Monday, June 12, 2017

Mystery Monday: Mary Morris

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



On October 12, 2000, Mary Lou Morris said goodbye to her husband and left for work. She was never seen again.


Mary Lou Morris

When her husband couldn't reach her throughout the day, he became concerned. Later that day, after learning she never showed up for work, he reported her missing. It was around that time that a body was found incinerated in a car. Later, the name of the victim was released: Mary Morris.



Just three days later, the body of another Mary Morris was found in a car nearby. The second Mary had been shot in the head.



Although the first Mary had little drama in her life, the second Mary, Mary McGinnis Morris, had plenty to spare. She was having marital problems, as well as dealing with a disgruntled employee at work. Soon before her death, she saw that the fired employee had written "Death to Mary" on his desk calendar. She'd begun carrying a gun to protect herself.


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To this day, police have been unable to officially link the two murders. But they happened in Houston, where millions of people live. What are the odds that two women named Mary Morris would be murdered within days of each other in the same small geographical area?



They look similar...is it possible a professional killed the wrong Mary? Then when the killer realized the mistake, they went back to fix the situation?

26 comments:

  1. Maybe the Terminator was just being systematic?
    That's a big coincidence. It does sound like a hit job on the wrong woman. Especially if the killer was never caught in either murder. What a terrible tragedy.

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    1. Terminator! I didn't even think about that. Yeah, I think a hit can be the only explanation. Although I suppose a coincidence could happen, but there really was no explanation for why the first Mary would have been killed.

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  2. Hi Stephanie - that's what I thought ... he'd made a mistake and thus needed to kill his intended ... but would someone kill again after the first time ... extraordinary story though. Cheers Hilary

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    1. I'm thinking maybe a paid killer...someone like that can't possibly have a conscience.

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  3. How weird that both of these women were killed so close in time and neither were solved. Sad stories and really feel for the victims.

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    1. I have hope that this one will be solved someday.

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  4. I agree with the above comments. Probably a hit man with the wrong Mary.

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    1. That seems to be the most obvious answer.

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  5. How weird and complicated this one seems. And such a coincidence.

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  6. Entirely possible. Also possible that the second Mary was a bit of a nut case and shot herself with her own gun.

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    1. It is possible, for sure. I can't remember the details of how her body was found...seems they ruled it murder for a reason, but I'd have to dig back in to find out. That's the problem with writing my blog posts a month in advance!

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  7. I agree as well - the first one was mistakenly killed.

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  8. That is some fatal mistake indeed. What a haunting story.

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  9. That's a huge mistake, if so, as the women do not look to be close in age.

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  10. Oh, the killers made a huge blunder and then went after their intended victim. The police must have looked into the former disgruntled employee?? I wonder if the young woman had life insurance? Interesting case but feel very sad for the people left behind

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  11. How sad and tragic for both women! But if the killer made an error and took out the wrong Mary, and then killed the Mary he was aiming for, what a tragedy for the mistaken woman to have the same name...doomed from the day her parents named her....

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  12. Hit man got the wrong person. It probably happens all the time.

    Love,
    Janie

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  13. Yeah, it definitely seems like it was a case of same-name confusion. How awful for both women.

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  14. Wow, that's like a TV show but it's real life.

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  15. It sounds like there are too many coincidences to ignore in these two cases. They have to be related.

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  16. Hi, Stephanie - I agree with both you and the majority of your readers. This case does sound like 'same name confusion'. How tragic for all families involved.

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  17. I couldn't help but think Terminator as I read. Sounds as though the killer made a mistake and had to kill both or he killed both trying to take some of the light off of the second Mary's death.

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  18. That is very interesting!! I do think it was a mistake as well! So very sad!

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  19. I actually disagree.
    I think the killer is crime savvy and killer the other Mary to create confusion thus getting away with murder.

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