Is the occult responsible for the double murder of a young couple?
On a cool night in June of 1994, four young people from Tacoma, Washington, were playing a game that involved mystical creatures, fantasy and magic. The next night, two of them were dead. The victims were 25-year-old Michael Johnston and 19-year-old Rochelle Robinson. Detectives soon discovered that Michael and Rochelle had been lovers. Authorities believed the motive for the double murder was jealousy over the affair. Others believed the couple was lured by a charismatic killer into the dangerous world of the occult.
Michael Johnston’s body was found near Rochelle’s car less than six hours after they left the card game. His throat had been cut and he had been shot once in the head at point blank range. Rochelle’s body was found later that day on a remote road five miles from where Michael’s body had been found. She had been stabbed repeatedly, and her throat was slashed to the bone. Police believe that sometime after 1:00 AM, Michael and Rochelle parked their car on a quiet road near a popular shooting range called the Tacoma Sportsman’s Club. They were alone … for a while.
Fred Reinicke was a Detective for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department at the time of their murder:
According to Detective Reinicke, forensic evidence suggested that Michael was handcuffed, then forced to kneel near the front of Rochelle’s car:
Detective Reinicke concluded that the killer then drove Rochelle to the isolated road and brutally murdered her. He believed it was a crime of passion.
Kevin McMitchell was a friend of Rochelle’s and recalled how, in the months leading up to her murder, she was terrified that someone was following her:
Unfortunately, the stalker’s identity was unknown and after a year, the official investigation began to wind down. To keep the inquiry alive, Michael Johnston’s wife Janet hired a private investigator, Jim Wright. Jim Wright played it by the book and the first person he questioned was Janet Johnston. According to Janet, Wright wanted to know if she was aware of Michael’s extra-marital affair:
Janet passed a polygraph test and Wright dismissed her from any involvement in her husband’s murder. However, he did discover that Michael loved the world of fantasy games, black magic, and the occult. Wright believed that this passion put Michael and Rochelle on a collision course with their killer:
But more than a year had passed since the murders. Every way he turned, Jim Wright found the trail stone cold. Clearly, this was an investigation that demanded an unorthodox approach. Wright then turned to Nancy Myer, a well known psychic who had helped police on more than 300 homicides:
Without revealing his destination, Jim took Nancy to the road near the Sportsman’s Club where Michael had been murdered. She was inundated with visions and had a completely different story of what happened that night. According to Nancy, Michael and the murderer knew each other from their involvement in black magic:
As Nancy saw the crime, Michael and Rochelle were parked on the isolated road. She believed that the killer, a man in his late thirties, and two young accomplices crept up on the unsuspecting lovers:
According to Nancy, the killer then stabbed Rochelle and, along with his two accomplices, proceeded to drive Michael to the Sportsman’s Club. Myer claimed that her crime scene impressions were so vivid, that she was able to envision all three assailants. The authorities, however, are unmoved by Nancy’s visions, or theories that the double murder was linked to the occult. They remain convinced that the killer will be found among Rochelle Robinson’s friends or acquaintances. Meanwhile, Rochelle’s mother, Lynn Robinson, must wait for a resolution: