On May 23, 1955, 8-year old Jeannie Singleton disappeared on her way home
from Woodard School. A victim of scarlet fever, Jeannie walked with a limp;
a result of the fact one leg was shorter than the other. Despite her
disabilities, she was an energetic and bubbly little girl who had many
There are numerous accounts of her walk home from school that day. Depending on the source of the story, who walked home with Jeannie on that fateful day might change, but it is obvious that she came across a true monster during the journey to her home on Blakeslee Street.
For the next eight days, thousands of people would search for little Jeannie, including Western Michigan University students, local corporations who shut down operations so their employees could become search volunteers, children from many Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and law enforcement from several agencies. Police conducted house-to-house searches and several suspects were brought in and given lie detector tests, many of them only due to being deemed homosexual or “sexual deviants” because of their sexual orientation.
On June 1, 1955, children playing hide-and-seek in a pine preserve in Doster, discovered the badly decomposed body of a young girl. Detectives quickly determined that the beaten body was in fact little Jeannie Singleton. While investigating this macabre discovery, it was soon determined that Jeannie’s body was disposed of at the site of her brutal murder. Following autopsy, the conclusion was that Jeannie had been beaten and raped, with the cause of death being strangulation.
Witness statements poured in about a sandy-blonde male who was seen stalking the area around Woodard School, and other children’s claims of men trying to lure them into his car, despite these leads the case grew cold. Kalamazoo parents became gripped in fear that their child could become the next victim.
In 1977, the case once again gained new life when the wife of a now-deceased man came forward and claimed she believed her late husband could be Jeannie’s murderer. According to her claims, her violent husband savagely raped her in the same area where Jeannie’s body was discovered. Despite passing a lie detector examination about her experience and the similarities with the Jeannie Singleton case, it could not be proven that her husband was indeed the murderer.
Since then, her case file has been looked at from time to time throughout the years by cold case teams. At time of this book being written, the murder of little Jeannie Singleton has not been solved.
One Silent Voice: the Jeannie Singleton Story is a compilation of newspaper coverage, case files and interviews from that horrible time in 1955 when innocence was lost. As the only book ever written about this case, you will finally learn about the day Jeannie was abducted, the search efforts and witness statements from locals, discovery of her body and autopsy determinations, police interrogations of countless “people of interest,” and where the case has lead since then.
A must-have book for any true crime enthusiast’s library!