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Robert A. Waters

Well-written article. I love true crime short stories. These killers should have been given the death penalty. Robert

Susan Rand

Hmmm. I wonder if anyone else loves true crime shorts - like the ones that used to appear in True Detective, Master Detective, etc. My publishing house, THE PYGMY PRESS, is considering putting out a newsletter of like articles. Does anyone have an opinion of how marketable such a newsletter might be?

Please visit my site, and tell me what you think.

Jim McCord

What a waste of humanity.These two digusting slugs are the reason why the death penalty is on the books in most States.I agree with the first poster that they should have received capital sentences and further should've been taking a dirt nap YEARS ago.

Kevin M. Sullivan

So very true, Jim. There is absolutely no reason these two folks should be breathing the same air as you, me, and other non-murdering people. The idea that we as a people owe it to killers to keep them alive is absurd. They forfeited their right to live the moment they committed murder; not killing, mind you, for sometimes people must be killed. Murder is a very different ballgame altogether.

Those who believe that each and every human has a right to life, no matter what they do, are blindly walking through life, patting themselves on the back for holding on to their foolish stance. It takes a very clear thinking person to understand life should be cherished only for those who cherish it. In other words, those who commit such horrible acts as premeditated murder should receive the same in return from us. And the world will be a better place if we have the guts to keep putting them in the ground.

steve louis

I'm not really agree with you,, i think the worst in this story is that anybody can walk with a gun in your country ( i'm french ) and if they would have no gun that would have been more difficult for them,, The shame is also about your cinema, witch is so quarrelsome that people around must be disturb,, i apologies for this , but i still remain against death penalty and think the guilty is your all society,,,

Kevin M. Sullivan

Steve--I wrote that story, I carry a weapon every day of my life, and I'm not sure you know how to tie your shoes!


I randomly stumbled here doing a google image search for pictures of old drive-ins, I must say although breif I really enjoyed this story, I am from Louisville Ky, I know where the cinema was, but I had no knowledge of these murders. I wont waste my time ranting about what these vile parasites deserve, or about what a ignorant sheep that frenchman Steve Louis is!

Kevin M. Sullivan

Here is an interesting after-thought, we might say, concerning this story. Before I wrote that story in 2003, the memory of those murders had receded from the minds of most folks who were not directly touched by it. And because there was not a trial, the court document paper trail is sadly lacking, as the two killers pleaded guilty and avoided said trial. As such, almost nothing of substance can be found in the files of the local papers, and this horrendous crime became part of a lost history of sorts until my article appeared.

Indeed, there would have been no article at all, had there not been a rather extensive police file, which allowed me to piece together an accurate picture of what happened during that summer of 1973.

But here's the interesting part: Unless you have a date of a crime to help locate the file which, by that time, had been in storage for years,you can forget about obtaining it. But thanks to a close friend of mine by the name of Jim Massie, who happened to to be a parole officer at the time, he remembered exactly when these murders occurred and made it possible for me to locate the much-needed homicide case file. Later, Massie also introduced me to the lead detective in Utah who worked the Ted Bundy case, and this led to another story I wrote concerning that surreal experience for "Snitch" (which has been reproduced for CLEWS)and eventually grew into a fill-scale book about the Ted Bundy murders which I recently sold to a publisher.

Anyway, I thought you might find this interesting.

Kevin M. Sullivan

Correction: That would be "full-scale" book. What's a "fill-scale" anyway, LOL!!

Mike Lawson

I remember exactly when all of this happened. I didn't know the soldier killed or Tetrick, but I went to school with Jimmy Sefcheck, his sister Patty and Rita Robbins all three. Rita and Patty were in my classes at Valley High School in 1973. I knew Jimmy from Robert Frost Middle School. He was always nuts and one to be avoided.

I remember when Rita disappeared and the soldier, too. Valley drive-in was a major hang-out for most of us in those days. But as stated above, the whole thing was kept kinda quiet; even after discovery. Of course, you have to remember there was no Internet and cable tv and stuff back then. Vietnam was winding down but still the center of the news as was Presidential race.

The media was also different then. They didn't do all the sensationalism you see now. They reported the murders and they reported the capture and confessions of those two nitwits and that was about the end of it. At least as far as news coverage went.

I knew Patty all the way through high school and junior high as well. Valley Village, where the Sefchecks', lived was a rough and tumble place back then. She was an extremely thin little thing who always acted happy even though you could see the sadness in her eyes.

I didn't know her well, but my guess is she had a hard time growing up like many from the Village - it just went with the turf. I always had the impression she was close to her brother (albeit somewhat ashamed by his behavior), so I know this effected her profoundly.

I always hated that and felt sorry for her. I wasn't just the killers and the killed that had their lives ripped apart. I have not seen her since this happened but I hope she is doing well wherever she is. I think of her as the third victim here every time I recall Rita's murder.

I didn't know Rita well at all but spoke with her a time or two and saw her around a good bit. We just moved in different circles and there were hundreds of students at Valley.

I do remember her being tall and trim with long dark brown hair. She was always kind of quiet and shy to my recollection. Of all the wild people I knew in Valley Station back in the day, Rita would be on the bottom of my list of predictions to be a murder victim. They may have found a pot pipe in her purse, but she was far from being a hell-raiser or party girl from all I knew. Back then, who didn't smoke a little now and then?

They buried her in a mausoleum in Shivley. I was at that cemetery for another funeral years later and visited her grave while there. I don't think of her often but her memory comes to mind now and then. It's hard to forget someone you knew who died in such a way I guess. It's even harder to forget when you know the simple-minded fool that did it. I hope he never gets out for what he did and is capable of doing again.

