Friday, July 24, 2009

Top Three Unsolved Crimes In Springfield

Unfortunately, Springfield is no stranger to murder! I'm listing what I consider to be the top three murders in our local area. Of course, this is just in my lifetime. I'm sure there are many I've forgotten or just don't know about.


3. The Revelle Murders. A local banker was accused of murdering his wife to cover up the fact that he'd stolen large sums of money from his bank. He was tried and convicted, but the sentence was later overturned.

2. The Feeney Murders. A nurse from a local hospital failed to show up for shift. When police were called to investigate, they discovered the bodies of the nurse and her two children. Her husband was tried and acquitted.

1. The Three Missing Women. This one because it's never been solved. Obviously, with no bodies ever found, we can only assume this is a murder case. But after all these years.....?

These have always been fresh on my mind. Can you think of more? Do you think these three murders will ever be solved?

54 comments:

RTHRBRTN said...

It seems Springfield has more and more murders - many unsolved. You have picked three top cases that I'm aware of.

Janet Kay Gallagher said...

I hope to see "the case of the three women"solved.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Jackie Johns dissappeared shortly after we came to Missouri. More than 20 years later her body was found and her murderer arrested this year.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++...Schneck a Marshfield man murdered seven family members and tried to blame it on his nephew. He was convicted.
++++++++
In the grocery store, I ran into a co-worker, that job had ended, so I hadn't seen her for awhile. I ask,"did you and that boyfriend get married yet?" she took a deep intake of air and told me."Schneck was her man and they were making plans to buy a house when they got married and she was real happy. Until the Police came to her door. She was told after the trial that he wanted the family property to sell for money to buy the house for her.She was having a real hard time with the fact that he could fool everyone like that, and no one knew what he was capable of doing.She had a small son and it was hard to think she had brought someone evil into their home."

Shirley said...

I do remember the Jackie Johns case. That was another biggie. The Marshfield one doesn't ring a bell though. That's really scary that someone you knew went through something so frightening.

I'm also trying to find more about the Randy Rust trial that someone mentioned this week. Curious to know what crime he was actually charged with - Intent to commit a crime? Still not sure.

Janet Kay Gallagher said...

Question: Did they ever find the woman that was mowing the church grounds when she dissappeared ?

harley said...

Jackie Johns, Kelly Workman, Debbie Lewis and the 3 missing women all had ties with Gerald Carnahan. Interestingly enough the police didn't think it newsworthy to make this connection and provide the public with comparisons. Gerald was only found out when he tried to abduct a young woman from Sunshine near ByPass 65.

There also is the convenience store clerk (Dorothy Robinson?) that was found dead by an early morning customer on East Division.

Anyone remember Shirley Jane Rose who lived with her mother on South Scenic near Bennett street? She was walking to her grandmother's house a couple blocks North and found either a year or two on the banks of the watershed lake (can't think of the name) way out North Grant Street.

Did they find the murderer of the 13 year old Smith girl whose body they found in a garage on West Division just past Grant?

harley said...

Hey, also not in Springfield but the lady who disappeared from the laundromat somewhere in Ozark or Nixa AND Lynn Seals who disappeared from her farm home on P highway just outside of Verona, leaving a toddler unattended to be found by the husband when he returned home from either chores or work later that day.

Rumors that maybe Sheriff of Greene and Christian may have had something to do with them. Ever been solved?

harleyeugene

harley said...

Don't forget the woman found at 7 Gables truck stop in West Springfield on Chestnut Expressway and there was a man found hanging on a fence just under the rr overpass on west nichols - years ago.

Shirley said...

I do remember some of those other ones. Is that one in Nixa at the Laundromat a really old crime? I remember one years ago where the sheriff at the time was considered a suspect at least by the media.

Might be fun to look some of these up and see what we can find.

Janet Kay Gallagher said...

The man found hanging on the fence was not hung, someone staked him on the fence after they had beaten him to death.
At the time, there were 3 or 4 men like a small gang that were beating up people who frequented a rough bar near where that man was found. They were kicking and stomping people but no one came forward to identify them.
You would think the police would have an idea about who they were, unless they were backing off on purpose.

Beth said...

