My father's been outta my life since I was, like, 6 or 7, she said. But there was no doubt the killings had been the handiwork of the same person. Apparently, Honeychurch had been with Rasmussen the last time she was seen. Despite hundreds of leads, the bodies were not identified. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in jail. [10] The reconstructions were created in black and white, as their skin tones and eye colors could not be determined.[24]. Sarah is believed to have been 2 to 3 years old at the time she was killed, according to authorities. She married Sarah's father in September 1974, and the two were separated by the time she was known to be dating Rasmussen. Four Bodies Are Discovered In Bear Brook State Park 15 Years Apart On Nov. 10, 1985, a hunter trekking through Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire came across a large, industrial steel drum. Four bodies-one woman, and three little girls-found in two barrels years apart. He didn't even look healthy. Sarah L. McWaters was 11 months old when she was last seen with her mother and sister around Thanksgiving of 1978. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. [20] The organization later released an updated version of the child's facial reconstruction. She had curly or wavy brown hair and was between 5ft 2in (1.57m) and 5ft 7in (1.70m) in height. Crime News is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. The scavengers actually walked out in the middle [of the canal], because it was just mud cut the rope and opened it up here and that's when they saw what they thought was a human being inside, Huber told 20/20.. I do, my sister does, and my brother does., I do know that my mother tells me All that I can get from her is that he was the great love of her life, she said. 9 min. Marlyse Honeychurch was last seen around Thanksgiving 1978 with her two daughters, Marie and Sarah. About a year later, Heath, who lives in Connecticut, was listening to a New Hampshire Public Radio podcast about the Bear Brook murders when information about the victims reminded her again of the . Honeychurch had an argument with her mother and left the residence, never contacting her relatives again. Ron Montplaisir, Jr., a former Allenstown, New Hampshire, police officer spoke to 20/20 about the hunter who found the first barrel in 1985. Advanced forensic testing showed the 2-to-4-year-old girl (since identified as Rasmussen's daughter) probably spent most of her childhood in either the upper Northeast or upper Midwest, perhaps Wisconsin. Rebekah Heath, a librarian and true crime enthusiast from Connecticut, was ultimately the one who made the link between "Bob Evans," Rasmussen, and the missing women, leading to a round of DNA tests which ultimately confirmed the identityof the victims thus solving the crime. Gruenheid said she later determined a man matching Vanners description had bought 10 bags of cat litter from a nearby pet store. [4][14] The two were buried in an Allenstown cemetery with a tombstone that read: "Here lies the mortal remains known only to God of a woman aged 23-33 and a girl child aged 8-10. They can rest in peace. There were little fingerprint cards, with these little tiny little hands, and had their little footprints on the back of them and little tiny fingerprints, Gruenheid said. She said that she did, but they died from eating grass mushrooms when they were out camping, Deputy Headley said. After his release, he assumed the name "Larry Vanner" and began living with chemist Eunsoon Jun in 2001. She was born in Hawaiian Gardens, California, when her father was in the Marines. [8], Honeychurch and Vaughn's funeral was held in November 2019 in Allenstown, during which they were given a new headstone bearing their names. Although the Allenstown barrels were discovered during his lifetime, Rasmussen was not named as the culprit until 2017, when DNA profiling connected him to the crime. I wished he'd lived longer, so he would have suffered longer in prison, myself.. The conclusion was made after family members of the victims helped with the process ofDNA testing andgenetic genealogy. [2] The three girls were thought to also have some Native American heritage; they had light or European-American complexions. The crime goes by many names, but one thing that is certain-it is one of the most horrendous and baffling crimes in American history. [2] All four of the victims were either partially or completely skeletonized; they were believed to have died between 1977 and 1981. Thanks for your support. They have so far been unable to identify who the mother of the child is and whether or not she may still be alive. [15] In attendance were members of Honeychurch's family and Rasmussen's daughter from his first marriage. Through the years my mother always said, You know, something's not right. We do regrettably fear that his daughter's mother is probably another victim somewhere, Carol