went there. It was not a hang-out, and people up there would ride or run off into the woods as soon as any cars approached, on the theory that it was perhaps the police, someone's parents, or the so-called "ranger" who for a while was a guardian of a former property belonging to the Woodworth family that originally owned the property that included "the Rocks".

The route of the modern-day Grand Pre Road was one of the bike trails, cleared for survey but not yet constructed. It might have been possible to get a Jeep with 4-wheel drive up there but otherwise it was inaccessible. The same goes for the present-day Postgate Terrace or Chesterwood Drive. Trail bikes could get up and down those paths and very frequently did.

You're right about one thing, for sure. We'd love to have photos of all of the proscpective suspects such as Crutchley, Buzbee, and Coffey as they appeared back in 1975. As to who hung out up around "the trails" or "the rocks" back in the day, the local police know who are all such persons, and could certainly find those who are still alive to show them such photos to jog their memories.

All I personally want out of this is to see it finally laid to rest. Either a final inquest resolving this as "death by misadventure" (or perhaps as "accidental death without criminal intent") or with the conviction of a person or persons for any degree of homicide, that would satisfy the community and all involved. At least it would bring a sense of closure.

But let's say that just for a moment we accept a timeline of Kathy Beatty being injured falling off of a motorbike on the trails in the woods behind K-Mart. Let's say we accept the notion that her friends don't know how badly she's hurt, and they take off to go to the concert. How do we explain the clothes that the police say were left lying around her unconscious body?

And even more worrisome, how do we explain the police report of witnesses carrying a female back across Georgia Avenue towards the place that Kathy was found?

Could some of the clothing have been stripped off by a sexual assailant, or could it have been stripped off in an attempts to make field dressings? Remember that a lot of folks who hung out at "the trails" were Boy Scouts and had their first-aid Merit Badges.

At this point, it's all a lot of speculation. But from this speculation on a timeline that is an alternative to the scenario of "she was attacked by a serial killer" come a few scenarios that are fairly dark indeed. For example as a scenario, after the initial accident, Kathy struggles towards home, and manages to make it to the vicinity of (or all of the way to) her boyfriend's house. Fading fast from her depressed skull fracture, she camps out on their doorway in a state of dazed confusion, and when her companions come back from their night out at the "Yes" concert, they realize that they just can't have this, and so they decide to carry her back to where the accident occurred... and that would fit with the police report of a witness seeing two teen males carrying a teen female across Georgia Avenue in the direction of the place where Kathy's body was found.

By the way, if it's Crutchley, Buzbee, or Coffey -- all notorious for being lone actors -- how do you explain that police report of teen males carrying a teen female away from her boyfriend's neighborhood and towards the place her body was found?

Richard
11-18-2010, 03:23 PM
Thomas, thank you again for your comments and insight. You are right about there being several possible scenarios and much speculation regarding Kathy's death.

The eyewitness story about two boys carrying a girl across the street in the direction of where Kathy was found is a very recent one, as someone came forward only a few years ago to relay that. Before MCP seemed to accept that story as fact, they had been more inclined to believe that Kathy was attacked near the K-Mart where she was found and NOT transported there. So, even the Police have more than one scenario and tend to change their theories over time.

Here is what the MCP Currently have on their Cold Case website:

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Cold Case 1975: Kathy Beatty

On July 25,1975, 15-year-old Kathy Beatty was found unconscious in a wooded area in the rear of the Kmart department store located at Georgia Avenue and Connecticut Avenue in Aspen Hill, Maryland.

The hospital examination revealed that she had been sexually assaulted and hit on the head with a blunt instrument. Kathy never regained consciousness and died on August 8, 1975.

Kathy was a student at Parkland Junior High School. In 1975, the surrounding area near Georgia Avenue and Connecticutt Avenue was referred to as the "hill" or the "rocks".

Parkland Junior High School, the Aspen Hill shopping center, and the "hill" were a gathering place for local teenagers that lived and grew up in the neighborhood.

Kathy was known to frequent these areas. She was last seen on July 24, 1975 at approximately 9:00 p.m. walking on West Frankfort Street near Parkland Junior High School. She was alone at the time.

The keys photographed (see link) were found next to her purse at the time of her discovery. The keys do not belong to her. The automobile key is from a 1972 General Motors vehicle. The house key was from a door knob type lock approximately 10 years old. The leather strap was probably made as a school project.

At the time of the homicide, investigators interviewed numerous friends and acquaintances of Kathy Beatty. Several of those interviewed gave inconsistent statements to police as to their whereabouts on the night that Kathy was last seen.

Two witnesses observed two male suspects carrying the body of a white female fitting the description of Kathy Beatty. The suspects were seen heading eastbound crossing Georgia Avenue towards the 7-Eleven convenience store and continuing on towards the "hill" area.

Suspect one is described as a white male, mid to late teens, wearing a dark-colored jacket. He was taller than suspect two. Suspect two is described as a white male, mid to late teens, wearing dark clothing. He had fluffy, light brown hair that had grown below his ears.

Investigators believe that the information obtained from the witness is consistent with the chronology of events leading up to the discovery of Kathy in the area of the "hill".

Source:

MC Department of Police: Major Crimes Division

LINK:

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/poltmpl.asp?url=/content/pol/districts/ISB/majorcrimes/ColdCase/ColdCaseKathyBeatty.asp

Thomas Hardman
11-18-2010, 08:38 PM
Richard, thanks for the link and re-posting of the current police cold case information.

Let me get something straight, she was last seen safe and sound on a Thursday, July 24 1975? And she was found on a Friday morning?

With respect to all involved, especially the professional investigators who have kept this investigation alive after all of this time, how sure are they of the witness placing Kathy Beatty as walking on West Frankfort near Parkland Junior High at 9:00PM?

I know of at least one person deeply involved in this neighborhood and case who might be considered less than reliable as a witness. Then again, as the newspaper coverage relates, a lot of people were pretty evasive or misleading in their answers to questioning.

How can anyone know what to believe about this, with so much misinformation fed into the investigation? I suppose all that anyone really knows for a fact is that a teenage girl died and nobody's certain about a lot of details.

Over the years I've heard some rumors that were beyond bizarre. I suppose I should refrain from repeating them here. Having spoken with some of the investigators in recent years, I'm sure that they know whatever I know, and more.

Yet because they can't close this case one way or the other, everyone who lived in the neighborhood at the time is pretty much under at least some degree of suspicion.

I'd love to lean towards the theories that it was a serial killer. I know that a fair number of people want to tie it in with the disappearance of the Lyons girls. But there's that report of two teens carrying a female across the road in the direction of where Kathy was found. Two teens carrying a body doesn't sound like an adult serial killer, adult serial killers usually operate alone and I guess that most of them would have access to a vehicle.

But let's say that if it was an adult serial killer (or even a one-time killer, but adult), and they lost their key to a GM 1972 car, they couldn't use a vehicle to transport. Yet how could an adult serial killer get teens to do their transporting for them?

maconrich
11-19-2010, 02:05 AM
We'd love to have photos of all of the proscpective suspects such as Crutchley, Buzbee, and Coffey as they appeared back in 1975. As to who hung out up around "the trails" or "the rocks" back in the day, the local police know who are all such persons, and could certainly find those who are still alive to show them such photos to jog their memories.


Not sure that this photo of Buzbee will help since it's dated 1982, but those who knew him in 1975 might still be able to recognize him.

Buzbee Indicted on Rape Charges - Connected Communities

Richard
11-19-2010, 10:29 AM
...Let me get something straight, she was last seen safe and sound on a Thursday, July 24 1975? And she was found on a Friday morning?

With respect to all involved, especially the professional investigators who have kept this investigation alive after all of this time, how sure are they of the witness placing Kathy Beatty as walking on West Frankfort near Parkland Junior High at 9:00PM?

I know of at least one person deeply involved in this neighborhood and case who might be considered less than reliable as a witness. Then again, as the newspaper coverage relates, a lot of people were pretty evasive or misleading in their answers to questioning. ...

Here is the generally accepted/known time line just prior to the attack on Kathy. This was on Thursday evening, 24 July 1975:

6:30 or 7 PM: A boy who lives next door stops by to see Kathy at home. He had brings her a shirt from Ocean City, chats with her awhile, then leaves.

