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Josie Langmaid, a seventeen-year old schoolgirl in Pembroke, New Hampshire was well liked, pretty and intelligent, loved by her friends, family and neighbors. She was not supposed to die on October 5, 1875, but fate dictated otherwise.
When her body was found in the woods near town, and it was discovered she had been brutally raped and horribly mutilated, it stirred the outraged community to demand justice. After the police failed, it was up to a private citizen to make the vital connection that would lead the authorities to solve not one, but two murders.
Miss Fowler was the same age as Josie; the two girls were friends, and both attended the Pembroke Academy. It was also their habit to walk to school together, taking a country road that wound a mile and a half through a heavy growth of white birches and alders.
On the morning of the murder, Josie’s sixteen-year old brother Waldo left their house on Duck Street a half-hour before, taking the same path to the school. When his sister did not arrive, he assumed she had decided not to attend classes that morning, and thought no more about her absence. It was not until he came home that afternoon and learned Josie was not there that Waldo raised the alarm.
Inquiries at the houses of people who lived near the road revealed that Josie had last been seen passing the Hartford house, about a half-mile from the school. The townpeople helped family and neighbors in the increasingly frantic search.
At about 8:30 in the evening, Josie’s remains were found in an isolated place in the woods, 150 feet from the road. The trampled ground was a sign that a terrific struggle had taken place; it was clear that Josie had fought for her life. Torn pieces of her clothing were scattered over her naked body, which was shockingly mutilated. Her head had been severed, and was found early the next morning nearly 400 yards away from her body. An inquest was held without delay.
The post mortem revealed Josie had been severely beaten about the head with a blunt instrument; there were contusions and cuts, and the imprint of a boot heel on her right cheek. Bones in her right hand were broken; this was determined to be defensive wounds. Parts of her anatomy — not detailed in the press — were missing, as well as one of her earrings, and a black-enameled gold ring. It was thought by the doctor conducting the autopsy that her head had been cut off while she was still alive.
A detective came from Boston to take charge of the case, aided by the local police. Within a few days, under intense community pressure, the investigative team arrested William Drew on suspicion of Josie’s murder. Drew lived in Pembroke; he was known as a hard character, dissipated in his habits; and he had a reputation for violence. However, there was no evidence that pointed directly at Drew. A black man, Charles Moody, was also arrested but later released, as was an anonymous tramp who was believed to have what was termed a ‘mental abberation.’
During the investigation, Charles Fowler, the father of Josie’s friend, and his son came forward with a curious tale. Fowler had recently hired a tender for his threshing machine, a Frenchman named Joseph LaPage. Almost at once, LaPage began paying particular notice to Fowler’s daughter. He asked the son many questions about his sister, wanting to know who the girl was, where she went to school, and what road she took to get there. The unsuspecting son took LaPage into the woods and along the road, showing the man exactly where his sister passed on her way to Pembroke Academy.
On the morning of the murder, Miss Fowler went to the wood as usual and waited for Josie Langmaid to arrive. She did not know that Josie had been delayed at home, and supposed her friend had gone ahead. When a neighbor stopped and offered Miss Fowler a ride to school in his carriage, she accepted gratefully, unaware that in doing so, she was saving her own life and condemning Josie to a horrible death.
A little while later, Josie arrived at the meeting place, realized Miss Fowler was already gone, and made haste to catch up, supposing her friend was on foot. At some point during her walk, on an isolated stretch of road far away frm anyone who might hear her screams, LaPage attacked and raped Josie, then cut off her head and mutilated her body. She was not meant to die — it is clear that Miss Fowler was his intended victim — but consumed by his need to kill, LaPage apparently decided that Josie Langmaid would do.
Following the murder, LaPage disappeared. Try as they might, the Boston detective and his team could find no trace of the missing man, so they discounted Fowler’s story.
As it happened, in 1874 a school teacher named Miss Ball had been raped, murdered and mutilated in St. Albans, Vermont, in a similar fashion. The man from whom Miss Ball had rented a room in his lodging house, Mr. Abell, read about Josie Langmaid’s murder in the newspaper, including Fowler’s details about the mysteriously absent Frenchman. Abell recognized the psudonym LaPage; he knew the man also went by the name Joseph Parish, and had lived in the neighborhood when Miss Ball was killed.
