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Thanks for posting that info Port.
The Bricca case is very interestin
Bundy was mentioned as a suspect in the Trumbull murder, because of location and timing. But before he was to be executed, Bundy confessed to many unsolved cases, yet he denied killing Trumbull.
And not only did Linda Bricca know Trumbull, who was murdered months before she was, Bricca also is said to have known Valerie Percy, who was murdered in a night time home invasion in suburban Chicago just one week before the Bricca slaying. Both Linda Bricca and Valerie Percy grew up in wealthy suburban Chicago, traveled in the same social circles and had fathers who owned companies with government
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE MURDER OF VALERIE PERCY AND THE SLAYING OF THE BRICCA FAMILY, AND SIMILARITES OF EACH TO THE EAR/ONS CRIMES
* It was mentioned that early on investigators from both cases considered the possibility that they were linked.
* Percy was murdered on September 18, 1966, while one week later, September 25-27, 1966, and just fours away by car, the Bricca family was slain.
* Awakened by noise, Mrs. Percy came into the room of her stepdaughter Valerie and then hit the alarm causing the killer to flee - but for that it may well have been the intention of the killer to murder everyone in the Percy family, just as everyone in the Bricca family was killed.
* In both cases the victims lead clean lives with no known suspects who would want to kill them, and in both cases robbery was not a motive.
* Both cases involved night time home invasion knife attacks against victims in their Midwest suburban bedrooms.
* Both cases exhibited tremendous brutality and overkill - Valerie Percy was bludgeoned and stabbed 12 to 14 times, Jerry Bricca stabbed 9 times, Linda Bricca stabbed 8 times, even little Debbie Bricca stabbed 4 times.
* Both Charles Percy (CEO of Bell & Howell) and Jerry Bricca (chemical engineer Monsanto) worked for large corporations involved in high technology.
* Bricca neighbor Dick Meyer said that Linda Bricca remarked that she knew Valerie Percy and had commented on her death.
* Both Valerie Percy and Linda Bricca grew up in wealthy suburban Chicago and had fathers who ran large companies with government and/or defense contracts. (The father of Zodiac victim Cheri Jo Bates, killed on October 30, 1966, one month after the Bricca slaying, worked at a Naval Weapons facility).
Ann Arbor, Kenilworth and Cincinnati are all about equidistant on a map and form a triangle with equal sides.
Linda Bricca had been a stewardess for United Airlines, and her friend and fellow stewardess Lonnie Trumbull was murdered in Seattle earlier that same year. Trumbull's roommate was beaten but survived, though she had complete memory loss of the event. Future serial killer Ted BUNDY lived nearby at the time and was suspected of that crime, but he denied it to the end, though he admitted to many others. Ted KACZYNSKI had a hatred for airplanes and airline companies. In 1979 he put a bomb on a jet flying out of Chicago and in 1980 he tried to kill the President of United Airlines with a bomb. But for many reasons, including geography, Ted KACZYNSKI would NOT be a strong suspect for the Trumbull murder, though he can't be ruled out.
The MO matches between the EAR/ONS and the killer of Valerie Percy include sometimes targeting lone females, entry into house at night, awakening victim with flashlight in their eyes, nothing of value taken, stabbing, brutal bludgeoning to face of victim.
The MO matches between the EAR/ONS and the killer of the Bricca family include targeting of couples, entry into home at night, attack in the bedroom, BINDING THE COUPLE WITH OBJECTS FOUND IN THE HOME, brutal overkill murders, killer makes himself at home in the house, drawers are pulled to look like a robbery but nothing of value is taken, victims live in upscale suburban neighborhood, victims often work in the corporate and/or high tech worlds.
Edited by akwilks, 3 years ago
In some ways the Bricca killings are amongst the saddest crimes of that time.
Richard Speck had just killed all those nurses in Chicago; Charles Whitman had just killed a lot of people in Austin.
