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    The Set of Keys...

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Not mentioned in the previous posts is that Kathy was found in an area sometimes described as a "dump" or trash filled, rocky place, near a drainage ditch or stream. This was a large, vacant area adjacent to the K-Mart and its parking lot. Found beside Kathy's unconcious body was a set of keys. The keys did not belong to Kathy, and investigators suspected that they may have belonged to her assailant. ...
    As Jeb has mentioned in a previous post, taking another look at the set of keys might provide new clues to the mystery of who abducted and murdered Kathy Lynn Beatty.

    While they determined that the keys did not belong to Kathy, it was never determined who did own them.

    As anyone who has ever had a key copied knows, there are many different types of keys. Perhaps a complete "inventory" of each key on the ring will give a picture of the man who carried them. For instance, house or appartment keys, vehicle keys, Mail Box keys, etc. can give investigators clues as to the interests or habits of the unknown assailant.

    Sometimes locksmiths mark their keys with stamps, or codes. Keys for General Motors cars have a different line pattern for each model year. Certain types of padlocks are purchased mainly by the military, etc.

    Other than the forensic evidence of the injuries that Kathy suffered, there is no evidence except this set of keys.

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    Chronology of events

    24 July 1975 (Thursday)

    4 PM: Kathy is at home with her mother (Mrs. Beatty) . She had been inside all day watching television and asks her mother if she can go outside and ride her bike.

    Her mother says yes she can, but invites her to travel to Baltimore to attend a Maryland Lottery dinner drawing that evening. Kathy declines, so her mother tells her to fix her own supper when she returns from her bike ride.

    Her mother tells Kathy that she will be home by 9 PM. She expects Kathy to be home by 8:30 PM, because she was always in by sun down.

    6:30 or 7 PM: A boy who lives next door stops by to see Kathy at home. He had brings her a shirt from Ocean City, chats with her awhile, then leaves.

    About 8:30 PM: Near Parkland Junior High School, Kathy is seen walking alone by several known youngsters about Kathy's age. Although they later say that they saw her at the school, none of them claim that they were with her. They later refused to take polygraph tests.

    Some time after 8:30 PM: Kathy receives a fatal blow to her head and is left lying behind the K-Mart at Georgia and Connecticut Avenues.

    11 PM: Mrs. Beatty returns home. The house is dark and Kathy is not at home. When she turns on the lights there is a note from Kathy saying she has gone to a friend's and will be back at 10 PM. It is raining, and Kathy's mother assumes her daughter is waiting for a ride home.

    All night long her mother searches for Kathy. Including contacting homes of some of her friends. Kathy is not located. The father of a "boyfriend" goes out to a camper in his backyard to ask his son if he has seen Kathy, but finds that his son and his son's buddy are not in the camper.


    25 July 1975 (Friday)

    7 AM: The "boyfriend" calls Kathy's home to state that he has not seen her.

    Early morning, sometime after 7 AM: Kathy is found by her sister Theresa and Theresa's boyfriend in a trash-filled, rocky place, near a drainage ditch or stream. This was a large, vacant area adjacent to the K-Mart and its parking lot.

    Kathy is unconscious, suffering from a with a depressed fracture of the skull. She is barely alive. Kathy had been sexually assaulted but not raped. Her purse is found nearby.

    Found beside Kathy are a set of keys. The keys do not belong to Kathy, and investigators suspect that they may have been dropped by her assailant.

    Kathy is taken to Suburban Hospital by ambulance. In the hospital, Kathy never regains conciousness.


    5 August 1975 (Friday)

    Kathy dies of complications from her injuries, including blood poisoning in the Intensive Care Unit at Suburban Hospital.


    6 January 1977: Washington Post Article about Kathy's murder, which remains unsolved.

    1987: Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. a convicted child molester and murderer comes to the attention of Montgomery County Police as a possible suspect in Kathy's murder, but lack of evidence prevents them from charging him. In July 1975, Coffey had been working for Vitro Laboratories, which had four offices in the Wheaton/Aspen Hill/Rockville Maryland area. The parking lot of one Vitro Office is located between Kathy's house and the K-Mart where she was found.

