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    MD - Carvel, 68, & Sarah Faulkner, 66, Howard County, 25 April 1979

    Sarah M Faulkner
    Case #: K-50-06442

    Age / Sex / Race: 66 / Female / White Location of Homicide: 7000 Block of Montgomery Road County: Howard Date / Time: 4 / 25 / 1979 Cause of Death: Gunshot/Stabbing Details: Mr. and Mrs. Faulkner owned a Trash Removal Service in the area and maintained an office at their home. At approximately 2:00 PM on the above date, an employee stopped by the home and found the couple murdered in the bedroom. Items were taken from the home. Investigator: Detective Sergeant John Cook
    Maryland State Police - Cold Case Unit
    1201 Reisterstown Road
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208
    410-290-0050
    jgcook@mdsp.org


    Carvel A Faulkner
    Case #: K-50-06442

    Age / Sex / Race: 68 / Male / White Location of Homicide: 7000 Block of Montgomery Road County: Howard Date / Time: 4 / 25 / 1979 Cause of Death: Gunshot/Stabbing Details: Mr. and Mrs. Faulkner owned a Trash Removal Service in the area and maintained an office at their home. At approximately 2:00 PM on the above date, an employee stopped by the home and found the couple murdered in the bedroom. Items were taken from the home. Investigator: Detective Sergeant John Cook
    Maryland State Police - Cold Case Unit
    1201 Reisterstown Road
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208
    410-290-0050
    jgcook@mdsp.org

    http://www.mdsp.org/hsib/cold_case_d...?identifier=16

    http://www.mdsp.org/hsib/cold_case_d...?identifier=17

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    From 1999 about Vernon Lee Clark :

    3 unsolved homicides

    At a news conference yesterday, Howard County Police Chief Wayne Livesay said Clark is being investigated in "several" other unsolved homicides. Police sources said they are specifically looking at at least three cases.

    Two occurred in April 1979, when Carvel Faulkner , 58, and his wife, Sara Faulkner, 56, were killed in their bedroom in the 7000 block of Montgomery Road in Elkridge. Clark worked briefly for the family's trash hauling business, C & S Faulkner Inc.

    Police identified Clark as a possible suspect in those deaths in 1990, according to published reports. Today they view him as a possible suspect in that case and another, the fatal beating of Iva Myrtle Watson, 81, in December 1984 in the 5400 block of Montgomery Road in Ellicott City, police sources say.

    For now, Clark is charged in the Davis and Dieterich deaths. Birgit Davis said she has put the case to rest in her mind.

    "In the end, it doesn't bring Dolly back," she said. "Because I am a religious person, I know God will ultimately do justice. Maybe I will see her in heaven one day."

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    Surprised no one is replying

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    More details?

    Quote Originally Posted by UMfanforever View Post
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    What further details do you have on the suspect and on the cases?

    In particular, you mention the fatal beating of Iva Myrtle Watson, 81, in December 1984 in the 5400 block of Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. I am interested in a John Doe case dating to that same time frame and wonder if there might be a connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    What further details do you have on the suspect and on the cases?

    In particular, you mention the fatal beating of Iva Myrtle Watson, 81, in December 1984 in the 5400 block of Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. I am interested in a John Doe case dating to that same time frame and wonder if there might be a connection.

    2/16/01

    http://www.explorehoward.com/news/60...uck-apartment/

    Two decades later, man sentenced in murder
    A county Circuit Court judge this week sentenced an Elkridge man to life in prison for murdering an elderly Elkridge woman _ more than two decades after the crime was committed.
    Vernon Lee Clark, 45, pleaded guilty Feb. 13 to first-degree murder in the 1980 stabbing death of Rebecca H. "Dolly" Davis, 70, of Elkridge.
    Circuit Court Judge Lenore Gelfman sentenced Clark to a life term.
    He already is serving a life sentence in the 1989 death of 23-year-old Kathleen Gouldin, who was found beaten and shot in her Elkridge apartment.
    Clark also is charged with first-degree murder in the 1981 death of Evelyn Dietrich, 68, of Catonsville, and is a suspect in the 1984 beating death of Iva Myrtle Watson, 61, of Ellicott City, police said.
    Police say Clark, who did handy work for Davis and Dietrich but was never considered a suspect in either case, was linked to the crimes through DNA technology not available at the time.
    Davis' partially buried body was found in the back yard of her home in the 6100 block of Lawyers Hill Road on Feb. 22, 1980. The body, which bore multiple stab wounds, had been exposed to the elements for at least a week. Police said there was evidence of sexual assault.
    Charges of first-degree sex offense and perverted sex acts were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
    Clark was interviewed by policeat the time because he had been identified as an occasional employee of Davis'. But investigators lacked forensic evidence linking him to the scene.

