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NY NY - Wendy Jerome, 14, Rochester, 22 Nov 1984

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  1. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Lengthy article with lots of detail, includes video.
    rbbm

    December 16, 2014
    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/12/16/wendy-jerome-cold-case-rochester/20510947/

    "Marlene Jerome doesn't cry much anymore.

    There were tears when an officer came to her Denver Street door on Thanksgiving night in 1984 and told her that her daughter had been raped and killed, left lying near a Webster Avenue school a couple blocks from her home.

    There have been some tears looking through a box full of her daughter's items — the ones that her late husband didn't throw away in an effort to help Marlene move on — her Smurfs, her miniature Care Bears, her diary.

    There were tears at birthdays — Wendy was born Nov. 1 and she would have turned 42 this month.

    But for the most part, she keeps the tears at bay. Marlene has trained herself not to get overly emotional, she explains, for a day she is sure will come.

    Wendy Jerome was 14 when she was raped and beaten to death Nov. 22, 1984. She was found lying in an alcove of Schools 33 and 11 by a man who said he found her body as he was walking by that evening.

    As the years have come and gone, Wendy has become a cold case — never closed or dismissed by Rochester Police Department homicide investigators, but inevitably pushed deeper into a filing cabinet by newer murders"
     
  2. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    According to the article, this lovely young girl with pretty hair, was beaten so badly she was unrecognizable to her family.
    Her Mom is desperate to know who is responsible for this vicious crime committed on her child, raped near her school and left in another spot.
    Can the advances in DNA pinpoint her killer?
    Even if he is no longer alive, it is important to know who did this.
    Did he have other victims?? imo.

    http://13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/who-killed-wendy-jerome-17950.shtml
     
  3. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    This seems unusual, or is it?
    Why did the killer allow his victim to dress herself, did he know her, was he ashamed, or was it to just get her to another location? jmo.

    "The photos also revealed to her mother what investigators had known from the beginning: Wendy had been allowed to get dressed, to pull on her jeans and a brown sweater jacket with unicorns and hearts on it, even tie her sneakers.

    A pink hoodie that Wendy “never went anywhere without” was laid over her beaten face"
    http://roc.democratandchronicle.com/article/20121112/NEWS01/311120013/Wendy-Jerome-cold-case
     
  4. Sleuthster

    Sleuthster Well-Known Member

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    So sad :( So young and senseless. I feel for her mom.
    BTW I'm from Rochester.

    2 Things that stand out from reading the news paper article. I believe he let her get dressed because he told her she could go. He didn't want her to know what he was going to do. Then he covered her face with the jacket after he killed her so that he didn't have to look at what he did. He's not a sociopath but a psychopath. Had remorse even though you would think he was evil for tricking her that she could get dressed and leave. It may have been cruel but he did not want to leave her there unclothed and exposed. JMO
     
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    That makes sense, from a psychopath's perspective. Did he always intend to kill her? Or did she piss him off at the last minute?
     
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    Sleuthster Well-Known Member

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    I believe so. Probably said in a softer voice, ok I'm going to let you go. Get dressed. Then she started walking away and he came up behind her and tried to slash her throat (4 inch cut according to the news story) which didn't work. They said she was killed in a different spot then where she was assaulted.

    Reading further down in the story, I think that the guy who found her fits this profile. I wonder what happened with the DNA they tested in 2012.
     
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    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    Bump.

    This case still gives me chills. I have friends who lived in that neighborhood as children around that time. Roughly the area around Webster, over to Bay St., and up to Clifford.

    This murder devastated the neighborhood, and caused a lot of families in the area, mostly Italian-Americans, ti flee to the subirbs. That girl was just a little older than the folks I know who grew up there, and they remember her from grade school.
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/12/16/wendy-jerome-cold-case-rochester/20510947/
    Dec. 16, 2014
     
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    The man who reported finding the body certainly should be ruled out. Covering the victim's face is indicative of remorse so calling in the body would fit with that kind of behavior.
     
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    I am Wendy's Mom and would like to say that as of recent the Rochester Police are still using updated systems for testing and retesting things from that night. I personally have waited many years to have some closure and no one is giving up yet for the answers we seek. I urge anyone with any information to contact Crime Stoppers, as there is still a reward for a conviction. Or, contact the Rochester Police Dept. with any thing they can follow up on. Thank you ever so much
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to Ws Marlene Jerome, glad you found us, but sorry about the tragic circumstances that brought you here, the senseless loss of your beautiful daughter, Wendy.
     
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    Thank you for your kind words. My sister found this site which non of us knew existed and told me to view it.
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    I have just stumbled across this thread and read about this awful crime. What a kind sweet face Wendy has, I'm so sorry her life was so tragically cut short. I hope the advances in technology can secure a solid lead in 2017.
     
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    Mountain_Kat Heca, firimar!

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    Continuing to pray for justice for Wendy. :rose:
     
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    Hi Mrs. Jerome,

    I'm from Rochester and lived near you on Iroquois Street from 1979 to 1985. I've thought about Wendy many times because I walked across the park the night before she was killed. Also and more significantly, I was attacked on Greeley street at age 14 in 1981; got away somehow but police came etc. When I saw the 2014 article, which my sister forwarded to me, I called the prosecutor in Wendy's case to tell her about it, but they seemed focused on DNA, which is understandable. Always thought it was the same person. If the case still isn't solved, maybe something I remember could help. If you want to know more send me a private message.
     

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