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National Park Link Analysis

RICHMOND, VA, June 6, 2010 — With the FBI and National Park Service still searching the area just off the historic Colonial Parkway after the cadaver dog hits, the Spingola Files (SF) is set to leave for Shenandoah National Park, located approximately 180 miles north and west of the Colonial Parkway. 

Near Memorial Day in 1996, two women, Julie Williams, 24, and Lollie Winans, 26, were brutally murdered while camping near the park’s Skyview Lodge.  The modus operandi of these homicides is similar to the 1986 slayings of Cathy Thomas and Rebecca Dowski.  Thomas’ Honda Civic was found off an embankment adjacent to the Colonial Parkway.  The suspect(s) stuffed the bodies of the two women — their throats horrifically slashed — into the rear of the vehicle. Having occurred in national parks, the Williams/Winans, Thomas/Dowski homicides have eerie parallels.

In regards to yesterday’s search for the remains of Keith Call and Cassandra Hailey, Tara Morgan from Channel 12 in Richmond posted this story, video of which may be available later in the day:

 http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?S=12601007

Updates will be posted on this site throughout SF’s visit to Virginia.

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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.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2010


Let the Search Begin — Well, Kind of

YORKTOWN, VA, June 5, 2010 — Not far from historical Yorktown, a search is underway for the remains of Keith Call and Cassandra Hailey, a couple who had left an April 10, 1988, party about 15 miles from the Colonial Parkway but were never seen alive again.

A park ranger and Call’s father later observed Keith’s 1982 Toyota abandon on the Colonial Parkway.  Investigators later observed the couple’s clothing piled, as if they were dropped, on the rear seat.

Today’s organized, private search — conducted with very little expense to taxpayers — is being hindered by bureaucrats being bureaucrats.  National Park Service Ranger Steve Williams explained that the families permit allows cadaver dog-handlers to search only two limited areas of the Colonial Parkway.  “This is a historical park with sensitive areas,” Williams explained to SF. 

During the Spingola Files’ (SF) visit, SF spoke with sources that presented various theories  — some of which overlap — pertaining to these complex investigations. However, the National Park Service (NSP) is unwilling to show some flexibility, prohibiting a search of any additional areas under their jurisdiction.  Six cadaver dogs and their handlers from K-9 Alert Search and Rescue (www.k9alert.org) made extensive preparations to handle a detailed hunt for the remains of Call and Hailey, but the rules-are-rules bureaucrats have put a damper on the overall operation. 

About an hour ago, Burt Drummond, search and rescue organizer, held a briefing for the families, volunteers and members of the media.  Updates on the search are forth coming. 

On another note, the families of Colonial Parkway murder victims held a get-together last night at the Ocean Breeze Restaurant.  SF would like to thank the families for their hospitality.  The restaurant’s staff did a wonderful job hosting the private event.  During the meeting, I discussed the cases with family members, all of whom are looking for closure.

Prior to the meeting, I spoke with Channel 12’s Tara Morgan regarding SF’s efforts:

http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?S=12599000

Check this site throughout the day, as I will post updates regarding the search.

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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.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI 2010