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Richard
05-13-2008, 08:56 PM
Mary Sue Kitts
Missing since July 1974 from Fresno, Fresno County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance:
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; grey eyes.

Circumstances of Disappearance

Mary Sue Kitts was last seen in Fresno, California in July 1974. For three years, she was presumed to be a runaway.

During an armed robbery of a Visalia K-Mart in March 1977, Larry Green shot a bystander, and police arrested him along with Benjamin Meyer and Clarence Ray Allen. Authorities eventually linked Allen to the 1974 murder of Mary Sue Kitts, the live in girlfriend of his son, Roger.

In 1974, Clarence Ray Allen enlisted the help of his son Roger Allen, as well as other employees in Allen's security guard business, to burglarize Fran's Market.

On June 29, 1974 the night of the burglary, Roger Allen invited the owners 19-year-old son, Bryon Schletewitz, to an evening swimming party at Allen's house. There, Bryon's keys to Fran's Market were taken from his pants pocket while he was swimming.

Later in the evening, while Bryon was on a date arranged by Allen with Mary Sue Kitts, Allen and accomplices, used Bryon's keys to burglarize his parents' market. They removed a safe from the market and divided the $500 in cash and over $10,000 in money orders found inside.

Kitts contacted Bryon Schletewitz and confessed to him that she had helped to cash the money orders stolen from Fran's Market. Bryon confronted Roger Allen with this story, and Roger admitted that the Allen family had burglarized the store.

When Roger told his father of Bryon's accusation based on Kitts's confession, Allen ordered Kitts to be killed.

Kitt's was strangled to death by Allen's accomplice Lee Furrow.

Allen had his accomplices tie stones to Kitts's wrapped-up body and, while he watched for traffic, dumped her into the Friant-Kern Canal. Her body was never recovered.

Allen was tried and convicted in 1977 of robbery, attempted robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. His arrest also led to his second 1977 trial, for the Fran's Market burglary, conspiracy, and the murder of Mary Sue Kitts. In return for testifying for the prosecution, Furrow pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder.

Clarence Allen was sentenced to death for arranging the execution murders of three people who testified against him. He was executed by lethal injection on January 17, 2006.

Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Fresno Police Department
Missing Persons Unit
559 621-2455

E-Mail: policedept@fresno.gov


Source Information:

Death Penalty
San Francisco Chronicle
The Doe Network: Case File 2585DFCA

LINK:

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2585dfca.html

meggilyweggily
05-14-2008, 06:35 AM
http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/k/kitts_mary.html

The guy who arranged her murder was a real psycho -- after his conviction he arranged for the murders of three other people from his prison cell. (Doe was wrong when it says the three all testified against him, though. One of them was a witness against him and two of them innocent bystanders who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.) A poster boy for the death penalty. He finally got what was coming to him in 2006. He was in his seventies by then and his attorney actually argued that executing such an old man was cruel and unusual!

Richard
07-30-2009, 10:06 PM
This case is now 35 years old. Although it seems to have been solved and the individual responsible has paid the price, Mary Sue Kitts is still missing.

Clarence Ray Allen was a cold blooded killer. Could he have been responsible for other murders as well?

forthelost
08-03-2009, 08:17 PM
http://www.forthelost.org/calikids/MKitts.doc

Richard
11-27-2009, 01:57 PM
Bumping case up...

scriptgirl
11-27-2009, 02:51 PM
How is this a cold case when they already know she is dead. She technically isn't missing.

Richard
11-28-2009, 01:02 PM
How is this a cold case when they already know she is dead. She technically isn't missing.

Actually, she is still missing. It was proven in a court of law that she was murdered - even though there was no body to present as evidence.

The term "cold case" can be applied to a case for a number of different reasons. Usually it is because someone has been missing for a long time or because a crime has been unresolved, or when a suspect is identified but not brought to trial, etc. .... And the passage of time plays a part in that determination.

If there are loose ends which cannot be tied up or resolved, the case could be considered "cold". For instance one person might be caught and convicted, but an accomplice remains at large or unidentified.

Sometimes a case is considered Open and Active by police, but might be posted here simply because a lot of time has passed.

There are a number of other cases posted in this forum in which it was determined that a missing person was murdered and that a suspect was identified or even convicted. But if the body remains missing, the case is not yet considered closed.

Richard
11-04-2012, 10:42 AM
Bumping case up...

mhoward48
12-11-2013, 10:42 AM
This case is now 35 years old. Although it seems to have been solved and the individual responsible has paid the price, Mary Sue Kitts is still missing.

Clarence Ray Allen was a cold blooded killer. Could he have been responsible for other murders as well?

I want to thank you for listing it. Sue was my cousin. We always called her that, not Mary Sue. She was so tiny. My Aunt Lenore is now dead, and my Uncle Nate eventually married another woman. She was their only child. My aunt never gave up looking for her. She hired her own PI. She even went and spoke to Clarence Ray at his security guard business. Of course, he told her they had not seen her.

Clarence Ray Allen was a great poster child for the Death Penalty.

IvanaBeverlyPotts
05-19-2014, 06:37 PM
bumpin'