MD--Victims applaud police & prosecutors in girls’ murder
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 15
We’re impressed by and grateful to Maryland police and prosecutors who are pursuing a very old murder case involving Sheila and Katharine Lyon who were abducted in 1975. We’re especially encouraged by the pledge Maryland authorities to go after those who helped conceal these horrific crimes. (All too often, those who commit crimes against kids are prosecuted but those who conceal those crimes are not.)
Law enforcement should never let those who hurt kids rest. Those who commit or conceal crimes against kids should never be allowed to exploit technicalities like the statute of limitations.
We commend Montgomery County, Maryland state’s attorney John McCarthy, state's attorney and Bedford County commonwealth attorney Randy Krantz for their diligence and for being undeterred by the passage of time.
We beg anyone and everyone who may have any knowledge of or suspicions about these crimes to call law enforcement immediately. Don’t even think about whether what you know or suspect is too old, too small, too indirect or too insignificant to report. Let the experienced, independent professionals make that determination. Just do your civic and moral duty and call 911.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Sex offender charged with murder of 2 sisters in 1975 case
By BEN NUCKOLS - Jul. 15, 2015 3:25 PM EDT
WHEATON, Md. (AP) — Forty years after two young sisters vanished from a suburban Maryland mall, an imprisoned sex offender has been charged with murder, authorities said Wednesday, bringing some clarity to a baffling case that made parents afraid to let their children out of the house.
Lloyd Michael Welch Jr., 58, told authorities he was with the girls when they were abducted in March 1975 but . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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