Some day when he's locked away for good (or dead), remind me to tell you of the close encounter I had with a certain someone. I'm too superstitious to put it on the web. He may come after me. I dodged a bullet, for sure.

Shirley said...

Now that sounds really scary, Beth. Any chance he'll ever be locked up for good?

Beth said...

I don't know. I sure hope so. I get shaky thinking about it.

Anonymous said...

Hi.. I know this will come up anonymous and I am sorry but, I have to be careful. Anyways, is there any of you that have knowledge about the Feeney murders? I have spent countless hours on this case and have some questions but, no one will listen really. Thank you I will check back.

Anonymous said...

you will find that the (fellow) beaten and left on the fence under the rr# overpass was killed ..by ricky and kenny dykes ,you will soon find out that (ricky dykes killed) the 3mw,and was employeed by diverisified plastic , owned by gerald carahan

Anonymous said...

ALSO BE WILLING TO GIVE YOU ALL YOU NEED TO WRITE THE BOOK ON THIS , IF I'M ALIVE WHEN THIS IS OVER

Anonymous said...

I remember the Shirley Jane Rose story...curiosity about that case brought me to this website. My family moved to that part of Springfield shortly after it happened. I was her age and went to the same elementary school she was going to at the time. My best friend was friend's with her. It was something we didn't talk about since we were only 10 and it was unbelievable. I heard that some wealthy man's son was thought to be involved...the same family that owned Fletcher's BBQ way back then?

Anonymous said...

yes (fletchers ) son , and he always ran with sanchez (71/2 ) tall =both are gallopping goose m.c. , reports are that (these 3mwm) were tortured and raped for days by the entire club , its time for lethal injection ,...first one who talks walks... the rest get the needle

Anonymous said...

witness info within the drug circuit states that (fletcher) killed the girl scout shirley rose buried her by that lake , with sanchez ..( both gallopping goose m.c.) same witness provides info that gerald carahan was there with the ( then -kidnapped) 3 mw ...and further states that carahan cut off suzys left breast , this and other missing women seemed to have all been done under the noses of springfield the outlaw motorcycle club ( gallopping goose and el foresto m.c.)you will find that ricky dykes ( gallopping goose ) was in charge and that the 3 suzy ran with , ( call them graverobbers if you want) -they were minions on the gooses ,...hanger ons ,wanna bes ,...small dealers , you need only refer to ( garrisons ) testatmony on the drunken orgy the girls were killed in ,...and (WITNESS) ..THE FACT...that at-and during the trial the /bad ass bikers who threatened to kill the judge -the lawyers ,garrison ,his family etc ,...

Anonymous said...

Shirley Jane Rose was my cousin, I was w/her the day she disappeared and no one has ever been charged in her death. I wonder if DNA would assist in solving the murder and wish I knew where to start in getting that to happen.

Anonymous said...

that shirley rose murder , is actually a (DOUBLE MURDER) ...AS ALSO they took the neighbor next door , who tryed to stop the abduction , ( that body ) was found in the lake , and i.d.ed by the number on hip , or knee replacement , ...its confirmed ............this established a pattern ( an -m.o.) that method being to kill all the additional witnesses , ...........and so this outlaw 1% motorcycle club is also involved in the 3mw ............

From the Heart said...

I am in full agreement with Anonymous as to the involvement of Ricky Dykes and the Galloping Gooses. I write much on the 3MW case and Anonymous knows who I am. The evidence is very compelling, and I know some people who knows these sick, twisted people and have given me some similar info.
To the commenter who mentioned the 13 year old found in the garage on West Division and Grant: her name was Tammy Lynn Smith. She lived down the road from my grandma, who adored her. I was supposed to be named after her, but my folks decided it was too morbid. However, Tammy was 15 when she disappeared in 1982. The crime was solved back in '04 or '05 and the sicko responsible is now in prison.

Ron Davis said...

11/13 Anon: What do you want to know about the Feeney case? I've been lucky (or unlucky) enough to cover the Revelle, Feeney, Deb Lewis, 3MW and Workman cases. Ask and I'll do my best to answer.

