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Solved: Rosemary Calandriello

SOLVED
Rosemary K. Calandriello
Case closed in 1974
Killer: Robert Zarinsky



Rosemary Calandriello was 17 years old when she was last seen walking out of her family’s home in the 90 block of Center Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey at 6:00 p.m on August 25, 1969. Her mother gave her two dollars and sent her out to the store to buy milk and ice pops for the family’s dinner. The store was only two blocks away, and Rosemary was expected to return home after only a few minutes. But she never arrived home. Her mother reported her missing to authorities about two hours after she was last seen. 
Rosemary was the youngest of four children and the only child still living at home with her parents. She had only recently started dating, had no steady boyfriend and she was generally kept sheltered by her family. She was not allowed out at night by herself, and she was afraid of the dark.
At the time she vanished, Rosemary’s father was very ill and had to take leave from his job as a result. Rosemary assumed many more household responsibilities, including shopping for the groceries and helping pay bills due to her fathers sickness. Her parents never believed she ran away from home, as that would be extremely uncharacteristic of her behavior.
During the investigation, police were able to speak to four of Rosemary’s high school classmates who claimed to have seen her riding in a car with a stranger, an older male. They described the vehicle as a beat up black and white Ford Galaxy convertible. The boys followed the car in their own vehicle for a few blocks, because they were curious about seeing Rosemary with an older man. 
Based on the boy’s descriptions, the police made a composite drawing of the unidentified man. After this sighting was reported in the newspapers, a woman came forward and told investigators that a man who closely resembled the sketch and drove a similar vehicle had offered a ride to her 12 year old daughter and her daughter’s friend. He made the offer on three separate occasions and had also offered to give the girls some wine. Amazingly, the girls had memorized the vehicle’s license plate number and police determined it belonged to Robert Zarinsky. 
Robert had a history of antisocial and criminal behavior dating back to his childhood. And was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. After linking him to Rosemary’s disappearance, police arrested him for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. This charge was connected to him for offering alcohol to the two underage girls, but police believed he had also harmed Rosemary. 
Robert was seen washing the trunk of his Ford Galaxy after Rosemary went missing, something that was unusual. When police inspected the car, the window and door handles on the passenger side were absent. One of Rosemary’s hair clips was found on the floor of the vehicle, and in the backseat was a pair of blue women’s panties. Rosemary’s mother identified the panties as her daughter’s, but Robert Zarinsky’s wife stated they were her own. A ball-peen hammer with skin, dried blood and hair stuck to it was also located. The hair however, was blonde, police later presumed Robert Zarinsky also murdered the blonde haired blue eyed Linda Balabanow (
https://ashmysteries.com/2021/08/15/the-murdered-linda-balabanow/ ) along with several other teenage girls in the surrounding area.
After Robert’s arrest, Rosemary’s four high school classmates identified him as being the man they saw with her on the evening of her disappearance. When he was in jail, he allegedly confessed to Rosemary’s murder to a cellmate, and said that no one would ever find her body.
Robert was convicted on the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but his conviction was overturned on appeal and he was released. The FBI analyzed the bloody clump of hair that was found in the car and it was indeed linked to Linda Balabanow, whose body was found in the Raritan River in Port Reading, New Jersey about four months before Rosemary disappeared. She was beaten to death and strangled with an electrical cord. 
Police also suspected Robert had killed Joanne Delardo and Donna Carlucci, two teenage girls from Woodbridge Township, New Jersey who were both also strangled with an electrical cord. (https://www.nytimes.com/1974/12/28/archives/bodies-of-two-girls-apparently-slain-are-found-in-jersey.html ) However, there was not enough evidence to prosecute him in those two cases. 
     In 1974, Robert Zarinsky was charged with Rosemary’s murder on the basis of circumstantial evidence. He was convicted in 1975 and sentenced to 98 years in prison. He was the first person in the state of NJ to be convicted of murder in a case where the victim’s body had not been found. In 1999, Robert was also charged with the murder of a 13 year old girl named Jane Durra. (https://ashmysteries.com/2021/05/08/the-murdered-jane-durrua/ ) She had been raped, beaten and strangled. He was awaiting trial for her murder when he died of pulmonary fibrosis in December of 2008.
Robert Zarinsky is a suspect in several murders other than the ones he was charged with, and his own sister attributes as many as 10 homicides to him. 
Rosemary’s remains have still not been located as of 2021, but foul play is suspected in her case. 

