Saturday, August 31, 2019
The blue star tattoo legend is an urban legend which states that a temporary lick-and-stick tattoo soaked in LSD and made in the form of a blue star, or of popular children's cartoon characters, is being distributed to unknowing children in any given area. Propagation: The legend commonly surfaces in American elementary and middle schools in the form of a flyer which is distributed to parents by concerned school officials. In the past it was often in the form of poor quality photocopy, clearly many generations old, but it has now also become popular on Internet mailing lists and websites. The legend states that a temporary lick-and-stick tattoo soaked in LSD and made in the form of a blue star (the logo of the Dallas Cowboys is often mentioned), or of popular children's cartoon characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Bart Simpson, is being distributed to children in the area in order to get them 'addicted to LSD'; even though LSD is rarely addictive. Generally some attribution is given, (typically to a well-regarded hospital or a vaguely specified "advisor to the president"), and instructions are given that parents should contact police if they come across the blue star tattoos. Origin: The legend possibly originated from the fact that an LSD solution is sometimes sold on blotter paper with various designs, including cartoons. No actual cases of LSD distribution to children in this manner have been documented. Although LSD does not penetrate through skin in sufficient quantities so as to induce a psychedelic experience, concern was over children licking the tattoo paper before transferring to the skin. Other countries: The legend has surfaced in many other places, including: -Brazil -Italy -Peru -Mexico -Portugal -UK
Sara Anne Wood is a missing child who was last seen on August 18, 1993. Disappearance: Wood was last seen when she was riding her bicycle at 2:30 pm on August 18, 1993, after leaving her church in Sauquoit, New York. During the evening that Wood disappeared, her bicycle, coloring book and crayons were discovered hidden in an area of brush off of Hacadam Road. Wood was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with the words "Guess Who" embroidered on the front, with turquoise blue shorts, and with brown sandals. Investigation and aftermath: In 1994, a known child murderer named Lewis S. Lent Jr. confessed to the abduction and murder of Wood. Lent made this confession while in police custody in Massachusetts for another child-victim crime. Massachusetts authorities would not extradite Lent to New York until the trial in Massachusetts was over. Lent claimed that he had killed Wood and that he had buried her body in the Adirondacks. When Lent drew a map of the burial location for the police, extensive searches were conducted, but they did not produce any evidence as to Wood's whereabouts. Lent was charged with abducting Wood in 1996. Lent later recanted his statements, but he was still convicted of the crime and sentenced to 25 years to life with no chance of parole. In 2015, the case was reopened; it remains unsolved.
Steven Craig Damman the son of Jerry and Marilyn Damman, disappeared along with his sister Pamela on October 31, 1955 while he was left in a stroller in front of a bakery on Long Island, New York, United States. His sister was found unharmed a few yards from the shop. He was 2 years old at the time of his disappearance. In late November 1955, Damman's family received a ransom note demanding $3,000 for his return. In 2009, John Barnes of Michigan came forward and suspected he may have been Damman. John Barnes: In 2009, John Barnes, of Kalkaska, Michigan, who suspected that he was Steven Damman, underwent DNA testing. On Thursday, June 18, 2009, FBI Special Agent Andrew Arena released a statement saying that "DNA samples analysed by the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, show John Barnes and Pamela Damman Horne, Steven Damman's sister, do not share the same mother."
