Monday, September 1, 2014

The Baby Shower Murders

From orwhut:
I ran across a Youtube video about the Baby Shower Murders. The killers said they staged it so the police would think the killings were committed by Sharon Tate's killers. I couldn't find any other information on the case so, I'm not sure it's not fiction. Here's a link if you're interested and haven't seen it before.
Vintage 8mm home movie video highlights the case of Gayle Merrick, a flower shop owner who was murdered along with four others after her baby shower. Subtitles tell the tale of murder and the mystery of the disappearance of Gayle's baby, which was solved in 2005.


On the 21st November 1969, friends of Gayle Merrick threw a Baby Shower party for her and her newly born daughter Linda. In attendance was Gayle, her husband, baby Linda, and seven (7) other women. As the evening wore on, four of the women had to leave, which was very fortunate for them as the remaining five adults did not survive the rest of the evening.

Gayle Merrick was a florist and horticulturist. She ran her own business, which was appropriately called "Gayle's Flower Shop." Gayle's specialty was growing orchids, an expensive flower indeed but she was so good at growing them that she had won countless awards for them at various flower shows that she had entered. Because she was so good with orchids and the quality was exceptional, she had very little problem in selling them as well.

The video above was the Baby Shower party that was filmed on the evening of the 21st November 1969.

The following morning, a number of Gayle's regular customers arrived at her shop to find that it was closed. This was unheard of and some of the customers began to express their concerns. Ruth Fisher, a regular customer and friend of Gayle's, decided to go to her home to see what was up and make sure that everything was all right.

She found the front door open and walked in as a friend would. What she found caused her to run out of the house screaming hysterically.

The Police arrived to find the scene as Ruth had. It was a ghastly find. Gayle, her husband, and three of the women from the Baby Shower of the previous night were all neatly sat up on the sofa. With their wrists and ankles bound, they each had a pink orchid pinned to their foreheads. In addition to this, their mouths and throats were packed tightly with flower petals, which was the resulting cause of death, suffocation.

Baby Linda was nowhere to be found.

A murder inquiry was launched and fingerprints were recovered from the crime scene that did not belong to any of the victims, and nor did they belong to any of the four women who had left early the previous night. The Police went to Gayle's flower shop and found the place had been vandalized and that a number of expensive orchids had gone missing.

A week later the Police got the break they were waiting for. Margaret Upton, a friend of Gayle's was attending a flower show that was in progress some 20 miles away from the murder scene. Her eye was caught by a display of black orchids that had been entered by Gerald MacDonald and Hubert Kelly. MacDonald and Kelly were rival flower shop owners to Gayle Merrick and the displaying of orchids was nothing out of the ordinary for the two men. What caught Margaret Upton's attention was the fact that the black orchid's were standing in distinctive glass planters that were a mark of Gayle Merrick's flower shop. She immediately alerted the Police.

Fingerprints were taken off the planters. They matched to fingerprints that had been found at the murder scene and both men were arrested and eventually charged with the murders of all five victims.

MacDonald and Kelly's motive for murdering Gayle Merrick was because they had entered countless flower shows and had been beaten in all of them to the top prize by Gayle Merrick. They simply decided that she had to be killed.

When questioned about the bizarre fashion of the murders, MacDonald explained.....

"...to make it look like it was the same people who had killed Sharon Tate and her friends."

He continued....

"Weird killings were becoming popular and we wanted to be part of the action."

While MacDonald was happy to brag about his bloody work, when he was questioned about Baby Linda, he shut up, refusing to speak a single word about her or what had happened to her.

Gerald MacDonald and Hubert Kelly were sentenced to life in prison.

The whereabouts of Baby Linda Merrick was to remain a mystery for the next 36 years.

In July, 2005, Gretchen Barnes was dying. In the last moments of her life she made a death bed confession to her daughter Rachel. In 1969, the year that Rachel was born, a man who she knew as Gerald MacDonald had arrived on her doorstep carrying a new born baby. He had known for some time that Gretchen was desperate for a child of her own, and while he told her nothing of the murders he made it clear that if she didn't look after the child, all that would happen would be that she would go through a life time of care homes and fostering. Gretchen took the child and renamed her Rachel and raised her as her own.

