It would not let me post where I did before on Marcia Trimble, so i'm starting a new thread in hopes others will see this and maybe remember seeing this man...The news had that he "may be linked"...of course they don't know but its worth a try to see if anyone remembers him...I saw some post of people that may have lived in her neighborhood.
They have now matched Mr. Barrett evidence from the scene and he will be arrested for Marcia's murder. Links:
I've called a number of lifelong friends of mine who no longer live in Nashville, and the reaction so far has been stunned silence before they say something like, "Thank GOD."
That was my reaction, I know.
Jerome Sydney Barrett, age 60, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Marcia Trimble in the Winter of 1975 in Nashville, TN.
I've already posted in some other threads about this, but this is breaking news for a lot of people interested in this particular cold case. A childhood friend called me on my cell to tell me she'd heard this on the news.
Marcia Trimble's unsolved murder is one of the chief reasons I'm a professional true crime writer now. One of the fundamental reasons I am a member of a forum like this. Marcia haunted me from day 1. I watched TV each night with my dad, and there she was on the local news, a blond, ghost girl with a Mona Lisa smile.
One of the first girls I ever had a big crush on, who is a friend to this very day, was Marcia's neighbor. Police were questioning my friend still in the 1980s about other kids in the neighborhood, trying to track down the killer.
The first girl I ever seriously dated was in Marcia's Girl Scout Troop. All three of them -- my first crush, my first girl, and Marcia, went to elementary school together.
Imagine someone telling you that they'd matched DNA to a perp in JonBenet's murder. For long-time Nashvillians, Nashville natives, this is pretty danged close to that huge level of news.
Here's an earlier blog entry I wrote detailing my being haunted by Marcia Trimble's disappearance and murder:
"Marcia Trimble, Meredith Harris, and Me."
Holy cow! That is big news. Well, I've followed this on your blog(s) so maybe I'm biased, lol. Wow. I hope he will confess too and tell them exactly what happened. Finally justice for Marcia, that's awesome!
This is great news! Marcia will finally get some justice.
Isn't DNA evidence wonderful!!!! After this family has been on such a long journey for answers, it has arrived.
"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and stars."
from Desiderata by Max Ehrlmann
Amazing news, Steve! I know how much this case means to you and where it has led you in life, and I wouldn't doubt it if your publicity helped bring about the arrest.
Wow I am so glad to hear the great news.. thank goodness for technology and all the great detective work years are ago that led to the arrest.. lets hope they stick and that the answers are provided and justice Marcia's family so derserve is served.
Amazing, all of these years later, thanks to DNA. Very late, but closure all the same.
Thanks Steve this is great, maybe Tuders case will be solved also.
I realized the second I saw this, that is was "your" case.
Left you a comment on the blog.
Glad they finally got him, and I am sorry for the loss of your friend Marcia.
The case is often thought of by longtime Nashville residents as the time when the city lost its innocence forever.
btw....do you remember a case...gosh, i can't think of the girl's name right now, (that'll drive me crazy) but she was found across the street from, what use to be, the old RollerDrome up on Thompson Lane.....the girl had left the skating rink & was found dead in some weeds, i believe, behind the Krispy Kreme there.....trying to think of the details...i believe a sock was found stuffed in her mouth...anyway, i was a kid when it happened, & i remember feeling really scared hearing folks discuss it....not sure if it was ever solved, but maybe it was....my Daddy was one of the cops on the scene when they found her....
i don't know how old you are...i'm thinking you're a bit younger than me...i'm 49 yrs old & still remember folks talking about this murder on Thompson Lane....just can't remember all the details....i'm going to visit Daddy tomorrow afternoon, & i'll have to pick his brain a bit on it....this about Marcia got me to thinking about it.....
I feel the same way about a local kidnapped and murdered young girl, Amy Mihaljevic. I grew up with her case and the murderer has never been found.
I'm so glad Marcia's murderer has been identified. I hope time catches up with other unknown murderers.
I think the girl's last name was Jones. I still remember my mom talking about that case. It bothered her because we had relatives over in Woodbine, where that KK was located, and we were out there a lot. One set of cousins lived with their creepy stepdad (they were my late uncle's kids) just up Nolensville Rd from that area. If they'd lived there when that girl was killed, I'd think that creepy step-uncle did it.
That case was sad, if I recall, because some folks thought it was not well investigated because the girl's family was allegedly <modsnip>. I seriously doubt that was true, though (about the poor investigation, that is).
Last edited by bessie; 09-28-2013 at 03:17 PM. Reason: offensive
Thank God there is now closure for Marcia's family.
I hope that they check various other cases to match DNA as this Barrett sounds like a serial killer. If he was arrested in another slaying of Sarah Dez Prez from the 70's; it sounds as if he has a wide age range with his victims. I wouldn't be surprised if there are more out there due to him.
that barrett man has lived with this for all these years, I just wonder how many other young girls are his victim? like the one you all are referring to from above if it was within the same frame of time, 75,76? this man was a street walker, and the fairgrounds area and beyond are not all that far from the location on jefferson street where he lived at the time, no doubt that he was a sexual predator, I don't think it mattered one bit to him if his victim was a young child or a young adult. would be interesting if they could find some connection to him on that other child too!
O/T a bit, but we lived on Glenrose Ave up until i was about 7..then we moved to the Harding Mall area where we lived until i graduated from Antioch....course Harding Mall is no longer there.....anyway, i kinda figured you'd heard about Kathy Jones.....
& yes,,,,,my "father" has always been, & will always be Daddy, lol
even though it's terribly sad stuff, it's been nice reminiscing with ya...
Last edited by bessie; 09-29-2013 at 01:15 AM. Reason: offensive
Just heard this breaking news. Will look for a link.
It is the same man who is responsible for another killing back that same year.
It is Barrett.
Last edited by ShowerSinger; 06-06-2008 at 01:34 PM. Reason: to add link
This is destined to be on Cold Case Files now that there has been an arrest and most-likely a conviction.
'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'
Barrett goes on trial for the murder of Sarah Des Perez on October 6th, she was murdered in February 1975, and it was after the arrest of Barrett for her murder that they linked him to the murder of Marcia Trimble
"Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance."~ Plato
~The above reflects only my opinion...
update on this poor babe.
why is she listed in the missing but not forgotten area? she was found shortly after her death.
Only my opinion, no one else need agree.
There's already a thread for Marcia.
Last edited by christine2448; 09-29-2008 at 07:14 PM. Reason: fixed link to other MT thread on WS, in Past Spotlight Cases
Gotcha! Thanks for moving it, it also looks like the arrest is old news. Sometimes I hate AOL, or maybe it is my inattention to details that I despise! Anyhow, thanks again for putting the article into its rightful thread!