A Cry from the Grave

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Steven Spingola is a former Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective and the author of The Killer in Our Midst: the Case of Milwaukee’s North Side Strangler and Predators on the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders.  Spingola also presents The Psychology of Homicide, a riveting program concerning high-profile homicide investigations, to groups and organizations.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2010

28 Responses

  1. tangledweb

    How come, with the advancements in DNA technology, they haven’t tested the Army jacket found at the scene for DNA?

    December 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm

  2. Stephie

    Is there anything written up on wjat the 50 or so witnesses had to say in this John Doe Investigation?

    February 6, 2011 at 3:28 am

  3. J. Cole

    I feel connected to this poor girl for some weird unexplained reason. Her killer was 100% someone she met/knew in her life. My guess is that her killer spotted her while she waited his table at Marcs BB. Then abducted her after figuring out what time she finished at. The real connection in this case is that she was abducted early in the morning after she left her late shift. The time of abduction coupled with the MEs report stating that she died around the 7th (aprox 24 hours after she is last seen) proves that the killer was local. Not to mention the fact that the killer navagated the highly secluded backroads with ease and found such a good place to hide parts without being seen. (Some parts were found near a bridge that had been shut off to loacl traffic due to being unsafe) Now tell me that a foriegner would know about such a place? Not bloody likely. There are three really troubling aspects about this case that scream serial killer imo. 1) She was reported to be wearing two earings when she went missing. She was only found with one. I believe this was the killers trophy. The second earing was never recovered. 2) The precision butchery of her body screams experience. The fact that the killer was able to cut her body with such skill shows that he had done it before and probably planned on doing it again. 3) The biggest thing that stuck out to me was the ripped picture they found in the vacinity where her other belongings were found. This is obviously some sick twisted joke the killer intended the police to find. This also illustrates one other major point (and also refutes the theory that the man who commited suicinde near root river 1 week after finding her body remains has any connection). The killer is cold blooded and does not regret what he did. Our unsub would never kill himself due to guilt. The ripped picture is testimate to that. He didnt feel sorry for her and probably didnt feel sorry for any of his victims.

    All in All. She was murdered by an Local unsub who had committed serial murders before and probably did so after killing Stephanie Casberg.

    April 23, 2011 at 12:31 am

  4. Steve Spingola

    The reason the Milwaukee PD is featuring this case on their cold case Web page after all these years suggests that detectives resubmitted evidence to the state crime lab and some DNA from the scene was discovered. My guess is, however, that the DNA has no match in the state data base or in CODUS. As such, they are looking for info that may point to a possible person of interest — a suspect to compare DNA for a possible match.

    April 23, 2011 at 1:47 am

  5. J. Cole

    Surely similar murders have taken place. Im surprised that after all this time, they havent found a connection between her case and any other cases. As I said in my previous post, it doesnt seem like this guy was an amatuer. Quite the contrary actually.

    April 23, 2011 at 3:14 am

  6. tonya casberg

    stephanie casberg was my aunt and my father was the last one to see her alive. I dont know if he could be of any help but its worth a try.

    June 24, 2011 at 1:47 am

  7. bob J.

    I spotted this cold case on on the Milwaukee Police Department’s cold case site. I went to Riverside High School with Stephenie Casberg and was in her same school year (class of ’69). I remember hearing about her murder in the Milwaukee newspaper. I remember a Milwaukee Police detective’s car pulling up in front of one of my friend’s house as three of us (from Riverside) were sitting outside talking on the stoop. Two detectives got out and asked us if we knew anything about her. We all “knew” who murdered her. It was the reason none of us ever dared ask her out on a date (and she was quite the knock-out). Pardon if this offends anyone but she was known to hang out with guys from a Puerto Rican gang. We were all well aware of the Puerto Ricans like to use knives in fights, so it was not too big a surprise for us to hear that she was dismembered. We related this to the two detectives and we never really ever heard anymore about it. I would have to differ with Mr. Spingola’s assumptions based upon what my friends and I knew of her at the time. It was no ex army vet. It was the gang bangers she hung out with and dated. To solve this case, start with them. They’re likely still alive and they can’t be that hard to find. After this many years, one of them has to be ready to talk.

    December 10, 2011 at 11:39 pm

  8. J.Cole

    Bob J.

    What you have said is actually extremely relevant.

    Have you ever considered talking with the cold case detective assigned to this case?

    If what you say is true, it would make sense.

    She was last seen by anyone in her area getting into a yellow sports car.
    This doesnt seem like a car some guy her age would be driving.

    Also, the killer knew what time she got off work, which also points to someone she knew.

    Furthermore, she was dumped in a place only known to local people. And transporting and dismembering the body would not have been easy unless the killer operated with other people.
    Ive read and sluethed about 500 cases in my lifetime and the ripped picture screams jelous boyfriend.
    I find it hard to believe that the this avenue hasnt already been looked into but its worth a try.

    February 5, 2012 at 3:21 am

  9. Clinton C.

    Edited/Deleted. Reason: incoherent and profane babble.