Tammy Lynn Leppert (disappeared July 6, 1983) is an American former child and teen model, actress and beauty queen who went missing under mysterious circumstances at the age of 18. Career: Leppert was employed primarily as a model throughout her late-childhood and teenage years, appearing on the front of CoverGirl magazine in October 1978. She began participating in beauty contests at 4 years old. As a child, she competed in nearly 300 beauty pageants and won the vast majority of them, taking home about 280 crowns. Just prior to her vanishing, she appeared in the 1983 film Scarface as the girl who was a distraction to the lookout car during the bloody chainsaw shower scene. Before that, among other minor roles, she played a participant in a boxing match in the teen movie Spring Break. Reportedly, her legs, hips and torso were used in the main poster for the movie. It is claimed she had plans to go to Hollywood in 1983. Leppert had a lead role playing herself in a movie called "Cover Girl Behind the Scenes." Before her disappearance: After the shooting of the film Spring Break was finished, Leppert went unaccompanied to a weekend party. She came home from the party "a different person" according to her close friend Wing Flannagan's testimony. When she was playing in her next film, Scarface, she suddenly returned home after the fourth day of filming. Her mother assumed that Tammy had been afraid of being murdered by someone, and that she had become overtaken by this delusion. Her mother felt obliged to have her examined by a doctor, but after 72 hours in a medical center, Tammy was released and there seemed to be no signs of drug or alcohol use according to doctor statements. Disappearance: Leppert was last seen in Cocoa Beach, Florida on July 6, 1983. She was reported to have worn a blue denim shirt decorated with flowers, along with a matching skirt, a gray purse, and sandals. Some agencies have stated that she left without shoes or money. A friend of Tammy's told authorities he had an argument with her while driving her from her home in Rockledge, Florida and later "left her in a parking lot." Although he is the last person believed to have seen her, he is not considered a suspect. However, her mother has claimed that Leppert was "afraid" of him. Christopher Bernard Wilder was linked by the FBI to the murders of 12 women from Florida to California; officials say Wilder lured women with promises of photographing them for magazines. Leppert's mother filed a claim more than $1 million against Wilder's estate. Authorities have not linked Wilder to Leppert's disappearance. After Leppert's disappearance, Cocoa Beach Detective Harold Lewis received two telephone calls from a woman claiming that Leppert still was alive. In the first call, the woman said that Tammy Leppert was well and would make contact when the time was right. During the second call, she said that Tammy was doing what she always wanted: going to school to become a nurse. Physical information: At the time of her disappearance, Leppert was between 5'0" and 5'5" and weighed between 105 and 115 pounds. She had curly blond hair and hazel eyes. It is also speculated that she may have been three months pregnant. Investigation: Some presume that Leppert may have been a murder victim of serial killer Christopher Wilder, who killed 8 or 9 young women before dying in a shootout with police in 1984. Leppert's family sued Wilder before he was killed, but eventually halted the process, as some had doubts as to whether he was involved in Tammy's disappearance. Leppert's agent also stated that she did not believe Wilder killed Tammy. Another person of interest in the case was John Crutchley, a convicted kidnapper and rapist suspected of killing as many as 30 women. He committed suicide in prison in 2002. Leppert's mother theorized that her daughter could have been murdered due to her knowledge of local drug trafficking. She said Tammy exhibited signs of paranoia, as she was cautious when consuming food and would not drink from open containers. She had also allegedly filed a report to police. Several age progressions have been created to show what Tammy may have looked like if she were still alive, by forensic artists Danny Sollitti, Diana Trepkov, and those from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Profiles detailing the case have been created by the Doe Network, National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in hopes of generating leads from tips. Leppert's DNA profile has since been processed, but her dental records and fingerprints have not been accessed by local police. It is believed that her dental information had been acquired at some point, but that poor record keeping resulted in the data being lost. In popular media: The television program Unsolved Mysteries profiled Leppert's disappearance in September 1992, Season 5 Episode 1. This episode includes: Tami Lynn, Hudson Valley UFO (Pts. 1 & 2) and Daredevil Doe & UD. Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: December 31, 1992.