VA VA - Catherine Sybil Worsky, 12, Charlottesville, 12 July 1982

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  1. missacorah

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    Missing since July 12, 1982 from Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair.
    • Clothing: Pink t-shirt.
    • Medical: Diabetic.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    On July 12, 1982, Katie disappeared from her friend's house, where she was spending the night. Her insulin, was found with her shoes and other belongings at her friend's house. Her body was never found.
    Glenn Barker was charged with Katie's murder, and convicted of second-degree murder in 1983. He served 9 years in jail before being released on parole.
    Barker was the second man in Virginia history to be convicted of murder without a body as evidence. Barker was the last adult to see her alive and a pair of Worsky’s underpants were found by police in one of Barker’s drawers. Barker served nine years of an 18-year sentence for the crime. He was released in 1992 and moved to Richmond, Va., where he was a suspect in a double slaying there.
    http://www.doenetwork.org/
     
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    August 1, 2007
    “No one has anything to fear about me.

    A sleepover with a tragic ending. A double homicide in Richmond. How a string of unsolved murders and abductions, and an emotionally disturbed former high-school football star, still haunt Central Virginia.
    by Courteney Stuart

    Towering trees shade West Junaluska Drive, an enclave of well-maintained brick ranchers and split-levels with manicured lawns in Richmond’s South Side. It’s a neighborhood in transition — young professionals moving in beside retirees who watched their children grow up here decades earlier.

    But there are ghosts that haunt this idyllic community. An 11-year-old tragedy with unanswered questions, a case involving a brutal double homicide that never closed.  A frustrated family is left with no resolution. And the police’s original primary suspect remains free.

    Around the corner in this neighborhood on Junaluska Court, Bob Midkiff is one of the few people home on a recent weekday morning.  A retired executive with Exxon, the 83-year-old has lived here for 43 years.

    “It’s a quiet neighborhood,” Midkiff says, describing a place where folks wave but respect each other’s privacy. It’s been more than a decade, but he still recalls how Cynthia Johnson and her 7-year-old daughter, Heather, would play outside their house at 6535 W.  Junaluska Drive. They’d wave when he would drive past.

    A couple living a few doors down from that house remember Cynthia and Heather as friendly and quiet, though neither of them knew the Johnsons well.

    What they will never forget — what no long-time neighbor will forget — is the horror of Aug. 29, 1996.

    In the early morning hours, firefighters discovered the body of Cynthia Johnson, 34, in her family room near the carport.  They found Heather, lifeless, in a bedroom at the front of the one-story house. At least seven fires had been set in the home, but neither mother nor daughter had died of smoke inhalation.
    http://www.styleweekly.com/article.asp?idarticle=14838

    A whole load of interesting info about this and the link it has to Katies case.
     
  4. Richard

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    Katie Worsky
    Missing since July 12, 1982 from Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics


    Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair.
    Clothing: Pink t-shirt.
    Medical: Diabetic.

    Circumstances of Disappearance


    On July 12, 1982, Katie disappeared from her friend's house, where she was spending the night. Her insulin, was found with her shoes and other belongings at her friend's house. Her body was never found.

    Glenn Barker was charged with Katie's murder, and convicted of second-degree murder in 1983. He served 9 years in jail before being released on parole.

    Barker was the second man in Virginia history to be convicted of murder without a body as evidence. Barker was the last adult to see her alive and a pair of Worsky’s underpants were found by police in one of Barker’s drawers.

    Barker served nine years of an 18-year sentence for the crime. He was released in 1992 and moved to Richmond, Va., where he was a suspect in a double slaying there.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Charlottesville Police Department
    434-970-3280

    Source Information:
    The Hook
    Sentinel 4/18/02
    The Doe Network: Case File 2401DFVA

    LINK:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2401dfva.html
     
  5. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    There was an earlier thread started on this case, but it has had no new posts for two years. I decided to start a new one with more links. I will link the previous Websleuths thread to this one.

    In this case, a man was convicted of murdering Katie, but her body has never been found. The murderer of this little girl was out of prison after only nine years and has likely killed again. Perhaps many times.

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    Catherine (or Katherine) Sybil Worsky

    Missing since July 12, 1982 from Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia

    Classification: Non-Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics

    Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair.
    Clothing: Pink t-shirt.
    Medical: Diabetic.
    AKA: Katie. Name sometimes spelled Katherine.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    On July 12, 1982, Katie disappeared from her friend's house, where she was spending the night. Her insulin, was found with her shoes and other belongings at her friend's house. Her body was never found.

    Glenn Barker was charged with Katie's murder, and convicted of second-degree murder in 1983. He served 9 years in jail before being released on parole.

    Barker was the second man in Virginia history to be convicted of murder without a body as evidence. Barker was the last adult to see her alive and a pair of Worsky’s underpants were found by police in one of Barker’s drawers.

    Barker served nine years of an 18-year sentence for the crime. He was released in 1992 and moved to Richmond, Va., where he was a suspect in a double slaying there.

