OR OR - John Arthur Ackroyd, suspected serial killer, US Highway 20, 1976-1992

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  1. janne

    janne New Member

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    Recently read an excellent series by the Oregonian, "Ghosts of Highway 20" on suspected serial killer John Arthur Ackroyd, who was active in Oregon from the late 1970s, operating on a remote stretch of US Highway 20 between Bend and Newport, where he was employed by the State Highway Department.

    Ghosts of Highway 20 - oregonlive.com

    Ackroyd was jailed in 1993 for a 1978 murder, which curtailed his crimes, and died in prison in 2016, with only 1 murder conviction to his name (although he did plead no contest in a further case).

    Crimes Ackroyd was tied to by LE:

    - 1978 Murder of Kaye Turner - convicted along with an accomplice, Roger Dale Beck in 1993
    -1990 Disappearance and presumed murder of Rachanda Pickle (his stepdaughter) - pleaded no contest in 2013; refused to disclose location of Rachanda's remains
    -1992 Double Murder of Melissa Sanders and Sheila Swanson - a case was built against Ackroyd, and sufficient evidence was gathered to prosecute, however the case was never brought to court

    Crimes Ackroyd has not previously been tied to by LE, but which were linked in the Oregonian article:

    - 1976 Swamp Mountain Jane Doe - UID discovered in 1976 close to highway 20
    - 1977 Disappearance of Karen Lee & Rodney Grissom - 2 teenagers, last seen in Lebanon, OR. Their personal effects were later found off logging roads adjacent to Highway 20
    - 1977 Assault of Marlene Gabrielsen
    - 1977 Murder of Elizabeth Mussler - Last seen in Lebanon, her remains were found close to Highway 20
    - 1978 Snow Creek Jane Doe - UID discovered in 19768 in woods close to Highway 20
     
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    Cant wait to look into this. Thanks..
     
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    ClaireNC Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for posting this. Had not heard of this guy before and started watching the series last night. Nicely done documentary. Ghosts of Highway 20 - oregonlive.com The videos are also available on YouTube.

    This is another example where LE completely failed to do the right thing. If they had taken Marlene seriously, they could have prevented so many more deaths.

    Rachanda has a thread here: Deceased/Not Found - OR - Rachanda Pickle, 13, Santiam Junction, 10 July 1990

    Karen Lee and Rodney Grissom: OR - OR - Rodney Grissom, 14, & Karen Lee, 15, Albany/Cornelius, May 1977

    Swamp Mountain Doe: OR - OR - Sweet Home, 'Swamp Mountain Doe' WhtFem 762UFOR, 18-40, Jul'76
     
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    I am going to go and look for this series! My cousin is Rodney Grissom who went missing in 1977. I am wanting to learn more and hopefully get some closure for our family.
     
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