IN IN/IL, LARRY EYLER, "The Highway Murderer" (KY/OH/WI?) Gay Serial Killer

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    bflocket Well-Known Member

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    Larry Eyler (1952-1994)

    *According to Lake County Sheriff Robert Babcox,
    Eyler can be charming, soft-spoken and polite,
    "but at night,
    he is the macho, beer-drinking homosexual type."


    I guess that was just the Sheriff's way of saying that the suspect "had a really, really dark side" back in 1984, but comes off sounding rather homophobic today.
    (Especially since the term "serial killer" isn't any where in his description)



    Other than being gay and drinking beer, Larry Eyler was a really, really sick guy.
    He did a lot of really, really bad things.
    In fact, he did so many really bad things that he was sentenced to death in 1986.

    And thanks to all of the time and legal wrangling involved with Death Row, Eyler died of AIDS in 1994 before he could pay for the vicious murders of nearly 25 young men.

    Larry Eyler also had an "aide" (if not full partner-in-crime) who was present at several of his murders, if not participating himself. This partner, a respected college professor, was tried for his role in the series of murders nearly a decade after Eyler's arrest and was acquitted.



    Wikipedia has a short overview of the bare-basics of Eyler's crimes.
    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Eyler"]Larry Eyler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    Here is a fairly detailed bio of Eyler that I first saw on CourtTV's website (so it's "kind of" old) but it's still probably the best one I've found.
    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/predators/eyler/kills_1.html

    "Murderpedia" has a pretty good page on Eyler cobbled together from a bunch of different places (including the Crime Library bio I linked above).
    http://murderpedia.org/male.E/e/eyler-larry.htm

    *http://news.google.com/newspapers?i...IBAJ&dq=larry-eyler lexington&pg=7026,1543949
     
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  3. bflocket

    bflocket Well-Known Member

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    I think Eyler grabbed my attention because he was a fairly prolific and perverse serial killer that I'd never heard of. So was Herb Baumeister. And both of them were so close to my area (central KY)!

    Yet even people in their 80's who rarely venture more than 10-miles from home will know at least something about who John Wayne Gacy was.
    Gacy was a sick/evil man, don't get me wrong.
    But there were/are a lot of people just as bad as Gacy that have been killing for their sick pleasure. As sad as it sounds, there always were. There will always be.
    How did a little politics and dressing like a clown gain him so much more attention?

    Another thing about Eyler that interested me was that one of his earlier "possible" victims is a man named Jay Reynolds, found dumped on the outskirts of Lexington (KY) in 1982. I was born in Lexington about 3-yrs earlier.
    I never understood why (or why not?) Reynolds would have been considered a victim of Eyler, other than him being dumped on the side of a road.
    I found a story that included more info about Reynolds' death than I'd seen. I can't really decide whether the new info points more toward/against Eyler being responsible. What was up with the "hunting club" and what are the details of the other murders thought related to it?
    http://richmondregister.com/localnews/x892108104/Dead-but-not-forgotten
     
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    There are two threads on Websleuths related to known Eyler victims and several others about murders that are "possibles."

    This thread relates to the dumping scene of four murder victims. Two of the victims were identified, but a white male and a black male remain nameless.
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96656&highlight=eyler

    Here is another victim who doesn't have much of an online presence. He has no DoeNetwork or NamUs entry, only a few news stories (which are linked in his thread).
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=116180&highlight=eyler
     
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    bflocket Well-Known Member

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    I think this guy could have possibly been a Larry Eyler victim.
    Many sources for info on Eyler include Jay Reynolds (26-y/o WM, murdered 3/1982 in Lexington, Ky) as a one of his victims.
    I am a little confused as there are several websites (including the Kentucky State Police) list Reynolds' murder as a cold/unsolved case.

    If Larry Eyler killed Jay Reynolds (3/22/1982) it would mean that he would have been in the Lexington area in mid-late 3/1982.

