NC NC - Johnnie Rankins, 48, Grover Cecil, 47, Joyce Reason, 36, Windsor, 6 June 1993

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  1. los2188

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

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    I know this isn't a high profile case, but I wanted to try and give this cold case some exposure. The way in which the perp stacked these bodies to kill them, speaks to how horrendous this person is. He stacked the bodies in order to "save bullets". But apparently that didn't work, so he decided to stab them. But auspiciously, there were 2 survivors, but one later died after battling cancer. 20 years later, this cases remains unsolved.

    http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/20-Year-Anniversary-Of-The-Be-lo-Murders-In-Windsor-210371601.html

    On Sunday, June 6, 1993, at approximately 6:15 p.m., a black male who was already in the Be-Lo Grocery Store in Windsor used grey duct tape to bind six victims. He stacked the victims into three piles. He then shot into the piles, killing three of the victims. The fourth victim was shot, the fifth victim was stabbed; both were left for dead. The sixth victim was not hurt.

    Description of suspect: • Black male • Medium complexion • 30-35 years of age • Slender solid build • Military style haircut • Light brown slanted eyes • Narrow nose bridge (possible sports injury)

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    If you have information about this case, call the Windsor Police Department (252) 794-3111. If you have information about this case or any unsolved case in North Carolina, please contact the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation by email SBI Operations Center or by phone (800) 334-3000.

    $30,000 REWARD for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for three murders and three assaults at a convenience store in Windsor in northeastern North Carolina.
     
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  2. tlcya

    tlcya Old and Tired Websleuth

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    ugh. sounds like he was not just trying to conserve bullets but almost as if he only had so many and there were more victims than he anticipated and tried to be creative on the fly. Obviously leaving no witnesses was of big import to him.
     
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    tlcya Old and Tired Websleuth

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    I can only assume the people who survived did not recognize him so why the apparent desire to make sure he killed them all. And when he was not able to why not continue to find a way to finish those victims.

    Interesting. Going to try to go find more info on this one. Thanks for the thread, los
     
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    tlcya Old and Tired Websleuth

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    Now retired Police Chief Rodney Hoggard, remembers it like it was yesterday.

    "What happened in there?" asked 9 On Your Side's Kristen Hunter.

    "The manager and the cashier at the Be-Lo had closed the store. A cleaning crew had come in to clean up the store, do the floors and that type of stuff and during that time somebody came in the store, evidently had hid in the store," said Hoggard.

    The man told employees he was a police officer who had been fired, but investigators now believe that to be untrue. He took the 6 people to the back of the store, bound them with duct tape and forced them to the floor in piles.

    "Three by three, two on top of each other. And his intentions were to shoot through the stack. Save ammo," said Hoggard.

    Detectives believe the man fired his gun until he ran out of ammunition. That's when they say he went to the kitchen and grabbed a butcher knife, slashing one of the victim's throats and stabbing him so hard the knife broke off in his back.

    http://www.wsav.com/story/22209984/9-on-your-side-investigates-be-lo-murders

    http://www.ncdoj.com/Crime/Solve-Crimes/SBI-Unsolved-Crimes/BE-LO-Murders.aspx

    Six employees was a high number to be inside the store at once. That night, they had closed early and extra help was called in to help strip the flooring.

    http://www.wcti12.com/news/belo-kil...ed/-/13530444/20604480/-/ioicrjz/-/index.html

    After all these years, a 30 thousand dollar reward is still being offered for information leading to an arrest in the Be-lo murders. The number for the Windsor Police Department is 252-794-3111.

    http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/...f-The-Be-lo-Murders-In-Windsor-210371601.html
     
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  5. los2188

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

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    Thanks for finding more info on this!! Sad case really. Just horrible. But I assume that whomever did this, left the area because he hasn't been found yet. Such a cold murder.
     
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    Murder Mystery - The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald

    Be-Lo Murders
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    Crime Committed or Inflicted: Multiple Murders

    Crime Date: 6/6/1993

    City/County: Windsor, Bertie County

    State: North Carolina

    District: Northeastern

    Description:
    On Sunday, June 6, 1993, at approximately 6:15 p.m., a black male who was already in the Be-Lo Grocery Store in Windsor used gray duct tape to bind six victims. He stacked the victims into three piles. He then shot into the piles, killing three of the victims. The fourth victim was shot, the fifth victim was stabbed; both were left for dead. The sixth victim was not hurt.

    Description of suspect:

    • Black male
    • Medium complexion
    • 30-35 years of age
    • Slender solid build
    • Military style haircut
    • Light brown slanted eyes
    • Narrow nose bridge (possible sports injury)
    If you have information about this case, call the Windsor Police Department (252) 794-3111. If you have information about this case or any unsolved case in North Carolina, please contact the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, (800) 334-3000.

    $30,000 REWARD for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for three murders and three assaults at a convenience store in Windsor in northeastern North Carolina.

