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The Orchard Apartment Slayings, and then some

In 1979, a particularly savage wave of crimes hit Houston, Texas. It’s uncertain to this day if they have any real connection, because they’ve never been solved.

It started with Alys Rankin (33), who lived at the Orchard Apartments in Glenmont. On July 27, 1979, her car was having repairs so she had asked a co-worker, Bob Smith, to pick her up to go to work. When Bob arrived at the apartment, he found Alys’ door ajar and went inside to check. Alys was lying naked on her bed with her feet bound. Police would later determine she had been sexually assaulted. Her head had been cut off, something Bob only realized when he removed the pillow covering that empty space. A trail of blood went all the way from her bed to the parking lot: the killer had taken Alys’ head with him and it was never found.

The crime obviously shook the neighbors of the Orchard Apartments, among them Mary Calcutta (27, second picture), who lived two floors above Alys. She was so afraid, she told a friend she placed a shelf against the front door at night so no one could get in. On August 10, 1979, a male friend who went to visit her in the afternoon found Mary dead in her bathroom floor. She had been stabbed repeatedly, with great force, and with a knife taken from her kitchen. Her throat had been cut deeply and like Alys, she had also been sexually assaulted, although when found she was fully clothed.

While at the time police investigated a possible link between the two murders, there was never conclusive evidence that the killer was the same person. Despite the similar location, the use of a knife and the fact they were sexually assaulted, Mary’s family has always believed that the culprit was someone she knew well.

The same day Mary Calcutta’s body was found, in another area of Houston an exterminator found the body of Doris Threadgill (27, third picture) inside her townhouse. Like Mary, she had also been stabbed and nearly decapitated.

Then, in October 3, 1979, residents who lived about five blocks from Doris’ place reported hearing screams and gunshots. One witness said he’d seen a man dragging a young woman by her hair. The next morning, police found the body of Joann Huffman (16) in a park. She had been shot in the mouth. That same day, police also found Robert Spangenberger (18) dead inside the trunk of a car. Robert was dating Joann and his head was also missing.

In Memoriam 2016 - The Death Of Pop Culture

On this last day of 2016, we remember those in film, television, stage, music, sports and literature who have passed away. 2016 is exceptionally large in the number of legends who’ve departed. We will always remember their achievements for years, decades and maybe centuries to come.

Vilmos Zsigmond - cinematographer (1930 - 1/1/2016)

Robert Stigwood - producer (1934 - ¼/2016)

Michel Galabru - actor (1922 - ¼/2016)

Pierre Boulez - composer (1925 - 1/5/2016)

Pat Harrington Jr. - actor (1929 - 1/6/2016)

David Bowie - singer, actor (1947 - 1/10/2016)

Brian Bedford - actor (1935 - 1/13/2016)

Alan Rickman - actor (1946 - 1/14/2016)

Dan Haggerty - actor (1941 - 1/15/2016)

Glenn Frey - musician (The Eagles) (1948 - 1/18/2016)

Ettore Scola - director (1931 - 1/19/2016)

Abe Vigoda - actor (1921 - 1/26/2016)

Paul Kantner - musician (Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship) (1941 - 1/28/2016)

Jacques Rivette - director (1928 - 1/29/2016)

Frank Finlay - actor (1926 - 1/30/2016)

Bob Elliot - actor, radio personality (1923 - 2/2/2016)

Maurice White - musician (Earth Wind and Fire) (1941 - 2/3/2016)

Joe Alaskey - voice actor (1952 - 2/3/2016)

Andrzej Zulawski - director (1940 - 2/17/2016)

Harper Lee - author (1928 - 2/19/2016)

Umberto Eco - author (1931 - 2/19/2016)

Douglas Slocombe - cinematographer (1913 - 2/22/2016)

George Kennedy - actor (1925 - 2/28/2016)

Joey Feek - musician (Joey + Feek) (1973 - ¾/2016)

Pat Conroy - author (1945 - ¾/2016)

Nancy Reagan - actress, First Lady of United States (1921 - 3/6/2016)

George Martin - music producer (1926 - 3/8/2016)

Ken Adam - art director, production designer (1921 - 3/10/2016)

Keith Emerson - musician (Emerson, Lake And Palmer) (1944 - 3/11/2016)

Frank Sinatra Jr. - singer (1943 - 3/16/2016)

Larry Drake - actor (1949 - 3/17/2016)

Joe Garagiola - baseball player, TV host (1925 - 3/23/2016)

Ken Howard - actor (1944 - 3/23/2016)

Garry Shandling - comedian, actor (1949 - 3/24/2016)

Patty Duke - actress (1946 - 3/28/2016)

Merle Haggard - country singer (1936 - 4/6/2016)

Doris Roberts - actress (1925 - 4/18/2016)

Chyna - wrestler (1969 - 4/20/2016)

Guy Hamilton - director (1922 - 4/20/2016)

Prince - singer, actor (1958 - 4/21/2016)

Madeleine LeBeau - actress (1923 - 5/1/2016)

Isao Tomita - composer (1935 - 5/5/2016)

William Schallert - actor (1922 - 5/8/2016)

Emilio Navaira - singer (1962 - 5/16/2016)

Morley Safer - journalist (1931 - 5/19/2016)

Alan Young - actor (1919 - 5/19/2016)

Burt Kwouk - actor (1930 - 5/24/2016)

Giorgio Albertazzi - actor (1923 - 5/28/2016)

Willis Pyle - animator (1914 - 6/2/2016)

Dave Swarbrick - musician (Fairport Convention) (1941 - 6/3/2016)

Muhammad Ali - boxer (1942 - 6/3/2016)

Peter Shaffer - playwright (1926 - 6/6/2016)

Gordie Howe - hockey player (1927 - 6/10/2016)

