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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * DNA LEADS TO MURDER CHARGE!

    Posted on June 26th, 2018 Becky 35 comments

    SERIAL KILLER? – 2

         A gorgeous photo by photographer Jeremy Hess of Raymond Rowe’s fourth marriage in 2013.

         Rowe, of course, has been arrested and charged with the 1992 murder of Christy Mirack. But is he a serial killer?
          I am simply in shock. LNP reporter Tom Knapp writes an article on the unsolved murders of two women and talks about DNA and “new technology” and quotes long-time detectives as saying they might have the same killer but they don’t know for sure and never once asks why they haven’t done a DNA test to see if they truly do have the same killer or not!
    From “DO THE TESTS TODAY, STEDMAN!’ on this site (click here).
         Also from that same post is the below and I will come back to this tomorrow. These families deserve answers and the public has a right and need to know!

    —    The preliminary hearings for Dwain London Jr. and Patrick Baker for the city hall arsons scheduled for today were continued. No new date has been set.

    ****  From the photographer of Raymond Rowe and Elena’s wedding (link in the comments):
         In the beginning of March the one and only DJ Freez tied the knot to the beautiful and elegant Elena!
         Being a wedding photographer I have the privilege of hearing many love stories. I hear stories of how people meet, when they KNEW they were in love, how he proposed, and then their goals for the future. I truly do love hearing each unique story because it amazes me sometimes how that one person found their match. The story of Ray and Elena is exactly one of those stories! It’s one of those love stories that gives you goose bumps when you hear it, and it makes you think “How in the world did they find each other! They’re perfect!”
         Now I won’t go into every detail of how they met, but it does have something to do with Elena’s curious daughter, facebook, and 5,000 miles. Which in my opinion is a recipe for an amazing story!
         Their journey towards marriage was filled with hours upon hours of skyping, long flights to see one another, and many love letters. It amazes me how committed they were to get to know each others hearts while being 5,000 miles a part from each other. Their love for each other is what led them to their wedding day, a day that was celebrated with Ray and Eleana’s closest friends and family. The wedding was just as beautiful as the their love for one another and It obviously took a crew of talented people to pull off such a fun day!
    Venue – The Lancaster Country Club – http://www.lancastercc.com

      *****

    ***  12:09 pm –  Susquehanna Style has taken down the detailed article linked to below on Raymond Rowe’s marriage. I called them and the woman who answered said she did not know why. She said Rick Cochran is in charge of their website and he was in a meeting. I will try again.

    *****

    **   Off topic – but important – Dwain London Jr. and Patrick Baker were scheduled to have their preliminary hearings this morning for the arson fires at city hall and to a city owned vehicle. Updates to follow.

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    GOOD AT WEDDINGS!

    *    This article and the above photo from Susquehanna Style name his current wife as “Elena.” The Lancaster County Register of Wills lists her name as “Olena.”

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    WHO IS RAYMOND ROWE?

         Finally, an arrest in the murder of Christy Mirack (click here for LNP’s “Raymond ‘DJ Freez’ Rowe arrested for 1992 murder of schoolteacher Christy Mirack”).
         Little is known about Raymond Charles Rowe, 49, at this time. Other than three traffic violations, he has no criminal record in Pennsylvania prior to his arrest for Mirack’s murder.
         He is on his fourth marriage. He married Olena Mahmood on January 4, 2013.
         Prior to that his previous three marriages and divorces are below, beginning with the earliest and their maiden names:

    Sandra I. Serrano
    —  Married 1-4-1988
    —  Divorced 5-17-1993

    Monica E. Figueroa
    —  Married 10-2-1993
    —  Divorced 1-2-1998

    Eunice Justinano
    —  Married 9-9-2000
    —  Divorced 6-15-2007

     

    35 responses to “AFTERNOON UPDATE * DNA LEADS TO MURDER CHARGE!”

    1. Court records show he filed for divorce from each of these three women.

      I’m looking forward to the details that will start to come forward with his arrest. I am mystified as to why he would stay in Lancaster and be such a public figure after such a brutal attack.

      #JusticeforChristyMirack

    2. I am curious about the car. There has been no mention as to whether he owned the type of car neighbors reported seeing the morning of her murder.

