A young Woman found murdered near Light Rail Tracks in Dormont in 1989 still unsolved

I was working recently in Dormont  at a church renovation  installing a Fire Alarm when I was reminded by the death of a young woman whose remains where found couple blocks away in a back yard on Voelkel  ave which the light rail system runs by .
It was a warm summer night that July 22 when Catherine Corkery attended a party along Academy Ave a road with many apartment buildings along it  in Mt Lebanon to leave the party around 2:00 Am and at some point was attacked and murdered and dumped in the back yard.
It was a shock to Dormont community . A community which is  still nicely maintained and friendly
having survived the decline of steel mills while many other nearby city neighborhoods next door like Beachview have greatly declined . As protective and guarding the people of Dormont are of their community no one heard anything go on that night which is hard to believe some one did not hear something or see something as dense packed as the area is even if it was in the dead of night .

In the 20 + years since this murder no one has come forward or suspect identified. but some have suggested a killer with similar  tactics  Glen Roger  but there is no evidence to link him.

Most likely she was attacked by a transient who frequent the Light Rail line known as the T
Because Mt. Lebanon and Dormont are not community's you would regularly travel thru unless you live there since they put I-79 thru and US 19 no longer has the predominance it once did as a travel route unless your going to go shopping or visiting in area .


Almost 15 years since women's remains found in abandoned railroad tunnel in Homestead still unidentified

It was a cold October 3rd in 2000 when a security guard on patrol checked a recently fenced off utility tunnel under the Railroad tracks of the long gone USS Homestead works when he made a grizzly discovery of human remains despite the best efforts of the coroners office and even facial reconstruction she still remains unidentified to this day. Thought to be a new immigrant due to type of dental work she had  which is not used in US   the coroner even worked with immigrant society's etc in an effort to identify her but no luck.

 At the same time the coroner was also trying to identify other remains including a child found on river bank of neville island .

Ghost running up tracks with lantern in Etna warns railroaders of Train ahead to prevent crash ?

I first saw this story appear in the Weekend Magazine in the now closed Pittsburgh Press  which featured local area haunting's in an article in early 70's .
It mentioned railroaders who would see a ghost of an old man with red eyes and holding an old fashioned train lantern running up the tracks  in Etna toward their train as in an effort to stop or warn them of an impending crash.
 this is the first and only time I have seen this tale in writing and I have asked  many I know around Etna including Railroaders if they ever heard of the tale and none has.
Yes there were serious train wrecks in Etna in 1909 which took 3 lives and many others over the time period which would support a ghost trying to warn approaching trains but if it was such a great legend you think there would be more to it than an article in a paper 40 years ago.

This once again looks like a totally made up legend  by an editor to sell newspapers.
With no other writings or persons who know  about it to be found.

Edward Wayne Edwards a little known Serial Killer who prowled around Pa. from 1983-86

Edward Wayne Edwards grew up in Akron Ohio  but spent time as an incarcerated  juvenile  in 1948   near Philadephia
 Then again in 1967 in Lewisburg  Federal Prison near Philadelphia and again in 1982 for Arson of a rental home all while plying his trade as a serial killer  it is believed he could have killed as many as 100 people during his 66 years  of causing havoc and terror . One detective believes he could be behind some of the Zodiac killings and Black Delilah murders as well. Having recently released the book  " Its me " Edward Edwards the serial killer you never heard of http://coldcasecameron.com/

This is another case of what all he did in his life and who he  may have killed will never be known .
He passed away in prison while awaiting execution , and unless bones or other evidence  show up specifically linking him to a crime in this area we will never know but with his track record you would have to believe he was active here as well.
There where plenty of unsolved rapes and murders  at the time he was running around here , but he was not the only one running around. He is not specifically being looked at for any murders in Pa. at present but you never know.
I do not know what attract these individuals to this area but it seems  the region is a cross roads many travel thru as they go about there crime sprees . This area is also very active with illegal drugs and there transportation as well.  

Questions still surround the fire which destroyed the Vogue Terrace in 1963

One day in 1986 while doing electrical work for a contractor at the Burnam Wood Apartments in Monroeville  an older gentleman who  looked to be in his 70's who was moving to a new apartment asked if I could help him get couple heavy things up to his car. Sure I said when its lunch time in 30 minutes. I went up and helped him move couple boxes and he tried to pay me and I said no just a cold drink would be fine and he gave me a can of coke.
I asked If he had lived in complex long and he said about 10 years . He asked me had I ever heard of the Vouges? the singing group yes I had my parents listened to them when I was a kid on the radio.
Well he goes on to tell me his name is Elmer Willet  and he was the manager of the Vogues at one time. Wow thats neat my parents will get a kick out of that I told him.
 He then asked me of I heard of the old Vogue Terrace where the group got its name ? I had I told him  I had and that it burned down when I was a little kid my parents had told me about it . Elmer went on to tell me how he had an office there and how terrible the fire was and how a manager for a group appearing  there died.
Elmer also lived there and how he almost lost his life and had to crawl out on a ledge .He said he had lost everything in the fire but luckily came out of it OK. He said he still to that day thought something funny about the fire and explosion he heard with it  happening a day after the place opened after being remodeled into a full night club. But it was investigated and they believe it started in basement furnace room.

The owners of the club  did all they could to make everyone whole but where not able to rebuild unfortunately they where financially ruined by the fire.
I saw him  a couple more times during the remodel project in 86  that summer never to see him again  and later read in papers he died  in 1991 .
I forgot about the whole thing .
Then as a Fireman I got interested in Fire Investigation having how many customers having been thru fires before hand and seeing what caused them while doing repairs  and then joining the Fire service and after looking into the Fire at the Vogue Terrace and descriptions of how fast and violent it was one would think arson was a possibility especially in light of all the other fires in region at that time so Elmer was right to be concerned. Had some one deliberately burned out the owners? Its possible but we will never know .

Consider that even today there are still massive court fights about fires being ruled incorrectly  as many Arson Convictions are being thrown out  for use of junk Science in determining how a fire started.
 Where talking 1963 when I was a little kid Fire Science has greatly expanded  but still even today an experienced arsonist can make a fire look accidental and the fact the club burned a day after it opened you better believe lots of people including insurance company's had questions so they used what technology they had available at the time to come to the conclusion.

It has been too many years and any evidence long gone and memory's fading and witnesses and perpetrators if there where one  have passed away . So even if a compete investigation was done today using the most advanced investigative techniques  little could be found out or proved and who could you prosecute?  like in so many case where a fire burns so intensely
  all you can do is speculate as to how the fire started .
I have heard a couple old timers say Morrie the Match an infamous arsonist in the City of Pittsburgh started it so club owners could collect on the insurance , but it was all talk and speculation and was looked into as far as In can tell   and nothing to it Morrie was not operating in area at the time  from what I can tell.
 Anything I could  add to the fire hypothesis  would be strictly speculation as well.
You also have to remember back then fire resistant building construction codes where not in place and few buildings had Sprinkler systems so this could also account for why the club went up so fast and explosions heard during fires are normal as a fire overtakes a room .
So for all intents and purposes its another  tragic fire lost to history and all we can do today is speculate.