Harry Edward Greenwald Declared Road Terrorist and Days Inn Killer

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According to his 2013 obituary, Harry Edward Greenwell was “a man with many friends who liked his honest attitude and his willingness to help anyone.”

A 68-year-old man who worked as a railroad maintenance worker in Iowa for three decades before dying of cancer, he enjoys organic gardening, which he sells at a local farmers’ market. He also loves to travel, read, watch sports and thoroughbred racing, and “practice his words,” according to the obituary.

“His spirit will live on in many people because of the good deeds he contributed to,” he said.

But Greenwell is also responsible for much darker activities, authorities said on Tuesday.

For years, investigators have tried to identify the so-called “Days Inn killer,” also known as the “I-65 killer,” who in the 1980s raped and murdered at least three women who worked at a motel, two of whom were on duty. at two different Day Inns when they were attacked. But thanks to DNA and forensic evidence, police say they have finally cracked the case and believe Greenwell may well be behind more murders, rapes and attacks in the states across the aisle. The I-65 corridor was never resolved.

“Law enforcement officers and detectives learn to never give up and follow where the truth leads them,” said Lieutenant Tree. “However, an experienced officer will also trust his instincts. The smallest piece of evidence is often what really breaks the case.

Police said Greenwell has been arrested several times over the years and escaped from prison twice. As a result, his DNA was entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, but detectives were unable to link Greenwell to the Days Inn murders until mid-2019. thanks to advances in genealogical research. And after about 35 years, the investigators found their man.

FBI through Indiana State Police

An investigation, or forensic genealogy, led to the arrest of the infamous Golden State killer in 2018. It relies on DNA to analyze family links, which can then identify relatives of potential suspects. From there, investigators can narrow down and hopefully not find the person they’re looking for.

The subsequent unsolved murders began on February 21, 1987, when a guest at the Super 8 Motel in Elizabethtown, Kentucky called the police to inform Hall of “a complete mess”. According to the callers, the payphone was torn out of the wall, the furniture was overturned, and the waitress could not be found.

When the police arrived, they found the body of 41-year-old Vicki Heath, who worked overnight at the motel, behind the trash cans. She was raped, robbed, beaten and shot in the head.

Two years have passed without work. Then the I-65 “Killer” attacked again. On March 3, 1989, 24-year-old Mary “Peggy” Gill, a night shift worker at the Days Inn in Merrillville, Indiana, was found dead in a motel vacant lot. The house was broken into and, like Heath, Gill was also shot in the head.

Later that day, Jeanne Gilbert, a 33-year-old employee at the Days Inn in Remington, Indiana, about 60 miles south of Merrillville, was found dead in a ditch outside a motel. Like the others, Gilbert was shot in the head by the assassin.

In 1990, Elizabethtown police were able to match the DNA of Heath’s murder to four similar cases in other states, including Minnesota and Illinois. All of the victims were motel workers along I-65 and were raped and robbed before being killed. Police say they believe the murders were committed by a traveling serial killer. But they still don’t know who owns the DNA.

That same year, a woman working at the Days Inn in Columbus, Indiana was sexually assaulted and stabbed, but survived. For the first time, detectives were able to obtain a description of the killer, who was described by an unknown woman as a Caucasian male, about 6 meters tall, with gray hair and a right eye. lazy.

“What the police don’t know is how many people this man attacked or killed; Where does his journey begin or end? whether this person is dead, alive, or in custody somewhere,” WHAS reported in 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky, an ABC affiliate.

“[M]All of our killings happen locally or have an internal connection or something like that, ”the Elizabethtown police department said. I’m saying there’s an 80% chance we can find him.”

Jean Gilbert’s daughter, Kim Gilbert Wright, spoke to numerous reporters Tuesday as police officials announced they had identified Greenwell as the Days Inn killer.

Wright, now a lawyer, called the news “pretty devastating.”

“First, let me thank everyone here today for sharing this monumental event that our survivor families have been waiting for,” Wright said. “The families of Peggy Gill and Vicki Heath, as well as the friends and families of the victims, have been with us on this long journey.”

Jeanne Gilbert; Vicki Heath; and Margaret “Peggy” Gill

Indiana State Police

Wright also thanked those involved in the genealogical research that led to the discovery of Greenwell’s identity, allowing the DNA database to be compiled and analyzed.

“In addition to our family, I believe that family and friends [de Greenwell] were also victims of his crimes,” Wright continued, “although it would never occur to anyone to blame them for what their husbands, fathers, brothers or friends did, they may now feel condemned in the courts of public opinion … for his deeds, and we should sympathize with them, because they may never have known this man, that he was not really someone whose terrible deeds he could do. “

Wright said she tries not to mention Gilbert in the past tense, “that’s why she’s still in my heart … We talk about her like she’s not gone yet.”

She and her brother lived with their mother for the last 7 months of her life and said they would never forget their mother’s last words.

“I love you,” Gilbert told the couple as he left for work that fateful night. “See you guys tomorrow.”

However, as Wright said, “I won’t see her tomorrow. But I see her every day. I see it in me. I see it in my brother. I see it in my family. And… I encourage others to congratulate her.

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