Not only was Linda Bricca's friend Lonnie Trumbull murdered in Seattle, but she also knew Valerie Percy, murdered just a week previously
Before the summer of 66 there weren't so many senseless crimes/spr
Edited by rchrdklsy, 3 years ago
From a poster named pootyxx:
This took place in Florida. Though it was more like a home invasion, the methodology reminded me of Zodiac.
"Sims Homicide, October 22, 1966
Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was the first deputy on the scene 31 years ago on October 22, 1966. At approximately 11 p.m., Dr. Robert W. Sims, 42; and his daughter Joy, 12; were found dead. Helen Sims, 37, was gravely wounded by two gunshots to the head. The older Sims daughters, Virginia, 17; and Judy, 15, were not at home; both were baby-sitting. Joy Sims had been gagged with a stocking and tied up. Her mother was found on the floor; both parents also were tightly bound. Dr. Sims was killed with one bullet to the head; Joy had been stabbed seven times in the chest and abdomen. Mrs. Sims, who had been shot twice in the head and once in the leg, died later at the hospital.
Officers gathering evidence found nearly 1,000 latent fingerprints. There was no sign of forced entry; however, the door lock might have been faulty. The absence of any struggle hints that the victims may have known their killer. More than one killer may have committed the murders. There was no evidence of a struggle in the home, and it would have been difficult for one person to subdue two adults and a child alone.
Anyone who might have information that would help solve this case is urged to contact the Leon County Sheriff's Office, (850)922-3300.
Leon County Sheriff's Office http://lcso.leonfl.org/"
AK - Wow that is amazing. Never heard of this case.
It has incredible similarities to the September 25/27, 1966 home invasion murder of the Bricca family in Cincinnati, Ohio and the September 19, 1966 home invasion murder of Valerie Percy in Kenilworth, Illinois.
Background info on the murder of Valerie Percy, daughter of former Bell & Howell CEO and Republican Senator Charles Percy, on September 18, 1966, in the Chicago suburb of Kenilworth, Illinois. A brutal home invasion murder by knife and blunt hammer like object.
Background info on a case possibly related to the Percy murder, happened just a week later and four hours away, September 25 -27, 1966, in the Cincinnati suburbs, brutal home invasion murder of Monsanto chemical engineer and father Jerry Bricca, mother Linda Bricca and daughter Debbie Bricca, all bound and fatally stabbed.
If anyone else finds out anything more about this murder of the Sims family, please PM it to me or just post it here.
Dr. Sims was a government official for the State Education Department, and apparently a top "nationally recognized" computer expert.
Charles Percy was the Republican nominee for US Senate, and CEO of the high tech company Bell & Howell, that made camera's and business machines.
Mr. Bricca worked for the high tech chemical company Monsanto.
The older Sims girl looks somewhat like Cheri Jo Bates, and the younger one (who was murdered) has the same hair style as Valerie Percy.
The Sims family being bound with stockings, mens ties and taped over socks in their mouth matches exactly with what a detective told me was done to the Bricca family.
The father of Cheri Jo Bates worked at the Naval Weapons Facility.
Also, the Bricca Family murder was husband-wife-young daughter. Sims Family murder was husband-wife-youngest daughter. Both were brutal overkill stabbings, as was Percy murder, gunshots also in Sims case.
Valerie Percy was killed September 18, 1966.
The Bricca family of the Cincinnati
And the Sims family of Leon County, Florida was murdered October 22, 1966.
Port mentioned a Dumler family of Cincinnati
In the Percy case the Malchow theory has been discredite
The rumor about the vet in the Bricca case has never been substantia
The Kaczynski family home was just minutes from the Percy home. Weeks before the murder Ted had a crisis over a failed sex change and wrote that he was now ready to "REALLY kill" everyone he hated.
I think at the very least, Ted Kaczynski should be considered as a serious suspect in the Percy and Bricca cases. Aside from all the MO, psych and other matches described in the posts above, Ted looks quite a bit like the suspect sketch in the Percy case (who is also a suspect in the Bricca case). And Malchow was about 20 years older than the age estimate of the suspect!
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