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The Times-Tribune from Scranton, Pennsylvania • 66

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The Times-Tribunei
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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66
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Kargler In Sue Wier tept an appointment for a part-Crne job and was never seen eve eerneer-rtine the girls yrIle'd been to drive a car from Mora. bertmaa Le rated that le14 tever Leen to Vora before tnat town waa ever amenteocred to hirn. Yes. he did recall picking up a on A. 20.

A girl vriiih a red bandarina on a street corner three blocks from Katherine hom.e. But be denied vehemently her any harm-Unfortunately for Carig-nan, each of the four school giris who had gone the rnide-aged man to ho'ip a car back" picked him out of a lintup. Then the student nurse still in the hospital with her fractured skuil, ricked his picture out of 12 mug shot.s. Ts looked even eirrmer fcr Farvey when the identy of he body follnd in Sherburne C-unty C'll Sept 17th was made; she was 2.4-year-ad Eileen Hun-ley missing since 9. and.

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The terrified girls managed to escape when he stopped for gas. His de-scription Sonenstahl 'knew only too well 6 feet, 2 inches, 200 pounds, baiding, green work pants. The car? A light green Chevrolet Caprice, four-door. Sonenstahl first thought the girls had been referring to the et-dent nurse when they spo'ke of a fellow student being injured. But no, there was more.

By tracing the "rumor" back through witnesses, Sonenstahl found that two more teenagers had prey to the man in the Caprice. They, too, had been employing that Russian roulette of traveling hitchhiking. On Sept. 8, the 16 and 17-year olds were picked up by the now-farniliar balding, rnidd'ie-aged male in a Chevrolet Caprice. He had offered them $.25 to help him drive a car from Mora, back to Minneapolis.

En route, he bad pulled into a secluded woods and asked one of the girls to follow him, saying that the other car was parked in the trees. He took a hammier, a screwdriver and a can of gas as he gestured for the trusting teenager to join him. The last thing the girl remembered, she told Sonenstahl, was being struck viciously on the head with a hammer. Her friend had run for help when she heard the screams coming from the woods. County deputies ros oncled to the tall for help from nearby farmers.

The injured girl woke up in a hospital with severe head injuries. What kind of diabolical imnetus drove that man? If he wasn't a killer he soon would be; the attacks wer- in frequency and intensity. seemed that he 'was deliberately committing his offenses in different jurisdictions, perhaps assuming that the agencies involved were not In contact with each other, that the pattern of his attacks had not yet emerged. It was Sept. 21 when Sonenstahl received word that the body of yet another A JUSTICE STORY unidentified female had been found this time in rural Isanti County.

The victim had apparently been sexually assaulted and had died as the result of terrible head wounds, probably caused by a hammer-like object. Sonensthal had a man under observation a man who had been spo tt one of the earlier victims as a look-alike. Hennepin County and Minneapolis police were watching waiting, determined to stop the progression of his crimes, but they needed more than their suspiciors. On Sept. 23, the Isanti County 'murder victim was identified as 17-year-old Katherine Jane of Minneapolis.

She was last seen alive at 745 a.m. On Sept. 20 as she got ready to go to school. She should have left her home at about nine, and relatives believed she wore a red bandana tied around ter heal. On the rnornIng of 24, tops observed a Laiding, fiftyish man in South lie drove a 190-8 pale green Chevrolet Caprice, four-door, with a black interior.

When he noticed the approaching him, he attempted to evade them, but was caught and arrested as a suspect in the multiple murder-assault-rape investigation He was 'Harvey Louia Carignan late of now a resident of lath Avenue South in Minneopolls. During nuestionine', Carignan said easily that he had helped a stranded teenage motorist, tut insisted that he had told her he couldn't fix her car because he had no tools. Instead, he had locked her car and driven her to a nearby Sears store at her request. He denied taking her to Carver County and attacking her. In fact, Carignan agreed, but only partially.

with most of the girls' statements. lie agreed that he'd picked up two teenage girls, had struck one, and that they'd left his car at a service station. He slipped a little on the story Remembers he Car 'Soren stall 'hat Car', rinan had purchased the Caprir-e in January 19.74. Ile had traded Eis la-st oar. a Chevrolet pk-up.

The new owner of the k-ut located. Ire was cooperative in lettirtg the -13-year-old victim ce September l73 view his The girl -recognized it at once ard po'r-od out several special accessor.es that she remembered. Beneath the 11-Ick-tm's frorit seat, came arrott several mars that would rnake all over the country. The mars were of various cf the U. and on them were circled areas.

Ore of circled arrqs the Indian heserca.en State. where SJe body was found. Another was a lorginr road on isarti. Wash rgt thie spot whiere 20-year-old Laura Leslie Brock's beaten body was faund on Sept14, The Prock ease hal hafflei law-ren for two years. The St coed left the earripus in Belling-ham headed for a three-day hitchhiking trip on the Olyrrric Perininau'a.

When her body was found in the wood it was clad only in 4org blue sorks. 'She had been raped, beaten and atrarrled and had suffered a batah skull fracture front a weapon such as a hammer. With the two map circles mtatethirg body sites exacy. lawmen roar wondered if they were looking for hundreds of other vicio-s, if ha i left a kind of rrisly score-card. ricatirg and ground-sweeps began from livash.nii'.on to Minnesota, Ibtrt, deep snow and thick vegetation yielded ro more bod s.