Furthermore, Abell was aware that LaPage was now living in Suncook with his wife and children. He undertook to communicate this information to the New Hampshire authorities. Fowler was taken to Suncook to LaPage’s house, where he immediately identified the man who had taken such a dangerous interest in his daughter.
A search of the house turned up a knife and a pair of bloody straight-razors hidden on a shelf, and bloodstains on LaPage’s vest and jacket. When questioned, he had no alibi for the time of the murder; it transpired that he had been seen going in the direction of the woods around the time of Josie’s attack. A solid “dingle” wagon stick, about 1½ inches in diameter and more than three feet long, that had been found near the girl’s body was identified as belonging to LaPage, and had been seen in his possession on the Saturday prior to the murder. Witnesses came forward to testify that LaPage had a habit of inquiring after teenage girls in his neighborhood, as well as loitering where he could watch them, and occasionally following one that caught his interest. Several girls said they had been chased and frightened by LaPage. A mother and daughter said he had once waylaid them in a local wood; he had been carrying a large stick in his hands, and only the timely intervention of a gentleman who was passing by saved them from what they believed would have been an assault.
Equally damning, LaPage’s wife testified that her husband had beaten and raped her sister in Canada some years earlier. LaPage acknowledged he had been arrested for the crime, but released when another man was proven guilty. In fact, LaPage had escaped by assaulting the arresting officers, then fled to Vermont to avoid prosecution.
In the case of the murder of Miss Ball, LaPage had been a strong suspect but had to be released for lack of evidence even though he lied about not knowing the school teacher; it was proved at the time he was acquainted with her. Now LaPage’s sons, who had previously given their father an alibi for Miss Ball’s murder, recanted their testimony. It seemed certain that LaPage had also brutalized and killed Miss Ball in 1874.
LaPage eventually confessed to both murders. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang. He was executed on March 16, 1878 at the State prison in Concorde, New Hampshire. It was reported that he went to his death relieved and easy in his mind, having made a detailed confession of his crimes to a priest, and even drawing a map that would lead the police to the hiding place where LaPage had buried the missing earring and black-enameled ring that had belonged to Josie Langmaid.
Between 1986 and 1989, at least eight people (four couples) were murdered along a Virginia route known as the Colonial Parkway. All four cases involve the slaying or disappearance of young people who were traveling by car in isolated areas. Two people are missing or presumed dead. The person responsible for these murders has never been caught.
The FBI believes those crimes are related (they were all young couples in “parking” situations in secluded areas), and there is a serial killer on the lose who is responsible for these killings and that person may have been (or remains) in law enforcement, possibly a police officer or security guard. Even though the case was never closed, it got attention again after a series of crucial photo evidence reached the public.
The first two victims were Rebecca Ann Dowski, 21 and Cathleen Marian Thomas, 27. Their bodies were discovered On October 12, 1986, inside their car. The vehicle had been pushed down an embankment. An autopsy found rope burns on their necks and wrists, signs of strangulation, and their throats had been slashed. Their purses and money were found inside the car. Both women were found fully clothed and there was no evidence of sexual assault.
In September of 1987 the bodies of David Knobling, 20, and Robin Edwards, 14, were discovered in the Ragged Island Wildlife Refuge. They had been murdered. The area they were found was on the south shore of the James River in Isle of Wight County, near Smithfield, Virginia. They were discovered about a mile down the river bank. Knobling’s truck was parked at the Refuge several days prior to discovery of the bodies.
On April 9, 1988, Cassandra Lee Hailey and Richard Keith Call were reported missing after going on a first date together. Call’s 1982 red Toyota Celica was found, abandoned on the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown, Virginia the following day. Neither body has ever been found, but both are presumed to be dead.
In October 19, 1989, the bodies of Annamaria Phelps, 18, and Daniel Lauer, 21, were found in New Kent County by a hunter in the woods near a rest area on Interstate 64 between Williamsburg and Richmond. They were found covered with a blanket. They had been missing since the previous month.
