The man who was arrested in the murders of Abigail “Abby” Williams and Liberty “Libby” German was one of Delphi, Indiana’s own, leaving the townspeople reeling that the monster behind the brutal slayings of the two teenagers may have been amongst them this entire time.
Richard Allen, 50 was well-known for his work at the CVS Pharmacy in his small town. It was the only drugstore in the area with 2,972 residents. His name has been in national headlines since he was accused of two murders in 2017 for the deaths of Libby, 14, and Abby, 13, respectively.
Reminders of the manhunt for the teens’ killer were everywhere in Delphi for five years, including the bar where Allen was photographed smiling, a sketch of the wanted man seen behind him.
“It’s such a shock, I just can’t see it in Rick, knowing the Rick I knew,”Bob Matlock, the bar’s owner, spoke to Inside Edition.
Becky Patty is Libby’s grandmother. FOX59 that Allen printed pictures that the family used at the girls’ funeral. Patty stated that Allen didn’t charge families for the photos.
Allen has been living in Delphi for approximately 15 years. He has no criminal record, but has two speeding tickets as well as a seatbelt violation. Allen and his wife have two kids.
In 2019, police gave what appears to be a perceptive insight at a news conference.
“The killer, who may be in this room. We believe you are hiding in plain sight,”Doug Carter, ISP Superintendent, stated that at the time.
Forensic psychologist Dr. Lewis Schlessinger, of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, told Inside Edition it’s not uncommon for someone to do exactly as Carter said– hide in plain sight—after committing a heinous crime.
“Very often they block it out and they continue to function in a fairly normal way,” Schlessinger said.
Over the years investigators released sketches of two suspects. Allen is the most similar to the first. Investigators are keeping quiet about Allen’s case. Some suspect that they might be looking for another suspect in the murders.
Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland answered a question about whether investigators believe Allen had an accomplice. “We haven’t closed the door on the investigation and so that’s why we keep the tip line and the tip email open.”
Allen has pleaded no guilty to the charges.