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Joseph J. Mulvaney previously known as Gabby's Bones, The Skeleton in the Box or Thermopolis John Doe was a man whose skeletal remains were found in a trunk in Wyoming in 1992. He was identified in 2017. He had never been formally reported missing. Discovery: In 1986, a man named John Morris left some of his possessions in the company of Newell Sessions, on the premise that he would come back for them later. One of these possessions was an old steamer trunk. In 1992, after Morris had not retrieved the trunk Sessions opened it and discovered a near complete skeleton. Sessions intended to bury the remains, but, at his wife's insistence, called the sheriff's department. Morris was contacted but claimed to know nothing about the skeleton and seemed, "very surprised". He claimed he had acquired the trunk from a yard sale in the possible states of Wyoming, Illinois, Iowa or Oklahoma, and that it may have been in his possession since 1973, but couldn't be sure. The sheriff was suspicious of Morris when he said that he had never opened the trunk, and believed that Morris knew more than he was letting on, possibly even the identity of the body. Morris later moved to Mississippi, where he committed suicide. Analysis: The bones were taken to the state crime lab were x-rays were taken and a forensic reconstruction was made. A bullet was discovered in the skull, and the death was ruled a homicide. The following was established concerning the evidence: The bullet was a .25 caliber and was fired from a gun first manufactured in 1904, but not available in the US until 1908. Thus, it was speculated that the murder could have taken place anytime between 1908 and 1980. The trunk was found to be old, possibly from the 1930's based on the lock, and may have once belonged to someone who served in the armed forces during the interwar period. A bag from the chain supermarket "Heidi's" was found with the remains. It came from the early 1950's. An autopsy revealed that the victim: -was a caucasian male -was in his 50's or 60's at the time of the murder -stood 5’8", "plus or minus an inch and a half" -had several "nicks on his ribcage" Examining the skeleton showed that the man's lower leg bones and one of his hands were absent from the set of remains. The missing bones led to the speculation that victim had been buried before, then excavated and placed in the trunk Identification: On 19th October 2017, a woman from Iowa contacted the sheriff's office and submitted her DNA, asking that it be compared with the unidentified man. The woman believed that the skeleton belonged to her grandfather. A DNA comparison conducted by the sheriff's office concluded that the samples were a "99.99% match" and officially identified the body as Joseph Mulvaney, born 1921. According to Mulvaney's granddaughter, her grandfather was murdered in 1960 in Iowa, by Morris, who was her great uncle. Morris then put the body in the footlocker and buried it in Iowa. For reasons unclear, Morris eventually dug up the trunk and transported it to Wyoming, where he lived and worked for a time, and left it with Sessions, who discovered it.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Martha Jean Lambert was a 12-year-old Florida girl who went missing on November 27, 1985. She has never been seen again and foul play is highly suspected in the case. Life prior to disappearance: Martha was born to Howard and Margaret Lambert on March 26, 1973. She was described as a kind and shy girl and loved to spend time at friends houses. However, Martha’s life was not perfect. Her father Howard was an alcoholic and his temper was explosive, her mother was often fighting with Howard, and her two brothers were strange. Due to child abuse, Martha and her brothers spent much of their young lives in Foster care and many different homes. Despite Martha’s small stature, she was a force to be reckoned with if she was mad. Martha was the peacekeeper between her two older brothers and got along with them. Martha enjoyed spending time with her mother who referred to Martha as her "best friend". Martha enjoyed attending Church, she loved school and was a good student. Martha liked to eat fried potatoes and spaghetti, liked country music, and liked soccer. Martha loved her family and was excited for Thanksgiving of 1985 because she would be spending the day with her family at her grandmother’s house. Disappearance: Martha, a 7th grader, was last seen on November 27, 1985. She attended her classes at Ketterlinus Junior High School that day and when school concluded, she went to a friend’s residence for some time afterward. She then left the friend’s house to return to her own home on Kerri-Lynn Road in St. Augustine at approximately 7:30 pm. Whatever happened afterward is not clear as her family gave varying stories of events that night. Martha was reported missing at 3:00 the next morning when no one could find her. Martha is described as a Caucasian female, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She stood approximately 4 feet 5 inches and weighed 70 pounds. She has birthmarks on her upper left chest and on the front of her right thigh, her top front teeth slightly protrude. Martha was last known to be wearing a short sleeved summer dress and or a two piece matching bathing suite. Investigation: Authorities started to search for Martha immediately following her disappearance. Areas along State Road 207 and areas in Kerri Lynn Road were searched. Nothing was found and the case started to turn cold. They never gave up hope of finding the girl. Since the day she vanished, Martha’s mother