Feb. 28, 2023

Ep 118: The Murders of Cathy Thomas and Rebecca Dowski and the Colonial Parkway Murders, Part 1

Ep 118: The Murders of Cathy Thomas and Rebecca Dowski and the Colonial Parkway Murders, Part 1

Laura interviews Bill Thomas, brother of Cathy Thomas, and researcher, writer and advocate Kristin Dilley about the brutal murders of Cathy Thomas and Rebecca Dowski and the other three double murders often referred to as the ‘Colonial Parkway Murders.’


From 1986 to 1989 six young people were murdered and two disappeared and the FBI believed it was most likely a serial killer. The cases included Cathy Thomas and Rebecca Dowski who were murdered between October 9/10 1986; David Lee Knobling and Robin Edwards who were found dead on September 23 1987; Richard Keith Call and Cassandra Lee Hailey who disappeared on April 10 1988 and who were never found, and; Daniel Lauer and Annamaria Phelps who disappeared on September 5 1989 and whose bodies were later found under a blanket, near a rest stop.


In this episode, Laura, Bill and Kristin discuss Cathy and Becki’s victimology including Cathy’s determination to excel at all that she did, including her mental fortitude to succeed and graduate from the US Naval Academy in the second class to admit women, making her one of the true trail blazers in the service.


We also start to dive in to whether these four cases are linked and whether there are links to Lollie Winans and Julie Williams’ murders given the similarities in victimology and possible targeting to Cathy and Rebecca and that the murders happened less than 200 miles away in isolated locations and on long holiday weekends. Coincidence? Join us as we dive into the difficult and complex details of each case.


Content warning: This is not an easy listen. Listener discretion is advised.

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