Robin Ann Kerry

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Above Images: Robin, circa 1991

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 5, 1991 from St. Louis, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 27, 1972
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 98 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Robin's ears are pierced. She is of Lebanese and Puerto Rican descent.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Robin was last seen on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri at 11:25 p.m. on April 5, 1991. The bridge spans the Mississippi River at the Missouri/Illinois state line. Robin and her 20-year-old sister, Julie Ann Kerry, had taken a visiting 19-year-old cousin from Maryland, Thomas Cummins, to the bridge to show him a graffiti poem they had painted there several years earlier. A photograph of Julie is posted below this case summary.

    Several hours later, Thomas contacted police and told them four men had attacked him and his cousins, robbed him, raped the women and pushed them off the bridge into the river. Thomas then jumped off the bridge after being ordered to do so by the attackers. He saw Julie in the water, still alive, but they became separated and he never saw her or Robin again. Thomas was able to swim to shore and get help. Julie's body was recovered in Caruthersville, Missouri several weeks later, but Robin's remains were never located.

    Authorities initially suspected Thomas had been responsible for the Kerry sisters' deaths and that he made up the story about the other men to cover up his own crime. He failed a polygraph shortly after making his initial report. Investigators theorized that Julie had accidentally fallen off the bridge while resisting Thomas's sexual advances, and Robin jumped in to save her, and both of them drowned. Thomas was charged with murdering his cousins, but he was quickly released for lack of evidence, and the investigation turned in another direction. Thomas later won a settlement against the St. Louis police department for wrongful interrogation techniques.

    Marlin Gray, Daniel Winfrey, Reginald Clemons, and Clemons's cousin, Antonio D. Richardson, were subsequently convicted of raping and murdering Robin and Julie and robbing Tom. His belongings were found in their possession after their arrests. All four defendants confessed to the crime, and their stories were consistent with Thomas's version of events, but three of them later recanted. Winfrey, who was 15 years old at the time of the murders and the only attacker who did not participate in the rapes, took a plea bargain and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his testimony against the others. While he was in prison, he wrote a letter to the Kerry family apologizing for his role in the crimes. He was paroled in 2007, after serving half his sentence. The other three men were sentenced to death. Gray was executed in October 2005 and Clemons is still on death row, but Richardson's sentence was commuted to life in prison in 2005.

    Both Robin and Julie were students at the University of Missouri at St. Louis in 1991; Julie was an English major. Foul play is suspected in Robin's case due to the circumstances involved. Thomas's sister, Jeanine, wrote a book about her cousins' murders called A Rip in Heaven.

    Julie
    Above: Julie Kerry

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Saint Louis Police Department
    314-231-1212

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Missouri's Death Row
    Pro Death Penalty
    KSDK NewsChannel 5
    The Kansas City Star
    A Rip in Heaven: a Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath by Jeanine Cummins
    A Rip in Heaven
    The St. Louis American

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 13, 2013; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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