They also made an offhand comment that he'd probably be wearing horn-rimmed glasses in an attempt to look successful, which again should have been met with sarcastic comments about brilliant profiling work. Who knew they'd end up being right? After a woman did indeed recognize the bust as her neighbor, who did wear horn-rimmed glasses, police tracked List down in Virginia, where he'd created a whole new family and identity. He was super mad his pastor shared the note -- some things are sacred.
Three Boys' Murders Were Solved During an Investigation Into a Celebrity Disappearance 20 Years Later
In 1955, Kenneth Hansen picked up three boys ranging in age from 11 to 14 years old who were hitchhiking home after a day at the movies in Chicago, sexually assaulted them, strangled them, and dumped their bodies in a ditch. It was shitty. Police questioned exactly 43,740 suspects, which really should have told them something about their "potential pedo murderer" population, but in 1994, they had no better idea who did it than they did 40 years before.
That's when they started looking back into a completely different cold case, the 1977 disappearance of Helen Vorhees Brach, heiress of the Brach Candy company, notorious manufacturers of such atrocities against sweets as candy corn and conversation hearts. Brach's disappearance and presumed death brought to light a whole weird criminal underworld in the area, primarily dealing in horse fraud. Yes, horse fraud. It turned out stable owner Richard Bailey had sold Brach horses at enormously inflated prices as part of a generally shady equine business and was eventually charged with conspiring to kill her, though he was only convicted of defrauding her.
What does any of that have to do with the murder of three boys 22 years earlier? Apparently, over the course of the investigation, at least four people implicated Hansen, a former stablehand and associate of Bailey's, in the earlier murders. It's not clear how it came up -- it's entirely possible they each individually sat down and immediately told the police, "It was probably Kenneth Hansen. Dude's f**ked up. He killed those three boys, you know." The 61-year-old Hansen -- who had built a nice life for himself that included a wife, two children, and his own stable and literally lived in Country Club Hills -- was arrested and died in prison in 2007. Bet he never ate another conversation heart.
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