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    Witness Retells Story at Site of Christieís Murder

    Columbus Dispatch Monday September 1, 1975

    Witness Retells Story at Site of Christieís Murder

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Monday September 1, 1975, the male eyewitness and his wife took a newspaper reporter and photographer back to the crime scene showing them the exact spot where the body of Christie Lynn Mullins was found in the dense woods.

    The male eyewitness claimed that the walk in the woods with his family was a nature walk to help his 10 year old son get ready to join the Boy Scouts.

    Police previously did not disclose to the news media that the couple had a 10 year old son with them in the woods at the time of the murder.

    The male eyewitness admitted that he had been besieged with phone calls since the murder. While some of the calls were threatening, most of the callers wanted to know why he didnít chase the man he saw beating the victim.

    The couple said they were twenty feet away from the crime scene when they came upon a man holding a piece of lumber with both hands in the woods. The male eyewitness said that foliage in the woods kept them from seeing Christie.

    The male eyewitness said that he didnít hear the victim scream in the woods and claimed that he would have chased the suspect if he did hear screams in the woods.

    The male eyewitness and his wife told a reporter that they were convinced that they had identified the correct suspect in a police lineup after the murder.

    The male eyewitness also said that since after the murder, relatives had come to his home to stay with him and he had sent his children out of town.

    Hereís what I noticed after reading this news article. I noticed that the couple didnít say what the exact time was when they found Christieís body in the woods.
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    Man May Plea Guilty To Murder

    Columbus Dispatch Wednesday September 3, 1975

    Man May Plea Guilty To Murder

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Wednesday September 3, 1975, the handicapped man charged with murdering Christie Lynn Mullins had agreed to plea guilty to aggravated murder if prosecutors didnít ask for the death penalty in the murder case.

    The prosecutor claimed that there were five or six facts about the murder that the killer would only know when the crime was committed.
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    Heís Getting Off Easy Bitter Father Says

    Columbus Dispatch Thursday September 4, 1975

    Heís Getting Off Easy Bitter Father Says

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Thursday September 4, 1975, the father of Christie Lynn Mullins asked if the reporter ďhad ever heard of anything going as fast as this, and it seemed that if the person who had pled guilty to the crime did it, heís getting off easy.Ē

    The judge spent over an hour going over the guilty plea in court before handing down a prison term of twenty years to life on the aggravated murder charge.

    The assistant prosecutor gave the court a lengthy summary of the case, going over a number of points regarding key details of the murder that had not been made public.

    The assistant prosecutor claimed that the suspect admitted to:

    * Raping the victim when police didnít publicly reveal the victim had been sexually assaulted.

    * Picked out the exact spot where the victim had been sitting on the railing.

    * Described the exact weapon used in the murder weapon.

    * Drew a diagram showing exactly how the board was broken into three pieces.

    * Told police that the victim had a length of telephone wire in her hand.

    The article mentioned that police had not been able to find out who had made the telephone call claiming to be a radio station disc jockey.

    While the police didnít believe that the person who pled guilty to Christieís murder had made the telephone call, police believed that he had a chance encounter with Christie that led to the murder.
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    Iv'e wanted to see what the "witness's" looked like!

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    Stormy Session, Citizens Doubt Guilt

    Columbus Dispatch Tuesday September 9, 1975

    Stormy Session, Citizens Doubt Guilt

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Tuesday September 9, 1975, over 70 citizens jammed the Sharon Township Hall the previous evening in a stormy three hour session to hear how prosecutors know that the mentally handicapped man was guilty of murdering Christie Lynn Mullins.
    The police were not present at the meeting.

    The three hour meeting became heated and confrontational between prosecutors and citizens, and also between citizens and the male eyewitness and his wife who were also at that meeting.

    The prosecutor told citizens at the meeting that they were satisfied the handicapped suspect was Christieís killer on account that the suspect knew about the murder before being questioned about it, pointed out the guardrail where Christie was sitting, led detectives to the approximate spot of the murder, and drew a diagram showing how the board was broken during the murder.

    The prosecutor drew jeers from the crowd at the meeting when he couldnít say if anyone had seen Carol inside the Woolco department store on the day Christie was murdered.

    One citizen at the meeting asked prosecutors if it was possible that the mentally handicapped man could have been an eyewitness to Christieís murder.

    One person at the meeting who knew the mentally handicapped man told citizens at the meeting that the mentally handicapped man did not wear cutoff shorts due to having a hang up with his skinny legs, could not provide such details about the crime without being led, and was seen by several people at the VOA at about 1:30 p.m. on the west side of Columbus.

