In August 1975 a 14-year-old girl, Christie Mullins, was brutally murdered in the woods behind the Graceland Shopping Center. The murder, and the trial of a man accused of the killing, became a cause celebre in Columbus. When the man was acquitted, the case went into the “unsolved” category — where it has remained for decades.
The Ohio State Lantern and two of its reporters, Jim Yavorcik and Rick Kelly, played an important role in casting light on the circumstances of the Mullins murder and raising questions about the guilt of the man accused of the killing. Our friend and former Lantern stalwart John Oller, who went on to a very successful career as a lawyer, remained interested in the Christie Mullins case, and after his retirement from the law he decided to write about it. The heart of a reporter still beats beneath the lawyerly exterior!
John’s piece, which revisits the murder, the trial, and the evidence, is entitled An All-American Murder and can be reviewed here. He continues to collect information about the case and may ultimately turn his article into a book.