Continuing the Conversation: Detroit Serial Killer John Eric Armstrong

Continuing the Conversation: John Eric Armstrong was a serial killer who preyed upon Detroit sex workers and possibly others throughout his career in the Navy.

Going by his middle name, Eric, he has confessed to between 11 and 30 murders.

 

 

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Continuing the Conversation: Detroit Michigan Serial Killer

Continuing the Conversation: In our recent episode, we talked about Detroit Michigan’s Serial Killer who is killing they believe sex workers on the East side of Detroit.

 

Click Here to read the Detroit Free Press Article: Person of interest in Detroit Serial Killings Charged in Rape Case

 

 

Show Notes: 2 Detroit Serial Killers

This show, “Michigan and other Mayhem”, is a sort of factual, slightly comical, always earnest podcast about interesting stuff in Michigan and around the world. It is done by two sisters-in-law (Ali and Jenn) that like to talk about random interesting stories.  Expect cults, mysteries, murder, fast talking, and a couple of mental palate cleansers… and cuss words.  Those happen on this show, a lot.

Click Here To Listen To Episode 40: Two Different Serial Killers in Detroit

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Detroit has had multiple serial killers who target sex workers in each decade since 1980.  Sex workers are particularly a vulnerable crowd. Jenn said that the Detroit police was claiming that the sex workers aren’t open with them about information. In Ali’s story, they were cooperating.

John Eric Armstrong

On January 3, 2000, the body of Wendy Jordan was found strangled to death, with her body in a bay off the Rouge River, in Detroit. Wendy, who was 39 years old at the time of her death, had previously been a sex worker in Detroit. Her sister, Bonnie Jordan, insisted that her sister had gotten clean two years ago and was no longer active in sex work. Her family had last seen Wendy on New Year’s Day 2000, around 9 p.m.  Wendy told her family that she was going out for the night, but she never returned home.

When medical examiners inspected Wendy, they found that she had struggled with her attacker while being strangled. Wendy had recently had sexual intercourse and a semen sample was taken from her body. Examiners were also able to recover tiny fibers on Wendy’s clothes that investigators believed came from a vehicle during Wendy’s struggle with her killer.

John Eric Armstrong, who was 27 years old at the time, preferred to go by his middle name, Eric. He dialed 911, and was connected the Detroit police, telling them that he had found the body of a deceased woman along the Rouge River.  It ended up being Wendy Jordan.  Eric told police that he had been out for a walk when he began to feel sick to his stomach.  When Eric leaned over the railing of a bridge to vomit, he saw her.

Eric had been newly discharged from the Navy and recently moved to the Detroit area. He was currently working at Detroit Metro Airport. Witnesses at the scene where Wendy Jordan was found, claimed to have seen Eric walking along the bridge looking over the railing for a while before he found the body. While investigating Eric, police found that he had recently been employed as a security guard in Novi. When he was performing his guard duties, in November of 1999, Eric dialed 911, reporting that he had been attacked while stopping a robbery.  Eric had superficial wounds, small cuts, on his face and arms. After investigators pressed him, he did admit to fabricating the whole story, including cutting himself to create injuries.

Eric’s behavior, his earlier false police report, and his curious behavior while discovering Wendy, made detectives interested. Investigators from Wayne county asked Eric for a DNA sample and if they could gather fibers from his car. He agreed. The samples were sent off to a crime lab in Lansing, but police did not take him into custody.  They needed decisive evidence before initiating an arrest and investigators were waiting to see the conclusion of the tests before moving forward.

Unknown to the investigators, while the samples were being processed, it gave Eric time to kill Monica Johnson, who was 31 years old.   She had been a sex worker who was found strangled, unconscious, but still clinging to life near expressway I-94. Monica, a mother of four, was taken to a hospital in Detroit, where she passed away before police could question her.

