Thomas Dillon

Thomas Lee Dillon (July 9, 1950 – October 21, 2011) was an unhappily married father of one and a draftsman for a municipal water department known as a loner. He and his family lived a quiet life in a middle-class ranch house in southern Stark County’s Pike Township. He was also an American serial killer who shot and killed five men in southeastern Ohio like he was hunting, beginning April 1, 1989 and continuing until April 1992. One of the men he shot and killed was on federal property. He literally drove around country back roads shooting random people minding their own business for no apparent reason. Dillon was also known to have a temper and a neighbor even accused him of killing their dog.

Dillon only had 2 previous encounters with the law. in 1969 he was investigated for owning a military weapon. Then in 1991 he was fined $200 for illegal target practice. Dillion also bought numerous weapons from a co worker who had a federal firearms license.

In 1992 an old friend who met up with Dillon figured he might be the one committing all the murders and reported him to police. Thomas Dillon was arrested on a weapons charge on November 27, 1992, and he was placed under probation. They tracked where he was going even going as far as having air surveillance on him at times. One officer trailing him witnessed him shoot signs, shoot and kill cows, and even seen him stop pick up a large rock and throw it through the windshield of a car on the side of the road with a for sale sign on it. Officials believe Dillon killed numerous cattle in east-central Ohio

Victims.

They arrested him leaving a convenience store. They were not sure if they had enough to make a conviction stick. But after searching his residents ballistic tests matched bullets to guns that he owned.

After the death penalty was removed as an option for punishment, Dillon admitted to the killings. Dillon pleaded guilty to the five murders. Dillon was incarcerated at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility for five consecutive sentences of thirty years until he died of cancer.

In July 1993, Dillon admitted to setting 160 fires and committing other acts of vandalism in Eastern Ohio during the preceding five years.  Noble County Sheriff Landon Smith estimated that Dillon’s fires caused more than $2 million in damages.

A Letter apparently wrote to the paper by Dillon after a victims mother wrote a letter to the paper missing her son.

“I am the murderer of Jamie Paxton.  Jamie Paxton was a complete stranger to me.  I never saw him before in my life, and he never said a word to me that Saturday. 

“Paxton was killed because of an irresistible compulsion that has taken over my life.  I knew when I left my house that day that someone would die by my hand.  I just didn’t know who or where.  Technically I meet the definition of a serial killer, but I’m an average-looking person with a family, job and home just like yourself.

“Something in my head causes me to turn into a merciless killer with no conscience.  To the Paxtons, you deserve to know the details.

“I was very drunk and a voice inside my head said, ‘do it.’  I stopped my car behind Jamie’s and got out.  Jamie started walking very slowly down the hill toward the road.  He appeared to be looking past me at something in the distance.

“I raised my rifle to my shoulder and lined him up in the sights.  It took at least five seconds to take careful aim.  My first shot was off a little bit and hit him in the right chest.   He groaned and went down.  I wanted to make sure he was finished so I fired a second shot aimed half way between his hip and shoulder.  He was crawling around on the ground.  I jerked the shot, and hit him in the knee.  He raised his head and groaned again.  My third shot also missed and hit him in the butt.  He never moved again.

“Five minutes after I shot Paxton, I was drinking a beer and had blocked out all thoughts of what I had just done out of my mind.  I thought no more of shooting Paxton than shooting a bottle at the dump.

“I know you hate my guts, and rightfully so.  I think about Jamie every hour of the day, as I am sure you do.

“Don’t feel bad about not solving this case.  You could interview till doomsday everyone that Jamie Paxton ever met in his life and you wouldn’t have a clue to my identity.  With no motive, no weapon, and no witnesses you could not possibly solve this crime.”

The letter was signed, “The murderer of Jamie Paxton.”

