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Old 03-08-2009, 02:29 PM   #31
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I just emailed martha woodworth, the psychic from the case and asked a few questions. Anyways, I gave her the link to this message board so hopefully she can post in this topic and shed some light.
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Hi. I was the psychic/astrologer who worked on this case. "Sean" called me and asked if I would do readings for him to help him find the person who murdered his "friend," as he referred to Tracy. I asked him to send me newspaper clippings of the case. When I got them, I sensed immediately that he was very likely the killer. All of his A's and O's had a line slashed through them, for one thing. There were other indications as well, from the point of view of a handwriting analyst (another of my skills). I felt I should call the police. When I did, they told me to keep Sean coming to me for more counseling, which I did. He never confessed to me, but when the police entered his home (the address was on the envelope he sent) they found information about me and my services (which I had sent him) as well as information to a confession hotline. It turned out that he had, indeed, confessed to the murder on the public hotline. They took him in for questioning, but he was released because (they told me) they had no evidence linking him to the crime. They also said they didn't think he really did it because he "didn't look like a killer." In fact, they had no evidence whatsoever: no fibers, no finger-prints, nothing. This led them to believe (they told me) that the killer might have been wearing nylon clothing and gloves. This, they felt, might have been because the killer rode a bike - cyclists tend to wear those materials. A few months later, I wrote to "Unsolved Mysteries" with a proposal, and they "bought" the story idea, flew me to Maryland, and we filmed the segment. I met Tracy's very nice, sad, grieving parents. It was definitely not her father. He was cleared early on - he had no motive and had a definite alibi. I believe he took a lie detector test, also, and passed. Later, I found out that the case was considered to have been bungled by the administration who originally handled the case. The new police crew looked into the possibility that the killer was the son of one of their own, a local cop's kid. He was a major suspect, actually, but the public did not know this - at least, they didn't publicize this on UM. I have always been fascinated by this case, though I have investigated, and been deeply involved in, many more, with local police departments and the FBI. I don't know why they can't seem to solve it. Something's definitely strange about that. I've called several times, but one thing that happens with psychics that work on cases: they use you and throw you away. They want the info you can provide, then they don't want to hear from you. They don't want a psychic getting the "glory" - the few that are seen on these shows are tokens. Most of us do the work and get no thanks. No problem for me - I'm a writer and I wrote a novel based on this murder, about a psychic detective. I mined the gold from it that way, and continue to get ideas from other cases. (It's not published yet; for some reason, I just haven't been able to let go of it...maybe because it's not solved. Not sure.) Any other "tips" on this case would be welcome. You can always write to me: martha@ConfidentialPsychic.com, or look at my web site: www.ConfidentialPsychic.com. I continue to help private parties and law enforcement find missing people and solve crimes. My participation in this case, however, launched my career as a psychic detective, and now I use a variety of psychic skills in murder investigations, like dowsing for weapons and using forensic astrology to discover motives - and suspects. Mostly, I'm a psychic and astrologer who helps people with career and relationships.
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Thank you for posting, Ms. Woodworth. Your insight is extremely interesting, and I too believe "Sean" is most likely the killer. There have been a few posts on this thread and others either from the Frederick area or close to people there that seem to indicate the whole thing was a botched investigation, which is quite plausible, given the evidence (however circumstantial) against "Sean."

I can't believe he was released because he "didn't look like a killer." I was also unaware there was another suspect in the case!

I admire your gall. I remember in the segment you mentioned the disturbed handwriting in his letters; that would've made me incredibly nervous!
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Question Tracy Kirkpatrick

Tracey Kirkpatrick was my Cousin her mother (Diane) was my second cousin (Caroline's) older sister, If anyone has any information on the case the family would be glad to have it please contact me at thatinfamous1@yahoo.com
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The town where Tracy is buried is in correct, she is buried in Industry, Pa. I know this because I'am a relative.
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Thank you Martha, very good of you to bring this case to Unsolved Mysteries.

