Bodies of Grimes Sisters found - Willow Springs, IL
Posted by: adgorn
N 41° 44.310 W 087° 54.744
16T E 424128 N 4621145
Quick Description: Barbara and Patricia Grimes disappeared on December 28, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois. They were found dead on January 22, 1957 at this location on German Church Road at "Devil's Creek."
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 9/9/2010 10:35:28 AM
Waymark Code: WM9NHG
Continued from wikipedia:
"On December 28, 1956, sisters Barbara (13) and Patricia (15) Grimes left their house and went to the Brighton Theater to see the Elvis Presley movie Love me Tender. Brighton Theater was a short distance from their house. In their pockets they had $US 2.15, but it is unknown how they arrived at the theater (whether they took the bus or walked). They were seen in the popcorn line of the theater at around 9:30 pm. The movie was over at around 11 pm, and they were expected at home around 11:45 pm. At 2:15 am, the two sisters were reported missing by their mother. Their disappearance launched one of the biggest missing-persons hunts in Chicago history. However, police were not able to determine what happened to the Grimes sisters. In a statement, Elvis Presley asked the girls to go home.
On January 22, 1957, a construction worker named Leonard Prescott found the Grimes sisters. Their naked bodies were discarded next to the German Church Road near Willow Springs. Barbara Grimes lay on her left side with her legs slightly drawn up toward her body. Patricia Grimes covered the head of her sister. She lay on her back and her head was turned sharply to the right. One of the chief investigators in the case, believed that the Grimes sisters were still alive when their bodies were discarded next to the German Church Road. He stated that the thin ice layer on the bodies of the girls indicated that their bodies must still have been warm when they were dumped there. Only after January 7, 1957 would there have been enough snowfall to create the ice layer. Therefore, according to this theory, the Grimes sisters must have been still alive until at least January 7.
View of crime scene then:
Their murder case to this day remains unsolved."
The location was a lonely country road back in the '50's. Today there is typical suburban development approaching from all sides. Curiously, the adjacent property to the west remains unoccupied long after the house there was demolished decades ago. Keep out!