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Dillon

https://murderpedia.org/male.D/d/dillonthomas.htm

https://criminalminds.fandom.com/wiki/Thomas_Dillon

https://crime-and-corruption.fandom.com/wiki/Thomas_Dillon

https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/true-crime-in-the-outdoors/ohio-outdoorsmen-killer

https://peoplepill.com/people/thomas-dillon

Richard Rogers

Back in 1992 a city worker found body parts in a bag in South Jersey. First a bag containing a human head was found. After further investigation a bag containing arms and torso. Then a third bag containing legs was discovered. Then 10 months later more bags were discovered almost 60km away containing another body. The 2 victims inside the bags both had 1 thing in common. They were both homosexuals.
  By the end of 1993 2 more bags containing gay men were also discovered at this time police knew they had the work of a serial killer. Although at this time they had little clues as to who the culprit was. They suspected he was a white male age 25-45 and possibly had training in the medical field as the bodies were dismembered by someone who had knowledge in that field. All they had were faint fingerprints on some of the bags which were hard to identify. Until 1999 when police in New Jersey got a call from one of the victims wives. This made police decide to reopen up the case and send the bags with prints to Toronto. There they had a new technique to better identify fingerprints.
  They sent the prints out to other authorities across the country and got a hit from Maine. The prints belonged to a Richard Rogers.

Richard Rogers: Rogers was dubbed “The last call killer”. Rogers was the oldest of 5 children and raised in Massachusetts and Florida. He was a graduate from the University of Maine. Back in 1973 he killed his roommate Fredrik Spencer with a hammer. He claimed self defence and was aquitted of the charges.
  At the time of Rogers arrest he was employed as a nurse at Mount Sanai Medical Center and had been living in Staten Island.

Victims
Thomas Muchaly: 57 his dismembered body was found July 10th, 1992 in a rest area in New Jersey. He was a married computer salesman and a father of 4. He died from 3 stab wounds to the back. Mulchaly was a bisexual man from Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Anthony E Marrero: 44 Worked at a bus terminal and was a known male prostitute. His dismembered body was found along a dirt road. He died from 6 stab wounds to the back.
Peter S Anderson: 54 an investment banker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rogers was not charged with this murder
Michael Sakara: 55 was a law journal typesetter from New York City. His dismembered remains were discovered in Haverstraw, New York on July 31st, 1993. Rogers was spotted with Sakara on the night of June 30th, 1993 in a gay piano bar in New York City. Rogers was a suspect in this murder but never charged.

Matthew Jon Pierro: 21 Pierro’s body was found in Florida in 1982. Rogers is a suspect in his murder as a bite mark found on his neck matches the teeth imprints of Rogers. He was strangled and stabbed.

Sentencing: Richard Rogers was found guilty in the murders of Muchaly and Marrero. On January 27th, 2006 Rogers (55) was sentenced to 2 30 years to life. The maximum in the state of New Jersey. He was charged in New Jersey as the bodies were found there. He will have to serve a maximum of 65 years before he is eligible for parole.

Shelly Andre Brooks

Shelly Andre Brooks (b-January 22, 1969) spent the last 10 free years of his life homeless on the streets or sleeping in his cousins basement.

Between August of 2001 and June 5th, 2006 7 bodies of women are discovered in the Detroit east side. All were black prostitutes, ranged in age from 30-53, with a history of drug abuse, and attacked with rocks, bricks, and table legs. All of the victims were found in abandoned buildings or vacant fields. He left all the victims in a spread eagle position.

Then in July of 2006 a 45 year old prostitute was violently attacked and left to die. But she survived. When she came threw she gave the police a description which matched that of Shelly Brooks plus she identified him as her attacker and he was tall and went by the name “E”. When his DNA was tested it matched to the 7 unsolved murdered women. When Brooks was confronted with the DNA evidence he confessed.

He is in jail for life. Sadly Michigan has no death penalty..