A woman named Wilhelmenia Drane said she was waiting at a bus stop when she accepted a ride from a man in a black jeep.  He stopped along a side street, claiming he needed to get something out of his coat, but when the car stopped, he tried to grab her by the throat.  Wilhelmenia fought back, knocking off his glasses. When he grabbed her throat, he also had to get a grip on her scarf, which partially blocked him. As Wilhelmenia was beginning to lose consciousness, she was able to grab her pepper spray from her coat, managing to get him in the face.  She then jumped from the car and ran. Wilhelmenia’s charge against Eric, that of assault with intent to murder, was dropped when she refused to testify in court.  Wilhelmenia, who had spoken openly with the media, said she wouldn’t testify due to the presence of cameras in the courtroom.

On April 10, 2000, Detroit police found the bodies of three women who had been strangled to death.  Rose Marie Felt, age 32, Kelly Hood, age 34, and Robbin Brown, age 20. All three had been sex workers.  Their bodies had been placed in the dump site near railroad tracks within the last month. The three women had been discovered by a someone on one of the passing trains.

This prompted an investigation into a serial killer. There were 80 crime personal brought to the scene, which had been cordoned off. Different Detroit police units worked with the FBI, state police, and Conrail Railroad Police.

(Side note: Another body was found by the site, but it was believed to be an unrelated murder.)

Several sex workers in the area had complained of a man attacking them, giving matching descriptions of the same white male. The women told police that he drove a dark, late model SUV. The man looked harmless, but he was often rough with them, choking them. While he choked them, he would talk about his hatred of women that exchanged sex for money.

Meanwhile, Eric continued to contact sex workers, attacking them in his dark colored, late model Jeep. Police used the description given by sex workers who had survived the attacks to search for the suspect. They started 24-hour patrols of high-traffic areas of sex workers on the southwest side of Detroit, where he seemed to frequent.

On April 12, 2000, police arrested John Eric Armstrong at 12:30 a.m. in his Jeep and brought him to the precinct for questioning. Eric quickly broke down and began confessing. Eric cried and showed remorse during his police interview. He confessed to between 11 and 30 murders throughout his career in the Navy. Eric had worked as a serviceman on the USS Nimitz from 1993 until 1999. This reopened investigations into murders in all the ports the ship stayed at during deployment. This includes Hawaii, North Carolina, Washington state, Hong Kong, Virginia, Thailand, and the Middle East.

Eric claimed his hatred for sex workers was due to a former girlfriend, Kelly, leaving him in high school for another guy who had given her material gifts.  Eric considered the gifts a form of prostitution. Eric’s father was neglectful, and he claimed to imagine his father’s face in place of the sex workers that he was strangling. His first name, John, reminded him of his dad, a man that he despised, which is why he preferred to be called Eric. Eric claimed that his father molested him. Eric and his mother were abandoned by his father when he was five years old, so his father could be with another woman.  It was right after Eric’s brother, Mikey, died after riding his bicycle into the street and was hit by a car.

Eric had spent some time in a psychiatric hospital when he was a teenager.  He was sent to the hospital after he had locked himself into a bathroom because he believed a girl in his high school wanted to have sex with him.

During his confession to police, Eric claimed to have killed two prostitutes in Seattle, as well as another man, due to an argument. Eric said he had beaten the man to death with a pipe. Eric went on to describe the details of multiple murders. He also claimed to sometimes go back to the dead bodies of his victims to have sex with them again. Eric was able to be linked to the murder of a 34-year-old Linette Hilig, who had a string of prostitution arrests in Virigina. Other than that, officials were not able to attach his confessed murders to him with evidence.

Eric’s wife, who was pregnant with their second child as they Eric went to trial, was in denial of her husband’s crimes.

