Burger Chef Murders - Speedway, Indiana
Posted by: Rupert2
N 39° 47.767 W 086° 15.684
16S E 563234 N 4405389
Quick Description: Burger Chef - 5725 Crawfordsville Road - Speedway, Indiana
The existing facility is now a check cashing establishment.
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 10/5/2007 9:10:39 PM
Waymark Code: WM2B2F
From the Lost Indiana website (visit link
"On November 17th, 1978, Jayne Friedt, the 20-year-old assistant manager of the Burger Chef at 5725 Crawfordsville Road in Indianapolis was abducted along with three teen-age co-workers, Ruth Shelton, 17, Danny Davis, 17, and Mark Flemmonds, 16. Their bodies were found two days later in a hilly, wooded area off Johnson County road 700 North, near Center Grove High School. Friedt was stabbed to death, Shelton and Davis were shot in the back of the head, and Flemmonds was beaten and died because of choking on his own blood. The crime occured as the store was closing, and when the police were called early on Saturday morning, they assumed it was a burglary and told the employees they could clean up the store and reopen. By the time the bodies were discovered, valuable forensic evidence had been destroyed. Despite a shaky confession by Donald Ray Forrester in 1996 , who was also serving a 95-year sentence for rape, the crime has never been offically solved. The store remained open, eventually becoming a Carquest Auto Parts store and then an appliance store after Hardees elected to build a new store closer to the interstate. The field where the bodies were found is now the Timber Heights subdivision."