06-12-2010, 11:35 AM #1
IL - Carol Rofstad, 21, murdered ISU student, 22 December 1975
This is the oldest unsolved case on the Illinois State Police website.
"Carol Rofstad, who was 21 when she was killed, lived in Normal, IL while attending Illinois State University. She was found beaten unconscious about noon December 23, 1975, outside her sorority house at 602 S. Fell Street. The suspected murder weapon, an 18-inch piece of railroad tie, was found nearby. Rofstad wasn't found until roughly 12 hours after the attack. She died Christmas Eve as a result of head injuries.
Two men, one of whom carried a club, were seen between 10 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on December 22, 1975. Both were white males and between the ages of 18 and 25. The composite at right is for, Suspect #1, the suspect carrying the club.
At the time of the attack, most students had already left campus for the holiday break. Instead of returning to Elk Grove Village, though, Rofstad had stayed in the Twin Cities to work at a retail store. Money was found in her purse and there was no evidence of sexual assault. Two women, in the sorority house, neither saw nor heard anything unusual."
06-12-2010, 11:54 AM #2
This case is still getting attention. An article from 2008. Some highlights:
'Investigators with a college in Cicero hope to uncover evidence that would solve the brutal murder of an Illinois State University student more than 32 years ago. "I think the case is eminently solvable," said George Seibel, director of Morton College's Institute for Cold Case Solution.
"And as long as the truth comes out, it doesn't matter who does it," he said.
Seibel, a former Chicago homicide detective, said he doesn't have proof of what happened to Carol Rofstad on December 23, 1975. But he and student staff members conducted more than 250 interviews since November, and he gave Normal police upward of 50 pages of documents.
"We have a suspect, they have a couple suspects, and hopefully we can find a couple crumbs to send to police," Seibel said.'
'He said he was familiar with the case. Seibel's old police investigative unit on city's west side did some investigation on one suspect in the years following Rofstad's death, he said.
In talking with people who knew Rofstad, Seibel said one name repeatedly came up. He declined to say who that suspect is, but he described him as a man with a "rich history of violence toward females" and a man who had made believable threats against at least eight people's lives.'
06-12-2010, 12:21 PM #3
Below is information that I was able to find without doing much digging
Attached are PDFs of school newspapers around the time of her death. One mentions the witness. The other, a later article, discusses possible links to other attacks and also an unknown man that attacked her in her room at an earlier time.
[the second attachment will not upload for some reason. Click here if you would like to download it europa.iwu.edu/argus/pdf/19770422v083i23.pdf]
Also, it appears the college that was helping in 2008 is Morton College Institute (see last paragraph of article).
Snips from an article in 2001:
'Now police say they have a fresh lead: newly discovered fingerprints lifted from crime-scene evidence stored in a police locker in Normal, where Rofstad was killed. Normal Police Lt. Rick Bleichner said the department sent clothing and other evidence to FBI analysts in a last-ditch effort to solve the case.
The FBI found fingerprints on one item that Bleichner described as a personal belonging of Rofstad's. It had never been analyzed for fingerprints before because police did not consider it a significant piece of evidence, Bleichner said.
Now police are running the prints through databases at the FBI and elsewhere to see if they can find a match and catch a killer in a case that has dogged two detectives and the victim's family. Police said results could be available in several months.'
'Police found an 18-inch piece of railroad tie, believed to be the murder weapon, near the crime scene. A witness driving by saw two men outside the sorority house with Rofstad, but thought they were "college kids goofing around," Sadler said.'
'There were strange things about the case: Rofstad had been attacked about a year earlier in her room at the sorority house by a man who crawled up the fire escape. That case was never solved, and some people still think the two incidents were related, Daniels said.
Rofstad had worked Dec. 22 at a clothing store, then stopped briefly at a bar before walking with a friend to her sorority house, Daniels said. The two women parted to go to their homes, after which Rofstad was attacked. Daniels said it is possible Rofstad was followed when she left the bar.'
06-12-2010, 01:03 PM #4
It would be interesting to know if LE ever interviewed the persons working at the bar Carol visited the night she was murdered. I wonder if any of them ever saw the sketch of one of the two possible suspects.
Also, it sounds like nothing came of running the prints found in 2001 or from the clothing sent for analysis. I wonder if any of that evidence remains for further testing. Forensic science is much better today than it was in 2001.
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06-12-2010, 05:10 PM #5
QUOTE...'There were strange things about the case: Rofstad had been attacked about a year earlier in her room at the sorority house by a man who crawled up the fire escape. That case was never solved, and some people still think the two incidents were related, Daniels said. ..END OF QUOTE.
That is strange. About a year earlier before this attack.
