The Dead Girl Part II

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This post is the follow up to The Dead Girl. I am the kind of blogger who cant plan posts. I wrote The Dead Girl Part II the same day I wrote Part I. I was afraid I’d lose the ‘urge‘. Does that make sense? Anyhow, it felt wrong to not publish it after I was immediately done writing it.

The rest of the story I can only remember bits and pieces of. I didnt feel right about asking my dad about the details he remembered, not sure why, I guess because we never talk about the dead girl. Most of what I remember after finding the dead girl came from being present at the murder trial. I was allowed into the court room when I was no longer needed as a witness to testify. My Uncle Frank was the only one called to the stand to tell our story, even tho the rest of us were all subpoenaed to the trial. It was my first time ever being inside a court room and to a real trial of any sort. I was distracted with all of the people present and the procedures, the jury, as well as the killer.

Here is what my 10 yo mind remembers from way back in 1978-79:

The Dead Girl had a name, her name was Victoria Lynn(Iam not 100% sure of her lastname’s spelling but it was something like this: Wickersham). She was from the lower part of Michigan. When I try to recall the city she hailed from, Rose City stands out, altho I am not certain this was her hometown. The day she disappeared, she was riding with her brother in his car, they had a fight, Victoria Lynn insisted he pull over, she jumped out of his vehicle and refused to get back inside.

17 yo Victoria Lynn hitched a ride from a small time, loser criminal Raymond (Iam not sure of the lastname’s spelling but it went similar to:Sloane). Raymond drove Victoria far North to my part of Michigan. His parents owned a summer cottage near the area where we found Victoria’s body. Raymond and Victoria went to the summer house, smoked weed, had consensual sex. Somewhere in their meeting, they got into a fight. I think it was over money for either the drugs or something to do with sex or both. Raymond blugeoned Victoria in the face with the claw of a hammer until she was not only dead, but beyond resembling a human being. Then he wrapped her dead body in the sofa slip-cover that she was murdered on, loaded her into the trunk of his car, drove a few miles from his parent’s summer cottage, and dumped her in the woods. She had only been laying in the woods about 5-7 days before we found her. Then Raymond went back to the summer house, cleaned up best he could and then drove back down state to his home. Luckily for the prosecution, Raymond was a bad housekeeper….he left blood spatter, the murder weapon, and hairs belonging to Victoria Lynn behind to incriminate him.

Raymond was already under Law Enforcement’s radar for stealing, something about riding lawn mowers and snow-blowers. Raymond was very paranoid and his friends picked up on it immediately. He also had blood inside his car’s trunk he was unable to get cleaned up . One of his friends became suspicious after noticing Raymond became obsessedwith watching the news and asking others about the dead girl, and what was reported in the news. When the suspicious friend asked Raymond about the blood in the trunk, Raymond told him it was from a deer he had poached. The friend didnt buy his story. I can vividly remember the friend testifying about the trunk and the blood inside it. I can also remember he stated he asked Raymond if he had hurt that girl, where Raymond answered him “no way.”

Raymond’s parents also became suspicious. They drove North to their summer cottage and discovered all was not well. The sofa was missing the slip-cover and the house itself showed signs of no good. Raymond’s parents notified police with their suspicions. The police contacted Raymond’s friends and questioned them. The murder weapon was found, the victims blood in the car’s trunk, and Raymond was arrested.

Victoria Lynn’s family was seated 2 rows in front of us during the trial. Her brother sobbed openly thru out the trial. I was amazed at the resemblence between Victoria Lynn and her brother. I always wondered if they were twins. I do not remember if it was a fact or not, but I am almost certain that they were very close in age. They both had long, silky, dark blonde hair and narrow faces. Victoria Lynn’s parents were sitting in silence. Her mother was a regal, coiffed looking lady, she dabbed her eyes with a hanky. Victoria’s silver-haired, father sat like a statue staring stonily ahead.

The killer, Raymond, had enough balls to actually plead not guilty. He did not resemble the scary, crazed killer my young mind had conjured up-he wasnt even scary, he was just dirty looking. He was wearing a blue striped shirt and corduroy dress pants. He was dirty and greasy looking. He had long, sparse, stringy, black hair, beady eyes, and a thin build. He had some teeth missing, I am sure of that. My mother was a big teeth freak and as a kid, I was reminded daily of how my pearly whites would look if I neglected their hygiene. Yes, really-murder trial or not. Mouth care was never far from my mother’s mind, bless her.

A few days after the last day we attended the trial, State Police Trooper and friend of the family, Ken came over and told us about the guilty verdict. To this day I am still not sure of exactly what the killer was convicted of. Which degree of murder or what kind of murder charge it was. I do know for a fact he was paroled the year I graduated from high school, 1987. I read it in the local paper close to the time I was getting ready to graduate.

That would mean, Victoria Lynn’s murderer spent less than a decade in prison for killing her viciously and dumping her body in the woods like garbage……

I do not see any justice in that.

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22 responses to “The Dead Girl Part II

  1. BG, I never ceased to be amazed that many, many vicious criminals spend less time in jail than all the time they spent in trails, appeals, court dates, rescheduling, etc…etc…where is the justice in that, the victims either pay for this crime for the rest of their lives or have their lives taken away completely..just is not right!! whoa..better stop or I’ll go off into a rant..lol thanks BG..m

  2. Aniin BG,

    Justice is blind, all the time. I wonder how we all believe in anything anymore.

    Madd,

    You? Ranting? Perish the thought.

