Stories of the Year: No. 8 – Uncovering a killer’s identity

  • Authorities searched a Manchester home earlier this year in connection to a missing persons case linked to Bob Evans, who was later identified as Terry Peder Rasmussen. AP file

Monitor staff
Published: 12/26/2017 10:20:55 PM

After decades of aliases and mystery in the case of a serial killer who murdered four people in New Hampshire, police finally attached a name to him – his real name – last August: Terry Peder Rasmussen.

Not Bob Evans, or Curtis Kimball, or Gordon Jenson, or Curtis Mayo Kimball, or Gerry Mockerman, or any of the other several names Rasmussen went by as he eluded police and took up residence in different spots across the country, as far west as Hawaii.

Unfortunately, the authorities still don’t know who was buried in two barrels in a wooded area near Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, nor do they know the circumstances leading up to their deaths.

They do know, however, that Rasmussen killed them, and one of the victims among the three girls was his biological daughter, estimated to be 2 to 4 years old.

The case baffled authorities for decades, ever since the first two bodies were found in 1985 –an unnamed female adult said to be 22 to 23 years old, and a girl 5 to 11 years old.

Then, another barrel was located in 2000 in the same wooded area as the first one, this time with two unidentified girls, both younger than 4, with one of them confirmed as Rasmussen’s child. Forensics showed that the woman was somehow related to the other two girls, although officials could not confirm she was their mother.

The story, while not finished, came together at a snail’s pace. Rasmussen had been living a transient life following his departure from New Hampshire in 1981, at which time he was known as Bob Evans and left with his girlfriend, Denise Beaudin of Manchester, and her 6-month-old daughter.

Beaudin has never been found and is presumed dead. The mother of Rasmussen’s daughter found in a barrel might very well be dead too, investigators have said, and Rasmussen was charged with another murder, that of a woman named Eunsoon Jun, who disappeared in California 15 years ago and was found a year later buried in Rasmussen’s basement.

Rasmussen died while serving a prison sentence for Jun’s murder in 2010, but loose ends to the bizarre case remain.

Recently, Beaudin’s daughter, who had since been adopted by a family in New Hampshire, began to wonder about her background, and DNA evidence linked her to Beaudin, Rasmussen’s girlfriend from 35 years ago.

Further DNA testing also revealed the real identity of Bob Evans and showed he had lived in Arizona, Hawaii, California and Texas, all before Rasmussen showed up in New Hampshire and killed the four yet-to-be identified females who were found near Bear Brook State Park.

The authorities say the case remains open, adding that they will not close the book until they know who was found in those two barrels so long ago.

Ray Duckler bio photo

Ray Duckler, our intrepid columnist, focuses on the Suncook Valley. He floats from topic to topic, searching for the humor or sadness or humanity in each subject. A native New Yorker, he loves the Yankees and Giants. The Red Sox and Patriots? Not so much.

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