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    VA - The Colonial Parkway Murders, 1986-89

    This is a weird one: Saw a thing on THS over the weekend about this.

    http://crimeshadows.com/parkway.htm
    Last edited by Kimster; 04-22-2012 at 12:46 PM. Reason: featured cold case from 4/22/12 to 4/29/12

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    I saw that over the weekend, too. I had never heard it before. I'd say the killer died, moved onto a new place or went to jail since I don't think there have been any similar cases in 20 years.

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    I'm just throwing this out there without research, but the isolated areas, where was Hilton at this time?

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    Wow,Interesting case.
    Good find Littlehorn!
    This character certainly seems to have Zodiac type thing for young couples.
    Kind of intriguing the way the attacks seemed to cycle up then just stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kline View Post
    Wow,Interesting case.
    Good find Littlehorn!
    This character certainly seems to have Zodiac type thing for young couples.
    Kind of intriguing the way the attacks seemed to cycle up then just stop.
    What really surprised me was the methodical nature -- taking the victims car, moving it to a rest stop going the opposite direction on the highway from where the victims were going, bringing their clothes and wallets back to the car, etc.

    Some weird intrigue also with a local security company according to that website.

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    Chesapeake Bay serial Killer

    I am from this area born and raised. I lived within 30 miles from the Chesapeake Bay where some of the bodies were found. It was scary time back in the eighties!! I was acutally born at old Riverside Hospital in Newport News.
    They always thought that someone posing as a cop of so sort was responisble. Right beore these murders there were a string of rapes in Southampton County VA. into Northampton County NC. I am not 100% sure but it was about 10 to 12 rapes. These were commited by 2 black men. They would take the women pull them over with lights( like a police car) and then take there vehicle and take them to out of the way places and rape them. They never killed them. I had always wounder if the two cases were connected. These happened before my daughter was born so around 1981-1984 because she was born in 1985. I had a great friend from highschool that was one of the girls raped. They were no more rapes after 1985 and they never caught anyone. I believe these killngs started around 1986 but do not remember for sure ( this was long ago) Now Southampton County is only about 35 miles from Chesapeke Bay. Southampton County is next o Isle of Wight County which crosses over the Chesapeake bridge into Newport News.
    I may still have some of the articles from this. I kept some because of Chris being raped.

    This case is now in the hands of Va State Police Cold Case. Det. Hook
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    Colonial Parkway Murders

    Here's a link to an April 19, 2009 article about criminologist Larry McCann researching these violent crimes.

    http://journalismclass.wmblogs.net/2...ers-cold-case/

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    I remember these crimes very well

    I live near the peninsula and lived in Richmond, Virginia because my father lived in Norfolk, Virginia and my mother and stepfather lived in Richmond. I was very concerned because the only reason IMO that the couples would be taken by surprise like they were and seemed abducted so easily, if it were a cop or someone pretending to be a cop. Since I used to travel I 64 between Norfolk and Richmond it would always bother me what would I do if I was pulled over by a cop. If that was who was pertrating these crimes. I live in Norfolk now but I still am scared to travel that stretch of road, especially where the couple's car was found at the rest stop going in the other direction in which they were headed. Like everyone else who has seen the show THS I wish they would solve this.

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    bump...just saw the THS show...


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    I hope I can catch this show at some point.

    As an aside, I believe this is the case that influenced Patricia Cornwell's third novel, "All that Remains."

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    The Colonial Parkway Murders *UNSOLVED*

    From 1986 to 1989 at least 8 people were murdered along the Colonial Parkway in Virginia and their killer was never caught.


    Cathleen Thomas and Rebecca Dowski were murdered Oct. 12th 1986. Their fully clothed bodies in the back seat of their car which had been pushed down a hill towards the water. They both had rope burns on their body, had been stranguled and then their throats cut. Their bodies had been doused in gasoline but apparently not set on fire.

    Robin Edwards and David Knobling were killed around Sept. 19th, 1987 in the Ragged Island Refuge Center. David's truck was found parked, keys in the ignition, radio still on and drivers side window half rolled down and drivers door opened. Their underwear and a pair of Robin's shoes were in the car. A few days later their bodies washed up on shore, half clothed. They had both been shot.


    April 9th, 1988 Richard Call and Cassandra Reilly disappeared after going out on a first date. Richards car was parked near a creek of the parkway.
    Both of their sets of clothing were found in the backseat, the drivers side door was opened and Call's wallet and Cassandra's purse were in the car.
    THe couple has never been seen again and they are considered to be victims of the Colonial Park Killer.

    September, 1989 AnnaMaria Phelps and Daniel Lauer went missing. Daniel's car was found close to a rest stop, most of his clothing was found in the car along with Phelp's purse. Approx a month later the couple's skeletal remains were found. They had both been stabbed.

    There is a ton of info out there. I have to get off here for a bit but will dwelve into this a little further later.

    http://parkway.crimeshadows.com/main.htm

    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_Parkway_Killer"]Colonial Parkway Killer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    http://journalismclass.wmblogs.net/2...4not-dead-yet/

    http://www.geocities.com/misjoy464/c...aymurders.html

    http://www.mcall.com/topic/dp-pway-1...,7570108.story

    http://labyrinth13.com/mirror/VirginiaMurders/index.htm
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    FYI, this happened in Virginia, not Pennsylvania.

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    Corrected that - thank you!
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    update October 9 2009

    http://www.dailypress.com/news/virgi...,4042814.story


    the following link is really interesting.

    http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-lo...tory?track=rss

    from above link...

    The impetus for the review isn't advances in DNA technology or other investigation techniques.

    It was the discovery last year by a Williamsburg resident that sensitive crime scene photos including graphic shots of victims were floating around in the public domain. Fred Atwell learned in November the Parkway Murder photos had been obtained by a private security firm from an FBI source and was being used by the firm for training materials.

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