Here's an article from today actually:

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After 20 years, Frederick girl's murder still unsolved
'It was yesterday for me,' victim's mother says

By Frank D. Roylance
March 16, 2009

Tracey Lynn Kirkpatrick would be 37 today, a wife and mother, perhaps, and maybe an attorney.

Instead, she is mourned by her parents, her family and friends. Twenty years after her murder, she is also never far from the minds of the Frederick police investigators, who have worked since March 15, 1989, to solve the mystery of her violent death.

The Kirkpatrick family and Frederick police marked the anniversary of Tracey's killing with a brief vigil last night at the Westridge Shopping Center, where she was stabbed to death at 17.

Police hope that fresh attention to the cold case might finally bring them the final clues they need to bring the killer to justice.

Tracey's two sisters and a brother remain in the area, as do her parents, William and Diane Kirkpatrick.

"Everybody says, 'It's been 20 years. Don't expect too much, because it's been 20 years,'" Diane Kirkpatrick told The Frederick News-Post. "I look at them and say, 'Not for me.' It was yesterday for me."

She can't comprehend how the killer could live with such a secret for 20 years. "How can someone just go on with their lives like it's nothing?" she asked.

Frederick police say their continuing work on the case can be understood in the context of a smaller city which, even today, sees annual homicide counts in the single digits.

"You have to go back 20 years," said Lt. Shawn Martyak, 49, the commander of the department's criminal investigation division and a Frederick policeman for 24 years.

"Frederick probably had half the population, maybe 30,000," he said. "And while we got a murder now and then, this was a 17-year-old girl who was, according to friends and family, very squared away, very conservative. She made good decisions about her life and was planning for college.

"This shocked the entire community. It's not something anybody expected to occur in sleepy little Frederick," he said.

With retirements and reassignments, four Frederick detectives have worked on the case over the years.

"Every detective that has been assigned, from the very beginning, has taken the case personally," Martyak said. And each one has consulted with his predecessors, reviewing the case file annually, discussing new developments and considering new ideas.

The case was featured in 1990 on the TV programs A Current Affair and Unsolved Mysteries, and Frederick merchants put up most of a $5,000 reward, without success.

According to news accounts at the time, Tracey, from Point of Rocks, was an honor student at Brunswick High School. She wrote and published poetry and hoped to study accounting and go to law school. She had two part-time jobs and drove a 10-year-old Pontiac Grand Prix she paid for herself.

On the night she died, she was working alone at the Aileen Ladies Sportswear store in the Westridge Square Shopping Center, on U.S. 40 west of downtown Frederick.

Most of the plaza's stores closed at 9 p.m. When a security guard saw the lights at Aileen's were still on at 10:50 p.m., he went inside. He found Tracey's body in a rear storeroom. Police said she had been stabbed several times in the back and chest. There was no evidence of a sexual assault. The door had not been forced open, and $60 remained in the cash register. Tracey's purse was missing.

A man waiting in the front parking lot for his wife or girlfriend told police he saw nothing unusual. But investigators found blood drops in a rear hallway leading to the loading dock and trash bins. No weapon was ever recovered.

Two suspects developed over the years remain "viable," Martyak said. But while "it's plausible either one of them could be the killer, in both instances it falls short of having the last piece of the puzzle that's missing to corroborate that [either one] actually committed the crime."

In 1989, DNA technology was comparatively crude, and "very cost prohibitive," Martyak said. It was not until 1998 that a sample was submitted for testing. It was insufficient to develop a genetic profile of the killer, as was a second sample submitted in 2003.

But technology has advanced to where analysts can extract a DNA profile from no more material than is left by a touch. So Frederick police several weeks ago submitted "touch samples" from the case to a private contractor for the Maryland State Police. "We think this may be our best shot to get some other type of DNA, other than hers, from the crime scene," Martyak said. Test results are not expected for several months.

Police already have DNA samples from both of the suspects. Detectives check on them periodically.

