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.

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.