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“Santa Claus” Brutally Murdered in Polk County FL; Suspect at Large

Ronald Leggett, a Polk County businessman, was found brutally murdered inside his residence in June 2003.

Ronald Leggett, a Polk County businessman, was found brutally murdered inside his residence in June 2003.

 

Ronald Leggett, a 56 yo business owner in the Lakeland (Florida) area, was found murdered inside his residence on Timberidge Drive on June 16, 2003.  After Leggett had not been in contact with anyone for several days, his parents went to his home to check on his welfare and discovered his body upstairs near the couch.   He had been savagely attacked and his injury included both multiple blunt force trauma and stab wounds.
Leggett’s bearded appearance caused him to become known to many area residents and friends as “Santa Claus.”  He was well known in the area and operated a used appliance business as well as owning many rental properties, which would, of course, have placed him in regular contact with many different people.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case and its detectives have pursued his many business contacts as well as social network contacts in hope of locating suspects.   Leggett had been married five times and police are still investigating a widespread group of contacts, family members, neighbors, and business associates, to gain leads that might lead to an arrest.

 

Police reported nothing was stolen and there was no forced entry.   Both of these things suggest that Leggett knew his killer and probably let him/her into his residence.

 

The viciousness of the attack might suggest that the killer had something personal to settle with Leggett, along with the fact that nothing was missing to suggest that burglary was the motive.

 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (863) 298-6379, or send an email to coldcase@polksheriff.org

 

Rebecca Simon 2002 Murder Rialto, California

RIALTO, CALIFORNIA   REBECCA SIMON

Sgt. Paul Stella of the Rialto Police Department in California is seeking help from the public to solve the vicious murder of Rebecca Simon who was found dumped in a vacant field.    She left her home on November 4, 2002, at around 5:30pm, going to the grocery store and she was never seen alive again, other than by her killer.   Rebecca was found on November 5, brutally beaten and murdered at another location that has never been discovered.   Rebecca’s loving family and her two year old daughter were left alone by her death.

 

Police stated that she had become involved with a bad crowd, one involving a street gang and illegal drugs the last few years of her short life.   The brutality of her slaying and the circumstances of her leaving a young daughter made this case especially important to the detectives who had been involved.  The police are asking for leads in this case.

 

Someone may have seen Rebecca walking to the grocery store, have seen her getting into someone’s car or heard someone talking about what had happened to her.    Her homicide could have been gang involved, an angry boyfriend, or even an unknown stranger.   It is important to her family and to the dedicated detectives seeking to solve her case, that justice is served.

 

Anyone with information about Simon’s case or other unsolved homicides in Rialto is asked to call Sgt. Stella at 909-820-2632 or Mills at 909-421-4990.

Rebecca Simon was murdered in Rialto, CA, in 2002

Rebecca Simon was murdered in Rialto, CA, in 2002

Farmington NM Tipster Urgently Needs to Call Police Unsolved Cold Case 1991

 

Patsy Taylor was murdered during her early morning run June 1991.

Patsy Taylor was murdered during her early morning run June 1991.

Patsytaylor

 

Patsy Taylor left her Farmington, New Mexico, home on July 10, 1991 shortly after 5:00 a.m. for her daily morning run.    She was 52 at the time.     Neighbors were awakened by her screaming around 5:30am.    Taylor was found dead and initially police believed it may have been a hit-and-run accident.    When an autopsy was completed, police learned that Taylor had been struck several times in the head and back by a heavy metal object.

It’s been nearly 25 years since the mother of three was murdered, but her family is still looking for answers.

“You try and replace all that pain with the positive things; you basically have to do that to move forward,” Gina Saied, Taylor’s daughter, told KOB.   “It’s very sad and we all feel cheated and robbed of those precious years we would have had with her.”

Saied visited Farmington recently to discuss her mother’s case with a new cold case detective now assigned to it.     Just one week after that visit, Lt. Daryl Noon told the Daily Times that an anonymous tipster phoned in to the county’s crime stopper’s number with a tip that’s been deemed credible.

“This is the best progress we have made on the case in years,” Lt. Noon said.

Police are urging that that tipster come forward to help them solve Patsy Taylor’s murder.      They really need more information to follow up on the lead provided.    Taylor’s family continues to hope justice can be found.

“She has missed out on so much and it grieves us that she missed out; and in turn, we have missed out on so much – just having her presence in our lives,” Saied said.

If you have any information that can help bring justice for Patsy Taylor and her family, please contact the San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-8477.

 

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/_N37IOSbr-U

 

The case detective has followed up on all tips received. No arrests have been made.    Help make this case be the first laid to rest of Farmington’s twelve unsolved cold cases.

Colorado Cold Cases Bennett and Smith linked by DNA, others possible

Patricia Louise Smith was the victim of a brutal homicide in Lakewood CO in January 1984

Patricia Louise Smith was the victim of a brutal homicide in Lakewood CO in January 1984

Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO,   January 1984

Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO, January 1984

 

The murders of Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett in January 1984 were preceded days earlier by the death of Patricia Louise Smith.  The Bennett family was killed while living in Aurora, Colorado, and Smith lived in nearby Lakewood.    Both homicide scenes were very close to a large construction area where many new homes were being built, the Alameda Avenue corridor, and someone working construction in that area might have information or have noticed something.

Besides the Bennett and Smith murders, police believed there might be links to other random attacks that occurred that same month along the Highline Canal and Alameda Avenue corridor, including a January 4, 1984, hammer attack in an Aurora home.   There were no more hammer attacks after the Bennett killings.   The attacks were all very violent, vicious unprovoked attacks on family homes.   The perpetrator would likely have been bloodied, especially after the Bennett attack, where the father fought valiantly to save his family.

You can make a difference.    In light of the extreme violence and out of control behavior, someone could very well have seen this attacker leaving one of these homes.    What did you see?