The mystery of the "REDHEAD MURDERS" - Are they all related to one serial killer?

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As per the name, the Redhead Murders is the name given to the six to eleven unsolved murders of redheaded women along major highways in the United States in the 1980s. These victims were often prostitutes or hitchhikers, and many were never identified due to an inability to find a family to verify their identities.
Due to the locations of the victims’ bodies, many speculated that the murderer was a truck driver.
The first death that was later attributed to this killer was that of an unidentified White woman whose body was found naked alongside Route 250 near Littleton in Wetzel County, West Virginia, on Feb. 13, 1983. Like many of the so-called Redhead Murders, her hair was not truly red, but more of an auburn color.


The above are just two blogs that discusses the redhead murders. I've been meaning to delve deeper into them for years, and haven't done so yet. Probably because I myself am a redhead! I tagged a lot of cases in our previous forum and am now working on tagging all the redheads in this one. There's a LOT of them.

Because they say only 2-3% of the world's population has red hair, it makes sense that the high ratio of redhead murders is suspicious. Or, is it just a coincidence? As I dig deeper, I'll share what I find. I hope some of you will join me!
 

Kimster

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Jerry Leon Johns, a truck driver who was a suspect in a string of murders during the mid-1980s, is now believed to be responsible for the death of Tina Marie McKinney Farmer, an Indiana woman whose remains were found off Interstate 75 near Jellico on New Years Day 1985, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, that DNA analysis led to a break in the case. Johns died in prison in 2015. (WATE)



Here's something recent. Was Johns really looking for redheads?
 

FightingCrime247

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Here is a really interesting article about a high school in TN that done a project to dive into the murders and try to find the connections although they do not reveal the connections or how they came about it is interesting that a school would be working on a project such as this.
 

Kimster

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Here is a really interesting article about a high school in TN that done a project to dive into the murders and try to find the connections although they do not reveal the connections or how they came about it is interesting that a school would be working on a project such as this.
Like Tina Farmer, who was missing in Indianapolis. There was a Jane Doe in Campbell County, just outside of Knoxville. Both women had a chipped tooth.

"Somehow, we found ourselves on Reddit. There was this thread about the murder," said Alexis Shelton.

Not a coincidence - the DNA proved the students right. Based on a map, the students believe the killer is a Knoxville truck driver who would dump the bodies on his route but never in his home county.

"He's pretty much a white truck driver," said William Bowers. "I would say 5'11" to 6'2", 20s to 40s, kind of stocky build, probably strong enough to overpower these women."

The class thinks the first killing happened in Cheatham County - still unidentified and the serial killer is still not caught. But, how can you call this class project anything less than astonishing?

"I think the one thing they did that no one else had done, they provided the evidence that at six of these murders are linked to the same offender which had never been done before," said Campbell.

And if you still have doubt, a profiler with the Federal Bureau of Investigation looked over the final report, his conclusion, "I can't disagree with a single finding."
 

Kimster

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There were redheads/strawberry blondes found dead in Western states as well. Far too many victims nationwide to be coincidences.
That's what I think, too! Only 3% of the world's population has red hair, yet so many redheaded women are missing/murdered!
 

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