Tbere may be vietirns there. their bores siiattered by animals or buried so t'ieen they will never be fouhd. Or it rray have ail been a macabre joke. As this is sv-ten, Trarvey Carigran has been the defendant in two of what promises to be a marathon of tr.ais, defense one of insanity. The f.rst tr.al was in Arril lt.5 on of murder and a7rrsvad rni.irder and aggravated sodomy in the case of the 19-year-olii nuesing student whose car he promised to Feels No Guilt Ire explaired to V'e 5-ary that t.

ad instructe-d him to stop and he.ip someone that day. But then toid him she was a w-hore ani that rnust be humiliated and then k.lied. That was the reason for the sexual ptrversicras and for the blows to her head. But he hal straightened her Itaiir before he hit her so that she be presentable when she met her neater. Since it was his duty to rid the wor.ii of "whores, harlots, and the he explained that he felt ro gulit that he would to her again If he were free.

The j-ury see it liarvey's war; they gave 30 years. A trnth later. tte who ke-rt in trim by c'hinninz On ha eel bars was convicted of od-xmy, so3orry a ch.71. ad arrravateil in the ease the 1-earold runaway in Sertember Tie got anotheir years. Bo-a-ever, Minnesota law conseeutive that accurni.2..ete to more than 4) years total It-zee; t.r.g first-degree murder.) 'Still to reach the t-ourhroam are aggravated assault charges sterrmirg from the teenager whati was struck 10 times avith a hammer in the woods near Mora, and two charges of murder one invelving hatherine Schaltz ati Eileen Ilunley.

rnent from where she had been thrown, left for dead. In a hospital, suffering critical bead injuries administered by a blunt instrunient, the teenager rallied enough to tell officers of her ordeal. he said that her car had failed to start as she prepared to leave a lot in Minneapolis and that a tall, husky, balding man about 40 who wore green work pants had stopped to ''help" her. The man had looked under the hood of her-car and then enticed her into his green Chevrolet Caprice on the pretext that he needed special tools to get her car going. But the man did not go to pick up tools.

Instead, he drove rapidly to rural Carver County and forced her to submit to the same abuse that the runaway 13- year-old had been subjected to the year before. Then, she said, he struck her over the head with a claw hammer and threw her unconscious bo-ly over the hank. If she had not been able to inch her way up the bank, she might have died. Hennepin County detective Archie Sonenstahl noted the resemblance in both description and modus operandi to the earlier case and the plucky student nurse was able to give him a detailed description of her abductor's car. She said it was a four-door Chevrolet Caprice, possibly 1N5-68, light green with a black interior.

It bore Minnesota plates. The Cr ltnes Snowball Sonenstahl knew that they were hunting a highly dangerous man, but he could not have known that the crimes against pretty young women were about to snowball into a pattern unheard of in the Minneapolis area, and that he would be placed at the fore of the entire investigation. The Sherburne County Sheriffs Office, on Sept. 17, was called to investigate the unidentified body of a woman found in a deeply-wooded area near Zimmerman, Minn. An autopsy sho.wed her to be in her 20s.

She had died of massive heal injuries, possibly inflicted by a hammer. Then, on Sept. 19, two teenagers complained to Minneapolis police that they had been hitchhiking in that city the day before when they were picked up by a man, about 50, who said that be needed help in picking up a car. The girls agreed to help and, as they headed north, the driver talked of being robbed and beaten with a hammer. They remembered hearing fellow students tell of how they has been accosted by a man with a hammer.

In a remote area, now, the driver turned to them and said: "Would you rather be raped or killed?" They would rather be killed, they replied, thinking blow to the cheekbone and the orbit of the left eye. The probable weapon was a hammer or a tire iron. She had been stripped of her clothing. Now there was a homicide to investigate, but precious weeks had slipped by while the trail grew cold. Both of Carignan's vehicles were brought in for processing on a search warrant, but they had been meticuously cleaned.

Fingerprint expert Jean Battista found no prints at all, except on the passenger window that had been rolled down. Again, the prints might have teen the one link between Kathy and the burly station operator, but no prints for Kathy's fingers could be found. She had never been printed. Describe the Truck Witnesses on the Tula lip Reservation described a truck they'd seen driving into the woods on the day Kathy vanished. It had been a Chevrolet camper-truck, yellow, with black stripes and a silver canopy.

Just like Carignan's. But they could not remember what the driver looked iike. Another near miss. Circumstantial evidence is not enough, and Carignan refused a lie-detector exam. It mattered not that his gas pumps were wrapped with the identical back vinyl that had served as Kathy's shroud.

Unless the torn edges found in each spot could be approximated, the evidentiary value was nil. Homan and Baughman learned that Carignan had left the Northwest, headed for the Minneapolis area. All they could do was alert law enforcement agencies there that a prime suspect in a Seattle murder was beaded their way. On Sept. 9, 1973, a 13-year-old runaway girl from Duluth, hitchhiking in Minneapolis, was picked up by a man driving a pick-up truck.

She would later describe him as being 45 to 50, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with balding brown hair. He wore boots and green work clothes. Instead of driving her to her destination, the man drove her into suburban Hennepin County, where he forced her to submit to sexual perversions. In light of later events, she was lucky; be eventually drove her to Crystal, and let her go. The girl was too frightened to tell of her ordeal until a year later when she believed that she had seen her attacker at a church service.

That alert, however, was too late to warn a 19-year-old nursing student in Minneapolis that a sadist was on the loose. On Sept. 14. 197-1, the Carver County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of an apparent aggravated rape in Laketown township. The student nurse had been found lying along a country road; she had crawledup an embank.

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