(So it was known that Kathy was at home around this time. Her house is on Frankfort Ave. Verifying proof would have been a new, folded T-shirt in the house, or at the site of the attack if she wore it.)

About 8:30 PM: Near Parkland Junior High School, Kathy is seen walking alone by several known youngsters about Kathy's age. Although they later say that they saw her at the school, none of them claim that they were with her. Several later refused to take polygraph tests.

(This was the last known sighting of her, and several children were interviewed, all saying the same thing. West Frankfort ends at Parkland Middle School parking lot, so Kathy would have been on the street or sidewalk between the school and her home at this point.)

Some time after 8:30 PM: Kathy receives a fatal blow to her head and is left lying behind the K-Mart at Georgia and Connecticut Avenues.

(Since, 8:30 PM was the last known sighting, it follows that her attack occurred near or after that time. Her sister found her near the K-Mart the following morning, unconcious and badly injured.)



... I'd love to lean towards the theories that it was a serial killer. I know that a fair number of people want to tie it in with the disappearance of the Lyons girls. But there's that report of two teens carrying a female across the road in the direction of where Kathy was found. Two teens carrying a body doesn't sound like an adult serial killer, adult serial killers usually operate alone and I guess that most of them would have access to a vehicle.

But let's say that if it was an adult serial killer (or even a one-time killer, but adult), and they lost their key to a GM 1972 car, they couldn't use a vehicle to transport. Yet how could an adult serial killer get teens to do their transporting for them?

As I mentioned when I first started this thread in 2006, there are more than one possible scenario as to what happened to Kathy. One main theory is that acquaintences of Kathy attacked her. Another is that a stranger - possibly a serial offender - attacked her.

Regarding the story of two teen males carrying a girl across the street:

I would consider that as possibly true, but I would also strongly question it, since over 30 years went by before it was first related to police. It does fit with what police have always suspected (that neighborhood kids were responsible), but it could also be a story concocted for a number of different reasons.

It is also possible that it was an absolutely true sighting of an incident unrelated to Kathy's murder. I would truely love to hear more specifics about it, such as what time was this sighting, who saw it and what were they doing at the time, and why did they wait 30 years before coming forward?

Regarding possible links to the Lyon Sisters Disappearance and serial offenders as suspects:

I mentioned early on in this thread some coincidences and similarities between the disappearance of Sheila and Kate and the murder of Kathy Lynn Beatty. Nothing has ever been proven to link the two cases, but there are strong possibilities of such a link; especially when one looks at Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. and his activities before and after his residence in Maryland.

Coffey, of course, is not the only pedophile/rapist/murderer known to have been in the area at the time of these heinous crimes. Others have been mentioned who might also have had the opportunity and the ability, and the psychotic make-up to have committed one or both (or more).

The passage of TIME in cases like these can be both a disadvantage and a benefit when trying to solve them.

The disadvantage is that as time passes, the trail goes cold, evidence is lost, and witnesses scatter, die, or forget. And other cases occur which take up investigators' time and efforts.

The benefit of time passage is that "time will tell" on the perpetrator. Patterns emerge or cause the perpetrator to be recognized as a possible suspect. This is true of most of the possible suspects mentioned in these threads. They were not known to police investigators at the time, but when they were later caught and convicted, looking back at where they were, what they did, etc, vectors point back to previously unsolved crimes that fit their patterns.

Richard
11-19-2010, 10:38 AM
Not sure that this photo of Buzbee will help since it's dated 1982, but those who knew him in 1975 might still be able to recognize him.

Buzbee Indicted on Rape Charges - Connected Communities (http://connectedcommunities.us/showthread.php?p=31334)

Thanks for the photo link. Buzbee could be a potential suspect in Kathy's murder. He lived in the same Aspen Hill neighborhood at the time. I do not know if he was acquainted with her or any of her friends or if he was ever questioned about her death.

The link indicates that his earliest suspected/known rape at the time of his arrest was in April 1977, which was only a year and nine months after Kathy's murder. He was, I believe, 18 years old and had just graduated from High School in July 1975.

Thomas Hardman
11-19-2010, 04:43 PM
Richard, thank you for that photo link. Tim Buzbee's mug shots from his early 1980s rampage shows a man who is very "generic" in appearance. I can't tell, though, what was his hair color. Judging from the "present day" photo, would his hair have been red, auburn, or reddish-blond when he was a young adult? By the way, I understand that he lived more over towards "Flower Valley" than in this part of Aspen Hill. Went to "Our Lady of Good Counsel", a Catholic school then located in downtown Wheaton.

Your admonition about the passage of time having a useful effect in that patterns of behavior may become evident later which were not known at the time of some event. (I hope I am understanding you correctly.) At the time, huge number of neighborhood kids were junior-high and high school "partiers". A lot of them went on to lead lives that turned out to be less than exemplary and many died quite young. Most of those deaths fell into two categories, mostly death-by-misadventure or accidental death not resulting from criminal intent; and, those who died of drug overdoses or drunk driving accidents. It's not quite true to make a statement such as "of those who might reasonably be thought to potentially be involved, the majority were dead by age 25", but such a statement would not be far from the truth. Yet some managed to survive. Think of it as evolution in action. Some were too stupid to learn, so to speak, and some were too bold to fear the dangers. Some were one degree or another of such. But some were lucky and some had more sense than to really push the envelope. Most of the survivors learned and however much they were reckless partiers in junior high and high school, they learned to tone it down and stay off the radar of the authorities, if not necessarily above the suspicions of friends and neighbors. The point here being that they didn't escalate.

But if Kathy Beatty's death was indeed an assault, an attempted murder that did in fact cause her demise some 10 days later, and/or a sexual assault, I guess that the expected trajectory or learning curve associated with some types of serial offenders, just never happened. So was this a one-time thing? Or was the an initial offense that hasn't yet been associated to the career arc of someone, for example the idea that this could have been a very early Buzbee case. Or for that matter of John Brennan Crutchley.

I still haven't seen a contemporary-to-1970s photo of Fred Coffey so I can't say whether or not I ever saw him. But I have a pretty good idea of what Buzbee would have looked like and I can't remember ever seeing him up at "the rocks" or "the trails". But I'm pretty sure I can also say I never saw Crutchley up there either, unless perhaps it was a chance encounter at, say, the 7-11 store.

One other thing about the passage of time: not only do memories fade, but dreaming and imagining and thinking that one understands something, these things can all mix and become confused and inseparable. This was a traumatic time for the whole community, which was pretty much up in arms. Memories from a time of trauma can become fixed in the mind, and conjectures from a time of trauma can also become fixed in the mind. Some person might have been in an emotionally agitated state at the time, and have arrived at a conclusion based on conjecture, and with the passage of time they might remember it as fact. Or, as time goes on, they might find themselves wondering whether they actually remember something, or if they're remembering a story they heard, or if they're remembering a vivid dream or nightmare. Or, they might have an excellent memory that's undistorted by the passage of time, and I suspect that is actually sort of rare.

So, 30 years later, someone reports that they heard someone say something 30 years ago? It's got to be hard to tell how accurate anyone is along the chain of reporting.

I was just writing about the risks of "confabulation" as time goes by, where true memories could merge with memories of conjectures or hearsay. But what about conflation? You suggest that it's important to find some way to discern whether, even if the delayed reporting is 100-percent accurate and the time and day and descriptions are right, does this actually have anything to do with the situation at hand?

An additional risk in this particular incident and its circumstances is this: a lot of people who hung out at "the trails" and particularly at "the rocks" were there for the sole purpose of drinking and doing drugs with their friends. It's possible that someone saw something but was too stoned to know what they were seeing, or whatever they saw never made it past perception into cognition and into memory. Or maybe it did make it into memory, but only comes to the surface 30 years later. And maybe in that 30 years they've done a lot of drinking or whatever.

Someone might or might not come forth with a story or story that's an even mix memory, mis-remembered speculation, or even half-recalled snippets from late night television channel surfing while drunk. This has to be a tough job for the investigators, sorting through all of that.

