Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by Marilynilpa, Nov 17, 2005.
bumping this thread up...
Read more: http://www.wmur.com/news/29831311/detail.html#ixzz1eSLvrkXX
I've never been able to give up on this one, so here's a little bump.
If ever a cold case were solvable, this is it.
There has recently been some speculation that Laura and Tammy's killings fit the m/o of the east area rapist/original night stalker/golden state killer. This is speculation only, but still interesting. Laura and Tammy's murders fit into a known gap in the crimes of EAR/ONS/GSK. Given the coldness of the case, I'm hoping these links are ok. The youtube guy is a bit controversial among EAR/ONS/GSK followers, but I think, is worth a listen.
Nothing major, just noticed the original links on page one were dead. This was the only info at that site, other than budget data:
I live/work in Portsmouth and went to that same school. I went about 4 years ago right after it got bought out by a Paul Mitchell school. Having read everything I could find about these cases I haVe some thoughts: although the students went to the school at different times the regular clients were definitely the same. We had a bunch when I went that had been coming to the school for years. I remember being cautioned when I was new to be careful because theyd had problems in the past with clients getting the wrong idea and following the girls home. Also the building behind the school was a Salvation Army and we had a bunch of drifter type clients that frequented the Salvation army. I remember someone telling me once it used to be way worse I also remember being told the beauty school moved from a different location but I dont remember when. He first location was closer to macro polo I believe. Walking distance apart from each other though. If any web sleuths have any questions for someone local Im happy to answer it.
PS the fact that the murders both took place in the fall doesnt super ring any bells. The state university is about 20 minutes away and Portsmouth is very touristy in the fall with the foliage and apple picking and the Portsmouth Navyyard is a huge submarine naval base. You can walk from Base to downtown very easily and many navy men frequent the town.
Welcome to Ws ABParsons, thanks for the great local insight!
I’m bumping this up. It’s been a while since I’ve looked into these two cases. I have sent an email to the lead investigator of the Portsmouth PD asking for an update and will post his reply when/if I receive it.
No sex assault, both women attended the same beauty school, heads and faces ( a focal point in such schools) smashed?
Could the perp be born female or a trans woman?
You might be right but I favour a madman with maybe a bit of squeaky voice and possibly small manhood. I if I were LE would look to see if the cases are related to the Connecticut River Valley Killer murders. Different method of killing but worth a look.
I wonder if these cases might be in some way related to Steven Howard Oken who murdered three women in 1987 (Maryland and Kittery, Maine) when he was 25 years old. Kittery, Maine is just across the river from Portsmouth, NH and the below article states that he was familiar with the area (in 1987) because of previous vacations spent there.
The Awareness Center, Inc. (International Jewish Coaltion Against Sexual Assault): Case of Steven Howard Oken
Two Women Murdered in Different Locations, One Bizarre Commonality
Laura Kempton was an attractive 23 year old aspiring model who was found dead in her 20 Chapel Street in Portsmouth on September 28th, 1981. She had been brutally beaten to death with an object. She had last been seen leaving a local bar named the Ranger Club early Monday morning. A little more than a year later on October 19th , 1982, twenty year old Tammy Little was found in her apartment inside her apartment at 315 Maplewood Avenue. She had been bludgeoned to death.
Both woman had some similarities between them. They were both socially active and went to some of the same bars and clubs. Most telling though, was that they were both students at the Portsmouth Beauty School. This case is very active and police have spent countless hours trying to collect more evidence. Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward.
There is a $20,000 reward for information leads to an arrest and conviction for either or both murders. You can contact the Portsmouth Police Department at 603-610-7430.
LINK below contains summaries of other unsolved murders in the same area:
New Hampshire Cases
Consider the possibility that the below case might be connected to the murders of these two girls. The body of the still officially unidentified woman below was found in New Hampshire in 1985. She had been killed by blunt trauma to the head. Possible suspect is Terry Peder Rasmussen, a known killer. She might be Denise Beaudin who went missing from NH in 1981.
Murder of Woman and Three Young Children Haunt Town
It is perhaps the most haunting and bizarre crime to hit the state of New Hampshire.
In 1985 the unidentified remains of an adult female and a young female child were found in a barrel in the Bear Brook State Park of Allenstown.
Fifteen years later when police revisited the scene, several hundred yards away another barrel was found containing the unidentified remains of two other young children. The adult female and the child buried in the barrel with her died from blunt trauma to the head. The two younger children found were probably also murdered and though there is not definitive evidence, they are believed to be female.
DNA tests proved that the adult female is related to the child found buried with her as well as of one of the other children found in 2000. However, she is not the mother of all three children.
The adult female was believed to have been between the ages of 23 and 32. She was between the 5’2 and 5’7. She was caucasian with possible Native American ancestry. She had light curly brown hair. The two children linked to her were around the ages of 5-10 and 1-3 years old. The other is not related to her and is believed to be around 3 to 4 of age.
It is possible that the three children could be paternally related though but it is not proven. Isotope testing shows that all four victims were born in the United States, they believe that the woman and her two children spent substantial time near the Atlantic Coastline anywhere from Maine to Pennsylvania but that is not definitive. The Other child may have spent time as far west as Minnesota. Whoever killed these individuals has not been caught....
8-24-2017: At long last a break in the case as one of the dead children (unrelated to the other three victims) has been identified as the daughter of a deceased killer named Terry Peder Rasmussen also known by the alias of Bob Evans who is a likely serial killer.
Rasmussen is the person believed responsible for the four murders, that of his California girlfriend and possibly several others in New Hampshire and California. Police believe he has left a trail of dead bodies in several states. He died in prison in California in 2010 for the murder of a wife, Eunsoon Jun.
He is the prime suspect in the 1981 disappearance of Denise Beaudin who at the time lived in Goffstown. Police know Rasmussen used various aliases around the country.
New Hampshire Cases
Elizabeth Lamotte, 17, missing from Manchester, NH since 1984 has been identified. Her body had been found in Greene County, Tennessee in 1985, and that case appeared in Websleuths in 2005. See link below for more information.
Could her case be linked with other New Hampshire cold cases, such as those of Laura Kempton and Tammy Little?
Identified! - TN - Greene Co., WhtFem 264UFTN, 14-20, recent loss of pregnancy, Apr'85 - Elizabeth Lamotte
I would be more likely to guess that Laura and Tammy were killed by an unstable client, or someone who eyed them from a shared location (i.e. one of the local bars or cafes the two attended).
Elizabeth Lamotte's case is tricky due to the pregnancy during the time she was missing. Did her killer keep her hostage and raped her? Was it a boyfriend she ran off with who went off his rocker? LE will hopefully dig something else up. That being said, I do not think her case is at all related to Laura and Tammy.
Rasmussen, while seeming to favor beating his victims to death, also seemed to have a trend with getting close to young mothers or women he'd build a relationship with first...then beating them to death.
I, as well as a multitude of others, had suggested to LE that the latter two could be related...leading to at last finally locating Elizabeth's body, but I believe they disproved the relation between Rasmussen and Lamotte in the process.
I would like to give these two cases another bump. My theory is that they might be connected to the Connecticut River Killer cases. Of course this killer is more associated with stabbings but it is possible he had a change of MO and he was a Serial Killer who operated in New England:
On the trail of a possible serial killer
This is an older video but I find it interesting and it is about a unit set up to look into New Hampshire Cold Cases:
Kathy Gloddy Murder in New Hampshire : UnresolvedMysteries