If you have any information, please contact the Atlantic Highlands Police Department at 732-291-1212.

Sources:

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2422dfnj.html 

https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/5909

Information on Robert Zarinsky:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Zarinsky

https://murderpedia.org/male.Z/z/zarinsky-robert-victims.htm

http://www.crimezzz.net/serialkillers/Z/ZARINSKY_robert.php 

The Murdered Linda Balabanow

The Murdered
Linda Balabanow
Middlesex County, New Jersey

On March 26, 1969, 17 year old Linda Balabanow, after working her shift at a drug store in Roselle, New Jersey, disappeared leaving her job at 5:00 p.m. Linda did not return to her family home at 1766 Union Avenue, Union, NJ. The next day, March 27, 1969, her mother reported to police that her daughter had not returned home from work the night before. When she was first reported missing, she had been classified as a run-away, despite Linda leaving all of her money and her cosmetics at home. At the time, Linda was attending Union High School, and previously transferred from Mother Seton High School in Clark, NJ. She loved to write poetry and draw.
On April 27, 1969, Linda’s body was found in Woodbridge Township, floating in the Raritan River near the Hess Oil dock. She was nude from the waist down, but with no penetrative rape evident. A truck tire chain was wrapped around her neck, with her dress wrapped around her face and head and tied with an electrical cord around her neck in a “granny knot.” Her hands were bound with rope. Her shoes were missing. She had a fractured skull from blunt force trauma, her jaw was broken and seemed to have been beaten about the face. An autopsy concluded that Linda had been strangled with the electrical cord but she was ultimately killed by a ferocious blow to her head. 

Four months after Linda was found, a 16 year old girl named Rosemary Calandriello was reported missing. Her body was never found. A serial killer named Robert Zarinsky became the prime suspect in Rosemary’s murder,(https://charleyproject.org/case/rosemary-k-calandriello ), Linda’s murder, and was being looked into for the 1965 murder of Mary Ann Klinsky. (https://ashmysteries.com/2021/04/16/solved-mary-ann-klinsky/) Police also suspected Robert had killed Joanne Delardo and Donna Carlucci, two teenage girls from Woodbridge Township, New Jersey who were both also strangled with an electrical cord. (https://www.nytimes.com/1974/12/28/archives/bodies-of-two-girls-apparently-slain-are-found-in-jersey.html ) However, there was not enough evidence to prosecute him in those two cases. 
   In 1975, during their investigation, police executed a search warrant on Robert’s car into the disappearance of Rosemary. Instead, a hammer was found that contained skin and hair that strongly resembled the blonde hair of Linda Balabanow. The FBI analyzed the bloody clump of hair that was found in the car and it was indeed linked to Linda. However, it wasn’t until 2019 that Robert was officially tied to the crime, through a new analysis of the DNA evidence police had gathered.  
   In 1999, Robert was charged with the murder of a 13 year old girl named Jane Durra. (https://ashmysteries.com/2021/05/08/the-murdered-jane-durrua/ ) She had been raped, beaten and strangled. He was awaiting trial for her murder when he died of pulmonary fibrosis in December of 2008.
Robert Zarinsky is a suspect in several murders other than the ones he was charged with, and his own sister attributes as many as 10 homicides to him. 
Although it should be circumstantial like Rosemary’s case, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office maintained it never brought charges against Robert Zarinsky for Linda’s homicide because there was not enough evidence.