Ron Davis
rondavis@me.com

Anonymous said...

ron davis (i have attemped to contact you ) not on the feeney case but the 3mw,....my info can be discerned krom kathy baird ,.....this is the question , gerald carahan had someone with him when he tryed to kidnap (heather starky) ....that person ,was the driver in a rented car that day ,.....and after heather got away , (he) claimed to be a chuch deacon or high up important person , and walks ,.....but now knowing gerald was connected to missing women from willard and near joplin , and killed jackie johns ,.and when gerald brought back his taiwan wife with her 13 year sister ,...the little sister went missing ,.........now with all that ...its so ceratin that (heather) was to be killed ,....gerald in effect trusted this man with his life ,.....who was this man ,.....i can prove that the owner of the split window dodge van shown on airalex , ( owned by ricky dykes) ...worked for diversified plastic a gerald carnahan company ......that name means more today then ever ,.............we want the name

Anonymous said...

I went to school with Shirley Jane Rose's brother and Sister. I have never heard anything about it since then except rumors. I would love to know why they gave up and if the new DNA evidence could help. Never forget our precious angels.

Anonymous said...

they are not ( gave up ) , they walk among us waiting to kill their next victim , killers on the loose , with a license to kill

Anonymous said...

As of August of 2011 Springfield has at least two more unsolved cases. Both being double homicides. There is the elderly couple that was killed south west of Springfield and then (although not technically in Springfield) you have the Porters which started as missing persons and ended up in Taney county as another double homicide. I have been following the Porters because they lived not to far from me. I have been doing some of my own investigating by asking some of the shadier characters I happen to know whether or not they know anything about it. My friends know I have been following the case and my investigation has payed off. Of course this is here say but according to one of my really close friends a man has been arrested for the murders and the police have kept it quite a secret from the media. The suspect happens to be a relative of a mutual friend. Seems as though they owed the suspect a large sum of money, probably for meth. Of course this is here say and is nothing the police do not already know. I just find it interesting how you can get information like this on the street.

Shirley said...

Wow, I can't believe the information that has shown up on this blog. I'm curious if any of you have contacted Barbara Kemm-Highton, author of Missing or Murdered in Missouri. Her book is out now, but she did interview most of the victims' families in her book.

Anonymous said...

anonymous i dont know why people arent listening to you about the 3mw case, but i know all of what you've said, and its true

Anonymous said...

I've always thought I knew about 3mw.I know the people that are suspected as I read many articles.I want to know.if you all have info just state it anon&maybe we can do what cops won't. I love my friends.some things are too unnecessary.you have to know most is expected-but not killing of young women who haven't done anything.please post so I may understand what confuses me right now.don't say your names.doesn't matter.I want to figure if it's all true.I will give info as I can

Anonymous said...

pg 59 -missing or murdered in missouri , (june 17 kelle anne workman started work at the new dogwood store ) hired byterry walker , former boyfriend of debbie lewis , ...........so carnahan was friends with mr. walker because elmer lewis states on ( newsleader ) that his daughter partied with gerald carnahan who she also dated and friends , .....also the named killer of the 3mwm , shows on case .net ---he worked for gerald carnahan , ..................all these murders are connected

Anonymous said...

Yes it makes since that Gerald didnt always work alone and the ggmc affiliation is valid. The police in this town are not interested in solving 3mw. So sad that they wont even investigated solid leads.

small town girl said...

Could this news be passed on to the FBI or some other agency?? Have you shared it recently?? Seems to make sense & a story I have heard bits & pieces of for years,mostly on blogs, I was only 15 when this happened,but have always hoped their families would get justice.

Anonymous said...

i am from Springfield mo but at the time i lived in willard mo a town out side so Springfield i lived across the street from a girl i went to school with that knew one of the 3 missing women she had told me that she seen the to younger girls at a party that night the night they went missing it crazy cause i have heard so may stories about what happened to them but there is one that i did here that is very convincing but who knows i just hope at least they are in peace and god is with them.

