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  1. #1
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    TX - Virginia 'Ginger' Freeman, 40, Brazos County, 1 Dec 1981

    April 19, 2017
    BRAZOS COUNTY, Texas -- The longest unsolved murder case in Brazos County is getting another look.

    Virginia Freeman, a real estate agent, was killed on December 1, 1981 after meeting a man who said he was looking to buy property off of Greens Prairie Road, south of College Station.

    More than three decades later, Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk revealed two new composite pictures of Freeman's alleged killer at a press conference on Tuesday.
    Freeman's murder was the first crime scene Sheriff Kirk worked with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office (BCSO). He photographed the "traumatic scene," recalling that it was a "heinous crime."

    Freeman's husband reported his 40-year-old wife missing three hours after she didn't return home. He later found her lifeless body behind the vacant home. An autopsy report showed that the mother of two had been stabbed multiple times, strangled and bludgeoned with a four pound rock.
    The BCSO use of Snapshot to help solve Freeman's case will be featured in an episode of National Geographic Explorer in June 2017.

    If you recognize the person in the pictures or know anything about Freeman's murder, call the Sheriff's hotline at (979)-361-4986. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (979)-775-TIPS (8477).
    The company used DNA found under Freeman's fingernail to generate a sketch of the alleged killer in 1981 and, using age progression, also created an image of what the suspect would look like today.

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    Virginia Freeman
    On December 1, 1981, forty year old Real Estate Agent Virginia “Ginger” Bradford Freeman was murdered behind a rural vacant residence in Brazos County, which she was showing a potential buyer. Virginia had been assigned a telephone call at the real estate office where she worked. The unknown male caller was interested in property in the Bryan/College Station area, saying he had cash to invest. Virginia gave the caller directions to a rural property listed for sale and made arrangements to meet the caller at that location. The victim left the real estate office at about 3:00 PM and stopped at her own residence, where she told her children about the potential sale.

    Sometime after 7:00 PM, Virginia’s husband, Charles, reported Virginia missing to the Brazos County Sheriff's Office. Charles and one of Virginia’s co-worker’s husbands began searching for Virginia and found her vehicle parked at a residence for sale on Greens Prairie Road. They found Virginia’s body behind the vacant residence. An autopsy revealed that at approximately 3:30 PM, Virginia had been struck on her head, strangled, and stabbed.
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    The sheriff says DNA used in the sample was taken from under Freeman’s fingernail.

    According to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, anyone can submit information to the Brazos County Crime Stoppers hotline at 979-775- TIPS (8477), through the Texas Ranger Cold Case website or call the DPS missing persons hotline at 1-800-346-3243

    Composite of a 25 year old suspect in the Virginia Freeman murder courtesy of the Brazos County sheriff’s office.

    Last edited by dotr; 04-19-2017 at 01:01 PM.

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    Central Texas by way of SW La.
    Thank you dotr for starting this thread! I live here in Bryan and actually sold real estate for a very short time in the late 90"s. Our office would not let any of the women realtors meet an unknown client at a property because of Ginger's murder. The customer had to meet at our office and leave a copy of their driver's license. There are some long time residents that believe the murderer is still local.

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    All of the above is just my opinion and I could be totally wrong at anytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlorik View Post
    Thank you dotr for starting this thread! I live here in Bryan and actually sold real estate for a very short time in the late 90"s. Our office would not let any of the women realtors meet an unknown client at a property because of Ginger's murder. The customer had to meet at our office and leave a copy of their driver's license. There are some long time residents that believe the murderer is still local.

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    Very scary glad you stayed safe, it seems there were a number of attacks on female realtors, wondering if the same guy was responsible for any other attacks?
    For a young guy, he seemed familiar with the type of thing to say to get an appointment, imo, maybe he has a family member involved in the real estate business?
    Hoping that this guy is recognized by somebody, he was particularly brutal. imo, speculation.

    Dec. 3, 1981
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Real estate agents were warned today to take extra precautions because of the strangulation and stabbing of a woman realtor lured to a rural meeting with a man who said he had $73,000 to invest in a house.
    Authorities said they were investigating reports of attacks on real estate agents in San Antonio, Austin and Houston and interviewing Mrs. Freeman's co-workers to see if she mentioned the name of the man she was to meet. They also warned realtors throughout central and southeast Texas to be wary of meeting clients alone.
    Sheriff Bobby Yeager in nearby Bryan said the agency where Mrs. Freeman worked, The Real Estate Mart, received a telephone call about 3 p.m. Tuesday from a man who said he had recently sold his home in another part of the state and was interested in investing his $73,000 profit in a home in the country

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    This realtor took precautions and escaped, but not quite unscathed.
    How a Real Estate Agent Survived Attack By Man She Was Showing a Home to



    Feb 12, 2015
    Selling a home isn't all about mortgage rates and gourmet kitchens. For real estate agents, it can sometimes be downright dangerous.

    San Antonio real estate agent Janice Tisdale once found herself in a perilous situation with a client -- and barely escaped with her life
    Tisdale took some precautions in the moments before meeting Maldonado. She removed her diamond jewelry and opened the doors of the house so she would have an escape route. Even though she'd shown him several homes in the recent months, she felt inexplicably uneasy around him.

    As Tisdale and Maldonado toured the vacant house, Tisdale said her instincts were telling her to bolt.
    "The hair on the back of my neck was standing up, and I just was feeling really uncomfortable," Tisdale recalled. "And finally I said, we really need to go
    Tisdale was lucky. In the last decade, more than 20 real estate agents were murdered, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Women make up 60 percent of the real estate agent population, and as agents they are required to market themselves relentlessly to perfect strangers.

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    Brazos County investigator traveling out-of-state to interview witnesses for cold case


    Brazos County Sheriff's Office investigator Kenny Elliot recently traveled to Arizona and South Carolina to interview witnesses in a homicide investigation.

    "I can confirm the last two weeks we had items on the commissioner's court agenda approving the expenditures of travel of a homicide case we've been working. And I'll confirm it is the Virginia Freeman case," said Brazos County Sheriff, Chris Kirk.

    Sheriff Kirk said since the investigation is ongoing, he can't discuss more about the out-of-state interviews.

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    June 19 2017
    The documentary series National Geographic Explorer will air tonight its segment on the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office’s search for the man who killed a real estate agent in rural College Station in 1981.

    Virginia “Ginger” Freeman died on Dec. 1, 1981, a half-hour after taking a call at Bryan’s Real Estate Mart from a man with a “country-sounding accent,” according to stories in The Eagle’s archives. The man had told Freeman he was interested in buying a home on Greens Prairie Road, then a rural part of College Station, and could pay with $73,000 in cash

    In April, Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk released two facial composites of the killer, created using DNA found under Freeman’s fingernails. The composites were created using Snapshot DNA Phenotyping, a state-of-the-art DNA analysis tool. Nat Geo Explorer fronted the cost of the $3,600 analysis in exchange for permission to create a television show documentary about the sheriff’s office’s investigation.That documentary airs tonight on the National Geographic Channel at 9 p.m. The short description for the show states that viewers will “witness how new DNA analysis techniques are beginning to allow investigators to create modern mugshots and reopen cold cases.”

    Those who have any pertinent about the case are encouraged to call 361-4986 or 775-TIPS.

    Freeman’s story makes up a portion of the 60-minute episode of the show. The segment — called “The New Face of Crime” — runs from about the two-minute mark to 17:10. Provided you have valid login credentials, you can watch the episode at http://channel.nationalgeographic.co...odes/s10-ep16/.

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