Melvin David Rees
I was searching for serial killers by state because I was going to another state related post, like I did with the one for Florida. While searching though I came across a serial killer from my own state of Maryland. I couldn’t pass this one up.
Rees was a serial killer in the 50’s. He was around during the times of Harvey Glatman and Ed Gein. It was June of 1957. A woman by the name of Margaret Harold and her boyfriend were parked on a “Lover’s Lane” near Annapolis when a green Chrysler pulled up next to them. A tall man walked out of the vehicle and claimed to be the owner of the property. The man drew a gun and climbed into the backseat of the couple’s car and demanded money. When Margaret refused she was shot in the back of the head. Her boyfriend managed to escape the car and ran to a house to call for help. Police found the vehicle with the dead girl inside. She had been raped. Police started to search the area and came across a shack. It’s walls were covered with pornographic pictures, pictures from morgues and a year book photo of a 1955 University of Maryland graduate.
About a year and a half later in 1959, a family of four were out for a drive when another car ran them off the road. This happened near Apple Grove, Virginia. The driver of the other car forced the family into his truck. Two months later the body of Carrol Jackson, the father, was found in a roadside ditch. He was laying onto of his in fact daughter who died from being smothered by the weight of her dead father.
The mother, Mildred, and the five year old daughter, Susan, were later found in the wood by local hunters. Both of the victims had been raped and beaten to death. Evidence suggested that Mrs. Jackson had been tortured.
The investigations into the two cases had ran cold when the police received a letter. The letter was received in May and claimed that the man behind these crimes was Melvin Rees, a young jazz musician. The letter stated that while high on a drug, Rees made some comments about the Jackson murders. Police looked into his background and found out that he had once dated the girl who’s yearbook picture was found in the old shack. FBI agents searched his home and instead a saxophone case found plenty of evidence. This evidence included a letter describing the murders of the Jackson family.
Rees was linked to the unsolved murders and rapes of 4 girls in the state of Maryland. He was sentenced to death but it was later commuted and he died of natural causes in prison.