Friday, November 11, 2011

Jeannie Singleton's Tragic Murder

June 1, 1955:

Five farm children, playing in a pine copse 15 miles north of Kalamazoo, found the mutilated body of 8-year- old Jeannie Singleton of Kalamazoo. Jeannie, who walked with a pronounced limp, had disappeared nine days earlier during her four-block walk home from school. The search for her, which involved more than 750 people, included a motorcade that attempted to search every road in Kalamazoo County. Arrests and questioning of suspects continued for more than a year afterward.

The killer was never found.


NEWSPAPER ARTICLES


1955

Kalamazoo Musters Manpower To Search For Crippled Girl; The Palm Beach Post, May 24, 1955

Fear Crippled Girl Sex Victim; The Lodi News-Sentinel, May 25, 1955

Hopes Are Waning In Michigan Hunt For Missing Girl; The Spokane Daily Chronicle, May 25, 1955

Search For Girl; The Mason City Globe Gazette, May 25, 1955

State Widens Girl's Search; The Prescott Evening Courier, May 25, 1955

Kalamazoo Seeks Missing Lame Girl; The Toledo Blade, May 25, 1955

Dense Woods Searched For Missing Girl; The Reading Eagle, May 26, 1955

Feared Kidnapped; The Geneva Daily Times, May 26, 1955

Find No Trace Of Missing Girl At Kalamazoo; The Warsaw Times-Union, May 26, 1955

Girl's Kerchief Offers Only 'Lead'; The Kokomo Tribune, May 26, 1955

Missing; The Warsaw Times-Union, May 26, 1955

Pilots Battle Weather In Hunt For Lost Girl (part of text is missing); The Schenectady Daily Gazette, May 26, 1955

Pink Kerchief Found In Hunt For Missing Girl; The News and Courier, May 27, 1955

Hope For Missing Girl Dims As Search Continues; The Oxnard Press-Courier, May 31, 1955

Child Victim Of Sex Slayer; The Robesonian, June 2, 1955

Child, 8, Raped, Beaten And Murdered; The Times Daily, June 2, 1955

Crippled Tot Murdered; Sex Deviate Sought; The Oxnard Press-Courier, June 2, 1955

Polio Victim Dies At Hands Of 'Sex Fiend'; The Williamson Daily News, June 2, 1955

Find Body Of Missing Girl; The St. Joseph Gazette, June 2, 1955

Find Body Of Missing Girl; The Warsaw Times-Union, June 2, 1955

Girl's Killer Seen Maniac; The Greensburg Daily Tribune, June 2, 1955

Police Search For Slayer; The Greensburg Daily Tribune, Jun 2, 1955

Sex Slaying Victim Found; The News-Dispatch, June 2, 1955

Study Possible Attack-Slaying In Michigan; The Times-News, June 2, 1955

Thicket Of Pines Yields Lass' Body; The Spokesman-Review, June 2, 1955

Police Working On Two Slim Clues In School Girl Death; The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 3, 1955

Slim Clues Found In Sex Crime; The Victoria Advocate, June 3, 1955

Police Given A New Lead In Girl's Slaying; The Ironwood Daily Globe, June 6, 1955

Test Failed By Subject; The St. Joseph News-Press, June 11, 1955

Man Queried In Girl's Death Mute In Court; The Ironwood Daily Globe, June 13, 1955

Missing Scout Is Found Dead; The Gettysburg Times, Aug 15, 1955

Kalamazoo Man Drops Appeal Of Conviction; The Holland Evening Sentinel, October 21, 1955


1956

To Query Boat Hand In Unslved Slayings; The Ironwood Daily Globe, July 23, 1956

Two Cleared In Slayings; The Ironwood Daily Globe, July 24, 1956

To Question Seifert In Year-Old Slaying; The Ironwood Daily Globe, December 14, 1956


1957

Child Slayer Is Questioned; The Williamson Daily News, May 11, 1957

Fear Detroit Scout Foul Play Victim; The Windsor Daily Star, September 10, 1957

3 comments:

Nicole Bray said...

I am currently writing a book about Jeannie Singleton. If anyone has any memories of Jeannie or would like to contact me, please feel free to do so. nicolebray.author@gmail.com

Nicole Bray said...

I am currently writing the book One Silent Voice: The Jeannie Singleton Story. Please feel free to contact me if you have any memories of Jeannie, old photos or general comments and questions. I would love to hear from you!

Nicole Bray said...

We have started a Facebook page for anyone with memories about Jeannie. We are also interested in hearing about people from Kalamazoo from that time period and their thoughts and reactions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/OneSilentVoice/