Select It Sunday: Shannon Verhage

This week’s Select It Sunday case was chosen by Tracy S.: Shannon Dale Verhage, who disappeared from Cedar Springs, Michigan on June 3, 1997, just twelve days from her first birthday.

It’s “virtually undisputed” what happened to Shannon: Marvin Gabrion killed her, along with her mother, nineteen-year-old Rachel Timmerman, and dumped them both in a lake in a national forest. Gabrion had raped Rachel shortly after Shannon’s birth, and Rachel and Shannon disappeared just a few days before Rachel was to testify against him. He later allegedly said he “killed the baby because there was nowhere else to put it.”

Michigan doesn’t have the death penalty, but because Rachel was killed on federal land, her murder was prosecuted under federal law and Gabrion was sentenced to death. He’s never been charged in Shannon’s disappearance, or the murder of a man whose body was found in the same lake, or the disappearances of two others he’s suspected of killing.

5 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Shannon Verhage

  1. Celeste Keenan December 19, 2016 / 1:13 am

    I hope that Shannon’s family can find her remains so that they can at the very least give her a proper burial.

  2. MJ December 19, 2016 / 1:30 am

    This case always makes me so sad. What ever happened to the guy that she “met at work” that took her on a “date” the night she disappeared, I wonder? Were they never able to determine who that was?

    • diamondlil16 December 25, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Thank for the news link. Interesting to read his take on deals vs trials and how many of today’s attorneys don’t know much about jury trials. That Gabrion is just heinous.

  3. Sharna December 23, 2017 / 5:31 am

    Im so sad For this poor young girl And her poor baby daughter, so so tragic what a hard life she had And then For that vile evil twisted piece of s—t to still be breathing Well its unbelieable tbh, no respect For hunan life And that of an innocent defenceless baby, hè should have been sent straight to hell For what hè did to them… my heart Goes out to her social working And the paternal grandma who ive just watched On disapeared in England xxxx

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