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    Didn't the police have a composite of the suspected abductor in the Lyons case? The guy in the brown suit with the microphone?
    Does anyone know what Coffey looks like? Do these two men look similar?

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    Here is a recent picture of Coffey
    http://images.news14.com/media/2007/...ank_coffey.jpg

    And a picture of the composite in the Lyons sisters disappearence.
    http://www.charleyproject.org/images...n_suspect2.jpg

    It seems possible to me that could be a younger Frank Coffey Jr. I couldn't find a dated picture of him unfortunately.

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    Kathy's mother was interviewed this week and will be on a CBS special about cold cases. This will air THIS COMING SUNDAY at 11 p.m.

    If you murder an innocent man you are responsible for the blood of his unborn descendants, and the weight of this responsibility is yours to carry to the end of time

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    The Murder Of Kathy Lynn Beatty
    ASPEN HILL, MD(WUSA)--Karen Lynn Beatty was walking barefoot through her Aspen Hill neighborhood on a warm summer night in July 1975.

    Her mother, Patricia Haberman, had told her to be home before dark.

    Kathy's older sister found her the next morning in a wooded area near a K-Mart store by Connecticut and Georgia Avenues. Kathy was barely alive. She had been raped, beaten--her skull was fractured.

    Patricia Haberman says she was driving to where her daughter was found when she had to pull over to the side to let the ambulance pass by. "...and I said, please don't let it go to K-Mart..but it did."

    Kathy was taken to Suburban Hospital but she never regained consciousness. She died August 5, 1975.

    "What jumps out the most is the brutality of it," says Montgomery County Police detective Joe Mordano--"it was really vicious."

    Detective Mordano says Kathy's clothes were scattered all over the woods. This, he says, was a teen hangout where some drank and did drugs. They called it the rocks, the trails. Police believe Kathy's attacker knew her.

    Mrs. Haberman remembers the call from a strange, older boy, claiming to know the killer. "A girl, and she's possessed by the devil," Kathy's mother says the caller told her. And then she says the caller said, "..could I have been so f***ed up that I could've done it?"

    For Mrs. Haberman it's been a 32 year nightmare not knowing who did it and why. She said she hopes that somebody who was there and wants to get it off their conscience makes the one phone call that can bring her some measure of piece.

    That's the same phone call detective Joe Mordano is waiting for--"it's not right that this person did such a gross, horrible thing..that he walks free today."

    If you have any information that may help solve this case call Montgomery County Police at 866-411-8477.

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    WUSA TV channel 9

    The above story aired last night at 11:15PM on WUSA Channel 9 in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. The video included several photos of Kathy Lynn Beatty.

    Her mother is still searching for answers.

    Link to WUSA9.com - The Murder Of Kathy Lynn Beatty:

    http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/stor...?storyid=68097

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    Putting Heat on a Cold Case


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    HooRay

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Marylandmissing. I'm ecstatic over the news and fell like shouting it from the housetop.

    To MRS Haberman, Steven Kerpelman, MCP and all others involved my thoughts and prayers are with you. God speed and please keep us informed whenever you can and with whatever you can...if you can without jeapordizing the case. Don't give up and as far as I'm concerned it doesn't matter if the solution leads to Coffey, as I would hope, or if it leads to someone else...just so the case is solved.

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    Kathy's website address....

    The Washington Post articles that were published on 13 June 2008 about the murder of Kathy Beatty gave the website address for the site that her family has set up.

    http://www.kathybeatty.com/

    There is not a lot of info on the site but thought that I would post it here for Kathy. The family seems hopeful that her killer will be caught.

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    Renewed interest in Kathy's Case...

    It is good to see that there is renewed interest in this unsolved case. Hopefully witnesses and persons of interest who were reluctant to talk in 1975 will be forthcoming now that they are adults.

    It is possible that Kathy was assulted by acquaintences that July evening in 1975, and that someone knows the identity and specifics.