Plus there are witnesses who might be telling unadulterated truth but you just can't put them on the witness stand due to "character" or other issues. For example the "boy next door" who gave Kathy an "Ocean City" T-shirt. As a witness he would be pilloried by any defense council, and most of the people who knew him as a young adult would say that if he said "the sun is shining" you'd have to go look for yourself, and take him with you as you went to look so that he wouldn't steal you blind while you were looking to see if he was telling the truth. The sad part is that he was far from the only such person in the neighborhood peer group. And most of the "party" kids had long since become adept at telling fibs to parents and other adults.

But let's not discount all reporting since there are people out there with honest hearts and good intentions and better memories.

As for me I was attending summer-school at the time, and it being a Thursday I'd have had to be home before dark, myself. Plus I was on restriction for something or another, so I had two reasons to not be at the "Yes" concert, and not up behind K-Mart, either.

I wish I could be more helpful to the investigators without just, well, making stuff up or speculating wildly or repeating rumors.

:+:MrTT:+:
11-20-2010, 09:16 AM
http://bluelineradio.com/FredCoffey-1.jpg

Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. is currently serving a life term in NC for the 1979 murder of a 10 year NC girl. He may have been involved in the Lyon Sisters abduction, and possibly in the 24 July 1975 abduction/murder of 15 year-old Kathy Lynn Beatty, also of Montgomery County, Maryland.

More at link.
If this has already been posted or not relevant a mod can delete so not to lengthen the thread.

http://bluelineradio.com/FredHowardCoffey
http://www.bluelineradio.com/marcheadnew.jpg

North Carolina Department Of Correction
Offender Public Information
http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewpicture.do?method=view&showDate=N&pictureType=I&offenderID=0081135
http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0081135&searchLastName=coffey&searchFirstName=fred&searchMiddleName=h&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

Richard
11-20-2010, 10:02 PM
Thanks for providing the links, Mr. TT.

The Blogsite Bluelineradio got the story on Coffey in its entirety from what I had posted on Websleuths several years ago. I contacted its owner last month and asked that they credit their source and provide a link to this forum, and that was done. But it looks like this link is an older version which does not state source information.

It is nice to know, however, that folks are seeing this information and relaying it to others. Before the answers will come, the right questions have to be asked. And those questions have to be asked until the right person sees/hears them.

Puglover
11-21-2010, 07:36 PM
Please excuse me if I am wrong. I am assuming that LE didn't know what kind of vehicle the keys belonged to.

The keys would be the evidence that was needed and yet no one found out who they belonged to. LE should have known what kind of keys the vehicle keys belonged to. IMO all they would have had to do was to take them to a local place that makes the keys and ask the person to make them one. The person would be able to identify what kind of vehicle keys they were.

Also the door key, did they check out the door lock on the camper? From what was described, it didn't sound they the boys were just sleeping outside in the back yard. From what I gathered they were in a camper.

Richard
11-21-2010, 08:24 PM
Please excuse me if I am wrong. I am assuming that LE didn't know what kind of vehicle the keys belonged to.

The keys would be the evidence that was needed and yet no one found out who they belonged to. LE should have known what kind of keys the vehicle keys belonged to. IMO all they would have had to do was to take them to a local place that makes the keys and ask the person to make them one. The person would be able to identify what kind of vehicle keys they were.

Also the door key, did they check out the door lock on the camper? From what was described, it didn't sound they the boys were just sleeping outside in the back yard. From what I gathered they were in a camper.

A previous post has a link to photos of those keys. There were two of them on a ring with a leather fob.

One key fit a 1972 General Motors Ignition. That could have been any kind of vehicle, such as a car, van, pick up truck, etc. Some vehicles of that year had ignition keys which also worked in the doors, so it is possible that this is one of those since no second vehicle key was with it. That would tend to point to the vehicle being a van or pick-up truck, as GM cars always had two keys back then.

General Motors keys were different each year. For example, a 1972 ignition key would not fit into a 1973 ignition. The grooves along the side of the key were in different places for each model year. That is how they could tell that this was for a 1972 model.

The other key on the ring was one which fit a Schlage door knob lock. These lockable doorknobs were of the type found on residential house exterior doors. They were in use in the 1960's and 70's. They have not been made or sold for many years. I doubt that it was used on a camper or trailer. At least, it would not have been standard on one. It is possible that someone installed such a lock on a camper, but not likely.

It was also NOT the type which would have been found on a motel door or an office door.

Thomas Hardman
11-22-2010, 06:51 PM
Richard, Puglover,

I seem to recall that the family of the person usually described as "former boyfriend" or "boyfriend" had a smallish camper trailer. I don't think it was an Airstream but one of those box-like little things that had a door in the middle of the side, and with room for a bed or bunk to each side of the door. Not very large, maybe 6 or seven feet wide and maybe 10 to 14 feet long.

Also worth mentioning, although I am not sure how it would fit into evidence for this case.

Vitro Labs, which employed Fred Coffey for a short time right about the time of the incident, was located right across Georgia Avenue. You might want to look at the google maps once again. The satellite view is probably most useful.

Right nearby is the Northgate Plaza Shopping Center. Back in the day -- including at the time of the incident -- the A&P grocery store there was frequently used as a meeting place for Russian spies and their local informants. (This can be found in the Mitrokhin Archive. It was covered in a <a href="http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-603544.html"><i>Washington Post article</a> "The Spies Who Came In To Aspen Hill; Notes From KGB Show Rendezvous In Suburban Md", Ruane, Michael E, Stuever, Hank, Washingotn Post, September 26, 1999)

Every once in a while, we kids would see them sitting in their cars in the parking lot ,and also over in the nearby Aspen Hill Shopping Center. We all thought they were undercover detectives, because of the cars they were driving, which were the same as the standard County fleet cars at the time.

7-11 -- which was right across the street from Vitro, and bounded on one edge of the K-Mart parking lot -- was something you had to pass to get to "the rocks" if you were coming from our neighborhood on foot. Since it was the only all-night convenience store for miles around, you never knew who you might encounter in the parking lot. Sometimes it could get very strange there. You could be walking through and a car could pull up with a group of kids from a nearby school outside of our neighborhood district, and they'd jump out and and try to beat you because you resembled someone they had a grudge against.

I remember one time I ran down from "the rocks" to call an ambulance for someone who was hurt really badly, and a man was on the payphone. I remember him as being about 35-45, maybe 5-10 or so, not bulky but with a sort of ex-military build. He was yelling into the phone, having a fight or browbeating someone or something, and I begged him to let me use the phone and he actually shoved me away and went on yelling into the phone. I went inside to ask them to call an ambulance and they said they weren't allowed and that I'd have to go back out and use the payphone. I went back out to see if the man would let me use it, and he just grabbed me and threw me into his truck or van (things get very hazy at this point. Drugs and/or alcohol may have been involved). Then he drove me around the neighborhood, reading names off of a list and pointing at houses and asking if so-and-so lived at this-or-that house. He was yelling like he was agitated enough to really hurt someone. But I got the idea he was looking for someone that he thought his kid had run away with, or something along that line. Something he wanted to handle really badly, but personally like he didn't want to get the law involved, and the way he was going about it was like someone who was ex-military or a heavy Fed or something.

After a while he sort of just kicked me out of the door and drove off. I seem to recall a brown "econoline" van, and then I seem to recall a big "chevy suburban" type of SUV.

Keep in mind that this is probably my memory kicking out something that is probably composited from several different incidents, people's parents showing up at places like the junior-high and berating whoever was there about information on their kids, that was almost commonplace. I couldn't say exactly which year it was, other than probably 1974 or 1975 (before the Beatty incident, since that place was shut down forever after that) and in the summertime.

Sometimes kids would be hanging out someplace, and someone would zoom up in a vehicle and drag the kid off, sometimes kicking and screaming. We got almost used to it, which is why almost all of the kids would run off and hide as soon as they saw car headlights. So this is one reason I'm a little skeptical that some stranger might have driven up to Kathy Beatty and snatched her into a car or something. We all knew to be careful of that sort of thing.

And there's still that question about the two teens reported as being reported to cross from the neighborhood towards K-Mart carrying a female...

Claudette
11-22-2010, 11:11 PM
Very, very interesting and valuable wealth of information about the time and crowd.

