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    Kathy Beatty Case...

    Quote Originally Posted by mere
    Anyone have any information on Kathy Beatty? I have not been able to turn up very much information on her or her case.
    In stark contrast to the Lyon Case, which was front page news for months, very little was covered of the Kathy Beatty case in the Washington DC and Maryland press. One short story about her being found, still alive but badly beaten was followed up about 12 days later when another small story told of her death from her injuries. About a year and a half later, a much larger article featured her story and included a lot of information given by her mother. I have a lot of that information, and will look for my summary of it.

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    Richard, would you post the dates of the Kathy Lynn Beatty newspaper articles you have and those of the 1986/7 Fred Howard Coffey, Jr printed in Washington Post or other MD papers you know about, if you have time. I've found a college nearby that might have the newspapers on microfiche/film. Also, I've contacted my cousin by phone several times about trying to reach her son who she thinks might be able to clean up the 1975 photo but so far nothing has come of it. I will also be trying to take a trip to Littlestown, PA hopefully this week after my brakes are fixed. Thought I would try to find out if there are any newspaper articles with more information about the disappearance of Tracy King, July 8, 1975. Thanks.

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    The following is a list of the information I sent to Sgt. DeCarlo with updates since then gleaned from Richard's postings. The original did not include the names of the abductees because I was looking for patterns but the birthdates, names, hair and eye color, etc were recorded in my notes. This is not to say Coffey is responsible for all but to ask the queston -- Could he be - because of the proximity to where he was or might have been at the time.

    Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. dates/days of week patterns for MD/PA and easy access to escape routes to Silver Spring and other locations:

    1945
    03-20-1945 - TUESDAY - BORN (We now know his birthdate had been changed to the 19th, MONDAY)

    1962
    05-19-1962 - SATURDAY - ENLISTED US NAVY

    1974
    09-12-1974 - THURSDAY - HONORABLE DISCHARGE - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (?)
    ??-??-1974 - UNKNOWN - CHILD MOLESTATION CONVICTIONS, VA. BCH.,VA

    1975
    03-20-1975 - THURSDAY - F. H. Coffey, Jr. - BIRTHDAY
    03-25-1975 - TUESDAY - Wheaton, MD - LYON SISTERS DISAPPEAR
    04-01-1975 - TUESDAY - Silver Spring, MD - F. H. Coffey, Jr. - INTERVIEW VITRO LABS
    04-07-1975 - MONDAY - Manassas, VA - 7:30 AM - LYON SISTERS SIGHTED IN VEHICLE BOUND AND GAGGED
    04-07-1975 - SAME DAY - New Lisbon, NJ - Approx. 4:30 PM - 17 & 12 yr old boys left New Lisbon State School, HY 72 - very close to 4 rest stops in large park area/campground/near US NAVY BASE - STEVEN ANDERSON & DAVID WILLIAMS.
    04-24-1975 - THURSDAY - F. H. Coffey, Jr. - starts work, VITRO LABS
    05-17-1975 - SATURDAY - Media, PA (next to Secane below; near Rts 1 & 95 to Balt.; Sub of Philly?) - WENDY EATON
    06-24-1975 - TUESDAY - PHILADELPHIA, PA (RT 95 runs thru Philly to Balt.) - EDNA CHRISTINE THORNE
    07-01-1975 - TUESDAY -OR-
    07-07-1975 - MONDAY - POSSIBLE ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION - CONGRESSIONAL PLAZA (my girls; I had to have the receipt book for a Wed. P.U. - my youngest is redhead - couple weeks passed bef Kathy Beatty article printed after seeing TRM in Murphy's)
    07-08-1975 - TUESDAY - Littlestown, PA (on RT 97 to RT 15 or 140 to Silver Spring, MD) - TRACY ANN KING - (ONLY REDHEAD)
    07-24-1975 - THURSDAY - Silver Spring, MD - FOUND - KATHY LYNN BEATTY - ATTACKED
    07-31-1975 - THURSDAY - Silver Spring, MD - COFFEY QUITS WORK VITRO LABS SAYING WIFE & DAU. INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT. IS A LIE AND EXCUSE HE'S USED PREVIOUSLY.
    08-05-1975 - TUESDAY - Silver Spring, MD(?) - KATHY LYNN BEATTY DIES

