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JOHN NORMAN COLLINS: THE CO-ED KILLER


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JOHN NORMAN COLLINS: THE CO-ED KILLER

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Manuel had just gone with Collins to California at the end of June, and it was soon learned that a 17 year-old girl named Roxie Ann Philips had vanished in Salinas, California after a friend who had walked away from her house had met a man cruising around named John from Michigan.
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Manuel had just gone with Collins to California at the end of June, and it was soon learned that a 17 year-old girl named Roxie Ann Philips had vanished in Salinas, California after a friend who had walked away from her house had met a man cruising around named John from Michigan.
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Collins and Manuel had been staying in a rented camper-trailer, which they had stolen and left in the backyard of Manuel's grandfather, who lived in Salinas.Philips' strangled and battered body was discovered July 13 in a ravine near Carmel.Manuel, who had left Ypsilanti hastily when Collins was being questioned, was found in Arizona, but he denied knowing anything about the murder.He was charged with theft.During the trial, he was not pressed much about his background, which was probably due to the defense wishing to downplay Collins' association with him.
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The defense strategy was to attempt to get evidence and testimony thrown out, and to establish an alibi for Collins for that afternoon.
Evidence was heard starting on July 20.There was little rebuttal of Collins out cruising that day.Between 11:30 and 12:30, seven young women had been approached by him on his motorcycle.Time of death was also resistant to challenge.
Key witnesses were the wig shop owner, an employee from The Chocolate House, and the office supply girl, all of whom had identified Collins as the man who had picked up Beineman the day she disappeared.Arnold Davis also testified about the box he had seen Collins removing from his room and that Collins had pressured him to give an alibi that he knew to be false.A former girlfriend spoke about the motorcycles that Collins owned.
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John Norman Collins, shackled, escorted to court by officer (CORBIS)
None of the defense's alibi witnesses was able to offer a definitive time frame for Collins's whereabouts on the afternoon of July 23.
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What Delhey really wanted, however, was to get Collins on the stand and reveal what was beneath his choirboy face: a girl he'd tried to seduce at the Leik's house the weekend before the Beineman murder, his amoral philosophies and sexual hang-ups, his nearly-nude photo in Tomorrow's Man magazine, and his history of thievery.
The defense team was uncertain about letting Collins testify, although Fink wanted to risk it.
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Collins was willing to do it, but proved that he could not stand up to Fink's prosecutorial role-playing.His burst of anger alarmed the attorneys.They decided to ask the judge to allow Collins to confer with his mother in private, and she would decide whether he could take the stand in his own defense.


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JOHN NORMAN COLLINS: THE CO-ED KILLER

The Trial
A search of Collins' rooms failed to turn up any further evidence, except for what Arnold Davis was able to tell them about the box.
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Manuel had just gone with Collins to California at the end of June, and it was soon learned that a 17 year-old girl named Roxie Ann Philips had vanished in Salinas, California after a friend who had walked away from her house had met a man cruising around named John from Michigan.
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Manuel had just gone with Collins to California at the end of June, and it was soon learned that a 17 year-old girl named Roxie Ann Philips had vanished in Salinas, California after a friend who had walked away from her house had met a man cruising around named John from Michigan.
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Collins and Manuel had been staying in a rented camper-trailer, which they had stolen and left in the backyard of Manuel's grandfather, who lived in Salinas.Philips' strangled and battered body was discovered July 13 in a ravine near Carmel.Manuel, who had left Ypsilanti hastily when Collins was being questioned, was found in Arizona, but he denied knowing anything about the murder.He was charged with theft.During the trial, he was not pressed much about his background, which was probably due to the defense wishing to downplay Collins' association with him.
...
The defense strategy was to attempt to get evidence and testimony thrown out, and to establish an alibi for Collins for that afternoon.
Evidence was heard starting on July 20.There was little rebuttal of Collins out cruising that day.Between 11:30 and 12:30, seven young women had been approached by him on his motorcycle.Time of death was also resistant to challenge.
Key witnesses were the wig shop owner, an employee from The Chocolate House, and the office supply girl, all of whom had identified Collins as the man who had picked up Beineman the day she disappeared.Arnold Davis also testified about the box he had seen Collins removing from his room and that Collins had pressured him to give an alibi that he knew to be false.A former girlfriend spoke about the motorcycles that Collins owned.The defense challenged several witnesses on eyesight and memory, but failed to make a dent in their respective testimonies.The one problem the prosecution faced was evidence of police harassment and manipulation of witnesses.Still, they proved credible.
In all fifty-seven witnesses were called for seventeen days of testimony.
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John Norman Collins, shackled, escorted to court by officer (CORBIS)
None of the defense's alibi witnesses was able to offer a definitive time frame for Collins's whereabouts on the afternoon of July 23.However, their own fiber expert insisted that hair analysis on such minute samples could not be done with any degree of certainty.And in fact, if the hair in the victim's panties was from the basement floor, why was there no other debris mixed in, as there was in the sample collected by the lab from the floor itself?To top it off, this expert had collected hair shaved from the thighs of his female assistants and found that they matched the hair from the panties in many ways as well.
The prosecution's rebuttal proved that there was indeed debris from the basement on the panties, and that the defense's witness had used a different processing method, which yielded an inaccurate reading.
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What Delhey really wanted, however, was to get Collins on the stand and reveal what was beneath his choirboy face: a girl he'd tried to seduce at the Leik's house the weekend before the Beineman murder, his amoral philosophies and sexual hang-ups, his nearly-nude photo in Tomorrow's Man magazine, and his history of thievery.
The defense team was uncertain about letting Collins testify, although Fink wanted to risk it.
...
Collins was willing to do it, but proved that he could not stand up to Fink's prosecutorial role-playing.His burst of anger alarmed the attorneys.They decided to ask the judge to allow Collins to confer with his mother in private, and she would decide whether he could take the stand in his own defense.


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JOHN NORMAN COLLINS: THE CO-ED KILLER

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