I would like to add that rumors are usually based on truth. Friends of mine back in high school knew a boy that disappeared. Small town, bumbling LE, so not much has happened. Of course, the truth was exaggerated but it is my opinion that rumors are frequently based in truth, ESPECIALLY in this case and the case I am talking about. When it involves teenagers and groups of kids the same age, the truth does get out though convoluted. I would also like to add that you are allowed to post rumors on this website as long as you make it clear that it is a rumor. Of course, completely understandable if you would not like to share them - just thought I would let you know.

Richard
11-23-2010, 12:07 AM
Vitro was a Defense Contractor which did a lot of classified work for the Navy and the Department of Defense. It would naturally be a target for foriegn espionage agents.

Vitro had four locations in Montgomery County and two of them were in Aspen Hill. The older building was located where the Home Depot is now. The parking lots for Home Depot are pretty much the same as when they belonged to Vitro, but the old Vitro Building is long gone.

The second Vitro Building in Aspen Hill was known as "The New Vitro" and also "Vitro Number Four". That building and its surrounding parking lots still exist and were recently called BAE Systems (which is what Vitro became along the way after buyouts and mergers, etc). It was vacated earlier this year after many years of existence and is currently vacant.

Both Vitro sites are/were adjacent to each other and border on the Aspen Hill neighborhood of Kathy Lynn Beatty. Looking at the lay of the land and existing parking lots, it is easy to see how a kid might walk through the property on the way to 7-11 or K-Mart. In fact, there are several places which would be perfect "choke points" to intercept someone making such a hike.

Richard
11-23-2010, 12:19 AM
...

One key fit a 1972 General Motors Ignition. That could have been any kind of vehicle, such as a car, van, pick up truck, etc. Some vehicles of that year had ignition keys which also worked in the doors, so it is possible that this is one of those since no second vehicle key was with it. That would tend to point to the vehicle being a van or pick-up truck, as GM cars always had two keys back then.....

Just a note of clarification, for those who might not be familiar with GM cars of the 1970's... General Motors produced the following Automobile makes: Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac.

GM produced Pick up trucks and Vans under the Chevrolet and GMC names.

Thomas Hardman
11-23-2010, 05:10 PM
Richard, you are totally correct about kids cutting through from the neighborhood to stores and party places.

Let me direct people to a very useful site, historicalaerials.com and specifically to http://www.historicaerials.com/?poi=8326 and click to see the 1970 image. Contrast and compare to the modern-day maps.google.com display. Possibly most useful is the "compare tools' swipe, comparing the Historical Aerials of 1970 and 2002.

At one point in time there were 4 or so places where you could cut through from Southend into the Vitro parking lot. From Landgreen you could also cut through probably 4 or 5 places. Also, "back in the day" until maybe 1970, you could get from Landgreen Court to the court end of Southend by walking through unfenced yards, etc. One of the ways to get from the "English Manor" subdivision was by walking down the stub block of Oakvale Street. The person described as "former boyfriend" or "boyfriend" lived on that stub block. I have to point out that the person was a decent guy as a teenager and probably moreso than a lot of folks we all knew from school and "around the neighborhood". Not known for getting into fights or being a jerk to people, not at all. Most of his close friends in the immediate neighborhood were pretty much the same way. Remember, he and I and a lot of other folks from the immediate neighborhood were in Scouting together, when we first started hanging around up at "the rocks" we were generally keeping it clean, not leaving lots of trash, it was just where we hung out.

Then some older and a lot of "rougher" folks found out about it and it started to become a pretty "sketchy" scene. The newcomers littered a lot, got drunk and rowdy and broke bottles on the rocks and got the broken glass all through the nearby woods. In the summer of 1974 it was mostly "and a good time was had by all". By 1975, it was sort of different. I wasn't up there all that much in 1975 because I had got my driver's permit and had frequent use of a family car (ours was a Plymouth driving family) and a really cute girlfriend over on the other side of the county, and I mostly hung out driving around in cars with my friends from my out-of-district school.

I have to mention something here. In summer of 1975 or so, I was hanging out with some friends at a "party park" in the Tilden Woods neighborhood of nearby Rockville, and some adult comes walking up to us and we said "what's goin' on?" which was a typical partier greeting and this adult comes out a little more into the light and says "what Is going on?" and we all saw that he was in uniform and we all scattered as fast as we could. He caught one of the gals and the rest of us just found out various ways home. Later we heard that he was a "police impostor" and had borrowed his room-mate's uniform (or something like that) and when he caught that girl, he tried to sexually assault her. She got away and called the real police (he was posing as a park police officers, I seem to recall) and the guy got arrested. Or so the story went.

Apparently police impostors are a pretty recurrent theme in this area, probably in other areas as well. And I can tell you that when this guy showed up dressed as a cop and when we all ran away, I'm lucky I didn't break a leg or run headlong into a tree trunk or snag off one of my toes (I was in sandals). The same goes for anyone else who was running from this guy, I guess, although they knew the terrain and I was just visiting.

I wonder if they retained any sort of tissue samples from this guy? DNA wasn't yet a LE tool but old samples just caught and closed cases on two rapists from the early 1980s:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/22/AR2010112206851.html

Montgomery detectives make arrests in decades-old rape cases with DNA
By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 22, 2010; 8:51 PM

Montgomery County detectives have made arrests in rape cases dating to 1981 and 1984, officials said Monday, by tracking down suspects through DNA samples taken from decades-old evidence.

One of the suspects, Hubert Allan Marlin, 53, was arrested in Bethesda over the weekend after spending parts of the past 26 years in Michigan, Oregon and Texas, a police spokesman said. Detectives received a tip about where he was staying in Bethesda. They staked out a parked car and arrested Marlin as he tried to get in the vehicle, said Cpl. Dan Friz, a police spokesman.

The second suspect, Joseph Nickens, 54, was picked up by officers in Los Angeles on Nov. 3. Montgomery police flew to California to retrieve him, and by Monday morning he was booked into the county jail, Friz said.

Detectives credited a federal grant that is allowing them to use old evidence for new DNA tests.

"That's becoming our bread and butter," said Detective Ed Golian of Montgomery's cold-case squad.
{...}



Back to the Beatty case, though. On the 1970 Historical Aerials image, K-Mart isn't yet built, I seem to recall that it opened in maybe 1973. The 7-11 is there, though, and I seem to recall that it opened in 1969 or so. Track down the image to where Connecticut Avenue dead-ends. You can see where a track has been cleared for survey. Note that at the end of that track, there is a clearing that extends out into the right-of-way of the future extension of Connecticut Avenue. That clearing seems to be a part of the Gate of Heaven Cemetery but it's actually on "no man's land". At the top of that clearing, in the picture, is a small creek that is part of the Watery Branch (also called Turkey Branch) of Rock Creek. If you were to start from a spot halfway up the west side of that clearing, and headed due west about 2/3rds of the way to Georgia Avenue, that's where "the rocks" were.

By 1975, K-Mart and the parking lot had been graded almost flat, cut out of the terrain which rose to a point where you could be at the northernmost point of the diamond-shaped K-Mart parking lot, and easily see over the top of K-Mart. You could see all of the way to Wheaton MD and this was a popular place to sit and watch Fourth of July fireworks, a person could easily see the Wheaton display and at least part of the Rockville display. From that high point, a trail headed due north for perhaps 150-250 feet and there were "the rocks". Probably a 4WD light Jeep could have driven up there but not a regular car.

The slope of the hills down to the parking lot was such that you could climb it, or climb down it, but if you lost your footing you'd probably roll all of the way down to the bottom (saw it happen a few times). Walking along the top of the slope from 7-11 to "the rocks", the slope was just a bit too much for riding a regular bicycle. I seem to recall that the path up the slope was right about at the edge of the slope, and that to the left (north) there was a slight gully for drainage.

At one point in time, to about maybe 1969 or so, there was a ruin of a very large house (or small mansion) that used to be called "the house on the hill" by locals, at one time belonging to the Woodworth family who owned most of that land. Some of the locals have mentioned a so-called "ranger" who I think was a resident groundskeeper. I don't know when they moved away. However this house was located atop the hill directly across Georgia Avenue from where Heathfield Road terminated. In the late 1960s Georgia Avenue was widened from a 2-lane country road to a 3 lane by 3 lane highway with wide median strip and left-turn pullouts. Before that time, it was possible to cross Georgia Avenue from Heathfield Road, take a left and an immediate right, and drive onto the Woodworth property. See the 1964 Historical Aerials image if you're interested. About halfway between "the rocks" and Georgia Avenue, along the decayed remains of what was once an estate driveway, was "the little rocks".

Some of the rumors I heard: variations on the location of the body. Some said she was found at "the rocks" themselves. The newspaper reports say she was found "in a ditch", near where kids rode "mini bikes" (sorry, it was motocross), but that could be either that creek feeding the Watery Branch, or any of a couple of other man-made drainage ditches. Another rumor says that she was found at the base of the hill by the K-Mart loading docks.

Rumors about her injuries were straight out of horror movies about sadistic mad doctors, as were rumors about the type, kind, and degree of sexual violations. Everyone repeated the same rumor about severe head injuries allegedly inflicted with a large rock. Rumors about the investigation itself got weirder over the years. I heard one rumor to the effect that the police knew exactly what happened but that their only witness couldn't remember it except under hypnosis and that was inadmissible in court. (I said they got weird, right?) I heard rumors that stray dogs got at her while she was passed out drunk. I heard it blamed on the supernatural. (I did mention weird.) I heard it was blamed on a black man that lived in the woods in a hut and practiced voodoo. I heard it blamed on wandering serial killers and that, at least, fits in with speculation about and the investigation of Fred Coffey.

There's a saying in any kind of investigation, whether it's criminal or scientific. It's the "principle of prosidy", usually phrased "when you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras".

I think we can reasonably rule out any substantive basis to claims of hoodoo hermits living in the woods, to say nothing of the actually supernatural. Actually within the realm of possibility is a random (or stalked) encounter with a serial killer or serial rapist, pedophile or somesuch. But the most likely explanation to me is that it started out as a motorcycle accident (unless there's some truth to some of the rumors about violations) and then by the time the authorities arrived, a very ambiguous crime scene and set of evidence and the lack of a narrative (evasive answers to police questioning) makes it look a lot more like murder-most-foul than it looks like "kid falls off bike and nobody cares enough to go back and check up on them, and they were too embarrassed to admit it".

In any case, negligence leading to death has to be pursued as negligent homicide, and a cover-up afterwards adds criminal intent to make it legally "murder". Or perhaps it is indeed murder-most-foul, with malice aforethought and direct intent.

In the absence of resolution, one way or another, the effects on the people living here are really bad. For one thing, except for the people known to have actually been at the "Yes" concert, everyone's a suspect. Everyone suspects everyone else. Everyone looks for guilty behavior or for behavior that would lead a person to suspect that another had the capacity for the crime as it was rumored or reported.

The problem with that is that almost anything that anyone does is subject to multiple interpretations. For example, if I am standing on my porch at the time that the schools let out, and I watch kids walk by, am I a pedophile, or am I on my shift doing Neighborhood Watch? The police have the resources to determine which is which, most people don't. But they may spread their suspicions around and their gossip chums all get the wrong idea, and act and believe as if it were verified fact. Also, people may decide to set up situations to get someone to reveal themselves, and perceived irregularities may be thought to be definitive proof. If everyone suspects everyone else and they're all doing this, all of society gets weird and weirder.

It's even worse in this case. For example, for the sake of the argument let's say that it really is a motocross accident that gets covered up in a way that leads authorities to call it murder. In this scenario, the whole neighborhood is suspecting everyone and each and all start taking notes, sneaking around and prying, trying to set people up, looking for a murderer that they will never ever find, because there's no murderer. There are people who covered up an accidental death, and that's criminal enough for them to keep their silence up. But an actual murderer? No. Yet the neighborhood's collective psyche and worldview gets totally warped. End of scenario.

Thomas Hardman
11-24-2010, 05:32 PM
Hi all,

Totally off topic but it seems that we may have yet-another serial rapist here in Aspen Hill.

Please see http://www.gazette.net/stories/11242010/aspenew224000_32536.php.

Regards,

Richard
07-12-2011, 08:42 AM
This month marks the 36th year anniversary since the attack on Kathy Lynn Beatty. Her murder remains unsolved.

Police were never able to link this case to the disappearance of the Lyon sisters, but there certainly are a lot of similarities and possible connections.

Kathy was walking alone, barefoot, in her Aspen Hill neighborhood in the early evening of Thursday, 24 July 1975.

She was found early the next morning in a field near the K-Mart parking lot badly beaten, unconcious, and barely alive. She died 12 days later in the hospital of her injuries, never having regained consciousness.

scriptgirl
02-28-2012, 04:59 PM
I do not believe that this death was accidental. All the proof I need is that Coffey left town as soon as he heard Kathy was still alive. Where did he go after he damn near killed her and can someone provide info on his killing that little Amanda girl?

Richard
02-28-2012, 11:41 PM
I do not believe that this death was accidental. All the proof I need is that Coffey left town as soon as he heard Kathy was still alive. Where did he go after he damn near killed her and can someone provide info on his killing that little Amanda girl?

I don't know where Fred Coffey actually went in late July 1975. He did not tell his employer (Vitro Laboratories) that he was leaving. Later, he wrote them a letter in which he explained that his wife and daughter were in a bad car accident in Kentucky. This was a lie and he used exactly the same story a few years later when suddenly leaving another job.

Coffey, in his letter to Vitro, requested that they mail him his last paycheck. So he must have given them a mailing address (which police would have).

He may have gone to Bristol, Virginia for a while, because that was his home town and where his mother lived. Or he may have returned to Virginia Beach, Virginia because he as arrested there in October 1975 for "contributing to the delinquency of a minor" with a 15 year old girl. By late 1975, he enlisted in the North Carolina National Guard, so he may have gone there after leaving Maryland.

There is a thread in Websleuths Cold Case Topic area about Neely Smith (age 5) and her alleged killer, Fred Coffey. There is also information about Amanda posted in that thread.

scriptgirl
02-29-2012, 12:37 PM
Thanks Richard. How long did he stay in the Coast Guard and wasn't he a bit old for that job? Also, with his record of contributing to delinquency of a minor-how did he get into the coast guard? Wouldn't they have done a background check? Re contributing to deliquency of a minor-does that mean rape?

Richard
02-29-2012, 11:28 PM
Fred Coffey was in the Navy for 12 years (3 consecutive 4-year enlistments). He was given an honorable discharge at the end of his 3rd enlistment, but was not allowed to re-enlist for a fourth time due to his abduction and rape of a 13 year old girl.

"Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor" means that he was at least partly responsible for someone under the age of 18 becoming involved in illegal activities of some sort. It might be that he pled guilty to that to get out of more serious charges of abuse or rape or abduction, or something else with the 15-year-old girl.

He joined the North Carolina National Guard late in 1975. I do not know how long he remained with the National Guard, but certainly not past 1986, as that is when he was arrested for the murder of Amanda and the molestation of three other children.

scriptgirl
03-01-2012, 12:50 AM
Did the navy prosecute him? I mean, they seem so hands off.

Richard
03-01-2012, 08:31 AM
Did the navy prosecute him? I mean, they seem so hands off.

Fred Coffey was charged in a Virginia civilian court for his actions against a 13 year-old girl in 1974.

When civilian authorities take jurisdiction in a case, the Navy very seldom intervenes to take over prosecution. The Navy COULD take jurisdiction and prosecute a service member depending on the circumstances, but in this case they did not.

The military cannot ALSO prosecute for the same offense, as that would be double jepardy. They CAN, however, take administrative action following a service member's conviction in civilian courts - and that is what seems to have been the case regarding Fred Coffey.

Coffey had successfully completed his third enlistment and had signed up early for a fourth enlistment before the Navy became aware of his civilian charges.

An enlisted Navy person signs up for a four year enlistment contract and at the end of that period (with a clean record) he/she is given an honorable discharge. He/she may be allowed to re-enlist for another four years. To allow for smooth transitions and transfers, service members can be allowed to sign up early for a follow-on enlistment. That way, all paperwork is done in advance and the next enlistment takes place immediately after the honorable discharge is awarded.

