Episode 83

Who Killed Nikki and Adrienne?

March 29, 2021   Tags: , ,
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After we covered the Taco Bell Strangler--Henry Louis Wallace--last season, listeners alerted us to the unsolved murder of Helene "Nikki" Anderson and her four-year-old daughter Adrienne. Nikki and her daughter were killed on January 30th, 1986, in Bremerton, Washington. Our friends Carolyn Ossorio and Kim Shepard at Scene of the Crime podcast have done a deep dive on the case speaking with the detective and family. Carolyn and Kim share with Billy and Paul what they've learned. 

The Murder of Nikki and Adrienne:
27-year-old Nikki lived in a duplex on Magnolia Drive in Bremerton, Washington, with her 4-year-old daughter Adrienne and 8-month-old son. Nikki worked at a local Arby's and was planning on moving to California later in 1986 with her son's father. 

On January 29th, 1986, Adrienne's father Kenny came over in the evening. Nikki had boxes around the house planning for the move. When Kenny left the house, the two agreed he would come over the following evening. 

Kenny returned the next night around 9 PM. The home was dark. A furniture rental department had left a note on the door asking for payment. As Kenny was leaving a note on the door, her heard a baby crying. He muscled the door open and felt his daughter's leg.

He took the baby to a neighbor's and told them to call 911. Then Kenny went back to Nikki's and began CPR on his daughter until the authorities arrived. 

When the authorities arrived, they processed the scene. Nikki and Adrienne had both been strangled. Nikki had a head wound that bled extensively around the crime scene--on the carpet, the couch and the wall. They were signs Nikki had been sexually assaulted. 

The Investigation:
Bremerton Police initially focused on Nikki's ex-boyfriend and Adrienne's father Kenny. He was the last person to see them and the person who found the crime scene. But 10 years later, he gave his DNA when asked. He is currently not a person of interest.

However, there are people from Nikki's life that have certainly piqued the police's interest. A neighbor was said to have heard the baby crying but never came to check on the family. There was also a man who was around the house on multiple occasions. One witness said he visited earlier in the day of the murders and that he had a crush on Nikki. 

Even with plenty of people to investigate from Nikki's life, the mention of Henry Louis Wallace seemed plausible. Wallace had a victim type--petite, attractive, black women who worked in the fast food industry. Nikki fit it to a tee. However, his timeline did not match. But just to be sure, Bremerton Detective Marty Garland ran his DNA--no match. 

We are extremely happy to be able to help with this case. Both with Paul consulting and to be able to cover it more in depth. Many of the people who lived near Nikki and and were in her life no longer live in the Bremerton area. If you have family or friends who were in the area, please share the information with them. If you have any information, please contact us.

Detective Garland has said there is DNA in the case. He didn’t specify what kind, but he did say it was enough for a profile. He also said they are trying to go down the route of genetic genealogy.  So again, we encourage you to upload your DNA into GED Match and make sure you opt in so law enforcement has the ability to access it. We will have the instructions we gave you up on our website. 


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.