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    CT - New Haven Murders: Mary Mount, 10, and 3 other young girls, 1969-70

    http://newcanaan.dailyvoice.com/news...solved-decades

    WILTON, Conn. – More than 40 years ago, 10-year-old Mary K. Mount disappeared from her New Canaan neighborhood, sparking a massive manhunt throughout Fairfield County that ended tragically in Wilton.
    About three weeks after she was last seen in New Canaan's Kiwanis Park, two teenagers searching for a fishing spot near the South Norwalk Reservoir discovered Mary's body in a pine grove off Old Huckleberry Road.
    No one has ever been charged in Mary's disappearance and death. "There was a lengthy investigation involving the New Canaan Police, Wilton Police and the state police," said Wilton Police Lt. Donald Wakeman. "But it remains an unsolved case."
    According to a United Press International story from June 18, 1969, investigators first assumed Mary's disappearance was a kidnapping. Her father, Joseph Mount, was the manager of IBM's data processing headquarters in White Plains, N.Y.


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    I lived within walking distance of Kiwanis Park that summer.

    Think any kid on my street went outside without an adult??? The Moms called each other and took turns keeping track of us. To return to your own house, the family you were with called your house -- both parents watched you cross the day-lit street.

    Maybe that's why I'm reading here right now?

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    Wonder if there is any preserved evidence that might conclusively link this killer to these children? Or if the families are satisfied from the case similarities that this was the guy?

    I cannot imagine the agony of never REALLY knowing....
    Six-year-old Shannon Sherrill disappeared from her front yard in Thorntown, Indiana in October, 1986. Someone knows where she is......

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...annon+sherrill

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    Diane Toney, Dawn Cave, Mary Mount, Jennifer Noon

    http://newcanaan.dailyvoice.com/news...solved-decades


    May 18, 1969 -- Diane Toney, 11, Guilford

    Mother Identifies Dress Fabric on Girl's Skeleton
    Oct 3, 1969
    Child victim gets burial 27 years later
    Nov 14, 1996
    "A mixup led to the girl's body being stored in a plastic bag inside a cardboard box in the New Haven prosecutor's office for two decades."

    May 26, 1969 -- Dawn Cave, 14 Bethany
    Her badly decomposed body was found lying in a field.

    Girl's Body Found
    July 1, 1969
    Youths at play find girl's bodyin Bethany field
    July 1, 1969
    Police compare evidence in cases of three slain girls
    Oct 3, 1969

    May 31, 1969 -- Mary Mount, 10 New Canaan

    Girl's body found near reservior
    June 18, 1969
    Missing girl's body found near reservoir in Wilton
    June 18, 1969
    Girl's death held probable murder
    June 19, 1969


    Sept 2, 1970 -- Jennifer Noon, 5, New Haven

    Body of Missing Girl Found, $10,000 is Offered for Clues
    Sept 25, 1970
    Second Girl Missing in New Haven
    Sept 25, 1970
    Rash of Murders Worries Community
    Oct 2, 1970
    We must assume foul play in child's death
    Dec 18, 1970
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    4 Deaths: A Trail Left Cold
    30 Years Later, Questions About An Unpursued Link In Killings Of Children
    April 02, 2000|By DAVE ALTIMARI, COLIN POITRAS And JANE DEE; Courant Staff Writers

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    But for years, authorities have had information linking each of the killings to a man named Harold Meade, a 52-year-old former tow truck driver and ice cream vendor now serving a life term for three strikingly similar murders.

    A month before Jennifer Noon's disappearance, Meade killed three mentally retarded residents of the Greater New Haven Regional Center who were out walking in the West Rock section of New Haven. The skulls of all three were smashed with rocks, their bodies left in wooded areas.

    He confessed to those murders and in 1972 was sentenced to life in prison. In an interview Friday, Meade vehemently denied any other killings.
    But since his arrest in the West Rock killings, according to police and other sources, he has repeatedly confided that those three were not his only victims.

    In an extraordinary letter written to the state's Board of Parole nearly 20 years after the murders, New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington acknowledged that prosecutors at the time considered Meade a suspect in the girls' killings, but did not follow through because they assumed he'd be in prison for life.-- "As a result of this assumption, other serious crimes in which Mr. Mead was a suspect were not pursued to the point of arrest,'' Dearington wrote. Meade's name is spelled ``Mead'' in some official documents.

    Investigators have re-examined some of the cases over the years, but none of the investigations have resulted in arrest. State police Sgt. Patrick Gaffney of the Central District Major Crime Squad said the Dawn Cave case is "under active review.''

    In a phone interview Friday night, Meade said he's never admitted to any other killings and is tired of the accusations.

    "If they think I'm a killer, then come and get me and take your hair samples or your DNA or a polygraph and then leave me the hell alone so I can get on with my life,'' Meade said.


    "I didn't kill anyone but the three I killed in New Haven,'' he said. ``The cops all want to say I did other murders, but it's their job to prosecute them and where are they?''

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    Suspicions Swirl In Death At Beach
    Convicted Murderer's Prison Furlough Coincided With Woman's Gruesome KillingApril 04, 2000|By DAVE ALTIMARI And JANE E. DEE; Courant Staff Writers Courant Staff Writer Colin Poitras contributed to this story.

    Harold Meade, who murdered three young mentally retarded people by smashing their skulls with rocks, was sent to prison for life by a judge who said he was too dangerous to ever be freed.

    It took Meade 13 years to get out. Over seven years, starting in 1985, Meade had 184 one-day furloughs and 68 weekend leaves. He met and married his second wife while on furlough, and on the last weekend of June 1992, the couple celebrated their second anniversary by renting a cabin on the shore.



    That special weekend for the Meades also was the last weekend of Linda Rayner's life.
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    WHAT?!?!?

    How in the world does a convicted child killer get furloughs from prison?

    Whiskey.
    Tango.
    Foxtrot?
    Six-year-old Shannon Sherrill disappeared from her front yard in Thorntown, Indiana in October, 1986. Someone knows where she is......

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...annon+sherrill

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    It's inexcusable. They knew he was a suspect, but they didn't bother to pursue the investigation because they figured he'd be locked up for life. As a result, the girls' murders have gone unpunished, and Linda Rayner lost her life. How do you sleep with that on your conscience?
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    Joseph Groening, was let out of prison early that is how he got to Shasta and her family.



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