PA PA - Markia Benson, 36, found slain in bathtub, Secane, 30 Mar 2016

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My uncle lived in the building back in 20o4. I grew up in the area. I thought the apt complex was in Secane and was in Ridley Township
Delaware County, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia
That has some maps of Delaware County. I'm not sure if that helps.
$5,000 reward in year-old Delaware County murder case
Here is a link to the apartment complex
https://www.hgliving.com/new-orlean...&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=website_link
I grew up in the area and I can't describe it lol.

not Darby. It doesn’t matter really. The Darby Police could be in charge of the area but it also seems like something that should have been investigated with every resource in the county and surrounding counties. I remember being shocked how little people seemed to care. If I lived in the building I would have been scared. Even at the time I remember thinking was it a serial killer because they were vague with details but what was released sounded brutal.

If she didn’t give out her key it doesn’t mean someone couldn’t get it. The office or maintenance would have a copy. Someone could have taken her keys and made one. She also might have opened the door in a rush for a friend or ex, or someone she thought was maintenance. When it’s daylight people sometimes open a door to check the temperature. I wonder what it what it was. You might not be as cautious locking a door if you are about to leave. I think my uncle thought the walls were thin. He also had moved in because he was separated from his wife and was back in an apt for the first time in awhile. Being able to hear other people can give you a false sense of security. You feel like someone is always close enough but you also get used to hearing other people moving around, talking loudly or a tv being on. Most people don’t want to be the neighbor that complains about every noise. It also sounds like she might not have had the chance to struggle. So tragic smh.

The killer possibly showing up when people were getting up, going off to work or school is kind of like hiding in plain sight. It wouldn’t be weird for people to be coming and going.


There is racism in that area. A pregnant woman went missing around the same time as lacy Peterson in Philadelphia. She wasn’t white or married. LaToyia Figueroa didn’t get national attention. Her dad was leading searches all over Philly. There is definitely a disparity between the attention given to POC that go missing or are murdered and white people that share the same fate.
Murder of LaToyia Figueroa - Wikipedia
This case just bothers me. Markia seemed to have a great life and someone took that and then people didn’t see appropriately upset in a suburb that possibly had a killer in it. I hope she gets justice.
Sorry for the rant.

I also live in the area and am disturbed by how little local publicity the case has gotten. I do think it’s an example of how LE and especially the media treat similar cases when the victim demographics differ. But as you’ve said I also think jurisdictional questions in this area of Delco tend to minimize coverage of some crimes - it just gets too complicated for the media to suss out where it is. As far as I can tell “Secane” is in 3 different townships - Upper Darby, Ridley , and Springfield. I *think* this crime scene/apartment complex is in Ridley, not UD or Springfield, but I’m not 100% certain. Darby is part of none of these townships, although it’s close by, and doesn’t seem to have any involvement in the crime although the people involved certainly could have been familiar with and frequented Darby. It’s a very confusing tangle of place names vs. official municipalities and local government departments!

*edited to correct typos; my iphone keyboarding skills are highly dubious. :oops:
 
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I also live in the area and am disturbed by how little local publicity the case has gotten. I do think it’s an example of how LE and especially the media treat similar cases when the victim demographics differ. But as you’ve said I also think jurisdictional questions in this area of Delco tend to minimize coverage of some crimes - it just gets too complicated for the media to suss out where it is. As far as I can tell “Secane” is in 3 different townships - Upper Darby, Ridley , and Springfield. I *think* this crime scene/apartment complex is in Ridley, not UD or Springfield, but I’m not 100% certain. Darby is part of none of these townships, although it’s close by, and doesn’t seem to have any involvement in the crime although the people involved certainly could have been familiar with and frequented Darby. It’s a very confusing tangle of place names vs. official municipalities and local government departments!

