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Could Michaela Garecht’s 24 Year Old Unsolved Kidnapping Finally Be Solved? Family Waiting For Results Of Bone Fragments Found In Linden Well

On the afternoon of 11/19/88, Nine year old Michaela Joy Garecht and a neighborhood friend rode their scooters in Hayward, California. This was a typical day for the little girl and both of them decided to scoot down Mission Boulevard to go to a local store a.k.a ”Rainbow Supermarket,” which was two blocks from her home. They parked their scooters and went into the market, on the way out Michaela noticed her friends scooter was moved in a different location from where they originally parked and when she went to retrieve it an unknown Caucasian male grabbed her against her will and forced her into his vehicle and sped away.

Michaela nor her kidnapper have not been seen since.

Her unidentified abductor was described as a young Caucasian male between the ages of 18-25 at the time of the 1988 abduction. He also had acne scars and a pimpled-face (pock-mocked.)

Missing girl Michaela Garecht and an artist's conception of her kidnapper. >

Left; Artist composite drawing of what Michaela’s kidnapper looked like in 1988. Right; Photo of Michaela Garecht.

Michaela’s abduction soon made national headlines and missing posters were making it’s way around the Country. Tips were pouring in left and right but all proved fruitless. Now almost twenty-four years later bone fragments were discovered in Hayward, in a Linden well and Michaela’s family are anxiously waiting for lab-results which police say could take weeks to come in.

 

Click the link above for the full story on the bone fragments discovered.

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Wendy Kathleen Hudakoc

Age-progression photo of what Wendy might look like at twenty-five

Wendy Hudakoc was last seen leaving a party with an adult male on 11/15/1998 in the city of Naples.

  • Missing Since: November 15, 1998 from Naples, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 12, 1984
  • Age: 14
  • Height: 5’6″
  • Weight:130 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female

Fourteen year old Wendy Hudakoc believed that nothing really bad ever happened to her or her family.

Her stepfather, Dan Campbell, said the lack of concern about the dangers of the world, common in younger people, may have played a role in the pre-teen sneaking out of her home on Nov. 14th, 1998, to attend a party.

She never came back and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

“When kids sneak out to go to a party, the worst thing they think is going to happen is they’re going to get caught and grounded by their parents or caught by the police,” Campbell said. “They don’t think they’ll never return home.”

Almost 14 years since her disappearance, Wendy is one of two dozen children missing from Lee and Collier counties, according to the Florida Law Enforcement. Many of those are suspected runaways, a few are suspected parental abductions and the rest are categorized as “endangered.”

National Missing Children’s Day; A day set aside every year to celebrate the missing children who have been returned home, and to remember those who have not. Nearly 800,000 children are reported missing every year in the United States, an average of over 2,000 a day, according to U.S. Department of Justice statistics.

Most are recovered, many after only a few hours and or only (approximately) 100 or so, are abducted or murdered by a stranger or vague acquaintance each year in the US.

“As a parent, you just have to be vigilant and take precautions, take certain measures to prevent something from happening to your children,” said Amelia Vasquez, the program director for the National Center’s Collier branch. “Parents just need to be prepared.”

Sgt. Stefan Loeffler from the Sheriff’s Office’s Special Crimes Bureau said his unit needs to remain optimistic that the children they’re looking for can be recovered and reunited with their families. He said they never give up.

“We keep on investigating the cases until we find that person,” Loeffler said. “We continually investigate, try to generate new leads.”

Included on the list of missing children in Lee and Collier counties are 6-year-old Adji Desir, who disappeared from outside his grandmother’s Immokalee home in January, and “Baby” Bryan Dos Santos-Gomez, who was abducted from his mother at knife point on Dec. 1, 2006.

Pictured;  Adji Desir (6) abducted in FL at knifepoint in 2006

Those cases made headlines, but several other children on the list did not, including 16-year-old Carmen Bautista, who authorities believe ran away from Immokalee in June 2008 with her then-2-year-old daughter Jemni Bautista, and baby Ana Maria Jimenez-Bautista. Authorities do not have photographs of any of the Bautista children, which makes finding them all the more difficult.