believed that Martha was kidnapped and taken from the area. According to her, on the night of Martha's disappearance, she and the girl were at a social gathering when Martha said "Mom, I'm going over, I’ll be back in five minutes.” She left the gathering and never returned. When Margaret noticed that a substantial amount of time passed and Martha hadn't returned, she went out looking for her. She reported her missing later on. Authorities questioned everyone in the area. Some neighbors stated that they had seen Martha walking West on Kerri Lynn Road later that night. Others also reported that they had seen a suspicious green van being driven in the area. It was the only vehicle that was not native to the area. It was apparently spotted soon after Martha left. Her brother, David Lambert gave varying stories as to what occurred that night. He once stated that he saw Martha getting into a black vehicle. Authorities said the story did not hold up. He would then go on to state that he and Martha were having dinner that night when Martha said she was going out, when he asked where she told him it was none of his concern and she refused to divulge her destination. She left and David watched as Martha walked off into the dark. Martha’s case was initially considered a runaway but authorities believe that Martha met with foul play and was likely deceased. Abduction theory: Many, including Martha’s mother, believed that the girl was abducted by a non-family member while outside. Authorities also suspected this and have investigated the possibility of a stranger abduction with great lengths but no clues emerged despite extensive searches and investigations. No one was ever named as her kidnapper and no one has ever been arrested in connection with her disappearance. Several possible suspects have been named in the case but there was no evidence in the case to prove that they had anything to do with her disappearance. She also remains hopeful that her daughter may still be alive. Many agencies online continue to classify Martha as a Non-Family Abduction case. David Lambert: David Allen Lambert, the middle child of the Lambert family, and the older brother of Martha, has always been mentioned in the case. He has given many varying statements to police over the years regarding his sister’s disappearance. He, at one point, stated that Martha was alive and had contacted him and was going to contact the authorities working on her case. This never occurred. Investigators have always had the belief that David was hiding something and that he knew more about Martha's disappearance than he had let on. He was approximately fourteen years old in 1985. The Confession: In 2000, when David was arrested for attempting to pass a bad check, he told authorities that he was responsible for Martha's death and stated he buried her in a Coquina Mine known as "The Pitts" on Holmes Boulevard. The mine was searched but investigators did not find Martha's body. He could not be charged at that time due to lack of evidence. In 2009, he then confessed again to killing Martha. He stated that on November 27, 1985, he and Martha left the Lambert home because their parents got into a fight over burned turkey. They went to a Lil Champs Convenience store, David apparently had over $20 with him. Martha spent a little over $4 and gave him the change. He then stated that he and Martha went to the abandoned Florida Memorial College which was near the Lambert residence to play. David stated that he and Martha got into a fight because he denied Martha’s request for another $20. Martha slapped David across the face and in response he pushed her. He pushed her so hard the she fell onto the ground and hit her head on a piece of metal. When David realized what had happened, he pulled Martha up and noticed a large hole in the back of her head and blood was pouring out. He called for help, hoping someone would come and help the girl. No one apparently heard him. David was scared of what his parents would do to him if they discovered what he had done to Martha so by using the broken piece of a road sign, he dug a 3-foot makeshift grave and placed Martha in the hole. He returned home. Aftermath: Authorities were certain that David was telling the truth about his sister’s death. He was not charged with manslaughter due to his age at the time of Martha's death and because the statute of limitations had expired by then. Martha’s case was closed, but authorities have stated that the investigation can be reopened if new information comes in. Martha’s mother remains convinced that Martha was kidnapped and has stated that David often tells tales to get attention. David later recanted his confession and stated he did not know what happened to Martha. He stated that he has long-standing emotional and mental problems. Investigators and forensic teams spent two days searching the grounds where the college once stood but could not find Martha's body. Construction and demolition of the area in the years proceeding her disappearance may have moved the grave. Martha has never been recovered. Authorities hope to find her and have since collected DNA samples and entered them into NamUs. Her dental records have also been coded and entered into the National databases. There’s still hope that Martha’s case can be solved and that she can be recovered.