Rachel Barnes was Linda Merrick.

It is certain beyond any doubt that Gretchen Barnes would have known all too well who the child was after the convictions of Gerald MacDonald and Hubert Kelly. Whatever motivated her emotionally, she decided to remain silent. No earthly power would have known anything about Rachel being Linda, but a higher power would know all about it, that was why she chose the time she did to confess everything to her daughter Rachel so she could go to her maker at peace.

Two hours later, Gretchen Barnes died.





23 comments:

Panamint Patty said...

Is that interesting or whut?

SJ said...

It is a spoof, he is taking old video footage and making up bizarre murder tales to fit it.

orwhut said...
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SJ said...

The giveaway is that it sounds like the plot of a horror movie if John Waters made a horror movie. Also the other videos made by the same guy include The Clown Murders (where four women were killed by having oversized balloons placed over their heads!), The Spam Murders, The Killer Nuns and The Killer Spinsters.

orwhut said...

SJ,
I went back and checked out some of the guy's other videos too and I'm pretty sure you're right. It's also curious that he didn't mention the location of the murders. The video was more exciting before I began to suspect it wasn't factual.

SJ said...

Yes if all these bizarre murders really did happen and there was also real home video footage of the killers/victims shot earlier that day we would have heard about them all before. The videos are good fun though and done well.

SusanB. said...

The soundtrack was a bit corny to start with . However, I confess,I was intrigued. That sure is a case of "flower power" gone mad....Okaaay, Ill stop!

Matt said...

SJ, I checked my normal go-to debunk sites. I can't find anything to confirm or deny anything about a hoax.

SJ said...

Anyone who doubts it is a joke try reading it aloud to someone and when you get to the part that says - 'Gayle, her husband, and three of the women from the Baby Shower of the previous night were all neatly sat up on the sofa. With their wrists and ankles bound, they each had a pink orchid pinned to their foreheads. In addition to this, their mouths and throats were packed tightly with flower petals, which was the resulting cause of death, suffocation' you will feel quite silly.
'MacDonald and Kelly's motive for murdering Gayle Merrick was because they had entered countless flower shows and had been beaten in all of them to the top prize by Gayle Merrick. They simply decided that she had to be killed.' -pure comedy.


SJ said...

Watch The Spam Murders if you don't believe me. 'All I could smell was Spam and Hairspray'!
They are probably not on hoax slayer etc because they haven't spread across Facbook much yet.

SJ said...

Here is another funny one that isn't on Youtube (probably got taken off)- The LSD Grandma murders http://shelf3d.com/DPvn_Jjn4j0#The LSD Grandma Murder: 1965 TRUE CRIME CASE

SJ said...

This is a short report from 2008 that explains they are not actually true. http://www.truecrimereport.com/untrue_crime/real

Matt said...

Thanks, SJ. I guess if you study the Manson murders long enough you become desensitized to bizarre shit!

Mrs. Humphrat said...

That music is very trippy. It does remind me of John Waters.

Mrs. Humphrat said...

Just watched part of The Sofa Corpse by the same guy. It's supposed to be the 70s but everyone looks like they're from the 50s or early 60s.

orwhut said...

Sorry about the false alarm, Matt.
This is one set of murders that Charley and Bruce "might" not be blamed for committing.

Matt said...

No sweat, orwhut. This guy is pretty creative and funny, albeit in a very dark way. I enjoyed reading up on him.

Matt said...

Does anyone around here have a newspapers.com account? If you do please email me.

Panamint Patty said...

Spoofs are just as interesting as fact to Patty...how Manson stays in the public consciousness, is something people refer back to over and over again. Its sociologically significant.

HellzBellz said...

EEEeeehhh Orwhut.....
This is one set of murders that Charley and Bruce "might" not be blamed for committing

I think Manson ordered this one to Davis...and Davis could not resist anymore, He killed them all.....just to let it look like the Sharon Tate killers...LOL !!!!

orwhut said...

I won't be too surprised when someone blames Charley and Bruce for the Lindbergh kidnapping.

LoLo said...

Totally fake stories. You can't find any info on the people, no obituaries, no newspaper articles etc. Good job but obviously fake.

Marlene Ful said...

Wow