CT CT - Kathleen Flynn, 11, Ponus Ridge, 23 Sept 1986

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  1. los2188

    los2188 North Carolina Tar Heels..your NCCA Champs!!

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    Kathleen Marie Flynn

    Her name was Kathleen. She collected Strawberry Shortcake dolls, rode a lavender bicycle and owned a dog named Lady that waited for her to come home after school. She could be shy in public, chatty at home. Every morning, she melted her father's heart by saying, ``Hello, my daddy.''

    On September 23, 1986, eleven year old Kathleen Flynn was reported missing by her mother. The sixth grader at Ponus Ridge Middle School had not been seen since she left school that day. Police, firefighters and civilian volunteers searched for the young girl and found her early next morning in some woods alongside the middle school. Kathleen Flynn had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

    Hundreds of students, teachers and parents thronged the area in the afternoon. No one saw a thing, at least not anything that led to an arrest.

    The body was identified by the girl's father, James T. Flynn, owner of Cap'n Henry's restaurant in Rowayton. Her mother, Esther Flynn, teaches mathematics at Stamford High School.

    Connecticut is offering a $20,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of Kathleen Flynn's killer(s). If you know anything about this case, please call Norwalk Detective Sgt. Art Weisgerber at 203-854-3028.

    http://articles.courant.com/2000-08...0600_1_athletic-fields-police-cruiser-binders

    http://www.nytimes.com/1986/09/25/nyregion/girl-11-found-strangled-near-school-in-norwalk.html
     


  2. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Cold Case Spotlight

    Kathleen Marie Flynn Never Made it Home From School in September 1986

    http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/cold-case-spotlight/kathleen-marie-flynn-never-made-it-home-school-september-1986-n446151

     
  3. Lavender Moon

    Lavender Moon Well-Known Member

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    It's hard to believe nobody saw anything. The perp was probably watching her for a few days before the attack. So many children have disappeared on their way to or from school. It's so sad and so horrifying.
     
  4. Sutton

    Sutton New Member

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    Agreed. The articles say Kathleen was walking half a mile home, on a paved path through the woods, in an upper-middle-class neighborhood. The path was just several hundred feet from athletic fields where students had been practicing the afternoon Kathleen disappeared.

    Why would someone come into the area to commit this crime? It would be very risky, unless you lived in the area or had spent a good deal of time there. Otherwise, just choose a lower risk situation.

    The perp would have had to have been lying in wait, comfortable in that wooded area, knew if he was seen (and there was a good chance he could have been) he could explain it, and, as mentioned, had probably been doing surveillance for days. JMO.

    This sounds like an older teen or young adult to me.

    Do these types of killers usually go on to kill again? Do they typically continue molesting throughout their life? Are these people true pedofiles (only attracted to children) or they the types who will take advantage of anyone? Is there a typical age range of the offender?

    I read a lot of true crime info, but I don't know much about this "type". It seems like there are lots of these cases that go unresolved, and I don't know much about the ones that have been solved.

    Sorry to be so wordy today. I will send some positive energy out in Kathleen's memory.
     
  5. elclarkey

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    Any updates on this case?

    I was in the same grade as Kathleen Flynn although at a different school in Norwalk. I will never forget the terror of that day.

    Also, does anyone know what side of the path they found her body on? I've been down there, but don't know the location and have always wondered. Is it the side near the athletic fields or the side further away. It's a perfect ambush spot.
     
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    digitective Well-Known Member

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    This is so sad, I had never heard about this case. I was only a few months old at the time and living right nearby. Hope they find something with DNA.
     
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    She is buried in the same cemetery as my grandparents: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=20910848

    Interesting that they seemed to have a suspect in 2000 and were planning on doing DNA testing -- wonder if they ended up doing the testing or waiting for better technology? http://articles.courant.com/2000-08...0600_1_athletic-fields-police-cruiser-binders

     
  11. Skigirl

    Skigirl Verified expert in neuroscience

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    I hope DNA resolves this case. I am surprised I never heard about it despite being close in age and living not that far from Norwalk at the time of her disappearance.
     
