Colonial Parkway murder case getting new scrutiny

As the Morgan Harrington murder, the Shenandoah National Park slayings, and "Route 29 Stalker" cases remain unsolved, authorities are taking a new look at the most terrific serial killings in Virginia history, the so-called Colonial Parkway murders. Maria Glod has the March 31 story in the Washington Post.


This is what led to my suspicion --the renewed attention to the case, coupled with the fact that it is a parkway and remote setting.
from the Washington Post story

"No physical evidence has conclusively linked the crimes, but similarities in the cases have led authorities to suspect involvement by the same attacker or attackers. In each case, two victims were targeted simultaneously. All were young people traveling in cars."

Parkway shooting -- could this be a reappearance of the parkway murderer ?

NancyDrew-perhaps a copy cat. I had heard earlier this morning that the Blue Ridge Parkway victims perhaps knew the shooter, but this afternoon's Newsplex story states that authorities know of no connection to the victims and believe last night's shootings were random.

My name is Bill Thomas. I am the brother of Cathleen Thomas, who was one of the first two victims in the Colonial Parkway Murders. First, a job well done to law enforcement for the swift arrest of suspect Ralph Leon Jackson, and a speedy recovery to the two victims.

To date, no one has been charged in the Colonial Parkway Murders, which claimed the lives of eight young people, 4 couples killed from 1986 to 1989. I hope that the arrest of Ralph Leon Jackson may lead to information about some of the many unsolved murders in Virginia including the Colonial Parkway Murders, the Route 29 Stalker case which led to the murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds in 1996, the murder of the Williams and Winans women at the Shenadoah National Park in 1996, the killing of the Childs/Metzlet couple in August 2009, and the murder of Morgan Harrington in October 2009 among many others.

It is time for Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to establish a task force with the Virginia State Police, the FBI and local law enforcement to investigate the many unsolved murders in Virginia.

Bill Thomas
Brother of Cathleen Thomas