Ann Morgan Guilbert - actress (1928 - 6/14/2016)

Anton Yelchin - actor (1989 - 6/19/2016)

Ralph Stanley - musician (1927 - 6/23/2016)

Pat Summitt - basketball coach (1952 - 6/28/2016)

Scotty Moore - guitarist (1931 - 6/28/2016)

Elie Wiesel - author (1928 - 7/2/2016)

Michael Cimino - director (1939 - 7/2/2016)

Noel Neill - actress (1920 - 7/3/2016)

Abbas Kiarostami - director (1941 - 7/4/2016)

John McMartin - actor (1929 - 7/6/2016)

Hector Babenco - director (1946 - 7/13/2016)

Garry Marshall - actor, screenwriter, director (1934 - 7/19/2016)

Marni Nixon - singer (1930 - 7/24/2016)

Gloria DeHaven - actress (1921 - 7/30/2016)

David Huddleston - actor (1930 - 8/2/2016)

Kenny Baker - actor (1935 - 8/13/2016)

Fyvush Finkel - actor (1922 - 8/14/2016)

John McLaughlin - TV host (1927 - 8/16/2016)

Arthur Hiller - director (1923 - 8/17/2016)

Jack Riley - actor (1935 - 8/19/2016)

Toots Thielemans - harmonica player (1923 - 8/22/2016)

Steven Hill - actor (1923 - 8/23/2016)

Gene Wilder - actor, screenwriter (1933 - 8/28/2016)

Juan Gabriel - singer (1950 - 8/28/2016)

Jon Polito - actor (1950 - 9/1/2016)

Hugh O’Brian - actor (1925 - 9/5/2016)

Alexis Arquette - actor (1969 - 9/11/2016)

Edward Albee - playwright (1928 - 9/18/2016)

Curtis Hanson - director, screenwriter (1945 - 9/20/2016)

Charmian Carr - actress (1943 - 9/24/2016)

Arnold Palmer - golfer (1929 - 9/25/2016)

Herschell Gordon Lewis - director (1926 - 9/26/2016)

Andrzej Wajda - director (1926 - 10/10/2016)

Jean Alexander - actress (1926 - 10/14/2016)

Pete Burns - singer (Dead Or Alive) (1959 - 10/23/2016)

Bobby Vee - singer (1943 - 10/24/2016)

Tammy Grimes - actress (1934 - 10/30/2016)

Jean-Jacques Perrey - musician (1929 - 11/4/2016)

Leonard Cohen - singer (1934 - 11/7/2016)

Raoul Coutard - cinematographer (1924 - 11/8/2016)

Robert Vaughn - actor (1933 - 11/11/2016)

Lupita Tovar - actress (1910 - 11/12/2016)

Leon Russell - musician (1942 - 11/13/2016)

Mose Allison - musician (1929 - 11/15/2016)

Sharon Jones - singer (1956 - 11/18/2016)

Ralph Branca - baseball player (1925 - 11/23/2016)

Andrew Sachs - actor (1930 - 11/23/2016)

Florence Henderson - actress, singer (1934 - 11/24/2016)

Ron Glass - actor (1945 - 11/25/2016)

Fritz Weaver - actor (1926 - 11/26/2016)

Grant Tinker - TV producer (1925 - 11/28/2016)

Peter Vaughan - actor (1923 - 12/6/2016)

Greg Lake - musician (Emerson, Lake And Palmer) (1947 - 12/7/2016)

John Glenn - astronaut (1921 - 12/8/2016)

Alan Thicke - actor, songwriter (1947 - 12/13/2016)

Bernard Fox - actor (1927 - 12/14/2016)

Zsa Zsa Gabor - actress (1917 - 12/18/2016)

Dick Latessa - actor (1929 - 12/19/2016)

Michele Morgan - actress (1920 - 12/20/2016

Richard Adams - author (1920 - 12/24/2016)

Rick Parfitt - musician (Status Quo) (1948 - 12/24/2016)

Liz Smith - actress (1921 - 12/24/2016)

George Michael - singer (1963 - 12/25/2016)

Carrie Fisher - actress (1956 - 12/27/2016)

Debbie Reynolds - actress, singer (1932 - 12/28/2016)

Tyrus Wong - animator, illustrator (1910 - 12/30/2016)

William Christopher - actor (1934 - 12/31/2016)

RIP ❤️
  • Alan Rickman
  • Anton Yelchin
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Gene Wilder
  • Christina Grimmie 
  • David Bowie
  • Florence Henderson
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Ricky Harris
  • George Michael
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Prince
  • Alan Thicke
  • Leonard Cohen 
  • Jose Fernandez
  • Alexis Arquette 
  • Kenny Baker
  • Elie Wisel
  • Harper Lee
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Doris Roberts
  • Richard Adams
  • Nancy Regan
  • Patty Duke
  • Glenn Frey
  • Frank Sinatra Jr.
  • Sir George Martin
  • Keith Emerson
  • Greg Lake 
  • Dave Mirra
  • Dylan Rieder
  • Matt Roberts 
  • Debbie Reynolds aka my fav grandma witch ❤️ 

2016 needs to be over and done with already 

Tag Yourself

Doris Teavee -

  • Lives for that Aesthetic
  • Vodka ….. lots of vodka
  • Stares into the camera like she’s on The Office 
  • @ N O R M A N
  • Just wanted to have a good time
  • Still tries too hard 
  • Still gives a shit

Ethel Teavee -

  • PINEAPPLES EVERYWHERE
  • Lottsa snark
  • Klonopin
  •  Ativan
  •  Paxil,
  •  Valium
  • Needs a pill to sit down an tally ‘em
  • Profopol 
  • Librium 
  • Beer!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Thought this was supposed to be an educational tour
  • Too old for this shit
  • But tries to be the cool mom?