    While rumors and beliefs concerning this case (which started in 1975)should be revisited, renewed consideration should also be given to Mr. Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. who worked at the Vitro Laboratories building adjacent to Kathy's Aspen Hill neighborhood and across the street from the K-mart.

    Mr. Coffey came to Montgomery County Police attention in 1987 as a possible suspect in both the Lyon Sisters' disappearance and the attack on Kathy Lynn Beatty. He left town very suddenly without notice to his employer immediately after the attack on Kathy Beatty was written about in the Washington Post and it was mentioned that Kathy was still alive.

    Coffey later wrote to Vitro explaining his sudden departure with a lie about his wife and daughter being involved in a serious auto accident out of state. He asked that his final paycheck (through 31 July 1975) be mailed to him.

    Coffey was later convicted of numerous counts of Child Molestation and was convicted of the 1979 Murder of 10 year old Amanda Ray in North Carolina. He is also a suspect in a number of other child murders. Prior to these Maryland cases (in 1974), Coffey had been convicted of the rape of a 13 year-old girl in Virginia Beach, VA.

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    I will never understand how someone could have pertinent info or hear a confession given at a party and never say anything. Perhaps some of us just have a heightened sense of social responsibility than others but I know if I ever heard anything I thought was relavent to a murder I would contact authorities immediately. What gets me the most is if asked people talk but until asked they remain mum for thirty some years. I don't comment much on this thread but I check up on it regulary. It is heartening to see interest is getting renewed in Kathy's case.
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    I may be pulling at straws but I belive that Vitro Laboratories was part of Vitro Corporation and this company had an office in Warminster, PA. Does anyone know if Coffey was working for Vitro in 1975? There is a missing girl, Wendy Eaton, who disappeared under circumstances similair to the Lyons girls on 5-17-1975.

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

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    Vitro Laboratories/ Pennsylvania missing girls

    Quote Originally Posted by Indigator View Post
    I may be pulling at straws but I belive that Vitro Laboratories was part of Vitro Corporation and this company had an office in Warminster, PA. Does anyone know if Coffey was working for Vitro in 1975? There is a missing girl, Wendy Eaton, who disappeared under circumstances similair to the Lyons girls on 5-17-1975. ...

    Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. was indeed working for Vitro Laboratories in May of 1975. I believe that his dates of employment were from some time in April through the end of July 1975.

    Vitro had four different offices in Maryland in 1975, all in the Wheaton, Rockville, Silver Spring area. Coffey is known to have worked at two of those offices, and possibly all of them. He was a computer expert, and may have been sent from one office to another as ADP support.

    I have a history of Vitro somewhere, but do not recall if they had an office in Warminster, PA. They were engaged in US government contracts, primarily in Naval Weapon Systems. So, even if they did not have corporate offices in other cities, they most likely had job sites and customers in other cities and states.

    Besides Wendy Eaton (age 15, went missing 17 May 1975 from Media, PA), two other Pennsylvania girls about her same age also disappeared in the Summer of 1975:

    Edna Christine Thorne, 15, went missing 24 June 1975 from Philadelphia, PA

    Tracy Anne King, 14, went missing 18 July 1975 from Littlestown, PA

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    The set of keys...

    There has been some discussion about this case in the Cold Case section of Websleuths, and it includes a link to the Montgomery County Police website. There is a photo of the keys found next to Kathy Lynn Beatty's purse.

    The keyring was one of those round ones with a black leather fob attatched. Only two keys are on it.

    One key is a Schlage brand house key of the kind that goes into a door knob. This would be the kind used in houses in the 1960's thru mid 1970's.

    The other key is a GM ignition key. The website describes it as belonging to a 1972 General Motors vehicle. GM changed key blanks each year, so that usually you cannot even stick the key from one year model into the lock or ignition of the next year model.

    This may be one of those times when the LACK of evidence may mean something. There is NO vehicle door lock key on the ring. This could mean that the vehicle was a pick-up truck or maybe a van. I am researching that possibility.

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