    NCSBI - Be-Lo Murders

    Be-lo Supermarket Triple Slaying
    On a warm June evening in 1993, a man entered a Windsor, North Carolina, Be-lo supermarket and wreaked havoc on six employees.Binding them with duct tape before piling them one top of another and opening fire, local authorities say the gruesome scene can never be forgotten."Things like that you know you never forget, you never forget. It's the worst thing I've seen in approximately 31 years," said Bertie County Sheriff John Holley. "It was really bad. Even the guys that I talk with that have retired. It's on their minds just like it was yesterday also."Three of the employees were fatally shot, two survived with injuries and one was — amazingly — not harmed. The motive of the man, who has never been caught despite a survivor giving authorities a description, remains unknown. A $30,000 reward is still being offered for information leading to the killer's arrest. Notorious Small-Town Mysteries: Ex-Cheerleader Burns to Death, a Supermarket Slaying and More
     
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    I wonder if they questioned people that were shopping that day/evening? It is a small town it would seem someone in that town saw him lurking around or getting in/out of his car. He has some distinct features crooked nose, long face/jaw. I wonder if they kept evidence such as the knife? Did they get finger prints? Maybe if they still have some evidence the killer likely left something behind.

    Here is an article that goes into a little more detail and a couple of pictures of the store.
    Cold Case Re-ignition: The BE-LO Triple Murders
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Just stumbled across this appalling case and although the description of the perp may not quite match, i am immediately reminded of the unsolved Lane Bryant store murders, imo.
    Lane Bryant shooting - Wikipedia
    June 7, 1993 rbbm.
    ''Police said the motive was robbery, and that about $3,000 was taken. They were searching for a 20- to 30-year-old man.

    The attacker, armed with a .45-caliber pistol, told his captives ″he had nothing to lose, he was a former police officer, he had been fired,″ Perry said''

    ''Police also were pursuing other leads, including a report that a small white car with Maryland plates was seen speeding north on U.S. 17 shortly after the attack''.

    ''According to police, the gunman entered the store after it closed at 6 p.m., forced the six to the rear and made one tie up the others with duct tape and dog leashes taken from the shelves.

    After the shootings, he placed the six people back on the floor face-down in a puddle of blood, Perry said.


    Jasper Hardy Jr., of Edenton, who wasn’t hurt, told the man he couldn’t identify him. Perry said the gunman replied: ″ ‘I’m going to let you live, big man.’ ″

    Killed were cashier Joyce Coburn Reason, 36, of Windsor; manager Grover Lee Cecil Jr., 47, of Ayden; and cleaning-crew member Johnnie Rankins Jr., 48, of Edenton. Ms. Reason and Cecil were shot once in the head and Rankins was shot in the back.

    Cleaning-crew workers Thomas E. Hardy, 48, of Edenton and Sylvester Welch Jr., 40, of Hertford, were hospitalized in critical condition. Hardy’s throat was slashed and a butcher knife was broken off in his back. Welch, who was shot in the back, managed to crawl to a store phone and call police.''
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Victims - Closing Time

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    Grover Lee “Bud” Cecil, Jr
    Joyce Coburn Reason
    Johnnie Rankins, Jr

    ''Notes From FBI Profile:
    • Likely an ex-con who was convicted of a serious felony
    • Despite this, the suspect was likely a model prisoner
    • Possibly affiliated with a religious group while incarcerated
    • Be-Lo murders were likely not his first
    • Very persuasive, possessing a silver tongue
    • Displays composure, representing himself with a friendly demeanor
    • Poses a serious threat to family and friends
    • Has ties—in some form—to the area''
    • ''African-American
    • Dark complexion
    • Mid-30s
    • Very muscular
    • At least six feet tall''
     
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    June 8, 1993 rbbm.
    Grocery Shooting Survivor Gave Right Answer
    WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) _ Jasper Hardy Jr. was the lucky one with the right answer.

    Bound and stacked on a grocery store floor with five other people, Hardy listened in terror - and prayed - as an attacker shot and stabbed the others.

    When the attacker came to Hardy, who was underneath a victim, he asked, ″Will you identify me?″

    ″No, man, I don’t know you,″ Hardy stammered.

    ″OK, big man,″ the voice said. ″I’ll let you live.″

    Moments earlier, Hardy’s brother, Thomas, had given the same answer. But he ended up with his throat slashed and a butcher knife in his back.''

    ''The gunman seemed at ease. He ordered his frightened captives to bind each other with duct tape and dog leashes from a shelf. Then he ordered them to lie face down on top of each other in three stacks of two.

    ″He kept saying, ’I don’t want to have to kill anybody,‴ Jasper Hardy said. ″But then he went ahead and did what he said he wouldn’t do.″
     
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    This article states: "
    Police also were pursuing other leads, including a report that a small white car with Maryland plates was seen speeding north on U.S. 17 shortly after the attack."
    and
    "The attacker, armed with a .45-caliber pistol, told his captives ″he had nothing to lose, he was a former police officer, he had been fired,″ Perry said."

    Also mentioned a broken knife. I wonder if they got his DNA? I know 1993 wasn't as advanced as now but hopefully they kept the knife and other items, maybe try running them through the system? Also, did they research fired officers in Maryland in the late 80s early 90s? Maybe search robberies along the 17/13 highway up to Maryland. Richmond is a large city only about 2 hours from the scene - maybe check for robberies and fired officers there too? The murderer could have been bluffing so that the victims would comply? Seems like a weird thing to say either way.

    AP 1993 article: Gunman Kills Three, Wounds Two in Small-Town Grocery Slaying
     
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