    1977
    07-12-1977 - TUESDAY - Secane, PA (next to Media above, sub of Philly?; RTS 1 & 95 to Balt.) - Cheryl Ann Moser Iscomm...not sure of this name or why so long. Might be mistake in my notes.
    10-21-1977 - FRIDAY - Robinson, PA (above Johnstown - easy to Cumberland) - RENEE ANN GREGOR (sp?)
    11-23-1977 - WEDNESDAY - Petersburg, VA (From Colonial Heights, VA - last seen hitchhiking south - INT 95 near Washington St. Exit Petersburg. (Day before Thanksgiving. Chance encounter? Unrelated?)

    1981
    07-14-1981 - TUESDAY - Delmar City, MD (on border of MD & DE -easy shot from VA BCH, VA) - KATHRYN MAE QUACKENBUSH

    NOTE: COFFEY STATIONED VA BCH WHILE IN NAVY & CONVICTED OF CHILD MOLESTATION THERE 1974.

    1965
    03-18-1965 - TUESDAY - Tyrone, PA (above Altoona on RT 220; straight shot to Cumberland, MD) - KATHY ANN SHEA

    ABDUCTIONS IN NC - STRAIGHT SHOT FROM CHARLOTTE, NC WHERE COFFEY LIVED.

    03-18-1981 - WEDNESDAY - LEXINGTON, NC - DONNA MICHELE BARNHILL, AGE 14
    06-13-1970 - SATURDAY - WINSTON, NC - SHERRI LEE TRUESDALE - Shopping Rayless Dept Store. (Payless (?))

    The search was only for young females under the age of 16 and abductions that took place before Coffey was arrested 1986. Later, I noticed the two male abductions from New Lisbon, NJ and that the date was the same day the Lyon sisters were supposedly seen in Mannassas, VA. A check was made thru Atlas and MapQuest to see if it was possible to get from Mannassas to New Lisbon between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM and found it was with time to spare. Later, I learned Coffey had molested a young boy in NC and realized he was prone to abduct and molest both sexes. I also stuck to white females except for Sherri Lee above because of the location near Charlotte and the possibility the store was in a mall.
    Last edited by ShurlT; 04-16-2006 at 11:58 PM. Reason: CORRECTION TO INFO

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    Kathy Lynn Beatty Case Press Coverage...

    Quote Originally Posted by ShurlT
    Richard, would you post the dates of the Kathy Lynn Beatty newspaper articles you have and those of the 1986/7 Fred Howard Coffey, Jr printed in Washington Post or other MD papers you know about, if you have time. ....
    I have seen articles on Kathy Lynn Beatty in the Washington Post, and you can find them in microfilm files. The first article appeared on 25 or 26 July 1975. The next appeard on 5, 6, or 7 August 1975. The big article which I quote in full on a separate topic of this thread appearred on 6 January 1977, Page 1, of the Maryland Weekly section of the Washington Post. There may also have been coverage of this crime in the Washington Star Newspaper (which went defunct in 1982).

    Washington Post Articles about possible links to Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. began appearing in March 1987. Three specific dates/issues are:
    13 March 1987, Page C-1
    20 March 1987, Page B-3
    22 June 1987, Page D-7

    There may be more. The Washington Post published an annual index of all articles, so you might look there for other possible stories. The main library in Rockville, MD (Montgomery County) and the Adelphi Road Library on in Hyattsville (Prince Georges County) both have extensive microfilm files that you can research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipper
    Would anyone happen to have the Washington D C metropolitan yellow pages from 1975?
    Skipper, do you have a particular listing you are trying to locate or do you need the entire directory?

