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SOLVE THIS CRIME
The public has a right to know. It might help solve this crime. We pay the police to protect us. This level of secrecy is absurd and unacceptable. What possible reason can there be for it? What's going on? There has been a killer on the loose for 13 years. Open this file and tell us what you know or bring in outside help - now.
Please check back this weekend when there will be more on District Attorney Donald Totaro, County Detective Joseph Geesey, the Cortney Fry murder and the lack of local news coverage on the Borden murders/David Ludwig. What is going on?
The following are quotes from the December 15, 2002 Sunday News article by Barbara Hough Roda, "A mother's dying wish" (please also see the related story below on this website):
"Battling cancer, grief and the clock, she feared that she would die before the 10th anniversary of her daughter's unsolved murder. Mrs. Mirack wanted to leave this life knowing that she would have a say in a December article about her middle child, about the devastating loss to her family, about frustration with a murder investigation that has failed to produce a killer."
"But she [East Lampeter Township Police Lt. Renee Schuler, who heads the murder investigation] and Lancaster County Detective Joseph Geesey provided little in the way of new information at an interview held at the District Attorney's Office last week. Although police initially proceeded under the assumption that Christy knew her killer, they won't rule out a random killing now."
"But last week Schuler and Geesey would say only that the killer is male. They wouldn't say whether there might have been more than one assailant. Dozens of men have been interviewed by authorities, though officials will not say specifically how many. Investigators said they are looking at specific individuals.
"They would not comment on how many people have been exonerated by DNA or other evidence."
"Geesey would not comment on the crime scene last week. Police remain quiet as to what weapons were used in the crime, and will not comment on information from sources early on that one instrument was a kitchen cutting board.
"'She was beaten,' Geesey said. 'She was beaten in anger, but...I don't think we should get into specifics.'"
"The most recent tip came in Dec. 2; investigators refused comment on the nature of that information.
"Schuler said East Lampeter Township detective Joseph Edgell was assigned to assist on the case about 10 months ago. Geesey continues to work with the department, which is aided by local municipalities as well as state and federal law enforcement when the need arises."
"For most of the past decade, it was Mrs. Mirack - a native of Sunbury who moved to Shamokin as a child - who kept in touch with police for updates on the investigation.
"'She always felt like she was on the outside looking in,' her son said.
"Schuler wasn't sure when last she spoke with the Miracks; Christy's brother, who also lives in suburban Philadelphia, said his mother hadn't talked with Lancaster County officials in at least a year."
"'We didn't talk,' Christy's father, 64, said. 'We didn't say nothing to nobody.'"
The last thing they wanted to do was jeopardize the case.
"Now, her father sees things differently. 'Nice people finish last.'"
"Schuler said the Mirack case will remain open until it is solved. Investigators believe it can be solved.
"But, Schuler added, 'We need (the public's) help. We are not an island. We need phone calls and letters to continue.'"
Mrs. Mirack died on November 4, 2002. She is buried next to her daughter, Christy.
Will Justice Be Done?
The founders of this country built a system of checks and balances into the government. The final check on that system should be the press. When that check fails, crime and corruption follow.
It has in Lancaster. How many years has this been going on? How many crimes have been covered up? Can you buy your way out of a murder conviction in Lancaster County? You don't think you can?
On Sunday, December 15, 2002, the Sunday News ran the article "A mother's dying wish" by Barbara Hough Roda. In the newspaper's archives the full title is this, "Knowing she might not live to see the 10th anniversary of her daughter's unsolved killing, Gerry Mirack asked an editor for an interview to tell her story of the terrible pain of losing her 'Chrissy.' And of her fears that justice would never be done. A mother's dying wish."
Christy Mirack, 25-years-old and a sixth-grade teacher, was sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled in 1992 in her townhouse. No one has ever been charged with her murder.
In Roda's article, there are the following paragraphs - and this phrase - "the family does not know to this day who that was." Those eleven words send a chill down my spine every time I read them. Those words are beyond my comprehension. How and why could they not know who it was? And how could Roda write those eleven words without demanding an answer from the police for a dying mother ten years after her daughter was murdered?
"It was Mrs. Mirack who got the call from Christy's principal that her daughter hadn't arrived at Rohrerstown Elementary School the morning of Monday December 21, 1992. Did Christy visit Shamokin that weekend, the principal asked?
"She had not, and a worried Mrs. Mirack started calling Christy's East Lampeter Township townhouse. Her daughter never answered but, after three hours, someone with the police did - the family does not know to this day who that was - and told Mrs. Mirack she needed to come to Lancaster.
"The man would say no more. Mrs. Mirack persisted, as concern gave way to a mother's worst fears. There was an 'accident,' she was told. Christy was dead."
Lindy Biechler, Mary Ann Bagenstose, Brenda Heist, Jonathan Luna, Cortney Fry, Heather Marie Nunn, Renee Binkley and David Ludwig. Where was the press? Where is the press? Where is the press?
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