Schweitzer, of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said. We have never stopped looking, he said. Beaudin's body has never been found and she is currently presumed dead, according to The Concord Monitor. So our suspect started in 1984 as Curtis Kimball. Then we had Gordon Jenson. Then he was using Larry Vanner. And now, it turns out, in the early 1980s back in New Hampshire, he was using Bob Evans, San Bernardino County, California, Sheriffs Deputy Peter Headley explained. They had been living with a man named Bob Evans. The only evidence against him? It well could be Terry. On June 6, 2019, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office revealed that investigators had successfully identified three of the four Bear Brook murders victims. But what if that story was based on a lie? Roxane Gruenheid was a homicide detective at the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. 3, 2023 at 9:04 AM PST | Updated: 20 minutes ago. He was very, very white, very pale, Montplaisir told 20/20. He said to me, There's a barrel up in the woods, and I think there's some bones in there.. Big, like 4 or 5 feet around and probably 2 or 3 feet high, she said. For any tips concerning Terry Rasmussen and any unknown victims, please contact please contact Deputy Peter Headley with San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department at or the New Hampshire State Police Cold Case Unit (603)223-3648,, 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. We know what he was, we know what he did and now we know who his victims were.. Sarah, her half-sister Marie and their mother, Honeychurch, were unknown persons until authorities announced their identities at a press conference on June 6, 2019. May their souls find peace in Gods loving care. The hunter had been stalking deer on a property adjacent to New Hampshire's Bear Brook State Park. In 1985 the plastic wrapped bodies of a woman and girl were discovered in a metal drum in a forest in Allenstown, New Hampshire. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Known by a lengthy list of aliases, Terry Peder Rasmussen has been dubbed "The Chameleon Killer" for assuming so many different identities as he infiltrated families and destroyed lives in New Hampshire and California. The identities of Honeychurch and her two children were not known until they were confirmed by DNA profiling in 2019. 1977),[38] all of whom went missing from La Puente, California, around Thanksgiving 1978, while she was dating Rasmussen. These are the stories of the women and children he is suspected of killing, one he confessed to murdering and those whose lives he changed forever: Honeychurch, who was born in Connecticut in 1954, was married twice and had a daughter with each husband. And for years, no one could put a name to them, instead referring to the Bear Brook murders.. Lisa sent a sample of her DNA to an ancestry website and learned her mothers name: Denise Beaudin. Most serial killers would never do that; it's the last thing they would do. They are: Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, the adult woman whose remains were discovered in 1985, and her two biological daughters, Marie Elizabeth Vaughn and Sarah Lynn McWaters. Their slain bodies were found on November 10th, 1985, in Bear Brook State Park. One of the hunters looked inside the open barrel and saw a skull. Just disappeared.. She had symptoms of pneumonia, a crooked front tooth and a diastema (space between her top teeth), two earrings in each ear, and was between 4ft 3in (1.30m) and 4ft 6in (1.37m) tall. Honeychurchs sisters, Roxanne Barrows and Michelle Chagaris, remember her as bubbly and quirky, and said she had a good sense of humor.. During the news conference, investigators detail the Bear Brook State Park murders; the killing of Eunsoon Jun in California; Lisa's abandonment; and Lisa's link to the still-missing Denise Beaudin, her mother. [35] He married in 1969, had four children, and lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and Redwood City, California. [6] He was arrested in Cypress, California, in 1985 under the name Curtis Kimball for charges of driving under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child but failed to appear in court. Under his plea agreement, an additional charge of child abuse was dropped. Investigative reporter Billy Jensen, who wrote about Rasmussen in his upcoming book Chase Darkness With Me," told Oxygen Digital Correspondent Stephanie Gomulka at CrimeCon 2019he thinks Rasmussen is responsible for killing other people, too. There Were Two Barrels And Four Bodies In 1985, a hunter came across a steel drum containing the bodies of a woman between the ages of 23 and 33 and a girl between the ages of 5 and 11. Lisa was born Dawn Beaudin in 1981, Armand Beaudin said. When somebody's story keeps changing, it means that they [have] either made something up, can't remember what they told you the first time or that they're lying to you, she added. [8], San