Emma Theresa Cole LeDoux was born on to parents Thomas Jefferson Cole and Mary Ann Gardner of Pine Grove, California. Emma was the eldest of eight children. She has also married a total of five times. Her first husband, Charles Barrett, divorced her. Her second husband William died from suspicious circumstances, and she benefitted from a large life insurance policy she had on his life. Emma LeDoux and the "Trunk Murder of 1906: On March 24, 1906, law requirement authorities were called to a grain warehouse in Stockton, CA, after station workforce saw a trunk was emitting an aggravating scent. At the point when officials opened the holder, they found the carcass of Albert N. McVicar, the third spouse of Emma LeDoux. Subsequent to playing out a post-mortem examination on McVicar's inert body, the restorative analyst decided he had kicked the bucket because of a morphine overdose. The specialist really put the dead man's remaining parts on open show at the funeral home. At the point when law requirement, in the long run, found LeDoux, they discovered that her subsequent spouse had passed on of heart disappointment when he was just 30 years of age, leaving her with $10,000 in extra security cash. They additionally decided she wedded Jean LeDoux in 1905, in spite of as yet being hitched to McVicar, furnishing her with a thought process to execute the man who was discovered dead in a trunk. Not exactly a month after McVicar's body was found, LeDoux was indicted for homicide in the main degree on April 18, 1906. LeDoux was condemned to death, making her the main lady to get capital punishment in California. Her sentence was later diminished to life in jail after charges of jury altering emerged, and she was paroled in 1920 in the wake of serving only 10 years. Be that as it may, LeDoux was in and out of prison for different wrongdoings; she inevitably passed on of malignancy in jail in 1941 at 69 years old. Emma's trial was the biggest news besides the Great Earthquake of 1906, which actually postponed her trial. In the end, she was convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be hanged. Her attorney filed an appeal on the basis that the jury was biased, as well as the judge not allowing her to testify. In 1910, the appeal was granted, but Emma had become so ill she felt that she could not handle another trial so she notified her attorney that she wanted to plead guilty and get it over with. She was sent to San Quentin where she served 10 years and eventually was paroled in 1920. She did marry her fifth and final husband Fred Crackbon, but she outlived him as well. She didn't inherit anything from the last husband's death and became poor. Doing what she could to make a quick buck, Emma found herself once again on the wrong end of the law, thus the beginning begins the revolving door of being in and out of the system again. After violating the terms of her parole or probation several times, she landed herself back in prison for the last time in 1931. She died on July 6, 1941, at the women's prison at Tehachapi, Kern County, California. She was buried in an unmarked grave at the Union City Cemetery in Bakersfield.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Mary Edith Silvani, known as "Sheep Flats Jane Doe" and "Washoe County Jane Doe" while still an unidentified homicide victim, was a woman found shot to death near Lake Tahoe in Washoe County, Nevada in July 1982. She was unidentified for 37 years and it was considered a cold case. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office announced her identity on May 7, 2019, and said that Silvani was identified through DNA analysis and genetic genealogy, with assistance from the DNA Doe Project and GEDmatch. The Sheriff's Office said that her murderer had been confirmed as serial killer James Richard Curry. He had also been identified in the Silvani case through DNA analysis and genetic genealogy. Born in Pontiac, Michigan, Silvani was 33 when she was killed. She was the only daughter of John and Blanche Silvani, and had two brothers. Discovery: The body of a woman aged between 25 and 35 was found by hikers on July 17, 1982 in Sheep Flats, a popular hiking area in Washoe County, Nevada, near Lake Tahoe. The woman had been sexually assaulted and shot in the back of the head as she was bending over, possibly to tie her shoes. The bullet hole on her head had been covered with men's underwear. The victim wore a light yellow pair of tennis shoes, a sleeveless blue shirt, Lee brand jeans with a blue bikini bottom in the pocket and a blue swimsuit underneath. The shirt had been sold at stores in California, Washington and Oregon. Investigation: At her autopsy, a vaccination scar was located on her left arm, and another on