    While the prosecutor didnít give out the exact time of Christieís death, he did say that the murder occurred sometime between 1:45 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. that afternoon.

    Several citizens asked if the male eyewitness and his wife had taken polygraph test and were told that they had not.

    The couple suddenly left the meeting after the wife of the male eyewitness had exchanged angry words with several persons during the meeting.

    After the stormy three hour meeting ended, citizens had left the meeting with the same doubts that they had brought with them prior to the meeting.
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    Wonder if we could find the official autopsy report.

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    Citizens Get Response, Major Answers Murder Queries

    Columbus Dispatch Wednesday September 10, 1975

    Citizens Get Response, Major Answers Murder Queries

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Tuesday September 10, 1975, public skepticism into the Christie Lynn Mullins murder case prompted police into discussing evidence they previously insisted be keep secret.

    A Columbus Police Major in charge of the police investigative units responded to questions from the stormy meeting that citizens had with prosecutors.

    The police major explained that any concerns the citizens had regarding statements Carol made to police when she last saw Christie had been clarified when she took a polygraph test and the substance of her story were true.

    The police major also explained that the male eyewitness and his wife werenít subject to polygraph tests due to the fact they didnít give conflicting statements, and the coupleís 10 year old son also had corroborated his parentís story.

    An anonymous police source told reporters that homicide detectives involved in the murder case were divided over the issue of whether the couple should be subjected to polygraph tests.
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    Lawyer Takes It Slow

    Columbus Dispatch Wednesday September 24, 1975

    Lawyer Takes It Slow

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Wednesday September 24, 1975, the new attorney appointed to defend the mentally handicapped man in the Christie Lynn Mullins murder case intended to let all the shouting die down and proceed slowly in the case.

    The new attorney was appointed after the original attorney defending the mentally handicapped man withdrew and the ACLU agreed to stay out of the murder case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrixieBel View Post
    Wonder if we could find the official autopsy report.
    Since this is still an open homicide case, any autopsy reports from the coroner won't be made available to the public.

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    Nerosleuth, thank you for letting us know about the apartment complex swimming pool used by both Christie and Carol. That is VERY interesting.


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    A 'nature hike'? Behind a shopping center? SERIOUSLY?

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    It is 431am Sunday morning. I just woke up from a 5 hour nap
    I would have signed out if I knew i was going to be idle for that long.

    nerosleuth I have read all of your latest archives which are just outstanding.
    The way you presented them has been outstanding. Certainly has kept some of us on track about the developments early on in the investigation.

    This is where i stand after reading everything. And Ill respond to your latest archives here instead of one by one.

    around 1 pm or so carol was at the pool, her younger sister came to tell her the man is calling again, carol went home and waited and the man called again, or maybe was holding on line. After talking with the man whom had called several times that week, including that day of the murder, which was Saturday if i remember correctly. Carol left to go to the Graceland area by taking the shortcut through the path. The killer also left not long after chatting with carol in order to get to the woods before she did. Her sister was going with her, but they ran into Christie and Christie decided she would go with her, carol sent her little sister home, and carol and Christie took the walk through the woods and reached the guardrail area where the caller wanted her to. The killer was in the woods waiting on carol to come through. But when she did he seen there were two, and carol was not by herself. So he waited and watched the two girls on the guardrail decided on what to do. When Carol left the area to go inside the wool-co to check the time he made his move on Christie and took her into the woods and the results we all know.

    I made have made an error somewhere above since it is so early in the morning. If so i will correct it later if able.

    The above all just speculation and assumptions based on what i read in the archives. I will discuss the suspect/suspects in my next post following this one to keep each one short.

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    suspect/suspects

    Quote Originally Posted by :+:MrTT:+: View Post
    It is 431am Sunday morning. I just woke up from a 5 hour nap
    I would have signed out if I knew i was going to be idle for that long.

    nerosleuth I have read all of your latest archives which are just outstanding.
    The way you presented them has been outstanding. Certainly has kept some of us on track about the developments early on in the investigation.

    This is where i stand after reading everything. And Ill respond to your latest archives here instead of one by one.

    around 1 pm or so carol was at the pool, her younger sister came to tell her the man is calling again, carol went home and waited and the man called again, or maybe was holding on line. After talking with the man whom had called several times that week, including that day of the murder, which was Saturday if i remember correctly. Carol left to go to the Graceland area by taking the shortcut through the path. The killer also left not long after chatting with carol in order to get to the woods before she did. Her sister was going with her, but they ran into Christie and Christie decided she would go with her, carol sent her little sister home, and carol and Christie took the walk through the woods and reached the guardrail area where the caller wanted her to. The killer was in the woods waiting on carol to come through. But when she did he seen there were two, and carol was not by herself. So he waited and watched the two girls on the guardrail decided on what to do. When Carol left the area to go inside the wool-co to check the time he made his move on Christie and took her into the woods and the results we all know.

