Colonial Parkway murders: further inv...

Colonial Parkway murders: further investigation

There are 45 comments on the WTKR story from Nov 23, 2009, titled Colonial Parkway murders: further investigation. In it, WTKR reports that:

These eight people crossed paths with a serial killer in the late 1980s. A killer who prowled dark roads at night, who slashed and shot, who has remained a shadowy spectre for two decades.

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jjistheman

New Kent, VA

#1 Nov 24, 2009
Just because you want someone to be guilty of a crime doesn't mean they are. That lady is crazy to make an accusation like that without iron clad evidence. I cant believe the news covered that.
RobbyBobby

Norfolk, VA

#2 Nov 24, 2009
That's so good that they are testing his DNA ... never say never!
parrotthead

Newport News, VA

#3 Nov 24, 2009
i agree w/ jjistheman they shouldn't have aired this story, it could cause false hope for surviving family members. Not until they did more investigation and tests should this have been made public.
TraceyAmI769

AOL

#4 Nov 24, 2009
This woman has NO idea what she is talking about!! I emailed her today and she was very rude!
Bill Thomas

Whittier, CA

#5 Nov 24, 2009
Very interesting and thought-provoking story. I hope that with the planned advanced retesting of the retained evidence from these eight murders, the FBI and the Commonwealth of Virginia BCI can begin to eliminate, or narrow the focus on, some of these suspects in the coming months.

Thanks to Mike Mather and his team at Channel 3 News for traveling to Florida to put together this story. We need more investigative reports like this.

Bill Thomas
Brother of Cathleen Thomas
Lynn-Marie

Saint Petersburg, FL

#6 Nov 24, 2009
TraceyAmI769 wrote:
This woman has NO idea what she is talking about!! I emailed her today and she was very rude!
I absolutely disagree with you and will be happy to post my response to your e-mail if you like. All I did was read the suspects name you were speaking of and advised you that I was also aware of that person and that I and my associates had also checked into that person. I also informed you of the correct proper spelling of the last name of the suspect you were discussing since it was not what you had written. And I told you that you had his first name wrong and shared with you what his first name was. If this is rude, please send your e-mails to someone else for answers. I gave you my best answers and information. While what I have shared about the suspect I believe is responsible for many crimes in Virginia and this is not agreeable to you. There is much more to the information then is obviously time for in a short news story.
RowlandP

Newport News, VA

#7 Nov 25, 2009
I certainly agree this suspect should be investigated. But from the limited information I know, I think it's a long shot. Charlottesville, where the suspect apparently lived, is not really "around here." It's more than 100 miles from the parkway, and yet another 20 miles further from the Ragged Island Wildlife Management Area, where other victims were found. The parkway and Ragged Island are both public areas, but they would scarcely be known by someone who lives that distance away. "Locals" know these areas best. That someone would travel 100-120 miles to commit their crimes seems a stretch. Why not commit crimes closer to home? At any rate, I wouldn't necessarily rule out this suspect. But I believe the killer is/was a local resident who was intimately familiar with these rather remote areas.
Bill Thomas

Whittier, CA

#8 Nov 25, 2009
parrotthead wrote:
i agree w/ jjistheman they shouldn't have aired this story, it could cause false hope for surviving family members. Not until they did more investigation and tests should this have been made public.
As a family member of one of the victims of the Colonial Parkway Murders, I have to say that after more than 20 years, we are way, way past false hope. What is needed here is a new push in the investigation, a Task Force to help help work these cases, and advanced DNA testing on the available evidence. My family appreciates the coverage-- we need more stories, not less.

Bill Thomas
Brother of Cathleen Thomas
Bill Thomas

Whittier, CA

#9 Nov 25, 2009
RowlandP wrote:
I certainly agree this suspect should be investigated. But from the limited information I know, I think it's a long shot. Charlottesville, where the suspect apparently lived, is not really "around here." It's more than 100 miles from the parkway, and yet another 20 miles further from the Ragged Island Wildlife Management Area, where other victims were found. The parkway and Ragged Island are both public areas, but they would scarcely be known by someone who lives that distance away. "Locals" know these areas best. That someone would travel 100-120 miles to commit their crimes seems a stretch. Why not commit crimes closer to home? At any rate, I wouldn't necessarily rule out this suspect. But I believe the killer is/was a local resident who was intimately familiar with these rather remote areas.
There is evidence that puts Michael Nicholau in Virginia Beach as well. I am not saying he is the killer in the Colonial Parkway Murders, but it is a valid observation that wherever he lived, serial killings seemed to follow.

Bill Thomas
Brother of Cathleen Thomas
RowlandP

Newport News, VA

#10 Nov 25, 2009
Nicholau is a compelling subject. I agree all reasonable leads should be investigated. So I wouldn't rule him out, certainly.
sam

Hayes, VA

#11 Nov 25, 2009
Bill Thomas wrote:
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As a family member of one of the victims of the Colonial Parkway Murders, I have to say that after more than 20 years, we are way, way past false hope. What is needed here is a new push in the investigation, a Task Force to help help work these cases, and advanced DNA testing on the available evidence. My family appreciates the coverage-- we need more stories, not less.
Bill Thomas
Brother of Cathleen Thomas
Mr. Thomas, with all due and proper respect.

These folks already have a favorite suspect that they wish to nominate for those crimes.
They are not interested in deviating from their short list of favorites.

They apparently believe that the police have not tried hard enough to get the one they are sure that it is, never mind that harassing the usual suspects has not produced any positive results in the last twenty or so years. Also, I might point, out the rumor milling has not borne any fruit either.

