A 68-year-old man walked into the FBI places of work in Portland final month and allegedly confessed to the homicide and rape of a girl again in 1979.
John Michael Irmer was arraigned in Boston on Monday on first-degree homicide and aggravated rape prices associated to the demise of 24-year-old Pennsylvania lady Susan Marcia Rose (pictured), whose physique was found within the metropolis’s Again Bay.
In response to Suffolk County District Legal professional’s Workplace, her reason behind demise was decided on the time to be blunt facial accidents of the pinnacle with fractures of the cranium and mind lacerations.
In a press launch, the DA mentioned Irmer “volunteered to brokers” that he met a girl with pink hair round Halloween — on October 30 — in Boston again in 1979. Whereas the 2 met at a skating rink, he mentioned they walked collectively to a constructing beneath renovation close by, telling brokers it was 285 Beacon Avenue in Again Bay. He then allegedly confessed to grabbing a hammer contained in the constructing, putting the lady on the pinnacle — killing her — earlier than raping her and fleeing to New York Metropolis the subsequent day.
After his confession, investigators confirmed red-headed Susan Marcia Rose was found lifeless on the identical handle on the date in query. Irmer’s DNA then matched samples preserved from the scene. In response to CBS Information, Irmer once more confessed when interviewed by the Boston Police Chilly Case Murder Squad.
“Almost 44 years after dropping her at such a younger age, the household and associates of Susan Marcia Rose will lastly have some solutions,” District Legal professional Kevin Hayden mentioned in an announcement. “This was a brutal, ice-blooded homicide made worse by the truth that an individual was charged and tried — and luckily, discovered not responsible — whereas the actual assassin remained silent till now. Regardless of how chilly instances get resolved, it’s at all times the solutions which might be vital for many who have lived with grief and loss and so many agonizing questions,.”
One other man was tried and cleared of her homicide in June 1981.
Investigators say Irmer beforehand served 3 many years in jail for an additional murder in California — and allegedly admitted to a different homicide in a southern state whereas confessing about Rose, a declare authorities are investigating. He had been free for about 10 years earlier than his obvious confession.
Irmer was ordered to be held with out bail; he’ll subsequent seem in courtroom on October 17.