March 19, 2019

The Murder of Tracey Kirkpatrick

By Elise Haley AKA Crime Shark

Tracey Kirkpatrick was working at Aileen’s, in Frederick, MD on the night of March 15 1989.  She was closing up the shop when someone entered the store and brutally stabbed her and left her body in the store’s stockroom.  Tracey had no defensive wounds, there had been no signs of a struggle and it didn’t appear to have been a robbery. This led investigators to believe she knew her attacker.

About a month after her murder, authorities had exhausted all leads and the case grew cold.  In June of 1989, a man named “Don” called a Las Vegas crime hotline and confessed to murdering Tracey.  The call was made from a payphone at a supermarket near Frederick, MD. A psychic, Martha Woodwarth, claimed she recognized the voice as a man named “Sean” who was obsessed with Tracey’s murder and had even provided her with newspaper clippings on the case. 

When police investigated the return address of the man who called the psychic, they discovered he lived in Walkersville, this is the same city the confession call came from. At the request of investigators, a local radio DJ played the confession tape.  Three people called in identifying the voice as the same man police had been investigating in Walkersville. Law enforcement obtained a hair sample and searched his home, but there was no evidence linking him to the crime, and the man pleaded the 5thwhen questioned.

If you or anyone you know has any information about the murder of Tracey Kirkpatrick, please contact Frederick, MD police at 301-600-6219


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