FORGOTTEN BUSINESS.  The "refrigerator murders", barbaric revenge for an abused child?

FORGOTTEN BUSINESS. The “refrigerator murders”, barbaric revenge for an abused child?

Fred and Edwina Rogers, aged 81 and 72, were found dead on June 23, 1965, in their kitchen refrigerator. The nearer return to this evil activity.

June 23, 1965. With no news of his aunt, a man named Marvin contacted the police in Houston, Texas. He asked them to make a routine visit to the home of Fred and Edwina Rogers, aged 81 and 72. Immediately, the authorities were surprised to find the house empty. Everyone suggested that the couple was on vacation. All, or almost. Upon opening the refrigerator, an agent discovered what he believed to be large pieces of pork, all washed and very well wrapped. Confused, he prepared to close the door. But looking down, he saw, in the vegetable drawer, the shape of two severed heads…

In a sink, Houston police identified the remains of the entrails of two seniors, brutally murdered, emptied and then dismembered before being placed in a refrigerator. An autopsy revealed that Fred Rogers had been beaten with a claw hammer. His eyes and genitals were carefully removed. Edwina Rogers, she suffered multiple head injuries. The murders took place about a week later, possibly on June 20, 1965, Father’s Day.

Family revenge?

But who could do such atrocity, moreover, without attracting the attention of the neighborhood? By following some traces of blood splattered by the killer, the investigators reached the bedroom of Charles Rogers, the couple’s only son. Inside, a blood-stained keyhole was seen. So were Fred and Edwina Rogers killed by whoever was closest to them? Without waiting, the police launched a search to find traces of Rogers, but he disappeared. He is nowhere to be found.

Nearly sixty years later, the murders of Fred and Edwina Rogers remain unsolved. Missing since the discovery of the bodies, their son, Charles Rogers, was declared “legally dead” in 1975. According to an investigation by Hugh Gardenier, a Houston forensic accountant, and his wife Martha, he killed in Honduras in a conflict with minors. The Gardenier investigation also claimed that Charles Rogers planned to kill his parents as revenge for the physical and emotional abuse he suffered as a child and as an adult. According to the Gardeniers, Fred and Edwina Rogers live with their son in a house he owns. Sometimes they even take out bank loans in his name, making his life impossible.

However, these are just theories. It is not known to this day what really happened to Charles Rogers and more importantly, if he really killed his parents.

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Traces of blood were found in the house.
The bodies are dismembered, washed and well wrapped before being refrigerated.

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Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers

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The Rogers allegedly abused their son.
Charles Rogers allegedly planned to kill his parents for several years as revenge for the physical and emotional abuse he suffered as a child.

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The murders of Fred and Edwina Rogers.
The clipping was published after the murders of Fred and Edwina Rogers.

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Houston, TX
The bodies of Fred and Edwina Rogers were discovered in their home in Houston, Texas.

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Fred and Edwina Rogers
Fred and Edwina Rogers

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The bodies were kept in the refrigerator
In the refrigerator, the bodies looked like large chunks of pork, authorities said.

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Who is to blame?
By following some traces of blood splattered by the killer, the investigators reached the bedroom of Charles Rogers, the couple’s only son.

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An autopsy was performed.
The murders probably took place on June 20, 1965, Father’s Day.

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Charles Rogers allegedly killed his parents with a hammer.
Fred Rogers was beaten with a claw hammer.

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A police officer
Upon opening the refrigerator, a police officer discovered the unthinkable.

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