It's Monday, which means it's time for another...
Every Monday, I'm presenting a new mystery. Today's mystery was requested by the lovely Denise.
***Warning: Today's mystery involves the deaths of children.***
The 70s were a time of awakening for many Americans. At the start of the decade, people innocently believed nothing could happen to their children. One by one, news stories emerged that shattered that innocence. In the mid to late 70s, residents of Oakland County, Michigan had their awakening.
The terror began on February 15, 1976, when 12-year-old Mark Stebbins left a party to walk home and was never seen again. His body was found four days later.
Ten months later, 12-year-old Jill Robinson left home on her bike after an argument with her mom about making biscuits. Jill had an inexplicable fear that she would be shot. It was such an issue, her mom even took her to a therapist to discuss it. Her body was found four days later...she'd been killed by gunshot.
Days later, on January 2, 1977, 10-year-old Kristine Mihelich left home to purchase a magazine at a convenience store near her home. She disappeared while walking back from the store. Her body was found 19 days later in a town seven miles away.
The final victim, Timothy King, disappeared on March 16 while on the way to buy candy at a drugstore. As he left the store, two witnesses saw a man with sideburns and long, shaggy dark hair approach him. His body was found six days later in a ditch.
In all four cases, the children weren't killed immediately. They had all been washed and their fingers and toes had been manicured. The cause of death was either suffocation or strangling, except in Jill Robinson's case. She was the only victim who had been shot.
Although there were many suspects, the murderer was never caught. Witnesses in the Timothy King abduction said the perpetrator drove a blue gremlin that looked like this:
As far as the police know, the Oakland County Child Killer never struck again. Was he arrested on another charge? Did he die? Did he simply stop committing crimes?
Or could he possibly have continued to harm children, only in a different area of the country?