A couple of stories concerning adult males in Milwaukee, both of whom had fascination with missing children cases, recently made news headlines.
When 14-year-old John Zera was murdered in 1976, Daniel Acker made it his personal crusade to solve the crime. He befriended John’s family, which included two teenage brothers. He brought other young men with him to investigate in Whitnall Park, where John’s body was found. He even persuaded a patient at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, where he worked, to falsely confess to the crime.
Acker, who was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a teenage boy and whose basement contained a trove of disturbing keepsakes, was well known to the police who investigated John’s death but isn’t a suspect in the murder, said Detective Kent Schoonover of the Hales Corners Police Department.
“He’s basically a predator pedophile, but Acker did not kill John Zera,” said Schoonover, who dusted off the cold case a few years ago.
There is no evidence tying Acker to the crime, and the only information he knew about the case he obtained from the media and from John’s family, Schoonover said. The man who police believe killed John is living on the West Coast.
Vernon Seitz, a retired barber who passed away on Dec. 15th , 2008 allegedly told his psychiatrist that he had killed two children in 1958 and needed to confess. Police have been unable to locate his victims but it has been suggested he was responsible for other cases though no evidence has linked him to the crimes.
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police have investigated a suburban barber’s reported deathbed statement that he was a child killer but found no connection with any missing child case, including that of a Minnesota boy abducted two decades ago, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday night.
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