Calder Road Serial Killer - Texas - 1983-1991 Jun 7, 2013 11:26:42 GMT -5
Post by HeadMarshal on Jun 7, 2013 11:26:42 GMT -5
AMW has aired the case of the Calder Road Serial Killer three times, in 1998 on an episode focusing on the larger issue about the I-45 serial killings (at least I'm pretty sure they mentioned the Calder Road cases on that episode, archived amw.com doesn't go back far enough for an episode guide), in a 2001 episode about serial killers and in 2007 during a feature story about Texas Equusearch. Victims Laura Miller and the two Jane Does (first found in 1986 and the other in 1991) are shown in photos above in that order. This is the 5th FBI website case I'm featuring as of recent.
Between 1983 and 1991, someone used an abandoned oil field on the outskirts of League City, Texas (Houston suburb) as a graveyard for the remains of four young women. 23-year old Heidi Fye who disappeared in 1983 and was found in 1984, and 16-year old Laura Miller who disappeared in 1984 and was found in 1986 both vanished from the same convenience store. Found with Laura Miller was a Jane Doe in her 20s. In 1991, a second slightly-older Jane Doe was found in the area. Heidi and Jane Doe #2 were both beaten to death while Laura and Jane Doe #1 were both shot to death.
A few suspects emerged over the years. The most important one was that of retired aerospace engineer Robert Abel. Able actually bought the property where the remains were located in 1986 so he could build a horse stable and give rides. Able passed a polygraph courtesy of a national news show and the FBI eliminated him as a suspect. Local authorities didn't take their suspicion off Abel. Abel died in 2005.
Serial killer Anthony Shore was also questioned in the cases. He's on death row for the sex slayings of three girls and a young woman between 1986 and 1995 in Houston. Shore confessed that he killed more victims but was never charged with any of the other cases. Shore lived in League City until the mid 70s when he was 13.
Then we have the mysterious letter writer who wrote to Tim Miller (father of Laura Miller and the founder of Texas Equusearch) a few months after Robert Able died. The writer claimed responsibility for the Calder Road killings and possibly more of the I-45 murders. Tim checked the cross which was set up as a memorial to his daughter after he received the letter, the cross was knocked down and pornographic CD's were found next to it. The writer never wrote again and the viability of the claims remains undetermined.
The Calder Road murders of young women were not unique in the Houston area in this timeframe. In fact, from the early 70s to the late 90s, at least two dozen women were either murdered or disappeared in this region, many from the small towns and cities that lay next to Interstate 45 between Houston and Galveston. There was probably a different serial killer who raped and killed several young women and girls in the early 70s. Seven victims aside from the Calder Road victims disappeared or were murdered during the 80s and no suspects were at least publicly identified in those cases. A few other victims were either murdered or disappeared during the 90s.
It's most likely that different serial killers were operating during this timeframe. It's also possible that some of the victims were killed by a single offender. The good news is that Kevin Edison Smith was convicted for the 1996 sex-slaying of 13-year old Krystal Jean Baker who disappeared in Texas City. Time will tell if he could be linked to any of the other cases.
Thoughts? No one has ever been charged in the Calder Road cases and the two Jane Does remain unidentified to this day.
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