Real Name: Lorraine Zimmerman
Location: Hagerstown, Maryland
Date: April 6, 1984
Details: Lori Zimmerman was a Hagerstown, Maryland girl who was murdered in her home. After the police had no details to go on, psychic Dorothy Allison was brought in to try and give her impressions on the case without any clues about the murder, not even Lori's name. Dorothy wrote down several clues about the case and then talked about them with a detective named Keith Wattenschaidt. Dorothy said a janitor at Lori's school should be a suspect in this case. Dorothy stated that the suspect had suicidal tendencies, the numbers "71" or "17" were related and the suspect wore glasses and sometimes a wig, possibly a police officer in disguise. Dorothy went to Hagerstown, and immediately after she met with Keith, she identified a man named Chuck Bernstein who she believed was Lori's killer.
Dorothy learned that Lori was a fifteen-year-old and had vanished on April 6, 1984, after she left her aunt's house. Eight days later, her partially naked body was discovered in the forest twelve miles away. She had been beaten, suffocated, and a foreign object was lodged in her throat. Dorothy believed that Lori met with two friends at a library, and although she had a name of a possible suspect, due to the ongoing investigation, Unsolved Mysteries had to bleep the name out. After Dorothy left the airport she saw an image of Lori being raped and also stated that she saw Lori get hit in the head and then suffocated to death, just like what had actually happened. Dorothy knew about the object in Lori's throat, and choking done by the killer, which the police did not make public. Dorothy claimed that Lori walked down a street and was picked up by an old yellow car driven by the killer.
By the end of the day, Dorothy came up with many clues in the case, but some did not seem to be related, and others seemed to be misdirected. For example, the janitor clue probably didn't pertain to the suspect, but instead Lori's stepfather's job. Also, Chuck Bernstein should not be considered a suspect, but he may have information on the case. However, some clues apparently were related to the case, such as the numbers 1 and 7, because Lori was buried in plot 17, and Dorothy mentioned the name "Cleveland" which is one street away from the crime scene. Dorothy also mentioned a church, which was a half mile from where Lori's body was found. When Dorothy was at the crime scene, she experienced a strong sensation that she had felt during the entire investigation. Dorothy also felt the suspect's name (that was bleeped out) at the crime scene as well. She felt that Lori did not want to do what the killer wanted to do, so he hit her on the head and then killed her. She also felt that the suspect was the one who killed Lori. However, detectives ran the name, but could find no suspect with that name.
Lori's murder remains unsolved.
Suspects: According to Dorothy, the killer might have known Lori, had suicidal tendencies, dressed in a disguise and drove an old yellow car. There was a suspect who was privately named by Dorothy, but was bleeped out. She believed that this suspect was the killer.
Extra Notes: This case first aired as a part of a segment involving psychic Dorothy Allison on the May 6, 1988 episode.
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