Massacre at Burger Chef

February 5, 2017

Written by Capt McNeely

Georgia Division ZADF Twitter: @ZADF_ORG

I have always found that unsolved murders and crimes are absolutely terrifying.  The thought that people can commit heinous acts and then go about the rest of their lives without punishment, consequence or atonement is not only terrifying, but astounding with resources at our disposal for crime solving.  I understand that the real world is not CSI…and it is definitely not CSI:Miami, but it still boggles me how people can walk away from their real life horror.
On November 17, 1978 four staff members were closing up at the Burger Chef franchise in Indiana.  Suspicions were aroused when none of them returned home after their shift.  Police assumed that they had all gone off partying with $500 that had also gone missing, but the truth was much grislier.
Two days after their disappearance, all four bodies were found less than 20 miles from the burger joint.  Two had been shot (Daniel Davis – 16 years old, Ruth Shelton – 17 years old), One stabbed (Jayne Friedt – 20 years old), and one beaten to death with a chain (Mark Flemmonds – 16).
Upon investigation, police believed that two suspects had come in to rob the Burger Chef and the robbery turned sour, changed into kidnapping, and escalated into murder.
1969 super shef meal
Despite a young eye-witness seeing two suspicious white men in a car just outside the restaurant before closing and a $25,000 reward for any information, no suspects have ever been arrested and the murderers of these four children may continue to walk the earth resuming their everyday life and living free.

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