Link

http://www.murderpedia.org/male.B/b/brooks-shelly-andre.htm

https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna14374535

Irina Gaidamachuk

This alcoholic, who is Russian so I am assuming Vodka is her drink of choice. She killed 17 elderly people in Russia between 2002-2010.  She would tell the old people(who ranged in age from 61-86) that she was a social worker to gain entrance into their houses. Then rob them after beating them to death with a hammer and or axe. Her name is Irina Gaidamachuk (born 1972)
  Irina was an alcoholic at a young age who had a bad childhood. Yeah that will usually do it. You would think most parents would notice and be concerned if their 11 year old was turning out like Barney from the Simpson’s. She moved to Krasnoufimsk in the early 90’s and met a man named Yuri. They had 2 children. Yuri sounds like he had a little bit of a brain as he would not give her any money as he knew where it was going to go.
  Irina committing the bulk of her crimes in Krasnoufimsk although she did commit a few in Yekanteriburg.
  She was sentenced to only 20 years in prison.  The police did not even imagine that these murders were committed by a female. They were looking for a female. It is not until a woman survived Irina’s attack that they started to look for a female. Only 20 years really? Relatives of the victims were outraged at the short length of the sentence, citing that Gaidamachuk received only just over a year per killing, adding that she should never be freed.

Lyndon Fitzgerald Pace

In 1988 and 1989 Pace terrorised women in their Atlanta area homes. The weakest and sickest thing about this is most of the women were senior citizens. With the majority of them being over the age of 75. In each attack he would sneak in through their windows in the early hours of the morning.  Pace one time broke into the home where a 15 year old girl was held a knife to her and told her to take all her clothes off. She wasn’t assaulted as she faked an asthma attack and pace fled.  Pace also broke into the home of the late Martin Luther Kings wives house Coretta Scott King. He just robbed her and was face to face with her.

Victims

Lula Bell McAfee

Lula Bell McAfee: August 28th, 1988 Age 86. Lula was discovered by her room mate naked in her bed face down. She had been strangled and sexually assaulted.

Mattie Mae McLendon: September 10th, 1988. Age 78. Mattie was found dead in her bed. She was sexually assaulted. No ligature was found so it is thought Pace killed her with his bare hands.

Johnnie Mae Martin: February 4th, 1989. Age 79. She was discovered in her bed nude from the waist down. She had been strangled to death with a shoe lace.

Annie Kate Britt: March 4th, 1989. Age 42. Her brother in law found her strangled to death in her bed she had been sexually assaulted. The sock used to strangle her was still wrapped around her neck when her brother in law found her. Her age is a little young for him.

He almost claimed 2 more victims but these women managed to scare him off. On September 24th, 1992 Sara Grogan age 69, found an intruder in her house. She had time to get her gun and fired a shot at him and he fled. Fingerprints left at the scene showed that the intruder was Pace. Then less than a week later on September 30th, 1992 Sussie Sublett who was elderly and lived alone woke up to see a man stealing money from her purse. He threatened to shoot her and a scuffle ensued at then he fled. Fingerprints there also led to Pace. These crimes occurred at 3 am and 2 am respectively. 

Sentencing: Pace currently sits on death row in Georgia. He filed a habeas petition on February 20th, 2009 in Federal District Court. He was charged with four counts of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, four counts of rape, and two counts of aggravated sodomy. He was sentenced to death in March 1996.

The I-70 Killer

The I 70 killer or Interstate 70 killer was an unknown serial killer who in 1992 committed at least 6 murders along Interstate 70. I 70 runs from Baltimore, Maryland to Cove Fort, Utah. All were in a few miles of each other in Kansas, Missouri, and Indiana. There is theory but not proven that he may have links to 4 other murders that occurred in Texas in 1993.  The pictures to the right are composite sketches that people have described how the I 70 Killer may look like.
  The killer would probably in his 50`s today and could be dead or in jail for another crime. He left little or no evidence for investigators to go on. Ballistics did connect all 6 I 70 shootings to the same gun.
  This was a hard case to find stuff on on the internet because every site you go to says the exact same thing. The man had no motive he was a spree killer who wanted to kill for the sake of killing nothing more. This is a man who odds are will never be caught he left no real solid evidence behind. All he left behind was heartache for the victims families.

Victims

Robin Fuldauer 26: Killed April 8th, 1992 at a Payless Shoe Store in Indianapolis, Indiana
Patricia Magers 32: Killed April 11th, 1992 at a bridal shop in Wichita, Kansas
Patricia Smith 23: Killed April 11th, 1992 at a bridal shop in Wichita, Kansas
Michael McCown 40: Killed April 27th,1992 at a ceramics store that his mother owned in Terre Haute, Indiana. Investigators believe that the killer may have assumed Michael was assumed to be a woman and may of had his back turned as he often wore his hair in a pony tail.
Nancy Kitzmiller 24: Killed May 3rd, 1992 at Western Boot Shop in St. Charles, Missouri Sarah Blessing 37: Killed May 7th, 1992 at a Gift Shop in Raytown, Missouri.

