TCD’s Thoughts: The Newlywed Murders

Karen and Dyke Rhoads on their wedding day 1986
Karen and Dyke Rhoads on their wedding day 1986

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When I first heard of this case, I was FURIOUS. I could not believe there had never been an arrest in this case when it was so very obvious who committed the crime. Not only is there massive police corruption, we have STATE politicians also covering up for Morgan.

So, let’s take a look at this case.

We know the motive was NOT to rape Karen Rhoads, as Morgan so effortlessly threw out there, because there has been no mention of that in any report. Dyke was the first to get stabbed, so it would have been very easy for the attacker to have raped Karen before he killed her. Yet, no rape. Morgan tried to say that the couple was killed because a motorcycle gang probably saw Karen outside in her yard and wanted to rape her. Yeah, ok, buddy. If that were the case, why didn’t they kidnap her right then and there?

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The Newlywed Murders: Dyke and Karen Rhoads

Paris, Illinois is a small farming town in the eastern part of the state in Edgar County. For the most part, this town, which once bragged it was “The Midwest’s most kept secret”, is a quiet town. Not many people would think a town this size would harbor many deadly secrets. But it does. And then some. This town is known for the Newlywed Murders as well as many other unsolved murders, and even the Sicilian Mafia. Yeah, it’s the ultimate place to live, wouldn’t you say? 😉

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