Jeremy Doland Bright was a 14-year-old Oregon boy whose mom and stepdad, Ollie, got divorced, after which his mom moved from Myrtle Point, which was about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean to Grants Pass, Oregon, 111.9 miles away in the center of the state. Jeremy was described as a happy, good kid. He was an athlete, enjoying a degree of success as a basketball player on his school team. He also had an artistic flair, enjoying drawing and sketching. Jeremy was over 6' tall at age 14 and had a size 13 shoe. Both parents were still on good terms, so Jeremy asked his mom to let him and nine-year-old sister go to the Coos County State Fair in Myrtle Point, so they could visit their friends, family and their stepdad. Mom said yes. Jeremy and his sister arrived at the fair with friends at 2 PM, then split up but promised to roundez-vous at 5 PM by the Ferris Wheel, Jeremy never showed up. At some point he ran into a friend from school named Johnny, but later the two had became separated waiting to get on one of the rides, losing touch, before 4:30 PM. Everyone agrees Jeremy was a good kid, who got in no more trouble than any other kid would. And he didn't hang around with the wrong crowd.
Terry Steinhoff under arrest for the stabbing murder of a 32-year-old mother of two, Patricia Morris in Coos Bay Oregon in 1989. He dumped her body behind the Pan American Bar.
Should you suspect someone for murder simply because they have murdered someone else? YES! 99.9% of us, will never cross that line, but once you have and you conscience does not stop you, there is no impediment from you doing it again.
Richard Eberling was a handyman at the Cleveland Ohio home of Dr. Sam Sheppard and his wife Marilyn. They lived in the home on Lake Erie with their son Reese. On the night of July 4, 1954, an intruder broke into their home beating up Dr. Sheppard then raping and murdering Marilyn. Sam had been sleeping on a couch downstairs, having come home late and not wanting to wake-up his wife. He heard the intruder, ran up the stairs and confronted him. They struggled, but the intruder was able to escape after hitting him senseless, Sam regained his senses, then followed the intruder and they struggled on the beach where Sam received a severe beating, being beaten into unconsciousness. Dr. Charles Elkins, M.D., examined Dr. Sheppard and found he had suffered a cervical concussion, nerve injury and a spinal injury in the region of the second cervical vertebra in the back of the neck.
Reese Sheppard with his Dad and his stepmom and Harvard defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, Dorothy Kilgallen, reporter and "What's My Line" Game Show panel member, told Bailey that the judge in Sheppard's case repeatedly said how much he would enjoy sending Sheppard to prison, before the trial. He and the police chief were quoted as saying they knew Dr. Sheppard was guilty because he was having an affair, not because of any evidence in the case. In fact, police DELIBERATELY covered up the fact that they discovered early in the investigation that the storm cellar door had been pried open.
After they divorced, Dr. Sam would try wrestling to make a living, He became an alcoholic and would be dead by 1970.
Richard Eberling had a long criminal career, mostly burglary, culminating in his conviction for murder and life sentence. Eberling became friends with elderly Ethel Mae Durkin after doing some handyman repairs to her home, eventually becoming her guardian and home healthcare attendant. On November 15, 1983 police were called to Durkin's home where paramedics found her face down on a hardwood floor. Eberling claimed that she had gotten up from her chair and fallen. Eberling told the EMS team that he thought it was a heart attack, but her vital signs, combined with wounds to her face lead medical professions to think she had been attacked. On January 3, 1984, X-rays revealed that Durkin's neck had been broken.
Durkin death was ruled -- without an autopsy -- an accidental fall. Her relatives were shocked to learn she had left 70 percent of her $1.5 million estate to "Dearest Richard, a gentleman who was to me the son I always wished for." Cleveland Plain Dealer
During the investigation which followed, it was determined Eberling had forged a power of attorney and stolen over $100,000 from the widow. In examining medical files, it was also found that Mrs. Durkin suffered a series of serious injuries while in Eberling's charge. The investigators determined Eberling had lobbied doctors to prescribe a large amount of sleeping pills for her. Friends describe Mrs. Durkin almost always unavailable to visitors because she was asleep. Mrs. Durkin "will" had left Eberling the largest bequest, but she also left other bequests. It was later determined that this will was a forgery and Eberling was originally set only to get a much more moderate bequest. Mrs. Durkin also left instructions that she wanted to be buried in her mink stole and expensive jewelry. Funeral home employees noted that after Eberling was left alone with the body, Mrs. Durkin's mink and jewelry had been removed.
It is now believed that Richard Eberling may have murdered five people during his long criminal career which ended in an Ohio prison, where he died July 25, 1998.
Who Was Richard Eberling?
