Delphi murders suspect Richard Allen ‘confessed to killing teenagers in jailhouse phone call with wife’

Trove of court documents also reveals Libby and Abby are believed to have been killed with a knife and that some items of their clothing was missing from the crime scene

Rachel Sharp
Thursday 29 June 2023 09:37 BST
Police announce charges against Richard Allen in Delphi murder case

Delphi murders suspect Richard Allen confessed to the 2017 killings of teenage best friends Libby German and Abby Williams in a jailhouse phone call with his wife, according to bombshell court documents.

A trove of 118 court documents was unsealed on Wednesday, revealing the 50-year-old local CVS worker’s shocking confession to wife Kathy Allen in the months following his sudden arrest last October.

In the 3 April phone call, from the Westville Correctional Facility where the accused killer is being held awaiting trial, Mr Allen allegedly admitted “several times” that he carried out the brutal murders.

“On April 3, 2023, Richard M. Allen made a phone call to his wife Kathy Allen,” the court documents read.

“In that phone call, Richard M. Allen admits several times that he killed Abby and Libby.

“Investigators had the phone call transcribed and the transcription confirms that Richard M. Allen admits that he committed the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German.”

Mr Allen’s wife abruptly ended the phone call following her husband’s confession, the documents state.

The suspect – who was on police radar back in 2017 but slipped through the net for more than five years due to a clerical error – also confessed in jailhouse calls to his mother, the documents state.

In total, court documents state that he confessed at least five times.

Following the bombshell 3 April call with his wife, Mr Allen broke the tablet he used to call and text people and has not communicated with people in months, the documents state.

In a dramatic court hearing earlier this month, both the prosecution and the defence revealed that Mr Allen had made “incriminating admissions” about the murders in the seven months since his arrest – but the nature of those confessions was not previously known.

Richard Allen leaves court after hearing on 15 June (Fox59)

Mr Allen’s defence attorneys have argued that Mr Allen’s confessions can’t be trusted due to his current mental state.

In another court document, the defence argued that his attorneys visited him one day after the 3 April call and found him to be “schizophrenic and delusional” and suffering from “psychotic symptoms”.

While behind bars, the married father has been “wetting down paperwork” and “eating it”, and refusing to eat or sleep, the documents state.

The defence is seeking to have him moved from Westfield Correctional to a county jail in Cass County, like other inmates awaiting trial. They claim he is being treated like a “dog” in the state prison and that his mental state has deteriorated to the extent that he is unable to participate in his own defence.

As well as the bombshell confessions, the trove of court documents also reveals new details about the murders of the teenage best friends for the first time.

Both Libby and Abby are believed to have been killed with a knife, suffering wounds caused “by a sharp object,” the filings state. A gun is also believed to have been used in the crime, after an unspent bullet was found by the victim’s bodies.

Some items of the girls’ clothing was also missing and Libby’s iPhone – containing the infamous video of “Bridge Guy” – was found underneath her body at the scene.

“Articles of clothing from the girls were missing from the scene, including a pair of underwear and a sock,” documents state.

Of the 137 documents in the case, 19 remain seales by the judge including a list of witnesses that includes names of juveniles and the unredacted probable cause affidavit.

Libby German (left) and Abby Williams (right) pictured together (Facebook)

Mr Allen’s trial date has been set for 8 January 2024 – almost seven years on from the brutal murders of Libby, 14, and Abby, 13, who went out one day together and never returned.

On 13 February 2017, the two best friends set off on a hike along the Monon High Bridge Trail in their hometown of Delphi.

During the walk, Libby posted a photo of her best friend on Snapchat as they walked along the Monon High Bridge.

Minutes later, Libby captured a video of a man – known as “bridge guy” – dressed in blue jeans, a blue jacket and a cap walking along the abandoned railroad bridge. In the footage, the man tells the two girls: “Guys, down the hill.”

Later that day, the teenagers were reported missing when they failed to return to a spot where a family member was picking them up.

The next day – Valentine’s Day 2017 – their bodies were discovered in a wooded area less than half a mile off the trail along the side of Deer Creek. Their cause of death has never been released with a previously-released search warrant application only detailing that they were killed with some type of weapon and lost a lot of blood.