As for the Frenchman above, he doesn't need a gun. He has Americans to rescue his ass every time some other country takes his away from him. We have done it twice for him already. I vote to let the next invaders have it. I have been there and didn't see anything worth fighting for anyway.

connie noe-sucre

i hope they burn in hell. patty was my best friend thru catolic and junior high
school. i never like jimmy sefcheck. he was a bully beside that he done terrible things to me back in the day along with doug albin.

Jim Mills

I knew Rita, Sefcheck, and I think I met Tetrick.
Rita was a very bright eloquent girl who was always neatly dressed in the style common to the time for intellectual free thinkers. Her older brothers influenced her a lot and she was exposed to many discussions about uncommon religions, cultures etc. She was too knowledgeable for me at the time I tried to date her, and I stopped seeing her since her intelligence made me feel inferior. (Teenage angst at its worst). She was the person who would scoop a butterfly from a puddle to save its life. She was quiet and thoughtful and a real beautiful person. I was so hurt when one of her best friends came to visit me and told me the tragic news. The murder of this angelic young woman was, and is one of the most awful events in my life.
She was not a party girl. She was devoted to her family and a small circle of close friends.
I always thought that Sefcheck was a brutal man that scared everyone that met him. All he wanted, when I knew him was dope. I avoided him like a plague.
He should die in prison. Tetrick should die in prison too.


Rita was my husband's cousin. My husband was in school with Tetrick and said he was a scary character. Horrific.


The attorney who represented Sefcheck was G. Murray "Butch" Turner. This was probably one of his first cases. He is still practicing criminal law in Louisville.

Brenda Suter McMullan

I have never forgotten this horrific story. I am very close to this story. I remember running through the bushes at her house in Valley Station when we were little. I visited during the holidays. Rita was a sweet soul and I think of her still. She was my cousin. Rest in Peace Sweet Soul.


My Dad was a Jefferson County Police officer at the time of these murders, we used to get in the drive in free afterwards so my Dad could act as security. He told me a story I will never forget about the murder of Rita Robbins, he said that the men stabbed her over 70 times because they said "She wouldn't quit looking at them", that still gives me nightmares, I know that drive inn was never the same after that...
(PS)The profile pic is my Dad at about the same time of these awful murders.


I remember the murders as if yesterday, along with murders at the Whale station, Johnsotown Rd., the liqor store at Johnsotown Rd., the convenent store, Ashby ln. Pawn shop Mauldraw and Dixie, not to mention the Trinty boys.

Marc Botts

I was with Reba (we never called her Rita) the day she was killed. A bunch of us were going to Otter Creek and asked her to come. She said no, she was to get her first paycheck at the drive in that night. None of us were the same after that fateful day.

Not Stupid

am speechless-all these years later.Thank-you Jim Mills. Your description of Rita was just about perfect. Don't know why I can't let it go. I was working a Drill Team Car Wash, when certain persons came in, blood all over the back seat. They tried to say they bagged a virgin"- quote. But it was too much blood for that. To this day I always wondered who they killed. Last name- V.

T. Baker

I remember when this happend my sister worked at Valley Drive-in at the time It was a night mare my mother did not want her to go back to work after Rita came up missing and then Ronald after that she did not go back I don't think things were ever the same agen Rita was a good friend of my sister she tolk this very hard.

Wanda Lawson

Thank you for correcting Reba's name. She was in my English class in High school. She was a wonderful person and beautiful too. It seems like all the good die young.

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Richard L. Schumaker

The solder was Ronald Frank Schumaker - my brother. I was 16 when this happened and I never really knew the details. I guess my parents were trying to shield us from the grim realities.

Kevin M. Sullivan

Hello, Richard. My condolences,and I hope you have managed to heal over the years. Take care.


After all these years, I still miss Reba and think of how life would have been different, if she had not been killed. She had a great deal of love and respect for mankind. He mom grieved her whole life over the loss of her only daughter. Steve, Mike, David and Daniel's life would be forever scarred by this tragedy. Her friends respected, loved and adored her. It only makes me wonder what contribution to mankind she would have been able to give if she only had not been savagely murdered. I remember her 16th birthday party at the Cobra Teen Club on Dixie Hwy. It is now a strip club. Mr and Ms. Robins are now gone, but the legacy of Rita "Reba" Joan Robbins will be cherished in the hearts of all that really "knew" her. Peace!


Richard, if you are his brother, then that makes you my uncle! My mom Connie was 6 months pregnant with me when my biological father (Ronald Frank Schumaker) was killed. I found this article and your parents' (my grandparents') obituaries when having one of my many "Tell me more about my other daddy" thoughts. I only met your mom (my Grandma 'Dovie') once that I remember. She lived in Pennsylvania and worked at a restaurant at the time. My middle name was Lee, after one of my uncles; but it was also the same as Tetrick's so I changed it. That's all I know for sure, but I think about all of you often... Just don't know how to find you.


i was in prison with danny years later.his mother paid daily for his crimes.i guess he is where he belongs,its all he knows now.i do hope he finds pieace on the other side


I knew Ron Schumaker and he was a wonderful person. He and Connie used to come to our house riding horses. We all loved him and it still is heart breaking what happened to him. I do remember Connie was pregnant at the time this happened and they had another little girl. Me and my sister watched her during Ron's funeral. It is just so sad and I will never forget him.

class of 69 Valley High

There are criminals among us who are both homicidal and incorrigible. Their parents took a shot at civilizing them and failed. Their school teachers took a shot at them and failed. The odds are overwhelming that government welfare programs and penal institutions took a shot at them and failed. If it ever becomes your turn to take a shot at them, don't fail. I feel I had that shot on Tetrick and failed.


Thanks for your contribution a well written article and a truly tragic case.
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