  3. BG – Whoa! What a story. Rose City, is where I wanted to move to if I ever moved to Michigan, I don’t know why that is but…lol.

    I don’t understand why murderer’s or any type of criminal get parolled out for any reason. I think they should suffer behind bars forever, I mean um…their victims and their familys have to suffere forever, why not the person who inflicted the pain upon them do the same? Be reminded of what they did everyday of their life?!? I don’t understand our Justice system! I used to play Prosecutor when I was younger, and I always asked for the highest sentence I could get, Imagine if I really became a Prosecutor what I would be doing this day and age? Maybe I should of gone with my gut feeling on that when I was a kid!

    I feel for her family, what a way to learn how your daughters last moments were on this earth, and her brother! Imagine what guilt (although I was not his fault) he felt for leaving her there on the side of the road.

    I loved the story!

  4. BG: I was just going to pop over on my daily visit and look at some beautiful pictures of horses, and WOW ! What a surprise I found. That’s what happens when one doesn’t keep up with her blogger friend’s post while on a cross-country trip. I’ve read today’s post, but will be back later today to “catch-up.” What a terrible memory but thank you for sharing this. I do not see any justice, either.

  5. madd-good ranting topic-rant away. Ive had it with the judicial’s system of protecting the criminals and treating the victims like they are the criminals.I constantly contact my state’s law makers usually thru email trying to get Oklahoma’s laws changed…

    brian-justice is blind, love is blind…..

    butterflychic26-go further North if you move to MI, it is alot prettier than the lower part of the state. Its not too late for you to go to Law School!

    swampwitch-I guess I deviated from my normal blogging about nothing posts. More pictures tomorrow!

  6. Wow, what a story and yes, Justice is often blind but the courts unfortunately are made up of fallible human beings. I can’t believe he only served a decade. Unreal when you think people have spent much longer times than that for smoking pot! Thanks for sharing. We all need eye openers.

  7. Oh, BG! I am behind in my travels this weekend. I read both halves of your tale. How horrifying for you! Less than 10 years – outrageous. Had it been THEIR dughter, someone would have done more. sigh….. D :}

  8. Nor do I.
    Thanks for sharing your story and allowing that young girl to become alive again,in our hearts and minds:)

  9. Aniin BG,

    Hope you are having a *fun* afternoon cleaning. I don’t have e-mail at work. 😦

    But we will talk in spirit. 🙂

  10. Wow, Thank you for sharing this story with us. You brought back this girl for just a moment in time by sharing her story.

  11. kel

    What a thing to go through when you were only 10. How sad for that girl and her family and how sad that he got out on parole.

  12. Doe

    How incredibly sad. 😦 As far as sentencing goes, you Americans are still WAY ahead of us up here. There was a case here in Kingston which just recently went to court. A woman (a NURSE, no less) was driving home from a party (prob. impaired) and hit a pedestrian. She took off, cleaned up her clothes and the car, then took the car and left it at, I think, a local wreckers’ yard and reported it stolen. Two years later, it went to trial and she got…a $1000 fine for leaving the scene of an accident. Here’s a link to the local story (read it soon, I think they take them off after a few days):

    http://tinyurl.com/utm4b
    http://tinyurl.com/y2gv59

    Last year some idiotic woman in a minivan stopped short in front of my bf; he rolled into her and dented her hubcap. Of course she hollered for a cop; he wound up with a fine and three demerit points on his license. *fume*

    I sweartagod, the courts’ attitudes towards criminals here sometimes seems to be “I hope we didn’t inconvenience you” (goes well with our immigration control, which seems to consist of someone at the border saying “Hey, come on in? Can we get you anything?”)

  13. Hi there, you don’t know me, I was reading over at bored_in_kansas and being snoopy, and came across your absolutely awesome story. Well not awesome as in someone lost their lives, but very well told!

    I’m Annie by the way, I’m not one bit shy either (guess you gathered that huh?), but it’s nice to meet you, and I will be venturing back tomorrow. Have a nice monday evening.

  14. it sickings me to think that he was released so soon. thank you for sharing this….very well written.

  15. I have to agree with you on the verdict. DEATH PENALTY has anyone ever heard of it??? I mean why are we paying to house, cloth and feed these menaces to society??? My tax dollars hard at work. Oh I feel much better now!

    NOT

  16. You know, that is horribly disgusting that you can kill someone and be out in ten years, but smoke a joint, and you’re locked up for 20 years. Where is the justice in that? (I’m not advocating people go smoke pot, but ya know, those who commit henious crimes should do HARD time).

  17. Anonymous

    What a sad terrible ending to this. You’re right, of course, there is no justice in that at all.

    I’m also sorry you had to witness all that.

    pavel

  18. Your telling of this story was excellent. Like everyone I’m horrified at the sentence he got.

  19. Redneckgirl had me read this, and I must say that after part 1, I was lucky that you had already posted part 2.

    I know I shouldn’t be as intrigued as I was, but you wrote it out very well.

    I’m sorry to hear about her and her family, and felt kind of cheated by the way he got out too.

    Thanks for sharing this story with everyone.

  20. That story is heartbreaking in so many different ways. First and foremost that she was killed, especially in such a vicious way. That you and your family stumbled upon her is such a horrible thing. And can you imagine sitting in court and listening to the details of your child’s death? What about being suspicious of your own son and having to call the police on him?

    Such a sad, sad story.

  21. Oops! The previous comment from bringthemup was really from me. I was playing around with starting a WordPress blog, but I never got it up and running, but I guess I was still logged in.

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