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The Beginning of the End

By 1976, Detroit’s population had plummeted as residents left for the suburbs in droves. The wealthiest, most exclusive destinations were found in Oakland County, where mothers and fathers always felt comfortable letting their children roam the neighborhood until the street lights came on. Life was great and then suddenly, it wasn’t.

Cynthia Cadieux lived with her mother and stepfather in Roseville, Michigan. On Jan. 15, 1976, Cynthia walked to a girlfriend’s house. Police were able to verify that she’d made it to the friend’s house that evening. They were also able to figure out she’d left he friend’s home around 8 p.m., presumably heading back home. Her body would later be found in Bloomfield Township, which is about 26 miles away.