*edited to correct typos; my iphone keyboarding skills are highly dubious. :oops:
I thought the apartments were in the Ridley School district. One site says it is ( New Orleans Park Apartment Homes - Secane, PA | Apartments.com ) another one listed schools close by. The property with it’s pool could be right on the border of jurisdictions. Ridley Township has a police department and so does Ridley Park so maybe the school district doesn’t have any bearing on police departments. I don’t think Ridley Township police were equipped to deal with this kind of case on their own. I doubt they wanted it or wanted it associated with them or the Ridley area.
I don’t see how people living in New Orleans Park apts or nearby weren’t more upset or freaked out. You have a young professional woman, living in the suburbs. She is obviously the type of person that is responsible and not they type to be late or forget to call out of work. Her coworker/friend went to check on her with the boyfriend I believe. Her coworkers were worried. It sounded like a ritual type killing from early reports. It didn’t attract a lot of attention locally or even seem to be discussed at all.
When Carolyn Byington was murdered in NJ a few years later in her apt during her lunch break I thought the cases could be connected. Her killer has been arrested. It was a coworker that was stalking her. It seemed like just by being white her case was given more attention. The public showed concern and fear that some one killed a young women on her lunch break. Markia’s case needs to get attention and get new eyes on it. An ex boyfriend could be her killer she also could have been a victim of someone watching her and building up a fake romance in their head. Rejection can set them off.
Is there more we can do to get attention for this case?
 

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I thought the apartments were in the Ridley School district. One site says it is ( New Orleans Park Apartment Homes - Secane, PA | Apartments.com ) another one listed schools close by. The property with it’s pool could be right on the border of jurisdictions. Ridley Township has a police department and so does Ridley Park so maybe the school district doesn’t have any bearing on police departments. I don’t think Ridley Township police were equipped to deal with this kind of case on their own. I doubt they wanted it or wanted it associated with them or the Ridley area.
I don’t see how people living in New Orleans Park apts or nearby weren’t more upset or freaked out. You have a young professional woman, living in the suburbs. She is obviously the type of person that is responsible and not they type to be late or forget to call out of work. Her coworker/friend went to check on her with the boyfriend I believe. Her coworkers were worried. It sounded like a ritual type killing from early reports. It didn’t attract a lot of attention locally or even seem to be discussed at all.
When Carolyn Byington was murdered in NJ a few years later in her apt during her lunch break I thought the cases could be connected. Her killer has been arrested. It was a coworker that was stalking her. It seemed like just by being white her case was given more attention. The public showed concern and fear that some one killed a young women on her lunch break. Markia’s case needs to get attention and get new eyes on it. An ex boyfriend could be her killer she also could have been a victim of someone watching her and building up a fake romance in their head. Rejection can set them off.
Is there more we can do to get attention for this case?

I can certainly make contact with the right police department and inquire – once I figure out which one that is. I want to reread this thread and look for old news articles about the case. I'm another one who didn't know about it until it was mentioned in the coverage of the Petito case, even though it happened only a couple miles from me. So maybe not even many people in the apartment complex knew about it. It's strange and discouraging how some cases simply never get on the public radar. Anyway, long story short I skimmed this thread once, and would like to go back and register more details before I contact anyone official about it. I also wonder if mentioning it to a couple of local news outlets, especially the smaller ones that serve this area of the suburbs, might spark some attention toward an unsolved, very ugly cold case.
 

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I can certainly make contact with the right police department and inquire – once I figure out which one that is. I want to reread this thread and look for old news articles about the case. I'm another one who didn't know about it until it was mentioned in the coverage of the Petito case, even though it happened only a couple miles from me. So maybe not even many people in the apartment complex knew about it. It's strange and discouraging how some cases simply never get on the public radar. Anyway, long story short I skimmed this thread once, and would like to go back and register more details before I contact anyone official about it. I also wonder if mentioning it to a couple of local news outlets, especially the smaller ones that serve this area of the suburbs, might spark some attention toward an unsolved, very ugly cold case.

The officer or detective on the podcast seems like he wants the case solved. If Markia Benson’s family is okay with it maybe social media is one way to spread awareness. I don’t know if State Police or the FBI could take over. Darby might be fine. I don’t think the Ridley Township police should be in charge of a murder.

In the NJ woman’s case the apt complex
She lived in didn’t reach out to their tenants. When they saw their building on the news or cops were there people were upset that they weren’t told about the murder by the buildings management. I wonder how people in Markia’s building felt. Or what they were told.
It’s unfortunate that for people to take domestic abuse seriously it had to be documented by a victim and by police cameras before she was killed. If Markia and other women who have been murdered or assaulted by men in their life or that want to be in them, now get their cases taken seriously that’s a good thing (still came from a senseless tragedy).
 

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