Cops seek information on Lady of the Dunes murder suspect husband

The Lady of the Dunes, A 1974 murder victim finally identified this week as a Tennessee woman named Ruth Marie Terry, married months before her death to a now deceased man, authorities say. This man was reportedly questioned about the death of another one of his many wives.

Guy Rockwell Muldavin, born in 1923, was known by a few names, including Raoul Guy Rockwell and Guy Muldavin Rockwell, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Massachusetts State Police, Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office and the Provincetown Police Department.

Ms Terry, who was 37 at the time of her death, may also have gone by other names, the statement said. These include Teri Marie Vizina, Terry M. Vizina and Teri Shannon.

She was found dead on the beach near Provincetown, Cape Cod in July 1976, her body mutilated beyond recognition. In death, she earned the nickname The Lady of the Dunes for nearly 50 years before the FBI announced on Monday that it had identified the victim using forensic genealogy.

Ruth Marie Terry was found on 26 July 1974 in the dunes of Provincetown at the edge of Cape Cod; her head had been nearly severed and she was missing both hands

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Ruth Marie Terry was found on July 26, 1974, in the dunes of Provincetown on the edge of Cape Cod; his head had been nearly cut off and he was missing both hands


Her body had been exhumed several times over the years in unsuccessful attempts to find out who the Lady of the Dunes really could be.

When the FBI announced her name on Monday, they said Ms Terry had known ties to California, Massachusetts, Michigan and Tennessee.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said Wednesday that the victim and Muldavin had a “known association between the two in other states at another time…Now we’re doing our best to try.” to put the two together in Massachusetts and more specifically Provincetown”, the Cape Cod weather reported.

This isn’t the first time Muldavin has made national headlines in connection with a gruesome murder.

In 1960, he was arrested for questioning following the discovery of pieces of flesh in the septic tank of his former home in Seattle. The pieces are believed to be the mutilated remains of his missing ex-wife and 18-year-old daughter.

Dubbed a “wealthy antique dealer” by UPI at the time, Muldavin was arrested in New York for questioning while also “wanted by Seattle police for fraudulently obtaining $10,000 from his son’s stepmother.” current wife, the former Evelyn Emerson, on the pretext of using the money to purchase antiques in Canada.

The victim, Manzanita Mearns, was his second wife. According to the media of that time, he was not imprisoned for his murder or that of his daughter, Dolores. Muldavin then married Ms Terry in the months before her murder in the summer of 1974, investigators say, but the two women were among at least five wives.

Authorities are appealing for any information about Mulavin, who died in 2002

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Authorities are appealing for any information on Mulavin, who died in 2002

(Massachusetts State Police)

Muldavin died in 2002, according to public records. At the time, he was married to a woman named Phyllis, who died last year.

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Chris Mason said on Monday the Lady of the Dunes case still haunts ‘generations’ of officers involved and offered his condolences to those close to Ms Terry who were also without answer for years.

“We know Ruth had family and friends who loved her,” he said after his identity was announced. “And we are aware that this evolution has not been easy for them. So we keep them in our thoughts today during this difficult time. Certainly, in the years they have been in contact with her, they have never considered the outcome for the child, the teenager, the young woman they have known, loved and loved. We hope today’s announcement will help shed some light on the many questions they have had over the many years and mark another step towards answering more of them.

Mr Mason said that ‘nearly half a century since her own voice was silenced in the most horrific way, we focus our work entirely on figuring out what Ruth Marie Terry has done for a living. ; on what led her to the most easterly point of our state, to the dunes of Provincetown.

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