Real Name: Unrevealed
Aliases: No Known Aliases
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: 1993
Details: Interstate 70 runs from Baltimore, Maryland to Cove Fort, Utah. Beginning in April 1992, the highway has lent its name to a serial killer known as the "Interstate 70 Killer," who has committed a string of murders within a few miles of it in several Midwestern states.
The first victim was Robin Fuldauer, 26, who was shot and killed on April 8, 1992 at her place of employment, a Payless ShoeSource store in Indianapolis, Indiana. Three days later, Patricia Magers, 32, and Patricia Smith, 23, were also shot to death in the back store room of a Wichita, Kansas bridal shop that they worked at. Three weeks later, on May 3, 1992, Nancy Kitzmiller, 24, was going to start a government job when she was murdered at a Western boot shop in St. Charles, a suburb of St. Louis. Missouri. At the time, she was working at the shop as a manager.
Sarah Blessing, 37, was slain in a gift shop at a local mall in the Kansas City suburb of Raytown four days later on May 7. At 3:30PM, an auctioneer saw a mysterious unidentified man walk in and out of his store suspiciously. Minutes later, Tim Hickman, who owned a video store next to Sarah's store, saw a man walk past his store and enter the gift shop. He then heard a loud pop and saw the man walk around the corner near the store. A grocery clerk collecting shopping carts saw the man climb a hill to Interstate 70 and vanish. Meanwhile, Tim went into the gift shop and found Sarah's body.
Ballistics test confirmed that all women were killed by the same gun, a semi-automatic .22 caliber pistol, and the gun was linked to another victim. On April 27, 1992, forty-year-old ceramics store clerk Michael 'Mick' McCown was murdered in Terre Haute, Indiana; because he wore a ponytail, it is believed that the killer mistook him for a woman.
There are also possible links to two more deaths and an attempted murder along Interstates 35 and 45 in Texas. On Sept. 25, 1993, antiques store clerk Mary Ann Glasscock, 51, was killed execution-style in an Fort Worth, Texas antique store and Amy Vess, 22, was murdered Nov. 1, 1993, while working at a dancewear shop in Arlington, Texas. The surviving victim, Vicki Webb, was shot and left paralyzed by the assailant on January 15, 1994, in Houston.
The best lead in the case came from Witchita in the Smith/Majors murder. Shortly after the two were shot, a man came to pick up a cummerbund for his tuxedo and was confronted by the killer. Surprisingly, he let the eyewitness leave without injury. The man went to police and helped create a composite of the killer.
Suspect: The serial killer is a white male between 5'8" and 6'0"; he weighs 170 pounds and was thought to be between thirty-five and forty-years-old (in 1994). He has reddish hair, thin lips, a high forehead, and "lazy" eyelids. He was neatly dressed and clean-cut. He is described as walking around as if in a "trance", like he was "thinking about something else." The total number of murders he is believed to have committed is nine.
Herb Baumeister from Westfield, Indiana was suspected of being the killer, but he committed suicide after numerous human bones were discovered on his estate. The bones turned out to be male; Baumeister was alleged to have killed male homosexuals and could not be linked to the murders of the women.
Donald Michael Prince, later Donald Albin Blom, convicted in the murder of Kathlyn "Katie" Elizabeth Poirier and a second unknown victim since has also been named as a suspect in the I-70 killings. He was known to be suffering from throat cancer, which is now in remission, and to have owned a .22 semi automatic similar which was used to killed Patricia Magers and Patricia Smith.
Extra Notes: The original airdate for this case was May 4, 1994; the case has also been profiled on America’s Most Wanted. It was also covered in much more detail on Dark Minds.
- The I-70 Killer on Unsolved.com
- The I-70 Killer on Wikipedia
- I 70 killer at Ortons Crime Blog
- Police Release Information about I-70 Killer 20 Years Later
- 1992 murders at bridal shop unsolved but not forgotten by women’s families
- Investigators remain hopeful that they’ll find the so-called ‘I-70 Killer
- I-70 victims on Find-a-Grave