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    Years Later, a Prime Suspect - DNA May Link Man to Five Unsolved Killings in Howard County

    Washington Post - Monday, November 8, 1999




    Longtime residents of old town Elkridge have only vague memories of Vernon L. Clark: He did yard work for elderly women around town; he spent time at bars with his small circle of friends; sometimes he reeked of rotting flesh after getting off his job at an animal processing plant.

    But they remember the slayings. Six killings in and around Elkridge between 1979 and 1989; three of the victims were elderly women. Clark, 43, was convicted of one slaying in 1991.

    Now, detectives in Howard and Baltimore counties and the Maryland State Police say Clark is the lone suspect in the five other slayings. In September, he was indicted in Baltimore County in the 1981 bludgeoning death of one of the five, Evelyn Dietrich, 68, of Catonsville. Steven Roscher, assistant state's attorney for Baltimore County, said he will seek the death penalty when Clark goes on trial next year.

    In coming weeks, a Howard County grand jury will consider evidence that Clark slashed to death a second of the five victims, Rebecca H. "Dolly" Davis, 70, of Elkridge, in 1980.

    And DNA testing is being conducted to determine whether Clark is linked to the 1979 slayings of an Elkridge couple and an 80-year-old Ellicott City woman in 1984. Of the six victims, Clark had worked for four and another lived near the slain couple.

    Clark's lawyers, Franklin Draper and Katy O'Donnell, both assistant public defenders with the state's capital defense division, said they would have no comment on the new charges or the investigation.

    Contrary to public pronouncements at the time, authorities said, they always believed that the first four slayings were linked and that the killer lived in the Elkridge area. Now, investigators believe, Clark may be their serial killer, among the worst in the state's history.

    Authorities credit advances in DNA testing with their being able to close the two additional cases and reopen their investigations of the three other slayings. They said a tip they received during the summer--which turned out to be erroneous--rekindled their interest in the old cases.

    "We put every resource we had into these cases. Expense was not an issue," said Paul Rappaport, Howard's police chief from 1979 to 1987. "You don't forget cases like these."

    For three years, Howard police had as many as 30 detectives working on the slayings. They traveled as far as Texas following leads. They employed a psychic. On the first anniversary of Davis's murder, they staked out her grave site.

    But over the years, as leads disappeared, the investigations all but halted. The evidence from each case--piles of notes, photos and physical evidence--sat in boxes in the police department's property room.

    Even the use of DNA testing in Clark's 1991 murder trial--the first in the county to use such technology--was of no help: The physical evidence was old, and the tests were not sophisticated enough to make a match. Again, investigations of the five other killings were stalled.

    "As new procedures turn up, we see if we have the physical evidence that can be matched up by that procedure," said Sgt. David Schickner, of the Howard police's violent crimes unit. Officials said DNA matches to Clark have been made in the Davis and Dietrich slayings. Investigators say there is a 1-in-2.6-billion chance that the match is to someone other than Clark.

    The cluster of six killings--four in Elkridge and two others just outside of town in Baltimore County--long ago passed into local lore, especially among older longtime residents who knew the victims. The town, a collection of antiques shops, small factories and elegant 19th-century homes five miles southwest of Baltimore, has never experienced much crime. But of the 16 unsolved slayings in Howard County from 1976 until this year, four occurred in Elkridge.

    In 1980, after the first three killings, residents discovered a mannequin, lashed up 20 feet up in a tree near where one of the bodies had been found. It was splattered with red paint; a knife was in its chest. The killings became known as the "mannequin murders."

    "Everybody was kind of on edge. It was a time of turmoil," said Sam Merson, 70, a retired construction worker who was friends with four of the victims.

