Murder Number 1.
On February 27 of 2015, 18-year-old Daylenn Moke Pua went out hiking up the Haiku Stairs, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, he was never seen again. Also called the Stairway to Heaven, the Haiku Stairs were originally built in 1942 on O’ahu by the U.S. Navy, and they sit atop the Ko’olau mountain range. The structure leads to a radio tower designed to broadcast across the entire Pacific. The stairs were closed in 1987, and they are technically off limits to casual hikers, but many ignore this and go up them anyway and trek up all 3,922 steps. Pua was one of these. He was last seen in Waianae, Oahu, at a bus headed for the stairs.
He posted several pictures on social media once reaching Haiku stairs and one picture was of the stairs themselves, indicating he was on the trail at around a.m. This would be the last time he was heard from. When Pua didn’t arrive home that day, his family reported him missing. A Massive search was launched comprising of the fire department, local volunteers, drone operators, and the U.S. Navy but failed to find any sign of him. Two witnesses later came forward claiming to have heard a man shout out for help on the day he went missing. At first, it was thought that he had simply slipped and fallen over one of the many harrowing cliffs of the area, but a closer look at one of the photos posted by him revealed that something sinister may have happened to him.
The photo in question seems to be a shot of O’ahu’s dense forest, but if you look more closely, you can see something strange lurking just below the trees. Closer inspection shows what appears to be a man crouched down in the bushes as if in hiding. Since this was one of the last photos Pua took, many believe that this is the image of a man who was following Pua and potentially abducted or killed him.
While others believe Pua simply got lost and perished in the area. Daylenn Pua remains missing to this day and the man in the photo has not been identified.
Murder Number 2.
One of the most prolific serial killers in California history, nicknamed The Grim Sleeper, who preyed on mostly African American women in the Los Angeles area, is thought to have murdered at least 11 people and quite possibly more from the 1980s to 2007. The killer would eventually be found to be Lonnie David Franklin Jr. His victims were all women, and one was a 15-year-old girl.
He killed eight women between 1985 and 1988 and then didn’t begin killing again until 2002. That long break is what earned him the nickname “Grim Sleeper,” because he “slept” between committing his grim crimes. Many of his victims were sex workers. One witness recalls that Franklin frequently brought sex workers into his home. He shot all of his victims with a .25 caliber gun and almost all of them came from similar neighborhoods – mostly black communities with poor families.
In 1988, one of Franklin’s victims got away alive and was instrumental in the court case against him nearly 20 years later. Enietra Washington, a then 30-year-old mother of two, was walking to her friends’ house when a stranger pulled up next to her and politely offered her a ride in his orange Pinto. She accepted the ride, However, he drove her in the opposite direction of where she wanted to go. He told her that he needed to make a quick stop at his uncles’ house to pick up money. They ended up on a side street, where he allegedly parked at a house near an apartment building and auto shop. He allegedly got out, walked up to the house, briefly talked to someone at the front door and returned about 10 minutes later.
He then drove her down a back alley where he shot her and then sexually assaulted her. After the attack, he started the Pinto and then pushed washington out. Where she picked herself up off the street and stumbled many blocks to the house of a friend, who called an ambulance. She survived the ordeal and was able to give a description of her attacker. But it wouldn’t be until 2010 when Franklin was finally caught through familial DNA testing after his 28-year-old son, Christopher, was convicted of a weapons charge in the summer of 2009 and had to give up a DNA swab.
Once it was determined that Christopher was related to the alleged killer, detectives followed Franklin to a pizza place in Buena Park. As Franklin finished his meal, a detective who posed as a busboy collected a fork, a plastic cup, a plate and a pizza slice left by Franklin. A few days later, DNA taken from the pizza slice came back as a match to DNA found on alleged Grim Sleeper victims. When authorities searched Lonnie David Franklin Jr.’s home after his arrest, they found 180 Polaroid photos hidden behind a wall in the garage. The photos were of women of all ages ranging from teenage girls to young women, to others in their 60s, mostly fully or partially nude and in various states of duress, with many of them beaten, unconscious, or seemingly sleeping, perhaps dead.
