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    MD - Elizabeth Metzler, 10, Anne Arundel County, Dec 1971

    Elizabeth Ann Metzler
    Abducted, molested, and murdered 6 December 1971
    Anne Arundel County, Maryland

    Below is an excerpt from a news article about this case and others from the same area.
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    The Capitol
    Mon, Sept. 17, 1973
    Annapolis, MD

    5 MURDERS UNSOLVED
    2 girls, 2 D.C.men, woodcutter victims.

    When the body of 10-year-old Elizabeth Ann Metzler was found buried under a pile of trash along a litter-strewn deserted lover's lane in December 1971, Anne Arundel County Police Lt. Bernnard Kiessling pledged to work fulltime on the case until the little girl's murderer was found.

    Now, nearly two years later, Kiessling is no longer putting in the seven-day-a-week schedule he kept up for six months but he is still hopeful the young girl's killer will be found.

    That case is one of five murders unsolved by the County Police, not counting one dating back to 1948.

    In addition to the Metzler case, county police still have to solve the murder of Pamela Lynn Conyers, a pretty Glen Burnie High School student who disappeared in October 1971 while returning from a shopping trip to the Harundale Mall, the murder, a week earlier of a 40-year-old woodcutter, and the gangland style execution of two Washington men.

    The Metzler girl was last seen alive by neighbors walking along a dirt driveway to her home off Quarterfield road in the Ridgeway section of the county after leaving the Ridgeway Elementary school December 6, 1971.

    After searching the rest of that day and for the next three days, her nude body was found about five miles from her house alongside an abandoned car off Harmons road.

    The little girl had been strangled to death after being viciously assaulted.

    Kiessling believes a man in his mid-forties may be the killer. A man spotted near the Metzler driveway by several persons leads police to believe their prime suspect may have brown or possibly dyed hair cut fairly short and combed forward. He may have bulging pale blue eyes and a ruddy complexion, similar to that of an outdoorsman.

    In addition, a dirty white station wagon, probably fairly old, was seen in the vicinity of the girl's home.

    Since the little girls abduction and death, police have questioned dozens of suspects and, according to Kiessling, have been within five minutes of charging two different persons with the slaying. Those cases fell apart at the last minute.

    One person confessed to the killing on three occasions to three different persons, but police, after investigating, decided he could not have committed the crime.

    Kiessling has sent investigators to seven states, checking into similar crimes and possible suspects.

    To date, nothing has panned out.

    Kiessling even recieved aid from a Virginia man who claims to have clairvoyant powers. "I don't believe in clairvoyants, but I can't completely discount them either," Kiessling said, adding that the man predicted to police that a girl with long black hair would be found murdered along Capitol Beltway. A few days later, such a girl was found dead. Police have ruled out the clairvoyant as a suspect, however.

    The liutenant has worked with the image of the Metzler girl's killer now for nearly two years and is convinced that whoever killed her has a mentally depraved mind.

    "I'm very much afraid," he said," that this person committed a crime like this before or since."

    One event which may have led Kiessling to that statement occurred just a few weeks after the Metzler murder, in Marietta Ga, where a 9-year-old girl was walking home from a laundromat disappeard and her body was found a few days later. The victim had wounds similar to those of the Metzler girl and police here believe that Elizabeth Ann's killer could easily have gone to Georgia after the Metzler slaying and committed the other crime.

    The driveway from which the little girl was abducted led at one time to a nudist colony known as Hidden Village.

    Her disappearance from that driveway was not the first such occurrance. In 1958, a 58-year-old man, William Brooks, was walking along the driveway when he was seized by two men who later killed him and stole his car.

    Both men were found, convicted and sentenced to death, but after a lengthy legal battle, their sentences were reduced to life in prison.

    Brooks lived in a one room cabin about 100 yards from the ...Metzler home. Keissling investigated that case too....

    Article continues to talk about Pamela Lynn Conyers (see separate WS thread), the woodcutter murder, 2 men gunned down, and 1948 murder.

    Link below shows a composite sketch of a suspect in the Metzler case:

    http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...?t=1173731814/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    Elizabeth Ann Metzler
    Abducted, molested, and murdered 6 December 1971
    Anne Arundel County, Maryland

    Below is an excerpt from a news article about this case and others from the same area.
    ------------------------------------------------
    The Capitol
    Mon, Sept. 17, 1973
    Annapolis, MD

    5 MURDERS UNSOLVED
    2 girls, 2 D.C.men, woodcutter victims.

    When the body of 10-year-old Elizabeth Ann Metzler was found buried under a pile of trash along a litter-strewn deserted lover's lane in December 1971, Anne Arundel County Police Lt. Bernnard Kiessling pledged to work fulltime on the case until the little girl's murderer was found.

    Now, nearly two years later, Kiessling is no longer putting in the seven-day-a-week schedule he kept up for six months but he is still hopeful the young girl's killer will be found.

