Cold case detectives in three states are comparing notes on unsolved murders of women in Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio. A smooth talking blue eyed killer is at the center of each investigation. He's already done time for the deaths of two women. Local 12's Deborah Dixon tracked down the suspected serial killer - in a tri-state neighborhood.
The summer of 1967 "Ode to Billy Joe" was one of the songs on the juke box at Lang's restaurant in Covington. August 5 was 24 year old Della Mae Miller's second day on the job, and her last day on earth. Eight days later squirrel hunters found Della Mae's body in Ludlow, Kentucky. She was strangled with her own nylons. That's the m-o that has cold case detectives from three states looking at one man.
The task force purpose is to look at all homicides we believe Nolan Ray George was involved in. Nolan Ray George lived blocks from Lang's restaurant. He moved to Pontiac, Michigan after Della was killed. All of a sudden mMchigan had a slew of homicides; homicides of young women strangled with panty hose and bras. One was left for dead. Three others found dead. Nolan Ray was seen with one of the women found strangled and was convictd of her murder. He did 12 years , then moved to Hamilton.
Within ten months we had our first homicide, Cindy Garland Rose and within a few weeks of that, Tammy King. Killed exactly the same way, strangled. Both young women were found nearly nude strangled and face down in Butler County woods. Next to Cindy's body was found a beer can with Nolan Ray's fingerprint. He was charged with manslaughter because even though Cindy Rose was strangled until she was unconscious, she died of hypothermia. and Nolan Ray did just a decade behind bars.
Frank Smith recently got his dna to compare with another unsolved murder in northern Ohio.
Where is he now? Last week we found him mowing the yard of the Amelia apartment complex where he lives. When asked how he was doing, Nolan Ray replied, "i don't want to talk about nothing, like that done my time don't want to talk to nobody."
Wth Nola Ray George living in downtown Amelia, Frank Smith went to local cops with ominous warning He advised them we had a known serial killer on their streets if they had any homicides there is one person that they should look at.
Tammy King's sister said the family is still haunted by the unsolved murder. Tammy was a hitchiker and police believe Nolan Ray gave her the last ride of her life. "I can't believe he's out there mowing the grass after being convicted of two murders. He needs to be convicted, in jail until he rots."
Frank Smith has talked to Nolan Ray many times over 20 years. He calls him a charmer with Paul Newman eyes and a Ted Bundy heart. "I personally believe Nolan Ray George is like Ted Bundy, he cannot stop killing. He will kill until he's locked up or meets his demise."
Will we ever know how many women looked into them before they died?