In September 1985, the nearly naked body of 16-year-old Kimberly Simon was found by police along Mohawk River in Whitesboro, New York. The teen had been beaten, raped, and strangled to death. Police arrested 19-year-old Steven Barnes who spent nearly 20 years in prison for her murder until DNA proved his innocence. He was released from prison in 2008 and exonerated of all charges in early 2009. The real killer (or killers) remains free.
10-year-old Brian McDermott disappeared from Ormeau Park in Belfast, Ireland in 1973. His mutilated and charred remains were found in a river in Belfast, Ireland in 1973. His murder remains unsolved.
About the Case
Brian McDermott, 10, was last seen at Ormeau Park in Belfast, Ireland on September 2, 1973. A week later, the River Lagan was lowered, and a sack containing mutilated and charred remains was found. The body was later identified as Brian McDermott through fingerprints salvaged from one of the boy’s fingers.
On May 26, 1988, seven-year-old Michelle Norris left home with her brothers and cousins to walk to a park located behind Capt. G. Harold Hunt Elementary School in Central Falls, Rhode Island, where she attended first grade. The group was going to play a game of hide and seek.
At some point during her time at the park, Michelle vanished.
Nobody saw a thing.
Stamford, Texas is a small community just 40 miles north of Abilene. It is the epitome of small town America – mom and pop shops, a town square, friendly people.
In the ’80s, population was close to 4,000. Stamford was considered a safe place to live and raise a family. Not the type of place you would expect to find evil lurking in its bushes.
In September of 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show began broadcasting all across the United states. Top Gun, Stand By Me, and Crocodile Dundee topped the box office chart, while the love song from Top Gun, “Take My Breath Away” made number one on the Billboard list. Beloved shows like Cheers and Golden Girls were making us laugh hysterically from the comfort of our own homes.
Early in the week of October 27, 1989, 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic of Bay Village, OH received a phone call from a man claiming he knew her mother, Margaret. The man said he wanted to buy her mother a gift for her promotion at work and needed Amy’s help in picking something out. He explained to her that he had to keep it a secret.
He convinced the young girl to walk to the Bay Village Shopping Center on Friday, October 27th where he would meet her to go shopping. He told her to call her mother so she would not worry, and Amy did as she was told.
In 1997, Billie-Jo Jenkins resided with her foster family in Hastings, England, a coastal town about 1.5 hours southeast of London. Her biological parents could not raise her properly as her father was in prison and her mother was a heavy drinker. So, in 1992, Billie-Jo was sent to live with the Jenkins family (no relation). Billie-Jo knew Annie Jenkins from school.