Eric was convicted of first-degree murder of Wendy Jordan, who had been found in the Rouge River. He plead guilty to the deaths of the three women found near the railroad tracks, Rose Felt, Monica Johnson, and Robbin Brown. He was also sentenced to life in prison for the death of Monica Johnson, found strangled to death near I-94. Altogether, John Eric Armstrong was given two life sentences, one for first degree murder and one for first degree premeditated homicide. He was also given three sentences of 30 years each for second degree homicide. He is currently living in the G. Robert Cotton Correctional facility in Jackson, Michigan.

http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/psyc%20405/serial%20killers/armstrong,%20john%20eric.htm

http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/OTIS2/otis2profile.aspx?mdocNumber=362407

https://murderpedia.org/male.A/a/armstrong-john.htm

Detroit Eastside Serial Killer 2019

An ongoing case that has currently two survivors and three, possibly four, deceased victims. The suspect, who was arrested, is D’Angelo Martin.

March 19, 2019, Nancy Harrison, age 52, was found partially dressed inside a vacant house on the eastside of Detroit.  (Almost all of his victims were found in abandoned houses, were in their 50’s, were sex workers, and were partially dressed.) The coroner confirmed that Nancy died of blunt force trauma. Nancy Harrison’s family said she was no longer a sex worker but had been previously.

May 7, 2019, an unnamed victim, age 26, was said to be a drug addict from Port Huron.  She went to D’Angelo’s grandmother’s house for drugs. It is claimed that he demanded sex from her and was turned down. When the woman turned him down, he flew into a rage. D’Angelo beat her and stabbed her in the throat, before running off. D’Angelo’s grandmother called the police and he was arrested. The woman survived and was in the hospital when this podcast was recorded. She is the only victim that deviates from the pattern of killings associated to D’Angelo.

May 24, 2019, Trevesene Ellis, age 53, was found dead and partially dressed in an abandoned house on the eastside of Detroit. At the time of the recording, there hasn’t been an official cause of death given by the coroner.

June 3, 2019, an unnamed victim, said to be in her 50’s, was dragged into a vacant house on the eastside of Detroit.  She was able to fight the man off and get away. The house he dragged her into was the same house where later, on June 5, that another woman’s dead body would be found.

June 5, 2019, Tamara Jones, age 52, was found in that house partially dressed. The coroner hasn’t released the cause of death by the time we recorded this podcast.

D’Angelo Martin was charged with the assault of the unnamed victim he attacked in his grandma’s house. He has no criminal history of violence. His record only contains driving violations. There may a possible fourth victim, Deborah Reynolds.  Her age isn’t known, but she was last seen drinking with D’Angelo.

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Two Different Serial Killers in Detroit

Today we are talking about two different serial killers, from two different decades that have preyed upon Detroit’s sex workers. One was a man discharged from the Navy who moved to Detroit and the other was born in the city.

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Hello From Michigan and other Mayhem on the Fourth of July!

Here at Michigan and other Mayhem, two non-professional researchers will intrigue you with interesting stories about Michigan murders, mysteries, odd facts, and other mayhem from around the world. Two sisters-in-law will keep you guessing about what our next subject will be as we discuss true crime, paranormal, historical, and scientific topics. Our weekly podcast will keep you entertained and possibly titillated.

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Continuing the Conversation: Murder of Kamiya Gross-French

Two-year-old Kamiya was shot execution style by a man who wanted revenge on her father. Follow the link below to hear testimony from the trial.

Click Here for Father of 2 Year Old Killed in Inkster Testifies from Click on Detroit

 

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Show Notes: 1985 Cold Case, Man Found With Dead Wife, Revenge Murders in Michigan

This show, “Michigan and other Mayhem”, is a sort of factual, slightly comical, always earnest podcast about interesting stuff in Michigan and around the world. It is done by two sisters-in-law (Ali and Jenn) that like to talk about random interesting stories.  Expect cults, mysteries, murder, fast talking, and a couple of mental palate cleansers… and cuss words.  Those happen on this show, a lot.

Click Here To Listen To Episode 39: Man Found With Dead Wife, 1985 Murder, Revenge Murder in Michigan

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Jenn and Ali are recording this summer’s podcasts a little early because June is busy.  Ali’s daughter has high school graduation and Jenn has a lake house she wants to get to.

A Funny Follower

We have a funny follower named Alisia who is a mix of Ali and Jenn.  She wears a fur coat while drinking wine, smoking cigarettes, and tending chickens.

