The serial killer dubbed the “I-65 killer” and the “Days Inn killer” has finally been identified 30 years after his crimes according to Indiana state authorities’ announcement on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Harry Edward Greenwell, his real name, raped and killed three women in Kentucky and Indiana in the 1980s. His identification was possible thanks to genetic and genealogical analysis. Serial killer Harry Edward Greenwell died of cancer in 2013 at the age of 68. Officially, he raped four women and was able to shoot three of them. The fourth victim was able to escape.
“The murderer takes his nickname of “I-65 Killer” from the Interstate 65 road, which crosses several states, including Kentucky, and Indiana, where the crimes occurred”, explains Paris Match. His other nickname “Days Inn killer” comes from the fact that the murderer committed his horrific crimes in motels. The three victims he raped and killed were employees at three Days Inns along Interstate 65. Harry Edward Greenwell’s criminal history is known to date back to 1963.
The police are trying to find other victims of the serial killer
“We’re going to look wherever the evidence takes us,” police sergeant Glen Fifield told People magazine. Glen Fifield does suspect that the murderer could have had other victims. Sergeant Glen Fifield regrets that the motive for these monstrous murders cannot be identified. “I don’t know if we’ll ever know the motive,” he said. Vicki Heath was the first victim of this serial killer to be identified. She was working night shifts at the Super 8 Motel in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on February 21, 1987.
Margaret “Peggy” Gill, 24, was shot and killed on March 3, 1989, while also working nights at an Indiana motel. Jeanne Gilbert, 35, was killed the same day at another Indiana motel, the Days Inn in Remington. Harry Edward Greenwell raped his fourth victim in the Days Inn in Columbus on January 2, 1990. It was she who was able to escape. Glen Fifield speculates that the serial killer would have chosen these motels near I-65 “perhaps because he found them convenient”.
Harry Edward Greenwell © Daily Mail