Anonymous said...

hi it me again the person from willard i read some of the story's here and wow about the 3 m women i got to say wow cause it is almost what i heard to but one thing different i heard from a source that new some one that knew the person that might have killed them. if Ricky Dykes had done it he was not alone from my understanding mr Gerald Carnahan i think might have been involved. him and the woman named Susan knew each other from my understanding and from my understanding she bought drugs from mr Carnahan at one time so who knows for sure im not accusing any one but i am relating the message that i heard at one time bu now mr Gerald Carnahan is in jail for the killing of a woman that happened years ago so any way i heard one other thing that they will never be fond not trying to be graffic or gross but what im about to say dont read if you dont want to know but iheard that they will not be found because i heard that they might have been placed in a smelting machine and melted but that is just here say all i know is they will be woke up one day and they will face god and there murderer or murderers will be to and he or they will be judged for what they did and that goes for every one that has been murdered god love all so as we should god bless you all that reads this.

Anonymous said...

, ....all right heres your thing on carnahan , .he hung out with the ggmc , and bragged about raping little suzy , he claimed and it was laughed about that suzy got up and ran away and that ( chief -santana -or sanchez chased her down and brought her back , and gerald cut suzy left breast with a knife , ......the story was confirmed by a second party , who told ( k.b.) the same story , ...........now on shirley rose it was the fletcher boys with chief who took the rose girl cause mommy owed drug money , ......they took her out by lake mcdaniel and gang raped her and chief killed her and the next door neighbor , ........the neighbors id was positive with the bones found off the bridge with a hip or knee serial number , .........

Anonymous said...

does anybody remember some years ago when Kentucky fried chicken on north glenstone had a robbery and the manager and cashier were shot? Heard this story and can't find anything about it.

Joe said...

In 1945 my parents stopped for groceries at the Mom and Pop grocery on Grant and MtVernon. My Dad went in and left my Mother outside in the running car. My Mother remembered something else She needed and went in leaving the car still running. Someone stole the car. A few days later Spfd Police found our car. The only thing missing from the car was a flaslight. While our car was missing, there was an old man murdered out South on Scenic St. The only clue was a flashlight found in the drive. My Mother wanted my Dad to call the police and tell them that our car might have been used in the murder. He wouldn't call.
I would like to know more about that Murder.
Does anyone remember the details?
Did they ever find the killer.

JW said...

The girl's body that was found in the shed or garage behind the 1st house West of Grant on the North side of Division. I think that case was solved in the last 10 years many years after Her death.
If I remember right, There was a man running a repair shop in the old service mstation building on the NW corner of Division and Grant. The girl would come in and visit with him. He killed Her and had his partner help him move the body.
I think the partner confessed.

Stan said...

On the Shirley Rose case. I was thinking her name was Shirley Jean Rose. Regardless, She lived in the big house now occupied by DeLong Plumbing. She was walking to Her Grandparents, (Joe Peck was Her Grandfather) on West Ave. just North of Grand. A witness saw a 57 Chevy driving slowly alongside Her in the area of the Vermillion business.
That car was thought to belong to the Fletcher boy.
I heard that Shirleys Mother was selling drugs at that time and a deal went bad. Shirley was taken to put pressure on Mrs. Rose.
The Police get hot on the case and Shirley was killed, They hadn't intended to kill Her.
Mrs Rose thought She knew who killed Shirley but the PD couldn't find enough evidence.

Jeannie Barrett said...
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Jeannie Barrett said...

Yes her name was Shirley Jean Rose.

Anonymous said...

Is the Fletcher that you speak of, Chris? I was a waitress for his heavy metal bar in the late 80s (before it became a stripper club) ugh. I remember a man being beat to death outside (I did't see it, I was working) but then he drove about 2 blocks and died in a gas station parking lot.

Anonymous said...

Is the Fletcher that you speak of, Chris? I was a waitress for his heavy metal bar in the late 80s (before it became a stripper club) ugh. I remember a man being beat to death outside (I did't see it, I was working) but then he drove about 2 blocks and died in a gas station parking lot.

Anonymous said...

Is the Fletcher that you speak of, Chris? I was a waitress for his heavy metal bar in the late 80s (before it became a stripper club) ugh. I remember a man being beat to death outside (I did't see it, I was working) but then he drove about 2 blocks and died in a gas station parking lot.

Anonymous said...

Is the Fletcher that you speak of, Chris? I was a waitress for his heavy metal bar in the late 80s (before it became a stripper club) ugh. I remember a man being beat to death outside (I did't see it, I was working) but then he drove about 2 blocks and died in a gas station parking lot.

Kristy said...

