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    RI - Diane Drake, 19, Middletown, 21 March 1980

    Originally posted by: Misfitdolly, moved here for discussion...

    Notoriety of 1980 slaying fades, but not for family
    Though a man was questioned in 1980 and again in 2000 in connection with Diane Drake's slaying, there has been no arrest, and her relatives are tormented at the thought the killer is free.
    05:05 PM EDT on Monday, October 6, 2003
    BY JENNY HOLLAND
    Journal Staff Writer

    On Friday, March 21, 1980, a strong storm was blowing through Aquidneck Island. Diane Drake, a 19-year-old Roger Williams College student, was without a car, since just a few months earlier she had finally given up on her old Volkswagen and sold it for scrap. One of her brothers, who planned on getting a new car, had offered to pass along his old one. But that hadn't happened yet.

    So that miserable afternoon, she set out on foot in the rain and snow for work at a Photo Patio on East Main Road -- about a 20-minute walk from the row of small white cottages where she lived on Easton's Terrace in Middletown. Her shift began at 2:30. She never arrived.

    The next morning, her naked body washed up on Easton's Beach in Newport, less than a mile from the apartment she shared with another young woman.

    The cause of death was threefold, the police say. Strangulation, submersion, and blunt-force trauma... More...

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    Bumping for Diane
    "There are such devils."
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    Diane's sister died in 2012 peacefully- here's the obit. Includes information about the family and history
    http://www.newportri.com/obituaries/...9bb2963f4.html

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    Diane's mother died more recently (11/2014) without knowing who murdered her daughter...how sad...
    http://patch.com/rhode-island/portsm...s-j-drake-86-0

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    here is a photo of Diane
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    Source is a 1981 newspaper article scanned by the law school here in R.I.
    http://docs.rwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent....text=the_quill

    The investigative reporters at RWU got ahold of the autopsy report and found details that the coroner missed...like her lungs had no water in them- which, to them, meant Diane was never submerged in water- but the police maintain that she was... The students found other "oddities" in the investigation.

    I can't explain why the police would utilize and pay soooo many psychics. Please take a minute to read the report by the law students and their findings, linked above.
    Last edited by Breezyflavor; 12-27-2015 at 08:34 PM. Reason: Added details

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    There was a 17yr old girl, Roseanne Robinson (from Millis, Mass) found strangled and dumped behind the Lincoln Mall three months later. Her killer has not been found. (According to the RWU article)

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    Article 1
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    Article 3
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    Article 4
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    A "20-minute walk" would probably be close to a mile so that is a substantial potential crime scene especially if there is more than one logical route. That said, it was on a Friday afternoon in a populated area so surely someone saw something. Hard to imagine that this miscreant only killed this one person.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


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    It just appears like the police totally botched that whole investigation...all those psychics and missing information...sketchy to me. Plus the dead 17yr old 3 months later



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