Four slayings are being handled by the FBI: two people killed — and two who disappeared and are presumed dead — on federal property along the Colonial Parkway. Four others are being investigated by Virginia authorities: the Phelps and Lauer slayings and those of David Knobling, 20, and Robin Edwards, 14, both of Newport News, whose bodies washed ashore on the James River at the Ragged Island Wildlife Refuge.
And if you have any information concerning the Colonial Parkway murders or any of the victims, you’re advised to contact:
Virginia State Police at 757-424-6850
Two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing their friend nearly to death in the woods to please a fictional character struggled to decide who should actually do the deed and expressed at least some regret to detectives, according to court documents.
The girls, both from Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb, told investigators they had been planning to kill their 12-year-old friend for months to please Slender Man, a fictional demon-like creature they learned about through a horror website, according to a criminal complaint. They invited the girl to a sleepover at one of their houses on Friday and planned to duct tape her mouth while she was sleeping, stab her in the neck, put the covers over her to make it look like she was sleeping and run away to Slender Man’s mansion, the complaint said.
They backed out of that plan, deciding to kill her on Saturday in a nearby park bathroom so blood would go down the drain. They convinced the girl to go to the park with them and got her into the bathroom. One of the girls handed the knife to the other but she couldn’t bring herself to stab the victim, she said. She gave the knife back to the other girl but she couldn’t go through with it either, the complaint said.
They went into the woods, where one girl pushed the victim down and sat on her. The girls then traded the knife back and forth between them before one of them finally tackled the victim again and began stabbing her, according to the complaint.
One girl told a detective she understood they were going to end a life and she regretted it.
"The bad part of me wanted her to die, the good part of me wanted her to live," the girl told the investigator.
The other girl told detectives they both stabbed the victim. At one point that girl said she was sorry and what she did was “probably wrong.”
Charged as adults:
Both girls were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court; they each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted. A court commissioner set bail at $500,000 cash per child.
The victim suffered 19 stab wounds; one missed a major artery near her heart by a millimetre, doctors told police. She was in stable condition Monday. The court documents did not name her.
Both girls are due back in court on June 11 for a status conference.
In the spring of 2013, Rodger bought two additional handguns, both SIG Sauer P226s, after stating that they were “of a much higher quality than the Glock” and “a lot more efficient.” He purchased the weapons in different cities, Oxnard and Burbank.
According to his manifesto, Rodger had saved $5,000 to purchase the weapons and supplies that he needed. Despite having been previously interviewed by police after trying to shove women off a ledge at a party, under California law, there was nothing that could have prevented him from making legal gun purchases.
Rodger was seen sitting in his car in the parking lot of his apartment building at about 8:30pm, working on his laptop. He uploaded his last Youtube video at 9:17pm, and sent his last e-mail at 9:18pm. He then drove around Isla Vista in his car.
Rodger drove to the Alpha Phi sorority house at Embarcadero del Norte and Segovia Road and knocked on the door for a few minutes. After no one answered, he began shooting people who were nearby; two women were killed and a third was wounded. He then fired at a nearby couple; the man was wounded, while the woman received a superficial graze injury.
Rodger then drove two blocks to the Isla Vista Deli Mart on Pardall Road, where he briefly got out of his car and fatally shot a student. His car was seen leaving the scene by four responding foot-patrol officers, but they did not identify him as the shooter. He then drove to an area called “The Loop,” where he fired at two pedestrians on the sidewalk, but missed both. Rodger then drove onto Del Playa Drive, where he brandished his gun at a woman, but did not shoot her. As he drove west on Del Playa, he continued firing, hitting several pedestrians, including a woman who was injured in the leg at a 7-Eleven convenience store, and also struck a bicyclist and a skateboarder with his car. Witnesses described seeing a black BMW 328i Coupe that was speeding, sometimes on the wrong side of the street, and “spraying bullets.” Rodger reportedly talked to some of his victims before shooting them.
