Texas man was not Elmer Crawford

Earlier I wrote about how they were looking to see if a man who died in Texas in 2005 might be Elmer Crawford, who vanished after he murdered his wife and three children in Australia in 1971. The Texas man looked a lot like Elmer, was the right age, and had false ID in several different names. Unfortunately, he’s not Elmer. They compared the Doe’s DNA with one of Elmer’s relatives and it didn’t match. So they are no closer to identifying the man or finding the mass murderer. Piss.

Australian mass murder case finally resolved?

I think I dimly recall seeing a website years ago about this notorious family annihilation case out of Australia. A man named Elmer Crawford pulled a Robert Fisher: he murdered his pregnant wife and three children, put their bodies in a van, pushed it off a cliff and vanished off the face of the earth. That was forty years ago.

Well, now the police believe they’ve found him. They think an elderly man who died of a heart attack in San Angelo, Texas in 2005 may be Crawford. Facial recognition experts say he is. Certainly the man was hiding from something: his fingerprints had been burned off and he was carrying ID in four different names (including that of an imprisoned murderer). If the guy is Elmer, he would have been 75 at the time of his death. DNA will be required to try and identify him.

The cops will, if necessary, exhume one of his murdered children’s bodies to get the DNA, but right now they’re hoping a living relative will provide it. There’s one woman who claims to be Crawford’s illegitimate daughter and one who believes she’s his half-sister, but neither of their claims are 100% solid. He might have some cousins in Northern Ireland.

The Herald Sun
The Herald Sun again
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Age
The Houston Chronicle