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

Fred and Edwina Rogers, aged 81 and 72, were found dead on June 23, 1965 in their kitchen refrigerator. Closer returns to this sinister story.

June 23, 1965. With no news of his aunt, a man named Marvin contacts the police in Houston, Texas. He asks them to make a routine visit to the home of Fred and Edwina Rogers, aged 81 and 72. On the spot, the authorities were surprised to find the house empty. Everything suggests that the couple went on vacation. Everything, or almost. Opening the refrigerator, an agent discovers what he believes to be large pieces of pork, all washed and very well wrapped. Confused, he prepares to close the door. But looking down he sees, in the vegetable drawer, the shape of two decapitated heads …

In a sink, the Houston police locate the remains of the bowels of the two brutally murdered servants, emptied then dismembered before being placed in the refrigerator. An autopsy reveals that Fred Rogers was hit with a carpenter’s hammer. The eyes and genitals have been carefully gouged out. Edwina Rogers, received several blows to the head. The murders occurred about a week earlier, presumably on June 20, 1965, Father’s Day.

Revenge in the family?

But who could have committed such an atrocity, moreover without attracting the attention of the neighborhood? Following the few traces of blood sown by the killer, the investigators come across the room of Charles Rogers, the couple’s only child. Inside, a bloodstained keyhole saw. So Fred and Edwina Rogers were killed by who was closest to them? Without waiting, the police search for traces of Rogers, but he is missing. He will never be found.

Nearly sixty years later, the murder of Fred and Edwina Rogers remains unsolved. Disappeared from 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 was killed in a conflict in Honduras. with minors. The Gardenier investigation also claims that Charles Rogers plotted the murder of his parents as revenge for the physical and emotional abuse he suffered as a child and into adulthood. According to the Gardeniers, Fred and Edwina Rogers lived with their son in a house they owned. Sometimes they even made bank loans in his name, which made life impossible for him.

However, these are just theories. To date, it is not known what really happened to Charles Rogers and above all whether or not he is the real killer of his parents.

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Traces of blood were found in the house.
The bodies had been dismembered, washed and well wrapped before being stored in the refrigerator.

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Carlo Rogers
Carlo Rogers

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The Roger would have abused their son.
Charles Rogers allegedly planned the murder of 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.
Clipping published following the murders of Fred and Edwina Rogers.

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

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Fred and Edwina Rogers
Fred and Edwina Rogers

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

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Who is the culprit?
Following the few traces of blood sown by the killer, the investigators come across the room of Charles Rogers, the couple’s only child.

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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 hit with a carpenter’s hammer.

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A policeman
It was while he was opening the refrigerator that a policeman discovered the inconceivable.

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