Once the nature of Coffey's crimes and his conviction were revealed, the Navy cancelled his fourth enlistment and assigned Coffey a "re-enlistment code" which denied him any future enlistment in any of the regular services (Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, or Coast Guard).

While the Navy COULD have convened an Administrative Discharge Board to consider giving Coffey a General Discharge (under Honorable Conditions) or and Undesirable Discharge from his third enlistment period, it appears that they simply allowed his Honorable Discharge to stand.

It is possible that the Navy was not given the entire picture on Coffey by those civilian police and courts. Coffey's commanding officer might not have had or known of all the evidence against him. It is likely that the Navy had to make a decision before a certain amount of time went by and they were unsure of how long the legal proceedings would take.

Keeping Coffey in the Navy during a long, drawn out, legal proceeding would have meant that some Navy command, ship, or unit would be a man short for an extended period of time. Cancelling Coffey's fourth enlistment and ensuring that he could not re-enlist at a later date was probably the most expedient way of getting rid of him.

As to his 1975 enlistment in the National Guard, I do not have any specifics about their procedures or background checks. Obviously, they did not know of Coffey's convictions in Virginia or the Navy's refusal to allow him to re-enlist. And Coffey may have neglected to mention it. By that time, his Navy record would have been sent to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO.

scriptgirl
03-01-2012, 08:48 AM
The Navy's version of doing justice seems very...lenient. I wonder what happened to the girl he raped and her family

JeannieC
03-08-2012, 10:29 PM
Please don't let Fred Coffey get his parole. Write a letter and stop this killer from being set free to do it again!

Richard
07-29-2012, 08:12 PM
37 years have now passed since the attack on Kathy Lynn Beatty. Her murder remains unsolved and the investigation is still open.

Richard
08-15-2012, 02:34 PM
PAROLE HAS BEEN DENIED to convicted child killer, Fred Howard Coffey Jr.

He won't be moving into the house next door any time soon.

The following is from Amanda Ray's mother:

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Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts to those of you who took the time to send a letter to the parole board on Amanda's behalf.

Fred H. Coffey will remain behind bars for another three years. He will come up for possible parole again in July 2015.

I spoke with his case analyst and she assured me that she read every letter that was sent in (received over 100) and that they were each taken into consideration when making the decision.

We will need your help again in 2015 and our goal is to get MANY more than 100 letters sent... Let's send THOUSANDS!!With deepest gratitude,

Jennifer Ray

A parole review date is set for July 21, 2015

LINK:

http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

scriptgirl
09-19-2012, 07:51 PM
I wonder what the rumors were re the "strange" wounds Kathy had on her hands.

Richard
09-21-2012, 07:24 AM
I wonder what the rumors were re the "strange" wounds Kathy had on her hands.

Can you supply a link or reference to this? I have never seen an autopsey report or hospital file on her wounds.

There was very little press coverage on her. One short article on her being found alive and in hospital followed by another short one stating that she had died. About 6 months later, there was a longer article with more information and a lot of speculation. Then nothing for many years.

zuli
09-21-2012, 11:20 AM
Good morning,

Richard, I think that ScriptGirl read the rumors about Kathy's feet and hands in Thomas' post ( 11-18-2010, 02:07 AM )

As to the level of violence: many rumors circulated. I don't want to repeat them but there was a significant rumor circulated about violence to hands and feet, with elaborations as time went on and rumors circulated. These were attributed to the heinous and perverted violence of the alleged perpetrator. Let's just say that the rumors came right out of twisted modern scream horror movies involving freaks with tool-kits. But let me say something else.

When I was 10 or so, we had an exercise bike in the basement. I was bored, and turned off the resistance brake, and pumped up the wheel to full speed. I got careless and one of the pedals kicked my heel and my foot went into the spoked wheel. When family rushed me to the hospital, my toe was hanging on by a thread. But it wasn't the result of diabolical torture. It was the result of someone getting caught in a machine. It was not the brutality of a criminal.

Richard
09-25-2012, 09:21 AM
Zuli,

Thank you for your response and welcome to the forum discussion.

I recall the context of Thomas' remarks now. He was suggesting that she might have been injured in a motor bike accident. But as he points out, the stories of "strange injuries" to her hands and feet were based on rumors, and likely exaggerated.

I know that Kathy's injuries were of a very violent nature, but I do not know all the specifics of her wounds. The fact that they were so violent leads me to believe that her death was at the hands of a violent and evil individual who intended to harm/kill her - rather than the result of an accident or of kids playing around.

It is known that Kathy was walking around barefoot that evening, so it is quite possible that her feet would have been injured if she was attempting to flee or defend herself from an attack.

scriptgirl
09-25-2012, 12:43 PM
I have said it before and I will say it again-this case reminds me of the Gloddy case in New Hampshire.

EldonJackson
01-28-2013, 01:37 PM
There has been some discussion about this case in the Cold Case section of Websleuths, and it includes a link to the Montgomery County Police website. There is a photo of the keys found next to Kathy Lynn Beatty's purse.

The keyring was one of those round ones with a black leather fob attatched. Only two keys are on it.

One key is a Schlage brand house key of the kind that goes into a door knob. This would be the kind used in houses in the 1960's thru mid 1970's.

The other key is a GM ignition key. The website describes it as belonging to a 1972 General Motors vehicle. GM changed key blanks each year, so that usually you cannot even stick the key from one year model into the lock or ignition of the next year model.

This may be one of those times when the LACK of evidence may mean something. There is NO vehicle door lock key on the ring. This could mean that the vehicle was a pick-up truck or maybe a van. I am researching that possibility.

This is the photo of the keys from the MCP website:

EldonJackson
01-28-2013, 02:01 PM
Moderators please advise: Is it possible to get the police to take high resolution color pictures of the keys and key fob (both sides, various angles) and post them on Websleuths? This is just the kind of thing that Websleuthers can help LE with.

Also, presuming the keys are still in evidence, are there any modern CSI tests that could reveal something that was not possible to discover then? Same for any other evidence (clothes, purse, etc).

I agree with the person who ID'd the one key as a Schlage house key. Had one just like it when I was in High School (Northern VA, 2 years ahead of Kathy Lynn).

I also agree that the other key looks like GM. I remember a friend's parent's had similar keys and they owned an Olds Cutlass.

Richard
01-28-2013, 09:07 PM
Eldon,

Thanks for your comments, and welcome to this forum discussion.

It has never been proven that the keys found near Kathy Lynn Beatty actually belonged to her attacker, but it is a good possibility.

The Schlage key was used in the locks of external door knobs of houses in 1975 and earlier. It went out of style by the late 1970's or early 1980's. I had that type of keyed lock on a house built in 1976, and when I needed to replace a broken door knob in the 80's, I could not find that style anywhere.

That type of Schlage key was not commonly used on commercial type buildings, such as motels or stores. Also, it was not often used on internal doors like for offices or classrooms. It was primarily a key to a house door.

General Motors vehicles from the late 1960's through 1975 (and later) had two keys usually, the one with the rectangular head was for the ignition and and the second one with an oval head was used for the trunk and doors. An exception to this was that pick-up trucks and (for some years) vans employed only the one (rectangular) key for ignition and door locks. That is why I think that this key was for a truck or van, rather than a car.

The keys did not belong to Kathy. At age 14, she did not drive. She was, that evening, in and out of her house while her mother was away, so it is possible that she had a key to her own home. No word on whether or not she had any keys on her when she was found.

NocturnalLady
01-29-2013, 01:18 PM
Eldon,

Thanks for your comments, and welcome to this forum discussion.

It has never been proven that the keys found near Kathy Lynn Beatty actually belonged to her attacker, but it is a good possibility.

The Schlage key was used in the locks of external door knobs of houses in 1975 and earlier. It went out of style by the late 1970's or early 1980's. I had that type of keyed lock on a house built in 1976, and when I needed to replace a broken door knob in the 80's, I could not find that style anywhere.

That type of Schlage key was not commonly used on commercial type buildings, such as motels or stores. Also, it was not often used on internal doors like for offices or classrooms. It was primarily a key to a house door.

