"Killing Field" in League City, Texas- Calder Rd Cold Cases

Discussion in 'Texas Killing Fields and Mysteries Along I-45' started by Marilynilpa, Nov 29, 2005.

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    Unless they say that the car turned around and ran over her again to cause her death or to make sure she was dead.
    I am beginning to believe this was nothing more than a hit and run.
    Which in fact we do know it was a hit and run. For she was hit and the driver was never apprehended.

    And depending if her injuries were more Consistent with those of someone being hit by a vehicle.
    And not being Consistent with injuries sustained by falling out of or being pushed out of a moving vehicle causing death.

    Which could explain them turning around and going back to see if she was alive or any indications of being alive.

    If they could tell those were truck tires.
    She may had been waiting for someone to pick her up where she was.
    Perhaps in a truck without a camper on the bed as they used to call it.
    Perhaps she got in the back in the bed and while in motion either fail or was push out of the back of the bed.

    I wonder if they ever checked her friends to see if any of them owned a camper less bed truck.
    But once again. Depends on the autopsy and her injuries to know one way or the other.
     


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    Good article. Thanks for posting it. Killing Fields North sounds right!
     
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    Photo of Suzanne Bowers
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    Linda Faye Sutherlin, 21, was a Houston area key punch operator and former bartender. On 11/07/1971 her body was found in a Pearland ditch along County Road 89 about one mile south of FM 518 in Brazoria County. She had been raped, shot, kicked and beaten. A pair of panty hose was tied around her neck. Her roommate had reported her missing on 11/05/1971. Police originally suspected a boyfriend who was known to be violent. In the end, her killers turned out to be a known criminal, 24 year-old Harry Andrew Lanham, and an accomplice, 24 year-old ex-convict Anthony Knoppa.

    A witness who knew Linda by sight told LE he had seen her the morning of 11/04/1971 standing by her car parked along the road near the bar where she had stopped after work talking to a wrecker driver. Another witness, after reading the newspaper report of Linda's murder told LE he had seen a wrecker parked near the bridge where Linda's body was found. Two years earlier, a young woman had entered a Houston police station to report a rape by a wrecker driver. She gave his name to a detective and said he was a big man. Before the detective finished writing the report, however, she changed her mind and left. That same detective worked Linda's case. He recalled the earlier incident but could not remember the wrecker driver's name until a week or so later when it came to him out of the blue.

    Harry Lanham owned a red wrecker. When questioned, he implicated Knoppa, who was tracked down in Conroe. The two eventually confessed to the rape and brutal murder of Linda Fay Sutherlin. Both men were convicted and sentenced to 25 and 50 years respectively. Lanham died in while awaiting appeal in 1973. At the time, he was a suspect in the murders of eight others, including Adele Crabtree to which he and Knoppa had also confessed.


    http://news.google.com/newspapers?n...gYrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IJgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1661,2226148

    http://thepolicenews.net/html/tpnmay09.pdf



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    Henry Lanham and Anthony Knoppa from the Reading Eagle, February 4, 1973
     
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    Adele "Gypsy" Crabtree was a pretty 16 year-old runaway from Ohio. A free spirited flower child, she worked off and on as a gas jockey, cocktail waitress and go-go dancer in Houston. She was last seen alive on November 2, 1971 near her apartment when she got into a two-tone Mercury and drove away with the male driver. Her body was found on 11/03/1971 near some woods NW of Conroe n Montgomery County. Her body was riddled with two loads of buckshot and one load of birdshot from a 12 gauge shotgun. Knoppa first confessed to the murder. Lanham knew Gypsy, and they had picked her up the night before in the Mercury. Knoppa told LE she'd had consensual sex with both men. After driving around for awhile, Knoppa told her he wanted "more loving". Lanham parked the car, and the three got out. As Crabtree and Knoppa headed for the woods, Knoppa stepped aside, and Lanham shot her. Knoppa said he had seen women killed in Vietnam, but "never like that". Lanham allegedly told him to stick around and he see many more. Thirty hours later, they murdered Linda Sutherlin. The two also confessed to the murder of another woman, Pamela Huebner, but her body was never found.

    Lanham and Knoppa were never charged with Crabtree's murder. Instead, James Whittley, another Houston wrecker driver was charged after he failed a polygraph examination. Police at the time did not consider him a suspect in any of the five or six other recent murders of young women.

