child murders 1980

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Since: Jul 08

Shirley, MA

#1 Jul 13, 2008
Can anyone provide me information about a killer named Paul De Hoff who was responsible for murdering two boys in 1980 or so? I tried to look this up in the Dayton Daily News and couldn't find anything. I lived in the neighborhood where it happened, and had nightmares about it for years. I don't want to dredge up painful memories for the families and am sorry if anyone closely involved reads this.

Since: Mar 12

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#2 Mar 2, 2012
I may be able to help with your questions. I know that this was posted to the forums quite a long time ago, I just stumbled onto this and curious as to what you want to know about the 2 boys and / or the man who murdered them in August of 1980.
former daytonian

Bellefontaine, OH

#3 Mar 2, 2012
McPherson Town area?

Since: Mar 12

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#4 Mar 3, 2012
It happened off of Main Street behind the old Suttmillers, the house where they were found was on Lawn street. Both boys were 11 years old. One of the boys was named Roy and he was my brother. I was only 9 at the time, 32 years ago seems like a long time but it is not when you lose someone that you were close to, even as a child it sticks with you for the rest of your life.
JNV

El Monte, CA

#5 Mar 4, 2012
KistDA wrote:
It happened off of Main Street behind the old Suttmillers, the house where they were found was on Lawn street. Both boys were 11 years old. One of the boys was named Roy and he was my brother. I was only 9 at the time, 32 years ago seems like a long time but it is not when you lose someone that you were close to, even as a child it sticks with you for the rest of your life.
i would call ddn. I think they keep the archives at their office or they might be at the Dayton library
former daytonian

Bellefontaine, OH

#6 Mar 4, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss.
I do recall the murders but not all the details. I think checking with DDN is a good idea especially since you have the names and the dates needed to pull up this information. I remember your family was very distraught when the boys went missing because the police department did not take the call seriously. Your father (I believe it was your father) harbored a great deal of anger toward the officer who took the original missing complaint. I did not know your family personally.
Was the murderer arrested and convicted? From what I remember the suspect lived in the neighborhood, but I don't recall if the case ever went to trial.
thinkngrl

Worcester, MA

#7 Jul 12, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss. I was the same age you were at the time...9 years old, and I found what turned out to be their remains. Can't remember to this day what I saw, but it was enough that I convinced my mother to call the police. This incident has haunted me for many years. I've since found out that the killer died in prison many years back of "unknown causes."

Since: Mar 12

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#8 Jul 12, 2012
@former Daytonian, yes he was arrested and it did go to trial, he was convicted of 2 murders, my brother and his best friend who was the same age. My father was a very angry man in general. The person who committed the murders lived in the abandoned house where the bodies were discovered. The person had mental issues and his family had tried to convince Ohio that he should not have been released from the institution but they released him since his previous crimes were not too bad. He had all ready been charged and convicted of many petty crimes but had issues his whole life, the state did not listen to the families request, but he did die in 1989 in prison where he belonged.

Since: Mar 12

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#9 Jul 12, 2012
@thinkgrl

Please do not let this haunt you any longer because my mother tells the story about the little girl who brought her son home to her and she is very greatful when telling this story. So please be thankful that you were in the right place to be able to do this for my mother and our family, I know that I am very thankful, life would be very different if we were always wondering where Roy was located.

You were playing I believe Hide N Seek at the time and you went into the house to hide. You went home, told your mother that there was people in the house that was very sick and needed help, so she called over and over until she finally got the police on the phone and asked for an ambulance. It took a long time for them to answer the phone and then a long time to get to the house cause the guy who killed them had all ready moved one of the bodies out into the back yard by the fence, the other was in the basement.

I remember the news coverage because it was playing when the reporter showed up at our door and informed my mother that 2 bodies had been found, had she heard yet and of course she hadn't heard anything yet. So she closed the door and sat in front of the television to watch the coverage on channel 7, it showed the first responders wearing suits with gas masks to recover the bodies she just shook her head and cried for the first time since they had been missing. The only reporter that she would speak to after that was Dale Huffman.

That is the hardest part looking back on everything is that my mother had to find out by watching the news, the police had not come to our house until hours later to talk to our family about the bodies that were discovered.
thinkngrl

Worcester, MA

#10 Jul 13, 2012
Thank you so much for your last post... I can't begin to imagine the pain your family experienced, and how it must have changed your lives forever.

I especially appreciate the way you filled in the blanks for me. Your mother's words helped me get closure on this at last...that at least your brother was "brought home" as she said, and that the criminal was caught and put away. It's very sad the way your mother heard the news. I can't blame your father for being angry at the police inaction.

We lived on Lawn Street. Dehoff gave my sister and I matching rings once, and when my mother saw them she warned us to "never go anywhere with that man." He gave children in the neighborhood candy and other small gifts. Who knows if there were other crimes committed?

Bless you and your family, and the memory of your brother Roy.

Since: Mar 12

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#11 Jul 13, 2012
We know that he had committed crimes prior to this one. Your mother was a very smart woman to tell you to stay away from this man, he was evil and its good that she saw this in him.

I certainly hope that you are doing well and I am glad that we could offer closure. We have to live our lives with happiness as we only get one life and it is way too short to live with regret, anger or any negative issues. As I grew I did have times of anger but that turned to why when I had my first child in 1989. This is how I found out that he had died. I called the prison because I was going to go talk to this man and ask him why. The prison official who answered the phone asked if I was family and I said I was the victims sister and she informed me that he had died earlier in the year from natural causes.
ginger

Dayton, OH

#12 Feb 6, 2014
Does anyone out there remember a teenage girl name Monica Walker? she and her family lived on Home at College in Dayton. She to was murdered

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