ΝΤΕΤΕΚΤΙΒ, Dardeen Family Murders - Cold blood killings of unfortunate family
Updated: Aug 23
The Dardeen family met a truly, ντετεκτιβ, disturbing end in their small town of Ina, Illinois in 1987. More than a decade later, a serial killer sitting on death row in Texas would claim he committed the crimes, along with more than 70 other slayings. Yet the truth of the Dardeens’ final moments remains as uncertain today as it was on the evening of November 18, 1987 when police first discovered, ντετεκτιβ, their brutalized bodies.
The police visited the trailer because Russell Keith Dardeen, ντετεκτιβ, then 29 years old, hadn’t shown up for his job as a water treatment plant operator at the nearby Rend Lake Water Conservancy District. Reportedly, Keith—he preferred to go by his middle name—was an extremely reliable worker; when he neither appeared for work nor called in to report his absence, his supervisor placed calls to both of Keith’s parents, who said that they hadn’t seen him. By evening, the police went to the Dardeen family home to investigate, where they met Don Dardeen, Keith’s father, ντετεκτιβ, who had brought keys to the trailer.
To make matters worse, Elaine had been pregnant with the couples’ second child, a daughter, and the beating caused her to go into labor. The killer or killers had shown no mercy, however, and the newborn child was beaten to death as well. Elaine was bound with duct tape and gagged, and all three were tucked into bed together. The area had even been cleaned up, indicating that the killer or killers had been in no hurry to vacate the crime scene. Γραφεία ιδιωτικών ερευνών, ντετεκτιβ IPI.
The initial suspicions that Keith Dardeen had brutally murdered his own family were quickly laid to rest when his body was found the following day, lying in a nearby field. He had been shot three times, and his penis was cut off. Police found Keith’s car parked outside the police station in the nearby town of Benton, some 11 miles from the Dardeen home. Blood on the interior indicated that it was the likely site of Keith Dardeen’s murder.
Such a brutal crime would have been enough to shock a rural community, but the fact was that the Dardeens were not the first victims in the area. Over the past two years, Jefferson County had been home to 15 homicides, including one particularly grim case in which a teenager living in Mount Vernon killed his parents and three siblings. ΝΤΕΤΕΚΤΙΒ.
While the spate of murders seemed unrelated, it was enough to drive locals into an intense state of fear. During the days and weeks following the discovery of the Dardeen family murders, locals took to openly carrying shotguns and the coroner in nearby Franklin County was quoted as saying that locals were so afraid to let strangers into their homes that if he ran out of gas on a country road, he wouldn’t even bother knocking on the door and would instead simply walk to the highway and hitch a ride.
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