The Unsolved Murder of Kathy Perry – Warwick, RI

Kathy Perry was 20 year old aspiring hairdresser. Described by friends as quiet and fun, she worked at night at the Ultrafinishers Bookbinding company and studied at the Newport school of Hairdressing during the day.

At 2:15 am on September 15th, 1986, Kathy left work and headed to a gas station on Bald Hill Rd. The clerk was someone that Kathy knew from West Warwick high school making the last confirmed sighting of her alive. She left the gas station around 2:30 am. There is mention in some reports of her being seen pulled over with her flashers on talking to someone on the side of the road between 2:30-2:45 am.

Kathy’s 1979 Mercury Capri was found running with all of her belongings inside at 4 am on Rt 2 in Warwick. Her purse contained over $100 so police do not believe robbery was a motive. The car was running and the heat was on.

Around 8 am, Kathy’s naked and badly beaten body was found 1.5 miles from her car off Telmore Rd behind Arlington Trailer Sales around 8 am by a truck driver. She had been sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death with a rock.

A 2011 tip that came from a facebook page on the case led to an informant. As a result a person of interest was developed. Despite the police believing they have the perpetrator, the case stalled in the grand jury phase. No arrests have been made. The suspect is currently serving time on another charge but could be released in the next 5-10 years. Hopefully more information can be developed before then that will lead to the successful prosecution and keep this monster off the streets.

If you have information on this case, you should call 401-468-4261 or email wpd.cold.case@warwickri.com

Kathy is laid to rest at St Joseph’s Cemetery in West Greenwich, RI.

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/cold-case-spotlight/social-media-aiding-detectives-investigation-1986-murder-kathy-perry-n553166

https://turnto10.com/i-team/nbc-10-i-team-new-suspect-eyed-for-1986-murder-of-kathy-perry

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/ri-kathy-perry-20-warwick-15-sept-1986.320664/

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/147592626/kathy-a-perry

The Murder of Kimberly and Mark Dupre – Lincoln, RI

This is a recent case having just occurred so there are no court records, just various articles indicating the cautionary tale. The case started out, it seems, with a random facebook message from a friend that Kimberly hadn’t seen in some time and ended with the murder of her and her husband.

Kimberly denied the request from the acquaintance, 49-year Timothy McQuesten due to to COVID-19 concerns. Kimberly’s husband, Mark, was suffering from a long illness which required a liver transplant, and as a result they were cautious about any exposure risks, but unfortunately this caution didn’t save them.

On January 14th, McQuesten allegedly broke into their home at 125 Main Street in Manville, RI and beat Kimberly and Mark to death with a hammer and crowbar.

The attack was brutal and Kimberly was dead by the time authorities arrived, but Mark was transferred to the hospital alive after a neighbor heard noises from the attack and called 9-1-1 when the couple did not answer the phone. He died shortly after his arrival at the hospital.

The killer might not have been caught with such a tentative connection to the Dupres, however, the killer initiated himself into investigation by making calls looking for support for himself, relative to the Dupre’s murder.

The calls detailed unreleased information about the crime, immediately drawing suspicion on McQuesten, which led to searches and, ultimately, to his arrest. Upon searching his home, the police located bloody clothes and shoes along with a bloody crowbar and hammer. His brother indicated that McQuesten had also confessed to him that he committed the crime.

McQuesten was arrested on two counts of first degree murder and had been ordered to have a psychological evaluation, but that was not to be. He was found 3 days later, dead in his cell at the ACI Facility. His autopsy indicated he committed suicide by shoving his face mask down his throat. It would have been interesting to at least get some perspective as to what drove him to the crime, since the timing seemed so incredibly random but the attack was so very personal and brutal. McQuesten did live close by, but what leads to that type of attack after all those years? We may never know.

https://www.valleybreeze.com/2021-01-20/cumberland-lincoln-area/lincoln-shocked-murders-then-death-suspect#.YA8uWxZOnIU

https://www.valleybreeze.com/2021-01-20/cumberland-lincoln-area/lincoln-shocked-murders-then-death-suspect#.YA8uWxZOnIU

Rhode Island inmate accused of double murder used face mask to choke self to death, reports say (boston25news.com)

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