Sources:

https://newjerseygirlmurders.org/cases.htm

https://www.nj.com/middlesex/2016/02/suspected_serial_killer_investigated_in_teens_cold.html

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30246709/linda-balabanow/

https://nj1015.com/police-investigate-suspected-serial-killer-in-connection-with-57-year-old-homicide/

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29961727/1975-93-16-linda-balabanow/

https://www.nytimes.com/1975/02/26/archives/linden-man-held-in-slaying-of-girl-16.html

Information about Robert Zarinsky

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Zarinsky

https://murderpedia.org/male.Z/z/zarinsky-robert-victims.htm

http://www.crimezzz.net/serialkillers/Z/ZARINSKY_robert.php

https://law.justia.com/cases/new-jersey/appellate-division-published/1976/143-n-j-super-35-0.html

The Murdered Joyce Coleman

The Murdered 
Joyce Coleman
Morris County, NJ

Joyce Coleman was 28 years old living with her husband and her 14 month old son at 245 Bartley Road, Long Valley, Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey. They had been residing there for the past two years. Joyce was six months pregnant with the couple’s second child. Her husband, Wayne Coleman worked as a supervisor for the Charter Bulk Service in Newark. On February 28, 1970, (some sources state it was the 27th,) upon returning home from a long day at 1:45 A.M, Wayne found his wife battered and sprawled out on the floor of the basement recreation room in their home. According to police, Wayne stated that his wife failed to answer the phone when he called from work shortly before leaving his job. Mr. Coleman found every room in his house ransacked except for his son’s bedroom, and his son was completely unharmed. He also discovered four of his shotguns, one rifle, a quantity of ammunition and two cameras were missing. Wayne was an avid skeet shooter.
Upon inspection of the home by police, they found no signs of forced entry. The Morris County Medical Examiner ruled Joyce’s cause of death; “multiple blunt injuries to the head, face and neck.” One unusual thing that was found, Joyce had cuts on her neck that were done post-mortem. 
Ultimately, the case was ruled a homicide and Joyce Coleman’s killer remains unknown.

If you have any further information, please contact the Morris County Sheriff’s office at 973-285-6610.

The Missing Joseph Robertson

The Missing
Joseph Robertson
Case #: 04-72
Ocean County

Joseph Robertson was last seen leaving the Dover Retirement Facility on January 2, 2004 in Dover, NJ. He has not been seen or heard from again. He does not have any scars, marks, or tattoos. He is allergic to Penicillin. He is a white male, 6 feet tall, 200 lbs, with graying brown hair and brown eyes, and a ruddy complexion. 

If you have any further information, please contact the Toms River Police Department at 732-349-0150 or the NJSP Missing Persons Unit at 800-709-7090.

Sources: 
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/4266?nav

https://patch.com/new-jersey/tomsriver/toms-river-man-10-years-missing-have-you-seen-him

The Missing Ulpiano Gomez

The Missing
Ulpiano Gomez
Case #: 10747-03
Cumberland County

Ulpiano Gomez was 84-85 years old when he was last seen on Sunday, March 1, 2003 at 12p.m leaving his home in Vineland, New Jersey. He planned to walk the 2 miles to Maintree Shopping Center, 301 South Main Street, Vineland. He wanted to purchase a remote control at Radio Shack. He never made it there, and he has never been heard from again. 
Ulpiano moved to Vineland from Brooklyn, New York, five months before his disappearance. He would sometimes gamble at casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but did not do so after his move to Vineland. There have been no sightings of him since he vanished. 
Ulpiano is a Hispanic male with a dark complexion, 5’4” in height, a slender build, 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing glasses, a black hat with a black coat, black pants and boots. He has brown eyes, white hair and a white mustache.
Authorities say there is no evidence of foul play in his case, but they call his disappearance “puzzling.” According to his family members, Ulpiano was in good physical and mental health at the time. He is described as a reclusive man with no friends.
The family with whom he was living with, has since moved back to New York. His case remains unsolved.

If you have any further information, please contact the Vineland Police Department at 856-691-4111.