Herb Jones, vice president for external affairs and Internet safety for the National Center, said one in six missing children is ultimately found in part because of a photograph. He said parents cannot take their children’s safety for granted, no matter where they live.

“It can happen to anyone at any time. Small cities, big cities, medium-sized cities,” Jones said.

Authorities say the most important thing parents can do to keep their children safe is to communicate with them.

Campbell said parents should get to know their children’s friends, including their full names and a little backround information. Always ask where they’re going and to keep in touch.

The last person Wendy Hudakoc was known to be with was Ronald DePeppo, then 20, who she had met at a bowling alley. They left the party together around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 15. DePeppo said he dropped Wendy off at home.

Campbell said he and his wife, Shelley, are not optimistic Wendy will one day walk back through their door. They’ve resigned themselves to knowing she is gone.

Both Dan and Shelley Campbell are now active in with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Missing and Endangered Person Information Clearinghouse.

“We still talk about Wendy on a normal basis. It’s not taboo. We still have pictures of her up,” Dan Campbell said. “It never goes away.”

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Rachael Garden.. Missing 3/22/80.. Newton, New Hampshire    Peter J. Henderson, Jr.

Rachael Garden (15) missing from Newton, New Hampshire since March 22nd, 1980

Age-progression of what Rachael might look like at age 42 (she would be 48 years old as of 2012.)

Rachael Garden is listed as ”Non-Family-Abduction”

Date of birth: 12/30/64 – Date of disappearance: March 22nd, 1980 Description: Caucasian female with light brown hair, hazel eyes, 5’1”, weighing approximately 100-pounds in 1980. She also had her ears peirced and although she wore dental retainers, she wasn’t wearing it at the time of her disappearance.

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NEWTON, NH When the opened around 9:15pm at Rowe’s Corner Market store on March 22nd, 1980, owner Peter Jewett was delighted to see one of his favorite customers, a slender teenage girl named Rachael Garden, step into the quiet store.

Unlike many of the sullen teenagers who patronized the store, 15-year-old Rachel was memorable for her outgoing personality and ready smile; the type of kid who always took the time to say a friendly “Hi.”

Rachael handed Jewett a five dollar bill for a pack of cigarettes and headed out the door to walk to a friend’s house in the 50 block of north Main Street. Twenty-seven years later, Jewett, who now owns a general store in East Kingston, still remembers his last glimpse of Rachael. “I turned and leaned against the counter like I always did to look at the road and I saw Rachael walking toward Maple Avenue,” he said.

Sometime that Saturday night Rachael, a petite ninth-grader at Sanborn Regional High School, disappeared from the streets of Newton, and was never seen again.

For most Newton residents the next morning was just an ordinary Sunday in March. There was a lingering chill of winter in the air and the ground was damp from recent rains and winter’s melting snows. Jimmy Carter was president and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” was on top of the music charts.

With a population barely over 3,000 people, Newton had only one full-time police officer. It was the kind of town where bad things just didn’t happen.

Rachael’s parents called the police station at about 10 a.m. on Sunday to report their oldest child missing. Rachael’s mother, who has since moved away and expresses reluctance to talk about the case, says only that she knew right away something was seriously wrong when Rachael did not return to the family’s small cape on Main Street.

What the police did and who they talked to in those first 24 hours Rachael disappeared is known only to them. But by Monday morning, Rachael was still missing.

Vic Daley, a vice principal at the high school, remembers taking a call from Rachael’s mother the Monday after she disappeared. “She only said that Rachael would be absent. I didn’t know that something was wrong till maybe a few days later.” Daley says he doesn’t remember if the police ever came to the school. “I don’t think so, but it’s possible.”

That Rachael was considered a runaway in those first few months seems evident from the lack of publicity her disappearance generated. There were no posters or fliers. No announcements were made at school. Friends were not questioned until months or even years later. At school,  her desk sat empty and no one really asked why.

There were reasons to believe Rachael might have left home on her own accord. She was a teenager after all; a girl who adored her siblings but sometimes resented having to baby-sit for them so often. A girl who complained to friends about feeling stifled by her parents’ rules. She was drawn to the more rebellious of her peers, the kind who skipped school or smoked and drank in the woods near Martin’s Pond.

In her free time, Rachael often walked the quarter-mile down to Rowe’s Corner Market, looking for some excitement. Sometimes she went to the hill across from Maple Avenue, a place where local teens often congregated.

One friend recalls that Rachael even talked of running away around the time she disappeared.

And then there were the alleged sightings in the months that followed her disappearance, sightings that spurred Rachael’s mother to rush down to Haverhill, Mass. or over to Hampton Beach looking for clues.

But others say Rachael would not leave her family or town voluntarily. “She was too young and naïve to do something like that,” said one friend.

The day she disappeared, Rachael was reportedly wearing a two-tone blue ski parka, jeans and a plaid shirt with silver threads. She had on brown lace-up shoes and carried a dark blue tote bag with the word “Things” imprinted on one side. Police believe Rachael left all of her belongings at home, including her dental retainer. She reportedly had a horse she loved and would never have left unattended.

While police questioned witnesses and followed leads, time passed. Summer came and went, but still there was no sign of Rachael.

As 1980 came to a close, it seemed that Rachael was already forgotten by many in town. Her classmates, now in their sophomore year, assumed she had dropped out or moved away.

Life in town went on as usual. At the close of 1980, the police of chief wrote a summary of his department’s year in the town report. Two arrests for littering were noted. A police cruiser was stolen and there was a burglary at the Rolla Round Skating Rink. Over the course of the year, the police station received 11 reports of missing persons. Who went missing and whether they were ever found is not recorded. — There is no mention of Rachael Garden.

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Pictured; Bobby Jack Fowler

VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaCanadian police have linked a dead U.S. convict to the killing of a teenage girl nearly 40 years ago, one of 18 young women who were killed or vanished along three highways in British Columbia over several decades. Oregon authorities are also investigating the man for possible links to four murders in the U.S. state.

DNA tests linked Bobby Jack Fowler to the 1974 killing of 16-year-old Colleen MacMillen, who was last seen leaving home to hitchhike to a friend’s house, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Insp. Gary Shinkaruk. Her body was found on a logging road. Police called it the oldest DNA match in Interpol’s history.

Pictured; Victim, Colleen MacMillen

Fowler, who died in prison in 2006, is a strong suspect in two of the other Canadian cases and a person of interest in seven others, but has been eliminated as a suspect in the remaining eight, Shinkaruk said.

Fowler was convicted in 1996 of kidnapping, assault, and the attempted rape of a woman he met at a bar in Oregon. He died of lung cancer at 66 while serving a 16-year sentence. A transient laborer with a long criminal record in the U.S., Fowler had worked in Prince George, British Columbia in the 1970s. Police are seeking the public’s help in finding out more about Fowler’s time in Canada, where he did not have a criminal record.

Canadian police announced in 2007 they were conducting an extensive review into 13 deaths and five disappearances connected to three highways in British Columbia. The cases date from 1960 to 2006 and involve hitchhiking women who were last seen within a mile (less than a kilometer) of the three highways. One of those highways has become known as the “Highway of Tears.” It runs about 450 miles (722 kilometers) between Prince George and Prince Rupert in British Columbia.

MacMillen’s brother, Shawn, described her as sweet and innocent and said he still had no words to express how terribly she was wronged. He thanked investigators.

“We are simply stunned and very grateful for their hard work,” MacMillen said. “It has been a long wait for answers, and although it is a somewhat unsatisfactory result because this individual won’t have to stand trial for what he did, we are comforted by the fact that he was in prison when he died and he can’t hurt anyone else.”

Shinkaruk said Fowler remains a strong suspect in the killings of Gale Weys and Pamela Darlington, both 19. Weys was last seen hitchhiking from Clearwater, British Columbia on Oct. 16, 1973 and was found dead six months later. Darlington was killed and found in a Kamloops, British Columbia park on Nov. 7, 1973. They have not ruled out Fowler in other murders.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Wayne Clary said they believe no single killer is responsible for all the Canadian cases. Police said they have very strong persons of interest in a few other cases, but are not yet able to bring evidence forward.

Rob Bovett, the district attorney in Lincoln County, Oregon, said Fowler is a person of interest in four unsolved killings of teenage girls there in the 1980s and 1990s.

