Assuming so many different identities, infiltrating families and destroying lives in New Hampshire and California, Terry Peder Rasmussen has been named, “The Chameleon Killer”.
In the early 1980’s Rasmussen used the name Bob Evans, then moved on to Curtis Kimball, Gordon Jenson, and Larry Vanner. Five murders have been connected to this man, all alias’ being one and the same man, and authorities fear there may be more.
Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, boin in Connecticut in 1954, married twice, conceiving a daughter in both marriages. Her daughter was born in 1971, her name Marie E. Vaughn, and then in 1977 her second daughter, Sarah L. Mcwaters was born.
Honeychurch brought Terry Rasmussen home to meet her family in 1978 around Thanksgiving, at her mothers home. Details aren’t quite clear, but family believed there may have been a disagreement between Honeychurch and her mother in regards to Rasmussen being too old for her. Honeychurch left with Rasmussen. Honeychurch was 24 at the time. She never called or contacted her family after that. She just disappeared. Police believe Honeychurch died one or two years later, making her at least 26 or 27 when she died.
The remains of Honeychurch and her daughter, Marie E. Vaughn were found in the first of two barrels, discovered in Bear Brook State Park, November of 1985. Their bodies weren’t identified until 2019. Marie E. Vaughn was believed to have been between 8 and 10 years old when she died.
While playing a game of hide and seek, Jesse Morgan age 11 and a few of his friends stumbled upon a barrel in the middle of the woods, off a trail. It was said the barrel was slightly rusted, dark blue in color; a 55-gallon steel drum just sitting out in the woods. After one of the children tried to lift the top of the barrel, the children were hit with a putrid smell and then another child tipped the barrel over, watching it fall on its side. The children got on their 4-wheeler and left not knowing at the time that there were human remains inside the barrel.
A hunter calls police, 4-months later, requested police meet him at the edge of the woods. When police arrived the man was very pale in color and told the police he believed there to be human bones in a barrel up in the woods.
It was later determined that a female adult and child, unidentified at the time, had been killed with blunt force trauma to their heads. They were both buried together at a local cemetary and a gravestone was donated that read:
“Here lies the mortal remains known only to God of a woman aged 23-33 and her girl child aged 8-10. Their slain bodies were found on November 10th, 1985, in Bear Brook State Park. May their soul find peace in God’s loving care.”
Sarah L. McWaters, in 2000, 15 years after the barrel containing the remains of her mother and her half- sister were discovered, was found inside a seperate barrel at Bear Brook State Park along with the body of an unknown child. It was believed that Sarah was only 2 to 3 years old at the time she was killed.
After DNA was taken and the identities of Honeychurch and her older daughter Marie Vaughn were identified, they were laid to rest together with a new headstone bearing their names in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and the youngest daughter Sarah, was laid to rest in Connecticut, near her father’s family.
The remains of the young child found with Sarah’s in the second barrel, estimated between 2 and 4 years old, have yet to be identified. She has been referred to as the “middle child”, but DNA confirmed she is not related to Sara and Marie, nor their mother. In 2016, this child was determined to be the biological daughter of Rasmussen.
After reviewing the timeline for Rasmussen, it appears likely that this unknown child, his daughter, was born in texas on the Gulf Coast, if he was indeed working on an oil rig at the time. Genealogy efforts have revealed that the litte girls’ mother’s relatives may have come from Pearl River County, Mississippi. This little girl has been given the name “Angel”.
These are only four of the victims believed to belong to Rasmussen.