Joaquin County, California Assistant Sheriff John Huber speculated that Rasmussen may have been responsible for killing Amanda Schumann Deza, In 1995, her body was discovered by scavengers inside of a refrigerator which had been dumped in a canal. This is the story of the Allenstown Four. Due to his use of many aliases, most notably "Bob Evans", Rasmussen is known as "The Chameleon Killer". Upon Rasmussen's release from prison, according to the State of California Dept. The middle child, identified as Rasmussen's daughter, currently remains unidentified. This isn't the big news we're hoping to break - stay subscribed for another full episode of Bear Brook that we hope to bring you soon. But only 19-year-old Jason Carroll was convicted. He was 62 years old when he passed away in prison. [12][16] The cause of death for these children was also blunt force trauma. Curiously, against the advice of his attorneys, Vanner pleaded guilty to the murder during his trial. But only 19-year-old Jason Carroll was convicted. The poster claimed to be McWaters half-sister. The Bear Brook murders in Allenstown, New Hampshire. Jason Carroll is serving life in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit. We as a family would like to thank the community, for caring and loving our sister Marlyse and our nieces, Marie [and] Sarah., We have looked and searched for over 30 years for them, with no luck. Billy Jensen on the Bear Brook 4 Update and Remembering the Victims of Ted Bundy | CrimeCon, Debra and Terra Newell and Laura Richards Discuss Dirty John & Coercive Control, Nancy Grace Speaks About Fighting For Victims at CrimeCon 2019, Nancy Grace on Her New Oxygen Series Injustice, the Chris Watts Case, and More | CrimeCon, Photo: As of June2019[update], the third child remains unidentified, but authorities were able to confirm that Rasmussen was her biological father. Want to make sure that NHPR continues creating projects like Bear Brook? Rebekah Heath, a research librarian who said shed become obsessed with the case, helped identify the woman and the two children through her own sleuthing. The unidentified yo. For more on the case, visit Want to make sure that NHPR continues creating projects like Bear Brook? It had previously been thought impossible to recover autosomal DNA from hair strands that were no longer attached to the root, but a forensic lab in California had been working on a new method to reassemble the broken autosomal DNA found in rootless hair. [7], By 1978, Rasmussen was dating Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch. Years later, when Gruenheid took on the Eunsoon Jun missing-person case in 2002, she became determined to find out more about Rasmussens supposed daughter Lisa, who had been mentioned in his criminal history, including prior booking records. In the show's second season, host Jason Moon returns with a new, even more complex story: In 1989, New Hampshire police charged three men in the murder of a pregnant woman named Sharon Johnson. The case stumped investigators for years: four bodies, found dismembered, skeletonized, wrapped in plastic bags, and stuffed in two 55-gallon steel drums in the Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. The only evidence against him? Anyone with any information thought to be related to this case is encouraged to contact New Hampshire State Police. It's just kind of sitting out in the woods., The brother that found the barrel went over to it and tried to lift the top of the barrel and when he did that, we were hit with a smell that was absolutely putrid. Authorities on Thursday revealed that they had identified three of the four victims in the chilling cold case known as the Bear Brook murders . I don't think they're ever going to find her, Beaudins father, Armand Beaudin, said. 07-11-2018. Honeychurchs youngest daughter, Sarah, was laid to rest in Connecticut, near her fathers family. But it was a real-life murder mystery that had the 33-year-old amateur sleuth hooked a case as gruesome as it was shocking. A paternity test comparing Rasmussens blood from prison and a sample police had from 5-year-old Lisa showed Rasmussen was not her father. "[14] He has been dubbed "The Chameleon Killer" due to his use of various aliases and his crime spree which stretched across the country. Maricopa County Sheriffs Department, Arizona.A mugshot of Terry Rasmussen from 1973. It was sad, Salamon said. Rasmussen, who had used several other aliases throughout his life,was named as a suspect in 2017. It was very surreal that a mother and daughter were actually inside the barrel itself, disposed of like common trash, John Cody, a former New Hampshire State Police detective, told 20/20.. Rasmussen is the suspected perpetrator of the Bear Brook murders. [29], In June 2017, police released a video of a police interview of Evans in hopes of finding his true identity. [15], The fourth victim's identity is not yet known, but investigators stated that through