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Serial Killer: John Norman Collins *The Co-Ed Killer* and *The Ypsilanti Ripper* and *The Michigan Murders*

Michigan Murders victims

Known Victims
Mary Fleszar, 19 [7/10/1967]
Joan Schell, 20 [7/1/1968]
Eileen Adams, 13 [12/1968]
Maralynn Skelton, 16 [3/26/1969]
Dawn Basom, 13 [4/14/1969] (no picture)
Alice Kalom, 23 [6/8/1969]
Karen Sue Beineman, 18 [7/23/1969]
Roxie Phillips, 17 [6/30/1969 CA]

Michigan Murders: A timeline of events
‘Murder Scene’ Barn Destroyed
Profile: John Norman Collins
John Norman Collins and the Coed Murders
John Norman Collins: The Co-Ed Killer (GOOD article, has a lot of information)
John Norman Collins: The Co-Ed Killer
Murderpedia: John Norman Collins
The Co-ed Murders
John Norman Collins: A Serial Killer Scrapbook
Wikipedia: Michigan Murders
‘Michigan Murders’ to be featured on television show Dec. 10

The Michigan Murders
True Crime: Michigan: The State’s Most Notorious Criminal Cases
Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

A Crime To Remember: A New Kind Of Monste


Collins then and now

MDOC Number: 126833
SID Number: 0638739H
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 224 lbs.
Date of Birth: 06/17/1947 (66)

Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Marquette Branch Prison
Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE
Security Level: V

Sentence 1
Offense: Murder, First Degree
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: CR2940
Date of Offense: 07/23/1969
County: Washtenaw
Date of Sentence: 08/28/1970
Conviction Type: Jury



4 Responses

  1. He is all 3 serial killers?!?!

  2. Just one minor correction – Robert Baxter Bowman was convicted in the murder of Eileen Adams.

    • Thanks for posting this. Bowmans DNA was actually linked to Eileen Adams by tests done on his daughter in 2006 which aided the charges against Bowman. People need to know the facts.

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