Investigators hope for leads in unsolved murder cases

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Three women met a violent death between 1994 and 1995 on King Street, and according to police the cases may all be connected.

But 15 years after the fact, the murders remain cloaked in mystery.

On January 10, 1994 the remains of Patrice Kakie were found in an abandoned house at 739 King Street.

The autopsy showed Kakie was strangled.

Several months later on July 15, 1994 police acted on an anonymous tip and discovered the murdered body of Rose Marie Jenkins in a wooded area behind the former King Street Palace.

Police said hours before Jenkins died some students from Rivers Middle School saw the woman alive in the same spot talking to a man in his twenties or thirties.

"We think that's probably the person who perpetrated it. It was a male party in this case," said Charleston Police Cpl. Fred Bowie.

But investigators did not have enough information to develop a solid lead.

Fast forward to April 11, 1995, on that day a passerby discovered the body of Mary Tolbert in an alleyway at 654 King Street.

Tolbert had been smothered to death and had a cloth stuffed inside her mouth.

The three women were about the same age, had a history of substance abuse, and came from good backgrounds.

There were sexual overtones in each case and investigators are not ruling out the possibility a serial killer could be responsible for all three deaths.

"All indications from the crime scenes and what we found there indicated it possibly could have been the same person committing all three murders," said Bowie.

Investigators also want the temperature to rise in two unrelated cold case shootings.

In the wee hours of March 17, 2001 26 year-old Jermaine Grant was found shot to death on America Street.

At the time, witnesses said they heard at least seven gunshots then saw a man running from the scene.

The suspect was described as six feet tall male wearing dark pants and a light-colored shirt.

Beyond the vague description, the case remains largely a mystery.

"We don't know who the assailants were, we don't know whether Mr. Grant had enemies," said Bowie.

Turn now to June 1, 2001 when a deputy made a grisly discovery at Maryville's Brown Cemetery.

The bullet- riddled body of 23 year-old Jahmal Jerome Green of Charleston was found laying among the graves.

"We don't know if he was killed at that place or whether he was killed elsewhere and brought there," said Bowie.

If you have any information on these cases contact Crimestoppers at 554-1111. You can remain anonymous and could earn a reward.

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