Hello friends, firstly sincere apologies for not posting for some time I have been inundated with work and research, so even sleep has been somewhat limited. Now I come to appeal for information / assistance in a cold case review.
We are currently working on a “really cold case” reinvestigating the murder of Christine Maps and her baby daughter Julia at 510 Sarah Street in Stroudsbourg USA on January 21st 1962. It is alleged that Mr. Edward Howard Maps (Christine Map’s husband) set as many as 10 different fires in the house after violently attacking Christine and leaving her for dead. When Firefighters arrived at the scene at around 10:45pm; they found baby Julia already dead from smoke inhalation on a wicker seat and Christine some 15 feet away on the kitchen floor curled into a fetal position, unconscious and almost dead. She had been badly beaten, had suffered a fractured skull and cerebal hemorrhage she was taken to hopsital but died a few hours later, Edward Howard Maps was never found
The wicker seat where baby Julia was found
It would seem that quite some time had elapsed before the search for Edward Maps really got under way and he had clearly made a good get-away. Rookie cop Bentzoni was the first on the scene and carried baby Julia in his arms to the hospital said “The police & fire service quickly realised that the fires were deliberately set and once the fires were out began to search for Edward Howard Maps, but he was not found. Incidentally the fires never really took hold as all the windows and doors of the house were closed and locked so with lack of oxygen there was a great deal more smoke than flames.
Interestingly Edward Map’s cars were both found in the garage adjacent to the house with the keys in their respective ignitions, and his passport, stocks, bonds & bank books were all left behind in the partially burned house. Police searched the surrounding streets of Stroudsburg and area municipalities. Local cab companies reported no calls for rides that night and no buses passed through Stroudsburg or nearby East Stroudsburg. Police believe that Edward escaped through the woodlands of rural Monroe County. State game protectors were called to assist the state police in searching woods and hunting cabins of The Pocono Mountains, The FBI also joined the search yet Edward Howard Maps was never found. There was only one confirmed sighting of him after that in August 1962 in Little Falls, New Jersey, USA when he was witnessed taking part in a robbery at The Little Falls NJ Savings Bank, located just 5 miles from where Maps was born, where $3,000 were stolen, that was the last ever sighting of him.
On 17th February 1967 an article was published in Life Magazine of a guy whose description matched Edward Howard Map’s almost exactly as you can see from the picture below. The magazine names him as “Ed Sanders” but it is thought by one of our contacts in The U.S. that Maps may have fled to England as part of an art movement (he was an artist / musician). “Ed Sanders” was in a band called ‘Fugs’ so things do seem to become more and more mysterious.
This is “Ed Sanders” in 1975, see the likeness??
The cover of Life Magazine published on 17th February 1967 featuring “Ed Sanders” or “Edward Maps”
The band “Fugs” fronted by Ed / Edward
The FBI allegedly contacted the authorities in England but nothing apparently came of it and in December 1967 they removed Maps from their most wanted lists, they announced that Maps was thought to be dead in 1971 but no grave has been identified and as far as we can ascertain there has never been a body identified as him. We do have reasons to believe that Edward Howard Maps may well have made his way to London and as he ran around with younger artists and musicians there may well be people that are still alive today that knew of Edward Howard Maps, assuming that he is dead of course (If alive he would be 90 years old now).
Just for background Edward Howard Maps joined the United States Marines aged 18 – 19 years old but wasnot in long due to a psychological condition being diagnosed possibly attributed to his wartime service, he may well have been schozophrenic or suffered from PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder).
Well that’s about it for now if any of you have any thoughts, information, etc please get in touch:
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