    I made have made an error somewhere above since it is so early in the morning. If so i will correct it later if able.

    The above all just speculation and assumptions based on what i read in the archives. I will discuss the suspect/suspects in my next post following this one to keep each one short.
    I am interested in that private pool information. I assume this had something to do with the housing division? Tell us more about the private pool. Whom owned it? Was it own by the housing division? Apartment complex there what?

    Private pool, makes me thing you had to be a member. And members would have to be known and a record keep of there name, address phone number etc, to be allowed to swim in this private pool.
    Two girls that nerosleuth mentioned belonged to this private pool. The other being Christie. If we had just another one, that said she also received phone calls.

    quickly.
    Carman didn't kill the girl. Carman was a homosexual mild retarded man that never wore shorts. And I don't ever recall reading about a man such as this killing a girl, young girl for possible sex or what ever reason. He didnt call carol that day of the murder either, so we can speculate he didn't call her several times that week.

    This is the big one.
    The newells.
    The archive nerosleuth posted of the newells at the crime scene is priceless. I also wondered what they looked like. I must admit, when I looked at them i thought to myself that the man looked like a warlock, and the woman appeared to look like a witch to me. Could be the black and white photo with the lighting makes them look as such, but putting them together side by side as they appear in the photo makes them look sinsiter as hell and I would want them to take a ldt just from the way they look.............And I believe others at the time wanted the same thing.

    Finding out there 10 year old was with them that day adds credibility to there story of what they seen. I cant see how he would kill the girl and then get the wife and son to go along with a story after the killing to cover it up. In this case its my speculation that the witnesses are not involved in the killing. And I wish today, if any way possible to perform a ldt on one or three would be carried out.

    Carol was giving a ldt back then at 14. So I take what she stated as being true with mild descriptiveness as the LEOs reported at a town meeting.

    I may have left something out. If so Ill post it later when i remember.

    But I believe for now the killer was the person whom made the phone-calls. And went to the woods soon after talking with carol that Saturday to kill her, but Christie was with her and so Christie became the victim and not carol. Poor Christie. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time and got killed for it.

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    Is it allowed to post mug shots? Newbie here!

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    What Really Happened On Aug. 23, 1975? Second Trial Begins

    Now we're going forward to December 1977, almost two and a half years after the murder of Christie Lynn Mullins.

    The Columbus Dispatch was an evening newspaper back in 1977. During the Christie Lynn Mullins murder trial, it either reported the court room drama that happened on the morning before the newspaper was published that day, or the next day it reported the court room drama from the previous day.

    Columbus Dispatch Monday December 12, 1977

    What Really Happened On Aug. 23, 1975?
    Second Trial In Rape-Murder Case Begins

    In a Columbus Dispatch newspaper article published on Monday December 12, 1977, jury selection began in the second trial of the Christie Lynn Mullins murder that morning in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

    The article gave a recap of events that transpired since the day Christie Lynn Mullins was murdered.

    The article told of the doubts and skepticism that the public had about the person who was charged in this murder case.

    Among the doubts expressed were the improbability of the suspect being at the crime scene due to time factors and transportation issues, unexplained tracks in the woods at the time of the murder, and investigators not looking into other leads and suspects.

    They also cited a jail chaplainís doubts of the suspectís confession and the jail chaplainís own observation that the suspect was eager to please and highly susceptible to suggestions.

    The article also mentioned that some folks who knew the mentally handicapped man asserted that he was gay and lacked the physical or mental capacity to commit the crime which he once pleaded guilty.

    Christieís father expressed doubts about the ability of the person charged in his daughterís murder of being able to carry off his daughter by force from the store parking lot for nearly a mile into the woods where her body was found.

    Christieís father wasnít satisfied with the police investigation and was troubled by the rumors he had heard in his neighborhood about his daughterís murder.

    The article noted that the male eyewitness was currently in prison on a 1976 arson conviction for burning his house to defraud insurance. The male eyewitness also had served time in prison for a similar arson conviction in 1969. And according to a prison spokesperson, he also had three assaultive records.

    The article also explained the legal wrangling that took over two years to resolve before the second trial in the Christie Lynn Mullins murder case could take place.

    The article noted that after the guilty plea from the first trial was withdrawn, if the mentally handicapped man had been found incompetent and denied a second trial, he likely would have spent the rest of his life locked in a mental institution with his guilt or innocence undetermined.
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