General Motors vehicles from the late 1960's through 1975 (and later) had two keys usually, the one with the rectangular head was for the ignition and and the second one with an oval head was used for the trunk and doors. An exception to this was that pick-up trucks and (for some years) vans employed only the one (rectangular) key for ignition and door locks. That is why I think that this key was for a truck or van, rather than a car.

The keys did not belong to Kathy. At age 14, she did not drive. She was, that evening, in and out of her house while her mother was away, so it is possible that she had a key to her own home. No word on whether or not she had any keys on her when she was found.

I agree also about the Schlage key being a house key. Had one just like it in the same area growing up.

NocturnalLady
01-29-2013, 01:22 PM
Also I wonder if the detectives at the time thought to go around to locksmiths and places that could make keys asking about their recent customers who needed new keys made of those two types. Surely if the keys did belong to the perp he would have encountered issues when he lost them. Maybe not able to get back in his house or car. Or maybe having to ask a relative or friend to bring over the spare keys he had left with them?? Maybe they could have gone on tv asking if anyone had recently had such an interaction involving lost keys. It's somewhat of a long shot but honestly probably one of the few concrete angles they could have gone after.

Richard
01-30-2013, 11:42 PM
Also I wonder if the detectives at the time thought to go around to locksmiths and places that could make keys asking about their recent customers who needed new keys made of those two types. Surely if the keys did belong to the perp he would have encountered issues when he lost them. Maybe not able to get back in his house or car. Or maybe having to ask a relative or friend to bring over the spare keys he had left with them?? Maybe they could have gone on tv asking if anyone had recently had such an interaction involving lost keys. It's somewhat of a long shot but honestly probably one of the few concrete angles they could have gone after.

Good points. I think you are correct about these keys being a strong piece of evidence.

If these did belong to Kathy's attacker, then it would indicate two things; first that he had access to a house and second that he had a GM vehicle of some sort.

It is a good possibility that he had some problems that evening if he could not find his keys.

I am not certain what investigators did regarding the keys in the days immediately following the attack on Kathy. She died 12 days later, and it became a murder investigation which is still an unsolved and open case.

I do know that in 1987, when Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. came to their attention, case investigators attempted to connect the keys to him, to his place of employment, and to his known residence (The Holiday Motel in Gaithersburg). They could not connect them to him.

Since they still had those keys and were still very interested in them in 1987, 12 years after Kathy's murder, it is likely that they did attempt to connect them to others in the interim.

OkieGranny
04-15-2013, 04:42 AM
Really interesting reading. Thomas paints a vivid word picture of the neighborhood and its youth culture at that time and, Richard, you've obviously devoted a lot of time and effort to this case and to that of the Lyon sisters. Thank you.

I really don't know what I think happened to Kathy. I can see it either way, accident or murder. Neither is beyond the realm of possibility, but oh how I would love to study those hospital and autopsy reports. With only a house key and a car key, the key ring definitely looks like a teenager's and IMO not necessarily linked to the incident that led to Kathy's death. If this was an area frequented by lots of teenagers -- partying, roughhousing, and riding cycles -- it could have fallen out of someone's pocket a day or two earlier, who knows? Was it fingerprinted, by any chance?

I followed a link on kathybeatty.com (http://www.kathybeatty.com/) to a video on YouTube and noticed a comment that mentioned suspicion of a fellow with a rather uncommon name that begins and ends with a C. I'm wondering, was that a classmate of Kathy's? (I'm not linking directly to the YouTube video here because it's trying to add the video to my post, but it's a comment underneath that video that I'm referring to.)

Richard
04-15-2013, 10:13 AM
I have personally visited Kathy's neighborhood and the areas mentioned in previous posts regarding possible places that she went. Some things have changed over the years, but much is the same as it was in July 1975

Of course, it is not known exactly what happened to Kathy, but we do have a basic time frame and a few clues. Her Mother left her home alone around 4PM, expecting to be back from Baltimore by 8 or 9PM. Kathy was seen walking barefoot around her neighborhood, close to her house, and riding her bike between about 4PM and 6:30 PM. Some time between 6:30 and 7PM, the boy next door talked to her at her house. It is known that she had a girlfriend "cover" for her in case her Mother called, and that she went to see a boy friend at his house, but that he was not home. Kathy's Mother arrived home at around 11 PM and Kathy was not there. Phone calls and car searches by her Mother were fruitless.

Shortly after 7AM the next morning, Kathy was found unconscientious with a severe head injury in a littered field adjacent to the K-Mart Parking Lot on the east side of Georgia Avenue (across the road from Kathy's neighborhood). She had been "sexually assulted but not raped" according to police.

It is my opinion that this was not the result of any accident, or of dangerous horseplay by teenagers. The nature and visciousness of the wounds which led to her death 12 days later was likely the result of a violent attack by a cold and calculating individual who was both experienced and practiced in what he did.

My theory is that Kathy, after not finding her boy friend at home, continued on her walk. Her probable destination was the K-Mart, where her mother said she liked to visit. This would have been some time between 7:30 and 8:30PM - before dark and before K-Mart closing time.

Rather than walking streets and sidewalks to the north, and then having to walk south for a block or two on Georgia Ave, she probably took a common short cut on a path through some woods which led to first an open field and then the driveway/road of the old Vitro Laboratories grounds. This is the current location of Home Depot and the parking lot/ driveway are the same as in 1975. That driveway runs east to Georgia Ave, and immediately across from it is K-Mart.

There is a high fence separating the Vitro Laboratories grounds from Kathy's residential neighbor hood, which runs parallell to this driveway and there is a very deep gully which makes this roadway a virtual "choke point" for anyone watching pedestrian traffic - most of which would be young teens.

An individual who wished to observe young teens walking alone could easily sit in a parked vehicle in the parking lot next to that driveway and wait. And I feel that is what happened.

Almost anyone could have parked there that evening, but one person who had a fondness for young girls, and a history of abuse and violence against children was a guy named Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. - who just happened to work at Vitro Laboratories, and who had a vehicle which he usually parked in that parking lot.

A few days after the attack on Kathy, and after the newspapers stated that she had been found ALIVE and was in the hospital, Fred Howard Coffey suddenly left town without notifying his employer. His later explanation for his departure (when he asked for his last paycheck) was a total lie about his wife and daughter being in a car accident in Kentucky. He liked that story so much that he used it again in a similar situation.

I feel that this is more than just a Big Coincidence.

I also feel that there is a direct link between Kathy's murder and the disappearance of the Lyon Sisters, which occurred only four miles south on Georgia Avenue, and only four months earlier. The idea of an individual waiting in a parked vehicle and observing a "choke point" is a possible common theme in both cases.

Motherof5
08-15-2013, 03:32 PM
Please go easy on me if my questions have already been answered. Kathy went out to ride her bike. Did she return home at some point to drop off her bike as I've not read that her bike was missing and then found later. Also....she was found barefoot. Were her shoes found at home or were they missing?

notintheknow
09-02-2013, 02:21 PM
Motherof5, I've wondered about this too, particularly with her being found without shoes. I grew up in the MD suburbs of DC, but somewhat later (born in the early 1980s). At least in my neighborhood, kids didn't really wander around outdoors barefoot, at least not if they expected to have to go any distance away from their house. Reading Richard's post of April 15 above, it seems to me that if Richard's hypothesis is correct and Kathy had been heading for the K-Mart, she would've stopped back at her house to put some shoes on. I suppose it's possible that for whatever reason she simply didn't bother, but this has puzzled me.

Motherof5
09-03-2013, 08:45 PM
I thought I read her mother saying that she wouldn't have gone walking around the area that she was found in barefoot due to broken glass(or alone at night) and what not. I just haven't figured out what happened to her shoes. If they were found at home it would lead me to believe that she was taken from home. If they were found near her but not on her feet or just never found then I'd think she was out and about when taken.

Richard
09-23-2013, 06:04 PM
I thought I read her mother saying that she wouldn't have gone walking around the area that she was found in barefoot due to broken glass(or alone at night) and what not. I just haven't figured out what happened to her shoes. If they were found at home it would lead me to believe that she was taken from home. If they were found near her but not on her feet or just never found then I'd think she was out and about when taken.