For more than five years, the girls’ devastated families waited for answers in the case.

Then, in late October 2022, Mr Allen – a local man who served the victims’ families in his job at the Delphi CVS store – was arrested and charged with their murders.

According to investigators, Mr Allen is the so-called “bridge guy” captured on camera by the victims.

The suspect forced the two victims down the hill and led them to the location where they were murdered, according to his probable cause affidavit.

The criminal affidavit, which was partially redacted and released in November, previously revealed that the local man was finally tied to the February 2017 murders through a bullet found at the bloody crime scene.

Ballistics confirmed that an unspent .40 caliber round found close to the bodies of the teenage victims came from Mr Allen’s Sig Sauer Model P226.

The firearm – which he owned since 2011 – was found during a search of his home last October and both he and his wife Kathy told police he was the only person with access to it, the documents state.

Libby German posted a Snapchat as the girls walked along the trail (Snapchat)

The bombshell document also revealed that, in Libby’s cellphone footage, one of the victims mentions the word “gun” – suggesting that their attacker was armed with a firearm and was using it to coerce the victims.

In a police interview on 13 October, Mr Allen told investigators he had “no explanation” as to how the spent bullet ended up near the bodies of the two teenage victims, the document states.

The accused killer said he had “not been on the property where the unspent round was found, that he did not know the property owner, and that he had no explanation as to why a round cycled through his firearm would be at that location,” it says. The property owner – Ron Logan – was also previously tied to the case. He died in 2020.

The defence is currently seeking to throw out this key ballistics evidence from the case, questioning the analysis of the unspent bullet.

As well as the ballistics evidence, Mr Allen was also tied to the killings after his vehicle was spotted parked close to the trail in “an odd manner” as if to “conceal the license plate”, the affidavit previously revealed.

Several witnesses also reported seeing a “creepy” man matching the description of “bridge guy” around the time of the murders while one person said they saw a “muddy and bloody” man leaving the trail around two hours after Libby and Abby were last seen alive. The witnesses did not see anyone other than “bridge guy” on the trail at the time, the affidavit reads.

The married father to a daughter had been on law enforcement’s radar back in 2017 after he admitted to being on the trail the day the girls were killed.

During a 2017 interview with police, Mr Allen confessed to being on the Monon High Bridge Trail that afternoon but denied any involvement in the murders and insisted he had never seen the two girls that day.

Despite placing himself at the scene of the crime at the time of the murders, he slipped through the net due to a “clerical error”.

The sudden arrest of the local man almost six years on from the murders marked a major break in the case.

But the investigation is far from over with officials saying that they believe Mr Allen may not be the sole person involved in the killings.

Prior to Mr Allen’s arrest, investigators had been searching for information about a catfishing account which was in contact with Libby on the day she was killed.

The man behind the account – Kegan Anthony Kline – was tied to the 2017 murders in December 2021 when investigators urged the public to come forward with information about a bogus online profile named @anthony_shots.

Kline, 28, confessed to using the fake profile to groom underage girls, get them to send him nude photos and their addresses, and try to get them to meet him in person.

Richard Allen sometime prior to his arrest (left) and now he is behind bars (right) (Provided )

In a 2020 police interview, a transcript of which has been seen by The Independent, Kline admitted that he had communicated with 14-year-old Libby on Instagram and Snapchat through the catfishing profile before she died.

The transcript revealed that he had exchanged photos with the teenage girl and that Libby had communicated with the fake profile on the very day that she and Abby were murdered.

On 25 February 2017 - less than two weeks after the two girls were brutally killed – police carried out a search of Kline’s home in Peru.

Kline has never been charged in connection to the murders.

However, he has been behind bars for the last two years on a string of child sexual abuse and child exploitation felonies.

In March, he pleaded guilty to all 25 counts against him.

He then fired his attorney and said he planned to withdraw his guilty plea – before walking this back again. He is awaiting sentencing in July.

Last month, he told “The Murder Sheet” podcast in a jailhouse interview that he has information about the murders but that police “don’t want to hear anything I have to say”.

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