Some of the pictured women were identified and were still alive, and claimed the Grim Sleeper picked them up off of the street and asked them to pose for the photos. To this day, not everyone in the pictures has been identified, leaving the police to believe he may have killed far more women than the 11 initially attributed to him. There about 38 people in the photos that have yet to be identified. The police have compiled these photos and put together a slideshow of the unidentified individuals in an effort to find out whether they are alive or more victims. In August 2016, Franklin received the death penalty for 11 murders he conducted between the years of 1985 and 2007. Several of the victim’s relatives confronted him in court, but he still denied that he was the killer. He is now on California’s death row for the murders of Debra Jackson, Henrietta Wright, Barbara Ware, Thomas Steele, Bernita Sparks, Mary Lowe, Lachrica Jefferson, Alicia Alexander, Princess Berthomieux, Valerie McCorvey, and Janecia Peters. Authorities are trying to connect him with at least 15 other deaths.
Murder Number 3.
Karen and Michael Reinert lived with their divorced mother, Susan Gallagher Reinert, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Susan worked as a teacher at Upper Merion High School. On the evening of June 22, 1979, neighbors saw Susan and the children hurry to her car after receiving a phone call around pm. This would be the last time Susan was seen alive, and the children have never been seen again. Three days later, at a.m. on June 25, Susan’s nude body was found in the trunk of her own car, which was parked in the parking lot of the Host Inn in Swatara Township, Pennsylvania.
A “Spanish-sounding” voice called the police to report a woman was sick in her car in the inn’s parking lot, which led to the discovery of Susan’s remains. She was beaten viciously, stripped naked, chained, and may have been dragged a short distance. she was kept alive for 24 to 36 hours, finally being killed with an injection of morphine. There was no sign of Michael or Karen at the scene and an extensive search turned up no signs of either of them. Within weeks, police learned that on the day Susan, Michael, and Karen vanished, they were planning on meeting Susan’s boyfriend, William Bradfield.
Bradfield was the head of the English department at Upper Merion High School where susan also worked. Susan and Bradfield had begun their relationship in 1974, while Susan was still married to Michael and Karen’s father. In March 1979, three months before she and her children disappeared, she told friends Bradfield was going to marry her. Susan Reinert had named Bradfield as the beneficiary of life insurance policies worth $730,000 and she had changed her will to make Bradfield the sole heir to her estate, to the exclusion of her children.
Susan did not know that Bradfield was also dating at least three other women. There was also the $25,000 inheritance she received that appeared to have ended up in Bradfield’s possession. It is believed that Bradfield had murdered Susan and the children for Susan’s life insurance money. In 1983, Bradfield was arrested and charged with conspiring to murder Susan, Karen, and Michael. But Bradfield had an alibi. He was at the beach in Cape May, New Jersey, the weekend Reinert was killed and her children disappeared. Several teachers were with him and could vouch for his whereabouts. The then focus shifted to the school where they all taught – Upper Merion High School. The principal, Dr. Jay Charles Smith, at the time of Susan’s death, was already in prison, serving a five-year sentence for unrelated convictions of drug possession with intent to deliver and receiving stolen goods. Smith’s daughter and her husband, Stephanie Hunsberger and Edward Hunsberger, both disappeared in 1978.
The last confirmed sighting of them was on February 25, 1978, there were several reported sightings of the couple after this date, but none of them were verified. It was believed that Smith had a hand in their disappearance. However, there was no solid evidence to connect him to their disappearances and it’s unclear what happened to the Huntzbergers. Authorities believed Smith had committed the actual killings and Bradfield had orchestrated it. Smith had a date in court the morning Reinert’s body turned up. He was late for his sentencing in Harrisburg, not far from the hotel parking lot where police were removing her body from her car. Also found in the hatchback were a sex toy and a plastic comb bearing the name of Smith’s Army Reserve unit. Smith was eventually convicted of three counts of murder and sentenced to death. While Bradford was convicted of planning the murder and given three life sentences in prison. However, Smith was released when his conviction was overturned in 1989 because of allegedly concealed evidence by the prosecution. A retrial was ordered but never conducted. Smith was freed from prison in 1992. In 1998, Bradfield died while in custody.
He never admitted to involvement in Susan’s murder and Karen and Michael’s disappearances. After Bradfield’s death, authorities found a photograph among dozens of boxes of Bradfield’s belongings. They also include some writings that appear to be in code. The photograph, which police say was developed in 1986, depicts a stone marker that resembles a hooded figure. The stone is surrounded by fallen leaves, with woods in the background. Police believe the children’s remains may be buried there. Although dozens of tips came in when the photo was released a decade ago, investigators have been unable to locate the marker. Karen and Micheal still remain missing.
