Real Names: Vernon Shipman, Charles Glass, and Louise Davis Shumate
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Hendersonville, North Carolina
Date: July 17, 1966
Details: On July 17, 1966, gay partners Vernon Shipman and Charles Glass vanished from Hendersonville, North Carolina. Five days later, two workers dumping brush in an isolated clearing found their bodies along with that of a woman, all beaten severely and stabbed. A few days later, the woman was identified as Louise Shumate.
Police were puzzled because neither Vernon nor Charles apparently knew Louise, nor did most people of Hendersonville because she lived in a town miles away. Authorities found that on July 17, all three victims were seen driving in Vernon's car with an unidentified fourth person. To this day, the identity of the fourth person remains a mystery, along with how Vernon and Charles are connected with Louise, and who killed them.
Suspects: Police believe that the murders may be connected to the fact that Vernon and Charles were homosexual, or that the murders may be drug-related, but none of these theories have been confirmed. At the time, news reports did not indicate the sexual orientation of either of them, just reporting that they co-owned the Tempo Music store, and described Charles as favoring the Asian lifestyle. He was found with a pair of crutches crossed over his torso (he had a broken leg at the time), and reports in the Henderson Times-News stated that he "wasn't a fighter."
Extra Notes: This case has appeared on the show Haunting Evidence.
Results: Unresolved. In 2007, several investigators that have worked on the case stated that they believe that the case is practically solved. Circumstancial evidence linked the triple murder to convicted murderer Edward Thompson, Jr., who died in prison in 1989. Thompson had escaped from prison shortly before the murders and was in Hendersonville on July 17, 1966. However, the case has not been officially closed.
- The Murders on the Henderson County Heritage and History website
- Small Town .. Big Crime
- Tales of a Suspect
- Vernon Shipman was a soft-spoken gentleman
- Murder victim’s Bible found
- 1966 triple murder still sends shock waves through Hendersonville