Two of the girls, Jennifer Esson and Kara Leas, both 16, were last seen walking on a street in the coastal city of Newport, Oregon, in 1995. Their bodies were found almost three weeks later in a wooded area north of town.

“He’s a suspect in our 1995 case. I haven’t linked him – he’s a suspect,” Bovett said. “What makes him a suspect is his history, his M.O. and his location.”

Investigators are working on getting new DNA analysis for the double homicide, Bovett said. He also encouraged anyone with information on the case to come forward.

He said Fowler is a “person of interest” in the 1992 deaths of Sheila Swanson, 19, and Melissa Sanders, 17. They disappeared in May 1992 and their badly decomposed bodies were discovered five months later in a wooded area near Eddyville.

Bovett said investigators may not be able to get DNA evidence in that case.

Fowler was arrested in June 1995, five months after Esson and Leas went missing. He was convicted of the kidnapping and attempted rape of a woman who he met at a bar and took to a Newport motel. She escaped by jumping – naked and with a rope tied around her ankle – from a second-story window.

Canadian police said Fowler used drugs such as speed and was often violent.

“He was of the belief that a lot of the women he came in contact with, specifically women who hitchhiked and women who went to taverns and drank, had a desire to be sexually assaulted,” Shinkaruk said.

Source: huffingtonpost

Photo of Wanted Person Wan Sheng Lin

Race: Asian
Sex: Male
DOB: July 14, 1974
Height:    5′ 9″
Weight: 120 – 135 pounds
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Other: Tattoo of ‘Flying Dragon’ on right shoulder and chest.
Additional Information
Wanted For: Murder in the second degree.
Last Seen:

Date: 11/16/1997

Incident: Wan Sheng Lin is wanted for the 1997 robbery of the Dragon Garden Chinese Restaurant and the murder of an off duty employee in a nearby apartment. A second offender has never been identified. The crime happened in Pulaski, NY.
Incident Date: 11/16/1997

Incident Location:

Village of Pulaski, Oneida County, New York

 

 

 

Agency:     NYSP Troop D
Address: Oneida, New York
Phone/Email:    

(315) 366-6066
nysvicap@troopers.ny.gov

Detectives have been trying to solve this cold case for years – maybe you can help.

Blonde, blue-eyed, beautiful and blessed with a bubbly personality – the quintessential girl next door. That was Sharon Marshall. She was also very intelligent, an avid reader near the top of her high school class, listed in Who’s Who of American High School Students, a Lt. Colonel in the ROTC and she had earned a full scholarship to Georgia Tech University where she planned to study aerospace engineering. Sharon proudly graduated from high school in Forest Park, GA in 1986.

Only her name wasn’t really Sharon Marshall – she didn’t know what her real name was. Nor did she know who her parents were or even what day, month, year or in which city or state she was born. It is thought that Sharon was born sometime in the late 1960’s although no one knows for sure because Sharon had been kidnapped when she was just a toddler, probably sometime between 1973-1975.

Franklin Delano Floyd, a psychopath, sexual predator and convicted felon, abducted and raised Sharon as his own daughter while posing as her ailing father, all the while sexually abusing her from a very young age. Floyd would later claim that he had “rescued” Sharon when she was unwanted and abandoned by her biological parents.

The first known public record of Sharon exists in 1975 in an Oklahoma City school where she was registered under the alias “Suzanne Davis“.

 

SUZANNE DAVIS – 1975

"Suzanne Davis"
“Suzanne Davis”

Sharon’s good natured personality and good grades ultimately worked against her. Although she had few friends and sometimes dressed inappropriately, no one was suspicious of the young lady who had to be home by 4:30 p.m. everyday to help her sick father or wondered why she moved so often that she was in the fourth school in a single year during her high school career. If anyone did get curious and questioned her about the whereabouts of her mother, Sharon would explain that when she was a young girl her mother had died of cancer or she was known to tell others, her mother had died in a fatal car accident. When the questions became too probing or intense Floyd and Sharon would pick up and move to places like Oklahoma City, Louisville, Atlanta, Phoenix, Tampa, New Orleans and Tulsa.

