- Case number: 288
- Nickname or alias: Debbie
- Incident location: 3381 Greenway Avenue
- Hamilton County
- Incident date: 9/25/1966 - 9/27/1966 (Approximate)
- Homicide date: Unknown
- Date of birth: 6/9/1962
- Gender: Female
- Race/Ethnicity: White
- Height: 3'4"
- Weight: 30 lbs
- Law enforcement agency: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
Gerald Bricca age 26, his wife Linda Bricca age 23, and their daughter Debbie Bricca age 4, were murdered on or around September 25th, 1966 in their suburban home in Cincinnati, OH.
Gerald Bricca was last seen on Sunday, September 25th, 1966 at 10:00pm at his home on Greenway Avenue in Green Township. Gerald returned home from work, and was seen by a neighbor taking his trash cans to the curb and then entering his home. Gerald was scheduled to go to the airport the following morning to catch a flight to West Virginia with a co-worker for a business trip. Gerald did not make that flight on Monday, September 26th, 1966. The co-worker called Gerald that morning to no avail.
Neighbors noticed that newspapers began piling up on the driveway, and the trash cans had not been taken in. Also, the porch light was still on, the TV had been on for a couple days, and their 2 dogs had not been outside to play. Gerald had not been to work since Sunday, September 25th.
On September 27th, 1966, concerned neighbors decided to check on the Bricca home, and opened the unlocked front door. Once the door was opened, one neighbor who was a war veteran, immediately recognized the smell of dead bodies, and advised that nobody enter the home and to contact the sheriff’s department. The door was shut, and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office responded to find the family of 3 dead.
Gerald and Linda Bricca were found in their bedroom, each having suffered numerous stab wounds to their chest, neck and face. Gerald was stabbed 9 times, and Linda was stabbed 8 times. Linda and Gerald were both bound at some point, but the material used, possibly tape, was removed from their bodies and was not located. Gerald had a sock stuffed in his mouth with a small piece of medical tape. Linda was found lying on top of Gerald. Debbie Bricca was found in her bedroom, having suffered 4 stab wounds to her back, each stab going completely through her body.
Over 400 interviews were conducted with anyone remotely connected to the Bricca family.
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