Murders Investigated by a Connecticut Serial Killer Task Force Still remain Mostly Unsolved Decades Later….

One of cinema’s greatest and most evil villains- Hannibal Lecter

In 1991, a movie called “The Silence of the Lambs” came out in cinematic theaters across the world. It featured two terrifying serial killers named “Buffalo Bill” and the psycho psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. While they would terrorize theatergoers, women across the state of Connecticut were being murdered by one if not several different unknown killers. In April of 1992, a state task force was set up between various Law Enforcement agencies as they looked into a possible connection between the murders of at least 18 women from 1985 to 1991.

There was the two murders of Karen Everett and Mildred Alvarado who were found off the route 8 highway in Harwinton just months apart with much similarities. There was the homicide of Jacqueline Liriano who was last seen alive at a Southington Rest Stop and found dead off of Interstate 84 in the town of Tolland. But the majority of murder affected women from the city of Hartford who were dumped in various towns outside the Capital city.

At one time, there was a strong suspect in some of these cases. A man named Alfred Swinton was arrested for the murder of Carla Terry and was convicted of her death. He was also the prime suspect in several other of the Hartford murders as well. However, Swinton was exonerated decades later for the crime and Terry’s murder remains unsolved. Many of the cases below are featured on this website under the various Connecticut pages and Serial Killer page. It is believed that most if not all these cases still remain open.

Sources: The Hartford Courant April 4, 1992 and the National Registry of Exonerations

The Yorkshire Ripper was one of the United Kingdom’s Worst Serial Killers…

Peter Sutclffe was a monster who may have had more victims than the infamous unknown killer, “Jack the Ripper”. Sutcliffe brutally killed 13 women and seriously wounded several others. Youtuber Righteous Minds ENT has created a 26 minute documentary about Sutcliffe and his victims. WARNING: This does contain descriptions of violence. Listen at your own risk.

Pregnant Postal Worker Still Missing Years Later…Several Persons of Interest….

Kierra Coles was several months pregnant and believed she was going to have a son. However, the Chicago Postal Worker was last seen on surveillance video on October 2, 2018 in her work uniform leaving her apartment at 81st Street and Vernon Avenue. Her vehicle was found in front of her apartment along with cell phone, purse and a prepared lunch. It is believed that the father of her unborn child was one of the last persons to see her alive and that a mother of one of his children has personal issues with Coles. No suspect has been named but Chicago Police have looked at different people. There are several rewards for information as to where Coles is. Foul Play is strongly suspected.

Source : Missing pregnant postal worker Kierra Coles’ disappearance still a mystery 2 years later: ‘What really happened?’ – ABC News (go.com)

Help by Signing Petition to Keep Convicted Baby Killer Behind Bars

Marie Justus Carter was just one years old when she was murdered in 1994 by the fiance of her mother. This monster’s name is Jesse Anderson and he is up for parole. Jesse’s mother died almost ten years after the death of her daughter. Now family friends are trying to pressure the parole board to keep Anderson behind bars and prevent him from harming another child.

(NOTE: I must warn you, the petition contains horrific details of the injuries that Marie suffered. Read with caution. https://www.change.org/p/indiana-parole-board-deny-parole-for-child-killer-jesse-d-anderson?signed=true

UPDATE: The petition has been closed. Apparently, it looks like this child killer will be released no matter what. This post is being kept on here as a memorial for MArie Justus Carter and her mother.

Answers Delayed and a Suspected Killer takes a Secret to the Grave….

West Hartford’s most famous resident, Noah Webster

On Christmas Morning 1980, a resident at 20 Lancaster Road in West Hartford, Connecticut smelled smoke coming from an upstairs apartment at 6am.  The neighbor found thirty-five year old Susan D’Angelo unresponsive on her couch.  Her two children, Michael aged seven, and Beth aged three, were found in their rooms, unharmed and taken to safety. 

Susan D’Angelo was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.  Police immediately viewed her death as suspicious. 

D’Angelo whose maiden name was Glickman, was divorced and a former teacher in the West Hartford School System.  At the time of her death, she was working as a reading consultant in the Hartford Public Schools.    

At first, police thought she died of smoke inhalation.  There was no fire in the house when Susan D’Angelo was found however, the Damper in the fireplace was closed.  An autopsy later revealed that D’Angelo did not die of smoke inhalation and the Medical Examiner did not list a cause of death. 

The West Hartford Police interviewed numerous individuals including her ex-husband Robert D’Angelo.  However, he had a solid alibi in that he was visiting his parents in Brooklyn, New York at the time of her death. 

A current boyfriend of hers was also questioned but an alibi ruled him out as a suspect. 

However, Police did have a strong person of interest early on in the case, a male friend who was the last known person to see her alive.    

With no cause of death listed on the autopsy report West Hartford Police also explored the possibility that her death as being accidental.  A Duraflame log was found in the fireplace of D’Angelo’s residence.  At the time, the logs were relatively new to the market and police suspected that poison gasses from the log could have incapacitated her and caused her to die. 

In 1998, a different Medical Examiner, H. Wayne Carver reviewed her autopsy report and concluded that Susan D’Angelo was indeed a victim of homicide. 

She was a victim of traumatic asphyxia and most likely was smothered. 

With the classification of Da’Angelo’s death as a homicide, West Hartford Police tried tracking down the male friend who last saw D’Angelo alive.  He had relocated out of the Hartford area shortly after her death and moved to several out of state areas in the following years.  In December of 2001, West Hartford Police got bad news in that they learned that this person of interest had died several years prior to 2001. 

Due to the fact that the Medical Examiner could not classify D’Angelo’s death a homicide until nearly two decades later, the West Hartford Police were limited legally in what they could do during the investigation.