So despite their long cherished ideas failing to produce any positive results they persist in clinging to their erroneous ideas about the murders and disappearances. I am sad to say I have been party to some of the discussions which seem to have led to the formation of some of these ideas.

I agree with you more coverage is needed also, new ideas need to be tried, old evidence needs to be examined in new ways, and we need most of all truth not conjecture.
sam

Hayes, VA

#12 Nov 25, 2009
Lynn-Marie wrote:
<quoted text>
I absolutely disagree with you and will be happy to post my response to your e-mail if you like. All I did was read the suspects name you were speaking of and advised you that I was also aware of that person and that I and my associates had also checked into that person. I also informed you of the correct proper spelling of the last name of the suspect you were discussing since it was not what you had written. And I told you that you had his first name wrong and shared with you what his first name was. If this is rude, please send your e-mails to someone else for answers. I gave you my best answers and information. While what I have shared about the suspect I believe is responsible for many crimes in Virginia and this is not agreeable to you. There is much more to the information then is obviously time for in a short news story.
See the comment to Mr. Thomas....and stick to your guns!
sam

Hayes, VA

#13 Nov 25, 2009
Lynn-Marie wrote:
<quoted text>
I absolutely disagree with you and will be happy to post my response to your e-mail if you like. All I did was read the suspects name you were speaking of and advised you that I was also aware of that person and that I and my associates had also checked into that person. I also informed you of the correct proper spelling of the last name of the suspect you were discussing since it was not what you had written. And I told you that you had his first name wrong and shared with you what his first name was. If this is rude, please send your e-mails to someone else for answers. I gave you my best answers and information. While what I have shared about the suspect I believe is responsible for many crimes in Virginia and this is not agreeable to you. There is much more to the information then is obviously time for in a short news story.
I for one would LOVE to see your reply to her E-Mail. Did she use an "r" in the last name she got wrong? Did the wrong first name start with a "T"? If so I bet I know who her favorite suspect is!
RowlandP

Newport News, VA

#14 Nov 26, 2009
After reading some more on the subject, I'm curious as to whether Lynn-Marie can explain some issues that seem to me to conflict with her assertion that wherever Nicholau went, serial killings followed. The Parkway murders occurred from 1986-1989. Nicholau also is a possible suspect in the Connecticut River Valley killings. Those killings occurred from 1978-1987. In fact, it appears Lynn-Marie has suggested Nicholau was responsible for another 1988 attack in New England. There seems to me to be quite an overlap. Did Nicholau move to Virginia, establish a business in Virginia, start killing in Virginia, then travel back to New England to commmit other murders? How can this overlap be explained? Understand I am not questiong Lynn-Marie's credibility on the issue. But many like me only have access to what is on the internet and the question about just how widely travelss this man could be does arise.
VAlady

Suffolk, VA

#15 Nov 29, 2009
I typed a comment to this the other day and the "screeners" chose not to put it up. It was about my own story and my own suspicions. A possible connection? If the Parkway killer is not Nicholau, then there are others out there that are capable of these horrific crimes. I don't think they live far away from this area either. Just my opinion.
Lynn-Marie

Saint Petersburg, FL

#16 Nov 30, 2009
The Authorities have the time line so there is no need to explain in detail here on line. There is NO over lap. People can have a home in one state while visiting family in other areas of the country for a week or two and when that's the case and those are the facts and murders happen there while on the visit, it makes for a very tight time line.
RowlandP

Newport News, VA

#17 Nov 30, 2009
I'm not doubting you, Lynn-Marie. Only raising what appear to be logical questions based on the limited information available to people like me. I suspected you knew more about it than you could possibly post here. I believe you've done your home work.
Home for the Holidays

United States

#18 Dec 1, 2009
I'm not doubting Lynn-Marie either. I think presents a good case, but until there is definitive evidence, I am still interested in the other suspects as well.

Who is the park ranger that surfaces on many ppl's "suspect list?"

Objective Conservative

Montgomery, AL

#19 Dec 2, 2009
RowlandP wrote:
I certainly agree this suspect should be investigated. But from the limited information I know, I think it's a long shot. Charlottesville, where the suspect apparently lived, is not really "around here." It's more than 100 miles from the parkway, and yet another 20 miles further from the Ragged Island Wildlife Management Area, where other victims were found. The parkway and Ragged Island are both public areas, but they would scarcely be known by someone who lives that distance away. "Locals" know these areas best. That someone would travel 100-120 miles to commit their crimes seems a stretch. Why not commit crimes closer to home? At any rate, I wouldn't necessarily rule out this suspect. But I believe the killer is/was a local resident who was intimately familiar with these rather remote areas.
Roland,

The only thing I will ask in your theories about someone traveling a distance to commit murders is that you reflect upon the DC Snipers. They did some traveling.
Bill Thomas

Sylmar, CA

#20 Dec 2, 2009
VAlady wrote:
I typed a comment to this the other day and the "screeners" chose not to put it up. It was about my own story and my own suspicions. A possible connection? If the Parkway killer is not Nicholau, then there are others out there that are capable of these horrific crimes. I don't think they live far away from this area either. Just my opinion.
VA Lady:

If you have information that is useful to this case, I urge you to reach out to me, the FBI, local law enforcement, or the reporters covering this case. You will not be ignored. Details matter-- real names, dates, places.

I appreciate your willingness to help.

Bill Thomas
Brother of Cathleen Thomas

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