Richard Lenardic's unwed mother was a menial laborer, who turned him over to Cuyahoga County Ohio Welfare Department after his birth, abandoning him. This occurred less than a month after the Stock Market Crash of 1929, beginning the Great Depression. Richard Lenardic grew up in a series of foster homes around Cleveland Ohio. Eberling was moved from one family to another because he was a troubled child who stole and lied constantly. One of the families which took him as a foster child was named Eberling.
In 1946, when he was 16, Richard Lenardic wanted to change his name to Eberling, the surname of his foster family. George Eberling, the head of the family, rejected the idea and barred him from doing so. Shortly after this, George Eberling died. Police at the time concluded he had taken the wrong medication, but the Sheppard estate contends the Richard Eberling POISONED George Eberling. They believe this was the first of many possible, at least 5 murders linked to Eberling.
Eberling made a rather remarkable recovery from his association with the Marilyn Sheppard Murder. He was later catapulted into Cleveland's social elite. Cleveland's Republican mayor, Ralph Perk, hired Eberling's partner, Obie Henderson, as a personal assistant. Though Obie's relationship with the mayor, Eberling succeeded in convincing the mayor's wife that she should hire him to decorate her home. Soon Eberling's interior decorating business took off, and he began hosting elaborate parties and landing ever richer clients. The Republican Mayor even helped Eberling to get a very lucrative contract in 1973 to restore Cleveland's historic City Hall. By 1977, however, his arrogance had made enemies, and he was fired by new DEMOCRAT Cleveland Mayor and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. https://www.famous-trials.com/sam-sheppard/10-evidence/
Eberling volunteered that he cut himself and the blood drops found on the stairway to the 2nd story of the Shephard home were probably his. He also explained while cutting wire, metal and glass he got cuts on his hands. He recalled it happening specifically the last time he worked at their home. It was later determined that the blood did not belong to Sam, Marilyn or Reese who all had type O Blood, while the mysterious unaccounted for Blood was Type A Blood. Richard Eberling had type A Blood.
Eberling was confronted with the fact that NONE of his handyman duties ever dealt with the Sheppard home 2nd story, which he was not authorized to access. He then countered that he may have gone upstairs looking for a band-aid. But the odd thing was Marilyn and Sam Shephard were home and available while Eberling was there and he never mentioned it to them, according to Dr. Shephard. A later investigation of another burglary/robbery during his handyman duties, turned up a couple of Marilyn Sheppard's rings, he confessed he stole them, but before Marilyn's murder.
August 19, 1998: Robert Lee Parks, an inmate at the Oriental Correctional Institution, says that shortly before he died, Eberling confessed to Marilyn Sheppard's murder.
Dr. Sam Sheppard was a focused, aloof doctor, who found making friends difficult. When he died April 6, 1970, he was an alcoholic still proclaiming his innocence. His son Reese never waivered in his belief that his dad was innocent.
For those who don't know THE FUGITIVE tv series premiered April 16, 1963 starring David Janssen was based on Dr. Sam Sheppard's case.
Both Bears had been eating out of a Park Service Camp Lodge garbage dump located a few yards downhill from the lodge's beautiful overlook location. Both bears were in pain, they had serious, infected injuries. Being this close to the lodge had made them less scared of humans than they should have been. Normally bears attack only when they are starving or when there is a threat to one of their cubs. One bear had glass in her jaw from eating garbage at the lodge garbage dump. Since it was August, the bears were eating ravenously so they would build a layer of fat and be prepared for hibernation. Only problem, 1967 was a year plagued by drought, food, berries specifically, was scarce and most bears in the park were hungry. Normally they would occasionally drop by the lodge garbage dump, but this year several bears remained in the area almost continuously.
Sometimes things are not how they appear, if you are paying attention, you'll know
Murder is Cheaper than Divorce
Andrew had friends, most as gifted as he was, but found enjoyment in doing things by himself as well, like listening to music or reading a book. He wasn't moody, generally calm and even tempered, one teacher described Andrew as an old soul. His family bought him a cell phone when he was 12, but he lost it a few months later. When asked if he wanted them to replace it, he said he would rather have an Microsoft Xbox instead. He wore thick glasses, was small for his age and was partially deaf in one ear.
On the morning of his disappearance, Gosden had difficulty waking up and seemed particularly irritable. His mother stated that this was unusual as he was normally woke up on on his own and on time.
A neighbors security camera captured Andrew Gosden after he left home after changing his clothes. But he wasn't wearing a coat or sweater, which was normal for that time of year, shortly after his sister quit attending Sunday Anglican Church Services, Andrew quit going to church as well. Andrew also chose to quit the Boy Scouts in the months before his disappearance.