    That case is one of five murders unsolved by the County Police, not counting one dating back to 1948.

    In addition to the Metzler case, county police still have to solve the murder of Pamela Lynn Conyers, a pretty Glen Burnie High School student who disappeared in October 1971 while returning from a shopping trip to the Harundale Mall, the murder, a week earlier of a 40-year-old woodcutter, and the gangland style execution of two Washington men.

    The Metzler girl was last seen alive by neighbors walking along a dirt driveway to her home off Quarterfield road in the Ridgeway section of the county after leaving the Ridgeway Elementary school December 6, 1971.

    After searching the rest of that day and for the next three days, her nude body was found about five miles from her house alongside an abandoned car off Harmons road.

    The little girl had been strangled to death after being viciously assaulted.

    Kiessling believes a man in his mid-forties may be the killer. A man spotted near the Metzler driveway by several persons leads police to believe their prime suspect may have brown or possibly dyed hair cut fairly short and combed forward. He may have bulging pale blue eyes and a ruddy complexion, similar to that of an outdoorsman.

    In addition, a dirty white station wagon, probably fairly old, was seen in the vicinity of the girl's home.

    Since the little girls abduction and death, police have questioned dozens of suspects and, according to Kiessling, have been within five minutes of charging two different persons with the slaying. Those cases fell apart at the last minute.

    One person confessed to the killing on three occasions to three different persons, but police, after investigating, decided he could not have committed the crime.

    Kiessling has sent investigators to seven states, checking into similar crimes and possible suspects.

    To date, nothing has panned out.

    Kiessling even recieved aid from a Virginia man who claims to have clairvoyant powers. "I don't believe in clairvoyants, but I can't completely discount them either," Kiessling said, adding that the man predicted to police that a girl with long black hair would be found murdered along Capitol Beltway. A few days later, such a girl was found dead. Police have ruled out the clairvoyant as a suspect, however.

    The liutenant has worked with the image of the Metzler girl's killer now for nearly two years and is convinced that whoever killed her has a mentally depraved mind.

    "I'm very much afraid," he said," that this person committed a crime like this before or since."

    One event which may have led Kiessling to that statement occurred just a few weeks after the Metzler murder, in Marietta Ga, where a 9-year-old girl was walking home from a laundromat disappeard and her body was found a few days later. The victim had wounds similar to those of the Metzler girl and police here believe that Elizabeth Ann's killer could easily have gone to Georgia after the Metzler slaying and committed the other crime.

    The driveway from which the little girl was abducted led at one time to a nudist colony known as Hidden Village.

    Her disappearance from that driveway was not the first such occurrance. In 1958, a 58-year-old man, William Brooks, was walking along the driveway when he was seized by two men who later killed him and stole his car.

    Both men were found, convicted and sentenced to death, but after a lengthy legal battle, their sentences were reduced to life in prison.

    Brooks lived in a one room cabin about 100 yards from the ...Metzler home. Keissling investigated that case too....

    Article continues to talk about Pamela Lynn Conyers (see separate WS thread), the woodcutter murder, 2 men gunned down, and 1948 murder.

    Link below shows a composite sketch of a suspect in the Metzler case:

    http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...?t=1173731814/
    I have never heard of this case. Thanks Richard for posting it.


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    I knew Beth

    I knew Beth. We both attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church, in Odenton, and were in the same Catechism class together, although I went to Odenton Elementary School.

    I don't remember the exact year, I believe that it was sometime in the late 70's, an arrest was made in her murder. The killer's wife contacted police. She had found some bloody clothing in the house shortly after the murder, and was afraid to come forward at the time. After his arrest several other people came forward with information about him being drunk in a bar and rambling on incoherently about killing someone. I think his name was Vernon Chaney. I have tried looking up information on this case over the years and have found nothing.

    Beth is buried at Glen Haven Cemetery, in Glen Burnie, not far from were my parents are buried.


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    Richard Miles Chaney

    I just found this, the the killer's name was Richard Miles Chaney: http://72.14.209.104/search?q=cache:...lnk&cd=1&gl=us


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    Case took 7 years to close...

    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeForAll
    I just found this, the the killer's name was Richard Miles Chaney: http://72.14.209.104/search?q=cache:...lnk&cd=1&gl=us
    An interesting 2003 Court decision, but a lot of leaglese to wade through. The Bottom Line was that the origional 1978 guilty verdict and life sentence (without possibility of parole) stood.

    JUDGMENT OF THE COURT OF
    SPECIAL APPEALS REVERSED;
    CASE REMANDED TO THAT
    COURT WITH DIRECTIONS TO
    AFFIRM THE JUDGMENT OF THE
    CIRCUIT COURT FOR CALVERT
    COUNTY; ALL COSTS IN THIS
    COURT AND THE COURT OF
    SPECIAL APPEALS TO BE PAID BY
    RESPONDENT.

