Unsolved Child Murders

Eighteen American Cases, 1956–1998

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About the Book

 An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States. Only one in 10,000 are found dead. Yet unsolved child murders are almost a daily occurrence—of nearly 52,000 juvenile homicides between 1980 and 2008, more than 20 percent remain open.
Drawing on FBI reports, police and court records, and interviews with victims’ families, this book provides details and evidence for 18 unsolved cases from 1956 to 1998.

About the Author(s)

Emily G. Thompson has always had an interest in true crime, particularly unsolved crimes. She lives in Northern Ireland.

Bibliographic Details

Emily G. Thompson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 242
Bibliographic Info: 24 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7000-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3056-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction 1

The Grimes Sisters (1956) 3

The Boy in the Box (1957) 14

The Freeway Phantom (1971–1972) 25

The Alphabet Murders (1971–1973) 34

Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders (1972–1973) 44

The Oakland County Child Killer (1976–1977) 62

The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders (1977) 73

Adam Walsh (1981) 83

Rachael Runyan (1982) 103

Johnny Gosch (1982) 111

April Tinsley (1988) 124

Jaclyn Dowaliby (1988) 131

Amy Mihaljevic (1989) 152

Angie Housman (1993) 164

JonBenét Ramsey (1995) 171

Amber Hagerman (1996) 182

Levi Frady (1997) 196

Christina Marie Williams (1998) 205

Afterword 219

Notes 221

Index 233