Breakthrough in Decades-Old Cold Cases Unveils Sinister Secrets: The Dark Tale of Alan Wilmer

In a shocking turn of events, federal investigators have announced a major breakthrough in two decades-old cold cases that have haunted the Hampton Roads community for years. The veil of mystery surrounding the infamous Colonial Parkway killings has been partially lifted, as authorities have identified the man they believe to be responsible for both heinous crimes. His name: Alan Wilmer, a resident of the Northern Neck who passed away in 2017.

The first case that has now been linked to Wilmer dates back to September 23, 1987. The bodies of two young individuals, Knobling and Edwards, were discovered at the Ragged Island Game Refuge, a mere stone’s throw away from the James River Bridge. Both victims had been ruthlessly shot in the back of the head. The circumstances surrounding their deaths were perplexing, with Knobling’s abandoned car found at the refuge just three days prior, doors unlocked and the radio still playing. His wallet was left ominously on the dashboard. Knobling, a resident of Hampton and a hardworking employee in his father’s landscaping business, cherished his truck, making the discovery all the more distressing for his family. Edwards, on the other hand, had allegedly met up with Knobling on the night she met her tragic end. They had been seen together, driving around Newport News. The reason behind their fateful journey to Ragged Island remains a mystery.

For years, these two deaths were believed to be part of a series of killings targeting young people in Hampton Roads, collectively known as the Colonial Parkway case. Although only two of the crime scenes were located on the parkway itself, all eight murders were intertwined in the public’s imagination. In 2009, the FBI sent trace evidence from these killings to their advanced laboratory in Quantico for scientific testing, hoping to uncover new leads. Leaked photos of the crime scenes further fueled speculation and fear within the community.

However, during a recent press conference, federal and local authorities made a startling revelation. The deaths of Knobling and Edwards are no longer considered part of the Colonial Parkway case. Instead, they are now attributed solely to Alan Wilmer. While these two cases have been solved, the Colonial Parkway killings remain unsolved, and Wilmer has not been ruled out as a suspect in those crimes.

In a separate but equally chilling case, the body of Terri Lynn Howell was discovered in June 1989 near a construction site off Magruder Boulevard in Hampton. She had been brutally strangled, adding another tragic chapter to the region’s dark history.

The revelation of Alan Wilmer’s involvement in these cold cases has sent shockwaves through the community. The sinister secrets that lay hidden for decades are now being unearthed, shedding light on the darkness that once plagued Hampton Roads. As the investigation continues, the hope for justice and closure for the victims and their families remains steadfast.

Author: CrimeDoor

3 Responses

  1. This is absolutely outrageous! How can it be that these cold cases, which have tormented the Hampton Roads community for decades, are only now being solved? It is an absolute travesty that justice has been delayed for so long, causing immeasurable pain and suffering for the victims’ families and the entire community.

    The fact that it took federal investigators this long to make a breakthrough is deeply concerning. It raises serious questions about the competence and dedication of the authorities involved in these cases. How many leads

  2. 1. Stay informed: Keep up with the latest news and updates on cold cases in your community. This can help you stay informed about any breakthroughs or developments that may occur.

    2. Support law enforcement: If you have any information related to a cold case, don’t hesitate to contact the authorities. Even the smallest detail could be crucial in solving the case.

    3. Share information: Spread the word about cold cases through social media, community forums, or local newspapers. The more people who are

  3. If you are interested in learning more about cold cases and how they are solved, I recommend checking out the podcast “Casefile True Crime.” This podcast covers a wide range of cold cases from around the world and provides in-depth investigations into each case. It’s a great resource for true crime enthusiasts and those interested in understanding the process of solving cold cases.

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