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    Three missing Pennsylvania girls: May, June, July 1975

    Shortly after the disappearance of Sheila (13) and Katherine (11) Lyon from Wheaton, Maryland, and before the abduction/murder of Kathy Lynn Beatty, also of Wheaton, Maryland, there was a succession of disappearances of young girls from the neighboring state of Pennsylvania. They were:

    Wendy Eaton, age 15, Missing since Saturday, May 17, 1975 from Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

    Edna Christine Thorne, age 15, Missing since Tuesday, June 24, 1975 from Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

    Tracy Anne King, age 14, Missing since Tuesday, July 8, 1975 from Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

    All were classified as Non-Family Abductions, and all remain unsolved today.

    Carolyn Majane, age 15, went missing Aug 22, 1975, from Moorestown, PA. Her body was found in 1985, buried in a remote area. Here is a link to the Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community Thread - Who murdered Carolyn Majane?
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/arc...ex.php/t-37179

    Does anyone have any more details concerning these abductions? Any similarities or patterns noted? I will post a separate message for each of the other three girls following this post.

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    Wendy Eaton, 15, Missing since May 17, 1975 from Media, PA

    Wendy Eaton
    Missing since May 17, 1975 from Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
    Classification: Non Family Abduction
    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: May 26, 1959
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'10; 90 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    Medical Conditions: Eaton is deaf in one ear.
    Dentals: She wore orthodontic braces.
    Marks, Scars: She wears corrective lenses and has pierced ears.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Eaton was last seen walking three blocks from her family's PA home on May 17, 1975 at approximately 3:05 PM. She was headed to the downtown area of Media, PA.

    Investigators
    If you have any information related to Eaton's case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police 215-459-4150
    All information may be submitted anonymously.

    NCIC Number: M-361834859
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network: Case File 90DFPA

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    Edna Christine Thorne, 15, Missing since June 24, 1975 from Philadelphia, PA

    Edna Christine Thorne
    Missing since June 24, 1975 from Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: February 25, 1960
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'1; 105 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    Dentals: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Thorne was last seen at a relative's home in Philadelphia, PA on June 24, 1975. She has never been seen again.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Philadelphia Police Department 215-685-1180
    All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.

    NCIC Number: M-857652106
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network: Case File 74DFPA

    Link:
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/74dfpa.html

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    Tracy Anne King, 14, Missing since July 8, 1975 from Littlestown, PA

    Tracy Anne King
    Missing since July 8, 1975 from Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
    Classification: Non Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: October 11, 1960
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 14 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3; 110 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Red hair; blue eyes.
    Marks, Scars: King has a scar on her right ankle. She has pockmarks on her temple.
    Dentals: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    King was last seen leaving Hoffman Homes, a children's home in Mount Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1975.

    King was having problems at the time and was living at the home as a result. She had run away from the facility twice before, but King returned shortly thereafter both times. She has never been heard from again.

    King apparently held no animosity towards her family and wrote them often from her stay in the home. Her letters are described as being those of a normal teenager at the time. King usually apologized for not writing more frequently. Her loved ones have searched for her since her disappearance in 1975.

    King's family resided in Perry County, Pennsylvania in 1975.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning King's whereabouts, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police, Gettysburg, 717-334-8111
    All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.

    NCIC Number: M-360386548
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network: Case File 342DFPA

    Link:
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/342dfpa.html

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    Richard, RE: Wendy Eaton


    The Charley Project has some additional information regarding her dissapearance--apparently her parents believe that it was possible that she joined a religious cult? her is the info

    Wendy Eaton


    Left: Eaton, circa 1975;
    Right: Age-progression at age 46 (circa 2005)



    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: May 17, 1975 from Media, Pennsylvania
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: May 26, 1959
    Age: 15 years old
    Height and Weight: 4'10, 90 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes. Eaton occasionally wears eyeglasses. Her ears are pierced. Eaton wore orthodontic braces at time of her 1975 disappearance.
    Medical Conditions: Eaton is deaf in one ear.




