UPDATE: Monster in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Thirty years ago this week, a little girl in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was abducted, sexually assaulted, murdered and now, forgotten by everyone. It is one of the most horrific crimes we’ve ever researched, and yet when we ask people if they know about April Tinsley, we only get blank stares. This man, who police believed was local, not only committed the crime, but taunted police and the community for 16 years after. He could still be walking among us – you could very well know him.

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The Case

April Marie Tinsley
April Marie Tinsley

This is April Marie Tinsley, who was abducted on April 1, 1988, from her neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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April Tinsley's Case Map

Here is a map detailing the key locations we cover in the case.

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This is a picture of the note scrawled on the barn door in 1990.

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This is the full note police found in 2004 alone with the killer’s DNA in a used condom.

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Here are clips from other notes left at the same time.

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Above is the “m” and the start of another letter that we talked about in the episode. It looks to us like the start of an “a” based on the other As in his other letters.

Here is the bedspread police are looking for. Do you recognize it?

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Here is the sex toy that police found in a Sears shopping bag near April’s body in 1988. This information was not released until 2012 on America’s Most Wanted.

This is a very unusual object. Have you ever seen this before?

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Based on the Parabon Snapshot done using the killer’s DNA, this is what he could have looked like in 1988 and 2016.

Do you know this man?

Photo Found HERE

Please go to April’s Facebook page to show your support for the family.


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I've been crime-obsessed since birth and the only thing I love more than true crime is my dog, Charlie. My work with Crime Stoppers has led me to do this podcast, and I am so excited to be your new true crime dealer.

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