    The death penalty was in effect in 1971 when Chaney murdered little Elizabeth, but by the time he was caught and tried (1978), the Supreme Court had declared the Death Penalty to be Unconstitutional. Everyone on Death Row at the time got their sentences commuted to Life - guys like Charlie Manson, Richard Speck, Sirhan Sirhan, and many others.

    Also, for a period of time the highest sentence that could be given was Life in prison. Such was the case for Chaney. "He Got Lucky", and so was still around to appeal his sentence in an effort to gain parole.

    Although this case is technically no longer a "Cold Case" what are the possible connections between the murder of little 10 year-old Elizabeth and other similar cases before 1971 and between 1971 and 1978 when this dirtbag was finally caught, tried, convicted, and incarcerated?

    What are this guy's vital statistics? Does he match descriptions of suspects in other cases?


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    Name: Richard Miles Chaney
    Maryland Department of Corrections (DOC) number 17908
    Date of Birth: 19 November 1939
    Current age: 67
    Age in 1971 at time of Elizabeth's murder: 32

    Current location:
    Maryland Correctional Institute-Jessup
    Address: P.O. Box 549, Jessup, MD 20794
    Phone: 877-313-0632


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    This hits home for me. I grew up here and this was my elementary school. I wasn't in school at the time (I was a baby), but my aunt was 14 or 15 at the time and this man approached her this very day and offered her a ride while she was walking home from her friends house. When news reports came in about Elizabeth missing, my grandparents called the police and reported what happened to my aunt. The police came to my grandparents house and interviewed my aunt. She gave a description of the man that approached her, she believes to this day that the man was Richard Chaney.
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    Question Elizabeth Ann Metzler

    Does anyone know if there was a strong case against Richard Chaney in the murder of Elizabeth Ann Metzler? Was the evidence overwhelming? Did he confess? Also does anyone know of any personal information on Richard Miles Chaney.Like where did he live at the time? What kind of work did he do? Where was he employed.Did he own other cars? Did he have a prior criminal record? Your help would be greatly appreciated.


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    What is the story of the Woodcutter? Thanks, D


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    Did they have any potential DNA that can (or was) tested?
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    Everyday it is my fervent prayer that these cases are solved


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    Connections?

    Bumping Thread up. Does anyone see any possible links between the convicted killer of this little girl and other cases of the early 1970's?


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    I knew Elizabeth as well. I was in the first grade at Ridgeway Elementary ...I assume she was in the 5th or 6th. She was always very sweet to me. I remember my mom and a friend of hers talking about an article in the paper and I noticed her picture. At that age I had no idea why her picture would be in the paper. I guess mom must have explained to me why she was in a way that my young mind could grasp what had happened. I vividly remember hearing them discuss the case in a conversation I was not supposed to hear.
    That has haunted me all these years. I dont know why, but today (39 years later) I felt compelled to search her name on the internet.
    I was very glad to see that someone was finally arrested for the crime. Do you know if the guy (Chaney) is still alive? Anyway, reading the information on this post has brought a little piece of mind to something that has been bothering me for decades.


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    http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/inmate/ Richard Miles Chaney is still alive and in prison. Just enter his name.


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    Quote Originally Posted by abyss View Post
    me all these years. I dont know why, but today (39 years later) I felt compelled to search her name on the internet.
    I was very glad to see that someone was finally arrested for the crime. Do you know if the guy (Chaney) is still alive? Anyway, reading the information on this post has brought a little piece of mind to something that has been bothering me for decades.
    I remember this case...I was only 10 and I lived nearby in Severna Park. Her disappearance scared the heck out of me and then we moved away a few years later. I never heard about the arrest and for some reason I thought of her last night. Over the years I would occasionally remember her name but I probably hadn't thought of her in 10 years...I'd never searched her name on google, I know that. Anyway, she was the first case of its kind that I'd ever heard of and I've never forgotten. Thanks for sharing your memories and bringing me up to date with such an awful and sad case.

    Dave


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    Thoughts of the past...

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    I remember this case...I was only 10 and I lived nearby in Severna Park. Her disappearance scared the heck out of me and then we moved away a few years later. I never heard about the arrest and for some reason I thought of her last night. Over the years I would occasionally remember her name but I probably hadn't thought of her in 10 years...I'd never searched her name on google, I know that. Anyway, she was the first case of its kind that I'd ever heard of and I've never forgotten. Thanks for sharing your memories and bringing me up to date with such an awful and sad case.

    Dave

    Dave, Welcome to Websleuths. Thanks for your post. Interesting how sometimes we think of people from the past and then reconnect in some way.

    So many of these cases could be related. This one took seven years to solve. One wonders how many other children disappeared or were murdered by this guy in the intervening years.


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