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=CpkFAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QzMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4529,24440&
    dq=turner+bayou+harris+county+texas&hl=en

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?n...gYrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IJgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1661,2226148
     
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    Bessie, you're good! CAN WE ALL SAY "TOW TRUCK"! Very interesting information. Panty hose and tow truck!
     
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    I don't think we have the Walker County Jane Doe listed in this thread yet. She has a thread in the Missing Unidentifed Forum. I think she should be included in this discussion, too, because of the timing, location and nature of her death. Her body was found in Walker County off of I-45 near Huntsville, about 37 miles north of Conroe. She was 14-16 years old.

    This is quoted from the opening post of Walker County Jane Doe's Unidentifed thread:

    Case Details:
    Walker County Jane Doe was found lying face down and nude by a truck driver on November 1, 1980 near the Sam Houston National Forest in Walker County Texas. This is about a half mile south of the FM 1696 exit near Huntsville.

    The victim, an attractive young teenage girl, had been savagely beaten and sexually assaulted before dying by slow strangulation. Her face and body were covered with bruises from the beating and there was a human bite mark on her back near her right shoulder. The autopsy revealed she had been sexually assaulted with a blunt instrument.

    When the murder was reported, several people came forward and said they'd seen a teenager matching her description the day before her body was found. One witness, the manager of a gas station which no longer exists, positively identified the victim as a girl who had been at the station around 6:30 p.m. Halloween night asking for directions to the Ellis prison unit. She was wearing blue jeans, a yellow pullover sweater with big pockets that hung below her waist, and carrying high-heeled sandals in her hand. To the best of his recollection, she had been let out of a 1973 or 74 blue Chevrolet, possibly a Caprice, with a lighter colored top, which was being driven by a white male. She looked disheveled like she had been traveling and perhaps sleeping in her clothes. She left the station, walking north on Sam Houston avenue.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80600&page=7

    Warning: The Unidentifed thread contains post mortem photos of Walker County Jane Doe.
     
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    Interesting. Thanks for posting this. I've been looking for victims who had human bite marks and strangled with panties. This one has the bite mark. Don't know what she was strangled with but biting is very unusual...........

    There was a SK who's MO included biting and strangling with panties. This has been seen in one other KF victim. I'm sure there are more that we haven't found yet.
     
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    So sad! I've been thinking we could probably use sub-threads too. Easier than wadding through all this. Maybe one for the "likely Suspects" or something like that. Another for UID's.

    We need to ask Bessie what she thinks.
     
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    Raquel Antoinette Mundy 24 Years old

    [​IMG]The first text message, sent around 5 a.m., stated, "Tell my girls I love them. I love you, Mom."

    Bolton said a second text message, sent from Mundy's phone around 7:45 a.m., stated, "Mom I think this Mex might hurt."
     
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    http://www.ketknbc.com/linked/houston-police-3-strangulations-not-related
     
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    I cried when I read about this case the other night. Poor girl was stranded near the bus station for hours after dropping off her mom and kids. She called relatives for help, but by the time one of them was able to get there, witnesses had seen her get in a truck with a man at about 3 am. :(

    I agree with you guys that the information should be organized into separate threads. I'll find out if that can be done. In the meantime, keep posting. We can copy them later. I have quite a few to add, myself.
     
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    She was one lucky girl! I had to point out one thing in this article:
    BBM

     
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    Thanks, Bessie. It will be very helpful to everyone. We're growing!:woohoo:
     
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    Oh, no, another tow truck! When I think of all the times I broke down tooling around in my old car when I was young and too foolish to know better I get chills up my spine. I was the same age as many of the young women from the 70's, and several times I had to rely on the assistance of truck drivers when my car broke down. I even got in a rig with one when my car broke down on the bridge over the Atchafalaya Basin ten miles from an exit! I look at these cases and think why them? Why not me? It breaks my heart. :(
     
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    This reminds me of the Trail of Tears case in Canada
     
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    This case is so vast and there are so many persons involved.
    I need to drop an anchor in this sea of madness to create a starting point. And perhaps others can choose a starting point for themselves and work outward over time. We may just connect somewhere along the way, and can look for familiarities to specific crimes.

    I am going to stay with you
    JeannieC in Montgomery County.
    As we investigate and expand outward over time, I will be able to return to my starting point of Montgomery County if things start to become extremely confusing or overwhelming. And then start again.
     

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