Wednesday, September 5, 2012

John Norman Collins' Nemesis - Washtenaw Country Sheriff Douglas J. Harvey - Part Two

Sheriff Harvey with Tear Gas Launcher
On July 9, 1967, a nineteen year old Eastern Michigan University business student majoring in accounting went missing after an evening walk.

Mary Fleszar's badly decomposed body was discovered thirty days later laying in a field of shoulder high weeds on the site of an abandoned farm just north of Ypsilanti by two thirteen year old boys. They phoned the State Police post in Ypsilanti to report what they saw.

Her brutal murder, and the six that would follow, shocked the residents of Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, two university campus towns connected by Washtenaw Avenue. For two long years, the brutal sex slayings of young women took place.

The elusive serial killer appeared to have criminal intuition and easily evaded capture. In the minds of some people, the murderer seemed to have an almost "spectral" quality.

Every lawman in Washtenaw County made the capture and conviction of this deranged killer of young women their number one priority, but none more than Washtenaw County Sheriff Douglas J. Harvey.

At a Kiwanis Club "Morning Edition" breakfast in Ann Arbor on June 29, 2011, the former sheriff reminisces on this forty-five year old case. Not since Odysseus has anyone enjoyed telling his story more.

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