February 15, 1976
Oakland County, Michigan
The first of 4 confirmed murders by the still unidentified Oakland County Child Killings occurs
Mark Stebbins (12) was the first known victim of a serial killer who targeted children. He was strangled and sexually assaulted with an object, and had rope marks in his wrists. His body was found 4 days after he disappeared laid out neatly in the snow.
The other children were:
Jill Robinson, 12. She ran away from home after an argument over dinner. She was killed by a shotgun blast to her face on December 22, 1976 and found December 26. Her body was also laid out neatly in the snow.
Kristine Mihelich, 10. She was smothered sometime after her disappearance on January 2, 1977 and was found January 21, once again laid out neatly in the snow.
Timothy King, 11. He disappeared March 16, 1977 and was found March 22. He had also been sexually assaulted by an object and suffocated, his body found in a ditch with his clothing freshly pressed and his skateboard placed next to his body. His autopsy revealed he had eaten fried chicken shortly before his murder. During his abduction, his father made a televised plea begging for his release and his mother mentioned she wished to treat Timothy to his favorite food: Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Other deaths and one assault have been suspected to be the work of the Oakland County Child Killer but have not been confirmed as being related. The remains unsolved, though numerous suspects — including infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy — were questioned.