    Details of Disappearance
    Eaton's family left their residence to play golf at a local country club on May 17, 1975. She stayed behind at their house on Moccasin Trail in Middletown, Pennsylvania and was sunbathing at the time. Eaton spoke to a friend later in the afternoon and said she planned to walk to the nearby town of Media to purchase a birthday gift for her brother. Eaton was last seen walking three blocks from her family's residence at approximately 3:05 p.m. at the intersection of Indian Lane and Media Station Road. She was headed towards downtown Media at the time she vanished. Eaton has never been seen again. Bloodhounds were able to track her scent to the intersection where she disappeared, but there was no trace of her elsewhere. Eaton's family told authorities that she was very interested in religion and planned to attend a singing group rehearsal at their church on the night she vanished. Her relatives stated that Eaton would not have missed the rehearsal. Her family considered the possibility that she may have joined a religious cult-type of organization, but no evidence has been located to suggest that was the cause of Eaton's disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.




    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police
    215-459-4150




    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Philadelphia Inquirer



    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 4, 2005; age-progression updated. Charley Project Home



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    Eva Gerline (or Jurlyn) DEBRUHL, 15, Missing 29 June 1977 from Catawba, York Co, SC

    Eva DeBruhl's disappearance occurred two years and two months after that of the Lyon Sisters. Note that Eva's birthday is within two months of Sheila's and note that her physical description is very close: Blonde/Light Brown hair, Blue eyes, Height and Weight the same, and both girls wore glasses. Compare their photos by clicking on the links below.

    Another Coincidence is that an individual named Fred Coffey was living very close to the sites of both abductions at the time. York County, South Carolina is adjacent to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The following case summaries differ as to place of disappearance. Catawba is a very small town 25 miles due south of Charlotte, NC. Rock Hill, SC is even closer to Charlotte. It is a larger city near Catawba and may be the main post office address for the area.

    At 15, Eva was closer in age to the three missing girls from Pennsylvania (1975), and to Kathy Lynn Beatty of Maryland.

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    From the NCMEC files:

    EVA GERLINE DEBRUHL
    Case Type: Lost, Injured, Missing
    DOB: May 25, 1962
    Age at the time: 15
    Missing Date: Jun 29, 1977
    Sex: Female
    Race: White
    Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
    Weight: 105 lbs (48 kg)
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Missing City: CATAWBA
    Missing State : SC
    Missing Country: United States
    Case Number: NCMC834337
    Circumstances: Eva was last seen on June 29, 1977. FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED.

    Source:
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

    Link:
    http://www.missingkids.com/missingki...archLang=en_US

    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    The below case summary is from Doenetwork files:


    Eva Jurlyn DeBruhl
    Missing since June 29, 1977 from Rock Hill, South Carolina
    Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: May 25, 1962
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'1-5'2"; 105 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blue eyes; blonde hair.
    Marks, Scars: None

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Eva was mowing the lawn on a sunny afternoon when she went in her house and poured a glass of tea, which was later found never touched.

    Little is known after that and her disappearance remains a mystery. Foul play is suspected.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    York County Sheriff's Department 803-628-3059

    Source Information:
    NC Missingpersons
    NCMEC
    The Doe Network: Case File 1948DFSC

    Link:
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1948dfsc.html

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    Eva DeBruhl, more information...

    Here is a little more information on Eva's disappearance from a family member:

    Eva had been cutting grass outside that day. She at some point came back into the house and fixed a glass of tea and ran some bath water.

    She never got in the tub or drank the glass of tea. The recliner was also stretched out like she had been watching TV. It was determined that she went missing between 11am and 3pm on 29 June 1977 - a Wednesday.

    The York County Sheriff Office has had the case from the beginning.

