The Krajcir Connection in Cape Girardeau - Neighborhoods Living in Fear

The Krajcir Connection in Cape Girardeau - Neighborhoods Living in Fear
By: CJ Cassidy
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Some neighborhoods are all too familiar with the murders to which Krajcir confessed. Folks there say they breathed a sigh of relief when they heard Timothy Krajcir's confessions. " I found those ladies. Never again do I want to go through something like that," one lady says.
She doesn't want you to know who she is, but police know her well. She found the bodies of Mary and Brenda Parsh back in 1977 three days after Krajcir says he killed them. She says Mary's daughter called asking if she would check on her mother.
"I saw her purse and head scarf laying there like a trail going through her house. I kept hollering at her wanting to know what was going on. I said what's this smell in here? It's terrible and nobody answered. I followed the trail, and they were in bed tied up, laying on their stomachs. That's it," she recalls with a shudder.
The neighbor remembers 27-year-old Brenda Parsh coming to Cape to see her dad in the hospital.
Investigators believe Krajcir hid inside, and attacked Brenda and her mother as they came home. "I walked very fast and I was scared to death."
Now she says that fear stayed with her all these years. Just a few blocks away, Juanita Masterson also remembers learning her neighbor- Margie Call - had been strangled. "Every time you passed the house you'd think on my goodness," she says.
That happened in 1982. Police say Krajcir lay in wait for the 57-year-old store clerk to come home before killing her. Masterson says after that, her husband wouldn't let her out of his sight. "My husband and I - whenever you seen my husband we was together," the 86-year-old says.
Both women say they'd given up hope police would track down a killer. But they still have one question they both want answered. "Why? What was his reason? I know he's probably got a lot of them, but not to kill these people that didn't help him any, did it?"
Both women tell me the killings affected them in different ways.
Juanita Masterson says the folks in her neighborhood bonded together, to keep an eye out for each other. The other lady says she started keeping to herself more, and never even wanted to speak about what she saw, until now.