On Your Side Investigators have found the family of a woman who a former
Richmond Police detective says was murdered. The death was ruled natural
causes, but this detective says a serial killer confessed to it and he was
ordered to cover it up.
family saw our reports and reached out to us. It was their relative,
Rachel Henshaw, who detective Ron Reed claims was murdered by the
notorious Golden Years serial killer.
surviving family members have asked for privacy and not to be identified.
They did want us to report that they are grateful Ron Reed came
forward and they forgive him.
17 years, a shocking secret tormented former detective Reed.
he told me haunts me, and going to the scene of everyone of them haunts
me," said Reed. He claims serial killer Leslie Leon
Burchart confessed to more murders than he was ever charged with or convicted
of back in 1996. There was one death that stuck with Reed: an elderly
woman in an adult care facility called Kensington Gardens.
want to notify the people in Kensington Gardens that their mother was
murdered. I want them to know the truth." Reed says he was ordered to
keep quiet to keep the homicide rate down. He retired a year later, but what he
heard Burchart tell him in that interrogation room never left him.
says, "I should have told the guy the truth and let them fire
me. Just give up my retirement and say alright I'm gone."
says Burchart told him about a woman lying in a bed with an oxygen mask.
Burchart described removing that mask, watching her suffocate, and then leaving
the room. After our stories aired, Richmond Police finally revealed that the
woman was 81 year old Rachel Henshaw. She died on June 20th 1996. Her
death is still considered to be from natural causes, but Reed says Burchart
admitted to killing her.
we aired a story revealing Henshaw's name, her surviving relatives contacted
gave us a picture of Rachel. It's from her younger days-- long before her
death in 1996.
with one of the family members a few days ago. She told us she was absolutely
stunned to hears Ron's confession. She says it's been painful-- but she also
wants Ron to know they have forgiven him for any actions he may have taken at
the time. They want him to put to rest any feelings of guilt.
says his only goal in coming forward was to tell the family his truth.
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