    Below is a link to another website which discusses the case. There is mention of a possible link to a Jane Doe found in North Carolina, and to recent DNA initiatives.

    Source:
    Courttv.com Message Boards - Eva DeBruhl, 15, Rock Hill, SC - msg. 6-29-77

    Link:
    http://boards.courttv.com/showthread...hreadid=258379

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    Similarities...

    Quote Originally Posted by jttnewguy
    ... However, I do think it's interesting and potentially useful to examine other similar abductions, since from what we know about TRM, this probably was not his only abduction or at least attempted abduction (I base this on the fact that it was a relatively bold and sophisticated crime-- abduction of 2 girls simultaneously, in broad daylight, from a public place, using a ruse that he probably spent time developing, and yet no eyewitnesses remember much of anything, suggesting that he either had some experience with abductions or was the luckiest SOB who ever lived).
    It was quite likely a combination of the two: Experience and Luck. People who commit crimes "successfully" do so through careful planning, but the element of chance and luck is always there as well.

    Those who rely on luck alone, soon screw up and are caught. Those who are careful planners, and who look for all the possible downfalls might go on for years, but might also be caught eventually - usually because of chance, or because they begin to think that they are invincible or lucky.

    TRM was a careful planner who practiced and perfected his tape recorder scheme on previous occasions. He took his time, waited for the right victims and right moment, and then acted quickly and decisively. It was a bit of unforseen chance that he had been sighted talking to the Lyon Sisters.

    Luck was with him to the extent that he was not seen by anyone making the abduction. But it was against him in that he had been seen talking to the girls by a boy who knew the girls personally.

    Perhaps he knew that the boys had seen him and that caused him to exit so suddenly. But it is equally likely that he was simply moving on to the next step in his plan, and didn't think or care about the boys having seen him. After all, he had no idea that the boys knew the girls.

    In the case of TRM, he has never been identified and no one with his MO has been seen since in the area where the girls disappeared. But, a study of other similar cases nationwide might provide clues as to who TRM was and how, where, when he operated. One of those similar cases might provide the necessary clues which will solve this case.

    First, what other cases are similar? Next, what similarities are there among the victims? (Ages, descriptions, clothing, interests) What are the similarities in the locations and circumstances? What similarities in dates, season, days of the week, time of day, moon phase, etc.? What similarities in descriptions of suspects?

    The section of this thread on Possible Suspects discusses various unsavory characters who were in or near Wheaton, Maryland in 1975. There were certainly many more individuals with criminal backgrounds around.

    But of them all, who was known to abduct and murder children (particularly young teen girls)? Who used similar techniques, or devices, or stories? And most importantly, was that person at or near the scenes of other similar crimes?

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    Well, underlying all of this is the assumption that we know how the crime occurred, if not necessarily whodunit.

    For example, if we assume that the Lyon sisters were actually abducted while in the mall, a public place where other children were present, by TRM (or someone very much like him) who targeted those girls from among the other children present using an elaborate ruse, then it's more likely that the abductor also committed similar crimes simply because the boldness and sophistication of the crime suggests both experience and preparation as well as possibly a deep pathological need that is unlikely to have been fulfilled with just one abduction. In that instance, it's also more likely that any other victims would probably be similar in age and general appearance to at least one of the Lyon sisters, because it's likely that the perp singled them out from among the other children present because they fit his particular "preferences" and, given a choice, he would probably go after those preferences again. It's also likely that a similar M.O. may have been used, although as we've seen with many serial killers, he may practice other ruses and approaches as well, but in any case the M.O. is likely to be one that is similarly complex and premeditated because this is likely someone who spends a lot of time getting ready for his crimes and will spend time thinking of ways to approach his victims without attracting too much attention.