Sources:
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/8063?nav

https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2017/05/18/south-jerseys-missing/327464001/

The Murdered Gilda Ryan

The Murdered
Gilda Ryan
Middlesex County
(No Photo Available)

Gilda Ryan was a 34 year old housewife living at 8 Dolan Street, Sayreville County, Middlesex County, NJ with a man named Robert Lewis and her 3 children in 1969. She worked as a practical nurse, employed at the Metuchen Nursing home. 
On Tuesday, April 28th at 1:00 P.M, (another source states it was April 29th and it was at 2:00 P.M.) Gilda’s housemate Robert unfortunately found her dead inside their second floor apartment. She had been stabbed 3 times in the chest and was stabbed and cut around 10 times in the abdomen, scalp and neck. The murder weapon was determined to be a kitchen knife that was found at the scene. Her ultimate cause of death was a punctured lung. 
As of 2016, the FBI is assisting with the case. 

I found my information on:
https://newjerseygirlmurders.org/cases.htm

I will post a link that is not secure, but it has different information than the first website that is linked above. I’m not entirely sure which is accurate. But it is the only other information about her at all. So beware: http://www.crimeinfo.net/sitemenu.aspx?P=misc&D=1&ID=924&SID=938

The Missing Mark Himebaugh

Mark Himebaugh
Case #: 91-17695
County: Cape May

On November 25, 1991, 11 year old Mark Himebaugh lived with his mother and older brother in Del Haven, NJ and was a 6th grader at Cape May County Alternative Middle School. He was last seen walking towards a playground in the County Park, nearby to his home. The last person to see him was a park guard, claiming it was about 4:00 that afternoon. Mark was wearing a blue U.S.N sweatshirt, a gray jacket with a red blue and gray plaid lining and four outer pockets with velcro, a pair of gray docker pants and red and white sneakers. Mark’s mother Maureen told her son she was dropping off a neighbor to pick up their car at a repair shop in Middle Township. He did not want to go along because a fire had broken out in town and he wanted to watch what was happening a quarter mile away. By the time Maureen had finished her errand around 40 minutes later, her son was gone. At the time, Maureen assumed Mark was with neighborhood children, however he was never heard from again. His mother reported him missing at about 5:00 PM that evening after she still could not locate her son. Of note, the afternoon of his disappearance, traffic was rerouted past their house. 

Mark’s left foot was healing from a fracture at the time of his disappearance. He was also taking the antidepressant medication Prozac for his behavioral problems. Mark is classified as emotionally disturbed and he may have OCD. He frequently had tantrums and angry outbursts as a result of his conditions, but his behavior had been improving prior to his disappearance with the help of his meds and therapy. He had a habit of biting his fingernails and is right handed. He is a caucasain male, with blue eyes and red hair with freckles across his body. He was 4’6, 85 lbs.

There are unconfirmed reports from witnesses stating that Mark was seen at the entrance of a local park with an unidentified young girl at about 3:40 P.M. on the day Mark vanished. Her identity is still unknown. She was about 9 or 10 years old in 1991 with dishwater blonde colored hair. She was about 4 ft tall and 70 to 75 lbs. Wearing a dark blue ski parka that had a hunter orange stripe on the back. Police believe this girl has information about Mark’s disappearance, below is a sketch of what she looked like.

Two other men were also reported to have been seen with Mark on the day of his disappearance. One man was said to be 30 to 35 years old, ‘5’8 – ‘5’9 and about 150 lbs. He had dark reddish brown hair in a ponytail and had a scruffy, unkempt appearance. Below is a sketch. There is no available description of the other male.

Investigators did locate Mark’s left shoe, a hand-me-down L.A Gear sneaker at Sunray Beach approx. 75 yards from the family home later in the day of his disappearance. His footprints were also seen above the tide line, but these were the only solid clues ever found.

In 1993, A man named Thomas Butcavage Jr. was named as a person of interest in Mark’s disappearance. He resembled the sketch of the man Mark may have been seen with. A male prostitute named Daniel Coll approached the police and said that Butcavage was one of his regular clients and had shown him a video of himself having sex with a young boy who resembled Mark. The boy was handcuffed, gagged and appeared frightened. The prostitute asked Butcavage if the boy was Mark Himebaugh and Butcavage said it was. He also said he deliberately planted Mark’s sneaker on the beach to confuse the investigation. 

