This is probably the most controversial case I've profiled so far, and the one that I think is the most frustrating. It all starts with the murder of a nun in 1969 and brings us all the way up to today, where there are no answers to be had despite a plethora of clues and theories. Those theories, which include eyewitness accounts, recovered memories, and shocking revelations, bring us into the sordid world of institutional sex abuse. There also may be a connection to the unsolved murder of at least one other Baltimore woman, which I will explore next month. Strap in, because this is a long one.
I first learned of Sister Cathy from the excellent Netflix documentary The Keepers. It's a seven-episode series profiling the case. It's one of the best docuseries I've ever watched and I can't recommend it highly enough. It will give you more information than I can here, but I hope to do Sister Cathy justice. She's been gone almost fifty years as of the date of this post, and she and her family deserve answers in her murder.
Camping is one of the great pleasures of life for those of us who enjoy being outdoors. Fresh air, a cool breeze, sleeping under the stars while you listen to the chirping of crickets, are all things that make us feel at one with nature. Camping is also a rite of passage for many children involved with conservation groups and youth organizations. The Girl Scouts of the United States of America commonly plans overnight outings to campsites. A small group of these girls even got the chance to camp out on the White House lawn, an event hosted by then-First Lady Michelle Obama.
What was supposed to be just another of these commonplace events became a scene of unimaginable horror for a group of girls at Camp Scott in Oklahoma on the early morning of June 13, 1977. Though camp counselors slept just a few feet away, no one realized anything was wrong until it was far too late and three girls lost their lives.
This month on Into the Unknown, I delve into a case that was requested through Facebook. This is my first reader requested post, and another one that hits close to home for me, as it centers on a small Wisconsin community similar to the one I grew up in. I also dig into this case with the help and blessing of the missing person's daughter, Marsha Loritz, with all my gratitude.
Victoria 'Vicki' Prokopovitz disappeared from her home on April 25th, 2013. The five year anniversary is Wednesday of this week, and her family is still looking for her, waiting for answers.
And without further ado, let's get to business.
For over a year, beginning in 1976, children in Oakland County Michigan weren't safe. In a thirteen month period starting on the afternoon of February 15, 1976 four children were abducted and killed in a ritualistic fashion. These victims consisted of two boys and two girls, aged from 10 to 12 years. They were all killed by a different method and treated differently during their captivity, but despite these discrepancies in method and treatment, police are convinced these murders (and possibly more) were committed by the same perpetrator because of startling similarities between all the victims. Despite the passing of forty years, no one has been arrested and the Oakland County Child Killer, also known as The Babysitter Killer, is still at large.
A parent should never have to bury their child, and they should never have to learn that that child has committed suicide. What would be worse than that? Perhaps finding out your child may not have taken their own life at all. That they may have been murdered. That is the nightmare Mary Chambers Couey lived through from the day her son Keith Warren was discovered in the woods behind their home. He was found hanging by the neck, and was presumed to have committed suicide. At first, Mary accepted the police conclusion. That is, until one day she received a packet of photographs at her door that made her change her mind.
Ever since then, questions about police misconduct and misinformation, and the possibility of withholding or outright destroying evidence have come to light.
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