The following is from post number four of the first page in this thread. It was taken from a 1976 news paper article:

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... There were several persons who saw her the night she disappeared, about 8:30 p.m. near Parkland Junior High School. Several of them, youngsters Kathy's age, refused to take polygraph tests.

A boy who lived next door had seen Kathy at home about 6:30 or 7 p.m. the night she received the injuries. He had brought her a shirt from Ocean City, chatted with her awhile, then left, said her mother. After that, she was not sure what happened. Although several youngsters said they saw her at the school, "none of them claimed they were with her," Mrs. Beatty said.

"We feel sure that Kathy would not have gone up to K-Mart alone." said her mother. For one thing, although the area was littered with broken glass and stones, she was barefoot, her mother said. "I think someone down at Parkland Junior High that night must be responsible for her death. She wouldn't have gotten in a car with a stranger and she wouldn't have gone up to K-Mart by herself," her mother said. ...

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The statement by Kathy's mother was an indication of her feelings based on what she accepted as a fact regarding Kathy being bare foot. Unfortunately, I do not know the exact answer to your question regarding her shoes. My own feeling is that she was found without shoes - neither on her feet nor in her vicinity. The condition of her feet may have indicated that she had been walking without shoes, and some of the children interviewed may have also stated that she was barefoot that night.

Kathy's purse was found some distance from her body according to the same article. No mention is made regarding whether or not Kathy was clothed when found, and no specific mention regarding her injuries, except that she had been struck in the head and sexually molested but not raped.

Her mother's conclusion that Kathy must have been accompanied by someone from the neighborhood because she would not have accepted a ride from a stranger or walked to K-Mart alone - is speculation on her part. It is known that Kathy was, in fact, walking around the neighborhood alone and it is quite possible that she was enticed or forced into an abductor's car. Unfortunately, there isn't much evidence either way.

The fact that the area near K-Mart was littered with broken glass would tend to argue that she did not go there intentionally on her own without her shoes - whether alone or voluntarily with another kid. My feeling is that she was either injured elsewhere and then dumped where she was found, or she was pursued to that place, attacked, and left there.

dotr
11-10-2013, 11:43 PM
Bumping this case and wondering if there are any further details concerning the rumour concerning injuries to Kathy's hands. Has Fred Howard Coffey, Jr's DNA ever been found to be present on the body?
Has FHC been known to travel to Toronto ?

dotr
11-11-2013, 12:21 AM
If the rumour of an injury to K's hand is true, could it have been caused by the key found near her body?
Have other victims of murder been found with a similar injury to the hands?
Just speculation..

Richard
11-11-2013, 10:25 AM
A previous poster to this forum mentioned hearing a rumor about injuries to Kathy's feet and hands. I have never seen any medical reports or police reports which mentioned such injuries.

Any theories as to what may have caused injuries to her feet and/or hands would be speculation based on rumor.

The keys were in fact found near Kathy and it was said by her mother that they did not belong to Kathy. They could have belonged to her attacker, or may have been lost by someone not at all connected with her attack.

There is no indication in press reports or police reports that the keys were used to inflict any kind of injury on Kathy. If this were the case, there would not be doubt as to whether or not they belonged to her attacker.

It is believed that she was beaten on the head with a blunt object, but no suspected weapon has ever been identified.

CanManEh
11-30-2013, 03:05 AM
I have 2 questions to ask but thier a little O/T . Iam curious why this case is under the lyon sisters topic ..I also wanna know if anyone knows if there is any video about this case the sister's case i am refering too i read there was a book written but is there any documentary's or has this case been featured on tv crime shows cause i look under youtube and there is litterally only one video and its only 4 minutes long you would think with this case being so interesting and the exact type of show that u would see on the show disappeared or vanished maybe 48 hours or dateline anything like that .Does anybody know if this case has been on featured on any shows. ?

Richard
12-01-2013, 08:56 AM
You ask a lot of questions. I will try to answer those which I can.

First, Kathy Lynn Beatty does have her own thread on Websleuths. It can be found in the Cold Case section.

Kathy's case appears here in the Lyon Sisters featured case because of the possibility that the two are connected. Here are a few of the similarities:

- They occurred only four months apart in time (March 1975 for the Lyon Sisters' disappearance, and July 1975 for the attack on Kathy). Also, they occurred only four miles apart in distance.

- Regarding victim description; Sheila and Katherine Lyon were days away from turning 13 and 11 respectively. Kathy was 14 years old.

- Sheila and Katherine had recently been walking alone from their residential neighborhood to and from a shopping center (Wheaton Plaza). Kathy was reportedly walking alone in her residential neighborhood and was found unconscious and beaten in a field adjacent to the K-Mart parking lot.

Between the two cases, there occurred several other unsolved disappearances and attacks on children in adjacent states.

The book which you may be referring to was a novel titled "What the Dead Know", by a Maryland author of mystery stories. That book incorporated some elements of the actual Lyon case, such as two sisters disappearing from a shopping center in 1975, but deviated in setting and many details. Names, of course were all changed.

The Lyon Sisters' disappearance received a lot of press coverage at the time, and over the years on anniversary dates. There have been some local (Washington Metropolitan Area) news stories, but I do not believe that their case has ever been covered in any of the nationally broadcast news programs, or featured on any of the network crime shows.

Kathy Lynn Beatty's murder has received very little press coverage - either at the time or in the years subsequent. A few years ago, there was some renewed interest and a local TV news program on Kathy. I believe that there is a link to it in this thread or in the thread on Press Coverage.

I am not a TV show producer, but my speculation as to why these cases have not been featured is simply the lack of evidence, clues, eyewitnesses, and solid suspects.

dotr
12-02-2013, 02:40 PM
A number of links including this video are in Kathy's sister's webpage. Also in comments section, several names are mentioned.

http://www.kathybeatty.com/

Kathy Beatty - YouTube

Fukiyama
02-14-2014, 11:35 AM
Kathy's main thread


I'll bump this up here. Welch in my mind is a far more likely candidate for Kathy than the Lyon sisters.

With juvenile Lloyd wandering around the area in 1975, it is quite possible he bumped into Kathy at the parties in the area, took an interest in her, and then beat her up and left her for dead.

I'd be really interested in learning if Kathy's friends were hesitant to talk due to people like Welch hanging around their parties.

Motherof5
02-14-2014, 02:45 PM
Kathy's main thread (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44333)


I'll bump this up here. Welch in my mind is a far more likely candidate for Kathy than the Lyon sisters.

With juvenile Lloyd wandering around the area in 1975, it is quite possible he bumped into Kathy at the parties in the area, took an interest in her, and then beat her up and left her for dead.

I'd be really interested in learning if Kathy's friends were hesitant to talk due to people like Welch hanging around their parties.

Welch was arrested for burglary 1 mile from the Lyon home on Hobson Street. Hobson intersects with McComas....McComas is where Kate and Sheila would turn to take the short cut home through the woods. He was familiar with their neighborhood. I think he's a great perp for both cases.

scriptgirl
03-07-2014, 12:10 PM
Has there been any more info on Welch since the news broke about him possibly the perp?

Richard
03-13-2014, 10:06 AM
Has there been any more info on Welch since the news broke about him possibly the perp?

To date, there has been no further information or any update from MCP since their early February press conference in which they identified Lloyd Welch a person of interest in the Lyon case. There was a brief mention in the news that the announcement had generated a number of tip line phone calls. No information about those phone calls, however, was released.

While Montgomery County Police have identified Lloyd Welch as a person of interest in the missing Lyon sisters case, they have NOT made any statements linking him to the murder of Kathy Lynn Beatty.

It is certainly a possibility to consider, since the two cases might be connected. MCP has done some previous investigation and research on just that possibility. This was back at least as early as 1987, when they were looking into Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. as a possible suspect in both cases.

But to be clear, MCP has never come out with a definitive press statement that the Lyon case and the Beatty case are in fact connected. Each is being treated as a separate open and active investigation. Both cases have been open and active continuously for the past 39 years.

I have - in these threads - stated my own opinion that the two cases are related, as have some other posters, but again that is not necessarily the official police position.

scriptgirl
03-25-2014, 03:04 PM
I don't think he is the perp-at least not with the Lyon girls. Too convenient.