Butcavage has not been charged in Mark’s case but he has been imprisoned multiple times for drug offences and for sex with underage males. In 2015, authorities asked anyone who knew Butcavage in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s to please come forward.

Mark is believed to have been abducted by a stranger. The case is still unsolved. Mark’s mother has kept unopened gifts for Mark and still uses the same phone number in case her son might one day be found alive. 

Sources:
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/1892?nav

South Jersey Mother Whose Son Went Missing 28 Years Ago Has Message Of Support For Mother Of Missing Dulce Maria Alavez

https://pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/officials-continue-search-for-11-year-old-middle-township-boy-who-disappeared-almost-30-years/article_11492dc0-a654-5ecd-b294-2e0b272f02b9.html

https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/mark-himebaugh

https://www.capemaycountyherald.com/news/crime/article_6940ad04-2da3-11eb-9318-6b9a9f7fa33b.html

https://wpgtalkradio.com/today-is-the-28th-anniversary-of-mark-himebaughs-disappearance/

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700.

The Murdered Wendy Wolin

NJ Cold Case
Wendy Sue Wolin Fleischner
Elizabeth, Union County, NJ

This case has a lot of information so this will be an extensive write-up. 

  Wendy Wolin Fleischner was a 7 year old girl living in Elizabeth, Union County New Jersey on Irvington Avenue with her mother, Shirley Fleischner. On Tuesday, March 8, 1966 at 4 p.m, the mother and daughter planned to leave their Pierce Manor apartment to run errands and pick up Wendy’s older sister Jodi from Hebrew school. Shirley told her daughter to meet her at the corner of Irvington Avenue and Prince Street while she got her car from the back parking lot. As Wendy made her way to the corner, a man approached her, crouched down and stabbed her in the stomach, through her coat, with a knife. As Wendy fell to the ground and cried out in pain, the man kept on walking in the opposite direction. A few witnesses to this, three little girls, ran into the fire department across the street and told Director Edward F. Deignan what had just happened. The 7 year old was taken to the fire station. When police showed up and realized Wendy was bleeding, they rushed her to Elizabeth General Hospital where she passed away due to shock and hemorrhage from a punctured liver, shortly before 5 p.m. 
Witnesses who had been there stated the man who stabbed Wendy was 6 feet tall, wearing a green/grey/blue Fedora, a corduroy coat, and tan baggy trousers. His weapon was a hunting knife and it was later found at the scene. 
The police launched a massive search for the perpetrator, said to have been a white male in his mid-to-late-40s with pale skin, white hair and a muscular frame, about 220 pounds. He was also said to walk with a “stiff leg.” As officers searched door to door, it left no results to the man’s identity. Thousands of people were questioned, including a “boat load of Vietnam-bound troops aboard a ship in the Port of Elizabeth Harbor.” Trains and buses were boarded and searched. Police Chief Michael Roy happened to look similar to the apparent attacker, so he agreed to let makeup artists lighten his complexion and whiten his hair so a picture of him could be used for Wanted Posters to be distributed. A special phone line was installed to handle the tips that poured in from other potential eyewitnesses and concerned citizens. 
Still, the killer was never found. 
It is speculated that the killer was the same man who had attacked two other girls earlier on that same day. 10 year old Patricia Lavolpe had been wounded on the buttocks by a man with a sharp object. She was also rushed to the Elizabeth General Hospital, fortunately she made a full recovery. 45 minutes before this attack, a 12 year old girl named Diana De Nicola was struck in the face by a man while standing in front of a department store. She too was then taken to the Elizabeth General Hospital, suffering from a bruised right cheek and eyelid. She too made a full recovery. 
As time went on, there were several tips and numerous suspects that were thoroughly investigated. In 1995, a tip was received by a woman who stated she had seen something which had turned out to be significant in the investigation. She said she assumed it was a piece of information that was no longer relevant since so much time had passed. The woman named a suspect, however he had already been questioned. This tip caused an outpour of other phone calls from people with potential information. Investigators encouraged any of the original witnesses to please come forward so they could be shown photos of the new potential suspects to see if they were identifiable. 
The Union County Crime Stoppers Program offered a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Wendy’s killer. 
Sadly, all new leads did not pan out. This man was never identified. Police believe that the only way they will receive any closure for Wendy’s family is if a deathbed confession occurs. Otherwise, they have little hope of ever finding her killer. 
In 2016, as per the 50th anniversary of this incident, the site where she was attacked was used as a memorial to Wendy. 
The Elizabeth Police Captain, Todd Mooney, decided to post on social media about Wendy’s murder to pay tribute for the anniversary. He included a composite sketch of the suspected killer. Someone responded, they did recognize the face, but not in connection with Wendy. It involved the killing of another littler girl in the neighboring Highland Park, the year before Wendy’s murder, in 1965. 
A woman named Beth Moroney notified investigators that she is certain she saw Wendy’s killer on her block, the day her neighbor, 11 year old Mae Rubenstein, was stabbed more than a dozen times inside their home on South 3rd Avenue in February of 1965. Mae’s mother was also murdered by the unknown intruder after catching him in the act of killing her daughter. Beth said that right after the killing she described the man to police but there was never a follow up and no composite sketch. She still wonders whether Wendy’s death could have been prevented if police had taken her seriously. Authorities have never made an official connection. 
Eventually, there were even more bizarre coincidences established in the two cases. When the Rubenstein’s were killed, Wendy and her sister Jodi lived one block away in Highland Park in their grandparents house. Strangely enough, the grandparents last name was Rubenstien, but there was no relation to the murdered mother and daughter. 
Jodi Wolin now reveals that her mother suddenly moved the girls to Elizabeth just 11 days after the Rubensteins died, with no reason given. Jodi also stated that she had never heard of the Rubensteins murder until Facebook. A theory of mistaken identity was brought to light. Jodi also informed investigators that her grandfather did owe money to the mob and other powerful people. 
In 2016, DNA from Wendy’s coat was being tested but Mr. Todd Mooney said the evidence is so degraded, it will likely not produce any results. 
There was no DNA to use in the Rubensteins case because the blood at the scene was cleaned up very early on in the investigation. 
As of January of 2021, both of these cases are still unsolved. 
Below is a picture of Wendy, the knife used in the killing, and a composite sketch of the perpetrator. 
I have written about the Anne and Mae Rubenstein case previously, and I have linked the case as well. 
https://ashmysteries.com/2020/11/22/the-murdered-anne-mae-rubenstein/

