Mark Nell Interview
A Syracuse Mystery
Who murdered Jacqueline Saunders and Mary Anne Marzullo?
It’s a story that was picked up by the wire services coast-to-coast.
At 10:30 PM or there abouts they called home to say they were leaving the Field Days for home.
They never arrived. They were last seen walking on Route 11, North Syracuse, New York and then they just disappeared.
How can that be? 100 police officers conducted 1000 interviews and came up with nothing.
These days investigator Mark Nell of the New York State police is assigned to the case.
Q - Mark, how many investigators have looked at the Marzullo, Saunders file over the years?
Q - When you come into work each day you spend how much time reviewing the files on this case?
Q - You’re looking for something that another investigator might have missed?
Q - On August 11, 1967, did the Field Days end at 11 PM or 12 midnight?
Q - The girls called home at 10:30 PM to say they would be a little late. Why were they going to be a little late?
Q - The News and Courier (August 14, 1967) states that Mary Anne called home about 11 PM to say she would be right home. Did she call home at 10:30 PM or 11 PM?
Q - Who did Mary Anne speak to when she called home?
Q - And where was she when the call was placed?
Q - Linda Marzullo (Mary Anne’s mother) knew something was wrong the minute she got home that night. What time did she get home?
Q - Was she working nights someplace?
Q - When Mary Anne placed the call did anyone observe the girls being followed?
Q - Was there anything unusual about her phone call home? Anything in the tone of her voice?
Q - Why weren’t arrangements made in advance to pick the girls up at the Field Days that night?
Q - If Linda Marzullo couldn’t have done it where was her husband Salvatore?
Q - Jacqueline Saunders had two older brothers. Where were they that night?
Q - Did Mrs. Marzullo drive around looking for the girls, even going to the Field Days?
Q - Did she ever say?
Q - How did the girls get to the Field Days on August 11? Did they walk their? Did someone drive them? When did they arrive?
Q - Had the girls walked home from the Field Days the previous year?
Q - According to the Watertown Daily News (August 14, 1967) Mrs. Marzullo reported the girls missing at 3:30 AM. Why was there such a delay in going to the police?
Q - Two girls were last seen where?
Q - District Attorney Frank Gualtieri said an eyewitness had positively identified the vehicle in which the two girls were reported riding in. That’s according to the News and Courier August 14, 1967. Where is that eyewitness today? Still alive?
Q - The vehicle was identified as a 1959 or 1960 battered black and blue sedan. According to the Las Vegas Optic (August 16, 1967), a sedan fitting that description was seen near the country road were the girls bodies were found.
Q - Were tire tracks left at the site? Was a cast made of the tracks?
Q - How wide of a search was made for a car that fit that description? Just Onondaga County?
Q - The medical examiner said there were bruises on the faces and bodies of the girls. I thought I read somewhere and I don’t remember where, that cigarette burns were found on their bodies indicating they’d been tortured before they were killed. Were cigarette burns found on their bodies?
Q - District Attorney Gualtieri made some interesting statements. He said, the way the girls were tied together indicated there was more than one person involved. Did any of the eyewitnesses ever recall seeing more than one person in the car that picked up the girls?
Q - He also said, there may be a connection between the girl’s murder and other pending cases. What cases was he referring to?
Q - He also said, an arrest in the near future still seems likely and according to the Watertown Daily News, (August 14, 1967) he expects an arrest in a few days. He seemed to be pretty confident about that. Any idea why?
Q - Was there anyone in the neighborhood who was paying an unusual amount of attention to the girls prior to August 11, 1967?
Q - Did Jacqueline Saunders mother or Mary Anne Marzullo’s parents have any ongoing dispute with neighbors or coworkers?
Q - Did the police have any undercover officers at the wake and funeral of the girls, taking notes and looking for anyone who exhibited any type of unusual behavior?
Q - In 1968, a 39-year-old man said he killed the girls. He took the investigators to the exact spot where the girl’s bodies were found. Wasn’t that location revealed in the Syracuse newspapers?
Q - Did he say how he got the girls in the car?
Q - What kind of car was this 39-year-old guy driving in 1967?
Q - Did he say where he was prior to picking up the girls?
Q - If he was interrogated was the conversation taped?
Q - Couldn’t a stress test be done today, if the interviews had been recorded to see if he was telling the truth?
Q - Was he ever given a polygraph test?
Q – Was there ever a Psychic brought into this case?
Q - According to the Times News (August 14, 1967), all evidence had been sent to the State Police laboratory in Albany. Is it possible any DNA evidence could still be on anything that was processed back then?
Q - Scuba divers were in Chittenango Creek looking for evidence. What were they looking for?
Q - The rope used to tie the two girls together was of a traceable kind. Where was it traced to?
Q - If the person was say 17 years old in 1967, and I think that’s how old you had to have been to be driving at night, then isn’t it entirely possible that this person, the killer, could still be alive today?
Note: If you have any information on the Jacqueline Saunders, Mary Anne Marzullo murders, please contact Mr. Mark Nell at firstname.lastname@example.org
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