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The Alphabet KillerThere are many cold cases in the history of the United States when there is a long list ofsuspects and shreds of evidence but the killer has not been caught and penalized by lawenforcement. One such example is of the alphabet murders where the names and initialsdecided the victims for their killer. The Alphabet murders, commonly known as double initialmurders were carried out from 1971-1973 in Rochester, New York. This was a child killingspree where three girls aged ten to eleven were murdered. All of the victims were young,beautiful and belonged to different states of Rochester. They were brutally raped, strangledand their bodies were dumped into different villages across the New York City. The victimsreported were 10-year-old Carmen Colon, 11-year-old Wanda Walkowicz and MichelleMaenza. The first alphabet of their first names were same as the surnames and the townswhere they were found had their name from the same letter, leading these cases to the name“Alphabet murders” (Farnsworth, C. L. 2010).Carmen Colon went missing on November 16,1971, at 4:20 pm somewhere between her way on returning home from a delivery task. Thereport was lodged by her mother at 7:50 pm but after two days, her partially nude body wasfound near village Churchville. She was raped, her body was extensively scratched byfingernails, her skull and vertebrae were fractured before she was manually strangled to deathby the murderer. Similarly, Wanda Walkowicz went missing on April 2, 1973, after purchasinggroceries from the nearby store at 5 pm. Her fully covered body was discovered alongsidevillage Webster. According to the autopsy report, she was also raped and then strangled with aligature (Kahn, R. 2020).As per forensic reports Walkowicz tried her best to fight for her lifeas there were defensive wounds on her body. The third case is of 11-year-old MichelleMaenza who didn’t return from her school and her mother filed a police report. Two days later
at 10:30 am, her fully covered body was recovered from Macedon. The dead body was rapedby one individual, had defensive marks, and was strangled to death by a ligature; possibly athin rope (Kahn, R. 2020).The police investigation of these three cases brought out somepieces of evidence like half palm print, a portrait by the witnesses, and some semen sampleshowever they were not sufficient enough to accuse any suspect as the killer. There weredifferent suspects in these cases, on the contrary, details of the murders are the same and pointtoward the murderer being one person in these cases. The above-stated three cases are purelyan example of a killing spree. According to United States law enforcement, three or more

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