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Episode 76

Are There More Richard Davis Victims?

November 16, 2020   Tags: , , , , ,
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This week Billy and Paul look into the murder of 5-year-old Siobhan McGuinness from Missoula, Montana. Her case was recently solved with genetic genealogy, but identifying her killer as only brought on more questions. Could Richard Davis be responsible for other murders--including the Alphabet Murders?

The guys are joined by Special Deputy Susan Lane from the Missoula County Sheriff's Office and Investigator Colin Taft from Bath Police Department.   

The Murder of Siobhan McGuinness:
Outgoing and bubbly five-year-old Siobhan McGuinness was playing at a friend’s house on February 5, 1974. The house was across the street from her elementary school in the Northside of Missoula. Around 6:30 PM, Siobhan’s mom called the friend’s house. It was time to send her home so they could go out to dinner. 

Siobhan began her short walk home. But by 7PM, Siobhan still hadn’t made it home. Her mom immediately began to search the neighborhood for any sign of her daughter.  She contacted local authorities and soon the whole community began searching.

The search for Siobhan would end two days after she vanished from the street corner. Her body was found roughly 10 miles from where she disappeared, located in a culvert down a frontage road of Highway 90, near the Turah exit. 

It had snowed the day before. There were no human footprints around the body, but blood shone in the freshly white snow. The offender had stabbed Siobhan several times in the chest. She had also been hit on the head. The body was clothed but upon examination it was clear she had been sexually assaulted, even though the offender had spent time redressing her.

Law enforcement talked with the man who discovered the body. He worked for the Missoula Roads Department. On Tuesday night--the night Siobhan disappeared--he was on his way home when he noticed a car pulled over to the side of the road. The car was a green Cadillac and had New York plates. 

Working for the roads department, he was familiar with the area. They had recent problems with people dumping trash off the side of the road in that very place. For this reason, he decided to pull over and park a ways away and watch the man with the green Cadillac. The Roads Department employee saw a man wearing boots, covered in snow up to his mid-calf. The Cadillac man was white, about 6 feet and wore a ball cap. But he couldn’t make out what the man was doing. He watched the mysterious man walk around the Cadillac, get in and drive off. So he did the same.

After nearly 50 years, in 2019 Missoula County Sheriff’s Office started a Cold Case Squad composed of retired law enforcement. One of those people was Special Deputy Susan Lane. At this point, Susan and her colleagues had heard about genetic genealogy and hoped it was a tool they could utilize. 

Through this squad, the Missoula Police Department, the FBI, Bode Labs, and Othram labs a match was located. The agencies narrowed it down to three possibilities before zeroing in on Richard Davis. 


The Disappearance of Barbara Aleksivich:
On October 3, 1973. Barbara Aleksivich had gone out with her husband and friends to the local Elks’ Lodge in the Village of Bath. Barbara and her husband were teachers from the Niagara Falls area and had relocated. The two were experiencing some marital issues at the time and didn’t have too many friends for support. 

That evening Barbara was ready to go home but her husband wasn’t. So she left him at the lodge, which was located between Gavensport and Williams Street, and she walked the two blocks home. When her husband returned home later, there was no evidence Barbara had ever made it home. Due to their marital problems, he wasn’t concerned at first. 

Finally later that afternoon, he began calling and looking for his missing wife. The Village of Bath is fairly small with a population of just 5800 people now, less then. And no one had seen Barbara.

Not long after Barbara’s disappearance, a man by the name of Fredrick Bush was planning a robbery with two of his friends--James Margeson and Richard Washburn. During the planning, Bush argued with Margeson. He shot him and burned him in a furnace. 

Washburn quickly told local law enforcement about Margeson’s murder. Bush was arrested. The arrest alone sent the Village of Bath in tailspin with rumors. Rumors which seemed to be confirmed when Bush went on trial in May 1974. 

During his trial, it became public that when Washburn told law enforcement about Margeson, it wasn’t the only crime he had information on. In late October 1973, Washburn told the undersheriff that Bush had confessed to kidnapping and killing Barbara. According to the Star-Gazette he said, “I did that one, too. Ask Gary Storms.”

But recently, thanks to Missoula Police and Susan Lane, investigators are now looking at Richard Davis. 

What We Know About Richard Davis:
We know Davis had two interactions with law enforcement. Both were in Bath, New York. The first was in June 1973 when he attempted to kidnap an 8-year-old little girl. This attempted kidnapping took place at the same intersection Barbara Aleksivich disappeared.

The second was in 1976. Davis gave a ride to two or three hitchhikers and brought them to his home. An anonymous tip called the police. Davis was arrested and charged with endangering a minor. He was given a $25 fine. 

He lived in Pennsylvania into the early 1960’s. Then he relocated to South Dakota, specifically Lead, Deadwood and Rapid City, in the late 1960’s. Next he resided in Bath, NY from the late 1960’s into the 1970’s. It spent some time in Florida in 1971. In the late 1970’s to the late 1980’s he lived in North Little Rock. Finally he moved to Cabot, Arkansas in the late 1980’s until he died in 2012. 

He travelled a great deal. Some of the states we know he visited are Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. But there are many states in between, so don’t feel like you should limit searches to these areas. 

Davis worked a variety of jobs. He was a missionary on the Sioux Reservation, worked in mines, as a security guard, school bus driver, and a truck driver. He also did volunteer work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Arkansas during the 1970’s and 80’s. 

Richard Davis had four vehicles of note, Missoula Police Department and the FBI are trying to track down more vehicles. During the 1960’s he drove a Nash Rambler. In the early 70’s he drove an Oldsmobile 98. In the late 1970’s to the 1980’s, he changed to a blue pick up truck. Then a truck with a sleeper cab in the 2000’s.

ASSIGNMENT:
Everyone involved in these cases believes Richard Davis likely has other victims. Davis passed away in 2012. But thanks to his family and the FBI we have a decent amount of information about his movements--we are always looking for more.

Please use the information in the above section to help us look for cases. We are looking for any cases of missing persons or murdered people who may fit his movements and MO. If you come across any cases that fit, please contact us.   

CODE OF CONDUCT: 

1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police. 
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members. 
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.

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