Cold Case, 1985 Murder of Barry Crane

Ali immediately mixes up Bob Crane, the murdered actor from Hogan’s Heroes, with Barry Crane, the TV and movie producer from this murder. She almost throws Jenn off of her game, but she persevered. This sidetracked them a little bit in a convo about sex tapes, d picks, and genies.

Barry Crane was a well known Tv and Movie producer from the 1980’s. He did Mission Impossible, Wonder Woman, and Dallas.  The list of shows he was involved in was very long. He died in his Los Angeles home in July of 1985 after being beaten and chocked to death.  He was found wrapped in sheets in his garage.

The only items missing from his home were his wallet and his Cadillac car. The car was found, and prints were collected. Then the case went cold. 

Fast forward to May of 2019. Ed Hiatt was arrested in North Carolina and charged with Barry Crane’s murder. At the time of the murder, Ed was an 18-year-old drug addict. The police had picked items out of Bob’s trash and were able to match it to Ed’s DNA. They also linked Ed’s fingerprints to the prints in the Cadillac.

Ed confessed to police in an interview.  When asked by reporters, he claimed he didn’t remember the murder. Ed talks about God and how his life is different now.  Ali thinks he has a touch of the crazy. Jenn said his interview was just random rambling.  Ed said God is giving him flashes of remembrance.

Man Found in Drive Thru with Wife’s Dead Body

In May of 2019, Rodney Puckett, age 70, was caught driving with his naked dead wife’s body, Linda Puckett in the passenger seat in Eloy, Arizona. They were in a drive thru of a fast food place. It is possible that Rodney was naked.

Rodney went through the drive thru of a fat food restaurant where the employee noticed a woman with her face down and legs up in the air. She was covered but her legs were sticking out. While Rodney was waiting for his food in the drive-thru a local detective stopped into the restaurant, the detective was alerted, and Rodney was pulled over as he was pulling out of the parking lot.

Rodney told the police they were on their way to California, stopped and stayed at an El Paso Texas hotel, the next morning he couldn’t wake his wife so he just loaded her up in the car and continued on to California.

Police pulled the security videos from the El Paso Hotel and saw Rodney coming out of his hotel room with his wife covered in blankets on a luggage cart.

Looking into Rodney and Linda it was found they were married in 2011 and were currently getting a divorce and Linda had a restraining order against Rodney.

Currently Rodney is being held in Pinal County Jail on charges of abandonment or concealment of a body with a 100-thousand-dollar bond. The Medical Examiner did find minor blunt force trauma but has not yet released the cause of death.

https://www.kfvs12.com/2019/05/14/police-man-drove-with-wifes-body-passenger-seat/?fbclid=IwAR3ciSfyDCuooxx8e7LCf0JcaNOj59-GiSyI4wNr9SzJ9WuTjfVpkm5peLY

Revenge and Murder in Michigan

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On October 5, 2016, a car with four passengers pulled up to Kingwater Party Store in Mt. Morris, which is in Genesee County. Two males got out of the car, telling the two teen girls in the front that they were with to drive on without them. The girls did leave the party store parking lot but turned into an adjacent lot to see what the teenage males they dropped off were doing. The girls heard gun shots and saw the guys they dropped off firing into a red pickup truck. The truck pulled away from the party store and crashed about 100 yards from the store’s parking lot.

The two male teenagers were cousins Dequavion Harris, who was 19, and Kemo Parks Jr., who was 18 years old at the time of their crime. Dequavion had been charged with the murder of another teen in 2014 but the case was dropped after witnesses failed to testify.

The man in the truck was Darnyreouckeonu Jones-Dickerson was 20 years old at the time of his death. When police arrived at the crash site, he was dead from five bullet wounds. It is believed that Dequavion and Kemo killed Jones-Dickerson in revenge for the death of one their cousins, for which they believed Jones-Dickerson was responsible.