Sources: 
http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm


https://www.nj.com/union/2016/10/memorial_marks_spot_of_50-year-old_unsolved_child.html

http://kidnappingmurderandmayhem.blogspot.com/2011/10/stabbed-to-death-in-broad-daylight.html
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/nj-wendy-wolin-7-elizabeth-8-march-1966.226708/

If you have any information about this crime, please contact the Union County Police at (908)-654-9800.

The Murdered Joanne Fantazier

The Murdered
NJ Cold Case
Joanne Fantazier
Colts Neck Township, Monmouth County, NJ




On Thursday, February 10, 1966, 17 year old Joanne Fantazier left her home at 612 Florida Grove Road in Perth Amboy at 6:30PM to visit a friend. She was last seen walking past the Delaney-Dunlap housing projects near her home. One article did say she made it to her friends’ house, but I can’t confirm. The next day, February 11, her body was discovered on the frozen Yellow Brook in Colts Neck Township. It seemed that Joanne had been hit over the head from behind and thrown from the nearby Muhlenbrink Road bridge, (a 12 foot drop) still alive and unconscious before she died on the ice about two hours later. Her cause of death was a brain hemorrhage due to blunt force trauma to the back of the head and hypothermia, along with the trauma she endured when her body hit the ice.
Joanne was fully clothed, but her high heel leather shoes were missing. She was wearing a red dress with a raccoon fur coat. There was no evidence of sexual assault. Joanne’s purse with personal items and papers were found by the side of the road. There were no other clues found.
Two months after her death, a man by the name of James E. Hartnett was briefly held as a material witness. No details were released. Joanne’s murder had previously been attributed to a serial killer in NJ but it doesn’t seem that this serial killer ever existed. (see below, source #2 and #3) No further information has been released, and Joanne’s murder is still unsolved.

