Harold Haulman III does meet the definition of “serial killer” if indeed he’s guilty. Two of the victims were developmentally disabled.
Ashley Parlier was 21 years old when she got into a fight with her parents that June 12th of 2005.
The last she was seen alive was walking away from her family home in the Urbandale neighborhood of Battle Creek, Michigan.
Palier was five to seven months pregnant and – according to her family – mildly mentally disabled, functioning at about the level of a 12 to 14-year-old. She was described as “shy” and “quiet”, having few friends with a boyfriend who may have been the father of her child.
Parlier’s parents did not know she was pregnant – they deduced it and confronted her. They wanted her to visit a doctor and get on a prenatal dietary and vitamin regimen.
She had no car or access to one, no driver’s license, cell phone, nor credit cards – though she did have about $700 in cash on her. She was reportedly seen camping at Houghton Lake, but nothing concrete ever came from that lead.
While Parlier’s ex-boyfriend hasn’t been ruled out as a suspect in her disappearance, Michigan and Pennsylvania investigators are now saying that Parlier had “links” to Harold Haulman III (age 43), an alleged serial killer in Pennsylvania.
Haulman allegedly killed two women who vanished in similar circumstances to Parlier. Tianna Ann Phillips was 25 when she vanished from her home in Berwick, Pennsylvania. Her body was never found.
Erica Schultz, age 26, of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania was found dead in a wooded area of Butler Township. She was autistic, having the mental capacity of a 13-year-old or 14-year-old.
Police are still fleshing out exact connections between Parlier and Haulman. The investigation is ongoing and will be updated as appropriate.
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