***Warning: Today's mystery involves the deaths of children.***
On December 12, 2007, Nancy Bochicchio and her seven-year-old daughter, Joey, pulled into the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton, Florida. They were captured by a surveillance camera leaving the mall at 3:11 p.m.
Police were called to the mall just before midnight. Nancy's SUV was parked in the Sears parking lot with the engine still running. The bodies of her and her daughter were inside, bound, and one of them was wearing blacked-out goggles.
Nancy's purse was found 45 miles away. The crime has never been solved.
|Joey and Nancy Bochicchio|
However, it was only one of a string of similar cases in the Boca Raton area. Earlier in 2007, Randi Gorenberg left the Town Center Mall following an afternoon of shopping. Her body was found behind a nearby Civic Center. Police were alerted to the situation by a witness who reported hearing gunshots and seeing a woman being pushed from the passenger side of a dark SUV. The SUV matched Randi Gorenberg's vehicle.
|Randi Gorenberg and her vehicle|
An anonymous woman may have provided insight into what happened to this woman. In a 2008 interview, she described in detail what happened to her and her daughter at the Town Center Mall just four months before Nancy and Joey's murder.
The mom, identified as Jane Doe, left the mall for her SUV. She strapped her son into his car seat, closed his door, and walked around to the driver's-side door to get in. That was when she saw a man in the back seat with a gun pointed at her son's head. The man made her drive, stop at an ATM to withdraw $600, then drive to a remote spot. He bound her with zipties and drove around, but as they spoke, he seemed to warm up to her and let her and her son go. This was the composite that was made of the abductor.
The crimes appear to be isolated to 2007, which means the perpetrator could be in jail on another charge or maybe he stopped killing altogether. He could have simply changed his M.O. Or maybe the three crimes weren't connected at all. What do you think?