I have been researching the Shirley Jane Rose murder and need more information. Any family or friends that are reading this, will you please contact me? Kristys5954@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I was called to the 1994 grand jury that investigated Steve Garrison as a suspect in the 3mw case. No indictments were issued. Later, in 1999, a police informant told me that Garrison was selling confiscated drugs for the police, and the women found out about it, and were eliminated because they posed a threat to the corrupt police dept.we seem to have here.

Allison said...

The 15 year old girl that was found was in the shed was the aunt of my husband. The man that confessed to helping in moving the body gave a few different stories on how exactly everything happened. My husband and I became curious on details of Tammy Lynn after I was trying to find more information on the murder of my sister and her two children done by her husband in kennewick,Wa back in 2005. If anyone has anymore information about Tammy Lynn Smith that we might not already know, that would be fantastic.

Tanya Taillon said...

Wow, there is so much info out there that you never hear about on the news. I went to school with Shirley Rose...her disappearance, just blocks from my house, led to my parents moving out in the country. I have never heard anything on who might have committed this horrible crime.

Anonymous said...

The galloping goose use the third i movement anyone know what that is some members are miltary trained beaumonts in sparta mo. Are used mac were trained by one man

Anonymous said...

I need to my murder is next

Anonymous said...

Shirley Jean Rose was two years younger that myself at the time this took place. I met Steve Fletcher in 1980 and married that year. I had no idea of any connection with anything, until the police came in our house asking questions. That is when I learned of a possible connection. Only because he had one of two identical cars, and were the only cars in Springfield at that time. One problem is, Steve had a motorcycle accident when he was 17yrs old. Born in 1955 so in 1972 he was in a hospital w/a broken back and a wheelchair for a year. He did walk but not well and walked with a cane. Not steady on his feet-because of the broken back and was never supposed to walk again. He was no involved with any galloping gooses, he had a honda at the time of his wreck. The Harley was when we were married. As for the rumors of meth. He never did that, and he would have cooperated with any thing to help solve the crime as well as clear his name. Because they were so fixated on the fact that it was either him or his brother. The PD never looked anyplace else. We now know the first place to look is within the home. That is usually where many of these types crimes are looked into. I could be off in that, but now that all the suspects the Springfield PD were looking in are deceased. Also, if it is because of a car--that was one of two routes to take from Flecthers BBQ. It would not be unusual to drive along Scenic. I worked there, I was 18 when I married him, and 7yrs his younger. Two years older than Shirley Jean Rose. The thought of never putting together the fact that his name is still floating around as a suspect? With a broken back and was in a wheel chair--how that important information never makes it clear on how it is possible when he was paralyzed from the waist down? Is pretty significant.

Anonymous said...

Another double murder that took place on New Year's Eve that has never been mentioned since it happened. I can't even find it by a Google search? Is Jimmy Sullivan and his girlfriend Sherri. He owned a house in Springfield on Peach Tree, that after the two months it took PD to get to the house? The snakes downstairs were almost starving. They were his pets and had them for years. Sheirri had horses at the farm. She had previously worked for the FBI. This was an incident that many rumors were that the gooses did kill them. No information, no investigation, I am not even sure if his family ever got the property after this happened or what happened with it. Many of the cars and other items on that property with titles that belonged to the rightful owners was never returned? There was no drugs or extra cash found. In other words no reason to tie this up as a drug related crime. It is so buried that it looks like to murder ever took place. Why?

Anonymous said...

As for comments concerning injection and justice against the Fletcher boys. Chris passed in 1998 and Steve has been gone since 2004. Their parents were friends with several business owners whose sons were affiliated with the gooses at that time. Not the Fletcher boys--they were not considered West Side, they were not accepted by the West side affiliations. Especially then, they went to school at Glendale. This was known and still is, many do not mingle with the side of town you are not from! Just because the business was on Scenic and Sunshine--still they were not considered West Side. It is true they were not in "need" of money. Holding grudges for money that may have been owed? I can't speak on that really, since I was close to her age at the time and did not know either one of them---but the PD still thought I held some information? They never looked at my age either. Vital, only two cars in Springfield at the time, that were the same make, year, and color. That is never mentioned--but was mentioned at my house by PD because Steve told them who did it--no follow up? Ever?