    Dolly Davis was a portrait painter who lived alone in the affluent Lawyers Hill section of Elkridge and was active at Grace Episcopal Church. She was last seen leaving the Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in the Cherry Hill section of Baltimore, where she tutored.

    She was found partially buried near her house, according to police reports. She had been stabbed and sexually assaulted. Clark had been her handyman.

    "You put these things out of your mind as the years go by," said James Davis, Davis's nephew. "It seemed awfully bizarre at the time."

    A year later and a few miles from Davis's home, Evelyn Dietrich was killed. Dietrich also lived alone. A passerby found her--she had been bludgeoned and strangled--in bushes near her house. Clark was her gardener.

    Clark has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of rape, two counts of attempted breaking and entering and attempted burglary in Dietrich's death.

    Investigators are conducting DNA tests on evidence from the 1979 slayings of Carvel Faulkner, 58, his wife, Sarah, 56, of Elkridge. Carvel was found slumped in front of his bed with a bullet wound in his head. His wife was found lying in a pool of blood on the bed, her throat slit, her hands and feet bound. Investigators said there was no sign of forced entry at their home and $1,000 in open view was left undisturbed.

    Clark worked off and on for the Faulkners' poultry feed and sanitation company, according to state police investigators.

    Five years later, the partially clothed body of Iva Myrtle Watson, 80, who lived just down the road from the Faulkners, was found in a pine grove a block from her Ellicott City home, according to police reports. "Multiple trauma" to the head was the cause of death, according to the autopsy.

    Clark was convicted in 1991 of first-degree murder, assault with the intent to rape, a weapons violation and perverted practices in connection with the death of Kathleen Gouldin, 23, who was shot to death. Clark was connected to that case through fingerprints on a pizza box left outside Gouldin's apartment. Then Clark was linked to the case through DNA testing. He is serving a life-plus-28-year sentence at the Maryland Department of Corrections Annex in Jessup.

    Clark's only surviving family member is his stepfather Samuel Carter, 66, of Elkridge.

    Carter said his stepson's only stable job was at the Brauns Rendering Plant, where he loaded slaughtered animals into boilers for processing.

    Carter described his stepson as a generally a quiet person--though with a temper.

    "The only time he got violent was against policemen. It would take four or five of them to handle him. He was small, but he was strong--a scrapper," he said.

    On Aug. 9, 1989, two officers who tried to question Clark regarding the Gouldin murder got into a wrestling match with him. He bit one of the officers, drawing blood, according to court records. He was arrested a short time later and has not been out of custody since.

    Elkridge Murders

    A local resident is the prime suspect in five killings which occurred from 1979 to 1989 in or around the town of Elkridge, Md. Vernon L. Clark was convicted of a 1989 Elkridge murder. The following shows Clark's actual and suspected victims.

    1. Kathleen Gouldin

    Shot to death

    July 4, 1989

    2. Iva Myrtle Watson

    Beaten to death

    December 28, 1984

    3. Evelyn Dietrich

    Beaten to death

    March 29, 1981

    4. Rebecca H. Davis

    Slashed to death

    February 15, 1980

    5. Carvel Faulkner

    Shot to death

    April 26, 1979

    6. Sarah Faulkner

    Slashed to death

    April 26, 1979 Caption: MAP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    What further details do you have on the suspect and on the cases?

    In particular, you mention the fatal beating of Iva Myrtle Watson, 81, in December 1984 in the 5400 block of Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. I am interested in a John Doe case dating to that same time frame and wonder if there might be a connection.
    Beyond what I have posted, I don't really have anything else. It's a "cold" case . Only hope to get more info is if they have any surviving family that wouldn't mind posting .

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    DNA results?

    Has there been any further word on the DNA testing mentioned in the article that was posted two months ago?

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    I've seen nothing more - the article is from 1999.


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    Did they not have kids or something? No interest in this case I guess from anyone.

