I love to check the oldest cases on police departments’ cold case pages. Not all departments have such a page but all departments should. The Metropolitan Police for the District of Columbia has several pages split up in categories. You can search for current missing person cases, cases with rewards, most wanted cases, and unsolved homicides. The latter group is split up by years and decades. The oldest three unsolved homicides are from 1962-1968. A man, a woman, and a baby. None related but when I saw their pictures I thought of them as a family.
I checked their names online and there really is little to go on in the public domain. There are some listings of cases but at least from these three, nothing except repeated content. I wish I had more to add but alas. However, that is no reason to not post. We cannot forget those whose murder files are paper-thin. So here they are:
Christine Burke aka Christine Baynard: on Monday, December 24, 1962, 38-year-old Christine Burke a.k.a. Christine Baynard (38) was murdered in her apartment. Address: 2705 13 Street, NE, #346, Washington, DC.
Karen Rena Hawkins: on May 17, 1968, Karen Rena Hawkins a.k.a. Peaches, disappeared from her home on the 2400 block of 18th Street, NW, Washington DC. Her body was found a few days later in the basement of 2526 17th Street, NW, Washington DC. I checked Google Maps. It is about an 8 minute walk. Who lived at 2526 17th Street, NW at the time? Who had access to the basement?
Theil Council: on Sunday, July 21, 1968, Theil Council was killed in front of 902 T Street, NW, Washington, DC.
In none of the cases can we find in the public domain information such as cause of death, what murder weapon was used, whether evidence was preserved, whether testing was attempted/done with modern technology, or even simple facts such as middle names (except in Karen’s case), dates of birth, etc. If you have newspaper clippings or other links, please contact me so we can update this post.
Should you have any information about these cases please call the Metropolitan Police Department’s Synchronized Operations Command Center (SOCC) at 202 727-9099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rest in peace Christine Burke, Theil Council, and Karen Hawkins.