Murder Number 4
Delphi Murder On February 13, 2017, best friends Abigail Williams, 13, and Liberty German, 14, planned to go hiking near the beautiful area of Monon High Bridge trail, east of their small town of Delphi, Indiana. A day before, Abigail had a sleepover at Liberty’s home, who was in the primary care of her grandparents, Mike and Becky Patty.
Since school had been closed on the Monday of February 13th, the two friends asked Liberty’s grandma if they could go hiking. The girls were granted permission under the condition that they secured a ride to get there and back. Liberty’s older sister, Kelsi German, dropped the two off on her way to work at p.m. and the girls arranged to be picked up by Liberty’s father, Derrick German, after running several errands that would take two hours. At p.m, Liberty decided to record their adventure. They took some photos and uploaded a picture of Abigail smiling as she crossed the abandoned Monon High Bridge on Snapchat. At p.m., Derrick texted Liberty to let them know to start heading back to their meeting point to pick them up.
Upon arrival at 3:14, the girls were nowhere to be found. He proceeded to text and call Liberty numerous times but received no reply. Derrick now worried decided to walk the trail to search for the girls. Fifteen minutes later without any luck, he called Liberty’s grandma, Becky, letting her know that the girls were missing. The family then searched for the girls on the trail for about an hour but found no trace of them. As it was starting to become dark outside, the family officially reported the girls missing to the police shortly after pm.
By 6:00, a massive search was launched. Authorities and over a hundred local residents searched the trail that night. The following day, on February 14, At around 12 pm, a volunteer searcher stumbled upon the bodies of Abigail and Liberty near Deer Creek, about half a mile away from the bridge they were last pictured on. Authorities have not released how the girls had been murdered, and whether or not they had been sexually assaulted. But they did release two compelling images of a prime suspect, who they believe may have been the person responsible for the girls’ murder.
The picture that had been released to the public had been captured by Liberty German as she was recording Abigail during the hike. The suspect appeared to be a middle-aged caucasian male wearing a blue windbreaker or coat, denim blue jeans, a brown hat, brown shoes or boots, and a brown undergarment that may be clothing or a fanny pack. Three days later on February 22, 2017, another clue was made public when the police unveiled a 3 second audio of a male saying “Down the hill” that was recorded from Liberty’s phone. Authorities stated that the audio recording started off as “normal girl stuff, talking and laughing.” But when they saw the man on the bridge, the audio captured the girls becoming nervous and worried. It is believed that the girls likely saw the man when they entered the trail, and forgot about him by the time they walked the bridge. When the man appeared again on the bridge, the girls may have sensed impending danger. At one point, Liberty may have decided to click the picture of the suspect and conceal her phone at her side in her successful attempt to capture the suspect on tape.
By the time the suspect approached them, Liberty likely had put the phone in her pocket. It’s believed the suspect was unaware of the phone since it was recovered at the crime scene. A hill lies next to the bridge, which is likely what the suspect is referring to in the audio tape. The bodies were found across the very shallow creek that flows at the bottom of the hill. It is unclear, but theorized, that given the very shallow water, they simply crossed over the creek, and were promptly murdered. Other theories include that the girls had already been murdered and had been dragged or carried across. In July 2017, a witness came forward and reported that they saw the suspect in the area around the time the girls had been murdered. A composite sketch was released and police stated that the suspect has reddish-brown hair, stands between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10, and weighs between 180 and 220 pounds. The witness is uncertain of the suspect’s exact eye color but is confident that they were not blue.
In September 2017, a possible suspect was identified with the arrest of Daniel J. Nations at a traffic stop in Colorado. Nations is a registered sex offender in Indiana and was driving a car with expired Indiana license plates at the time of his arrest. Nations were arrested in Woodland Park for threatening people with a hatchet on a Monument hiking trail. A bicyclist was also fatally shot on the trail around the same time Nations was allegedly threatening people. In his car, a red Chevy Prizm, there was a hatchet, and a .22 caliber rifle. Nations has a lengthy criminal record including petty offenses, domestic violence, possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license, failure to appear in court and pleasuring himself in a woman’s restroom in a Rickers Gas Station. Although he was a person of interest in the case, police believed he probably was not the killer. Since on February 14, 2017, the day after the girls were murdered, as a registered homeless sex offender, Nations was present for his weekly checkup with authorities and had been consistently attending in the time prior.
Daniel Nations was sentenced to three years probation on January 5, 2018, for the charge of threatening hikers in Colorado, and in February the Indiana State Police announced he was no longer considered a person of interest in the Delphi murders. The murder of Abigail and liberty remains unsolved and the person in photograph has not been Identified.
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