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    NJ - Mary Ann Pryor, 17, & Lorraine Kelly, 16, Ridgefield, 9 Aug 1974

    Two girls, kidnapped on way to mall, later found beaten and sexually assualted. Here are some links:
    http://www.ctcoldcases.com/newjersey.html
    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2009/10/post_28.html

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    so close to home! i never heard of this case until i stumbled upon it before online... i am wondering why lorraine's boyfriend didn't just drive them to the mall...it's not a far drive from north bergen.. like 20 mins.. why drive them to Ridgefield? most of the buses that go to the garden state plaza can be taken from Fort Lee.

    I found this link that states that Robert Relden was charged in connection to these murders?

    http://murderpedia.org/male.R/r/reldan-robert.htm

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    hmm, that's the first I've heard of it

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    http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_...e_Most_popular

    Five years after the North Bergen girls were killed, Tenafly resident Robert Reldan was found guilty of the murders of Susan Reeve of Demarest and Susan Heynes of Haworth – the “Susan Murders,” according to newspapers at the time – while he was already on parole for an earlier crime. Both victims were found nude and strangled in wooded areas...

    However, there’s one problem with linking the two sets of deaths: Reldan was in prison in Trenton from Feb. 14, 1972 until May 30, 1975, when the North Bergen murders occurred...

    The possibility has also been raised that Mary Ann Pryor and Lorraine Kelly were the first two victims in a rape and murder spree that lasted from August 1974 to October 1975. Eight girls between the ages of 14 and 22 from Northern New Jersey and Delaware were murdered during that time, six of them strangled and two shot.

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    I'm confused-are they saying that he did kill Pryor and Kelly or that he didn't do it cause he was in jail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scriptgirl View Post
    I'm confused-are they saying that he did kill Pryor and Kelly or that he didn't do it cause he was in jail?
    That confuses me too. Apparently he was in jail, yet they are listed as his victims on Murderpedia.

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    Yeah, that doesn't make sense.

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    That confuses me too. Apparently he was in jail, yet they are listed as his victims on Murderpedia.
    According to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Murderpedia is wrong; Reldan could not have committed these murders.

    Follow-up story to the December 2014 Hudson Reporter article: http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/f...search_results

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    ..and the plot thickens.

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    Decades later, Bergen County teens' slayings remain unsolved

    http://www.northjersey.com/news/deca...ideo-1.1641239

    She saw no red flags when sister Mary Ann left their North Bergen home, headed to a Paramus mall with Lorraine Marie Kelly to shop for a new bathing suit for a trip to the Jersey Shore.

    “She said, ‘We’ll go to the mall. We’ll take the bus.’ And to me, it was perfectly normal. We took buses everywhere,” Pryor recalled. “So, that was probably early afternoon, and I said, ‘All right. I guess I’ll see you later.’ ”

    She never did. That was, in fact, the last time Pryor ever saw her only sibling alive. Five days later, the nude, battered bodies of 17-year-old Mary Ann Pryor and 16-year-old Lorraine Kelly were found facedown in a wooded area in Montvale. Although theories abound about potential suspects — including River Vale-bred convicted serial killer Richard Cottingham — their murders are still unsolved.
    In addition to alluding to Vogel’s murder, Grieco said Cottingham had also vaguely referenced other crimes, once saying, “ ‘I remember picking up a couple of girls, by one of the malls, on one of the highways, or near one of the highways,’ and he said, ‘I disposed of them out of the area,’ ” Grieco recalled, saying they could not get a deal approved.

    Anzilotti and McMorrow said they can’t comment on whether Cottingham — or anyone else — is a suspect in the Pryor/Kelly case, but Anzilotti said, “I wouldn’t rule anything out and certainly there were serial killers that were active in Bergen and the surrounding area during this time frame.”

    Nor can the detectives comment on time of death, cause of death, theories of the case (whether the murders were committed by one killer or more than one), specific injuries to the teens or how they were killed, because, McMorrow said, “these are the intimate details of the crime that sometimes only the killer would know.”
    Sister of teen killed in 1974 continues push to solve cold case, report says




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