On Valentine’s Day in 2017, the remains of two young girls, Abigail Williams and Liberty German, were located in the vicinity of the Monon High Bridge Trail within Delphi Historic Trails in Delphi, Indiana, U.S. They had been brutally murdered and systematically positioned.
This discovery came a day after they had vanished from the same area. The incident garnered substantial media interest, partly because of the video and audio content sourced from German’s smartphone, which captured what is believed to be images and sounds of the perpetrator.
The significant development in the investigation occurred on October 26, 2022, when a suspect was apprehended. Shortly after, on October 31, the individual was formally accused of two counts of murder.
A Murderer in Delphi
On the afternoon of February 13, 2017, at precisely 1:35 p.m., Abigail “Abby” Williams, aged 13, and Liberty “Libby” German, aged 14, were left by German’s older sister, Kelsi German, near a roadway close to the Hoosier Heartland Highway. They embarked on a hike across the Monon High Bridge over Deer Creek, set amidst the secluded woodlands of Deer Creek Township.
At 2:07 p.m., German uploaded an image of Williams crossing the bridge; following this, all contact was lost with them. The alarm was raised at 5:30 p.m. when they failed to show up at a predetermined meeting point with German’s father at 3:15 p.m. Initially, the girls’ family members conducted a search before involving law enforcement.
The search teams responded promptly and did not initially suspect any malicious activity. Nevertheless, the outlook took a grim turn when, by the following midday, the girls were discovered murdered, situated roughly half a mile east of the desolate Monon High Bridge on the north side of Deer Creek.
How the Delphi Girls Were Murdered
The two young girls approached the network of trails from the Mears parking area. Unbeknownst to them, a man, hereafter referred to as the Killer, was already present in the area, possibly loitering near the junction of trails 501 and 505, which may include lingering at a bench. Although their paths crossed initially, there was no significant interaction between them.
It became apparent to the Killer that the girls were unaccompanied by any adults as they made their way toward the High Bridge. The killer discreetly kept them within his sight, perhaps paralleling their south-eastern trajectory on the 505 trail or remaining near the junction to ensure they continued toward the bridge without the company of other trail-goers.
He was vigilant, monitoring the trails for additional visitors while advancing toward the High Bridge to confirm the girls’ direction.
As the girls commenced their crossing, the Killer strategically positioned himself to surveil the path they had taken and to ensure their isolation on the bridge. Once assured of their isolated progression and the absence of others, THE KILLER initiated his approach.
The girls, now on the bridge, became aware of his presence, which caused them discomfort due to the narrowness of the trestle and their preference not to encounter others on it. They retreated towards the far end, hoping the Killer would retreat, but he persisted in his approach, frequently checking for oncoming individuals.
Abby’s fear escalated, and Libby began to record the scene, capturing THE KILLER advancing towards them. Closing the distance, the Killer uttered “Guys” to garner their attention, subsequently brandishing a pistol and directing them “down the hill” with a motion of the weapon.
The girls, petrified, complied and descended the embankment to a private drive below. In a desperate moment, they may have attempted escape, but the Killer quickly subdued one (sources refer that this might have been Liberty, but there is no confirmation), compelling the other to stay through loyalty.
At gunpoint, he directed them across the creek and up the opposite embankment. The subsequent events remain unclear, but it is surmised that both girls met their demise with a medium-sized hunting knife, with their bodies left in a compromising position after being stripped naked.
It is speculated that the assailant inflicted further injuries post-mortem, took measures to cleanse or eradicate evidence at the scene, and then retreated westwards through the woods, rejoining the trail system between the High Bridge and the Mears lot. He narrowly missed encountering DG, who had arrived to collect the girls, then proceeded to his vehicle parked at the CPS building and disappeared onto the Hoosier Heartland Highway.
The records of the case can be accessed here.
Who is the Killer in the Delphi Murder Case?
On the 26th of October, 2022, Richard Allen was apprehended and presented before the court two days later. By the end of the month, on October 31, 2022, the Indiana State Police disclosed that Allen had been indicted on two charges of murder related to the case. He has entered a plea of not guilty.
While his trial was initially slated to commence on March 20, 2023, it has been deferred to a later date within the year owing to a deferment request from his defense team. He has been assigned two public defenders.
Subsequently, on November 29, 2022, Judge Frances Gull mandated the release of the probable cause affidavit that precipitated Allen’s arrest. The edited version of this document revealed that video evidence from German’s mobile phone captured one of the victims uttering the word “gun” as an individual clad in a dark jacket and denim approached and directed them “down the hill.”
The investigative team posits that Allen is the individual depicted in the video. Close to the scene, a “.40-caliber unspent round” was discovered between the two victims, and investigative efforts concluded that the round was discharged from a firearm registered to Allen.
A bystander reported seeing a man, who was disheveled with mud and blood, departing the bridge area dressed in a blue jacket and jeans. Additional testimony and a tip pointed to a car parked peculiarly, seemingly to obscure its license plate. The vehicle description was consistent with one owned by Allen in 2017.
Per the probable cause affidavit, Allen had an encounter with the police in 2017, during which he confirmed his presence on the trail for approximately two hours that afternoon. Further details from an interview conducted in October 2022 include Allen’s admission that he had worn “jeans and a black or blue jacket” on the day in question and had visited the bridge intending to ” watch fish.”
Though it is near certain that Richard is the killer, there are certain “flaws” in the case, with the primary reason being, why did he do it?
This is where Odinism comes in.
What is Odinism, and how is it related to the Delphi Murders?
The legal representatives for a man from northern Indiana, accused of the murder of two adolescent girls, have filed a comprehensive legal brief in September 2023 asserting his innocence in relation to the charges. They suggest an alternative narrative, positing that the tragic demise of the girls was the result of a ceremonial act perpetrated by a group identified as Odinists, which they describe as adherents of a pagan Norse belief system with white supremacist ideologies.
The attorneys, Andrew Baldwin and Brad Rozzi, have mounted a defense for their client, Richard Allen of Delphi, within a voluminous 136-page document. They argue that the true culprits are members of this Odinist group. Abigail Williams, aged 13, and Liberty German, aged 14, they claim, fell victim to this sect’s heinous activities.
Furthermore, the defense has called for a judicial proceeding to examine the legitimacy of the search warrant executed on Allen’s residence. They are challenging the basis of the probable cause that justified the search, advocating for the court to exclude any evidence procured from what they deem an unlawful search.
The defense attorneys have articulated in their legal submission that individuals affiliated with a pagan Norse religion, known as Odinism, which white nationalists have appropriated, carried out a ritualistic killing of Abigail Williams and Liberty German.
In their emphatic statement within the court documents, they maintain that there is no evidence to associate their client, Richard Allen, with Odinism or any religious cults of similar nature.
The defense’s argument extends to mentioning two separate groups of Odinists—one located within the vicinity of Delphi, and the other hailing from the southeastern region of Indiana, in Rushville. These groups were investigated for their potential involvement in the heinous acts.
The defense points to the discovery of several ritualistic symbols at the site of the crime, including the specific arrangement of Liberty’s body, to bolster their claim of the killings being ritualistic.
The murder of Abby and Libby remain a tragedy. But in due time, there is no doubt that the police is inching closer on throwing the POS who did this behind the bars.
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