In the meantime, investigators have presented the Kirkpatrick case file to two "cold case review panels," one national and another for the Mid-Atlantic region.

A relatively new concept and a first for Frederick, Martyak said, these independent panels of police investigators, evidence analysts, crime scene and forensic experts comb case files and suggest new leads or new technologies the local police might not have considered. "We expect this case to be reviewed by both panels sometime this year," he said.

Martyak said police continue to receive information about the case. "It's never too late," he said. "Even if they think the information they have doesn't help, call us anyhow and let us decide.

"If we can keep it fresh in people's minds, maybe - just maybe - we can get that one piece of information we need to bring closure to the case ... for the family," Martyak said.

Anyone with information about Tracey Kirkpatrick's murder is asked to call Frederick Police Detective Jerry Morales at 301-600-1226.

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It's interesting how right about now, a lot of these cases are crossing the 20 year mark and were seeing new articles about them popping up here and there.

Great work everyone for finding them.

This is one of the UM segments that really gets to me.

It seems like from what I've read that aspects were bungled in several areas, and the killer was able to slip away. No doubt the killer was a local.

What does surprise me, is if we are to believe the caller, Tracy had met this person and was comfortable enough to be alone with them at the store, why hadn't she mentioned this person, even in passing, to anyone else?
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It's interesting how right about now, a lot of these cases are crossing the 20 year mark and were seeing new articles about them popping up here and there.

Great work everyone for finding them.

This is one of the UM segments that really gets to me.

It seems like from what I've read that aspects were bungled in several areas, and the killer was able to slip away. No doubt the killer was a local.

What does surprise me, is if we are to believe the caller, Tracy had met this person and was comfortable enough to be alone with them at the store, why hadn't she mentioned this person, even in passing, to anyone else?
She may have mentioned the person or talked about the person, we don't know though, as it is still unsolved. Maybe once the person finally gets caught/convicted, people may remember her speaking about that person. Hopefully it will be solved very soon.
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One case I would like to see solved although I believe Sean/Don is the killer and has gotten away with murder all these years.
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One case I would like to see solved although I believe Sean/Don is the killer and has gotten away with murder all these years.
I don't think he did it. I do think he knows exactly who did it, and might have been there when it happened or right after it. He may have given the killer a ride away from the store.
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One thing that puzzles me about this case is that the police seemed to believe very much that Tracy knew her killer.

Does this Don/Sean have any personal connection to Tracy at all?
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You know, I tend not to believe Sean/Don did it either. The information he provided was very general and easily could have been obtained just by reading the newspaper. I think it was just an example of a kid that was obsessed with a case and injected himself into the case for the sake of excitement. The only thing I find really troubling about Sean/Don is why he would not answer any questions if he had nothing to hide? It is obvious from the way Tracy Kirkpatrick was killed that it was a personal killing. However there is no evidence Sean/Don knew Tracy Kirkpatrick personally. I have always felt that the security guard who 'found' Tracy Kirkpatrick was the one that killed her.
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You know, I tend not to believe Sean/Don did it either. The information he provided was very general and easily could have been obtained just by reading the newspaper. I think it was just an example of a kid that was obsessed with a case and injected himself into the case for the sake of excitement. The only thing I find really troubling about Sean/Don is why he would not answer any questions if he had nothing to hide? It is obvious from the way Tracy Kirkpatrick was killed that it was a personal killing. However there is no evidence Sean/Don knew Tracy Kirkpatrick personally. I have always felt that the security guard who 'found' Tracy Kirkpatrick was the one that killed her.
What would the security guard's motive have been?
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the fact he said he refused to answer any questions is just strange. Why shut up shop if you have nothing to hide?
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Sean/Don may refuse to answer questions because he actually enjoys being a suspect in the murder. He may now that if he answers questions that the police would know that he was innocent, hence robbing him of his fun.
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The same motive as any redblooded male has when faced with an attractive young lady.
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