NH NH - Joanne Dunham, 15, Charlestown, 11 June 1968

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by Pettibon Junction, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. Pettibon Junction

    Pettibon Junction Member

    Messages:
    380
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Couldn't find an existing thread on Joanne.

    From the NH Dept. of Justice website:

    "On June 11, 1968 at approximately 7:10 a.m., Joanne Dunham, age 15, was last seen while walking from her home at Raiche Mobile Homes in Charlestown, NH enroute to her bus stop on her way to school. She never got on the bus. Her body was found at approximately 4:15 p.m. the following day on a roped off dirt road on Quaker City Road in Unity NH approximately 5½ miles from where she was abducted. An autopsy determined that Joanne died of asphyxiation."

    Does anyone know if this case has been investigated as an early Rodney Alcala murder? According to most of the available timelines, Alcala was on the east coast in 1968 and worked as a counselor at a theatre camp near Lake Sunapee, right in between where Joanne disappeared from and the place her body was later found. The details of her murder line up seamlessly with Alcala's known preferences.

    http://doj.nh.gov/criminal/cold-case/victim-list/joanne-dunham.htm
     
  2. Loading...


  3. MrsTigglesworth

    MrsTigglesworth Member

    Messages:
    326
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Thanks for the thread! I am not an Alcala researcher, so can't help with that...but I did find an old 1969 article about her death which states they had three suspects. One of those was a "prime suspect" and all three were said to be New Hampshire men. It also noted her hands were bound behind her back and her mouth and head were bound in 2" masking tape. (Paraphrased) Hope that helps some.

    I can't link the ancestry newspaper, but took a screenshot if needed.

    ETA: they also say they had "one good clue"
     
  4. Pettibon Junction

    Pettibon Junction Member

    Messages:
    380
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    18
    I'd love to know what that "one good clue" was. My guess would be hair or prints trapped in the bindings...

    Please do post that screenshot! There's so little about this case online.
     
  5. Pettibon Junction

    Pettibon Junction Member

    Messages:
    380
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    18
    It looks like Alcala was still in L.A. for Joanne's murder.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice