Denver cops claim they have actually determined a male responsible for killing three females and also a 17-year-old girl in separate incidents between 1978 as well as 1981 by utilizing DNA modern technology as well as family tree to connect the chilly cases to a solitary suspect.

The man, Joe Michael Ervin, killed himself in a country Denver jail in 1981 while under examination for an additional slaying– the capturing fatality of an Aurora policeman, the Denver Police Department revealed Friday. The policeman, Debra Sue Corr, was killed as she attempted to detain Ervin throughout traffic quit when Ervin ordered her gun as well as fired her.

Authorities identified the four various other sufferers as 33-year-old Madeleine Furey-Livaudais, 53-year-old Dolores Barajas, 27-year-old Gwendolyn Harris, and also 17-year-old Antoinette Parks. Almost Parks was stabbed to fatality in Denver; Parks was stabbed to fatality in neighboring Adams County.

Police claimed they linked the four cases via DNA evidence between 2013 as well as 2018. Using a genetic family tree, they determined a biological family member of the then-unknown suspect in Texas. Ervin’s remains were exhumed in Texas late in 2015, as well as DNA from the remains as well as from the criminal activity scenes validated his identity as the suspect in the 4 slayings.

” While we identify that determining the suspect will certainly not bring these women back, we wish it provides closure as well as recovery for their liked ones as well as the Denver area,” Authorities Principal Paul Pazen stated in a declaration.

A phone conversation with police seeking information about Ervin had not been promptly returned.

Police claimed Furey-Livaudais, another half and mother of 2, was killed at her Denver residence in December 1978. Barajas was eliminated while walking to operate in August 1980. In December 1980, Harris was discovered stabbed to death on a street edge regarding one block from Ervin’s residence at the time. In January 1981, Parks was located stabbed to death numerous miles north of midtown Denver. She was 6 to seven months’ expectant at the time.

” I’m angered because he didn’t deal with justice,” Parks’ brother George Journey told KCNC-TV. “However I understand my mother, as well as family members, wouldn’t want us angry. They’d want us to be pleased that this is all brought to a close.”


Ervin eliminated himself on July 1, 1981, in the Adams Region Detention Center just days after Corr’s slaying. He had actually been jailed at his house in Aurora while trying to see a handcuff Corr had put on his wrist prior to ordering her weapon.

In 1981, Glenn Spies was driving home when he pertained to Corr’s aid during the deadly website traffic quit, CBS Denver reported.

” I drew behind her vehicle. I went out and attempted to help the officer at which time I heard her scream for help. I listened to gunfire and tried to duck behind the patrol system,” stated Spies. “He shot me as well as I fell to the ground.”

Prior to shooting Spies, Joe Michael Ervin shot and also eliminated Corr with her very own tool. Corr was a 26-year-old 1 year professional of the Aurora Authorities Department. That evening, she ended up being the first APD police officer killed in the line of responsibility.

Spies really did not know until Friday that 4 other females needed saving, too.

” I got the phone calls this morning. It was kind of a shock since I didn’t recognize he had extra victims,” said Spies. “Now the people that have actually been influenced by it can be at remainder.”

Cops stated they linked the 4 instances with DNA evidence between 2013 and also 2018. Police stated Furey-Livaudais, a wife and mommy of two, was eliminated at her Denver residence in December 1978. In January 1981, Parks was located stabbed to death several miles north of midtown Denver. Before shooting Spies, Joe Michael Ervin shot as well as eliminated Corr with her very own weapon. Corr was a 26-year-old one-year professional of the Aurora Police Department.

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Last Updated: 31 Jan 2022