Between August 1982 and March 1983, residents of Battle Creek, Michigan, were stunned by the local murders of three young women. Authorities suggested possible Satanic motives in the case, and while no link with devil-worship cults was never proved, the mere suggestion was enough to spread a pall of fear in Battle Creek. The first to die was 20-year-old Margaret Hume, an ex-cheerleader and National Honor Society member, found strangled in the closet of her own apartment on August 18, 1982. She had been living on her own for just three months before she died, her body hidden by a pile of clothes and bedding. Patricia Rosansky, age 17, was walking to school on February 3, 1983, when she disappeared within two blocks of campus. She was found outside town on April 6, her skull crushed, body concealed by leaves and branches in a shallow ravine. "Street talk" linked her murder with a local Satan cult, and while no charges have been filed, police admit their leading suspect is a self-styled Satanist who boasts of leading black masses around Kalamazoo. On March 13, 17-year-old Karry Evans disappeared from rural Bellevue, 13 miles from Battle Creek. Last seen walking near her grandparents' home, she was found by mushroom hunters on May 10, strangled to death, her body concealed by brush in a swampy area south of town. Once again, there were rumors of demonic involvement, with Evans describing her own occult beliefs in letters to friends, allegedly sporting a jacket with the Satanic emblem "666." To date, no suspects have been named or prosecuted for the crimes in Battle Creek. With passing time, it seems unlikely that the case will now be solved, but homicide detectives still invite new leads, in hopes that someone, somewhere, may provide a crucial piece of evidence to break the stalemate.