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    Any updates that anyone is aware of? This one hits home for me because I was in the same grade as Kathleen and living in the same town. I remember how terrifying it all was and how people were freaking out. I will never forget that day.
     
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    Dave Altimari (@davealtimari) | Twitter Dave Altimari posted that an arrest has just been made.
     
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    Stetson man arrested in connection with 1986 rape and murder of CT girl
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    rbbm.
    Arrest made in Norwalk cold case murder of Kathleen Flynn, 11
    "According to Maine's sex offender registry, Karun was convicted of a sexual assault in Connecticut in 1989. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and is a lifetime registrant on the registry. He was also convicted on felony burglary and larceny charges in Connecticut in 1997"

    "According to public records, Karun lived in Norwalk until at least 2011, in apartments on Princes Pine Road in West Norwalk and Van Zant Street in East Norwalk. He is also listed as having Connecticut residences in Manchester, Rocky Hill and Shelton before moving to Maine in 2012.

    Maine state police helped the Norwalk Police Department in Karun's arrest. Karun is being held at the Penobscot County Jail in Maine until his terms of extradition are determined. He is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow."
     
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    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Three decades after a child’s brutal murder, police made an arrest. His neighbors weren’t surprised.

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    Marc Karun, 53, was arrested for the 1986 murder and sexual assault of 11-year-old Kathleen Flynn.

    Washington Post Article
    By Antonia Noori Farzan
    June 14 at 6:24 AM

    For years, Marc Karun unnerved neighbors in the small New England town where he lived in a log home that was surrounded by acres of thick woods and couldn’t be seen from the road.

    The Connecticut native had showed up in Stetson, Maine, a rural community of roughly 1,200 people, in 2013. Right away, residents told the Bangor Daily News, he began to exhibit peculiar behavior. He would stand at the top of his driveway and salute passing drivers for no apparent reason, show up at town meetings to make snarky comments, and walk around with a blank stare that left some uneasy. It was well known that he was a lifetime registrant on Maine’s sex-offender registry, with an anonymous vandal painting the word “pedophile” in red paint on the road outside his home one summer.

    So when the white-haired 53-year-old was arrested on Wednesday for the brutal 1986 murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl, residents weren’t exactly shocked to see yellow crime-scene tape blocking off his long driveway...

    ... On the afternoon of Sept. 23, 1986, Kathleen Flynn left school and began walking home on a paved footpath that cut through a wooded area, the same route that she took every day. Several hours later, her mother called to report her missing. The sixth-grader’s body was found in the woods early the next morning, not far from the path she had taken home and the athletic fields where soccer and field hockey teams had been playing when she disappeared. She had been raped and strangled.

    At the time, Karun was living within a few miles of the school. He had previously been convicted of sexual assault and was questioned within weeks of the murder. Though he denied having anything to do with the crime, he also made a bizarre admission. Four days before Kathleen was killed, he claimed, he had gone to her middle school to “see some teachers.” ...

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...bors-werent-surprised/?utm_term=.41e94e814d6d
     
  18. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    [QUOTE="dotr...
    "According to Maine's sex offender registry, Karun was convicted of a sexual assault in Connecticut in 1989. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and is a lifetime registrant on the registry. He was also convicted on felony burglary and larceny charges in Connecticut in 1997"...
    "[/QUOTE]

    What's wrong with this picture? A little basic math would indicate that if this dirt bag was sentenced to 10 years in 1989 - and put on a lifetime sexual offender list - he should have still been in prison in 1997.
     
  19. mks762

    mks762 Well-Known Member

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    Ehhh just because he was sentenced to 10 years doesn't mean he actually served 10 years. He may have gotten out early for time served or "good behavior"

    ETA and wait, I've been back and forth this morning on a few different threads so pardon the question but what does 1997 have to do with anything? Kathleen was taken in 1986
    Ugh sorry yall, editing again, I see now 1997 is when he was convicted on felony burglary and larceny charges
     
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    Richard Well-Known Member

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    The point is that he was (finally) sentenced to 10 years for sexual assault and out in society in less than 8. Would "good behavior" for a pedophile in prison be due to him having seen the light and mended his ways - or possibly be due to his lack of opportunity?
     

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