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    MS - Rose Marie Levandoski, 13, Ocean Springs, 1 February 1973

    Another cold case that has recently been reopened near my hometown. Rose Levandoski was taken from St. Martin Junior High on February 1st, 1973. Her body was found nude in the Tchoutacabouffa River in Biloxi. She had been stabbed in the back.

    A tip had come in the day she disappeared from a trucker using the CB handle 'Yellow Bird' claiming she was at a ballgame. Other people have come forward with information, but nothing that leads to her killer. A week before her body was found, one woman remembers hearing a "blood-curdling scream" near her house. Other incidents include a girl calling the family and saying that she knew where Rose was and a man who threatened to do the same thing he did to Rose. The threat was made to a female working in a Gulfport office.

    I'm posting this information in hopes that someone knows who killed Rose.
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    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011
    By Margaret Baker | The (Biloxi, Miss.) Sun Herald

    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/01/1...#ixzz1TZLrbxG6


    Rose met her abductor sometime after she asked to be excused from class to go to use the restroom.

    In order to go to the restroom Rose had to exit the bldg she was in and enter another bldg.

    (the link to full article isn't working for me)

    http://z13.invisionfree.com/Ms_Missi...ID/ar/t695.htm
    Here is a link that has the article copy and pasted.

    I searched google archives and there appears to be maybe 2 other articles but they are pay per view.

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    http://scholar.google.com/scholar_ca...=1&oi=scholarr

    In her amended declaration, the administratrix alleged:

    "On February 1, 1973, the deceased [13-year-old Rose Marie] had a math class from 12:00 to 12:50. Thereafter, she remained in the same classroom for her next class, an English Class which was to be taught by the Defendant, Mrs. Kenneth R. McGill. During the ten minute break from 12:50 to 1:00 P.M. between the Math and English classes, Miss Levandoski left her books in and on her desk and her coat and her purse on the top of her desk and clearly within the visibility of any person in the classroom; she left the classroom at this time and was not seen alive again."
    administratrix= Rose's Mother, she lost this suit. Even though a teacher admits to having marked Rose present in a class after she had gone missing and IMHO that delayed trying to find Rose. This case is referenced in a lot of other cases.

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    That's why I posted it. A car that was reported in the area of the school on the day Rose disappeared was used in an attempted kidnapping in Pascagoula, a few miles east as well as an attempted St. Martin kidnapping. The case has been reopened, but most of the witnesses have moved or are died.
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    I wish there was more info to be found on the internet Himmie. When I was looking for background info to add to Rose's thread I saw Janie Sander's facebook page.

    Do you think those might be connected?

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    Nevermind I saw the other thread you started Himmie

    for anyone that wants to read the other thread about another cold case in the same area (interesting reading):

    MS- Janie Sanders, 1975 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

    These two thread may prove to be connected in the future.
    Last edited by OkieGranny; 04-13-2015 at 02:06 PM. Reason: fixed broken link

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    Darren, the detective working Janie's case, says that they do have similarities but that at this time they don't have enough evidence linking the two cases.

    Personally I think that they could be related, but there's no proof. Darren says it would be scary to think of two child killers working the same county at the same time.
    Help bring Janie Sanders' murderer to justice.

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    The Sanders case and this case sound similar and are related, imho.

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    Does the murder of Rose Marie Levandoski have a connection to the abduction and murder of Mary Ann Favre? Dont know, but how many murderers of young ladies were roaming the coast of MS in the early '70s? (Approx. 40 mile distance between Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by wishuwerehere View Post
    Does the murder of Rose Marie Levandoski have a connection to the abduction and murder of Mary Ann Favre? Dont know, but how many murderers of young ladies were roaming the coast of MS in the early '70s? (Approx. 40 mile distance between Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs.)

    MS - Mary Ann Favre, 1974 - Websleuths
    There were probably more murderers traveling the Gulf Coast in the 1970's than you'd think. Of these five that remain unsolved, the first three from Jackson County are most likely to be linked.

    JACKSON COUNTY

    Rose Marie Levandoski, 13, Ocean Springs, 1 Feb 1973
    On February 1, 1973, Rose Marie left class at St. Martin Junior High to use the restroom. Her body was found nude in the Tchoutacabouffa River in Biloxi. She had been stabbed in the back. Her case was re-opened in 2010.
    http://www.wlox.com/story/13384024/w...-janie-sanders

    Janie Sanders, 16, Pascagoula, 26 September 1975
    Janie was walking home from school when a friend saw her getting into a car with a man near the corner of Louise and Lanier Ave. The car is believed to have been a blue El Camino. Janie's body was found in a wooded area near the intersection of Grand Bay-Wilmer Road and Airport Boulevard in Mobile County
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...77#post6964577

    "Sanders' body was dumped in a wooded area near the intersection of Grand Bay-Wilmer Road and Airport Boulevard in Mobile County. The crime was so heinous, so terrible, that it haunts Detective Versiga to this day. It makes him want to solve this case. Even more so than ever, he's driven to do it."