06-12-2010, 07:36 PM #6
06-13-2010, 12:50 PM #7
Carol Rofstad, 21, an ISU student, was found beaten Dec. 23, 1975, outside a sorority house in the 600 block of South Fell Avenue and died the next day. Normal police never closed the case and last year received some assistant from Morton College's Institute for Cold Case Solution, but no arrests have been made.
NO connection between the two above cases that you know about.
Other then they both attented ISU, and lived in or around the Normal area?
Did thy check to see if any physical evidence from each case/scene may-had matched in some way to each other?
Quote...There were strange things about the case: Rofstad had been attacked about a year earlier in her room at the sorority house by a man who crawled up the fire escape. That case was never solved, and some people still think the two incidents were related, Daniels said.
...END OF QUOTE.
The attack above occurred on July 15 1974.
Ill assume at the time, she was off from school for another school break?
The April 14 break ins, at least two were committed by the same person.
depending on the distance, within an hour of the two, same description as far as the face covered with pantyhose or something similar.
Was anything personal taken from either case that you know of?
Could have been a student at one of the schools?
The two attacks outside, may have been the same person.
Rape may have been the motive, and the killing may not had been a motive. Since she died on Christmas eve, i don't think he meant to kill her, just knock her out, like the other one before in 74 i believe coming home from the pajama party.
All of the break ins and the killing could have been committed by a student.
And she was seen, by a witness outside with the two men.
After this death, things seemed to have gotten quite, as far as other attacks break ins as far as i read.
If they still have those prints, that they retrieve from something personal from her, and still have not found a match. I would look back at the time, and any students whom may had been a p0I at the time, i would check to see if there still living, and ask for prints for comparison.
If they can do that , that is. This person may had stopped after the death. And has gone on to live a crime free life. Just speculation on my part.
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04-25-2013, 12:46 PM #8
This case always reminded me of the movie Black Christmas which came out the year before. I'm in that town about once a week so I suppose I should check out the murder site.
There was a serial killer named Jesse Donald Sumner who was preying on ISU coeds (among others) in the early 70s but he'd been captured before Rofstad's slaying. He died incarcerated in 2005.This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.
04-25-2013, 09:12 PM #9This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.
04-27-2013, 07:13 PM #10This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.
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12-31-2014, 10:49 PM #12
Carol was a Delta Zeta. Any perps with a fascination for the Delta Zeta sisters?
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The first thing I find odd is why the beating with a club?
It would seem initially that one or two men may have followed her from the bar and wanted sexual involvement. I imagine it wouldn't take a club to force a girl into compromise if two men were threatening her, so it would appear they had bodily harm in mind from the start...but why?
Even a rejected suitor or ex-boyfriend would have to be extremely anti-social or borderline (BPD) to commit such a crime. Could it have been a case of "graveyard love" (If I can't have you, no one will)? I imagine cops looked at that angle already. So what did Carol possess that would drive someone to kill her?
Another alternative would be that they lied in wait for her, knowing that she lived there and waited for her to come home.
The killer is likely a college peer or someone who knew her because with all the dormitories in proximity to the crime scene a random stranger would not necessarily know that the students would all be gone for Christmas Break and would likely be concerned about any screams during the attack.
Knowledge of some event or crime?
If so, surely she shared that info with her friends.
A prior sexual assault upon her or someone close?
What is known about the attack in her dorm from the previous year?
Was it of a sexual nature, or simply to harm her?
Incriminating information of any kind that had the perpetrator in fear of it getting out.
Questions to ask friends and family...did anything happen in Carol's life that would cause anyone to fear what she knew?
How many times was she struck?
Anything unusual about the blows...like were they all on the right side of her head (indicating a left handed person)
Has anyone attempted to contact family or old friends of hers for information?
A suggestion, start a Facebook group dedicated to the crime and bring attention to it via the media.
This was done with another case I am working on and many people came forward and were willing to speak privately about the case, giving us information that the police never knew.
You may find the same will happen with Carol's case.
If the railroad tie allegedly used as the murder weapon has been maintained properly as evidence, Touch DNA analysis will probably reveal good samples and if the killer is in the DNA database, a hit should come pretty easily.
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A railroad runs just north of the crime scene location. The use of a piece of railroad tie would seem to indicate that this was a crime of opportunity, possibly by someone who followed her home from the bar. There are two bars of that same name nearby today. I assume one or the other is the actual bar she was at. Both are near the railroad tracks.
The crime was a moderate risk for the victim and a moderate risk for the perpetrator as well. Not knowing much information about the case leaves a lot to speculation. Was the original intent, sexual assault? Robbery?
Neither of which were fulfilled, possibly due to lights being on and others in the building.
As a last ditch effort to avoid being recognized, the perp simply beat her in the head until she was unconscious?
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01-02-2015, 07:34 PM #15
Normal was a dry town until 1973 so any local bars she might have gone to would have been relatively new. Before 1973, Normal residents/students had to go the sister city of Bloomington to drink.This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.
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