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    clearly it was planned very well. But I don't understand why they coulnd't catch the criminal. If there were two people together and only one murderer, they should have been strugling ,which should lead to apparent clues =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunhowitzer View Post
    clearly it was planned very well. But I don't understand why they coulnd't catch the criminal. If there were two people together and only one murderer, they should have been strugling ,which should lead to apparent clues =)
    Very true Gun very true

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    It seems that Mr. Clark has two different birthdates on file. Here is one of his listings.

    http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us...detailLoc=DSCR
    Debbie

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    http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com...0036-0002.html

    Notes for EVELYN M. FURHMAN:
    Obituary from the final edition of "The Baltimore Sun" on March 31, 1981.

    DIETERICH -- On March 29, 1981, EVELYN M. of Catonsville, beloved wife of the late George Dieterich Jr., devoted sister of Martin (Bud) and Gorman Fuhrman and Carolyn Price. Also survived by serveral nieces and nephews. Mrs. Dieterich rests at the Howard H. Hubbard Funeral Home, Inc., 4107 Wilkens avenue. Relatives and friends are invited to attend services on Thursday at 2 P.M. interment in Loudon Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7 to 9 P.M. and Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M.

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    Newspaper article taken from, "The Baltimore Sun" on March 30, 1981.

    "Woman, 68, found beaten to death at Catonsville home", by JoAnne C. Broadwater and Eileen Canzian.

    An elderly woman who lived alone in her Catonsville area home was found beaten to death yesterday afternoon by a neighborhood youth taking a short cut through her back yard, Baltimore county polise said.

    Before she died, 68-year-old Evelyn Dietrich apparently struggled violently with one or more of assailants in the rear of her home in the 2000 block Devere lane and was struck on the right side of her head with a blunt instrument, police said.

    The phone lines to her house had been cut and investigators theorized last night that the murder occurred Friday or Saturday night during what may have been an attempt to break into the house. Lights were on inside Mrs. Dietrich's home and outside flood lights illuminated the yard, indicating that she may have gone outside to investigate suspicious noises, police said.

    Dressed only in a nightgown, Mrs. Dietrich apparently went outside onto her back porch and into the yard where she was accosted. One of her slippers was found near the porch and the ground was churned up from the struggle, police said.

    She then was dragged about 25 yards and left lying next to a bush. She was wearing only a nightgown, which was drawn high up on her upper body, police said.

    Not far from her bloddied body was a 75-to-100 pound rock that had been moved from its original location in the yard. A single police office was able to move the rock and there was som speculation last night that it might have been the murder weapon.

    After the slaying, police believe the murderer or murderers fled without entering the home.

    Mrs. Dietrich's house is surrounded by a tall hedge and is somewhat secluded, police said, and apparently no one realized anything was wrong until the youth walked through her yard about 1:45 p.m. yesterday.

    No one could say why she would have gone outside alone, although police said family members described her as "very independent." Her hands and legs crippled from arthritis, Mrs. Dietrich needed a cane to walk, Wilkens precinct police said that they were told by relatives last night.

    One neighbor remembered her as a person who was "always, always cheerful."

    "She had the most beautiful outlook," said one neighbor, who began crying when asked about Mrs. Dietrich. "She was an old, crippled-up lady, and a widow, but she loved life in spite of everything."

    "I'm stunned. I'm really shocked," said another neighbor, who asked not to be identified. "There's been a lot of burglaries in the neighborhood in the past couple years, but usually they happened when nobody was home."

    Mrs. Dietrich had lived alone at the house since her husband, George, died about 7 or 8 years ago. Neighbors described Mrs. Dietrich as a small woman who wore her long, dark hair in braids pinned to her head. They said she and her husband moved into the neighborhood about 20 years ago.

    Police and neighbors said last night that they believe the couple had no children, a nephew regularly saw her at least once a week when he would drive her to a grocery store, police said.

    During pleasant weather, she spent a great deal of time doing yard work, neighbors and relatives told police.

    Mrs. Dietrich's home had been broken into one or two years ago and the intruders left her tied up, police said.

    A neighbor recalled that about a year ago, Mrs. Dietrich had noticed someone "snooping around" the neighborhood and called police. "The caught the burglar inside our house -- we were very greatful to her," the woman said.

    She said it troubled her to recall how frightened Mrs. Dietrich had been.

    "She was very afraid -- she didn't want anyone to know that it was her who had called the police," the woman said.

    There is more at link, may be the same article already posted.
    Debbie

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