    "'It needs to come out, we need to air it out, we need to see if we can find a suspect and put this guy in prison." Versiga said. "He killed this little 16-year-old girl. It's haunted Pascagoula. I can remember, I was 11-years-old when this happened and I can remember my mother not letting me go outside and play anymore because of what this man did.'"

    http://www.wlox.com/story/13384024/w...-janie-sanders

    Debra Gunter, 20, Gautier, December 1978
    Kidnapped from her job as a clerk at a Gautier, Miss., convenience store and found stabbed to death five days later.
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/publics...deaths/2113744

    Larry Eugene Mann, executed in 2013 in Florida for the 1980 murder of 10-year-old Elisa Nelson in Pinellas County, is a possible suspect for the the above three murders.

    Mann once lived on Lanier Ave., and broke into a home and raped a woman on the same street in 1973. He was convicted, sentenced, and by 1975 was living in a work-release camp with limited access to wander the streets.
    http://murderpedia.org/male.M/m/mann-larry-eugene.htm



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    Mary Ann Favre 15, Bay St. Louis, 22 April 1974
    Rode her little sister to school one morning, and was later seen pushing the bike after the chain broke. She was last seen buying a Coke at a grocery store on Dunbar Ave. The bike and Coke can were found on Dunbar Ave. the same day.

    Nine months later, her badly decomposed remains were located in a field near Discovery Bay in Pass Christian. She'd been shot in the head.

    Witnesses reported a light green '60s Chevrolet with three taillights on each fender parked on Dunbar Ave. The FBI released a sketch of a man in his 20's, medium height and build.
    http://www.seacoastecho.com/news/exe...6#.VpnmmlmfXh4

    The case was re-opened in April 2014.

    "Adam declined to say if there were any suspects at this time, but he said technology is on law enforcement's side."
    http://www.seacoastecho.com/news/exe...1#.VpnmoFmfXh4

    Robin Coultas Rodriguez, 20, Gulfport 1976
    In 2014, LE said they had a potentially identifiable fingerprints from her car.

    "Around noon Rodriguez's body was found partially nude, with her hands tied behind her back, face down in shallow water at the end of Magnolia Drive in Pass Christian, about 11 miles from where she disappeared.

    Autopsy reports indicate Rodriguez was strangled to death."
    http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/25919...ampaign=buffer

    "...disappeared from a Liíl General store in west Gulfport. She was found dead hours later in a mud hole at the Wolf River near Pass Christian. She was naked, bound and strangled to death, and her car turned up in Long Beach."

    A couple of weeks after her body was found, an unidentified man began making threatening phone calls to employees at the store at 15th Street and 42nd Avenue. One woman received the calls at her home, and then her family dog was found cut to pieces on her front doorsteps.

    The unidentified man didnít want them to talk to authorities, former employees told the Sun Herald in recent interviews. They believe he was the killer..
    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/crim...e24602248.html
    ETA: Samuel Little, aka Samuel McDowell, a serial killer who traveled around the South in the 1970's and '80s is a suspect in the 1982 murder of Melinda LaPree in Pascagoula. He was known to have been in Pascgoula as early as 1977.

    "In Mississippi, Pascagoula cold case Detective Darren Versiga is re-investigating the killing of Melinda LaPree, a 22-year-old prostitute found strangled in 1982. Little had been arrested in that crime but never indicted, Versiga said. The detective has tracked down old witnesses and is working to reconstruct the case file because much of it was washed away during Hurricane Katrina."

    [...]
    "In Pascagoula, LaPree went missing in September 1982 after getting into a wood-paneled station wagon with a man witnesses later identified as Little. A month later her remains were found, and Little was arrested in her killing and the assault of two other prostitutes. Versiga believes grand jurors failed to indict in part because of the difficulty in determining a precise time of death but also because of credibility problems due to the victim and witnesses working as prostitutes."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3033665.html
    http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi..._heats_up.html
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ght=pascagoula
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    Bessie, thanks for putting together the above list; viewing the victims' names all in one place as well as the methods of murder is helpful, albeit jarring.

    A few notes:

    Each victim was abducted in plain sight, and then found elsewhere in a discarded manner.

    Robin Coultas Rodriguez and Debra Gunter both were abducted from convenience stores at which they worked in 1976 and 1978, respectively. However, one was strangled to death and the other stabbed to death, and occurred in different counties; perhaps reasons LE did not connect these two murders.

    If Mann or Little/McDowell are not responsible for at least one of the listed victims' deaths is yet another frightening thought.
    Last edited by wishuwerehere; 01-16-2016 at 07:23 PM.



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