16 years ago, unremarkable American has committed suicide in his own house. Since then, the state of Ohio trying to figure out who this man was: he stole the identity of eight-year-old boy, who died in a car crash more than 50 years ago, and could be one of the most famous serial killers of the United States. “the Tape.ru” tells how over the years of searching, investigators were able to only learn his real name, but mysteries became even greater.
21 Dec 1945 family of Americans went to celebrate Christmas with grandma. The chandlers loaded-prepared gifts in the trunk of the family car and hit the road. After a few hours of their car at high speed collided with a truck whose driver had swerved into oncoming traffic in an attempt to avoid the parked cars.
Joseph Newton Chandler II, Elena, “Billy” Chandler and their son Joseph Newton Chandler III had died instantly. After 56 years, it was found that under the name of eight-year-old boy, who died in a car accident, another one died.
June 23, 2002 in the small American town of Eastlake, Ohio, Joe Chandler returned from work, turned the unit off, crossed out not until the end of the day in the calendar, went into the bathroom and committed suicide. Police found his body a week later by a sharp odor coming from his home. Near him was found a revolver.
Joe worked as an electrician-designer in chemical company Lubrizol. He was a normal, slightly introverted and a man she hardly noticed colleagues. Colleagues seen in the behavior of Jo’s oddities, but no more. For example to concentrate, he turned on the TV and specifically enabled it with white noise. Once he was at a theme party dressed as a gangster, but with anyone and not talking. Sometimes, according to colleagues, he had bouts of paranoia: he felt someone watching him.
Shortly before his suicide Joe was diagnosed with colon cancer, so the investigation especially no one did, considering his illness a valid reason for departure.
the First of the mysterious details of this case emerged when the investigators found in the Bank account of the deceased 82 thousand dollars and started looking for possible heirs. The investigation quickly established that the relatives had not been. As there was the Chandler — an old closed designer never existed. The real Joseph Newton Chandler III had died more than half a century ago. The story was leaked to the media, and the next 16 years, journalists, Internet investigators and other enthusiasts tried to understand who actually was a normal-looking lone American.
First Marshal Pete Elliott, who led the case, decided to see if it matches DNA in the database uncaught dangerous criminals. By the beginning of the investigation of pseudo-Chandler already cremated and buried under that name, which was familiar to his colleagues. However, DNA samples managed to get to the hospital, where he received a terminal diagnosis. Reconciliation with tens of thousands of foreign models gave nothing.
the Investigation has developed several versions. For example, experts tried to find out whether the suicide kind of Stephen Campbell, which in 1983 filled with jealousy, had prepared for his wife’s lover the bomb, but accidentally almost blew up herself. He was arrested, released on bail, and no one has ever heard of.
Campbell deceased mother engineering profession, love to assign other people’s names and some geographical coincidence. The investigation seemed to have been overlooked a huge mismatch external data the two men. Low light-eyed Chandler could not be a high brown-eyed Campbell, and the age difference they had about 15 years. Another theory of the investigation was that the fake Chandler is John Anglin, an escapee from Alcatraz, the most secure prison in the United States.
In 2014, the search resumed. In parallel, various theories investigators continued to study the DNA samples of men who over the years while in the paraffin wax, is much damaged. In 2016 to the case of connected famous forensic of geneology Colleen Fitzpatrick that has examined the Y chromosome of Chandler and after so many years of fruitless search could induce a consequence on the right track. Elliot asked Fitzpatrick after thanks to her efforts had solved a complex crime 25 years ago, and it has paid off.
In 2018, the authorities officially announced that the remains of the fake Chandler identified it was Robert Ivan Nichols.
When the family of eight Joseph Newton Chandler III was in a car accident, Nichols was 19 years old. He was born in 1926 in new Albany, Indiana. In 1945 he served in the Navy fireman 2nd class. His ship was attacked by the Japanese outside of Okinawa, he was wounded and subsequently submitted to the state award. Returning from the war, Nichols burned its shape.
In January, 1947 he married Laverne Court, they had three boys. But in 1964, Nichols left the family, saying to his wife that soon she learns the reason for his departure, moved to Michigan and then to California. In the letters to the children, he reported that he is in Redmond, but sent they were from NAPA. In 1965, he broke off all contact with his family, which after some time declared him missing.
Another 13 years, it was Robert Ivan Nichols, but in 1978 something in his life has changed dramatically. That’s when Nichols assumed the identity of long-dead Joseph Newton Chandler III. This Chandler was no social security in those years, she could only get the adults. In his map of Nichols pointed out the names of parents and date of birth of Joseph. He also managed to assign the dental records of the deceased boy. Since that time, and for the next 24 years, knew Nichols as quiet, but a little eccentric Joe Chandler.
He avoided people, he lived modestly, never attracted attention to himself, but still, in recognition of his acquaintances, was quite strange. The investigation interviewed colleagues and neighbors of the Nichols and carefully checked all the strange episodes in his life to understand why he left his former life and hid under another identity. During the investigation, for example, found an unusual fact: as a Chandler,he once went to the hospital with a torn penis, and his injury was explained by the fact that I’ve masturbated with a vacuum cleaner. Chandler also reason told colleagues about her sister Mary Wilson, but during the investigation it was found that no sister Mary, of course, does not exist.
In 2005, a famous crime journalist Steve Huff, involved in creating a crime-drama series “Better call Saul!”, advanced my theory about the person of Chandler, who later became one of the most popular. He suggested that Nichols is the serial killer known as the zodiac.
After the name of the deceased was established, Huff compared the facts of life Nichols and the famous maniac and build a plausible version.
Nichols was a draftsman and had engineering experience. For many years investigators in the case of the Zodiac gave this criminal the same skills. Many evidences indicate that the zodiac, like Nichols, was a veteran of the war. The first Zodiac crime — murder of Cheri Jo Bates — was committed a year later after the fake Chandler disappeared from family and friends.
the Famous killer called himself the zodiac in mocking letters sent to the Newspapers. In the messages he has encrypted small facts about himself, mocking those who have lost their legs in his quest. It is believed that the first letter of the cipher, the zodiac sent in 1978 — at the same time Nichols was stealing someone else’s identity and became a Chandler.
the Journalist also points to the resemblance Nichols and descriptions of the Zodiac: average height, tousled dark hair, typical for men receding hairline, glasses, round chin, a small extension on the bridge of the nose.
Hoff is Particularly worried by the fact that the last letter from Nichols to his son Phil was sent from NAPA. The second well-known Zodiac murder occurred in the NAPA valley — next to lake berries, in 1969. In the history of the Internet queries Nichols also there is one circumstance linking him to the zodiac: he studied plastic explosives. A serial killer in one of the encrypted messages drew the layout of the bombs.
the Journalist admits that he has already fallen into the trap of his own theory: he can’t look at new evidence impartially and trying to put them in their own concept. However, the journalist-enthusiast, and the official investigation are still trying to understand what made the average American declined from family and friends, to live a life in a strange place in absolute isolation, and finally suicide.