    March 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

  10. I attended some of the same schools as her brother in the 70s. Without success I tried to locate a small article that appeared in the Fond du lac Reporter some time between 1975 and 1990 indicating a Colorado woman notified Milwaukee police that her brother knew pertinent information about the victims murder–she was suspicious. I’m sad that this case is still cold. Maybe someone that knows how to navigate the newspaper archives could locate the article–maybe something was missed?

    July 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  11. FYI a duplicate message may have been forwarded; please disregard that.

    I attended schools in the 70s with one of Stephanie Casberg’s brothers so when there was an article in the Fond du Lac Reporter (years ago) about a Colorado woman who notified Milwaukee police she was suspicious her brother was responsible for Stephanie’s murder, I thought that may have solved it; now I discovered it didn’t. Was that tip ruled out?

    July 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm

  12. toughtittypug

    “The reason the Milwaukee PD is featuring this case on their cold case Web page after all these years suggests that detectives resubmitted evidence to the state crime lab and some DNA from the scene was discovered.”

    Did they do a familial DNA search also? Did they test the remains of the victim for a date rape drug?

    If a person met ALL of the following circumstantial criteria pointing to their involvement in a crime, would you consider that person highly likely to be a suspect?

    1. They were a co-worker of the victim.
    2. They knew what time the victim got off work and what her schedule was.
    3. They had relatives living in close proximity of the disposal site.
    4. They had previously hunted in the area and were familiar with the area.
    5. They were a veteran.
    6. They were a cook in the military.
    7. They had gone to the same school as the victim.
    8. They lived in the same neighborhood as the victim.
    9. They were known to own and wear a military jacket after leaving the military.
    10. They had owned a .22 or .25 caliber revolver at the time of the crime.
    11. They had access to a yellow convertible even though the younger brother had repudiated a former statement regarding a yellow convertible.
    12. They were previously accused of crimes of a sexual nature.
    13. They had a penchant for drugging women in order to have sex with them.

    August 25, 2013 at 11:22 pm

  13. Lynn D.

    Just found this website. Stephanie lived across the street from me in West Allis before she moved to the East side. It’s always been assumed it was a serial killer, because there had been some other murders with a similar MO (cutting up into body parts) at the time. Always thought they might be connected. Don’t remember specifics on the other murders, but seem to recall some may have occurred around Chicago. Also, since Stephanie had only recently moved to the Eastside literally weeks before her demise, have any West Allis connections been checked?

    August 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm

  14. C.L. Casberg

    “Ypsilanti Ripper” similarities

    November 27, 2013 at 12:52 am

  15. Bill K

    I also knew Stephanie as a fellow student at Riverside High, and a couple visits to Big Boy to talk with her while eating. She had so much going for her…great personality, great looks, and smart too. I still think about her from time to time which is why I looked up her cold case info.
    I know one thing that might be of interest, but I am uneasy to list the names I know on this forum. There was only one yellow convertible during those days belonging to a Riverside student. It was a big newer Pontiac. The driver/owner was known to have Puerto Rican friends with him from time to time as well…I know this because he let several of them out of his car one time to beat the crap out of me. They were not nice people. I can provide names discreetly if it would help. Regarding the Army jacket…In those days every other guy had one because it was the cool thing to wear and available at all surplus stores in Milwaukee.

    March 15, 2014 at 12:00 am

  16. Bill K

    One more thing…The guys with the yellow car used to take Stephanie around once in a while. So this is why I feel it might be of some interest to know the names of these guys.

    March 15, 2014 at 12:12 am

  17. There’s only one website discussing Stephanie’s murder (besides Spingola’s); Websleuths.com

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?41929-WI-Stephanie-Casberg-murdered-in-Milwaukee-July-1969

    Note to Bill K., who responded above: The guy with the yellow car, was his name Ray B.? Or was he an older person with a beard who owned a bookstore on the eastside? Was this the same gang that was involved in the killing of Frog Throgmorton?

    September 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

  18. J.Cole

    note to the people with the information above. please contact the cold case detective.

    think about this…

    stephanie casberg would not have been carrying a picture around of herself.

    infact this would be very unlikely.

    the killer had access to one of her pictures, a wallett size picture considering a ripped picture was found in the vacinity.

    therefore , the killer had to be close enough to her for them to have a wallett size picture.

    jealous exboyfriend almost certainly

    November 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

  19. Schnetzer

    J. Cole : “the killer had access to one of her pictures, a wallett size picture considering a ripped picture was found in the vacinity.

    therefore , the killer had to be close enough to her for them to have a wallett size picture.

    jealous exboyfriend almost certainly”

    If I’m not mistaken, according to the newspapers, the picture was of the type taken at a photo machine booth popular at the time and it’s very likely it belonged to Casberg. That could have easily been taken from Casberg’s purse at the time of or after the murder. The ex-boyfriend was ruled out.

    I believe the purse, blanket and ripped photo were all staged in the days after the crime to throw the police off track and divert attention from the killer himself. The areas where they were found were probably only as close as the killer dared get to the dump area without drawing suspicion to himself and were “planted/staged sometime after the body was found or even at the time he was dumping the body parts.

