Carol Jenkins

Background

On September 16, 1968, twenty-one year old Carol Jenkins was stabbed to death with a screwdriver while selling encyclopedias door-to-door. No arrests were made at the time and the case went unsolved for 34 years.

Legal Status

On May 8, 2002, Klan member Kenneth Richmond was arrested after his daughter Shirley Richmond McQueen identified him as the killer. State police detectives who were part of a “cold crimes” squad, were led to McQueen by an anonymous letter. McQueen confessed that she witnessed the slaying as a 7-year-old child. Detectives were convinced that her story was true when she remembered a key detail – that Jenkins was wearing a yellow scarf. McQueen recalls that her father said at the time of the slaying, “She got what she deserved.”

Richmond never went to trial for Jenkin’s murder. He was declared incompetent to stand trial, and, on August 31, 2002 he died of cancer.