    That makes James Thomas Kinskey a likely (very likely in my eyes) victim of his...
    He went missing 3/27/1983 after being released from jail in Lexington. Kinskey was young, slim and would hitchhike. He seems like what Eyler would look for in a victim. He also went missing from the same town and less than a week from when Eyler committed a quasi-confirmed murder.

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/k/kinskey_james.html

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/4237dmky.html

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/5629/13
     
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    I see that this thread hasn't had any activity in a long time, but I will post this Q anyway: Does anyone know where Eyler was between Sept. and Dec. 1979/Jan. 1980, and whether he had any friends or relatives living in the suburbs west of Columbus, particularly the Galloway area?

    From what I can gather, Eyler would have been finished with college by this time , even though he didn't graduate. He was likely living with Prof. L some of the time -- or at least using the prof's residence as one home base. However, Eyler was very nomadic and I am looking for more specific information about where he was during these four months. I am wondering, for instance, if he could have stayed on and off with relatives/friends in Galloway during this time.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who knows or thinks they can find something.
     
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    I've been trying to find that out, myself, GBMG. There are two other related threads. The answer might be in the posts, but I haven't finished reading each one. From what I have read, his crimes date back to 1982, in four states (Ohio isn't one of them): Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.

    IN IN - "Adam" & "Brad"- (999UMIN & 1384UMIN), Larry Eyler Victims, Oct'83 - Page 2 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

    IN IN - Jasper County, WhtMale, L. Eyler victim - "Arlene" on Zippo Lighter, Nov'82 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
     
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    Hi, Bessie --

    Like your new avvie :)

    Thanks for that -- I feel a little less "out there" knowing you're searching too. Most accounts leave out [ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10230871&postcount=840"]the two earlier cases I posted about in the BC thread[/ame] -- (1) Mark Henry in 1978, who was molested and stabbed (and lived) in Terre Haute -- his case helped the task force ID Eyler in 1984. And (2) the unnamed 14-YO boy left drugged on the side of the road (alive) in Greencastle, IN, in 1981. (ETA1: Many also omit Deloyd Baker, but he was later -- 1982 -- killed by ligature strangulation before being dumped on a Fishers, IN, roadside. The unnamed boy and Baker were both 14.)

    Something about Eyler -- his proclivities and the diversity of his methods -- makes me think he has to have been more doing more between 1978 and 81. I find the fact that these two victims were "played with" but left alive especially troubling. The two cases leave behind the same kind of feeling we have with BC -- like the early experiments of a psychopath, one who hadn't yet worked out the "kill" part. There's more they have in common ... you must sense it too or you wouldn't be looking. But I do still recognize it as a stretch.

    I scanned the first thread you mentioned yesterday (bflocket lists them above too), but I haven't looked at the second one yet. I will. Nice to touch base with you :)

    ETA2: Many take it as gospel that Eyler confessed everything to his lawyer before he died. I think Eyler's drug use makes that questionable, as does the fact that it took him a long time to agree to let his lawyer use that information after his death, when it could no longer hurt him. Even if he remembered everything, what might he have left out that the did not want to share? I think that's an unknown.

    ETA3: Just ordered a book on him. Will post if I learn anything not written up in the copious news reports.
     
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    This old story has a map detailing where (some) Eyler murders happened. It also details confessions he made to his lawyer that were made public after he died of AIDS while on death row.

    Death bed confession: 21 murders (The Free Lance-Star - Mar 9, 1994)

    eylermap.JPG

    *Sorry about the contrast/brightness (or whatever) that makes my pic hard to read. I tried to fix it, but it made it worse so I just let it be.
     
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    It displays perfectly on my monitor, bflocket. Thank you. :thumb:
     
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    Here are two articles that highlight the pain and anguish suffered by the families of Eyler's victims during his road to the executioner.
    Sadly, AIDS brought them their "justice" before the courts could.

    Larry Eyler's death may answer questions about unsolved (The Times of Northwest Indiana, 3/8/1994)



    Don't Make Eyler Deal, Family Says (Chicago Tribune, 1/5/1991)

     
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    I hope she has found closure. :(
     
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