If you have any information, please contact the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office at 732-431-6400.

Sources: (1)
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13069848/asbury-park-press/
(2) https://ohhowpeculiar.tumblr.com/post/165204903157/who-killed-joanne-fantazier-there-is-precious
(3) https://ohhowpeculiar.tumblr.com/post/164912520561/the-1965-66-new-jersey-shore-murders-the-serial
(4) http://newjerseygirlmurders.com/cases.htm

The Missing Betty Smith

The Missing
Betty Fran Smith
Case #: 91-013139
County: Mercer


Betty Fran Smith was last seen on October 1, 1991 in West Windsor, New Jersey. People usually called her by her middle name, Fran. She was married to a man named John David Smith III at the time of her disappearance. Her maiden name was Gladdon. They met in Niceville, Florida in 1990 and got married later the same year. In January of 1991, John filed for divorce from Betty, however, the couple reconciled and then decided to move to New Jersey in May. According to Betty’s family, John seemed mild-mannered prior to her disappearance, but they later learned he was abusing Betty. (Picture of John down below)
Betty called her daughter at 8:30am, on October 4, 1991 from their residence in West Windsor Township. Betty gave no indication that anything was amiss and did not mention any travel plans. She recently had surgery to fix a broken hip, which would make traveling difficult. Betty has never been heard from again. John told Betty’s family he believed she went on some sort of impromptu trip. Her relatives did not believe him and began to investigate her disappearance themselves. They learned that John had previously been married to a woman named Janice Hartman Smith from 1970 to 1974, while he told Betty’s family that their marriage was his first. As it turns out, the first wife, Janice, vanished from Ohio in 1974, which was just a few days after the finalization of her and John’s divorce. John reported Janice missing two days later, Janice’s case remained unsolved until 2000. (Picture of Janice below)
John had not been charged in connection with either of his wives’ disappearances in the 1990’s and he moved to California after Betty vanished. In 1998, he married for a third time.
Janice’s remains were located in an Indiana roadside ditch in 1980, 6 years after she was last seen, but she remained unidentified until 2000. John, who by then had already moved to California, was charged with aggravated murder in Janice’s case in the fall of 2000. His new wife supported him at first, but eventually filed for divorce and got a restraining order shortly before his arrest. She learned about John’s abusive background and the disappearances of his first two wives. John was finally found guilty of Janice’s murder in 2001, sentenced to 15 years to life and is currently incarcerated in Ohio.
Foul play is suspected in Betty’s disappearance due to who is involved. John isn’t charged with anything in her case, but he was found liable for her wrongful death in a civil suit in 2002 and was ordered to pay $1 million to her family. Betty has never been located. It is unlikely that her family will be able to collect it.
The FBI is attempting to identify two women pictured in photos found in John’s collection at the time of his 2000 arrest. Investigators would like to figure out the women’s whereabouts, given John’s history. (Pictures below)
If you have any information about any of the people in this case, please contact the West Windsor Township Police Department at 609-799-1212.


Picture of John:
Photo of John’s first wife Janice:
Pictures of two unidentified women found in John’s photo collection:

Sources:
https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/1241?nav
https://www-lps.state.nj.us/NJSP_Amber/MissingPersonDetail.jsp?mp_id=1347&type=mp
https://www.cleveland19.com/story/608803/judge-holds-man-responsible-for-second-wifes-death/
https://charleyproject.org/case/betty-fran-smith
https://www.nj.com/mercer/2019/11/imprisoned-killer-charged-with-murdering-wife-28-years-after-she-vanished-in-nj.html
https://www.trentonian.com/news/convicted-wife-killer-john-david-smith-indicted-for-1991-murder-of-his-second-spouse-in/article_116f6bc2-0be6-11ea-b69c-7b72809f9b0a.html


Information about husband John David Smith:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_(murderer)
https://murderpedia.org/male.S/s/smith-john-david.htm

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