Friday, December 10, 2010


This is the final post for this blog. A few months ago I was looking for a way to be an advocate for crime victims and in the process came across the website for the Washington DC Police which lists its unsolved homicides. The website can be found here:,a,1243,q,541992,mpdcNav_GID,1533.asp

In looking over the cases, I saw one that struck me as particularly tragic: the unsolved murder of Karen Hawkins in the Adams Morgan area of Washington DC. The murder occurred a couple of blocks from where I live.

I spoke to the detective with the DC police (now retired) about this case. He told me that they have a suspect but that the evidence is long gone as well as the witnesses.

I felt compelled to draw an image of Karen Hawkins and posted it around town with a poster asking for information. This drew much criticism on local blogs as disrespectful. But, my perspective is that Karen Hawkins should not be forgotten and I meant it as a tribute to her and as a rather naive attempt to gather publicity for her.

As an East Coast liberal and intellectual, it is virtually sacrilegious for me to note that I believe in God. But, I do. And, I pray that Karen Hawkins and her family have peace and closure one day. Justice would only come through a miracle at this point, so I pray for that.

After drawing Karen Hawkins I drew a group of other cold case victims. It is rather extraordinary that in a small city like DC there are so many cold cases: hundreds. I don't know the stories out there behind them, but many are obviously heartbreaking.

My motivation for this was that when I was a child I was a victim of a violent crime; I reported it and not one adult helped me. In fact, those that knew did their best to cover it up. As an adult I finally confronted the trauma. As an adult I finally reached out to my girlfriend of one and a half years to tell her what happened.  She told me she loved me and I assumed we were going to marry, so I trusted her.  Her response was to laugh and hang up on me.  I never heard from her again.  Luckily, at my lowest point, I found the Washington DC Rape Crisis Center and found the road to recovery.

Based on what I've read and experienced, about 35% of society are sociopaths. But there are good, compassionate people out there, and I hope to be one of them supporting crime victims.

Meanwhile, since I've started this blog a couple of people have visited for a couple of seconds. Clearly posting is a fruitless task and I now plan to direct my energies in other directions.

If you are one of the visitors, thanks for having taken a look. As John Walsh (a hero of mine) says "Together we can make a difference."

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Christine Burke

Cynthia Gray

Deon Davis ("Yukon"), Wilbur Thomas ("Stephanie")

Eddie Rusboldt

Jennifer Zach

Joyce Chiang

Audrey Hamilton

Jane Doe

Acquanette McNeel

South Trimble

Aldolph Martino

Cyril Cuminal

Leonard Peyton

Dante Manning

Carol Spinks, Darlenia Johnson, Brenda Woodard, Diane Williams, Brenda Crockett, Nenomoshia Yates

Carol Spinks, Darlena Johnson, Brenda Crockett, Brenda Woodard, Diane Williams and Nenomoisha Yates, were all victims ofDC's "Freeway Phantom", a serial killer in Washington DC in the 1970s...

The Freeway Phantom has never been caught.

If ever there was an example of institutional racism, this is it. Not that in any way the individuals working the case were racist - in fact by all accounts the individual police were determined and committed to solving this horrendous crime.

Yet, the resources were never devoted to solving it. The FBI was instructed to divert its attention to Watergate. The police department was overwhelmingly white and DC at the time was 70% black; I find it hard to believe that at the top levels there was much motivation to pursue this matter because most evidence has been lost or thrown out.

It is inconceivable that if eight white girls were abducted off a city street, raped and murdered, that the case would be put into the dustbin of history as was done in this instance.

I've asked people who lived in DC at the time and none of them had ever heard of this case. Where was the media at the time? They too are culpable of institutionalized racism for not sticking with this.

There was an article in 2006 in the Washington Post which can be found here:

It is a shocking and discouraging story.

Tips can be sent via text to 50411 or call 202-727-9099.

There is a reward up to $150,000 leading to an arrest and conviction.

Nori Amaya

Karen Rena Hawkins