Verified Investigative Journalist
- Aug 24, 2011
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Our soil here has a lot of clay in it ranging from a brownish tan color to bright orange. If the girls did get stuck, the did not do it inside of Ozark in the area of Broad St., Hwy 123, or 27 .That are is all paved- even where they would pull off of the road- there are curbs lining the roads and they would have had to have pulled into a parking lot or driveway if they left any of these roads inside of town.
Thank you for continuing to detail the area for us, KR. It's so helpful to have input from a sharp-eyed local.
I keep thinking about the killer being someone stationed at Ft Rucker. It is the army's training school for all their helicopter pilots. Most of the personel that are there are Warrant Officers. They have several other training schools, all related to flying and lots of soldiers come and go on TDY. We have pilots come here from other countries to get training.
It would be very interesting I think if someone with the time and research skills to check into it to find out if there have been similar murders around army bases.
You mentioned that lots of soldiers come and go on TDY, and in an earlier post you said, "Ft Rucker has a lot of TDY personnel so it's possible that the killer was in and out of the area rather quickly." I'm curious as to just how quickly this would have been. Long enough for someone to get to know Ozark well enough to have been able to pull off this crime without being seen or caught?
One of my very first thoughts when I began learning about this case was, I wonder if the killer was military? Your idea of investigating similar murders near Army bases is stellar.
I think there are 2 reasons why there have not been other, similar murders in the area- it was either someone who was not a permanent resident of the area, or it really was an execution style murder.
It definitely could have been a temporary resident (including, again, military) or someone just passing through the area. It's been reported many times over the years that the authorities were investigating out-of-state leads.
One thing I keep getting snagged on with the idea that these killings were somehow personal, and maybe I'm way off here, is that I keep thinking a friend or friends of the girls would have come forward, at least anonymously, to divulge a secret of J.B.'s or Tracie's that could have led to their murders. Maybe I've just watched too much Twin Peaks ("She's filled with secrets.").