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The Murder of Matthew Margolies

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In 1984, after the recent death of his grandfather, 13 year old Matthew Margolies was trying to make the most of his remaining summer vacation. No one would have known that day as he headed off to fish would be the last time that he would be seen by his family.  Matthew had spent many days along the river fishing with his grandfather in Greenwich, Connecticut. However, after his grandfather passed away, he still spent a lot of time with his grandmother including the night before he went missing. He woke up that morning on August 31, 1984 like so many others, and had gotten his fishing poles and gear together to go fish along the river.  Around 5:30 that evening, a few witnesses recalled seeing him but this was the last time the teen was seen alive. His mother became very concerned when he didn't return home when he said he would. Matthew was a responsible kid, kind kid. This was not like him at all. He always asked for permission and was a latchkey kid within the first generation o

The Lewiston-Clarkston Valley Serial Killer

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From the late 1970's into the mid-1980's, disappearances and murders rocked the quaint metropolitan area along Northeastern Washington and Northern Idaho known as the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. Over the years, suspects have been ruled out, some bodies found while others are still missing... but the biggest question is who  is the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley serial killer. Although they are 4 cases that definitely attributed to this series of killings, a fifth is also widely accepted as being another victim of the killer. The first disappearance occurred in 1979 and the last in 1984. Going forward, we will be outlining each victim and then a few suspects. Despite having so many victims, the case has gone cold although many believe they know who the killer truly is.  Christina White Christina White was a hyperactive 12 year old girl from Asotin, Washington who had been at a friend's house after a local parade on April 28, 1979. She had been known to get sick from being overheat

The Murder of Beth Ann Bodenschatz

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  In the rural town of Croyle Township, Pennsylvania, a call for emergency services is placed shortly after three children return home from school. The Bodenschatz children arrived home around 2:30 pm on January 12, 1996 to a devastating sight. Their mother, Beth Ann Bodenschatz, had been murdered.  Beth Ann was a registered nurse at nearby Lee Hospital. She led a quiet life with her husband and children in that small town. A small town that was shocked to it's core the day she was murdered and still echoes some of the same sentiment to this day.  The fourth Bodenschatz child, a five year old son, was home during the murder. He reported to police that he heard his mother arguing with the man and that he saw that the man had gun. His mother started yelling at the man who had brown hair and a brown jacket.  Once on the scene, police believe that the intruder may have been a home invader. Neighbors reported seeing a vehicle that may have been similar to a Suburu car parked at the end

The Murder of Katelyn Markham

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On August 14, 2011, 21-year-old Katelyn Markham was reported missing by her fiancĂ©, John Carter. He had last seen her the night before when he left her home around 11 pm.  Katelyn was about to graduate from the Art Institute of Cincinnati and lived in nearby Fairfield. She was working two jobs to support herself while in school. She had been with John for six years although they had only been engaged for around a year at the time she disappeared. They had made plans to move to Colorado to start their life after she graduated.  The Events of August 12-13, 2011 Despite being exhausted, John persuaded Katelyn to attend the Sacred Heart Church festival. This was an event they attended every year. While at the festival, it has been reported that the two had an argument. This disagreement led to Katelyn leaving the festival early.  The following day proceeded as normal. After she got off work, Josh came over to the house to hang out. A male friend stopped by but noticed a tension in the roo

The Disappearance of Samantha Sperry

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After a fight with her boyfriend, Samantha Sperry goes missing from Graves County, Kentucky. However, the story as to what happened that day just doesn't seem to add up.  Samantha Sperry was a 25 year old mother of two who was separated from their father. On March 28, 2018, she had gone with her boyfriend, Rhen Hendrickson, to visit his father, Dusty Holder, at his home. Hendrickson states that the couple had an argument and he left to go back to Murray, Kentucky where Samantha lived. After Hendrickson was gone, Holder told police that he and Samantha decided to take a 4 wheeler ride. Holder claims that the 4 wheeler got stuck in the mud close to dark. Instead of trying to walk back to his home or to find a road for help, they stayed in the woods all night. They used the 4 wheeler for warmth until it ran out of gas. They finally walked out of the woods that morning. However, instead of going the same direction, Holder went on way and Sperry the opposite way. This is the last time t

The Disappearance of Asha Degree

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In the early morning hours of February 14, 2000, 9 year old Asha Degree vanished from her Shelby, North Carolina home. 20 years later, she has never been found.  The night of February 13th, was a normal night until the power went out from a car wreck nearby their home. Iquilla, Asha's mother, woke up before six that morning to give Asha and her brother, O'Bryant, a bath. Normally this would have occurred the night before but the power outage changed plans. When she went to wake the children, she saw that Asha was not in her bed. She frantically searched the house and the family car but could not find Asha. Iquilla woke her husband, Harold, who suggested that she may have went to her grandmother's house across the street. Asha was not there. That is when panic full set in for her parents. Police arrived at the degree home by 6:30am with K-9's in tow. The dogs were not able to pick up on her scent. By 7am, the whole neighborhood had been awakened by the calls for Asha. Ma