It is known that upon her graduation Sharon moved to Phoenix, AZ.  Sometime during the next couple of years Floyd and Sharon moved to Tampa, FL where she gave birth to a baby boy on March 21, 1988 using the alias “Tonya Dawn Tadlock”. She subsequently named the baby Michael Anthony Hughes and it is thought she used the last name Hughes because at the time, Floyd was using the aliases Charles Hughes and Clarence Marcus Hughes although, he also used many other aliases over the span of his criminal career. The natural assumption is that Floyd was Michael’s biological father, however, this theory was disproved with DNA test results in the 1990’s.

 

Sharon Marshall & Michael Hughes

Sharon Marshall
Sharon Marshall
Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes

Franklin Delano Floyd

Floyd in 2002
Floyd in 2002
DEATH ROW - Current Mug Shot
DEATH ROW – Current Mug Shot

During this time period, Sharon began to work as an exotic dancer, her dreams of studying aerospace engineering by now a distant memory. Sharon made friends with Cheryl Ann Commesso, 19, an exotic dancer who worked at the same club. Cheryl was beaten and killed by two shots to the back of the head in 1989. She was dumped along Florida Interstate 275 and for a long time was known simply as “Jane Doe I-275”. Soon after, Floyd and Sharon left Florida and shortly after that, the trailor they had occupied burned to the ground.

In yet another twist to this stranger than fiction story, Sharon and Floyd were married in 1989 in New Orleans under the aliases Clarence Marcus Hughes and Tonya Dawn Tadlock. Floyd and Sharon, along with Michael, then headed to Oklahoma.

In April of 1990 Sharon was killed in a suspicious hit and run accident while both she and Floyd were being sought in connection with Cheryl Ann Commesso’s murder investigation. Floyd remains the primary suspect in the hit and run that killed his daughter/wife.

After his mother’s death, when DNA test results proved conclusively that Floyd was not Michael’s biological father, Floyds visitation rights were terminated and Michael was put into foster care. His foster parents, who had begun formal adoption proceedings, reported that when he first came to them Michael was non-verbal, had limited muscle control and often exhibited hysterical behavior. While in their care, however, Michael apparently made great progress.

In the final twist to this bizarre and sad story, Michael was kidnapped by Floyd from Indian Meridian Elementary School in Choctaw, OK on September 12, 1994. He held school officials at gunpoint and forced Michael and the school principal into the principal’s pick-up truck. Eventually Floyd let the principal go, basically unharmed but traumatized, tied to a tree. Young Michael was never seen again.

Floyd was arrested two months later in Kentucky where he steadfastedly refused to give any information as to Michael’s whereabouts. Floyd claimed Michael was out of the country or possibly in the Atlanta, GA area. However, multiple witnesses have come forward saying Floyd confessed to them that he murdered Michael by drowning him in a bathtub, somewhere in the Atlanta area. Still other witnesses say they saw Floyd bury Michael’s’ body in a grave. Floyd was tried and sentenced to 55 yrs in prison for Michael’s kidnapping.

Some time later, a mechanic working on Floyd’s old pick-up truck, which had been auctioned, discovered a multitude of photos wedged over the gas tank. The explicit photographs clearly proved Sharon had been subjected to sexual abuse her entire life. In addition, photos showing Cheryl Ann Commesso beaten and bound and sitting on the sofa in Floyd’s old trailor in Florida, were discovered along with photos of other females. These photographs were used as evidence against Floyd in the Commesso murder trial in 2002 where he was later convicted and sent to death row.

After Sharon’s death, upon further investigation into Floyd’s background, investigators learned that he was a career criminal who had first been arrested at the age of 17 in a gunfight with law enforcement during a burglary. Floyd was also arrested for abducting and raping a young woman at a bowling alley in 1962. All told, Floyd has admitted to convicting at least 19 felonies.

Floyd has not been convicted of either Sharon or Michael’s murders but is still under investigation for both crimes. He has a documented history of schizophrenia, was raised by two alcoholic parents and at some point was turned over to an orphanage by his mother who never came back to retrieve him. Floyd’s defense attorneys presented these facts in his defense at his trials in an attempt to solicit sympathy from the juries.

