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Episode 86

Is There a Serial Killer in Lumberton, NC?

April 19, 2021   Tags: , , ,
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In 2017 three women were found dead within a three block radius in Lumberton, NC. Kristin "Christina" Bennett, Rhonda Jones and Megan Oxendine all struggled with drug addiction. One was inside a television cabinet, another in a trash can, and the last one was under a tree. Each cause of death was ruled undetermined. Paul and Billy look into whether the same offender could be responsible.

Discovery of Christina and Rhonda's remains:
On April 18th, Lumberton Police Department received a call directing them to a foul odor on Peachtree Street. When authorities arrived at the abandoned home they began to search. Inside a television cabinet, they discovered the body of 32-year-old Kristin "Christina" Bennett.Christina was nude and wrapped in a blanket. 

500 feet away neighbors were outside wondering what the police were doing. These neighbors also encountered a smell coming from a trash can. They opened the lid to the trash receptacle. The first thing they saw was a human foot. 

36-year-old Rhonda Jones' body had been deposited in the trash can. She was also nude. Both bodies were in mild to severe decomposition when they were discovered. Autopsies were performed. 

Christina's autopsy showed no signs of trauma. Her toxicology report noted drugs present: cocaine, a nerve medication, and nicotine. But the medical examiner could not determine if drugs were the cause of Christina's death. Because of the decomposition, she couldn't rule out suffocation. The death was ruled undertermined.

Rhonda's toxicology report also had drugs present: cocaine, an antihistamine, cough medicine, an ingredient of Prozac, and nicotine. But unlike Christina, they were signs of trauma. Rhonda had cuts on her face and a broken nose. It was unclear if these injuries happened before or after her death. Again the death was ruled undetermined. 

The Death of Megan Oxendine:
After the discovery of Rhonda and Christina's remains, Megan Oxendine talked to the local media. She was friends with Rhonda. Megan expressed disbelief in the news package, saying, "I don’t understand how people could do somebody’s child, mother, niece like that.”

Two weeks later, Megan was attacked. According to her mother, she was jumped by at least five people. The people cut part of her hair and beat her up. Megan's mother called the police, but Megan didn't want to talk. The police said they would follow up. 

On June 3rd, the police received a call. Behind a house on East Eight Street were fallen branches and house shingles around a cedar tree. Underneath, Megan Oxendine’s body had been disposed of, partially concealed by the branches and shingles. She, like Christina and Rhonda, was naked. Unlike the other two, a piece of her clothing was still present at the scene. Her body was on top of her shirt.  

At autopsy, drugs were present in Megan's system as well--cocaine, nicotine, caffeine, and morphine. In the report the medical examiner mentioned an "instrument" was used but didn't clarify what kind. Again the cause of death was ruled undetermined.

Other Missing Women:
Within months of Christina, Rhonda and Megan's deaths, two other women disappeared from the Lumberton area. 

41-year-old Cynthia “Twister” Jacobs had been in and out of foster care most of her life. Russ Bowen from CBS 17 in North Carolina has done incredible work following all of these cases. He talked to a close friend of Twister’s. She said that Twister was trying to get clean from her drug use. She had been to rehab and then spent time in a North Carolina prison.

By the end of May, before Megan’s death, Twister had quit showing up for appointments. Her movements after that aren’t documented. The last time she was seen was on July 27th, 2017 on Chippewa Street near Second Street.

20-year-old Abby Patterson had come back to Lumberton in September 2017 after being at rehab in Florida. She was working to become sober from her heroin abuse. 

Abby was in town for a few days. On the 5th, around 11:30 AM, she texted her mom. The text said she’d been running errands for an hour. A little after that a witness saw her enter a brown Buick just down the street from her mother’s house on East Ninth Street. 

Abby’s mom tried calling her. There was no answer and by that evening the call was going directly to voicemail. At 6 PM, her mother called the Lumberton Police to report her missing.



ASSIGNMENT:
Christina left behind friends and family when she died. Rhonda left behind five children and friends. Megan’s mother and sister are still searching for justice and answers for Megan’s little girl. All three of these women and their loved ones deserve to know what happened to them.

We also mentioned two missing persons during the episode. Cynthia “Twister” Jones hasn’t been seen since July 27, 2017. She was spotted by police on Chippewa. At the time of her disappearance she was 5’6” and 110 pounds. She has the name “Chris” tattooed on her chest. She has black/brown hair and brown eyes. She is also a member of the Lumbee tribe.

The second one was Abby Patterson. Abby was last seen getting into a brown Buick on East Ninth Street on September 5th, 2017. At the time she disappeared, she was 5’7” and 140 pounds. She has a tattoo of three birds on the back of her right shoulder. Abby has a dark-colored birthmark on the back of her right thigh. She was wearing a white shirt and brown shoes when she was getting into the Buick. 
The FBI just increased the reward in the case to $40,000 on April 14th, 2021. If you have any information on the deaths of Christina, Rhonda and Megan or the disappearances of Cynthia and Abby, 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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