advanced DNA testing they could confirm the child was Rasmussen's. Police believe Terry Rasmussen, a man one expert deemed the worst serial killer, murdered the four women and children found stuffed into barrels in a New Hampshire state park decades ago. After reading about the long journey to identify the Chameleon Killers victims, read about the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway. DNA proved this child was fathered by Terry Peder Rasmussen. He was also confirmed, via DNA, to be the father of a 2-to-4-year-old girl who was one of the Bear Brook victims. You know, people ask me why I do these interviews. Donate $20 today. When they reached out to Jenson again to finalize the adoption, he had disappeared. Click here to donate $20. Investigators said genealogy research. Heath submitted her tip to authorities in October 2018. [7] Based on the date they disappeared, available documents and Rasmussen's activities, the victims most likely died between 1978 and 1981. [9][17], The adult, later identified as Honeychurch, was determined to be Caucasian with possible Native American ancestry. Salamon said he and his family call the girl Angel.. Police question a man with multiple identities. [40], Sarah's younger half brother, who had never met her, created a post in 1999 on the website in efforts to locate her. In 1985 and then again in 2000, police discovered the dismembered. The victims were officially named in June 2019. His face was gray. A dedicated detective refused to stop digging after she solved the brutal murder of a chemist in California. Authorities were able to link him then, using his fingerprints, to the earlier child abandonment case. [26][27] In 2019, however, it is stated that the nonrelated child most likely originated from Arizona, Texas, California or Oregon, although additional locations cannot be excluded. At the time, Morgan and his friends didnt know there were remains inside the barrel. He faces 30 years to life for each murder conviction and up to five years for the weapons charges. Authorities believed that Evans was the killer of the four Bear Brook victims, but did not elaborate. Thanks for your support. Police believe she died one to two years later, making her 26 to 27 when she died. As the Los Angeles Times reported, Rasmussen had spent time in jail in the early 1990s for theft under the name Robert Evans. Together we have been able to uncover the identity of the Allenstown killer, a murderer who tried to erase his victims and hide in the process, tried to hide who he was and what he did, but ultimately he wasnt successful, Strelzin said, according to The Washington Post. [2] He often worked as an electrician for oil and gas companies. It can conquer hate. Three of the victims would be identified, however, two years later, thanks to the obsessive amateur sleuthing of Rebekah Heath and Barbara Rae-Venter. Honeychurch was 24 at the time, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Heath continued researching, messaging some of the family members who had been around at the time when another name came up: Terry Rasmussen. She said her mother and Rasmussen got married in 1968 in Hawaii. Honeychurch's body and one of the girl's bodieswerefound in November1985 in a barrel tipped on its side inBear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. When people ask me who was the worst serial killer out there I point to him and the reason is this: he not only would kill a woman but he would take their children, molest their children, and not only that but use their children as a lure to get his next victim and I cant think of anything more horrible than that.. True crime media like books, podcasts and TV shows continue to be a multimillion-dollar industry . Police later determined the female adult and child, unidentified at the time, had died of blunt force trauma to their heads. Marlyse was excited to be a mom. This is somebody who forms relationships and clearly is having social attachments. In 1989, Jenson, later identified as Rasmussen, was arrested for child abandonment and was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison. In the show's second season, host Jason Moon returns with a new, even more complex story: In 1989, New Hampshire police charged three men in the murder of a pregnant woman named Sharon Johnson. June 7, 2019 A clue is found buried on an internet message board. November 7, 2018 The case that was solved in reverse leaves many questions unanswered. February 13, 2019 A son remembers his father, and searches for clues in his military paperwork. Jesse Morgan, who grew up in a small trailer park surrounded by Bear Brook, was 11 when he and his friends stumbled upon the barrel. His wife left him between 1973 and 1974 and his family last saw him around Christmas 1974. There is one girl who we don't know who she is. She had blunt force trauma to the head, and then she was put in a container and the container was tied off and he dumped