Franklin Delano Floyd now sits on death row at the Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, FL.

Sadly, Michael Hughes has never been located and is presumed dead. His mother “Sharon Marshall” still remains unidentified and is buried in Choctaw, OK.

Real Name: Unknown

Known aliases:

  • Sharon Marshall (most commonly used alias)
  • Suzanne Davis (mostly when she was a young child)
  • Tonya Hughes
  • Tonya Dawn Tadlock

Real Name: Franklin Delano Floyd

Known Aliases:

  • Charles Hughes
  • Clarence Marcus Hughes
  • Trenton Davis
  • Warren Judson Marshall
  • Preston Morgan
  • Kingfish Floyd

If you have any information about Michael or Sharon, please contact the Choctaw, OK Police Department or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If you found this case interesting and would like to learn more about Sharon and Michael and this fascinating case, I highly recommend author Matt Birkbeck’s terrific book  ” A Beautiful Child”. It’s one of the best true crime stories I have ever read.  Warning:  once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down until you’ve finished reading it!

The Unsolved Murder of Rashawn Brazell has become one of the most horrific murder cases in the state of New York

→ Rashawn was a 19-year-old who lived in Bushwick located in Brooklyn, NY. On February 14th, 2005 (aka Valentine’s day.) at approximately At 7:30 that morning, an unknown person rang the apartment building’s buzzer and Rashawn went down to meet him. According to other witnesses, they seen Rashawn with a unknown adult male, outside his Brooklyn, New York apartment and the two men entered the subway together at the Gates Avenue station. Witnesses believe the two exited at the Nostrand Avenue station in Bedford Stuyvesant a short time later. Rashawn was suppose to meet his mother, Desire Brazell,  later that day for lunch. He never showed up and couldn’t be reached.

Three-days-later on February 18th, 2005, two transit workers found a bloody trash bag in the tunnel of the Nostrand Avenue station. The bag contained Brazell’s right shoulder, right arm and lower legs. Then Five-days after Rashawn’s dismembered body parts were found, a piece of Brazell’s pelvis was found in a Greenpoint recycling plant.

Police have chased down many possibilities behind the sick murder – from angry gay lovers to a twisted serial killer. “We have chased hundreds of leads across the country and we are not closer today than we were in 2005,”said Lt. John Cornicello, commander of the NYPD’s Brooklyn North homicide squad.

Investigators spent time in Texas sniffing around a duffel bag factory after DNA evidence proved that an empty black bag sitting in the subway tunnel was used to carry the victim’s corpse. “It is very hard to say after all this time that there is nothing new. It is a shame.”

Poster’s have been posted all threw out the City featuring Rashawn’s horrific murder, just about everybody in Bushwick has heard about Rashawn’s murder and they all had one question… Why?

Desire Brazell holding a photo of Rashawn.

Since Rashawn Brazell’s butchered body was found scattered across Brooklyn over seven years ago, his mom has lived with the added burden of fear that the killer will strike again. Or possibly has struck again to someone else, somewhere.
“I hope someone can call in and give the information we need to close this case,” said Desire Brazell. “I don’t want any family to go through what I went through.”

When Rashawn’s disappearance and murder first unfolded, media refused to cover his story, which in return caused outrage and responses from bloggers and activists arguing that his murder received very little coverage due to the fact that he was a black gay working-class male. Rashawn’s case has since aired numerous times both Nationally and locally on America’s Most Wanted, with the latest airing in 2008.

After the last airing of AMW, Rashawn’s case started to loose interest. So to keep public-interest, in 2008 the Brazells lead a memorial march in Rashawn Brazell’s honor from his old Bushwick apartment to the Bedford-Stuyvesant subway station where his body parts were found. They hope the walk will stir up public interest in the case leading to that one clue pointing cops towards Rashawn Brazell’s killer.

Rashawn Brazell In Younger Years

Rashawn wasn’t a trouble maker, he played by the law, had a job, hung out with friend’s, graduated, had an apartment and was loved by many people and deserves Justice just like any other murdered human being. His family deserves Justice and the killer is still at-large. Who will he strike next?