Mothers Day 1986
A man named Tommy Sells admitted to crime.
Each time I visit a crime scene, I say to myself the words, "Every Sparrow that falls" It is my way of reaching out to God and asking why this had to happen. When I visited Ina, Illinois recently, a town of four hundred and sixty people in Southern Illinois, I was struck by the horror of our task.
The murder depicted here is one that occurred in 1987 and remains unsolved. It is the murder of an entire family: Mother, father, three-year-old boy. During the murder the seven and a half-month pregnant mother delivered her new child. It too was then murdered. The umbilical cord was torn and the baby beaten to death with a baseball bat. The husband's body was found not far away and he had been beaten and shot. Three of the victims were left in the trailer in a way that tells Unsolved Crimes, their killers knew them.
The killer or killers showed extreme remorse at the scene. We will list what we feel are some clues to finding a possible motive. We are confident the killer is still alive and very likely will read this site. We are asking for your help and are open to any suggestions on this case. The victims are as follows: Ruby Elaine Dardeen 30, her son Peter Dardeen 3yrs old, her new born, and her husband Russell Keith Dardeen.
View of the crime scene?
The killer will be approximately the same age as the husband at the time of his death. He will be short in stature and a very complex individual. He will be struggling with his homosexual urges and because of his profession must keep them secret. He will be an active homosexual and what we call a "closet Queen".
He did not go to the residence of the Dardeen family to kill them but to try to talk them out of something. He had no weapon of intent with him. He will be a deeply religious person, perhaps even active in the church. His feelings of remorse at the scene are so deep that he is a believer in miracles. He may have even tried to revive them or position the bodies to pray over. He is very familiar with the trailer and felt safe enough to stay there at the scene a long time. This person has never killed before but has experienced trauma of massive proportions. He may have worked as an ambulance driver or EMS technician or a male nurse. It has been a long time since the murders and he is still living close by, living his secret life.
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