    Investigators

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Charlottesville Police Department
    434-970-3280

    Source Information:


    The Hook
    Sentinel 4/18/02
    The Doe Network: Case File 2401DFVA
    The Hook - Little girl lost: Remembering Katie Worsky after 25 years
    The Charley Project: Katherine Sybil Worsky

    LINKS:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2401dfva.html

    http://www.readthehook.com/Stories/2007/07/12/COVER-WORSKY-main-E.rtf.aspx

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/w/worsky_katherine.html


    Previous Websleuths thread on this case:

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52804&highlight=Worsky
     
  6. Richard

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    Katherine Sybil Worsky
    Missing Since: July 12, 1982 from Charlottesville, Virginia
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Age: 12 years old
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair. Worsky has Type B blood. She was small for her age at the time of her disappearance. Worsky's nickname is Katie.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A pink t-shirt.
    Medical Conditions: Worsky is a diabetic and insulin-dependent.
    See Photo at link below.

    Circumstances

    Worsky was last seen at the home of a friend, Tammy Gates, in the 2700 block of McElroy Drive in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 12, 1982. She was spending the night with her Tammy; her own family lived in an apartment in the Four Seasons subdivision off Rio Road. Worsky's friend's mother, Carrie Gates, called Worsky's parents early that morning, thinking the girl had returned to her own apartment. She had not, however. Worsky's parents notified police of her disappearance.

    Glenn Haslam Barker was one of the people who volunteered in the effort to search for Worsky. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. He had previously dated Carrie, but their relationship was over by July 1982. He was employed as a clerk at a gas station and convenience store which Worsky's father frequently patronized.

    Authorities suspected Barker immediately in part due to his criminal record; he pleaded guilty to assault in 1981 after admitting to kidnapping teenage female acquaintance and holding her at knifepoint. Police interrogated him at Worsky's disappearance. He admitted having seen her on the night she went missing. He stated he had come by the Gates home after everyone had gone to bed, and had given Worsky and Tammy one can of beer each. Tammy said she and Worsky had actually had more alcohol than that, and got sick afterwards. Afterwards, they went to bed. Barker stated he left at 12:30 a.m., after making sure Worsky, Tammy and Tammy's younger brother were asleep. Tammy woke up at 5:30 a.m. and realized Worsky was missing.

    Investigators did not believe Barker's story and, with his permission, searched his apartment in the Hessian Hills apartment complex on Georgetown Road. They found wet, bloodstained men's clothing and towels wedged between his mattress and box spring. Some of the blood was Type A, Barker's blood type, and some was Type B. Katie's blood was Type B; authorities discovered this fact by testing the menstrual blood on her bedsheets. Barker said he did not know how the clothes had gotten there. Authorities searched the residence a second time several days later and found a pair of girls' panties hidden in a rolled-up ball of socks in Barker's dresser. There was a tiny bloodstain in the back of the panties, consistent with the location where Worsky injected her insulin.

    Barker was arrested and charged with Katie's murder in January 1983, six months after she went missing. Prosecutors theorized that after Worsky became intoxicated, Barker carried her to the living room, attempted to molest her, then killed her. A few drops of Type B blood were found on the living room rug and coffee table. Barker maintained his innocence, stating he had had nothing to do with Worsky's disappearance.

    The jury convicted Barker of second-degree murder and recommended a sentence of 18 years in prison, two years short of the maximum. They acquitted him of first-degree murder, meaning they did not believe Worsky's murder was premeditated. He was only the second person to be convicted of murder in Virginia without the victim's body. Barker was paroled from prison in 1992. He was rearrested in 1993 and charged with possession of a firearm after a pellet gun was found in his car, and served a further six months in jail before being released again.

    Barker's name has been mentioned in connection with other homicides and missing persons cases and some theorize he is a serial murderer. He has not been charged with any deaths besides Worsky's, however. He continues to maintain that he did not harm Worsky and the only wrongdoing he committed that night was giving her and Tammy beer when they were underage. Barker stated he believed he had been framed by the police, and accused them of planting the bloodstained clothing found in his apartment.

    Worsky's parents divorced after Barker's conviction. Her body has never been located, but foul play is strongly suspected in her disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Charlottesville Police Department
    434-970-3280

    Source:

    National Center For Missing & Exploited Children's Photos - Missing Children (1980 - 1989) | Facebook

    LINK:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=699374&id=99892274998
     
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    Where is Barker today? How many other victims are there?
     
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    He was registered as a sex offender in NJ but now he is not. At one time he lived in my hometown in NJ but but then moved up to South River, NJ where he became a girls basketball coach for the YMCA!!! Records indicate he now lives in Pinehurst, NC but he is not registered there either....where is he is right?!
     
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    I feel this is definitely Barker who did this. I mean who else would it have been? Would she sneak out in the middle of the night while at her friend's house (and friend is sleeping)....no.

    I really feel our criminal justice system is beyond flawed. Prayers to the family that they finally get the answers and peace.
     
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    Glenn Barker passed away about seven months ago, per this article: http://www.c-ville.com/law-enforcem...cted-killer-glenn-barkers-death/#.VOiXrS6Feio

    Katie's mom died last year. May she rest in peace.

    The article also brings up the local rumor that Katie is buried in the foundation of a local Hardee's, which was under construction when she disappeared. The story I have heard is that Barker knew some people on that construction site, and they laid the concrete foundation after she disappeared. I don't know if there's any way to investigate this besides tearing down the Hardee's and breaking apart the foundation.

    ETA: Fixed a missing word.
     
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    Bumping case up...
     

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