her abdomen, possibly from a Caesarean section. In addition, one of her toenails had a large bruise underneath. The woman had hazel eyes, was around five feet five inches in height, weighed 112 pounds, and had brown hair tied back in a bun. Her last meal was a salad. She was originally believed to be from Europe, due to the nature of an inoculation scar on her arm and her dental work. An independent dental examination in 2010 discredited this original assumption. She was dressed for a day at the lake: jeans and t-shirt over a blue bathing suit. Close forensic inspection helped police determine the t-shirt was sold only on the West Coast, leading investigators to believe she may have visited or had been residing in one of the western states before her murder. She was buried at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery in Reno, Nevada. Identification: In February 2018, a Washoe County forensic investigator went to a lecture on forensic genealogy by Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick. With the thought that this could aid in solving cold cases, the county contracted with the DNA Doe Project and Identifinders International for assistance in identifying Sheep Flats Jane Doe and her killer. In July 2018, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office announced that the victim had been tentatively identified. In September her identity was confirmed, but the police withheld it due to their open homicide investigation. Her identity as Mary Edith Silvani was announced on May 7, 2019. Mary Edith Silvani was born in Pontiac, Michigan on September 29, 1948, and grew up in Detroit. She had two brothers, Bob and Charles, both of whom are deceased. Nancy Cumming, a friend from her high school days has published several photos of her when she was 19 and her bridesmaid. Another classmate Paula Headley, said Silvani had an affinity for art and reading, used to go down to the DIA a lot, was quiet and kind hearted, and never talked about her family. The 1966 Mackenzie High School yearbook has a photo of her, but the school has no record of her graduating, and she did not have a senior photo taken. After her father died when she was 16, she became homeless. Her mother had left her when she was a child. and her mother spent much of her life in mental institutions; relatives say she died in 1980. Silvani's closest living relative is believed to be her nephew, Robert Silvani Jr., who never met her. She had a child which she gave up for adoption about 1972. Silvani moved to California sometime between 1974 and 1982, but investigators have been unable to locate anyone who knew her. Both Silvani and the man believed to have killed her, James Richard Curry, were identified by Cheryl Hester using forensic genetic genealogy techniques, making this the first known case in which both victim and perpetrator were identified this way. Silvani's identity was further confirmed through a fingerprint kept on file by the Detroit Police Department, who had arrested her in 1974 for loitering (a misdemeanor). Curry was arrested in January 1983 as a suspect in another murder. He confessed to two more murders to police. He committed suicide in the Santa Clara County, California jail a day after his arrest. He is a suspect in a fourth murder. As of May 2019, Silvani's case is considered closed.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Orange Socks is the informal name given to Debra Jackson who was murdered on October 31, 1979, in Georgetown, Texas. Her body was found naked, except for the pair of orange socks from which her nickname was derived. She had been strangled, and was believed to have died only hours before the discovery. Henry Lee Lucas confessed to and was convicted of her murder, though doubts have been raised about his complicity in this crime. His conviction was later overturned. The victim was identified in August 2019. Further information regarding her identity is pending release. Evidence and physical description: The victim, who was white and had been sexually assaulted, was found in a culvert on Interstate 35, after being dragged to and thrown over a guardrail. The cause of death was ruled as strangulation, as a large amount of bruising was visible on her neck. Other bruises were also visible, caused by the body having been dropped from the overpass. The victim's legs were unshaven with a large number of insect bites. She had very long toenails, her fingernails were painted and a hairline scar was observed beneath the chin. Despite her injuries, the victim had not broken a bone during her life. She had reportedly suffered from salpingitis due to contracting gonorrhea. She had ten-inch-long brown hair with a reddish tint, hazel eyes, and her age ranged from 