On October 28, 1978, Gail Webster was murdered. Her killer was never caught.
Gail was alone in her apartment in the 2900 block of Dorchester when she was attacked and beaten to death by an unknown person or persons.
Gail’s 25 year old daughter discovered her mother’s lifeless body in the apartment they shared. Troy Police and paramedics responded, but there was nothing that could be done. That’s when the investigation that’s spanned four decades began.
There were no signs of forced entry, nothing taken from the home and no obvious signs of sexual assault. Gail was bludgeoned in the head with an unknown “blunt object.”
The 1978 investigation focused on the men in Gail’s life, her then boyfriend, a former boyfriend and her ex-husband. There was no known motive for any of these individuals to kill Gail and they were all cleared via polygraph or other means.
Gail was described by all interviewed as a friendly and well-liked woman. She was a manager at Detroit area landmark Susie-Q’s, formerly located near Woodward and 13 Mile Road. Gail had no history of involvement in any type of criminal or illicit activity.
A suspicious incident occurred prior to the murder, on October 2, 1978. Gail’s 25 year old daughter Terry went to Piper’s Alley, a hotspot previously located at 3250 W. Big Beaver. Terry lived with Gail, and her apartment keys were stolen from her car while she was in the bar. Later that evening, while Terry was still out, an unknown individual was heard by Gail jostling her apartment door handle. Gail yelled out to the individual and he or she fled. No person or vehicle was seen.
Terry spotted a suspicious vehicle, occupied by two white males, 20 to 25 years old, in the parking lot of Piper’s Alley on the night the keys were stolen. The vehicle was described as a 1968 to 1970 Pontiac Tempest or Chevy, beat up and rusted, blue/green in color. Terry saw on the morning of the murder saw what she thought was the same vehicle on Dorchester near Coolidge. The driver of that vehicle had blond hair.
Who was driving this “suspicious vehicle”? Did it have anything to do with Gail’s murder? Who killed Gail Webster?Who killed Athir Putres?
On Saturday, February 8, 2014, at approximately 1:30 pm, the clerk working at the Clark Gas Station at Rochester and South Blvd. was found shot to death. The victim was identified as Athir Putres, who was a 63 year old male from Rochester Hills at the time of his murder. He is survived by his wife and three children. This case currently remains unsolved.
Who killed Heinrich Bachmann?
Shortly before noon on August 11, 1997, Heinrich Bachmann was found shot to death in the living room of his home at 4828 Butler Street in Troy. He had spoken to his father around 6:30 pm the previous night.
Bachmann, 42 years old at the time of his murder, was the owner of the Cass Avenue Brake Service in Pontiac. He had taken over the business from his father in 1989.
It is believed that Bachmann was killed by someone known to him. He was murdered by a single gunshot to the back of his head. There were no signs of forced entry into the home. Two vehicles that he owned were left at the residence and nothing was missing from the home. Only one drawer in a bedroom appeared to have been ransacked. Robbery does not appear to be a motive.
In addition to the $1,000 CrimeStoppers Alliance reward that was initially offered, the Bachmann Family is offering an additional reward of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
Anyone with any information can call CrimeStoppers Alliance at 1-800-Speak Up or the Troy Police Department at 248.524.3477.