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PEOPLE Explains: The Mystery of Who Massacred 8, Including a Family, on Fishing Boat in Alaska

It’s not a mystery how the Coulthurst family and a group of teenage deckhands were killed on their fishing boat, Investor, on Sept. 6, 1982, in the tiny southeast Alaskan fishing village of Craig.

What remains unknown, more than 35 years later, is who did it — and why.

“You never stop thinking about them,” says Dave Freeman, who grew up with Jerome Keown and Dave Moon, two of the massacre’s eight victims.

“The shock of losing everyone really tore up our town,” Freeman tells PEOPLE. “They all had their whole lives in front of them, and they were just blown away. It’s just such a shame and tragic for no reason.”

The slaying of skipper Mark Coulthurst and his pregnant wife, Irene, both 28, along with their children Kimberly, 5, and John, 4, and four deckhands — Chris Heyman, 18; and Keown, Moon and Mike Stewart, all 19 — is still Alaska’s

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MURDER CHOSE ME Detective Rod Demery explains how his mother’s murder led him to life as an investigator

Rod Demery mother

The circumstances of the Rod Demery mother murder are these. Barbara Sue Demery was shot to death in Sweeny TX on May 8th, 1969. Rod was 3; his brother Patrick was 5. Barbara was living with her new husband, Jerry Armstead, at the time; Barbara was in her “early 20s,” while Jerry was “eighteen years her senior.” Neither of her sons were able to move to Sweeny with their mother–nor could they live with their biological father, so they’d been left behind with their great-grandparents.

Rod and Patrick were told that their mother had been killed in “a robbery gone wrong.” Because there was no investigation into Barbara’s death–and because his strongest memory of his mother came from the one story Patrick had about her, which he told “over and over”–neither of the boys had reason

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