According to the teen girls, the Dequavion and Kemo sat in the backseat of the car whispering to each other.  Before they got out, Kemo handed Dequavion a gun.  It was Dequavion who pulled the trigger. He also created a rap song later that contained details of the shooting, including the fact that it was done in revenge.

In October 2018, now at the ages of 20 and 21 years old, the two cousins were charged and convicted of first-degree murder, felony firearm charges, and concealed weapon charges. They were given sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2018/10/cousins_get_sentenced_in_2016.html

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2018/10/pair_convicted_in_revenge_kill.html

Kamiya French/Gross

On July 1, 2014 Kamiya French, who was 2 years old, was playing on the front lawn with her 12-year-old friend, Chelsea. Kamiya’s father, Kenneth French, and his friend, Toni Holt, who is Chelsea’s mom, were sitting on the front porch. Kenneth and his daughter, Kamiya, were visiting at Toni’s house.

Raymone Jackson and a friend, Rapheal Hearn, drove by the property, seeing Kenneth on the porch. Three months previous, Rapheal had been shot while out with his motorcycle club. Police found text communications that said Rapheal believed that Kenneth French had a role in his shooting and that he wanted retaliation. It is believed that the two men waited months to act because they were waiting for Raymone to have his ankle tether removed.

The two men then drove around the house and parked the car in the back. Raymone walked around the side of the house with a gun.  Rapheal stayed in the car as the getaway driver. As soon as Raymone cleared the side of the house, he started shooting. Kenneth, Chelsea, and Kamiya had several gunshot wounds. At one point during the attack, Raymone walked up to two-year-old Kamiya and shot her in the head, execution style, at point blank range.  It is believed that Raymone wanted Kamiya’s death to be the last thing Kenneth saw.

Afterwards, Raymone ran back to the car where Rapheal was waiting. The two then fled the scene. There is surveillance video of the men walking along Detroit’s Riverwalk on the day of the shooting.  It is believed that they disposed of the gun in the river.  It was never recovered.

The two men, Raymone and Rapheal, were charged jointly in front of the same jury. Raymore was found guilty of the first-degree premeditated murder of Kamiya, torture, for the mental torture he inflicted on Kenneth by executing his toddler in front of him, two counts of assault with the intent to murder for Kenneth and Chelsea, and a felony weapons charge. Rapheal had the same charges, but as an aider and abettor.

In March of 2015, they were both convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Raymone expresses remorse over what he did, but I say F him. Rapheal has appealed his sentence, claiming he should have been tried separately from Raymone. It was denied.

https://law.justia.com/cases/michigan/court-of-appeals-unpublished/2016/327203.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/24/inkster-toddler-murder-sentencing/70393734/

Dog Poo

In September of 2018, Brenda Mullins of Detroit, snapped after finding more dog poop in her yard. She claims that her neighbor’s dog kept using her lawn as a commode. Brenda decided to seek revenge on the dog owners by smearing their dog’s poop on their front door. Unfortunately for Brenda, her doo doo deeds got her in trouble as the porch camera caught her in the act.

Brenda’s neighbor claims that she never spoke to them about the pooping.  Brenda isn’t hiding what she did and considers herself a vigilante.

https://abc30.com/pets-animals/feces-vigilante-woman-rubs-dog-waste-on-neighbors-door/4267513/

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1985 Cold Case, Man Found with Dead Wife, Revenge Murders in Michigan

Today we are talking about a few topics including a cold case from 1985 that is now solved. We also have a man found with his dead wife’s body in the car and revenge murders that took place in Michigan.

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Continuing the Conversation: Stiletto Murderer Texas

Continuing the Conversation: A woman in Texas flew into a rage and attacked her boyfriend with her stiletto-heeled shoe, killing him. Watch this video as the murder is followed up on. 

 

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Continuing the Conversation: Man Kills Wife Linda Curry With Nicotine

Continuing the Conversation: A man classified as a genius murdered his wife with nicotine.  Click the link to watch as cops use science to track him down and convict him over a decade later. To Catch A Genious 48 Hours Probes 1994 Nicotine Poisoning Death of Linda Curry

 

 

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