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RI RI - Jerri Richard, 4 mos, Pawtucket, 11 Nov 1984

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  1. OB RN

    OB RN New Member

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    "Smellsarat" actually jogged my memory of this one :

    This case occurred back in 1984 in Pawtucket, RI. Alleged stranger abduction of a 4 month old baby, later found murdered - police didn't buy the parents' story. Ralph & Donna Richard were indicted & tried for the murder. No conviction in the case. Later, Donna Richards moved to Illinois (?) and had another baby.

    I'm wondering what happened to these two - where did Ralph end up, where's Donna? Anyone have any idea where to start searching? Nothing really showed up on a "google".
     
  2. WasBlind

    WasBlind Former Member

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    This is the only match I could find for Geri-Ann Richards.

    The article only says "For his next project, Lavall will direct and produce a documentary about another Rhode Island story, the unsolved abuse and murder of four-month-old Geri-Ann Richards in Pawtucket in 1984."
     
  3. LazyCat08

    LazyCat08 I may not be Glenn Beck, but I am a thinker......

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    I grew up in the area and definitely remember this case however I haven't heard anything about it in like 15 years.... I seem to remeber something about them finding the body in a box or something at or near their home.... or the parents trying to claim it was done to get revenge on them...but I could be wrong
     
  4. OB RN

    OB RN New Member

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    Thanks Wasblind! I went to the site you posted and then followed a link from there where there's a synopsis of the case & some more information. Apparently they moved back to Indiana. The last name is Richard...not Richards, and the spelling the film director listed is "Jeri Ann". The father was charged with rape of the child & acquitted, the mother charged with the murder - but her charges were dropped. So sad.
     
  5. OB RN

    OB RN New Member

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    I just found this - (dated May 6 1986)

    Prosecution completes case in
    Richard rape trial

    Prosecutors at the trial of Ralph Richard, charged with
    raping his daughter, rested their case today, presenting tes-
    timony from the infant's babysitter and a woman who
    says Richard was impotent two days before he allegedly
    raped the baby. Priscilla Dixon told the jury that a "ner-
    vous" Richard was not wearing his wedding ring and nev-
    er said he was married during their tryst at a Cape Cod
    motel. The babysitter testified that a T-shirt found on
    four-month old Jerri Ann's body and a sleeper found near
    it were not the clothes she put on the child the day before
    her disappearance was reported Nov. 11, 1984. Richard
    and his wife, Donna, told police they did not change the
    baby's clothes.
    The babysitter was the 59th witness called by prosecu-
    tors. The judge says he will hear arguments tomorrow on
    two defense motions, one for a judgement of acquittal,
    the other to dismiss charges that Richard conspired with
    his wife to cover up the infant's rape and murder. Mrs.
    Richard is to be tried later on charges she murdered Jerri
    Ann and took part in the alleged cover-up.
    Richard told police his wife killed their only child after
    learning of his encounter with Dixon. He denied her con-
    tention that he was impotent. Prosecutors contend Rich-
    ard was not having sexual relations with his wife, and be-
    came so frustrated over his impotence with Dixon that he
    raped the baby. Defense testimony will begin tomorrow if
    Rodgers denies the defense motions. Richard's lawyer has
    said Richard will testify. (AP)
     
  6. Jenny60123

    Jenny60123 Just Us for Caylee Marie

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    Poor little sweet baby. Rest in peace.
     
  7. SunnieRN

    SunnieRN Active Member

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    Wow! I can't believe, with that many witness testimonies that:

    1) The parents were not convicted and
    2) They were not retried.

    Poor little angel. ^j^
     
  8. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From February 2015:

    http://turnto10.com/archive/trials-of-the-century-the-murder-of-jerri-ann-richard

     
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    Mimmim New Member

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    I remember this tragic case.I lived in Danielson, CT at the time and this case struck terror and heartbreak because this baby was born the same day my baby girl was born, they were the same age. And I pray that someone would come forward and give info to police.
     

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