    3. A 1990 – 1993 Dodge Daytona Hatchback with black louvers or sunshades on the rear window.

    4. Im curious who’s kids this man grew up with. I noticed the same as Becky. The way he kept on living afterwards is almost as if he knew they would never do their jobs. The DA took so damn long to do his job and only after the public b!tched about it for decades. Who does he know? He even stayed in Lancaster. This is so weird.

    5. Did he grow up in Lancaster? The details on him seem rather sketchy.

      BTW, it looks like Susquehanna Style has pulled that article from their website. It says file not found when you click on it.

    6. PS I think that the commenters on the story at LNP are misled by the description that the paper is giving the company that created the composite based on his DNA.

      Lots of pats on the back for Stedman et al. When in fact well over two years ago it was suggested here to try ancestry and gedmatch. May have been more than two years.

      Honestly, this paper and this police dept. seems to need to be led by the nose to do anything outside the box.

      This story has certainly trumped the other important news concerning the police department. My sympathy to the family of the officer who took his life. IIRC, someone mentioned that his sister has posted on her Facebook page that he has passed away. So for anyone who is concerned that Lip News “outed” the officer, his sister posted it, I believe, before LIP did.

    7. Your (SusQ) magazine link not working. Bad link? Article taken down?

    8. They apparently took it down. I’m trying to find out why. It was very detailed. She had a daughter and there was a picture of her. Maybe that’s why? It also named every company involved in the wedding from the invitations to the food to the music to the venue to the event planner.

    9. He grew up in Lancaster. Went to Lincoln MS and JPM.

    10. Are we able to get a copy of the arrest warrant?

    11. Thanks for the update on the article, Becky. I do believe they did take it down for a variety of reasons. I know that on his official website he mentions that his wife is foreign born, a former model who went into business with him.

      Perhaps Susquehanna Style had so many people checking out that link that it might have overloaded their server. For anyone who is really curious, I think that you can go to the wayback machine and put in the link and maybe it is archived.

    12. Love::: Ray & Elena

      Editor’s note: Thank you Ida. I have converted this to a hyper-link to their wedding photos.

    13. Anonymous- Perhaps they took it down due to people being able to put a connection together between businesses and others involved in helping. They always hide their tails here. When stuff like this happens you keep digging and find a connection. The answer eventually reveals itself.

    14. Stedman Stinks

      Here’s the cache to the Susquehanna Style article before it was taken down.

      http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:g3rGNaacVZMJ:susquehannastyle.com/celebrate/weddings/just-married-ray-and-elena-rowe/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    15. Thank you! You guys are good!

    16. I feel extremely sorry for his wife. For a whole bunch of reasons. There are previous wives – one who was married to him when the murder occurred.

    17. I have a sneaking suspicion that the police and DA are or have compared the DNA gathered at the other murder sites. They just aren’t talking about it.

    18. PS IIRC, they did not get a hit of his DNA on CODIS. That may exclude him because I would imagine that the DNA they gathered from other murders has been entered into CODIS.

    19. Investigation leading to him my a**. This guy wasn’t even on the radar. They stumbled upon him.

    20. Yes. People should not expect me to praise any local law enforcement. This was based on the California serial killer case and they apparently got extremely lucky!

    21. I vehemently disagree that the D.A.or detectives have solved – or proven – anything. A DNA match is a good lead, for sure, but I can already think of a half dozen plausible explanations. I also think the timing of this latest round of grandstanding – and putting the suspect behind bars w/o bail and calling for the death penalty w/o a case, yet – is part of the politically timed performance – and manipulation of the news media – those of us who are not so shallow and obedient have come to expect from Craig Stedman. This is NOT an individual who should become a judge, under ANY circumstances, and he has proven that, once again.

    22. I don’t think this nonsense helps! What’s wrong with 99.9999% positive? These numbers are absurd and how do they arrive at them:

      Regarding the comparison between Rowe’s DNA (collected at the Smoketown Elementary event) and the DNA found at the crime scene, state police lab experts stated there is:

      – A 1 in 200 octillion chance it was a person, not Rowe, of the Caucasian population;

      – A 1 in 15 nonillion chance it was a person, not Rowe, from the African American population;

      – A 1 in 74 octillion chance it was a person, not Rowe, from the Hispanic population.