    This was a lust crime and sadistic trophy murder, pure and simple. The killer knew Casberg, but wasn’t a boyfriend. A handful of people know who this person is and hold the key to solving this. This crime is 99% solvable.

    March 31, 2015 at 5:33 am

  20. Bill K.

    Note to Schnetzer: No, the yellow Pontiac convertible did not belong to Ray B. The guy it belonged to had graduated earlier than 1969, and was a Riverside student. He kept out of the yearbooks though. Ray B. didn’t have enough money for a newer Pontiac. Don’t know if the Puerto Ricans were any relation to the Throgmorten case…

    May 13, 2015 at 5:43 am

  21. Schetzer

    Note to Bill K.

    Though the police ruled out the yellow convertible and determined the younger Casberg brother was mistaken, I’d still like the name of the driver/owner if you could provide it and the year he graduated. Even the initials of his name would be helpful

    Stephanie was last seen leaving Big Boy’s on Monday, July 7, 1969 about 12:30 AM., which was the end of her shift.

    It was only after Stephanie was killed that several waitresses revealed that one of them was previously attacked after she left Big Boy’s. Why didn’t they report this knife attack when it happened?

    The trail starts where she was last seen alive.

    June 8, 2015 at 2:14 pm

  22. Schnetzer

    Note to Bill K.

    Though the police ruled out the yellow convertible and determined the younger Casberg brother was mistaken, I’d still like the name of the driver/owner if you could provide it and the year he graduated. Even the initials of his name would be helpful

    Stephanie was last seen leaving Big Boy’s on Monday, July 7, 1969 about 12:30 AM., which was the end of her shift.

    It was only after Stephanie was killed that several waitresses revealed that one of them was previously attacked after she left Big Boy’s. Why didn’t they report this knife attack when it happened?

    The trail starts where she was last seen. BTW, Racine Jane Doe was found in the same spot Stephanie Casberg’s body parts were found; 92nd St. in Racine County between 6 & 7 Mile Rd. Both were dumped exactly 30 years apart, to the very month. Both were also found on the same day, July 31.

    June 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm

  23. J. Cole

    Meh location of discovery and time of discovery are about the only thing that connect jane doe to casberg.

    i know both cases quite well and I would be shocked if the killers were one in the same.

    casberg killer was extremely cautious and took EVERY precaution.
    1) Abducted her at night
    2) Chose a victim that would not be reported right away.
    3) Spent a significant amount of time dismembering her body
    4) Chose multiple secluded spots to discard the body pieces.

    Racine Jane Doe was just discarded without any regard for the possibility of getting caught. Let me repeat, 0 amount of effort was put into discarding Jane doe. I doubt our careful, meticulous killer would randomly kill in the same area 30 years later in a completely different style. But it is a coincidence for sure.

    October 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm

  24. Laura casberg

    Stephanie was my aunt and my father and I were talking about this a lot my grandmother was trying to see if they could get DNA or something of the sort to open the case back up BC of how far our technology has come I think there is a lot more to this story and everything is mixed I am asking anyone with information to come forward because this is still on everyone’s mind and if ppl can come together about things that they know I think that this case will be solved

    August 15, 2016 at 2:25 am

  25. Trying to Help

    Check out these cases with this one. Diane J Okwitz Nov. 31 1966 Menomonee Falls. Mary Ellen Kaldenberg Kenosha, Stephanie Casberg, Milwaukee July 6, 1969 Franklin, Terri Erdmann July 24, 1971, Little River Parkway-close to Menomonee Falls. Kleist June 10, 1972.

    If you read all these cases and possibly…which would be a stretch…Tina Davidson…all these seem to be linked.

    A man is in prison for one of these murders. After he was arrested these murders for this MO stopped. In a couple of these cases the body was dragged. Which indicates to me he was short. I have a family who has since passed away who thought the person arrested for the one murder killed others. That’s all this family member told me. I’ve just done some digging. Back then I don’t think they’d put this together. These cases should be solved.

    September 10, 2016 at 9:26 am

  26. Trying to Help

    Want to add…the person arrested in one of the above cases was stationed in Germany during Vietnam area. Not sure of what years.

    September 10, 2016 at 9:33 am

  27. Lynn D.

    Don’t know if there is any connection, but Stepahnie went to West Allis Central (WAC) before attending Riverside. Cynthia Frankowiak was murdered around 1972, and had graduated from WAC. Was her murderer ever found? She was murdered in her garage, I believe, after getting home from work late in the evening.

    November 8, 2017 at 3:54 am

  28. L Davis

    Can’t believe the police would not have tried to extract the killer’s DNA from something else found at the scene or evidence sites. The murderer seems too smart to leave his army jacket at the scene. He had to have nicked himself in the process, leaving his own blood. Also, it takes a really sick mind to not only murder someone, but then to cut them up. So, I think it rules out the opportunist sicko. This was a pre-planned and orchestrated murder. I hope it is solved soon, to give the family some amount of closure.

    January 18, 2018 at 2:20 am

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