Victims

Other Possible Victims: There are other possible victims of the same killer along I 35 and I 45 in Texas which occured in 1993 and 1994. The killer was described to look similar to the man who commited the I 70 killings. There were a total of 3 victims all linked into those murders. The weapon was different than the I 70 killings but the MO was the same women working alone in shops.

Suspects & Leads In The Case: The best lead in the case came from the murders at the bridal shop in Wichita, Kansas. A man entered the store just before closing to get a cumberbund for his tuxedo and came face to face with the killer. It is unknown if the women were already dead or in the back but the killer asked the man to get into the back room. He said no and the killer told him to get out of there. It is unknown if the killer only attacked women or he was out of ammo. The man went to police and helped with a composite of the killer.

Other leads that came in the case were witnesses when Sarah Blessing was murdered at the gift shop where she worked. Tim Hickman owned a video store next door to the gift shop where she worked and heard loud bangs. After hearing this he seen a man walking up the hill behind the shop and onto Interstate 70. When he entered the shop he discovered Sarahs body lying on the floor dead. A grocery clerk collecting carts also seen the killer walking in the parking lot.
Serial killer Herb Baumeister from Westfield, Indiana was believed to be the killer but he committed suicide. He also didn’t match the MO as he mainly killed homosexual males and buried them in his back yard.
  Donald Prince and Donald Blom were also presumed at one point to be suspects.

Quick Recap

Clip From The Unsolved Mysteries Episode This Appeared On

In April of 1992, a string of murders started occurring in various locations on Interstate 70, ranging from Indiana, Indianapolis, Wichita, Kansas, and Missouri. These horrible murders lasted until May and it stopped as quickly as it began.
However, police believe that this -unidentified- killer has ties to nine altogether, three of which in 1993-1994. Although connected to nine murders, only six are confirmed. Five women and a male, which was a mistake on the killer’s part.
Unsure of his motive, his MO was the same. He would drive (possibly for work?) and stop at various strip malls. Then, he’d walk into various stores such as Payless ShoeSource, a bridal shop, a Western boot store, and kill -the- woman working at the time with a .22 caliber pistol.
At this particular time, his body count was up to five. His next kill happened in Terre Haute, Indiana. This time, the victim was a male, but it’s assumed that it was a mishap. When he walked into the store, the employee had their back to the assailant. The male had long hair which was in a ponytail and was mistaken for a woman.
Other attempted murders proceeded to follow, yet thankfully two people survived the attack, one of which was due to the .22 caliber pistol jamming. The survivors were able to provide details on identifying the man and a composite sketch was made. The reports gave information of the killer being in his mid twenties to early thirties, well dressed and clean cut with good hygiene, with a slender body frame and a height of roughly 5’8.
With the composite sketch, the police were able to follow leads that lead to Herb Baumeister from Westfield, Indiana, businessman who traveled quite frequently. What happened next created a shockwave of terror that was entirely unexpected.
As the police began searching his property, they uncovered a vast amount of skeletal remains that totaled 11 people. However, they were all male believed to be homosexual. Out of the eleven, eight of them were reported missing.
Shortly after, Herb Baumeister committed suicide. It was also learned that he had throat cancer, but was currently in remission at the time. He also owned a .22 semi automatic which helped further the belief of him being the I-70 Killer.
Unfortunately, although suspected as the I-70 Killer, there weren’t any female remains on his property. With his suicide, it is unknown whether or not his alleged involvement of the women who were murdered had anything to do with him. Nevertheless, the police were able to solve a lot of cases after finding the male remains, so it wasn’t a completely total loss.
Ultimately, the conclusion is this: Either Herb was involved in not just the male killings that were on his estate, but the women in stores too, or there were two different serial killers operating around the same time frame and incredibly close to each other in the states.