In the summer of 2017, Charles Emery had been diagnosed with dementia. Doctors felt it was no longer safe for the 82 year old to continue living in the two story Seattle home he’d been sharing with his brothers for more than 50 years. His niece was named his legal guardian, and she began the process of gathering Charles’ belongings so she could move him to an assisted living facility.
The three Emery brothers never married. Charles, the oldest, had worked for decades at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His younger brother, 80 year old Thomas, had a variety of jobs over the years. And his youngest brother, 78 year old Edwin, had been a long time Boeing employee. They were reclusive, largely staying holed up in their home in the exclusive Green Lake neighborhood that was filled to the brim with things they’d collected over the years.
Newspapers and books lay alongside handwritten manifestos detailing the rape and murder of children. Old pots and pans were piled up along with items of children’s clothing, including dirty underwear. Even in the crawl space, there was stashed a pink child-sized hat partially buried in the ground.
When Charles’ niece came across a child-sized penny loafer that contained a tiny bottle of vodka with her initials written on it, she knew it was time to call the police.
“There is a subculture that thinks incest is a good thing, a very normal thing, that there’s nothing wrong with it. These guys were one of those families,” explained Seattle Police Captain Mike Edwards.
Would the Emery women ever get justice? Did the brothers crimes extend beyond their own family? And what connection do they have with several missing girls whose cases remain unsolved to this day?
If you have any information on the criminal activity of the Emery brothers or the murder of Lindsey Baum, please contact the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of the Seattle Police Department.