it, he said. First thing we need to do is find out who she is, because without knowing who she is, it's pretty hard to track back and find out where she stayed and who her relatives were and who she associated with, he said. By Eric Shorey & Gina Tron Wikimedia CommonsFrom left: Marlyse Honeychurch, Marie Elizabeth Vaughn, a still unidentified victim, and Sarah McWaters. Also in the refrigerator, was a unique brand of milk that was only delivered to a certain area that matched up with where Rasmussen had been at the time, Huber said. He abandoned her in 1986 and was subsequently imprisoned on child abandonment charges. The bodies of his girlfriend, California woman Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, her two daughters, and his own daughter were discovered in two barrels in Allenstown, New Hampshire, in 1985 and 2000. We were playing a game of hide and seek, Morgan told 20/20. I was approached by one of the kids in the group that he had come upon a barrel out in the middle of the woods, which was off the trail. [11][17], The girl found with the adult female, later identified as Vaughn, was between 5 and 11 years old. THE CHAMELEON KILLER 'Bear Brook Murders' Starcasm Staff September 5, 2021 The Chameleon Killer, True Crime For 30 years the killer of bodies found in barrels near Bear Brook State Park,. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? [36] The senior Rasmussen, known as the Chameleon killer, is believed to have used "at least five different aliases in a decades-long run of crimes across the country, including at least five homicides, and likely more. It was reported that he was known to travel with women and children. The family was comprised of Sarah McWaters, an infant, her older sister Marie Elizabeth Vaughn, and their mother Marlyse Honeychurch. For more than two decades, the Bear Brook murders remained a complete mystery. [1] [2] The podcast is hosted by Jason Moon and was released through New Hampshire Public Radio. Terry Peder Rasmussen (December 23, 1943 December 28, 2010) was an American serial killer. As Heath was calling in the tip to authorities, investigative genetic genealogist Barbara Rae-Venter was also uncovering the three victims identities through a new technique that involves extracting DNA from the shaft of a strand of hair. The Bear Brook Murders. [8], On November 10, 1985, a hunter found a metal 55-gallon drum near the site of a burned-down store at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. Why are you with him? Hodges said. Her teeth showed significant dental work, including multiple fillings and three extractions. Rasmussen killed at least six people in a series of crimes that spanned decades and stretched across the continental United States. There could be a variety of women out there who could be potential victims.. "[37], On June 6, 2019, New Hampshire investigators held a press conference regarding the case and revealed the identities of three of the victims. Clockwise from left: Denise Beaudin, Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, Sarah L. McWaters, Marie E. Vaughn, "the Middle Child," Eunsoon Jun. Honeychurch was last seen at her mothers house in La Puente, California, around Thanksgiving in 1978. New methods of inquiry are used to crack other cold cases. Investigators believe that the mother of the child was also killed by Rasmussen. I got a little crazy with it, she said. [1] The use of genetic genealogy to identify Rasmussen represented new possibilities in forensic investigations. Rebekah Heath, a research librarian who said shed become obsessed with the case, helped identify the woman and the two children through her own sleuthing. The last time Honeychurch was seen by her family wasonThanksgiving 1978, according to a timeline released by the attorney general's office. Bodies In Bear Brook Barrel Murders Linked To 'Worst Serial Killer Out There' Police believe Terry Rasmussen, a man one expert deemed the worst serial killer, murdered the four women and children found stuffed into barrels in a New Hampshire state park decades ago. Police believe her answer indicates they may have been killed by Rasmussen, too. Maricopa County Sheriffs Department, Arizona. We have his eyes. [6] The divorce was finalized in 1978. Marie E. Vaughn was first, born in 1971, then Sarah L. McWaters was born in 1977, according to the New Hampshire Department of Justice. He was just a really, really bad man, one of the worst, Jensen said. The bones of a foot . These versions incorporated their dental information, showing how their teeth could have affected the appearance of their faces. In the show's second season, host Jason Moon returns with a new, even more complex story: In 1989, New Hampshire police . [6] These techniques have since been used in other high-profile cases, including the Golden State Killer case, leading to the arrest of suspect Joseph James DeAngelo in April 2018.
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