    On the other hand, if the abduction was committed in some other way -- for example, I saw somewhere in this section that there's also a theory that the girls may have been abducted while walking home along a relatively secluded trail -- then we're talking about something completely different. If someone just happened to be walking or driving by, saw the girls, and snatched them from the trail using a knife or gun, then we may be talking about a much cruder "blunt force" crime of opportunity, rather than a sophisticated, pre-planned approach targeting a particular "type" of little girl. If it's a crime of opportunity then any othe girls abducted by this perp may have completely different appearances and ages simply because there's more luck and less planning and pre-selection involved. We're also looking at a completely different kind of perpetrator, since the pathology of someone who rehearses and brings a tape recorder to a public place with him for the purpose of fulfilling an elaborate sexual fantasy, is completely different than the psychology of someone who just sees an opportunity and snatches a kid off of a secluded path using a gun or knife. In the latter case, the M.O. may be completely different for each crime, because we're talking about someone who's less organized and who does less planning, is cruder and less sophisticated, and thus depends more on the happenstance of finding a victim alone in a secluded place, than on experience or planning.

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    M.O. of the abductor...

    Quote Originally Posted by jttnewguy
    ... if we assume that the Lyon sisters were actually abducted while in the mall, a public place where other children were present, by TRM (or someone very much like him) who targeted those girls from among the other children present using an elaborate ruse, then it's more likely that the abductor also committed similar crimes simply because the boldness and sophistication of the crime suggests both experience and preparation as well as possibly a deep pathological need that is unlikely to have been fulfilled with just one abduction. ...
    If it's a crime of opportunity then any othe girls abducted by this perp may have completely different appearances and ages simply because there's more luck and less planning and pre-selection involved. ...
    In the latter case, the M.O. may be completely different for each crime, because we're talking about someone who's less organized and who does less planning, is cruder and less sophisticated, and thus depends more on the happenstance of finding a victim alone in a secluded place, than on experience or planning.
    Excellent analysis of this intriguing case. Because so little is actually known about how or where the girls disappeared, an exact determination cannot be made regarding the abductor's usual MO. His personality traits could be at either end of the spectrum you describe, or they may range throughout the spectrum.

    For instance, the perpetrator might be a careful planner in all things;from victim selection, through the crime itself, to disposal of their remains. Or he could be completely disorganized and random in his operations.

    He could also be somewhere in the middle of both ends. For instance, he might be a careful planner, but might rely on that element of opportunity to actually make his choice and his move.

    He might also be the kind of individual who is constantly hunting for victims, and who will jump at the opportunity of grabbing a child who is alone. There seems to be that element in the Lyon Sisters' case, as well as in some of the other cases mentioned. For instance, most of the children mentioned in other cases were alone and away from their home or destination - possibly walking along a secluded road. The fact that so many of them are still missing would indicate that their abductor(s) were very careful afterward to ensure that no clues would be found.

    Now the big question would be: did their abductor simply see them and instantly seize the opportunity to abduct them, OR did he possibly speak with them previously and arrange to be at the secluded place when they were?

    In the specific case of the Lyon Sisters, I think that it is unlikely that their abductor (and it is most probable they were abducted) was a disorganized spur-of-the-moment kind of guy. The secluded pathway through the woods which has been mentioned was actually very short - probably less than fifty feet total. And it went from a large parking lot directly to a well developed housing area. (Today that same area is completely open and paved.) Had any attack taken place on two girls, one of them would certainly have been able to run for help, or other kids would have come upon the scene during the attack. Also, some sort of evidence of a strong arm attack would likely have been discovered, such as dropped items, etc. Also, if the abductor was a disorganized person, the girls or their bodies, or personal items would have been found shortly afterward - especially with all the press coverage and interest in the case.

    It is more likely that the abductor was as you describe in the first part of your post; careful, organized, sophisticated, and experienced. It is most likely that he used a vehicle and a ruse to get the girls to go with him. He may have picked them up in the parking lot, or may have intercepted them on the back roads leading to their house, just on the other side of the wooded area/path.

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