Police responded to 9-1-1 calls received at 9:27 p.m., and sheriff’s deputies in the area immediately responded on foot after hearing gunfire. While heading west on Del Playa Drive, Rodger spotted a deputy and exchanged gunfire at 9:33 p.m. before fleeing in his vehicle, hitting a second bicyclist with his car in the process while passing and firing at students at the Isla Vista Church, which was concluding a service of worship at the time. Heading onto an intersection of Camino del Sur and Sabado Tarde Road, Rodger fired shots at pedestrians, wounding four people. He then encountered four more deputies as he drove east on Sabado Tarde and engaged three of them, during which he was wounded in the left hip. Rodger then fled again, collided with another cyclist and then crashed into a parked vehicle. Rodger was found dead in the vehicle with a bullet wound to his head; police later stated that it was believed he had committed suicide. A total of seven people died, including Rodger, and thirteen others were wounded.
Officers from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began searches of the separate homes of Rodger’s mother and father. It was later revealed that Rodger’s therapist called his mother at 9:17 p.m., ten minutes before the shooting spree started, to alert her of an email that was sent to both, which contained an attachment of his manifesto. After hearing a radio news report of shootings in Isla Vista, Rodger’s mother called his therapist again, who told her that the killings were unrelated to Rodger.
Media coverage of the story ignited widespread controversy and debate about gun control, mental health issues, and gender roles.
The men killed at Rodger’s apartment were identified as Cheng Yuan “James” Hong, 20; George Chen, 19; and Weihan “David” Wang, 20. Hong and Chen were confirmed to be Rodger’s co-tenants according to an apartment lease, while police were investigating whether Wang was also a resident or visiting the apartment on the night of the killings. A law enforcement source stated that Wang was visiting the apartment at the time of the killings, but other sources state that Wang shared the same apartment as Hong and Chen, who were his friends, and that he made plans to move into another apartment prior to his death, due to complaints over Rodger playing loud music in the middle of the night. Hong also made similar plans to move out of the apartment out of concern for his own safety.
The three who died of gunshot wounds were identified as Katherine Cooper, 22, and Veronika Weiss, 19, members of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, who were killed outside the sorority house; and Christopher Michaels-Martinez, 20, who was killed at the Isla Vista Deli Mart.
Thirteen other people were injured, eight of them from gunshot wounds and four others by blunt trauma sustained when they were struck by Rodger’s vehicle. The thirteenth injury was undetermined. Eleven of the injured were taken to hospitals; seven were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where two are currently in serious condition, one in fair condition, and two others in good condition, while the seventh patient was released on the same day. The remaining four injured were taken to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, where they were all treated and released.
A killing spree occurred on May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista, California, near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara. Seven people died, including the perpetrator, Elliot Rodger, 22. Thirteen people sustained non-fatal wounds and injuries.
The spree began when Rodger stabbed to death three men in his apartment. Leaving the scene in his car, he drove to a sorority house, where he shot four people outside, fatally wounding two female students. He drove to a nearby delicatessen and shot to death a male student who was inside. He then sped through Isla Vista shooting at bystanders and hit four people with his car. Rodger exchanged gunfire with police twice during the killing spree.The rampage ended when his car crashed into a parked vehicle and came to a stop. Police found him dead in the car, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Rodger posted a video on YouTube on the night before the attack, titled Elliot Rodger’s Retribution, in which he outlined details of his upcoming attack and the motivations behind his killing spree. YouTube removed the video after the killings, saying it violated their guidelines with its threats of violence.
On the evening of the killings, Rodger e-mailed a lengthy autobiographical manuscript to about one dozen acquaintances and family members. The document, which he titled “My Twisted World”, was made available on the Internet and became widely known as his “manifesto”. In it, he describes his childhood, family conflicts, frustration over not being able to find a girlfriend, his hatred of women, his hatred of racial minorities and interracial couples, and his plans for the killing spree.
Anonymous said: How do you feel about the OJ Simpson case?
He got away with murder, dude. He must’ve had a bomb ass lawyer. What do you guys think?
Anonymous said: Do you think H.H.homes was jack the ripper?
Good question! He was unaccounted for in the U.S. during the year of the murders, 1888. What do you think?
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Unspecified date in 1975: unnamed woman