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    MI - Deborah Polinsky, 20, Holland, 23 July 1977

    Because of my interest in the Aundria Bowman disappearance, I've been looking at other unsolved cold cases out of the Holland Michigan area.

    I found the story of this 1977 unsolved murder of Deborah Lynn Polinsky on the Delayed Justice website.

    http://www.delayedjustice.com/?p=85



    I could not find a thread for her case, so I am starting one.

    Another interesting bit of information is that 10 years after this murder, on Christmas eve of 1987, Debra Wilson was murdered at her home at 4159 144th Ave. in Holland Township (right around the corner and about 2 miles from Polinsky's home). Like Polinsky, she was also stabbed multiple times, and was home alone when she was attacked. Her husband was at a christmas party held by his employer. It appears that she was attacked inside her home, and she fled outside into her back yard, where she died of her wounds.

    http://www.hollandsentinel.com/artic...News/302189869

    I have wondered if these two crimes are connected.

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    While in Michigan last week, I took a few photos of Deborah Polinsky's home where she was murdered.

    Compared to the photo in the newspaper article, it doesn't appear to have changed much in the 37 years since the murder.

    But as you can see, the house is very isolated on a rural road. There are very few homes on that stretch even now.


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    Thank you for starting this thread. I was a coworker of Deb's at De Pree Pharmaceuticals. It's always haunted me that they've never solved this case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    While in Michigan last week, I took a few photos of Deborah Polinsky's home where she was murdered.

    Compared to the photo in the newspaper article, it doesn't appear to have changed much in the 37 years since the murder.

    But as you can see, the house is very isolated on a rural road. There are very few homes on that stretch even now.

    Beautiful but gives me the heevie-jeevies...since I have seen too many Unsolved Mysteries or read of cases that happened in isolated areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msmaver View Post
    Thank you for starting this thread. I was a coworker of Deb's at De Pree Pharmaceuticals. It's always haunted me that they've never solved this case.
    Thanks for joining, and for chiming in, msmaver. Do you remember if there were any coworkers at DePree who seemed capable of this, or who showed an unusual interest in Deborah?

    If so, of course I'm not asking you to name names here.

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    Was sexual assault present in either case?

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    Based on the newspaper article, it seems that there was a sexual assault in the Polinsky murder.

    I don't think there was a sexual assault in the Wilson case; however, she fled into her back yard before being stabbed to death. So that may have hindered what otherwise would have been a sexual assault.

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    Scant info available is thee anywhere that describes the crime, better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichKelly View Post
    Scant info available is thee anywhere that describes the crime, better?
    Nothing beyond the Holland Sentinel article and the blog post on the Delayed Justice site. There were a few other brief articles in other local newspapers around that time asking the public for information, but they didn't offer any more information than what was provided in the Holland Sentinel article.

    There were also several murders of young women in the Grand Rapids area in the early 70's. Lamont Marshall was convicted of one of the murders and another knife attack in which the victim survived, but they weren't able to connect him to the others.

    A 19-year old newlywed named Shelly Speet Mills (who BTW grew up in Holland, Michigan) was also murdered in her Grand Rapids home in September 1970 under similar circumstances (i.e., stabbed multiple times while she was alone in home). Her murder also remains unsolved.

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    A tiny blurb about the Polinsky murder

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3680%2C2193042
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    I came across this article, and think it's worth mentioning.

    In 1991, Wesley Jon Brink, then 34, was convicted of a murder he committed in May, 1980.

    Brink is from Holland Twp; the murder occurred in Blendon Twp., Ottawa County, MI.

    Virginia Bricker, who was 33 at the time of her death, was raped and stabbed over 30 times in her home.

    Brink was identified by fingerprints found in the Bricker home. This article doesn't mention a semen or DNA match.

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2337%2C2543349
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    Quote Originally Posted by bessie View Post
    I came across this article, and think it's worth mentioning.

    In 1991, Wesley Jon Brink, then 34, was convicted of a murder he committed in May, 1980.

    Brink is from Holland Twp; the murder occurred in Blendon Twp., Ottawa County, MI.

    Virginia Bricker, who was 33 at the time of her death, was raped and stabbed over 30 times in her home.

    Brink was identified by fingerprints found in the Bricker home. This article doesn't mention a semen or DNA match.

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2337%2C2543349

    Here's Wesley John Brink's mugshot:


    http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/OTIS2/oti...cNumber=217142

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    Wild Bill Hickok fan club anyone ??

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    LOL Except for the pasty white complexion. If he looked that bad in a mugshot, I can't imagine how he aged out in prison.
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    I doubt it was like a fine wine Bess

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