15 to 30 years. She was approximately five feet eight inches to five feet ten inches tall, and weighed between 140 and 160 pounds. Two of her teeth were missing; the remainder were well-maintained, although they showed little sign of dental care, such as fillings or crowns. A silver ring was found on her hand, containing an abalone or mother of pearl stone. Her ears were pierced. A towel was found at the scene along with the body, as though the victim was attempting to control her menstruation without having to spend money on tampons. One of two matchbooks found at the scene belonged to a hotel from Henryetta, Oklahoma, which supported the theory she was a hitchhiker or drifter. In January 2019, it was announced that DNA from the victim's socks contained the profiles of two or more males. It is unknown if the evidence will be enough for further examination. Confession by Henry Lee Lucas: In 1982, serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confessed to her murder, although there was no physical evidence that he had been involved in the killing, sexual assault or disposing of the body. In an interview, he stated that he picked her up in Oklahoma, where they had sex. He asked her for sex again while he was driving; he claimed that at this, Orange Socks said "not right now" and attempted to leave his car, at which point he killed her and raped her corpse. He then drove her body to Georgetown. Lucas told authorities that the victim had stated her name as being "Joanie" or "Judy". He had previously showed officers how he had supposedly dragged her body over the guardrail when taken to the location where her body was found. One report claims that at the time of Orange Socks' murder, Lucas was working in Florida, whereas the murder took place in Texas. Interrogators also stated that he had contradicted himself several times when confessing to the murder, and his defense also stated that he was shown images of the crime scene before his interview. In order to have traveled to Oklahoma, to Texas and back to Florida, it was estimated that he would have had to drive at an average of seventy miles an hour, without stopping, which many find unlikely. Lucas later recanted this statement after his conviction in 1984 and, by involvement of the state governor, George W. Bush, his death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment, as the death of Orange Socks was the only case that resulted in his receiving a capital punishment. Lucas had a history of dubious confessons, something that led others to doubt his truthfulness (he confessed to upwards of 3,000 murders). Lucas recanted his confessions, stating that the only murder he had committed was that of his mother, Viola. After learning that Lucas' sentence had been reduced, the mother of Suzanne Bowers told reporters that she was opposed to the decision along with several others, as Lucas had confessed to murdering the 12-year-old in 1984. Media appearances and further investigation: The "Orange Socks" case had been featured twice on America's Most Wanted since the murder took place. An anonymous woman called to the program on one occasion claiming she had seen Orange Socks hitchhiking the day of her murder, but the lead has not generated any new information. In 2001, a missing woman's photograph surfaced that resembled Orange Socks. DNA testing, however, did not match. Another report suggests that the victim was a woman who had disappeared in the 1970s, together with her abusive boyfriend. Former missing person Martha Morrison was speculated by some to possibly have been the unidentified woman, but she was eventually ruled out. Morrison's remains were identified in 2015 as a Jane Doe found in Washington the same year she disappeared. Several other missing women have also been excluded from the case. On the 37th anniversary of her discovery, new reconstructions of Orange Socks were released by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The organization also entered her into their database. In May 2018, law enforcement stated they planned on examining the victim's ring as well as run tests to identify the location the victim's socks were made. A book of matches found near the body were traced to a hotel in Oklahoma but couldn't identify anyone matching her description in the records. The DNA Doe Project announced they will be assisting in the victim's case.
Monday, August 5, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019
i usually space out weird places. once i was spacing out at a party i was eating hot dogs and someone asked if i was having fun. i'm like yeah i'm eating hot dogs. he said he liked eating hot dogs too. another time i spaced out in the temple. i was asked how i liked it and i said i liked it.