The Disappearance of Rachael Garden

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On a spring day in 1980, Rachael Garden was walking from a corner market to a friend's home in Newton, New Hampshire but never arrived. Over 30 years later, she has never been found. Where is Rachael Garden? Rachael was the oldest of four children and usually ended up babysitting her siblings. The 15 year-old was a freshman in high school and was known for being outspoken and friendly. Rachael was known to be rebellious at times. She was known to occasionally skip school to smoke, drink and hang out with friends in the woods off of Maple Avenue. She was also vocal about not liking her parents rules or having to watch her siblings regularly.  The night Rachael Garden disappeared, she was carrying her dark blue tote bag with "Things" printed on it into Rowe's corner market. Peter Jewett, the owner of Rowe's, said that she bought a pack of cigarettes before leaving the shop and headed toward Maple Avenue. She never made it to her friend's home or back to her ho

The Disapppearance of Tawney Reed

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May 1, 2019 was the last time Tawney Reed was seen. She is yet another Black girl who has such little media coverage regarding her disappearance... but here is what we can find regarding her.  Tawney Reed is a 14 year-old African American girl from Reno, Nevada (or at least that is where she is missing from). She is 5'0" tall and approximately 130 pounds.  Authorities haven't released what she was wearing, what she was doing the day she disappeared, or what they think may have happened.  If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Tawney Reed, please call the Reno Police Department at 775-334-2121. Sources: The List of Black and Missing Continues to Grow - New York Amsterdam News Flying Under the Radar - Afro News

The Murder of Thelma Mooney

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Ironton, Ohio is a town of about 10,500 people. In 2007, the murder of Thelma Mooney rocked the community. The 83 year old mother and grandmother was brutally stabbed in her own home.  A Tragic Discovery The night if February 17th, Thelma Mooney heard someone knocking at her front. This startled her so much that she called her son. Her son, Dan, who walked over with his teenage daughter, Lindsey. The pair came inside and notes that Thelma was visibly nervous. However, when everything was checked out and seemed to be fine. What was unusual, as they excited the home, Thelma locked the door right away. She had always waited until her family was on the sidewalk every other time.  The next morning, a neighbor called Ron because Thelma's porch light was still on and her newspaper was in the driveway. This was very unusual for her.  Lindsey immediately ran to her grandmother's home. She had had trouble sleeping the night before worried about Thelma. She had begged to spend the night b

The Disappearance of Keaisha Hayes-Prater

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Sometime in the summer of 2019 was the last time 13 year-old Keaisha Hayes-Prater was seen. Very little information is out there regarding her disappearance due to the lack of media coverage for people of color .  Keaisha is a 13 year-old African American girl who stands 5'0" and weighs approximately 130 pounds. The brown haired, brown eyed teen is listed with a date missing as May 3, July 25, and August 23, 2019 from 3 different sources. Columbus, Ohio Police believe that she may still be in the area, but have no theories as to what happened to Keaisha.  I was unable to find ANY other information regarding her disappearance. There is a large disparity in the coverage of cases of missing and murdered women of color in the media.  We need to highlight these cases and continue to bring awareness to them. If you have a case that fits into this category, please send me an email at  mommalovestruecrime@gmail.com  and I will make a post regarding it no matter how little information

The Murder of Nicole Westbrook

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On April 22, 2012, Nicole Westbrook was walking to her new apartment after a night out when she was shot.  Who Was Nicole Westbrook? At the time of her murder, 21 year old Nicole had just moved to Seattle, Washington . A member of the Navajo Nation, she had grown up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She had moved with her boyfriend, Bryant Griffin, to Seattle to pursue her dream of becoming a pastry chef.  Her family was no stranger to heartbreak. Her father, Sargent Marshall Westbrook was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2005. Just 4 years later, her uncle was killed in Afghanistan while serving in the military.  A Night Out On the night of April 22, the couple decided to go out to celebrate Bryant's first check after their move. They ended the night by going to a comedy club. Around 2am, they walked to their apartment at the Quintessa. Despite "Private Property" and "No Loitering" signs all around the front of the building, there was a group of around 20 people

The Murder of William Montgomery

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31 years ago, on July 8, 1989, along a rural road in Southern Indiana, William Montgomery's body is discovered in a field. Who killed William Montgomery?  William "Billy" Montgomery was a husband and father. He had loved working with horses and had plans to leave his job to do just that. July 1989 William Montgomery was a cab driver from Louisville, Kentucky. On July 7th around 3 am, he went to pick up a fare at bar in Louisville. However, he never picked them up.  It is reported that he was last seen with 2 white males in their late teens or early 20s.  The day before his body was discovered, his cab w was s found abandoned along McCracken Road and Highway 150 near Palmyra, Indiana. No one knows how or why he ended up in Southern Indiana. Approximately one mile away, his body was found in a ditch. He had been shot in the head. The Stolen Car In his cab, police found beer cans that ended up being linked to evidence found in a stolen car that was abandoned i