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  1. #46
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    A very intriguing case - I think the first time I heard of it was around 1990 on one of those half hour Unsolved Mysteries clones like Missing Reward or Prime Suspect.

    I have it at #121 on my Frightful 400 classic unsolved murder cases list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STANDREID View Post
    A very intriguing case - I think the first time I heard of it was around 1990 on one of those half hour Unsolved Mysteries clones like Missing Reward or Prime Suspect.

    I have it at #121 on my Frightful 400 classic unsolved murder cases list.
    Oh, yeah, very scary. Nothing like innocent people killed when parked in dark, secluded "lover's lane" locations.

    I read a news article about it several years ago, but hadn't paid attention until I saw the recent news coverage of Atwell's arrest. I spent nearly an entire weekend reading up on the case here and on various web sites. IMO,it appears the killer was someone who was in LE or posing as such. So much of the evidence the murders have in common point to it:

    driver's side window partially rolled down

    glove compartment doors open

    driver's wallets out, as if showing drivers licenses

    The killer likely had a gun, because most of the murders involved getting the victims out of the car, in some cases killing them some distance away.

    For the sake of the families, I hope they finally catch the killer.

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    I actually knew 3 of the victims of the "parkway murders" I attended Christopher Newport with both Cassandra and Keith, and David lived across the street from me a few years prior to the murders.
    My boyfriend at the time and I would often travel the parkway, from Yorktown to Williamsburg, and sometimes park to watch meteor showers or just star gaze.
    He and I and a friend of mine were actually parked there to watch (and photograph) the Orionids meteor showers on the night before the first 2 victims were found. When I learned of the 1st murders, I was absolutely petrified to think we had been sitting out there, busy looking through cameras and telescopes, basically oblivious to everything else. Still gives me a creepy feeling to think about it.
    Since that time, I have NEVER driven down the parkway at night again.. even now, I wouldnt do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amber1 View Post
    I think all of the cases on http://parkway.crimeshadows.com/liberty.htm are connected, but Davis Knobling and Robin Edwards seem different to me, it's that window that was rolled half way down that bugs me, because it seems the only reason for them to roll the window down in the middle of a stormy, rainy night is to smoke (did either of them smoke at all?) or if they were pulled over and asked for an ID by some type of authority figure, or someone posing as one. The private detective (info can be found on link above) does fit the theory that they were stopped by an authority figure, and Brian Pettinger as well as Laurie Powell are connected by him.
    As for the other cases, it seems sex and robbery weren't a motive, the person wanted to kill, reminds me of the zodiac killer. They pray on couples, I don't know if these are "hate crimes", I think it's more someone who loved to simply kill, a serial killer.
    I want to continue researching this and other cases like it in the area.
    David's truck was found still running, IIRC, and the couple's clothing was in the truck. While geographically Ragged Island (on the James River(in a different area, its not all that far from the parkway (on the York River), and like the parkway, ragged island was also a "make-out" spot for couples. I will always be convinced that there was someone posing as a cop, which explains why keys were always in the cars, clothing and ID there as well... and never a sign of struggle.

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    I thought there was another thread on these murders and the missing couple ,I remember there being information posted about a recent search near where they went missing and a dog hit near a graveyard?

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    Yes, I just cant think of another reason for the circumstances to turn out like they did, with no struggle, windows down, car running, it had to have been an authority figure, or someone posing as one
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    I live on the york river, and travel the parkway to go out to willamsburg. I wish this would get solved.

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    Colonial Parkway Murder Suspects

    Quote Originally Posted by Betty P View Post
    From the linked article about Atwell's arrest:



    Begs the question, has Atwell ever been investigated and eliminated as a suspect? He says he worked in LE at the time of the murders, though I've had a difficult time finding out exactly who he worked for.
    Betty, my apologies, I had missed your question. Fred Atwell worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Gloucester County, Virginia Sheriff's Department. He did not work on the Colonial Parkway Murder cases.

    I am sure that the FBI and Virginia State Police have look at Atwell for the four double homicides, although I am not aware of any evidence that would link him to any of these crimes, or those of Laurie Anne Powell and Brian Pettinger, two other cases from around the same timeframe. Fred Atwell has spoken to me about all of these cases over the last few years. Hope that helps.


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    How much could he have known about the cases? Do they just share information on all cases?

    Did the FBI talk to you about him talking to you?

    I understand if you cant answer that.

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    Great news: we have just learned that the new show "Dark Minds," hosted by true crime author M. William Phelps and now in its second season on the Investigation Discovery channel, will be doing a show on the Colonial Parkway Murders. Production of the episode has begun with interviews set for fall 2012, and an air date to follow.


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    I grew up in Williamsburg VA, and was a child when this was going on, so this case always intrigued me. My Mother would avoid taking this road after this all happened, and even now when I drive through there it sort of creeps me out. I know this is probably stretching a lot, but does anyone know if there were any suspects at Camp Peary? It's really close to the area, and although it was never confirmed, it was always rumored to be a "CIA training camp". If the killer had been connected to that place, it might be a reason why it only lasted for a particular time period and the murders were spaced out like they were. I know it's a stretch, and impossible to explore because it's just a rumor, but was wondering if it was ever considered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billthom56 View Post
    Great news: we have just learned that the new show "Dark Minds," hosted by true crime author M. William Phelps and now in its second season on the Investigation Discovery channel, will be doing a show on the Colonial Parkway Murders. Production of the episode has begun with interviews set for fall 2012, and an air date to follow.


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    Air date?
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    Air Date Dark Minds TBA

    Amber:

    Thanks for your question-- I am told that the Dark Minds episode on the Colonial Parkway Murders will air on the Investigation Discovery channel in Spring 2013, perhaps April. Will keep you posted.


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    Save the date: we just learned that the Colonial Parkway Murders in Virginia will be featured during the Wednesday, April 10, 2013 broadcast of "Dark Minds" on the Investigation Discovery channel.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/inv...ven-2013-02-05


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    Quote Originally Posted by billthom56 View Post
    Great news: we have just learned that the new show "Dark Minds," hosted by true crime author M. William Phelps and now in its second season on the Investigation Discovery channel, will be doing a show on the Colonial Parkway Murders. Production of the episode has begun with interviews set for fall 2012, and an air date to follow.


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