      DA PRESS RELEASE

    23. he was a good friends of me and my 4 brothers and 1 sister…met him in 1993 still have first mixtape…his first wife lived across from longs park in big white house…told me how abusive he was…was just at an event with him at open streets in lancaster…he was very strange that day something was eating him…wouldnt even speak …and we were friends almost 30 years….hbo gave him 1 million dollars to make a movie of his,life..that was over 10 years ago

    24. From their octillion-to-impress-us, they seem to “forget” that Asians exist and Native American/Indigenous people exist and should be ruled in or out.

      And that their testing must be magic to reveal African American DNA. No such DNA test that would reveal that. Instead, that would be Sub-Saharan DNA to most professionals.

    25. Stedman Stinks

      Obit for the officer but no stand-alone story.

      https://lancasteronline.com/obituaries/lancaster-city-police-officer-mark-c-gehron/article_855dd45b-ea45-5e99-818f-1f01f8d75897.html

    26. The obituary is well written and in line with many who have to write about a difficult subject. It is within their purview to either mention the cause or not. I have no problem with that.

      Which is why the LNP should be ashamed of themselves over and over when it comes to the recent death of James B. Christian versus how they handled the death of Gehron.

      The paper went with just the family’s Gehron obit while at the same time they didn’t for Christian. They had to get in a last jab. Thankfully most people thought the paper was full of shit for writing a separate article.

    27. I’m so glad I found this. I’ve read through everyone’s comments. All are helpful, thank you.

      I don’t know Freez. Chated with him a few times over the years at different events.

      Anonymous II, I’ve basically been saying very similar things. I can’t believe how many people are saying he killed her based on placing him at the scene and because he was a jerk, weird.

      I immediately had a bunch more questions about all of this. And I feel the composite drawing is a joke…no one thought it looked like Freez when it was posted Nov 2017 but now so many sat “wow, look at the similarities”…meh

      I couldn’t, can’t put my finger on it but I was very put off by everything the DA and LNP has said. His DNA puts him at the scene it in no way proves he did this to her. And if he did, all the evidence supports, proves it, drop the hammer. Vut all this judgement and boasting is terribly upsetting.

      His arrest is now national news…that adds to the pressure to prosecute. Ugh

    28. Xfactorz: the composite was and is a joke.

    29. Xfactorz,

      His dna was on and under her dead body. Why is it weird that so many people come to the conclusion that he killed her? Are you thinking he left and she just remained there on the floor until somebody else (who didn’t force their way into the home) came in a strangled her?

    30. Anon: there are many different, crazy possibilities that could have happened. Truth is often stranger, harder to believe than lies.

      The media, government too often give too little, slanted info.

      He may be totally guilty too. He deserves his day in court with all the evidence from both sides. Isn’t that why we’re supposed to have a judicial system, why we have court, trial? And while our process, systems are a mess, a trial through the press isn’t necessarily the way to go? And so far we’ve only heard from the DA…so let’s cast our judgements on partial info provided by the opposition?

      Jealous spouse?
      Jealous lover?
      Crazy person? Etc.

    31. Non-Fiction Writer

      Personally, I think it’s a stretch to say he is the “killer” at this juncture. It IS possible they had a one night stand, her killer waited until he left, and then murdered her. If you were the last person (or second to last) to see her alive, would you have volunteered that info? Maybe, maybe not if it wouldn’t help the investigation and would put you at risk for a life of Hell when you know you are innocent.
      Also, I don’t recall reading anywhere that the DNA was “under her dead body”. It may have been in her, and on the floor or rug under her, but I don’t think necrophilia was a factor in this case. Unless the author of that post knows more than the rest of us…
      Truth IS stranger than fiction and, often times, harder to prove than lies.

    32. They know she was beaten, raped and killed very shortly after her roommate left and her roommate said she was getting dressed for work when she left. Her lunch was still in the fridge and gifts for the students were by the door. While leaving, her roommate saw the suspicious car pull into the lot. Whoever saw her right after her roommate left is who killed her…..the facts that have been continually reported since her death, aside from the damning situation of the dna evidence, don’t leave much time for a secret tryst with Rowe AND a subsequent intruder. Plus, she was reportedly turning down guys left and right because she was committed to her long time boyfriend who she had just seen Friday into Saturday.

    33. NFW makes a great deal of sense

    34. Maybe someone should talk to his old landlord at the time of the murder?? See if they know anything. He lived on Prince St. Lancaster from what I could come up with.

    35. Does anyone else think it’s odd that the principal of her school went to her house to check on her when she didn’t show up for work?